Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘This Feels Like the End’

Dallas, Ellie Saves the Day, Jim Davis, Jock Ewing

Not enough time

In “Ellie Saves the Day,” a third-season “Dallas” episode, Bobby (Patrick Duffy) finds Jock (Jim Davis) sitting alone on the Southfork patio at night.

BOBBY: Daddy?

JOCK: Bobby.

BOBBY: It’s not good for you to be out here like this all night.

JOCK: You’re a fine one to talk.

They stare into the distance and are silent for several seconds. Bobby turns back to face his father.

BOBBY: Look, families have suffered setbacks before. We start over again, that’s all. And you can do it, Daddy. You’re a respected man. You’re trusted.

JOCK: Not enough time left for me to do that.

BOBBY: Well, I’m here to help you.

JOCK: I appreciate that, Bobby. It’s not the oil business that I’m worried about. There’s just no way that you can build another Southfork. Not in six lifetimes.

BOBBY: Mama said something, huh?

JOCK: Not a word. But she hurts and she hurts bad. I was just beginning to get things patched up between us, and all this had to happen.

BOBBY: Daddy, there has to be a way out of this. We can get an extension on the loans. We can buy more time.

JOCK: We’ll try, Bobby. We’ll try. But this feels like the end of 40 years of sweat and hopes and dreams.

Jock sighs, and Bobby turns again to face the distance.


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