Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘I’m Going to Do It to Cliff’

Dallas, J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Sins of the Fathers, Sue Ellen Ewing

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In “Sins of the Fathers,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) is undressing in his bedroom when he notices a fur-clad Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) exiting hers.

J.R.: Sue Ellen?

SUE ELLEN: Oh, you’re back. Good. Have a nice dinner.

J.R.: Where you going all dressed up like that?

SUE ELLEN: I’m having dinner out.

J.R.: Out?

SUE ELLEN: Yes. [Enters J.R.’s room] I’m bringing someone back in my life that I never should’ve lost in the first place.

J.R.: [Approaches her] When did this all come about?

SUE ELLEN: I went to Barnes-Wentworth this morning to see —

J.R.: [Sharply] You went where?

SUE ELLEN: [Smiles] I just told you.

J.R.: You went to see Cliff Barnes?

SUE ELLEN: Would that bother you?

J.R.: I don’t believe it. Are you really trying to rub my nose in it by going out with that idiot?

SUE ELLEN: Well, he must have something. Look at all the women that the two of you have shared. Julie Grey, Afton, myself. [Smiles] As a matter of fact, Cliff is a wonderful lover.

J.R.: [Grabs her, pulls her into the room, slams the door behind them] I’m not going to let you do this to me.

SUE ELLEN: I’m not going to do it to you. I’m going to do it to Cliff. You never really wanted me anyway, so why does it bother you what I do? [He moves her onto the bed, lies on top of her]

J.R.: Because, honey, you belong to me and not anybody else is going to have you. I’ll tell you that right now.

SUE ELLEN: It’s a little late for that, J.R.

J.R.: [Chuckles] You’re just trying to get even with me, but you still want me, don’t you? [He tries to kiss her, she turns her head]

SUE ELLEN: Don’t! Get off of me. No! Get off of me!

J.R.: Oh, darlin’, I know what you like. [Nuzzles her neck] I know what you like, Sue Ellen. [Gasps] I know what you like, darlin’, and this is it. [They kiss — until she knees him in the groin.] Oh!

SUE ELLEN: And I know what you like — and I’m sure that wasn’t it. [She gets up and leaves him on the bed, writhing in pain.]

Watch this scene in “Sins of the Fathers,” available on DVD and at Amazon and iTunes, and share your comments below.


  1. I should have given Miss Texas my baseball bat to hit him Husband J.R. in the nuts. What a dirt bag, he deserved it!

  2. Elizabete says:

    Good point of view, R.J. Koopmans!

  3. Another favorite scene! I thought this was acted so well – the tension, fury, passion and triumph striking them like lightning bolts. Great!

  4. Anonymous says:

    He didn’t deserve to get kicked in the nuts.

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