Knots Landing

No Miracle Worker

Season 8, Ep 17, Aired 1/8/87
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  • Episode Description
  • Mac flies to New York to see Anne. Under house arrest, Olivia sneaks out and does drugs in the barn. Olivia locks herself in the bathroom, so Abby chops the door down and finds drugs which Olivia tried to flush. Olivia makes calls, and tells Brian that her friends will bring her homework to his school. Abby catches Olivia stealing money from her purse, and they fight. Olivia trashes Abby's room, and Abby has to restrain her. Olivia gives Brian an envelope and tells him it's her homework to give to her friends. Lilimae brings Brian to school, but comes back with Olivia's "homework". It is actually money. Upset, Olivia says she had to give it to Brian, or her friends would beat him up. Abby rushes to Brian's school, but he's already been beaten up. Abby brings him home and forces Olivia to face her bruised and bloodied brother. Upset, Olivia runs to the chicken coop and gives Abby all of her drugs.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ted Shackelford

    Garrison "Gary" Ewing

  • Joan Van Ark

    Valene Clements Ewing Gibson Waleska Ewing [ seasons 1-13; Episodes 343-344 ]

  • Kevin Dobson

    Marion Patrick 'Mack' MacKenzie (1982-1993)

  • Donna Mills

    Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner [ seasons 2-10; Episodes 343-344 ]

  • Julie Harris (I)

    Lilimae Clements [ Episode 5; seasons 3-8; Episodes 191-199 ]

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  • Notes (4)

    • Tonya Crowe is credited as a Co-Star in the beginning of the episode. She won't be permanently placed there, till the end of the season.

    • Michelle Phillips makes her very first appearance on the series as "Anne Matheson," Paige's mother, during the final scene of this episode.

    • William Devane ("Greg"), Constance McCashin ("Laura") and Douglas Sheehan ("Ben") do not appear in this episode.

    • This episode is considered to be one of Donna Mills' favorite episodes that dealt with Olivia's drug problem. In a way, this episode is somewhat like the movie The Miracle Worker, but the miracle that breaks through in Olivia comes from when Brian gets beaten up by the dealer and she gives Abby all of her drugs, placing her on the road to drug-free awareness.

    Allusions (1)

    • The episode title is an allusion to The Miracle Worker, a play by William Gibson based upon Helen Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life, which was originally produced as a television play, moved to Broadway, and was later adapted into a feature film in 1962.

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