Knots Landing (1979–1993): Season 2, Episode 17 - Designs - full transcript

Someday, instead of regular braids,
can you do me in cornrows?


Well, you know...

all those little squiggly braids
all over your head.

Oh, yeah.

Well, uh, that sounds like fun,
but they take a lot of time...

and you're already running late
for school.

- That's why I said "someday."
- Okay.

Brian, you know you're gonna have to leave
that trumpet home from school today.

Save it for your camping trip
with your father this weekend.

Do we have to go with him
and stay outdoors?

I'm afraid of bugs.

Honey, you know how much
he's been looking forward to this trip.

Look at that stuff he bought you.

I think Daddy wants to feel included
in our lives...

and by buying us things
is the only way he can.

Can you believe? Nine years old.

Out of the mouths of babes.

It's obvious. He's very insecure.

We gotta show him that we still love him
even though he doesn't live with us.

Oh, Lord, that's Gary already.

Oh, well, don't worry,
I'll get these monsters to school.

- You go on to work.
- Okay.

- Goodbye, sweetie, honey. Mwah.
- Bye, Mom. Mwah.

- Have a nice time.
- Thank you, honey.


- Okay, see you.
- It's all right. Don't worry.

Okay, wait a minute, Louis Armstrong.

You heard your mama,
now you leave the trumpet at home.

Right here, come on. Get your books.

Let's go.

Alley-oop. Out the door.
We are running late.

Well, I tell you, Sid,
you drive a hard bargain.

I'm not bargaining with you, J.R.,
I'm just not interested.

Ha, ha. Well, I've never met a man
I couldn't make a deal with.

It's just a matter
of finding the right terms, that's all.

Say, why don't we, uh,
continue this over dinner?

- What do you say?
- Be wasting your time.

Aw, an evening spent in good company
is never a waste of time.

Besides, I'd like to see
that lovely wife of yours again.

- I never pass up a free meal.
- Ha, ha. Good, good.

Hey, lookit there, it's my baby brother.

- How you doing, bud?
- J.R., what brings you to town?

Aw, just talking a little business
with Sid.

- Abby, it's good to see you, darling.
- Nice to see you too, J.R.

Say, uh, I talked Sid into
bringing his wife to dinner tonight.

That kind of leaves me without a date.
What do you say?

Well, I don't know, J.R.

My brother doesn't like me
to date married men.

Ha, ha.
Well, I'm 2000 miles away from home.

You couldn't turn down a weary traveler,
could you?

Besides, your brother's gonna be there
to chaperone.

- You twisted my arm. I'd love to.
- Good, good.

Gary, uh, I'd like to
ask you to dinner too...

but I know how your wife feels about me,
and she probably wouldn't let you go alone.

Well, I appreciate that, J.R...

but I'm really not looking
for an invitation from you.

Ah, good, good. Heh.

All right, I'll call y'all later
as to the time and place. Bye-bye.

- Bye.
- Bye.

Show-room salesman on the floor, please.

Boy, what a character.

- What kind of business was he talking?
- A lot of nonsense.

- Yeah, but what?
- He wants to patent my engine.

But there's no sense talking about that,
because it's just not ready yet.

Gary Ewing, show room.

Anyone know where the keys on this?
Give me a hand over here, will you, Red?

- Ginger?
- Hi.


- Hey, don't get up, don't get up.
- Okay.

- How are you feeling?
- Fine.

You know, it's real important
for you to get enough rest.

Well, I am a little tired.
I've been on my feet all day.

Yeah, well, listen,
I got all these books on prenatal care.

You and I, kiddo,
are gonna do this thing up right, hmm?

I'm gonna take real good care of you
and the baby.

- What's that?
- Chocolate.

Honey, you can't be eating stuff
like this now.

- Come on.
- But it's what I feel like eating.

Well, I was just reading
about how important proper nutrition is.

Let me show you something here.
Let's see.


Oh, here it is. Okay.
Now, look. See this chart?

Stuff on this side
is what's good for the baby. Hmm?

But I have cravings
for all other kinds of food.

Honey, it's only for a few months.

Now, don't you wanna do what's right
for the baby?

- I guess so.
- Of course.

Look, this is gonna be the most beautiful,
wonderful, healthy baby ever.

It's gonna be the beginning of a whole
new life together for you and me too.

I know.

You're right.

Oh, darling.


I love you.

Jeff, we weren't expecting you.

Look, I know you don't like me
to come over without calling first, but...

- Daddy.
- Hi, Olivia. How are you?

How you been? How you doing?

- Fine.
- Look what I have.

- How about that?
- Jeff.

I know I shouldn't have,
but I just picked up this van...

and I wanted to show it to the kids.
Look inside, huh?

How about that?
And wait till you see this.

- What?
- Oh, boy, there you go.

- All right. How about that?
- Jeff, this really isn't a good time.

