Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Hello, Cliff’

Cliff Barnes, Dallas, John Beck, Mark Graison, Saving Grace

Kitchen confidential

In “Saving Grace,” a ninth-season “Dallas” episode, Cliff (Ken Kercheval) is in the kitchen cooking when Jamie (Jenilee Harrison) answers the front door and greets Pam and Mark (Victoria Principal, John Beck).

JAMIE: Hi, come on in. How are you? [They kiss.]

PAM: Good, thanks.

JAMIE: Good.

PAM: Jamie, this is a very dear friend of mine, Mark Graison.

JAMIE: [Shakes his hand, stunned] Mark Graison?

MARK: [Puts his fingers to his lips.] Shh, shh, shh. Where’s Cliff?

JAMIE: He’s in the kitchen.

As Cliff tastes the sauce he’s making, Mark approaches from behind and peers over his shoulder.

MARK: Well, how does it taste?

CLIFF: Great. [Looks at him, does a double take, gasps]

MARK: Hello, Cliff. Pam wanted it to be a surprise.

CLIFF: Oh, boy. Oh, boy. She got her wish. [They shake hands, then embrace awkwardly.] Hey, where you been?

MARK: I’ll tell you all about it over dinner.

CLIFF: Okay. Great. Yeah. Boy, my sister’s had her share of shocks.

MARK: Yes, she has. I hope my being here doesn’t add to that. I came back to help her, Cliff.

CLIFF: Well, okay. I’m glad to hear you say that. Yeah. Because you know, she’s got a lot of responsibility. [Touches Mark’s shoulder] Oh, boy. You know, maybe we can both help her.

MARK: Uh-huh, I think we can. [Grips Cliff’s arm]

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

Comments

  1. The irony is Cliff did worse by his sister by conspiring with Enemy J. R. to boot her out to the Emerald mine. The concept & the meeting was Cliff’s, not J. R.’s & yet J. R. was the only person punished for it. Mark Graison doesn’t seem fair, but then as its pointed out to me at Ewing Oil Canada offices, its all just a dream.

  2. Dan in WI says:

    Love Cliff’s Jazz hands in the screen grab.

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