TNT’s Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘I Am Not My Father!’

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Or is he?

In “Like Father, Like Son,” a third-season “Dallas” episode, John Ross (Josh Henderson) storms into his mother’s house and enters the kitchen, where Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) stands at the counter, drinking.

JOHN ROSS: It wasn’t enough for you to stab me in the back once? You had to go and do it twice? What the hell is wrong with you?

SUE ELLEN: [Sips, puts the glass on the counter] What’s wrong with me? What is wrong with you? You lied to my face, John Ross.

JOHN ROSS: I didn’t lie to you! I told you the truth. It is over with Emma.

SUE ELLEN: How clever you are with your words. Just like J.R.

JOHN ROSS: What in God’s name are you talking about?

SUE ELLEN: I saw her, coming out of your office. I saw her, John Ross!

JOHN ROSS: Candace?

SUE ELLEN: Once a cheater, always a cheater. I should have learned that lesson the first time around.

JOHN ROSS: You don’t know what you’re talking about, Mama. Yeah, yeah, Candace was in my office and the crazy bitch was all over me. And I turned her down!

SUE ELLEN: Bullshit! I know what I saw!

JOHN ROSS: You don’t know, because you’re drunk! I am telling you the truth!

SUE ELLEN: Even drunk, I know the sound of a lie, and you are an expert at it, just like your father.

JOHN ROSS: I am not my father! Are you so hell-bent on punishing J.R. for his sins that you’re willing to destroy the relationship with your only son? Damn it, I need you Mom, and you sided with them. I’m your son. You remember that? Or are you too damn addled to remember who I am? [Reaches for the bottle, holds it up] Why are you doing this to yourself again, huh?

SUE ELLEN: [Sobbing] Don’t you get it? You did this to me. You and your father.

JOHN ROSS: No, Mama. You did this to yourself. You’re so busy seeing the ghost of J.R. in me that you cannot stop to take a hard look in the damn mirror. You want me to take responsibility for my actions? Then you take responsibility for yours. [Walks away, leaves the house, slams the door behind him]


  1. Jennifer Irons says:

    Hearing Sue Ellen yell “Bullshit” was priceless!!! Linda Gray was so amazing yelling at JRIII and was once again extremely convincing as a drunk! Josh Henderson….he is, in my opinion, a totally worthy successor to Larry Hagman and deserves an Emmy(as does Linda) for that scene alone. Loved when he yelled “I AM NOT MY FATHER!! I;m still not recovered yet from that scene!!

  2. Chiling scene…I’ve watched it at least three times since Monday.

    • Garnet McGee says:

      I don’t see how anyone cannot be wowed by Henderson. It chills me to think they were considering casting Jesse Metcalfe in his part! That was a perfect scene that so evoked the Dallas past. I’ve recently watched season 6 and it reminded me of much in that season but I think it was actually better than episodes from that era. We got to see the underlying feelings of the characters. We learned that John Ross’s anger and hurt stems from a feeling that his parents abandoned him when he needed them JR was always chasing the next deal and the next skirt and his mom was trying to survive his emotional abuse the best should could. I love it when John Ross shows vulnerability, tenderness and hurt. We haven’t seen enough of that side of him this season.

  3. Why is it a problem if John Ross admires his daddy, nut wants II be his own man in his own image?

  4. Rebecca Boyter says:

    The “I’m not my father!” scene was the best! From the look on his face right after it, I think that he surprised even himself!


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