Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘They Say That Jock is Dead’

Say it ain't so

Say it ain’t so

In “Dallas’s” fifth-season episode “Barbecue Two,” J.R. (Larry Hagman) comes down the stairs at Southfork, where a dazed Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) holds the telephone receiver.

J.R.: Mama?

ELLIE: [Hangs up the phone] That, that was Punk. Jock was … flying in from the interior by helicopter. It crashed. They’ve been … they’ve been searching all day. Nothing. The locals have given up. They say that … [sobbing] they say that … [moans] they say that Jock is dead.


  1. This scene was a tissue-grabber. When Miss Ellie cries and moans, so does everyone else!

  2. barbara fan says:

    Another great review Dallas Decoder and another great scene of the day with BBG. This season really does rock and is what Dallas is all about – I cared about the Ewings and what happened to them (on screen and off) the casting was perfect and they could pull your heartstrings – we all knew JIm Davis had sadly died off screen and now Jock Ewing died on screen – and it changed the show and led to some very memorable stories stemming from his will and his wishes for EO
    cant wait for your review of the Search – one of my all time favs!

    Unlike TNTs Dallas which does none of the above

    • Thanks so much, BF! I love “The Search” too. My critique is scheduled to be posted on Wednesday, November 20. I hope you’ll read it and let me know what you think.

      Thanks again,

      • Chris, are you watching them as you write, or have you seen them all before? (Not sure if that made sense: I mean, have you only watched up to this point in season 5, or have you seen all of them?) I’m actually at pretty much the same point as you (I just finished episode 93, “The Phoenix”), so it’s great to be able to read along as I watch!

      • Hi Kait! I’ve seen all of the episodes before, but I’m re-watching them as I write. It’s been many years since I’ve seen most of these episodes, so it’s almost like seeing them again for the first time.

        It’s funny you mention “The Phoenix.” I just re-watched that one this week and finished writing my critique today. It’s scheduled to be posted in a few weeks.

        Thanks for commenting. I’m happy to have you as a reader!

        Chris B.


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  2. […] whom Bobby and Pam had adopted during the old man’s absence. Unfortunately, Jock’s helicopter crashed en route to the party. Later, Bobby’s new pal Lisa Alden proved a real killjoy when she showed […]

  3. […] or receiving letters from him — until the 1982 Southfork barbecue, when Miss Ellie receives the fateful call informing her that Jock’s helicopter has crashed in the jungle. J.R., Bobby and Ray go to the […]

  4. […] — have a jolly time two-stepping below. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Miss Ellie receives the fateful phone call informing her that Jock’s helicopter crashed on its way home. Way to kill the festive mood, […]

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