Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘We’re Partners, Aren’t We?’

Dallas, Ewing Blues, J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Sue Ellen Ewing

Two of a kind

In “The Ewing Blues,” a sixth-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) stands in front of his bedroom mirror, holding an icepack to his swollen face, when a smiling Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) enters the room.

J.R.: What do you find so amusing, Sue Ellen?

SUE ELLEN: Well, I was just wondering whatever happened to your ability of handling — I mean, dealing — with people.

J.R.: Well, I just forgot that cowboy has a terrible temper. He’s lucky he didn’t have his spurs on. [Sits on the bed] Rub my back, would you?

SUE ELLEN: Of course. [She removes her robe and sits behind him as he winces in pain.] I can’t wait to see you on that TV show.

J.R.: You like that sort of thing, don’t you?

SUE ELLEN: [Glides a finger down his face] I think it’s nice to be the wife of a celebrity.

J.R.: I tell you the truth, I’m kind of nervous about, about being up there, and speaking in public.

SUE ELLEN: [Giggles] Well, you’ll think of something to say. I have all the confidence in the world in you.

J.R.: Well, I’d have a lot more confidence if I had somebody up there with me.

SUE ELLEN: [Leans back] You want me on the show with you?

J.R.: [Turns to face her] If it wouldn’t be an imposition.

SUE ELLEN: You mean that, don’t you?

J.R.: We’re partners, aren’t we?

SUE ELLEN: You really mean that commitment that you made at the lake, don’t you?

J.R.: [Strokes her face] Of course I do.

SUE ELLEN: I can’t tell you how happy that makes me feel.

She leans back further and gazes at him. He smiles. 


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