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Miss Ellie Ewing (Character)
from "Dallas" (1978)

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"Dallas: Mastectomy: Part 2 (#3.10)" (1979)
Digger Barnes: If it wasn't for Jock Ewing, we'd be married right now. We'd be on top of the world. I'd be rich. I'd have my own oil company. I'd be respected and powerful. Jock Ewing... ruined it for both of us.
Miss Ellie Ewing: No Digger, you wouldn't have changed. And neither would I.

Miss Ellie Ewing: Jock, I was very hurt when you told me about Amanda.
Jock Ewing: I never meant to hurt you.
Miss Ellie Ewing: But if you hadn't told me about her, I would have found something else to try and drive you away.
Jock Ewing: Drive me away? Why?
Miss Ellie Ewing: Because I was so afraid of losing you after the operation.

Miss Ellie Ewing: Digger may have his shortcommings, but he's always been honest with me. Which is more than you've been.
Jock Ewing: He's a blowhard, a liar and a bullthrower! And I don't like it one bit that you're defending him to me.
Miss Ellie Ewing: You can be very callous and very cruel and right now, I don't want you around.

"Dallas: Survival (#2.9)" (1978)
[a reporter has breached Southfork security and is questioning Ellie]
Miss Ellie Ewing: Do you know what we do to vultures out here, Mr. Jackson? Ray, get me the shotgun out of the hall closet.
Ray Krebbs: Yes, ma'am.

Miss Ellie Ewing: [Ellie is holding a shotgun] Now Mr. Jackson, anybody on my land without invitation is a tresspasser. So unless I see your tail heading out of here right now, and fast, I'm gonna blow it off.
Ken Jackson: [scared] Yes ma'am, yes ma'am!
[turns and makes a run for it]
Miss Ellie Ewing: Now get out of here! Get out!

"Dallas: John Ewing III: Part 1 (#2.23)" (1979)
Miss Ellie Ewing: [to herself] I gave you up too soon, J.R. I should have held on to you a little longer...

Miss Ellie Ewing: You're power hunry. You're like your daddy in that. But he has redeeming qualities. His love for his sons, for one. I don't know that you have any redeeming qualities, J.R. Is there anyone you love?

"Dallas: Home Again (#2.14)" (1979)
Miss Ellie Ewing: Garrison...
Garrison Southworth: Hello Ellie.
Miss Ellie Ewing: Oh my God... all these years, I... I thought you were dead.
Garrison Southworth: I know. That's the way I wanted it.

Miss Ellie Ewing: I'm not angry any more, Jock. At least I found out you love this ranch as much as I do. I'm only sorry I found out this way.

"Dallas: The Family Ewing (#9.1)" (1985)
Sue Ellen Ewing: I'm not an alcoholic.
Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow: But, you *are* Sue-Ellen!

Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow: After the funeral, I want you to go back to California, to your own life. Bobby was Bobby, but you are you, and I don't want you to think that you have to stay here and try to take his place.
Gary Ewing: Oh, I could never take his place... but I could be here for you.
Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow: And if I thought that you would be happy here, that would be wonderful. But you can't live your life as a replacement for Bobby. You're my son, and I love you with all my heart, but we don't have to be together to keep that love.
Gary Ewing: No, I guess we don't.
Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow: You've been through a lot, Gary. I can feel a strength in you that you've never had before. Well, for the next few days, I'm going to need that strength. J.R. and Sue Ellen, Jenna, little Charlie, they're all in pain. They all need me. So for a while, I'm gonna lean on Clayton, and on you, because I know you'll be there.
Gary Ewing: It's about time, Mama. It's about time.

"Dallas: Bar-B-Que (#1.5)" (1978)
Jock Ewing: [to Pamela] Young lady, you've heard his side all your life. It's about time you heard the truth. I put that claim in my name to keep him from gambling his half away.
Digger Barnes: You didn't leave me nothing!
Jock Ewing: I come back with the claim. He's drunk. He looks at the paper, sees my name, jumps me, tries to tear my eyes out. I was gonna give him half of the money.
Pamela Ewing: Stop it. I can't stand this.
Jock Ewing: How can he stand himself? He's been a loser every day of his life. Couldn't even kill me the time he tried.
Miss Ellie Ewing: That's enough, Jock!

"Dallas: Old Acquaintance (#2.3)" (1978)
Miss Ellie Ewing: I've never known Jenna to show up and not cause trouble.

"Dallas: The Wheeler Dealer (#3.24)" (1980)
[Ellie turns to Jock after seeing Amanda and realizing just how sick she really is]
Miss Ellie Ewing: Oh, my darling, I'm so sorry.

"Dallas: Mother of the Year (#3.13)" (1979)
Miss Ellie Ewing: My daddy swore there'd never be any drilling on this land. So did I.
Jock Ewing: Well, if I could do anything about it, Miss Ellie, I'd do it.
Miss Ellie Ewing: Whatever needed doing, should have been done years ago.
Jock Ewing: What do you mean?
Miss Ellie Ewing: I mean J.R. You instilled in him a desire for power and money. Doesn't seem to care about anything else. Not even his home.

