CTVA US Drama - "Knots Landing" (Lorimar/CBS) Season 1 (1979-80)

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Season 1 (1979-80)
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CBS Thursdays
Created by David Jacobs / Executive Producer: Lee Rich (pilot only)
Executive Producers: Michael Filerman and David Jacobs (series) / Produced by Joesph Wallenstien

Primary Cast:
Michele Lee ................................... Karen Fairgate
Don Murray..................................... Sid Fairgate
Joan Van Ark .................................. Valene Ewing
Ted Shackelford ............................... Gary Ewing
Constance McCashin ............................ Laura Avery
John Pleshette ................................ Richard Avery
Kim Lankford .................................. Ginger Ward
James Houghton ................................ Kenny Ward
Secondary Cast:
Claudia Lonow ................................. Diana Fairgate
Pat Petersen .................................. Michael Fairgate
Steve Shaw .................................... Eric Fairgate
Justin Dana (episode 1)........................ Jason Avery
Danny Gellis .................................. Jason Avery
Louise Vallance ............................... Sylvie
 
1.1 [--] Knots Landing: "PILOT"
27Dec79 CBS Thur
Written by : David Jacobs
Directed by : Peter Levin
Annie Fairgate ........... Karen Allen
Bobby Ewing............ Patrick Duffy
The pilot episode begins with Bobby Ewing escorting reunited newlyweds Val and Gary Ewing to their house in Knots Landing,
California. The episode also focuses on Sid's troubled teenaged daughter (from his first marriage). Val, feeling a parental
connection to her, helps her patch things up with her father.

1.2 [--] Knots Landing: "COMMUNITY SPIRIT"
3Jan80 CBS Thur
Written by : Elizabeth Pizer
Directed by : James Sheldon
J.R. Ewing ............... Larry Hagman
Jack Whitcomb ............ Robert Doqui
Chip Todson ........... Joesph Hacker
Gary's brother J.R. and his California based company, Petrolux, sets up to drill for oil off the beaches of Knots Landing.
Karen leads the neighborhood in a protest against the drilling. J.R. counters by trying to blackmail Gary by threatening
to tell Lucy about her parents remarriage. However, Gary blackmails J.R. with files he steals from the Petrolux office.
J.R. is forced to change sites and for the first time, Gary beatshis brother at his own game.

1.3 [--] Knots Landing: "LET ME COUNT THE WAYS"
10Jan80 CBS Thur
Written by : William Carlisle Hopkins
Directed by : Henry Levin
David Crane.......... David J. Carroll
Mary Ann............... Sherri Stoner
Karen, going through a pre-mid-life crisis, meets Diana's controversial teacher who is being accused of unethical
teaching methods. Karen joins him and the other students in a defense against the other parents. Karen also feels very
attracted to him and they come very close to having an affair. However, Karen decides that nothing is more important than
her marriage and family.

1.4 [--] Knots Landing: "THE LIE"
17Jan80 CBS Thur
Written by : Claudia Adams
Directed by : Edward Perone
Martin............ Christopher Allport
Lt. Larkin............. Margrie Impert
Feeling lonely and unappreciated, Laura goes to a local bar looking for some attention and gets picked up by a man who
ultimately rapes her. She hides the truth about the rape from Richard and the police. Val remembers seeing Laura coming
home after the rape, but is reluctant to reveal Laura's secret. Val confronts Laura and convinces her to tell the police
the truth. Laura decides not to tell Richard, which adds more turmoil to their marriage.

1.5 [--] Knots Landing: "WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN"
24Jan80 CBS Thur
Written by : David Jacobs
Directed by : David Moessinger
Lilimae Clements........ Julie Harris
Karen's mother......... Carolyn Coates
Jeramiah Clements..... Don "Red" Barry
Cabbie................ Herb Vigran
Val's mother, country singer Lilimae Clements arrives in Knots Landing for a visit. Val is not very happy to see her
because the visit triggers some unhappy memories. It is revealed that Lilimae was somewhat responsible for Val losing her
baby Lucy to J.R. Val had always been very resentful of Lilimae putting a singing career ahead of her own child. Val and
Lilimae finally make up and settle their differences, but only in time for Val to watch her mother walk out of her life
again to continue pursuing her career.

1.6 [--] Knots Landing: "HOME IS FOR HEALING"
31Jan80 CBS Thur
Written by : Rena Down
Directed by : Roger Young
Lucy Ewing ............... Charlene Tilton
Val brings Lucy to Knots Landing after she discovers that her parents are remarried. Lucy does not feel very comfortable
living the suburban life and does not get along very well with her father. Gary insists that they should live off of his
salary and not the Ewing money. Lucy decides to leave and asks Val to go with her, who reluctantly says yes. Gary begs
Val not to leave him, but she feels Lucy needs her. Gary later apologizes for all of the years he was not there for his
family. Lucy decides to stay for a week and see what happens.

