Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Does That Ring Any Bells?’

Charlie, Dallas, J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman

Charm offense

In “Charlie,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) is seated in a restaurant, where Mandy (Deborah Shelton) walks from table to table, modeling her dress.

J.R.: Uh, Miss?

MANDY: Yes, sir?

J.R.: That’s an awful nice-looking outfit. What’s the material in that?

MANDY: This is lavender matt jersey with a silk rosette, available in the couture department.

J.R.: Oh. How much something like that cost?

MANDY: Thirteen hundred and fifty dollars at The Store.

J.R.: Thirteen hundred and fifty dollars, huh? Would you have anything a little more expensive that’d be nice as a gift for a friend of mine?

MANDY: Well, I’m sure I could find something for you. [Begins to step away]

J.R.: Say, you know, you look very familiar. Um, have we met before?

MANDY: [Pause] I don’t believe so.

J.R.: My name’s J.R. Ewing. Does that ring any bells?

MANDY: Well, it’s very difficult to live in Dallas not know the Ewing name. No wonder you wanted something more expensive.

J.R.: [Chuckles] Well, you know who I am. Perhaps you’d return the favor?

MANDY: I’m not supposed to do that. [Turns to leave]

J.R.: I know. Neither am I, but I did it anyway. [They both laugh.]

MANDY: Mandy Winger, but I have to get back to work now. [Turns again to leave]

J.R.: Mandy Winger, do you suppose we might get together for a drink sometime?

MANDY: Whatever for?

J.R.: Well, to discuss the high price of clothes, and why such a beautiful girl as you shouldn’t have to work for a living.

MANDY: I like working. But maybe we could. Anything’s possible.

Watch this scene in “Charlie,” available on DVD and at Amazon and iTunes, and share your comments below.


  1. Sorry Chris, I ain’t gay (not that there’s anything wrong with that) as Mandy Winger’s outfit in that scene would look much better on the floor next to my bed! I’d like Evander Holyfield to ring the bell of Cliff Barnes with a smack to the head!

  2. Ah that smile, which means I am thinking of something I should not be thinking and about to do something I should not be doing which only spells TROUBLE

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