"Dallas: The Silent Killer (#3.3)" (1979)
Miss Ellie Ewing: Sue Ellen, Pam told me that the doctor says the baby is just just fine, he's gained four ounces.
J.R. Ewing: Yeah, he's gettin' to be a regular little fatty, isn't he?
Jock Ewing: Yeah, just like his daddy.
[pats J.R.'s belly]

"Dallas: Jock's Trial: Part 1 (#3.22)" (1980)
Matt Devlin: How did you ever get involved with Jock?
Miss Ellie Ewing: What do you mean?
Matt Devlin: Love of the land, open space. You told me Jock's oil wells ruined the country's line. Your daddy hated him for that.
Miss Ellie Ewing: My daddy hated all oilmen. Not just Jock. But daddy had a feeling for the land that only a rancher could know.
Matt Devlin: Or a rancher's daughter?
Miss Ellie Ewing: Yes.

"Dallas: Bypass (#2.4)" (1978)
Miss Ellie Ewing: God bless her
[Sue Ellen]
Miss Ellie Ewing: . Neither she nor J.R. lack for ambition.

"Dallas: Return Engagement (#3.14)" (1979)
Miss Ellie Ewing: I wish I could give you a wedding of some kind.
Valene Ewing: Well, maybe when we let everybody in on it, you can. I mean, as far as I'm concerned, we can get married every year, over and over.

"Dallas: End of the Road: Part 2 (#4.12)" (1981)
Jock Ewing: Miss Ellie, I have some wonderful news for you.
Miss Ellie Ewing: [noncommittal] Do you?
Jock Ewing: I do. Bobby's giving the business back to J.R. and staying on at Southfork.
[she gives him a stony stare]
Jock Ewing: Well, I thought that would make you very happy.
Miss Ellie Ewing: Do you think I care who's running Ewing Oil? Don't you understand what's happened?
Jock Ewing: [bewildered, shrugging] Miss Ellie, I don't have the slightest idea of what you're talking about!
Miss Ellie Ewing: My son Gary. I've lost him forever. Now that your Ray Krebbs is running Southfork, Gary will never be back. There's no place left for him.
Jock Ewing: [sighs] It's what Gary wants.
Miss Ellie Ewing: And now Ray Krebbs, who hasn't one drop of Southworth blood in him, is running my daddy's ranch. You know how much Gary's coming back meant to me. I'll never forgive you for what you've done to him... and to me. You and Ray Krebbs.
[she walks off]

"Dallas: Whatever Happened to Baby John?: Part 1 (#3.1)" (1979)
Miss Ellie Ewing: J.R. hasn't behaved this well since he was six years old. Maybe having a child is just what he needed.

"Dallas: Those Eyes (#9.3)" (1985)
[Back at Southfork Ranch in the evening. The car just drove to the entrance. Miss Ellie is standing there looking at the fireplace for awhile, and get a cup of tea to drink, and sat down in the chair. But J.R. is back home]
Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow: J.R.?
J.R. Ewing: Mama. Are you all right?
Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow: We found Sue Ellen.
J.R. Ewing: Oh, well. Lucky us. Is she upstairs? Has she made a fool of herself?
Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow: Listen to me.
[J.R. turn back to his mother]
Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow: She's in the detox ward at the county hospital. The police found her passed out in the alleyway and threw her in the drunk tank. When I couldn't reach you, Clayton and I went there to get her. By the time we got there, she'd gone into convulsions. The D.T.'s, they call it. She was taken to the detox ward. She's there now, barely alive.
[J.R. sighs]
J.R. Ewing: We are we gonna do?
Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow: You, J.R., what are you going do?
J.R. Ewing: I don't know.
Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow: Well, I do. You're going to face this problem once and for all. I won't let you run away from it or pass it on to me or Clayton or Dusty or the police. Sue Ellen is your wife. And as long as she is, she's your responsibility. I don't care what shape your marriage is in. She's a woman that we have loved and a woman that has loved us. She's the mother of your son who still needs her. She's a member of this family, J.R. She is a Ewing. And your personal feelings don't change any of that or at anyway excuse you from helping her.
J.R. Ewing: She won't listen to me, mama. She doesn't want my help.
Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow: She doesn't want anybody's help. She's sick.
[J.R. regretted]
Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow: And she'll kill herself if you let her. Which is exactly why you have to make the decision for her.
J.R. Ewing: What decision?
Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow: You've ask me for my support before. Now you've got it. You have to commit Sue Ellen to a sanitarium where we can at least begin to help her.
J.R. Ewing: She'd never agree to that.
Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow: She has no choice. And neither do you. I'll back you up, J.R., but you've got to lead the way. Tomorrow.
[J.R. will forget tomorrow and he'll remembered. J.R. will take break and sit in a chair next to the fireplace]
J.R. Ewing: Tomorrow.

