The atmosphere at Ewing
Oil was tense. Not only was the company the subject
of a senate investigation, but Bobby, the youngest Ewing son,
his family by returning home with a bride - none other than
the sister of
the senate committee's legal counsel, Cliff Barnes. Elder
brother JR was
even nore bemused when Bobby announced his decision to quit
working as a
road man for the company, and become an executive at the Ewing
As president of the company, JR guarded
his position jealously, and did not
relish having his younger brother looking over his shoulder.
He hastily ordered his secretary Julie
to place his top secret Red Files in
a safety deposit box.
"Aren't you going to share your
secrets with your little brother?," asked
Julie, with mock suprise.
Despite running interference for JR,
she remained on friendly terms with his
Bobby: You know, it probably would have been a lot easier
on Pam [his bride]
if JR had married you instead.
Julie: Well, that wasn't exactly my
Bobby: Hey, listen, I'm sorry -
Julie: That's OK, Bobby.
Bobby: Water under the bridge?
Julie also had to deal with the advances of Cliff Barnes,
who was determined
to take her to dinner.
Julie: Two drinks and you'll be prying all the Ewing secrets
out of me!
Cliff: Think of all the fun that'd
Julie: You prying and me holding on?
Cliff: Till I find your weak spot.
Julie's weak spot was, in fact, JR himself.
Julie: JR, it's no good like this, not in this way.
JR: You still love me, this way?
Julie: I loved you before Sue Ellen.
I knew you'd never marry me, but I
accepted the way things were. All these years you've been
coming here, and I
let you. But in the mornings, JR -
JR: You're the only woman I could ever
talk to, could ever count on.
Julie: JR, every morning I have breakfast
JR: I need you to love me.
Julie: JR, please, let me move on.
JR: I need you now.
Julie: Let me move on!
JR: I need you now, Julie.
Julie: JR, please.
JR: I need you right now ...
One night, as Julie lay in bed and JR prepared to return home,
he had overlooked her birthday. He placed a hundred dollar
bill on the
pillow beside her before leaving, and something in Julie snapped.
how she would spend the money, she called Cliff Barnes and
told him that the
following evening she would take him to dinner.
Next morning, the discussion at Ewing
Oil between JR, Bobby and their father
Jock was of a senator they had on their payroll, 'Wild Bill'
Ewings held a deed on Orloff's home and were anxious that
not find its way to the senate investigative committee. The
only copy of the
note was in a file Bobby had been studying overnight and had
left at home,
much to JR's annoyance. Bobby had his wife Pam drop it into
the office later
that day. Julie was all smiles as she took the file from the
new Mrs Ewing,
but hesitated before passing it on to JR and Bobby.
That night, Julie began an affair with
Cliff Barnes. The following morning,
she slid a copy of the Orloff file under his pillow, "as
Cliff went straight to the press, determined
to expose Orloff.
"He took fifty thousand dollars
from Ewing, he hasn't paid back a dime, he's
voted their way every chance he's had, so let the ethics committee
Julie was at Cliff's apartment when
the news broke that Orloff had resigned
his senate seat. She could not understand Cliff's bitter disappointment.
Julie: You said you wanted the crooks out of office, and you
wanted to give
government back to the people.
Cliff: I do, I still do, but I need
Orloff! He's the key to open up the
whole can of worms, the Ewing worms, for everybody to see!
Julie: It isthe Ewings you're after!
You don't give a damn about ethical
When Cliff tried to persuade her to continue spying for him,
that they had no future, and that Cliff had simply been using
her as part of
a personal vendetta against the Ewings.
Lying in wait for Julie outside Cliff's
apartment was Pam Ewing. She had
been accused by JR of giving her brother the Orloff document
Julie to come clean.
Julie: Pam, if you can't hold your own with the Ewings -
Pam: Is that what's been eating you
up? ... Both of us working girls; you
settled for what you could have with JR, and I married Bobby
- I did what
you were afraid to even try ... Maybe way back when, if you'd
ground, you could have been Mrs Ewing. What have you got now,
even your self respect.
Julie went to Ewing Oil and told JR
she was quitting.
Julie: I gave the file to Cliff Barnes.
Julie: I liked the way he made love.
Thought he deserved a reward.
JR: You love him?
Julie: I don't love anybody.
JR: Tell me, why?
Julie: Because you have to ask that,
Julie resurfaced the following year. She arranged to "accidentally"
Jock Ewing at his local haunt, the Cattleman's Club. She apologised
"Well, I never will understand
why you did it. That file was Ewing property,
you were a Ewing employee. You shouldn't have done it, Julie.
let Cliff Barnes destroy Orloff. Wild Bill was a good friend
of mine ...
What the hell, it's politics. We've done as much to Barnes.
I'm glad you're
As Julie had hoped, Jock asked her
to join him for lunch, and was suprised
when he told her that JR and his wife were expecting their
first child. Her
own attempts to start a new life in New York had been less
"My job was boring, I had very
few friends. I just couldn't wait to get back
Jock had also been going through a
period of adjustment, following a heart
operation some months earlier. He admitted to Julie that,
with JR and Bobby
running the family businesses, he was at something of a loose
"Most everything's behind me now,
but you - you've got it all ahead of you
and you don't seem very happy about it."
They spent the next couple of days
together, lunching and whiling away the
afternoons reminiscing about the days when Julie worked for
Jock, before JR
took over as president of Ewing Oil. On one occasion, they
ran into Bobby
and Pam, affording Julie a chance to ask Bobby for his forgiveness.
News of Julie's return began to spread,
and it wasn't long before JR found
his way to her apartment, bearing a bouquet of yellow roses.
himself in and, after making small talk, asked Julie why she
was seeing his
Julie: I wanted to apologise.
