Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Two Whole Families Are Involved’

Mama knows best

Mama knows best

In “Dallas’s” fifth-season episode “Vengeance,” Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) sits in the living room of Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), who stands nearby.

ELLIE: I want to talk about you. And J.R. And Cliff Barnes.

SUE ELLEN: Miss Ellie, this is quite unlike you to question me about my personal life.

ELLIE: Normally I wouldn’t, but there’s a lot more at stake here than just your personal interest. Two whole families are involved.

SUE ELLEN: I really don’t understand. [Sits across from Ellie]

ELLIE: Well, I’m sure that you know what your seeing Cliff Barnes is doing to J.R.

SUE ELLEN: But that’s J.R.’s problem, not mine. We’re divorced now.

ELLIE: Yes, I know that. But J.R. and Cliff are already at each other’s throats. And it’s beginning to have its effect on too many people.

SUE ELLEN: Are you asking me to stop seeing Cliff?

ELLIE: [Smiles] No. No, I don’t have any right to do that – if you’re serious about him. Are you, Sue Ellen? Or are you using him to get back at J.R.?

SUE ELLEN: Miss Ellie, I really don’t think it’s any of your business.

ELLIE: This thing almost destroyed the three of you once before. Do you think you’re strong enough to handle it again?

SUE ELLEN: I don’t know, Miss Ellie. I really don’t know.


  1. barbara fan says:

    Another great BBG scene and also loved her scene with JR in the restaurant
    Another great review x

    • Yes, I loved that restaurant scene too. I considered making it my “Scene of the Day” but ultimately went with this one with Sue Ellen. I just love that “two whole families” line.

      Thanks for commenting BF!

  2. It seems throughout the series that Miss Ellie at times is an island of sanity in a sea of crazies. J.R. and Sue Ellen along are two mentally ill characters in a co-dependant realtionship. Cliff Barnes is bat-crazy too. I remember JR going into Cliff Barnes office and putting him on notice that he is going to get his Sue Ellen back.

    • “An island of sanity in a sea of crazies” — I think that pretty much says it all, Jump. Thanks for the comment! Always good to hear from you!


    • LOL. I agree that they’re crazies too. Sue Ellen is a great character but she’s so flaky it kills me. “I don’t understand,” “I don’t know…” etc. etc. She sometimes can’t see much past herself.


  1. […] but we see their affair mostly through the eyes of the other “Dallas” characters. Miss Ellie cautions Sue Ellen about the relationship and later frets about the affair during a lunch date with J.R., […]

  2. […] she called out J.R. for allowing Sue Ellen’s drinking to spiral out of control. Or the time she suggested the newly divorced Sue Ellen stop dating Cliff. Or the time she pressured Ray – gently, of course […]

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