Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘If You Need Me, I’m Here’

Dallas, J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman, Ray Krebbs, Steve Kanaly, Who Shot J.R.?

Cold shoulder

In “Dallas’s” fourth-season episode “Nightmare,” Ray (Steve Kanaly) visits J.R. (Larry Hagman), who is seated in his wheelchair in the hospital’s rehabilitation center.

RAY: Look, something I gotta say, J.R. Been quite a few differences between you and I over the past couple years. Before that, we were friends for a long time. I just wanted to tell you, that if you need me, I’m here.

J.R.: Thank you, Ray. Thanks. [Begins wheeling away]

RAY: Hey. [Touches J.R.’s shoulder] I just keep thinking of all those good times we had.

J.R.: Like in Waco?

RAY: Yeah, like in Waco. Or how about that time down in Houston when you had them all convinced that you were the talent scout for the Miss Texas contest and I was the front man. [Laughs]

J.R.: [Chuckling] Yeah, they almost killed us with kindness, didn’t they? Yeah, we’ve had some pretty good times, haven’t we, Ray?

RAY: Yeah, you helped me out of some pretty tough scrapes, J.R. More than once. I just wanted you to know, you can count on me if you need to.

J.R.: Well, Ray, I don’t want to ever have to count on anybody but myself. Thank you.

J.R. wheels away.


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