Dallas - Season 3, Episode 9
Recap: Miss Ellie calls up Dr. Danvers to express her worry about a changing lump in her breast...and hastily ends the call just as Jock enters the room. He asks her if she wants some breakfast, but she declines and tells him she's off to run errands...and also declines his offer to ferry her around town in favor of Pam giving her a lift into the city. As she scurries out of the room, Jock stares after her worriedly.
JR accidentally spends the night in Kristin's condo after falling asleep post-doink, and is all, "Ack!" when he sees the time and chides Kristin for not waking him up sooner. As she purrs, "I like it when you spend the night", JR leaps off the bed and rushes into the bathroom, where he quickly washes up and changes into a fresh suit before heading out to the office.
Ray tells Bobby he's newly hopeful about embarking upon a relationship with a live human woman now that he knows Donna Culver only reconciled with her husband so the poor old sod wouldn't be alone while suffering from terminal cancer. Ray tells Bobby he assumed she had been writing him to arrange the occasional roll in the hay, and Bobby says if he believed that, he clearly doesn't know what a quality woman like Donna is all about. Or how hard up she must be for some male companionship.
Dr. Danvers tells Miss Ellie that her mammogram doesn't seem to indicate that the lump is anything more than a benign cyst - but she insists that she's been feeling a change in the tumor, plus she's had discharge. Dr. Danvers says he'll get the lab to test the discharge fluid pronto, then urges her to continue with her regular, nerve wracking self examinations.
Sue Ellen is sitting in the diner where she first met Dusty, and is craning her head in the direction of the front door so she can spot him if he happens to come in. She's visibly disappointed when he doesn't show up.
Jock drops in on JR at Ewing Oil to ask him how the trust fund for Amanda is going...then gets frustrated at JR's inaction and general disinterest in the task and declares that he's going to call his accountant and set the damn thing up himself. JR admits he's been lying about all the progress he's been making with the trust fund and pretends it's 'cause he didn't want to be doing something shady behind his mother's back. Jock sheepishly says he still hasn't told Miss Ellie about marriage #1 'cause he can never seem to find the right time...but promises he'll have a private one-on-one with her about it tonight.
Miss Ellie tells Pam she's skeered to tell Jock about her breast tumor and possible mastectomy, 'cause even though he's a crotchety, badly grizzled old goat, he's not shy about making it known how much he digs hot woman and symmetrical breasts. When she tears up at the possibility of losing a breast, Pam assures her that Jock would never turn away from her - not least 'cause he has absolutely no business being remotely picky about the kind of female companionship he'd be able to attract if he were to suddenly find himself single - and reminds her that she had once pronounced that her marriage was based largely on truth and honesty. A teary-eyed Miss Ellie nods and says she'll try breaking her breast tumor news to Jock tonight.
That evening, Jock comes right out and tells Miss Ellie that forty years ago he used to be married to a woman named Amanda, and that he quickly bailed on her shortly after she suffered a nervous breakdown. He says he's been paying her medical bills ever since...but that when he got shot during the Dove Hunt episode, he realized he should probably set up a trust fund for her in case anything were to happen to him. Miss Ellie stares back at him in horror and says she's appalled that he would callously abandon his first spouse due to an illness. Jock explains that Amanda's doctor said it would be best for everyone involved if he divorced her, but Miss Ellie doesn't look placated and snappishly asks him if he'd walk out on her if she were to fall ill...then gets up and storms out of the room.
Pam blabs to Bobby that Miss Ellie told her about the lump in her breast and that she's pretty certain it's cancerous...and is really worried that Jock will dump her like yesterday's news if she has to undergo a mastectomy. Bobby pales and is all, "OMG!" then says he just saw Miss Ellie storming out of the study while talking to Jock, and wonders exactly what the two were arguing about.
The next morning, Sue Ellen tells JR that everyone's wondering whassup about the big blowup between Jock and Miss Ellie - but JR pretends to be too preoccupied with choosing a tie to care about his parents' marital woes, and snarkishly orders Sue Ellen to buy him a new supply of ties next time she's in the city.
Sue Ellen is thrilled when Dusty finally makes an appearance in the diner. He seats himself across from her, orders a giant breakfast, and tells her he's been eager to see her again - but doesn't have the nerve to call Southfork. Sue Ellen says she's not sure if it's a good idea for the two of them to start seeing each other - but Dusty insists it is, and tells her he's decided to stay put in Dallas, instead of bouncing from ranch job to ranch job the way he usually does.
