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Lucy in California

Though Gary and Valene were core Knots characters, Lucy Ewing only visited them one is how that visit went!

Original Airdate: January 31, 1980


Gary and Val get a late night call from Miss Ellie. Lucy has found out about them getting remarried, and is not happy she was not included in the celebration. Val decides she must go to Dallas to see Lucy.



Gary picks up his wife and daughter at the airport. Things do not work out in Knots Landing. Val has dreams of the three of them being a happy family. Lucy wants to party. Gary resents Lucy throwing her money around, buying things they cannot afford. Gary and Lucy clash throughout her visit.



Though the Family is headed for the Aquarium, Lucy ditches Val and Gary and heads over to the Ward's for a party. Lucy ends up staying out all night worrying Val and angering Gary.


While waiting to leave for the airport, Lucy meets Laura Avery. Laura tells Lucy how wonderful it is that Gary and Val are together, despite everything that was keeping them apart. Lucy begins to feel guilty about taking her mother so far from her father.




Initially Lucy is not pleased to see her mother, but eventually comes around and agree's to return with Val to Knots Landing.



Lucy meets the Fairgates!


Val wants Lucy to move to Knots Landing for good!!! In this scene she is introducing Lucy to Kenny and Ginger Ward. Val hopes Kenny's job as a record producer will interest Lucy.


Lucy and Valene hug after Lucy talks her mother into leaving Gary and returning to Dallas with her. Val does not want to leave, but her love for her daughter takes over.



Valene gets Lucy to stop at the ocean, one last time as they are heading to the airport. After a talk with Sid, Gary leaves work hoping to join them, and does.


Lucy, Gary and Val come to terms with what has happened and what is best for them all. Lucy returns to Dallas, never to return to Knots Landing. Gary and Val do return to Dallas to see Lucy from time to time, most notably for her wedding to Mitch Cooper. Lucy will always try to find the love, the love she did not get from her parents, and Gary and Val, the way they parented Lucy will haunt them always.