Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘… The Rest is a Piece of Cake’

Dallas, J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman, True Confessions

Chew on this

In “True Confessions,” a seventh-season “Dallas” episode, Edgar (Martin E. Brooks) approaches J.R. (Larry Hagman), who is seated in a French restaurant, eating.

J.R.: Oh, hello, Edgar. You were late so I decided to start without you.

EDGAR: I wouldn’t eat with you anyway. I’m only here because you demanded it.

J.R.: Well, I can appreciate your sentiments.

A waitress approaches.

WAITRESS: Would you like a drink first, or would you like to order now?

EDGAR: Neither, I’m not staying.

J.R.: The gentlemen’s pressed for time.

WAITRESS: Oh, that’s perfectly all right. [Walks away]

EDGAR: Well, what is it?

J.R.: [Coughs, sips a glass of wine, clears his throat] I think I’ve got a fishbone caught in my throat. Ahem. Let me see, what did I want to talk about? Oh, yeah. Um, I got to thinking, it’s getting very close to auction time for those offshore leases. [Begins cutting food] And it occurred to me, I ought to find out who I’m going to be bidding against. So who filed intention to bid? [He puts a forkful of food into his mouth and chews. Edgar is silent.] Edgar, who filed intention to bid?

EDGAR: Intentions to bid were filed by Westar, Four State, your company and Barnes/Wentworth.

J.R.: There, that wasn’t so hard, was it? My second question is: Who has actually placed bids? Which one of those?

EDGAR: Everyone bid but Westar, Barnes and Ewing.

J.R.: All right. Next, I want a phone call from you when Westar and Barnes make their bid. We’ll have a meeting and you tell me what the highest bid is — and I’ll hand you mine.

EDGAR: [Leans forward] I don’t see how you can live with yourself.

J.R.: Oh, it’s not hard. You’ll see. Once you give up integrity, the rest is a piece of cake. [Chuckles]


  1. I will always LOVE JR EWING! There will never be another like him. EVER! Even though he has passed Josh Henderson was doing an excellent job and if he were given the time and the show was NOT cancelled, he would have been grown right into this role. Still hoping it will be back one day. Sooner rather than later!

  2. It is still so hard to accept Dallas is off the air!. How could this be that no one has picked the
    show up yet? I know in my heart Dallas will be back, too much energy in the cosmos & fans
    for it not to! Dallas, Always:Forever & a day.

  3. Decca records thought the Beatles would never amount to anything, yet they went on to be
    the GREATEST BAND EVER! And just where is Decca Records now? They threw away a jewel & 50+ years later, the Beatles are still popular & their music sounds even better today! TNT you are no better, you had a diamond in your hand , but the world will still be
    talking about The Beatles & Dallas always! I cant say the same for you. TNT, redeem
    yourself, REVERSE your decision, please!

  4. Dallas was the best series on TV and that was a true fan it wouldn’t have been what it was without Larry Hagman as Jr

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