Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘… Until Our Scores Are Settled!’

Dallas, If at First You Don't Succeed, Pam Ewing, Victoria Principal

That’s Miss Barnes to you!

In “If at First You Don’t Succeed,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) arrives at the Ewing Oil building, where Pam (Victoria Principal) is waiting for him.

J.R.: Well, you got a lot of nerve coming around here after what your brother did to mine.

PAM: What were you doing there yesterday when my brother was arrested?

J.R.: You consider that your business, do you?

PAM: Yes, I do, because I think you had something to do with it.

J.R.: Well, what on earth could I have to do with it?

PAM: How did you know he’d be arrested at that precise moment?

J.R.: Well, I have friends at the department. I went down there to see the expression on that worm’s face when the police arrested him for shooting my brother.

PAM: Let me tell you something, J.R. If he did shoot Bobby, it was because he thought it was you — and he had every reason to shoot you.

J.R.: You know, I’m getting kind of tired of that old song. Mean, nasty J.R. beating up on poor, innocent Cliff Barnes. You’re sounding more and more like him, you know that?

PAM: Well, that’s fine with me because I’m beginning to sound more and more like a Barnes, thanks to you. I’ve never believed in the Barnes-Ewing feud, J.R., but now I’m going to join it. I’m going to do everything I can to help Cliff. And I’m not going to rest until all our family scores are settled!

Watch this scene in “If at First You Don’t Succeed,” available on DVD and at Amazon and iTunes, and share your comments below.


  1. Maryann says:

    I loved this scene and this Pam, it is a pity that her threat did not go too far. I would have loved to see Pam with Cliff go more head to head against the Ewings which also means against Bobby. I would have loved to see that fuel ignite an even more fiery spark of passion between her and Bobby when she refuses to back down resulting in them having an affair and keeping it a secret. I would have liked this played out instead of the ridiculous search for Mark and Naldo’s murder.

    • Maryann, I like the way you think! Your idea would have been really provocative and much more interesting than the murder trial.

      Even though she didn’t carry out her threat, I do love this scene. Larry Hagman and Victoria Principal are both terrific, as always.

  2. They r both terrific, but “that gawd damned Barnes woman” was always relying on Bobby, Mark Graicson & many others for too much guidance. Even when married to Bobby she was out galivanting with Alex Ward. This lack of independence frustrated me at times.Which is odd b/c Victoria is a strong actress & Pam was a strong character. Of course if Victoria nneds help, I’d be honoured to keep her a”breast” of things. Ah yes J.R. I agree, “buoys!”

  3. Miss Green says:

    I love the old episodes of Dallas but I wont ever be happy about Dallas until
    someone, somewhere brings back this show! You great writers out there write
    for this show! You great Producers & Networks out there, Bring This Show Back!
    How is it that the millions of fans that want this show back on air, are being
    ignored!!!! The market is “Gold” for the taking! Hello, anybody out there?

  4. Tony Ewing says:

    I love fiesty Pam with her eyes full of emotion. This was a great scene but I agree that it’s a pity she never really carried through her threats.

    • Even if her threats are empty, I’ll take feisty Pam over naggy Pam any day.

      • Kelley Tyler says:

        Completely agree!

      • Dan in WI says:

        For me, when Pam’s threats turn out to be empty it takes a lot of their bite away. Let’s face it only Sue Ellen in her Valentine Lingerie endeavor ever bested JR from the female side of the ledger.

      • What about Lee Ann De La Vega?

      • Dan in WI says:

        I did forget Lee Ann. Without going back and checking, Leslie Stewart did particularily well against JR as well. I don’t remember who got the final victory on that one.

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