JR: A two day apology? That sets some
sort of record.
Julie: I guess I went looking for him
because I thought it would bring you
running ... That's how it started, but it's different now
... We talk, we
laugh, we enjoy each other. He's lonely and, very frankly,
so am I.
JR: That's a lot of bull, honey. Jock
Ewing's got family and friends, he's
not a lonely man.
Julie: Seems to me his wife treats
him like a child, his children treat him
like an invalid. I treat him like a man.
JR: That was always your speciality,
if I remember correctly.
Julie knew that JR was not questioning her relationship with
Jock out of
concern for his parents' marriage:
Julie: You came here to find out if I'm going to tell your
daddy about the
Red File ... Jock Ewing has a wonderful sense of humour, I
know it would
just tickle him to know that his own son forged his will ...
JR: You plan on telling him?
Julie: Tell him what? That his son
intends to turn his ranch into an oil
field when he dies? Now why would I do that?
JR: To get back at me. That's why you're
seeing him, isn't it?
Julie: You know for years I never asked
you for anything. I knew you'd never
leave Sue Ellen. I knew I'd never be anything in your life
convenience. But I was here when you needed me, and I was
grateful for the
time that you gave me.
JR: So grateful you slept with Cliff
Barnes and gave him secret information
about Wild Bill Orloff?
Julie: No, angry, finally angry at
being used. But now I'm back and things
are gonna be different. I'm not gonna let you run my life
anymore. I'm gonna
do things my way.
JR: By using a sick old man to get
back at me?
Julie: He's twice the man you ever
JR: Aren't you forgetting how good
we were together?
Julie: I haven't forgotten, and I don't
want you to refresh my memory. Now I
want you to get out of here.
Julie then received a summons from Miss Ellie, Jock's wife,
who also wanted
an explanation of the relationship.
Julie: We keep each other company while the people that we
love are too busy
to see that we're in pain, that we're lonely. We make each
needed, respected. We shop, we lunch, we talk about the people
That's all ... For you, he's a man who's got to be told not
to smoke, not to
eat salt, not to get excited, not to overdo, but for me, he's
and for that man to need my friendship, to want my company,
you don't know
what that means to me ... Our relationship is not what you
thought it was.
Miss Ellie: No, Julie, it isn't. It's
far more serious.
That night, Julie received a visit from Jock who presented
her with the gift
of a necklace. Julie guessed correctly that it was his way
Jock: Your friendship meant a lot to me. I don't want to give
it up. but I
don't want anything more either. It would hurt Miss Ellie
too much and, what
hurts her, hurts me.
Julie was not alone for long, however. No sooner had Jock
left than JR was
at her door. Julie tried to bar his entry to the apartment,
but he pushed
past her. Once inside, he grabbed Julie and started kissing
her. At first
she resisted, and then, once again, gave in.
JR had Julie back, and was soon lavishing
every attention on her. However,
as she mused during their three day trip to the Gulf (where
obstensibly inspecting Ewing Oil's offshore oil platforms),
"I never know
whether it's me or the secrets we share that make me so appealing
The vacation was cut short by the news that Cliff Barnes,
in his new
position as the head of the Office of Land Management, was
gunning for Ewing Oil.
As JR planned a counter-attack, Julie
returned home to the realisation that
JR had had her apartment searched while they were away.
"You'll never find it," Julie
smiled to herself, "because you don't know
where to look!"
The following day, while killing time
before a job interview, Julie ran
into Cliff. As usual, the uppermost subject on Cliff's mind
was Ewing Oil.
Cliff: You know where every one of JR's skeletons is buried
... If you've
got something to sell, I'm always ready to buy.
Julie: It would take more than I got
from you the last time ... I sold out
Cliff: You know what this means, Julie?
JR hasn't hurt you badly enough this
Neither Cliff nor Julie realised their meeting was being observed
by oil man
Willie Joe Garr who, along with his associate Jeb Ames, was
JR in several major deals. News of the meeting soon reached
JR's ears, and,
that evening in her apartment, he had a suggestion for Julie.
JR: A way of putting your friendship with Cliff Barnes to
good use ... I've
known men to give away state secrets in the height of passion.
Julie: You don't want me to sleep with
Cliff, do you?
JR: I'm not the jealous type, not cheap
either. Think about it, huh?
Julie thought about it. As soon as JR was out of the apartment,
dialling Cliff's number. She left a message on his answering
"You're right, I do know where
the skeletons are buried. I've been hurt
enough and I'm ready to sell. All we have to talk about is
She then took a pawn ticket and key,
that she had previously taped to the
bottom of a jewellery box, and placed them in an envelope,
which she hastily
addressed and posted.
Shortly afterwards, she received a
visit from Jeb Ames. He told her it was
time to leave Dallas.
Julie: Did JR send you?
Jeb: No, no, but I'm sure he'll agree
once he finds out you've been trying
to make a deal with Barnes.
Julie: You had my phone tapped, didn't
Jeb: Julie, when you were JR's secretary,
you knew all about our deals. We
can't allow you to sell out to Barnes.
He ordered her to start packing, and Julie went into the bedroom.
to make a run for it, she left her apartment by another door,
but was unable
to summon the elevator before Ames discovered her absence.
made for the stairwell, where she was spotted by Willie Joe
down below. With no other means of escape, Julie ran up to
the roof of the
building, pursued by Jeb and Willie Joe.
Terrified, Julie hid while they searched
the roof. Jeb spotted her and she
ran past him, straight into Willie Joe's arms. She screamed,
and Willie Joe
slapped her hard.
"You're going to kill me aren't
Julie managed to break away from his
grasp, but then she stumbled and lost
her balance, falling off the roof to her death below.