Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘That Blue Thing’

Dallas, J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman, Oil Baron's Ball III

Drive him crazy

In “Oil Baron’s Ball III,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, Miss Ellie and Clayton (Barbara Bel Geddes, Howard Keel) exit their car in the Southfork driveway, where Raoul (Tony Garcia) is signing a deliveryman’s paperwork.

ELLIE: That’s for me, Raoul.

RAOUL: Yes, ma’am.

ELLIE: Thank you. [Signs paper] Thank you. Uh, for us.


ELLIE: It’s a new set of bedroom furniture. Donna helped me choose it yesterday and I got them to deliver it today.

CLAYTON: Bedroom furniture?

ELLIE: I thought it was time for a change.

CLAYTON: Oh. [They kiss.]

ELLIE: [To deliveryman] Follow me and I’ll show you where to put everything.

J.R. (Larry Hagman) approaches.

J.R.: Hey Mama, what’s going on?

ELLIE: New set of bedroom furniture for Clayton and me. [Walks away]

J.R.: Oh, really? Well, how about that. [To Clayton] I’ve got to hand it to you. Not here a week and you’re changing things around already.

CLAYTON: For your information, it was your mother’s decision. And since it’s our bedroom and not yours, it’s really none of your business, is it?

J.R.: Mm-hm. I suppose not. [Walks toward his car, which is being blocked by Clayton’s] Uh, could you have that blue thing moved out of the way so I could get my car out of here?

CLAYTON: Be my guest. [Tosses keys to J.R.]

Watch this scene in “Oil Baron’s Ball III,” available on DVD and at Amazon and iTunes, and share your comments below.


  1. You know C.B., I’ll have to against ol’ J.R. here! His stepfather was in the right & Clayton had every right to rub his nose in it. He should have asked what it is & held his tongue & not said the changing things already comment!

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