TNT’s Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Nice Hand, Your Highness’

Dallas, John Ross Ewing, Josh Henderson, Like a Bad Penny, TNT

Poker face

In “Like a Bad Penny,” a third-season “Dallas” episode, John Ross (Josh Henderson) sits at a card table with Sheik Ali and his son, Nasir (Pej Vahdat).

NASIR: You don’t have enough to cover the raise.

JOHN ROSS: [Pushes his chips to the center of the table, begins to unfasten his watch, lays it down] My father’s watch. One of two things he left me when he died. He wanted me to carry out his legacy, be the man he taught me to be. If my father was king, this watch would be his crown — the symbol of everything he was. I call. [The sheik and other players fold. Nasir reveals his hand: a full house. John Ross peeks at his hand, which trumps Nasir’s, but John Ross leaves his cards face down.] Nice hand, your highness. [Turns to the sheik.] I thought by leaving you out of the Arctic-lease play, I was showing everybody that I could close a deal that not even my father could close on his own. I lost sight of the fact that, well, he made you a promise, and that promise meant more than any deal on the table. A person’s word defines who they are, and I disgraced myself, my father and you by not following through with his promise. And I can only hope to be worthy one day of the legacy that he left me. Thanks for the game. [The sheik nods, John Ross rises and walks away with Pamela in tow.]


  1. Pamela was in the background b/c Christian women have to be humiliated & accede to the stupid part of Islam where the woman is dirt or 2nd to the man in everything. The fake apology was great.

    • Dan in WI says:

      Kind of. Yet if the women were truely dirt, the sheik would have told his son’s wife “tough” when she wanted Pamela’s Catherine the Great Earrings and John Ross never would have been allowed in the game in the first place. So there are obvsiously exceptions in this sheik’s book.
      No I think Pamela stood in the background because this was a hole John Ross dug for himself and only he would be allowed to try to climb out. Which again is selective application of the implied sexism.

      • Garnet McGee says:

        I hated Pamela’s passivity in this scene. I bet you she learned a thing or two about playing cards from her gambling Daddy.

  2. Brandon Childers says:

    Did Barnes Global not have a cash reserve, that they can use for article leases. They said the Southfork oil is being used to pay of debt. What debt. That fine? Three things. The governor should have reverse the fine, the loan was called in on, and EE was taken, they actually own the notes to their own loan. I also fine it hard to believe that a bank just gave the Ewings a billion dollar loan, and now they can’t get one.

    cliff will team up with bobby to protect what they have for. All Cliff has to do is fire Nicolas.


  1. […] in “Like a Bad Penny,” Josh Henderson evokes a little of the old Hagman magic. After John Ross throws the game and surrenders the watch, he offers the sheik a J.R.-esque, fake-sincere apology for bungling the […]

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