Alan Beam recruits a group of volunteers to help him set up a campaign office for Cliff's faux congressional run and mount a Cliff for Congress sign above the entrance, Alan climbs into his car, calls JR on his private line, and triumphantly reports, "We're open for business!" ... and JR grins and cackles approvingly.
That evening, Bobby finds Miss Ellie moping alone on the patio and asks her whassup with her skipping dinner. She says she wasn't hungry and doesn't feel like talking about what's bugging her...and when Bobby blabs about how Pam blabbed to him about her breast lump, she admonishes him for prying into her private affairs.
Dr. Danvers calls Miss Ellie to report that the discharge from her breast is definitely in the suspicious category, and that he wants to see her asap.
Ellie quickly packs a suitcase and asks Pam if she could please drive her to the hospital.
Sue Ellen tells her therapist (Dr. Ellby) that she recently met a nice man and had fun hanging with him at the annual Ewing Rodeo...but is afraid, if things go too much further, he's going to expect her to hit the sheets with him. When Dr. Ellby asks her how she feels about getting some extramarital action, she says she's not all that interested 'cause of how cold and dead on the inside she's been feeling lately.
Alan launches Operation Urge Cliff to Run For Congress by gushing to Cliff about how much he'd loooooove to see him get elected, not least so he could somehow use Cliff's powerful new status to wreak some sort of vengeance-by-association on JR. When Cliff mulls it over and is all, "I dunno..", Alan insists it'd be "a natural move" and adds that "lots of people" are lining up to back his campaign. When he hands him the faux list of names, Cliff says he can't deny how flattering it is.
Pam implores Miss Ellie to call Jock and explain to him why she's spending the night in the hospital, and says she's pretty sure he'll stand by her in the event of a mastectomy. Miss Ellie snappishly retorts that it's none of her business what she decides to tell Jock, then asks her to please leave. Pam gives her a cheek kiss, then makes a beeline over to the nearest pay phone to blab to Bobby about Miss Ellie's imminent surgery.
The surgeon explains to Miss Ellie that he'll remove the offending lump and immediately have it tested it for cancer...and if it comes back positive, he'll proceed with a mastectomy. That's interesting; I wonder why he wouldn't do a biopsy of the lump prior to surgery. Miss Ellie signs the requisite permission forms...and after the surgeon exits her room, she stares tearfully at herself in the mirror.
Jock, JR, and Bobby arrive at the hospital...and Jock quickly finds out what room Miss Ellie is in and rushes over to his beloved. He holds her hand, says sorry for being secretive about wife #1, and that he feels bad she didn't want to tell him about her breast tumor. She weakly asks him if he's going to dump her like Amanda if she loses a breast...then leaves him staring tearfully into space as she's wheeled off to surgery.
Sue Ellen and Dusty are having a delightful time horseback riding together. When they stop for a short break, an exuberant Dusty tells her he wants her to be happy enough to "fly just as high as you can!", then makes it clear he's A-OK with moving their budding romance along veeeery slowly. Sue Ellen warns him that she's not ready to trust another man...then chides Dusty for being interested in her despite her unbearably snooty disposition and tendency toward bitchiness whenever she doesn't get her way. Dusty grins and says she can't possibly be that bad (could, is), and leans in for a kiss. When she shoves him away, Dusty shrugs unconcernedly and says he's prepared to wait until she's more receptive to some extramarital smooching.
Oh, Dusty. Run far and fast.
Jock grumbles to JR and Bobby about how dismayed he is that Miss Ellie checked into the hospital for surgery without telling him, then wanders off down the hall, looking discombobulated. JR tells Bobby that Miss Ellie had a freakout when Jock told her about his first wife, and Bobby contorts his normally bland-faced expression into one of puzzlement and is all, "First wife? Wha-a-a-a-a-t?"
Pam drives back to Southfork to let Lucy know about Miss Ellie's surgery, and that they all need to be strong in case her prognosis is in the dire range.
After the operation, the surgeon informs Jock that Miss Ellie's breast tumor was, in fact, cancerous, and that he went ahead and performed a mastectomy. He adds that when she regains consciousness, someone (perhaps, uh, the surgeon??) is going to have to break the [not surprising] news to her.
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