Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘I Got Your Mother to Smile!’

What a smile it is

What a smile it is

In “Dallas’s” fifth-season episode “My Father, My Son,” J.R. and Sue Ellen (Larry Hagman, Linda Gray) talk in her townhouse, while John Ross (Tyler Banks) sits at the kitchen counter, eating.

J.R.: I guess having John Ross around so much, I just don’t know what it’s like without him.

SUE ELLEN: Well, I do miss him on the weekends.

J.R.: [Stands behind John Ross, picking food off his plate] Yeah. I never realized that Southfork was such a big house. It’s so empty there, I tell you.

SUE ELLEN: Really? Well, I thought you were the one that always filled up the house, J.R.

J.R.: [Chuckles] No, this little boy right here is the one that fills up that house. What are you doing today?

SUE ELLEN: Well, I haven’t decided yet. Maybe I’m the one that’ll have the empty house.

J.R.: You don’t have any plans?

SUE ELLEN: There’s a lot of things I could be doing.

J.R.: Oh, yeah, I’m sure there is. I kind of promised John Ross I’d take him to the kiddie park. Would you like to come along?

SUE ELLEN: Oh, uh, no. Thank you.

J.R.: Well, you said you didn’t have anything to do. Come on, Sue Ellen. When’s the last time you sat on a seesaw or had yourself a hot dog? [She smiles.] Lookee there, I got your mother to smile! [Chuckles] We’d both love to have you.

SUE ELLEN: Oh, I don’t know, J.R.

J.R.: Well, if you didn’t enjoy it, I’d drive you home anytime you wanted to. And I think it’d be a good idea for the boy to see his Mama and Daddy together sometime. Just once in awhile.

SUE ELLEN: [Leans across the counter] John Ross, would you like your mama to go with you today?

JOHN ROSS: [Smiling, softly] Yeah.

J.R.: [Laughs] How about that?

SUE ELLEN: I’ll go get my jacket. [Walks away]

J.R.: Well, boy, I tell you, you have a remarkable way of persuading ladies. Just like your daddy, huh?


  1. […] the end of “My Father, My Son,” J.R. persuades Sue Ellen to join him and John Ross on a visit to what he calls “the kiddie park.” The […]

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