"Dallas: Ellie Saves the Day (#3.12)" (1979)
Miss Ellie Ewing: I may never forgive you for this, J.R.

"Dallas: Mama Dearest (#6.13)" (1982)
JR Ewing: Well, hello Clayton. Come to take mama out?
Clayton Farlow: Yes, we're going out to dinner.
Sue Ellen Shepard Ewing: She'll be down in a minute. Oh, excuse me. Clayton Farlow, Roy Ralston.
Roy Ralston: How do you do?
Clayton Farlow: Oh yeah, you're the fellow that has the talk show J.R.'s been on.
Roy Ralston: Yes I do. I'm sure you share my enthusiasm for J.R.'s appearances on my show.
Clayton Farlow: Not really.
Roy Ralston: Well, J.R.'s becoming the champion of the underdog. "I have a feeling he'll be leaving for Washington right after the next election.
Clayton Farlow: Well, Dallas's gain'll be Washington's loss!
Eleanor Southworth Ewing Farlow #1: Clayton, I'm so sorry I kept you waiting.
JR Ewing: No more than we are, mama.

"Dallas: The Lost Child (#3.7)" (1979)
Jock Ewing: How long has it been since I told you I loved you?
Miss Ellie Ewing: Well, when was the last time Haley's comet appeared?
Jock Ewing: [smiles] Well, now, it hasn't been that long ago.

"Dallas: Vengeance (#5.22)" (1982)
Miss Ellie Ewing: I've come to realize that you really do love your son.
J.R. Ewing: Yes, I do. And whats more, I love Sue Ellen. I just didn't realize it until after the divorce.

"Dallas: Spy in the House (#1.3)" (1978)
Miss Ellie Ewing: [raising her voice] Stop that! Stop that shouting in this house!

"Dallas: The Lesson (#1.2)" (1978)
J.R. Ewing: [Lucy is going out on a date] Makes me feel old...
Miss Ellie Ewing: Junior, you were born old.

"Dallas: Paternity Suit (#3.17)" (1980)
Miss Ellie Ewing: [the Ewing women are watching Cliff Barnes withdraw from the run for congress] Poor Digger. This must be a big disappointment to him.
Sue Ellen Ewing: Some people deserve to fail.
Lucy Ewing: Alan must be miserable. He really thought Cliff had a chance of winning.

"Dallas: Jock's Trial: Part 2 (#3.23)" (1980)
Miss Ellie Ewing: I feel I'm betraying Jock.
Matt Devlin: It's not a betrayal to fall in love.

"Dallas: Mastectomy: Part 1 (#3.9)" (1979)
Miss Ellie Ewing: [to Jock] A long time ago, you walked out on a sick woman. If I get sick, are you gonna walk out on me?

"Dallas: Call Girl (#2.20)" (1979)
Bobby Ewing: Ray and I got in a fight with a couple of boys in a bar last night.
Jock Ewing: I damn wish I'd been with ya!
Miss Ellie Ewing: Jock...
Jock Ewing: Well, nothing I like better than a little fight now and then.

"Dallas: Whatever Happened to Baby John?: Part 2 (#3.2)" (1979)
J.R. Ewing: [on phone in office] Now if the call was genuine, dad would be on his way to the bank instead of City Hall.
Miss Ellie Ewing: [on other line at Southfork] J.R., not everyone is motivated by greed.

"Dallas: Carousel (#12.1)" (1988)
J.R. Ewing: How could you leave that little ninny alone in the house? If she's still at Southfork when I get back there, I'm gonna have her barbecued.
Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow: You moved out of Southfork, J.R. Lucy moved in.
J.R. Ewing: Where were you when she was handing my son over to Sue Ellen?
Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow: I was flying back here to see you to make sure you were all right. I even worried about you. I shouldn't have.
J.R. Ewing: Hmm. Now that female assassin's got my son.
Clayton Farlow: He's better off with her than hidden way some school.
J.R. Ewing: You butt out of this, Clayton. We're talking family here.
Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow: J.R., you keep a civil tongue in your head. Clayton is family.
J.R. Ewing: No matter what you say, mama, he's never going to be a family to me.
Clayton Farlow: J.R., wounds are no. I'll kick your butt around this room.
J.R. Ewing: Oh, that's great, yeah. Attack me when I can't defend myself. That figures. Yeah, ha, ha.
Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow: Well, obviously, J.R., you're not suffering from any serious effect from the shooting. And there's no other reason for us to stay here.
[Miss Ellie and Clayton are leaving]
J.R. Ewing: Doesn't anybody care that I was almost killed? I was almost killed!
[Door slams]

"Dallas: Divorce, Ewing Style (#3.21)" (1980)
Jock Ewing: You know, I don't remember Kristen drinking anything but white wine.
Miss Ellie Ewing: Well, maybe that's all she does around you.
[Jock laughs]

"Dallas: Sue Ellen's Choice (#3.19)" (1980)
Miss Ellie Ewing: J.R., as far as your concerned, the whole state of Texas could be a concrete slab. Including Southfork.
[Jock laughs at this]