Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘I Don’t Think So’

Dallas, Jenna Wade, Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, Scotty Demarest, Stephen Elliott, Verdict


In “The Verdict,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, Scotty (Stephen Elliott) is in court, where he pulls a handgun from an evidence bag and approaches Jenna (Priscilla Beaulieu Presley) on the witness stand.

SCOTTY: A Beretta 380. A very interesting weapon. You knew Naldo was carrying this, didn’t you?

JENNA: Yes, he showed me in the corridor.

SCOTTY: Assuming that you could get hold of it — now that’s a large assumption, since he was much bigger, much stronger than you, wasn’t he?


SCOTTY: Well, let us forget it. Just say you were able to get hold of it. What would be the first thing that you would do?

JENNA: [Flustered] I don’t know. Shoot it.

SCOTTY: Well, if he had it in his belt, he’d probably have the safety on, don’t you think?

JENNA: I guess so.

SCOTTY: Yeah, I think so. So the first thing you’d do would be to take the safety off. Here, why don’t you do that? [Hands her the gun, walks toward the jury box, leans against it]

JENNA: [Examining the gun] Where is it?

SCOTTY: Well, don’t you know?

JENNA: Well, there are all kinds of levers and things on both sides here.

SCOTTY: You were raised on a ranch. Now, you must have fired a gun before.

JENNA: [Flustered] I’ve shot a rifle and I’ve shot shotguns. I’ve never shot a handgun. This is completely different!

SCOTTY: [Approaches her again] Oh, yes. It’s very different. Very different indeed. [Takes back the gun, addresses the jury] This is a very complicated weapon, and yet the prosecution wants you to believe that under the effects of chloroform, this little lady here can grab it away from a man bigger, stronger than she, find the safety, release it, shoot it, before he could stop her? I don’t think so. I don’t think anyone with any common sense would think so. That stretches the imagination a bit too far.


  1. If the Los Angeles Police Department had placed Orenthal James Simpson’s “alleged” bloody glove in say a paper bag instead of the hermetically sealed plastic bag where it shrank, it would have fit him & he’d have been in jail for what 20 years by now. Yeah Gil Garcettti, Marcia, its not really rocket science. O.J. still sends Mark Guhrman Christmas cards every year from his Nevada jail.

  2. How much did Katherine have to do with this frame up on Jenna? I cannot remember.

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