Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘I Guess It’s Going to Have to Be Me’

Focus, Mama!

Focus, Mama!

In “Dallas’s” fifth-season episode “Little Boy Lost,” after the Southfork helicopter lands on the ranch’s lawn, Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) exits and walks swiftly toward the house, followed by J.R. (Larry Hagman).

J.R.: Mama? Say, Mama? Mama, what you all upset about? [She stops and faces him.] You haven’t said a word since we left the Southern Cross ranch.

ELLIE: You used me, J.R. And my love for John Ross. You intended to fly down with me and try to get him away all along, didn’t you?

J.R.: You can’t blame me for that, Mama. Not for trying to get my boy back.

ELLIE: I blame you for using other people to achieve your aims.

J.R.: [Tips back his hat] Mama, I’d do anything to get him away from Sue Ellen. She’s not exactly the most perfect wife and mother, you know. I don’t know what he’s being exposed to down there. She’s living in sin with a cowboy. Hell, he can hardly even walk.

ELLIE: Then why would she prefer him to you?

J.R.: Because she’s crazy! That’s why I want to get the boy back.

ELLIE: You want him back without Sue Ellen?

J.R.: Yes, I’d prefer that.

ELLIE: And what would you bring him back to? Being raised by nursemaids and tutors? Seeing you five minutes a day, if he’s awake when you finally get home?

J.R.: Well, I figured that you and Daddy could –

ELLIE: Could do what? Raise him for you? No, I’m too old to raise another grandchild.

J.R.: You sound like you don’t want him back here.

ELLIE: [Slight smile] That’s not fair, J.R. You know I want him here. But only if his mother’s with him. He needs his mother more than he needs you or me or his grandfather.

J.R.: I love him just as much as Sue Ellen does.

ELLIE: I know you do, J.R. But he belongs with her. There’s nothing in this world that would make me happier than if you brought John Ross back to Southfork – but only if Sue Ellen is with him. [Begins walking away, then turns to face him] I saw a part of you I didn’t like very much today, J.R. In the past, I’ve put up with your games and tricks. I’ve even closed my eyes to some of them. But no more. As long as your daddy isn’t here, I guess it’s going to have to be me that has to keep an eye on you. [Turns and walks away]


  1. That final Miss Ellie comment rocked!! Just when you thought she was truly blind to JR’s shenanigans!

  2. Sometimes I forget that Miss Ellie and even Jock really had no idea of the scope of JR’s badness. Lol…which is why Sue Ellen and Bobby….ESP Bobby would threaten to tattle on him. He really did try to keep his schemes and bad behavior from them. Think about it…this stunt appalled Miss Ellie…..lol and it is nothing, nothing compared to other things he hAd done and would do.

  3. barbara fan says:

    Such a great episode and brilliant scsne
    Sock it to him Momma – just loved BBG tear a strip off her son and his scheming
    there was hardly a dud episode this whole season
    eat your heart out TNT, this is Dallas!!
    love your reviews…………… next please lol

  4. Dan in WI says:

    The last time we saw Miss Ellie this angry was when Southfork was mortgaged for the SE Asian wells. Didn’t see vow at that time to never forgive him. But she melted in time and she will again this time. I sometimes believe the reason she didn’t know about the depths of JR was due to turning a blind eye.
    I wish she would have had a little more resolve when these kinds of things happened.


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