Dallas - Season 3, Episode 10
Recap: Jock takes a break from hovering over a comatose Miss Ellie in her hospital bed to drive back to Southfork and update the family with the latest news: Miss Ellie survived the surgery, and the surgeon's pretty hopeful he was able to remove all of the cancer.
Upstairs, JR tells Sue Ellen he's very optimistic that Miss Ellie has been cured and that she's going to live, and Sue Ellen snappishly retorts, "Sometimes that's not enough" ... and JR shoots her a confused WTF? glare before ambling over to the window in time to see Jock climb into his car to make a return trip to the hospital.
Bobby finds Lucy sitting in a room by herself, despondently staring into space. When he invites her to have breakfast with him, Pam, JR, and Sue Ellen, she tells him she's not hungry, and that she's also too distraught about her grandmother's cancer to visit her in the hospital.
Jock arrives at the hospital clutching a bouquet of flowers. He leans over a still-sedated Miss Ellie, caresses her face, and croaks, "My God, I love you."
Pam tells Sue Ellen that Lucy seems to be having a particularly hard time dealing with Miss Ellie's illness, and Sue Ellen's all, "Like I give a shit" and directs the conversation to the importance of feminine beauty to the Ewing men and cites her stunning looks as the main reason JR decided to snap her up around the time she was crowned Miss Texas. Pam tells her there's more to being a woman than gorgeousness, and Sue Ellen snidely retorts, "What? Brains...charm...personality?" and asks Pam if she actually believes that. Pam's like, "Yes, yes, and yes" and argues that women don't exist solely for the pleasure of men, to which Sue Ellen snaps, "They do if they're married to a Ewing" and chides her for being naive. She insists that Ewing men (yes, including Bobby) are all the same...and by all the same, she means they consider their wives property and whose appearance needs to be pleasing to them at all times. She snappishly warns Pam that if she finds herself one day riddled with disease, she'd "better be wrapped up in a pretty package!", then stomps out of the room. What a noxious twit.
Pam urges Lucy to come with her to the hospital, but Lucy declines and says she's much too depressed about Miss Ellie's cancer, along with the increased breast cancer risk she herself now faces. When Pam tells her that Miss Ellie has a very good chance of living cancer-free for the rest of her life, Lucy snaps, "Stop lecturing me, you non-doctor!" and storms out of the room. It remains a mystery why Pam doesn't insist to Bobby that they move out of this toxic ranch shithole asap and get their own place.
Miss Ellie's surgeon tells the Ewings that he was able to remove the entire tumor, and that there's no sign the cancer has spread. A relieved Jock tells everyone that since there's nothing more to be done at the hospital, they should feel free to go about their day. Sue Ellen's like, "Can do!" and makes a beeline over to the nearest pay phone to call Dusty.
When Miss Ellie regains consciousness, Jock tells her her cancer's gone and assures her she'll be just fine. He leans in to kiss her, but she turns her head away and stares sadly into space.
Pam heads over to Casa Barnes to inform Cliff and Digger about Miss Ellie's mastectomy. Digger's all, "Wha-a-a-a?", then rushes into the other room to change before heading off to the hospital to see her. Pam marvels to Cliff about how much Digger still loves Miss Ellie after all these years, and Cliff concurs and says it's pretty clear that the old goat has never gotten over his first love.
Jock happily tells Miss Ellie that she's still alive and still with him...and she stares stonily at him and mutters, "Am I?" He offers to clear the air of their tedious marital issues...and when she tells him she'd rather he didn't, he ignores her and natters about how, back when they were courting, he was in competition for her with Digger and worried he'd lose her if he came clean about Amanda. JR eavesdrops on the awkward conversation for a few seconds before entering the room to tell Jock he's ready to go to lunch.
JR promises Jock he'll get right on setting up Amanda's trust, but Jock tells him not to bother, and that they can worry about it when Miss Ellie is feeling better.
Digger drops by the hospital with a bouquet of freshly picked wild flowers. Miss Ellie smiles happily and reminisces about how she used to pick wild flowers on the ranch when she was a young girl...and this prompts Digger to once again - OMFG - bellyache about losing her to Jock more than forty years ago. He asks her if she has any romantic-type feelings for him, and she chides him for the unfair question and thanks him for dropping by [translation: time for you to leave]. After he leaves, Jock enters the room and tells Miss Ellie he saw Digger just now and hopes he didn't upset her with his self-piteous, 'I've been wronged for forty years!' ramblings. Miss Ellie assures him he didn't, and that despite his obnoxious inability to let go of the past, he's a very honest guy. When Jock says it annoys him whenever she defends Digger to him, she snappishly calls him callous and cruel and orders him to get lost.
After the commercial break, Miss Ellie returns to Southfork and is warmly greeted by her castmates - except for Lucy, who stares sullenly at her from the staircase as she half-heartedly apologizes for not visiting her in the hospital. Miss Ellie shrugs her indifference toward the self-absorbed brat and tells everyone she's going upstairs to lay down for awhile, but would like some company later.
Later, Miss Ellie talks to Pam and Sue Ellen about the possibility of having breast reconstructive surgery. Sue Ellen fixes her cold dead eyes on her as she asks her what Jock thinks about having a wife whose diseased breast area needs reconstruction, and Miss Ellie spacily says he hasn't said a word about it. Pam shoots Sue Ellen a look of disgust at her incomprehensibly shallow dickishness, then reminds Miss Ellie that Jock looooves her somethin' fierce...but Miss Ellie just stares sadly into space as she murmurs, "I'm not sure I believe that."
