Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘I’m Sorry, Mama’

Mama's messenger

Mama’s messenger

In “Dallas’s” fifth-season episode “The Search,” Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) is seated alone at the the Southfork dining room table when Bobby (Patrick Duffy), Ray (Steve Kanaly) and J.R. (Larry Hagman) enter. Each man holds his hat.

BOBBY: I’m sorry, Mama.

ELLIE: Did you find him?

BOBBY: No, ma’am.

RAY: Miss Ellie, we found the place where his helicopter crashed.

ELLIE: But you didn’t find him?

BOBBY: No, we didn’t find him. But, uh – [He looks at J.R., who walks away.]

ELLIE: [She looks down, then up. Her eyes are wet.] Tell me what happened.

Bobby and Ray put down their hats and sit at the table. Bobby takes Ellie’s hand.

BOBBY: Mama, every place that was possible for him to be, we looked.


  1. I like the scruffy photo of Bobby. He looks good like that.


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