In “Rock Bottom,” a ninth-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) is sitting alone on the Southfork patio when Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) approaches.
SUE ELLEN: I shouldn’t have left after the funeral. It was wrong.
J.R.: You should have thought about that before you deserted the family.
SUE ELLEN: It was a mistake.
J.R.: A little late to apologize, isn’t it?
SUE ELLEN: J.R., you’re not the only one who’s hurting. Bobby was very special to me too.
J.R.: He wasn’t your brother.
SUE ELLEN: I loved him.
J.R.: Is that supposed to make me feel better?
SUE ELLEN: Don’t you think I share your pain?
J.R.: Well, I won’t let you. We haven’t shared anything in a long, long time, Sue Ellen. Not my love, my bed or the responsibility for John Ross. [Snickers] What’s left?
SUE ELLEN: We could help each other.
J.R.: Go back to your bottle. That’s the only help you need.
SUE ELLEN: [Tearing up] I haven’t been drinking.
J.R.: The day’s young yet. [She turns and begins walking away.] Where are you going?
SUE ELLEN: I have to see Miss Ellie.
J.R.: Don’t even think about it.
SUE ELLEN: [Crying] J.R., please, I’m sorry.
J.R.: You’re a terrible embarrassment, Sue Ellen. Nobody around here wants to see you. You’re sinking, honey, and you’re dragging me down with you. I can’t allow that to go on, not for my sake or my son’s.
SUE ELLEN: He’s my son too.
J.R.: He doesn’t have a mother. I don’t have a wife. You don’t exist. You’re just a bad memory that doesn’t know when to go away.