Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Be a Family’

Bobby Ewing, Dallas, Patrick Duffy, Swan Song

Gone, Bobby, gone

In “Swan Song,” “Dallas’s” eighth-season finale, Bobby (Patrick Duffy) lies in a hospital bed, surrounded by Pam (Victoria Principal), Jenna (Priscilla Beaulieu Presley), J.R. (Larry Hagman), Miss Ellie (Donna Reed), Clayton (Howard Keel), Donna (Susan Howard) and Ray (Steve Kanaly).

RAY: Bob.

BOBBY: Hey, Ray. [Sees Ellie] Oh, Mama. I’m sorry.

ELLIE: No. No, Bobby.

BOBBY: All that wasted time. We should’ve been married. Take care of Christopher. [Pam nods.] Charlie. [Jenna nods, sobs.] Tell them I love them. [The monitor shows his heart rate slowing.] Be good to each other. Be a family. I love you so much.

He winces in pain. The monitor flat lines, startling Pam.

ELLIE: No, no.

J.R.: Don’t do this to me, Bobby. Don’t leave me.

DONNA: Bobby, no.

Pam throws back her head and sobs, J.R. cries. Ray and Donna hug, sobbing. Ellie turns away into Clayton’s arms.

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


  1. Ya know its beyond heartbreaking when even the uncaring machine most of the time that is Brother J. R. sheds a tear!

  2. This scene was heartbreaking, you could feel the sadness, my mom and I cried because we thought no more Bobby/PD !!! It will not be the same without him and we were right. The 2 gripes I had with the scene were that BBG was not there as Miss Ellie and PP’s acting, I have said it before she is not a good actress!!! VP was great and I knew Bobby was talking to Pam from the beginning when he said “all that time wasted we should have been married” Yes time wasted with Jenna and Mark!!! The next time I cried hard like this after watching a sad scene was when Mark came back, cried in disgust and anger!!!

    • Oh no! Tears of disgust over Mark! It’s a good thing he went back to being dead, huh?

      • Yes, nothing against JB but when I saw Mark after Pam fainted I cried noooo! you supposed to be dear. After the next episode stop watching the next episodes for the season for the full hour. As the season turned out I am glad did not waste time watching all episode.

  3. Wish Ms. Bel Geddes was there instead of Donna Reed. She’s a great crier.

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