TNT’s Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Just Like Your Daddy’

Dallas, Lifting the Veil, Linda Gray, Sue Ellen Ewing, TNT

Once more

In “Lifting the Veil,” a third-season “Dallas” episode, Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) enters her son’s bedroom, where John Ross (Josh Henderson) stands in front of the mirror, getting ready for his wedding.

SUE ELLEN: We’ve got to talk, John Ross.

JOHN ROSS: [Turns toward her, fastens his cuff links] Sorry I’m late, Mama. I was tending to some business.

SUE ELLEN: Is that right?

JOHN ROSS: In fact, congratulations are in order. It turns out the railroad commissioner has a few strange sexual fetishes he wants to keep under wraps — and I have him in my pocket. The shale play’s back on.

SUE ELLEN: I know you’re sleeping with Emma. [He snaps shut the box containing Pamela’s ring] All this time I was hoping that you wouldn’t make the same mistakes that your father did. Apparently the blood of J.R. runs too pure in your veins.

JOHN ROSS: [Walks toward her] I don’t know what you think is going on, but I guarantee you do not understand what I am doing. Or why.

SUE ELLEN: I understand the pain you are causing Pamela.

JOHN ROSS: She doesn’t know anything about this. And she doesn’t need to. Look, this does not change how I feel about her. I love her. This is just business.

SUE ELLEN: Just like your daddy, finding a way to explain infidelity. [Voice cracking] I will not stand by and watch you destroy Pamela like J.R. destroyed me.

JOHN ROSS: Is that alcohol I smell on your breath? Perhaps your drinking is making you forget your loyalties, Mama. [Grabs his jacket, puts it on]

SUE ELLEN: If you don’t stop doing what you’re doing, I’m going to tell Pamela myself.

JOHN ROSS: You have looked the other way you’re whole life, Mama. One more time’s not going to hurt. [Walks past her]


  1. Amazing scene played by both LG and JH. I can’t wait to see more.

  2. What do I think? A powerful scene, setting the stage for a “showdown” between mother and son.


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  2. […] here: In some scenes, Linda Gray’s dress looked black, which is fitting when you consider what a dark day this turned out to be for Sue Ellen. In that spirit, Jordana Brewster’s black-and-white dress — […]

  3. […] mama could get in his way, although she tried: Moments before the nuptials, Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) confronted John Ross over his infidelity and threatened to tell Pamela that he’s a cheater, but he brushed […]

  4. […] son know she was behind the appointment when she sent him a text message that read, “I couldn’t look the other way,” and he responded in kind, leaving her a nasty voice mail message in which he shouted, “Now I […]

  5. […] when he declared, “I am not my father!” How about the scene where he told his mother to look “the other way” where his affair with Emma was concerned? What about the scene where John Ross pleaded with a […]

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