Dallas

Season 13 Episode 14

Judgment Day

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Aired Friday 12:00 AM Jan 12, 1990 on CBS
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J.R. is wracked with guilt, believing the end of Ewing Oil is near; Cliff is torn between doing what's right and his hatred of the Ewings; Carter's wife is tired of his continued mistreatment; Michelle tires of spying on people; the investigative committee makes its decision

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    Sheree J. Wilson

    Sheree J. Wilson

    April Stevens

    Larry Hagman

    Larry Hagman

    John Ross 'J.R.' Ewing

    Barbara Bel Geddes

    Barbara Bel Geddes

    Eleanor 'Miss Ellie' Southworth Ewing Farlow

    Patrick Duffy

    Patrick Duffy

    Bobby Ewing

    Ken Kercheval

    Ken Kercheval

    Cliff Barnes

    Howard Keel

    Howard Keel

    Clayton Farlow

    Teddy Wilson

    Teddy Wilson

    Clem

    Guest Star

    J. Jay Saunders

    J. Jay Saunders

    George Middleton

    Guest Star

    Fred Holliday

    Fred Holliday

    Atherton

    Guest Star

    Jeri Gaile

    Jeri Gaile

    Rose McKay

    Recurring Role

    George Petrie

    George Petrie

    Harv Smithfield

    Recurring Role

    Deborah Rennard

    Deborah Rennard

    Sly Lovegren

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • This storyline's revelation that Jock first struck oil in Pride, Texas doesn't coincide with the storyline from season 8. Through out this entire story every one says that Jock struck oil in Pride and started Ewing Oil but during Season 8 it was said that Jock, Jason Ewing, and Digger Barnes struck oil together and Sam Culver was present when they formed a partnership. Plus back during that storyline J.R. and Bobby question Punk Anderson about the time Ewing Oil began and he tells them exactly where the strike was. When Miss Ellie asked Bobby and J.R. during this season they claim to not know.

    • QUOTES (18)

      • J.R.: (about Diana Farrington at the hearing) Why won't that woman look at me?
        James: Maybe she doesn't recognize you with your clothes on.

      • J.R.: Bob, that accident was my fault. I knew damn well that that tanker had an unacceptable rating, but I let it sail anyway because I didn't want any less zeroes in my bank account. I dragged you through Hell with me, Bobby. And, God knows it, it's not the first time. But, I guarantee you, it's gonna be the last. I'm prepared to go to jail for ten years or whatever it takes to take the blame off Daddy's company. I haven't been the kind of brother I'd like to have been, or son, for that matter. Daddy wrote this letter forty years ago. He thought that he was dying and I might be the only one left to carry the banner. He placed the future of Ewing Oil in my hands... and I failed him. So... I'm passing the torch onto you.

      • Miss Ellie: So this is my gift to you, the kind people of Pride, Texas. I give you the pride of Pride, in loving memory of Jock Ewing.

      • Bobby: Are you ready for the lynch mob?
        J.R.: Not until you read this. Harv Smithfield drew it up. Uh, he has instructions to read it to the press after the verdict is announced. In short, it absolves you and all your employees at Ewing Oil from responsibility for the collision. It says I take full responsibility.
        Bobby: Is it signed in invisible ink?

      • McKay: Now, it's time for a toast. To Cliff Barnes, who taught me a valuable lesson. Never try to blackmail... a moron. (laughing) Of course, morons like Cliff Barnes do make excellent governors.

      • McKay: You may not believe this, but there's a lot I admire about Bobby Ewing. Too bad he has that terrible flaw.
        Rose: What do you mean?
        McKay: Well, real businessmen know how to cut their losses. They never let pride stand in their way. Poor Bobby is going to have to learn that lesson the hard way.

      • Cliff: So, I'm supposed to let you off the hook because we were pals once?
        Bobby: No, not just because we were pals. We have family ties that bind us, Cliff.
        Cliff: So, now we're family. What does that make J.R., my evil twin?

      • Diana: How did Cliff Barnes find out about our arrangement?
        J.R.: Well, knowing Barnes, he probably hid in your lingerie drawer.

      • J.R.: Well, James, I got to get back to the office. If you're planning on having drinks with these ladies, you better get Dora Mae to fetch you a snake-bite kit.

      • Bobby: You know who founded this company, McKay?
        McKay: Sure. Jock Ewing was a legend.
        Bobby: You're right. And you know what he'd be doing if he was standing here right now?
        McKay: Well, I imagine he wouldn't be playing games.
        Bobby: No. He'd be escorting you out of this building... head first through this very window. And I'm just embarrassed I didn't do the same thing when you first brought me this stinking deal!

      • Diana: Let's face it, Cliff, every vote on this committee is tainted and you're the worst. Not only are you a disgruntled ex-partner in Ewing Oil, but every idiot in Texas can see that Carter McKay is pulling your strings. What has he got on you, 8x10's of your last Roman orgy?

      • Cliff: I have someone who can swear that you've been playing footsie with J.R. Ewing.
        Diana: What's wrong with hearing the Ewing side of things off the record? So I let J.R. buy me dinner once or twice.
        Cliff: No, no, no, no. You called for room service.
        Diana: I didn't do anything any self-respecting good ol' boy doesn't do everyday and twice on Sundays. But because I'm a woman playing the game, it automatically means I'm selling out.

      • Cliff: You knew his reputation. How could you be so stupid?!
        Michelle: I have no excuses. I am so sorry. I let it screw up our friendship. And I ruined the only decent relationship I had in Dallas.
        Cliff: Oh, well. You know, you didn't really have a chance against J.R. That slime could lure the Pope into a floating crap game.

      • Michelle: I've been spying on you for J.R.
        Cliff: You what?!
        Michelle: J.R. made me spy on you, Cliff. I'm sorry. I really am.
        Cliff: You know, I tell you, I have felt all along that somebody was trying to knife me in the back but I never figured it would be you.

      • April: You clearly found out about my three big oil leases. That's what this is all about, isn't it?
        McKay: Three major oil leases. Well, that's very interesting.
        April: Well, they're yours in exchange for the blackmail tape. The one with Cliff Barnes.
        McKay: Oh, God, that Cliff Barnes is unbelievable. (laughing) Is there anybody who doesn't know about that tape? The next thing you know he's gonna hire a sky writer to advertise it all over town.

      • James: She thinks I went to bed with Diana Farrington.
        J.R.: Did you?
        James: No! All I was doing was trying to cover up for you.
        J.R.: Well, you didn't tell her that?
        James: Of course, I did. Only it was so stupid it sounded like I was lying through my teeth.
        J.R.: Oh, James, never tell the truth when a good lie will do.

      • Cliff: Digger, what the hell am I going to do? Finally have the power to crush J.R. Ewing... and, get this, he might not even be guilty. Whoa. But, damn it, he has committed a crime. He knowingly bought that shoddy tanker just to fatten his own purse without giving a single thought to the environmental destruction it might cause. And it caused it. He acted immorally and unethically. But, still, he didn't do anything legally wrong. Still, I can get him anyway. Nobody has to know the truth. The question is will it be worth it just to have him out of my life forever. And that's what I've always wanted. What would you do, Digger? Would you say the hell with it, the only good Ewing is a dead Ewing? Hmm?

      • Miss Ellie: (standing in the field where Jock made his first oil strike) Damn it all Jock! You couldn't have been an insurance salesman or a shoe salesman. No, you had to have oil in your blood... in your heart. And now a man is dead and our sons are fighting for their lives. All because of oil! This is where your dream started but sometimes... sometimes I wish it had never ever started at all.

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