Season 13 Episode 13

A Tale of Two Cities

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Jan 05, 1990 on CBS
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Episode Summary

J.R.'s cavalier attitude about his affairs makes James realize sex is a much bigger part of the oil business than he imagined; Cally is excited about her art show at Lucy's gallery; word of who may really be at fault in the tanker collision gets out; Michelle uncovers Carter's treachery against Cliff; Bobby and April start wedding plansmoreless

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Gloria Henry

Gloria Henry

Mrs. Evander

Guest Star

John Mahon

John Mahon

Captain Holgar

Guest Star

Gregory Walcott

Gregory Walcott

Commander Jedediah Joyce

Guest Star

Jeri Gaile

Jeri Gaile

Rose McKay

Recurring Role

Leslie Bevis

Leslie Bevis

Diana Farrington

Recurring Role

Bill McIntyre

Bill McIntyre

Billy Joe Bates

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • J.R. has caught Cally before she gets to his room, leaving James with Diana Farrington. When there is a knock at the door James thinks it's Cally, so he quickly pulls his shirt off over his head, thus leaving it buttoned. But it's Michelle at the door. After she leaves James puts his shirt back on, but the buttons are unbuttoned at that point.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • J.R.: Well, it's not a big thing if nobody gets hurt.
      James: Well, I got hurt. Do you know why? Because I tried to tell the truth. Well, I've learned my lesson. From now on, I'm following in your footsteps... Daddy.

    • J.R.: Oh, I explained all that to you. It's strictly business.
      James: No, it's lying. That's what it's all about. You lying to Cally. Diana lying to her husband. It's a way of life here in Texas.
      J.R.: It's a way of life all over the world, son.

    • Bobby: Mrs. McKay?
      Rose: You sound surprised.
      Bobby: I was surprised to find out Carter McKay was married.
      Rose: Ah, especially to someone like me, right?
      Bobby: I didn't say that.
      Rose: But I ain't what you expected.
      Bobby: Actually, considering everything I've heard, you are exactly what I expected.

    • Michelle: Like I said, I have some information for you.
      Bobby: About what?
      Michelle: Cliff Barnes. McKay is blackmailing him.
      Bobby: How?
      Michelle: He has a tape of Cliff romping with Mrs. McKay in a hotel room.
      Bobby: McKay isn't married.
      Michelle: According to Cliff, he is.
      Bobby: So he set him up with his own wife?
      Michelle: Real class act, huh?

    • April: I think just a small wedding, only family, a few friends.
      Bobby: Oh, ho ho. That could be fine. You could have Michelle as your maid of honor and I could have J.R. as my best man.
      April: (laughing) On second thought, I think we should elope.

    • Diana: Listen, look at it on the bright side. You wanted me to stop sleeping with J.R. Well, after tonight, I think you may have gotten your wish.
      James: Oh, that makes me feel a lot better. You two are the cheaters and I'm the one who gets caught.
      Diana: Lesson #2: Never ever be the innocent bystander.

    • Diana: (about James) He's a nice boy, J.R.
      J.R.: Yeah. He has an integrity problem, but I'm working on it.

    • Diana: You do know how to give people what they want, don't you?
      J.R.: Ha ha. It's a gift acquired after many years of practice.
      Diana: Now refined to an art.

    • Billy Joe: Middleton, he's one of them uptight guys with high-falutin' moral values. I keep telling him we're investigating oil companies, ain't no need for ethics in this thing.
      J.R.: (chuckling) Well, that's a fact.

    • Bobby: What's going on in Austin, James?
      James: Just the usual, I guess... cheating, bribing, whatever it takes.
      Bobby: J.R.'s school of business.

    • J.R.: Listen, if you don't do things my way, you're going to be burying Ewing Oil.
      Bobby: Well, your way doesn't work as long as Cliff Barnes is at the head of that committee. Now, get out of my office!
      J.R.: I can't believe you're my daddy's son. You just don't have his guts.
      Bobby: I got enough guts to bounce you out of here, now get.

    • McKay: What in the hell did you do to yourself?
      Rose: Oh, you don't like it?
      McKay: No! I like you the way you were.
      Rose: Well, that lady doesn't live here anymore. The one that loved you and wanted to do anything for you. There's nobody here but your whore.

    • April: No ring?
      Bobby: Come here. How about tomorrow?
      April: I'll you what, why don't we wait until this whole thing with Cliff Barnes blows over and the pressures's off and then you can come over with a ring and ask me to marry you all over again? Now, is that fair?
      Bobby: By then, I might not have enough to buy you much of a ring.
      April: It doesn't have to be much. It doesn't even have to be a diamond. It just has to be official.

    • J.R.: Well I don't want you to do anything, but remember that what I did was business, pure and simple. I just happened to do it in the privacy of a woman's bedroom.
      James: Well, your way of doing business stinks.
      J.R.: It'll save Ewing Oil and that's all that matters.

  • NOTES (1)