Sue Ellen calls Dusty from her bedroom, and he tells her he'd really really like for them to meet up in a swanky hotel room this afternoon. He says if she pulls a no-show he'll understand and continue to be an overly accommodating doormat...and Sue Ellen gazes contemplatively into space.
Bobby barges into JR's office and demands to know whassup with Alan Beam, with whom he had a contrived altercation during the Rodeo episode, and who is now supporting a suspiciously timed Cliff for Congress movement. Jock enters the office and gruffly asks what in blazes they're bickering about, so Bobby tells him that word on the street is that JR is up to something with all the backing Cliff has been getting to campaign for a congressional seat. JR comes right out and admits that, yep, he's behind the faux campaign movement, then explains that once Cliff resigns from the OLM to declare his candidacy, the fundraising will immediately dry up...and he'll no longer be in a position to control if, how, and where Ewing Oil can drill. Jock mulls that over, decides that since Cliff [in his opinion] has abused his OLM position to sideline Ewing Oil, he's A-OK with JR colluding with Alan Beam to launch the faux congressional campaign. Bobby stares at him incredulously and says he doesn't want anything to do with continuing to perpetuate the tedious Barnes-Ewing feud the writers refuse to let go of, and Jock concurs and says they should all shut up about it now. Amen to that.
After dinner, Miss Ellie tries on a few of her sack dresses, but gets depressed when she contemplates the low neckline of several of them and sinks to the floor, sobbing. Jock enters the room and asks her what's wrong, and she snarks at him to go away, then explains that her clothes no longer fit. He assures her that everything will be A-OK and that her ill fitting clothes don’t matter, and Miss Ellie snaps, "Why? Because I'm not young anymore?" and tells him she still cares about how she looks. She moans, "I'm deforrrrrrrmed", but Jock assures her that a mastectomy couldn’t possibly change how he feels about her...and she snarks back that he has no idea how it feels to be a woman without a breast. No argument there, I'm sure.
Digger calls up Miss Ellie and invites her to hang out with him in a downtown park, and she happily accepts.
Sue Ellen arrives at the swanky hotel...and when Dusty offers her a glass of champagne, she declines and tells him it's possible she's an alcoholic 'cause of all the uncontrolled boozing she did last season that culminated in a horrific self-inflicted car accident that nearly killed her and her unborn spawn. She adds that she's been suppressing her feelings ever since...and Dusty is somehow able to keep himself from shrieking, "OMG! You did wha-a-a-at?!!" and assures her that there's no need to be suppressing any feelings now that she's here with him. After a brief smooch, Sue Ellen pulls away and tells him she's not sure she has the strength to disturb her privileged Ewing lifestyle, and Dusty reminds her that he too is rich and that he'd be happy to offer her whatever strength she needs...and that even though he finds her sexy and desirable, he's not thinking purely about getting her in the sack. Sue Ellen mulls that over and says she only came to their rendezvous to see if she could force herself to take one step away from her cushy Ewing-financed life, and Dusty somehow refrains from making a break for the nearest exit and running fast and far from this vapid waste of a human train wreck.
Over at the park, Digger gives Miss Ellie another wild flower bouquet as the two amble over to a nearby bench and reminisce yet again about being sweethearts during their formative years. Digger gushes about how she's still "the girl I remember", then takes a turn toward the bitchy when he snarlingly pronounces that they'd be married right now if it weren't for Jock - aka the man who stole her, along with his oil. He continues to rant about Jock ruining everything...and Miss Ellie shoots him a weary WTF? look and tells him that, nope, given his nutty tendency to rant and rave about shit that went down forty fucking years ago, nothing would be different...then gives him a cheek kiss and says she's outa here. Digger scrunches his face confusedly and stupidly asks, "Whad I say?" and Miss Ellie mutters something about finally having everything in perspective.
Back at Southfork, Miss Ellie summons Lucy to the study and asks her why she's been avoiding her for the last two episodes...then correctly guesses that she's wigged out about her increased chance of one day being diagnosed with breast cancer. Lucy wails about how much she hates the illness and how it made her worry so much about whether or not she (Miss Ellie) would fully recover...but that she's actually a lot more troubled about having to endure the same thing herself one day. She cries, "Why meeeee?!", then hugs Miss Ellie, who tells her it's possible she may never get cancer...but urges her to stay on top of her health and get regular checkups. She tells her to buck up and get on with the business of living...and Lucy promises to try before flouncing out of the room.
Miss Ellie explains to Jock that when she learned he had ditched his first wife 'cause of her mental illness, she used it as an excuse to drive him away after finding out about her cancer diagnosis, 'cause she was afraid the mastectomy would turn him off so much he'd want to divorce her and hook up with a younger, more intact woman. She figured it'd be easier to tell everyone that Amanda was the reason for their breakup - and that it wasn't 'cause he was unable to bear to look at her now deformed body. Jock assures her that that could never happen, and that he's determined to make it up to her and do his part to make their marriage work. Miss Ellie promises to try, and the two collapse against each other in a hug.
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