Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Hello, Edgar’

Dallas, J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman, Twelve Mile Limit

Flower power

In “Twleve Mile Limit,” a seventh-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) enters Edgar’s hospital room and places a bouquet of flowers at the foot of the bed, just as Edgar (Martin E. Brooks) awakens.

J.R.: Hello, Edgar. [Removes his hat] Thought I’d bring a little something to brighten up your room.

EDGAR: What are you doing here?

J.R.: So you decided to take the easy way out, did you? I’m disappointed in you. I thought you were more intelligent than that.

EDGAR: Actually, I would rather die than give you what you want.

J.R.: Well, that’s easy enough for you to say, but what about your wife and your children?

EDGAR: At least if I died, they wouldn’t know about my past.

J.R.: Oh, sure they would. I’d break your story to the newspapers before you turned cold in the ground.

EDGAR: Even then you’d do that?

J.R.: Well, naturally. So if you’re thinking of repeating that booze and pills act, forget it. It’s not going to do you any good.

EDGAR: But why? What purpose would it serve?

J.R.: It would testify to the fact that J.R. Ewing always keeps his promises.

EDGAR: [Shouting] You’re not a human being, you’re scum!

J.R.: Edgar, I know how you feel. But it’s not going to change the way things are. Now don’t make it hard on yourself. [Smiles] I’m really a nice fellow when I get what I want. [Turns to leave, stops and looks back at Edgar] Oh, and by the way: Don’t you ever mention my name to Donna Krebbs again — or you’ll really regret that you didn’t die today.


  1. An: R.J. Koopmans DALLAS Parallel: Edgar Randolph took up molesting a child when he was younger. The prosecutor on TNT DALLAS did the same thing & thats why J.R. Got the charges against Sue Ellen dropped from governor’s race. J.R. isn’t evil here. He is holding these 2 pervs accountable C.B.

    • Dan in WI says:

      That line of reasoning only works of JR “brought justice” wether or not he had something he wanted. He acts in both cases because he does in fact have something he wants and uses the most convienent leverage.
      At the end of the day unless you have something JR wants he’s pretty much a live and let live type.

    • I didn’t remember the prosecutor being a molester. I thought he just had an affair.

  2. Oh, yes, I loved this scene! J.R. is so deliciously EVIL (yes, evil) here! I remember getting chills when I first saw it. Perfect.


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