Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You’re a Drunk and an Unfit Mother’

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Can’t a brother have breakfast in peace?

In “A House Divided,” “Dallas’s” third-season finale, Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) follows J.R. (Larry Hagman) into the Southfork dining room, where Jock (Jim Davis) comforts Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes), who is seated at the table.

SUE ELLEN: [To J.R.] You drove Gary away. And now Bobby. You tried to bribe Valene. You cheated your friends. You’ve done everything in your power to get what you wanted. Well, you did it. Congratulations, J.R. You are now the Ewings’ only son.

J.R.: [To Ellie] Mama, I don’t want Bobby to leave. You know that.

ELLIE: All I know is, J.R., he’s gone. [She gets up and leaves the room, followed by Jock.]

J.R.: You’ve had your last say in this house, Sue Ellen. You think you can get away talking about me in front of my mama and daddy like that? You’ve caused me enough humiliation. You’re a drunk and an unfit mother, and I honestly think you’ve lost your reason. I’m going to call Dr. Rogers. The sooner we have you put away in that sanitarium, the better off you’re going to be. [He turns and leaves.]


  1. Destinee says:

    LOVE THIS. I can’t even give it proper words. Just the looks that passed between them with venom dripping in their voices, all the while J.R. is waving a piece of bacon around. High note!

    • I KNEW you’d appreciate this! When I was choosing today’s “Scene of the Day” honors, I couldn’t decide between this scene and the one where J.R. and Sue Ellen hurl insults at each other in the bedroom (“Which slut are you going to stay with tonight?). I chose the dining room scene because, well, that strip of bacon is just too awesome to ignore.

      As always, thanks for commenting!


  2. Destinee says:

    haha! The slut scene was fantastic as well, far too short. J.R. was so shocked that Sue Ellen would say that word. His virginal little bride was no more!


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