Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Same Old J.R.’

Dallas, Holly Harwood, Lois Chiles, Ray's Trial

Goodbye girl

In “Ray’s Trial,” a seventh-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) is seated in a cocktail lounge, drinking alone, when Holly (Lois Chiles) approaches.

HOLLY: [Smiling] J.R.

J.R.: Oh, lord.

HOLLY: I was hoping I’d run into you.

J.R.: Would you please leave, Holly?

HOLLY: I just heard the most astounding news — that you and Bobby are going to run Ewing Oil side by side. [She sits across from him.] Share and share alike.

J.R.: Well, news travels fast in this town.

HOLLY: A good story like that? Hard to keep bottled up.

J.R.: You heard the story and you told me about it. Now, I really want to be alone. [A waitress brings him a fresh drink.]

HOLLY: Looks like the only friend you have left is in that glass. I just think it’s wonderful that despite all your manipulations, despite all your crooked deals, despite your hitting me up for 20 million bucks to get you out of my company — despite all that — you still couldn’t beat Bobby.

J.R.: Holly, I don’t feel that I owe you any kind of an explanation. But since you’re not going to leave my table, maybe I can shut you up by giving you a little inside information: Bobby and I agreed to split up the company long before the accounting.

HOLLY: [Smiling] Maybe you did. But the way I heard it, you were going to double-cross Bobby. It was Bobby that agreed to share Ewing Oil with you, not the other way around.

J.R.: Well, I must compliment you on the quality of your spies.

HOLLY: I still have some people in this town who owe me favors.

J.R.: Well, since I don’t think you slept with Punk or Harv Smithfield, it must have been one of the auditors. Or all of them, as the case may be.

HOLLY: Same old J.R. Losing has done nothing for your soul. But I’m happy that you lost because you cost me the one thing in the whole world that I ever really wanted.

J.R.: Bobby.

HOLLY: [Smiling] Yes.

J.R.: Well, he’s free now, honey. You can go after him — free as a bird.

HOLLY: You made that impossible.

J.R.: I did?

HOLLY: You mean because of that one night I spent in your bed? Oh, my saintly brother. [Holly begins to leave. He stops her.] Darlin’, I’d like to make a little toast: to the fact that you will never, ever be my sister-in-law. And I want to thank you too, for reminding me how ethical my brother is. It’s a flaw in his character that eventually will cause his downfall in the oil industry. I’m not finished yet, honey. Not by a long shot. Thank you. I’m feeling better.

She walks away.

Comments

  1. So who really won this exchange? I have to go with JR. After all it was hardly Holly’s intention to leave him smiling. It’s a shame Holly’s last appearance wasn’t a win.

    • I’m going to call this one a draw. Even though J.R. kind of sticks it to Holly, the scene doesn’t end with him smiling, which suggests to me that she “got” to him regardless of how mean he is to her. Regardless, I agree: I would have liked to see Holly walk away a clear-cut winner.

      • I’ll take your word for it that JR wasn’t smiling at the end. I’m going off memory and you just watched this episode. I guess I assumed he was smiling since he closed with “Thank you. I’m feeling better.” I can see Larry play it that way anyway.

        Either way JR certainly drew last blood and it seemed to give him the beginnings of a plan. What did Holly look like as she walked away? Did JR’s final zinger get to her?

      • It looks to me as though Holly is kind of “over” J.R. For a really good analysis of her final scenes on the show, be sure to check out Hill Place’s analysis: http://hillplace.blogspot.com/2013/10/holly-harwood-memorably-graceful-exit-dallas.html

Trackbacks

  1. […] “Ray’s Trial” also marks Lois Chiles’ final appearance as Holly Harwood. In her last scene, Holly approaches J.R. in a cocktail lounge and taunts him over losing the battle for Ewing Oil. […]

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