Knots Landing

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Quotes (71)

  • Karen: We're the neighborhood Brady Bunch: three kids, station wagon, dog. If the dog visits you, call and we'll send over the scoop squad.

  • Sid: Are you going to tell me what you were arrested for? Annie: Soliciting, turning tricks, whatever you want to call it. (To Karen) What'd you call it when you were on the streets, honey?

  • Gary: It's no Southfork. Val: I know, but it's a home and it's ours. Tell me again the name of this place. Gary: Knots Landing. Bobby: That sounds nice.

  • Annie: I feel like running barefoot on the beach, and then going into the ocean with all of my clothes on, then coming out drenched and dripping and peeling off my clothes, and rolling around in the sand until I'm covered like a breaded veal chop.... Anyone wanna do that with me? Richard: Sounds good to me!

  • Gary: Val, I've been runnin' all my life, I gotta stop sometime. Val: This place is not... we can't... I don't know. Gary: Hell, Valene... Knots Landing is just a place!

  • Val: It hurts me to see you goin' on like this. And you're gonna have to do somethin'. Laura: But I feel so trapped! Val: Look at me. I know you. And I know you got it in you to do the right thing.

  • Sid: Richard, you're fired! Richard: Now listen to me Sid. Sid: The only reason why I'm in this mess is because I knew I wouldn't give that girl money in the first place. Richard: And if you don't pay her now, you could go to jail. Sid: I'm not going to jail, because I'm innocent. Richard: Oh Sid! This is not Camelot, you're not King Arthur. Pay her and get on with her life. Sid: No more advice, no more deals, you're off the case!

  • Val (to J.R.): I don't blame whoever it was that shot you. I just wish I'd done it myself! J.R. (after Val storms out): I don't need this.

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Notes (586)

  • David Ackroyd had originated the role of "Gary Ewing" on the parent series, Dallas, in 1978, but was unavailable to reprise the role for the series, so the role was recast with Ted Shackelford.

  • Creator David Jacobs actually created Knots Landing before Dallas. He brought his original pitch for a series about four married couples to CBS but they wanted more of a larger than life soap opera, so he created Dallas. After Dallas became a hit, CBS went to Jacobs again and asked him to create a spin-off series, so he revamped his idea for Knots Landing, and incorporated the characters of "Gary Ewing" and "Val Ewing" from the parent series, Dallas.

  • Although on Dallas, the character of "Miss Ellie" (Gary's mother) had purchased the house for Gary and Val in the cul-de-sac, the character never appeared on the series throughout its entire series run, although a few references to her had been made.

  • Val took a walk with Sid's daughter (Annie) on the beach, for the very first time in this episode.

  • Patrick Duffy ("Bobby") of Dallas makes a cameo appearance in this episode.

  • Creator David Jacobs stated in an interview that his original concept for the series was a TV verision of the 1973 Ingmar Bergman film, "Scenes from a Marriage" (but focusing on 4 marriages instead of one). According to Jacobs, the title of the series, "Knots Landing", directly refers to marriage (as in tying the "knot", a euphemism for getting married).

  • The series aired on Thursday nights in the 10:00 p.m. time slot througout most of its run, although for 2 seasons it aired at 9:00 p.m.

  • Gary Ewing starts working for Sid Fairgate as the owner of Knots Landing Motors in this very first episode.

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Trivia (39)

  • In this episode, Karen tells new neighbors Gary and Val that her family, the Fairgates, are The Brady Bunch of the block and that they even have a dog. But this mystery dog is never seen in this episode or mentioned again throughout the entire series.

  • The opening title sequence for this episode is slightly different than from the opening sequence used throughout the first two seasons. It features shots of the actors superimposed over the houses where their characters. For the remainder of the first two seasons, the actors would be seen superimposed over the street.

  • Goof: On the parent series, Dallas, Lucy was engaged to lawyer Alan Beam concurrent with this episode. But she makes no mention to her parents about here engagement. Surely this would be huge news and one of the first things she would tell them.

  • The young girl gossiping at her locker is a very young Helen Hunt.

  • Gary calls his brother, Bobby, in Dallas, in a one-way phone call, to check up on Kristin's background, but Bobby doesn't reveal that Kristin shot J.R., because he didn't know. Consistent with her final appearance on Dallas (before this episode), Kristin reveals to Val that she is pregnant.

  • This is the only episode in which it is mentioned that Sid and Abby have a nephew named Paul Fairgate. The book, Knots Landing: Saga of Seaview Circle, lists Paul as Sid and Abby's older brother and their nephew as Paul Fairgate Jr.

  • The famous "Sliding Squares" opening sequence makes its debut with this episode, along with a new arrangement of the theme. The original version of the sequence would last until the end of the 1986-1987 season.

  • Even though Sid's death was due to an off-camera contract dispute, this episode started a classic Knots Landing trait used throughout the series. The "untimely death" that was a sudden surprise mid-season and not used as a cliffhanger. Knots Landing became known for some of the best mid-season cliff hangers ever written. Other examples include, but aren't limited to: Season 11 Episode 24 "Only Just Begun" when Pat was run over. Season 12 Episode 3 "God Will" when the last shot is a pan up through a swimming pool to Danny's lifeless body. And Season 13 Episode 3 "Eye of the Beholder" when Linda's throat was slit right before the closing credits.

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Allusions (32)

  • Karen Fairgate (Michele Lee) makes an allusion to the popular '70s sitcom, The Brady Bunch.

  • The episode title is an allusion to the poem, How Do I Love Thee?, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, which features the line: "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways... "

  • In this episode, Jason Avery (Danny Gellis) refers to The Muppet Show, the popular children's TV series of the '70s.

  • In this episode, "Valene" (Joan Van Ark) appears on the real-life talk show, The Mike Douglas Show.

  • The episode title is an allusion to the song, Auld Lang Syne, by Robert Burns, which includes the line, "Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind ?"

  • The episode title is an allusion to The Emperor's New Clothes, a Danish fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen and first published in 1837.

  • The episode title is an allusion to the play, Arsenic and Old Lace, by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, written in 1939. It has become best-known through the film adaptation starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra, filmed in 1941 but not released until 1944.

  • 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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