Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Let’s Haggle Over Your Fee’

Paybacks are hell

Paybacks are hell

In “Dallas’s” fifth-season episode “Adoption,” Donna (Susan Howard), wearing a fur coat, enters the Longview and approaches Bonnie (Lindsay Bloom), who is standing at the bar.

BONNIE: Well, what brings you to the Longview bar? Slumming?

DONNA: I wanted to see what the competition looked like. With clothes on.

BONNIE: Now that you’ve seen me, why don’t you take off? You don’t belong here.

DONNA: I know why you’re trying to steal my husband. He’s a very special man. But I’m here to tell you that you’ve got a fight on your hands.

BONNIE: He doesn’t want you. So why don’t you let him go?

DONNA: Go? You mean go to you? So he can spend the rest of his life in dumps like this? I think he’s worth more than that. No, I want you out of his life and out of mine.

BONNIE: No chance.

DONNA: How much is it going to cost me?

BONNIE: You’re asking for a drink in the face, lady.

DONNA: I’ll give you $5,000 to move to Houston.

BONNIE: You’re crazy.

DONNA: I’ll give you $10,000 if you’ll leave the state. [Bonnie looks away, smirks] How about 15?

BONNIE: [Looking at Donna] Fifteen will do it.

DONNA: Not 10?

BONNIE: Don’t play games with me.

DONNA: Why not? Now that we know what you are, let’s haggle over your fee. [Bonnie tosses a drink in Donna’s face. Donna strikes her, sending her to the floor. As the crowd cheers, Donna pulls out a wad of cash and tosses a bill on the bar.] Drinks are on Bonnie.


  1. […] is one classic scene after another, but my favorite moment is Donna’s showdown with Bonnie, the barfly who’s been sleeping with Ray. The dialogue from scriptwriter Howard […]

  2. […] with barfly Bonnie. Fed up with his philandering, she dons her fur coat, heads to the saloon and offers Bonnie $15,000 to leave Texas. Bonnie agrees, so Donna cuts the offer by a third. “Now that we […]

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