Pilot (Knots Landing)

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Knots Landing episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 1
Directed by Peter Levin
Written by David Jacobs
Production code 1
Original air date December 27, 1979
Guest appearance(s)

Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing
Karen Allen as Annie Fairgate
Justin Dana as Jason Avery
Bill McLaughlin
Del Russell

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"Pilot" is the first episode in the first season (1979-1980) of the American television spin-off of Dallas, Knots Landing.


It is explained that with the help of Miss Ellie Ewing, Gary (Ted Shackelford) and Valene Ewing (Joan Van Ark) were reunited after seventeen years. Miss Ellie buys them a house in California as a wedding present.

Gary and Val are brought to their new home by Gary's brother Bobby. They move into their new house and meet their new neighbors, Sid (Don Murray) and Karen Fairgate (Michele Lee). The Fairgate family hold a dinner party that is interrupted Sid's drunken daughter, Annie (Karen Allen). They also attend a house party which allowed Gary and Val to meet their other neighbors, Laura (Constance McCashin) and Richard Avery (John Pleshette); and Ginger (Kim Lankford) and Kenny Ward (James Houghton). Annie, from Sid's first marriage to Susan Philby, does not usually live with the Fairgate family. The problems between Sid and Annie were solved with Val's help, and because of that, Karen and Val become best friends.