Knots Landing

Season 9 Episode 11

Noises Everywhere (2)

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Dec 10, 1987 on CBS
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Noises Everywhere (2)
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After Laura's funeral, everyone goes to Greg's. Mac is belligerent and snide. He spends all his time with Meg. Karen overhears him tell Gary that he's a father who never got to raise his kids. Richard tells Karen that Laura emasculated him, but he's matured a lot since then. Jill's upset that Gary is taking care of fragile Val. Jill starts to drink heavily and gets drunk. She tells Val that she lost her family and wants to help with the twins. She steals Peter's ashes and puts them in her purse. Jill then drunkenly goes up to Paige and asks her how she can sleep at night. Jill whacks Paige in the back with her purse. Everyone watches Laura's videos and cry their eyes out. Val and Karen cry and make up. Greg watches his video of Laura by himself, and sobs. He asks how she could leave him all alone, because he loves her. On the way home, Jill scatters Peter's ashes off a mountainside. On tape, Laura reads "Goodnight Moon" to Meg.moreless

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  • After the funeral, everybody gathers at the Sumner Ranch. Mac is drunk and angry, Jill is aghast to find Peter\'s ashes and Laura\'s video will is shown.

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    This episode shows why \"Knots Landing\" is one of the best prime time soaps of all time; years of storylines and character development come together as the characters bid adieu to one of their own, and sets the stage for the final five years of the show. If you thought the show dealt with Sid\'s death in a heartbreaking manner, this episode goes one better. Apparently, Constance McCashin did not leave of her own choosing (and the fans weren\'t thrilled to see her go) so it\'s bittersweet to watch this and know that she was let go, but what an exit! Not many characters on TV are given the sendoff that Laura does. All the actors are at their best here, from an angry Val to a teary Karen to the sanctimonious Richard whose voice trembles as he states \"I hate that she died alone\" and we see that he still did love her.



    Apart from the main story, it\'s also the little things about this episode that are great: Val admitting to Abby that Ben is gone for good, Jill finding Peter\'s ashes, conking Paige with the urn and scattering the ashes on the hillside. Then we come to the videotaped farewell.



    It\'s hard not to cry along with the characters as Laura says goodbye to her beloved friends, asking Karen to sell her house and watch out for Meg, telling Val how much Val helped her the time Laura had been raped, telling Richard the past is the past. The most powerful scene comes near the end when Greg breaks down watching Laura\'s personal goodbye.



    Perhaps as an act of contrition, the writers never let Laura be forgotten and her death reverberated in storylines up until the last season. This episode, however, was a classy way to say goodbye to the character of Laura Avery Sumner; if she had to go, this was the way to do it.moreless
Gigi Vorgan

Gigi Vorgan

Carol

Guest Star

Charles Quertermous

Charles Quertermous

Buddy Smith

Guest Star

Catherine Paolone

Catherine Paolone

Hungry Mother

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Nicollette Sheridan

Nicollette Sheridan

Paige Matheson

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Carlos Cantu

Carlos Cantu

Carlos

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Ronne Troup

Ronne Troup

Barbara

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    • In her videotaped message to Val, Laura refers to the events of Season 1, Episode 4, "The Lie", in which Val talked Laura into doing the right thing.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The episode title is an allusion to the children's book, Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown. In this episode, Laura, on videotape, reads the book to her infant daughter, Meg, and says the final line in the book, "Good night, noises everywhere... "

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