Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Ray, Get Me the Shotgun. …’

Barbara Bel Geddes, Dallas, Miss Ellie Ewing, Ray Krebbs, Steve Kanaly, Survival

Beat the press

In “Survival,” a second-season “Dallas” episode, Miss Ellie and Ray (Barbara Bel Geddes, Steve Kanaly) are chatting in the Southfork foyer when someone knocks on the door. Ellie opens it and finds Dallas Press reporter Ken Jackson (Andy Jarrell) on the stoop.

JACKSON: Mrs. Ewing?

ELLIE: Who are you?

JACKSON: Ken Jackson. I’m with the Press. I called earlier.

RAY: You’re trespassing, mister.

ELLIE: I’ll take care of this, Ray. How did you get in here? [Walks toward Jackson, who backs up onto the front porch] How did you get onto the ranch, Mr. Jackson?

JACKSON: Well I did an article on the place a couple years back, and I remembered an arroyo that led into the feedlot.

ELLIE: We’ll have to take care of that. [Continues walking toward him] Now, exactly what do you want with me, Mr. Jackson?

JACKSON: Well, uh, you know, maybe a statement. You know, just a few words.

ELLIE: You hear a rumor that a plane is down, my two boys missing. And with no respect for human feeling, or private grief, you come circling around here like a vulture. Do you know what we do to vultures out here, Mr. Jackson? [Continues staring at him] Ray, get me the shotgun out of the hall closet.

RAY: Yes, ma’am. [Puts on his hat and enters the house]

JACKSON: Now, Mrs. Ewing, I’m just – I’m just doing my job.

ELLIE: Then find a better job! Or a better way of doing this one. [Ray steps onto the porch, cocks the shotgun and hands it to Ellie.] Now Mr. Jackson, anybody on my land, without invitation, is a trespasser. So unless I see your tail heading out of here right now – and fast – I’m going to blow it off. [Points the gun at him]

JACKSON: Yes, ma’am. Yes, ma’am. [Turns and runs]

ELLIE: Now get out! Get out!