1.7 [--] Knots Landing: "LAND OF THE FREE"
7Feb80 CBS Thur
Written by : Clyde Ware
Directed by : Nicholas Sgarro
Music...................... Les Lannon
Buzzy Marek................ Tony Becker
Alien............ John Dennis Johnson
Officer Willis......... Joesph Hoover
A motorcycle gang terrorizes the cul-de-sac women and children at the beach. When Karen threatens to press charges for
injuring Michael, the gang retaliates by vandalizing the homes in the cul-de-sac. Karen decides to drop the charges, but
the gang kidnaps Diana and takes her to the beach. The men arrive and a fight ensues. The police arrive and arrest the gang,
which returns peace to the neighborhood.

1.8 [--] Knots Landing: "CIVIL WIVES"
14Feb80 CBS Thur
Written by : Jack Turley
Directed by : Kim Friedman
Susan Filbe............... Claudette Nevins
Sid's ex-wife comes to Knots Landing and stirs up trouble for Sid and Karen. Feeling very lonely, she tries to seduce Sid.
When he resists, she sets her sights on Richard. When Laura goes out of town, Richard and Susan have an affair. After she
leaves town Richard is asked about the time he spent with Susan and he continues lying and deceiving by saying nothing
happened.

1.9 [--] Knots Landing: "THE CONSTANT COMPANION"
21Feb80 CBS Thur
Written by : Robert Gilmer
Directed by : Henry Levin
Mrs. Handelman........... Pricilla Pointer
Arthur Sedley............ Alan Braunstien
Mechanic................. Michael Green
Lt. Stienmetz.... Daniel J. Travanti
Gordon........... Fred Stutlman
Messenger........ Buddy Douglas
Some painful memories from Ginger's past are revived when she receives some trinkets in the mail that remind her of someone
that got her pregnant in high school. She admits to Sid and Karen that she had an abortion and had not seen the baby's
father since. Ginger visits the father's mother and discovers that she is the one who had been sending the items because
of her resentment toward Ginger for having the abortion. Her son had since died and she was trying to make Ginger feel the
same pain. She and Ginger talk about the past and she agrees to stop sending the trinkets.

1.10 [--] Knots Landing: "SMALL SURPRISES"
6Mar80 CBS Thur
Written by : Robert W. Gilmer
Directed by : Nicholas Sgarro
Jill.............. Jennifer McCallister
Dr. Bender....... Georgiann Johnson
Karen discovers that she is pregnant, which causes some tension between her and the rest of the family. She is unsure if
she wants another baby this late in her life. She decides to have the baby, but shortly after, has a miscarriage. Karen
and Sid mourn the loss, but are thankful for the great kids and wonderful life they already have. Eric and Ginger's sister
Jill date for the weekend.

1.11 [--] Knots Landing: "COURAGEOUS CONVICTIONS"
13Mar80 CBS Thur
Written by : Rogers Turrentine and Robert W. Gilmer
Directed by : Henry Levin
Laura's father.......... Harry Bellaver
Terry Ethridge........... Kevin O'Brien
Tony De Luca........... George Liberato
Sales Clerk............. Barbra Jarback
Ted Curtis............... Douglas Rae
Norman Merrill........ Robert Lussier
Jill...................... Jill Cohen
A bad investment gets Richard into some financial trouble. Instead of allowing Laura to get a job to help them get out of
the debt, Richard asks the neighbors and then Laura's father for money. He decides to loan Laura the money and she turns
it over to Richard with the stipulation that she work to pay it off. Richard reluctantly puts his pride aside and agrees
to let Laura work. Diana's boyfriend steals some money from Sid then lies to Diana about taking it. He finally confesses
to Sid, but all trust is lost between he and Diana.

1.12 [--] Knots Landing: "BOTTOM OF THE BOTTLE (Pt. 1)"
20Mar80 CBS Thur
Written by : Calvin Clements, JR
Directed by : Roger Young
Bartender................. Jerry Hardin
Hooker................. Carolyn Conwell
Mandel's Partner......... Vernon Weddle
Store Owner............. Hal Williams
Mandel.................... Bob Levine
Gary gets a promotion to Vice President of Knots Landing Motors and at the celebration party, starts drinking again.
After a fight with Val, Gary leaves in a rage and Val is forced to tell everyone that her husband is an alcoholic. Gary
gets arrested after fighting in a bar and after being released, he promises not to drink again, but at a business lunch
gives into pressure and takes another drink. He disappears for days and gets mugged, then tries to steal from a liquor
store. Kenny and Ginger's marriage is in jeopardy when Ginger discovers Kenny has been seeing singer Sylvie.

1.13 [--] Knots Landing: "BOTTOM OF THE BOTTLE (Pt. 2)"
27Mar80 CBS Thur
Written by : John Pleshette
Directed by : Roger Young
Dr. Kramer............... Diana Douglas
Alcoholic woman............ Ellen Blake
Cop.................... Bill McLaughlin
Store Owner............. Hal Williams
Kahil................. Happy Hairston
Kim................... Tracy Justrich
Gary's binge continues and Val organizes a search party to find him. Richard locates Gary at a bar, but gets drunk himself.
Gary tries to break into Laura and Richard's liquor cabinet, and when Val and Laura try to stop him, he hits Val. He is
taken into detoxification and starts rehabilitation. Gary finally sobers up and attends his first AA meeting. Kenny and
Ginger's problems get even worse when Ginger finds Sylvie and Kenny making out in the studio. Ginger throws Kenny out of
the house, which pushes him right back to Sylvie.

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