Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Jock Ewing Was a Great Man’

Barbara Bel Geddes, Big Ball, Dallas, Miss Ellie Ewing

The queen’s speech

In “The Big Ball,” a sixth-season “Dallas” episode, after Punk announces the Jock Ewing Scholarship at the Oil Barons Ball, Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) addresses the audience, flanked by Bobby and J.R.

ELLIE: Jock Ewing was a great man, measured in the only true value of a man. Not in money or power, but in friends. As I look around, I see so many of you that called Jock “friend.” And he was my husband. But more than that, he was my best friend. I know how much you all miss him. But in a way, he’ll always be alive in your memories. And in his family. And now through the scholarships of SMU. I know how very proud he’d be if he knew what you’d done for him. And perhaps he does. And for him, and for me, I thank you. My life will never be the same without him. But Jock — of all men — always believed that you had to be ready to face tomorrow. And so we will. I’ll always know that my sons had the finest father, and I was married to the finest man that God ever put on this earth.


  1. Barbara fan says:

    An amazing actress and lady, an amazing Miss Ellie speech and a great episode


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