I've got a brand-new sitter
the kids were meeting...

and I'm going out in a few minutes.

Okay, when your date arrives,
you just give me a signal and I'll leave.

I'm not being picked up.
I'm going with Sid and Karen.

Well, good,
then I'll take the kids for a ride.

- The sitter's already here, Jeff.
- Look, I'll bring them right back, I promise.

Now, you go ahead.
I'll take care of everything.

- All right. Olivia.
- I'm impressed.

- Goodbye, sweetie.
- Goodbye.

- That's your bunk, pal.
- Have a good time. Be good.

Goodbye, Brian. Be good, okay?
I'll see you later.

- Bye, Mom.
- Bye-bye.

- Be careful.
- Bye.

You gonna be silly?
Hey, how about this one?

It's a sneak attack.

Hey, all right.
Come here, you. Come here, you.

Hey, that is something else.

Thank you.

Ha-ha-ha. Thank you, thank you.
I love these Japanese restaurants.

They give me the chance to start the meal
under the table instead of ending that way.

Could you give us a few more details
of your plan?

Well, it's very simple.

Sid and I form a company,
patent the engine...

and then we're in business.

That's not enough. Do you plan to, uh,
manufacture the engine?

Well, yeah, we might. We'll look into it.

But I think the most profitable thing to do
would be to patent the engine, license it.

That way, every car
that comes off the assembly line...

with a Sid Fairgate engine in it
pays us a big fat royalty.

Really? What kind of royalty?

Well, with me negotiating, it'll be
a big fat royalty, I guarantee you.

- I know.
- Well, that sounds very interesting, J.R.

Problem is, the engine isn't ready yet.

Well, now, Sid, you told me it
gets 90 miles to the gallon, is that right?

Do you have any idea of the market
for an engine like that?

It has the potential to get 100.

Besides, it's too dirty.

It'll never pass
the future emissions standards.

Well, so what?

Well, you can't sell an engine
if it doesn't pass the emission standards.

- We'll get around that.
- I don't wanna get around it.

The point was not only
to make a fuel-efficient engine...

the point was to make a clean one.

I wanna help solve the pollution problem,
not just make it worse.

You know they, um...
They call him Saint Sid, don't you?

Ha, ha. Yeah. So here's what we do.

We form a company,
we patent what we got, I bankroll you...

and you can work on that engine
till your heart's content.

If all we have to do
is patent the engine...

what do we need you for?

Well, look at him.
It's clear he's no industrialist, right?

Ha, ha. No, no, you can play
with your engine, and I'll make the deals.

What do you say?

- What kind of deals?
- I don't know. Leave it to me.

- I'm pretty good at that.
- It's a very interesting offer, J.R...

but I've been working on my own
for quite a long time now...

not having to answer to anybody.

I'd just as soon continue that way.

Well, Sid, I admire your spirit,
but, uh, frankly, I think you're crazy.

You're passing up millions of dollars.

Tell me, J.R., why is a big oilman like you
so interested in a car that saves gas?

Ha, ha. Well, Karen, money is money.

I don't care whether it comes
from burning oil or saving it.

Um, J.R., listen, I, uh,
left my kids with a new sitter tonight...

and I don't wanna stay out too late.

- Could you ask the captain to call a taxi?
- Well, I'll take you home in the limousine.

Uh-oh. Looks like the end for these guys.

You like the van I bought today?

Especially liked that upper bunk,
didn't you?


You know, it's got a sink and a stove...

so we can take a long trip in it
and never have to stop.

Would you like that?

Just you, me and Olivia.

We'd go all sorts of places,
see all sorts of things.

Sounds like fun, huh?


I'll tell you what.
That'll be our secret plan, okay?

We won't tell anybody.

Not even Olivia,
because she'll tell Mommy.

- What do you say?
- Okay, Daddy.

That's my boy.

So, um, what are you going to do now?

Well, I think you and I
have some very important areas to explore.

I wasn't talking about that.
I was talking about the engine.

Oh, well, I think Sid made it pretty clear
he's not interested.

Well, you don't seem like the kind of man
that would let that stop you.

Well, I mean, it is his engine.

Unless you can figure out some way
of getting it without his knowledge...

Maybe you ought to tell me
what's on your mind.

Well, J.R., you know that Gary and I
have access to those plans.

What's Gary got to do with it?

Well, we could, um, take them
and duplicate them.

I don't think you need Gary.

You're perfectly capable
of taking them yourself.

Well, I know,
but this could be a big chance for Gary...

and I don't think I'd feel right
going ahead without him.

I know you want Gary.

Why should I do something
to help you get him?

You want the engine.

I do like you, Abby, I really do.

- I'm gonna buy you a drink, señorita.
- Well, thank you.

You know, somehow,
even with your cleverness...

I don't think
that you can get my brother Gary...

to get your brother Sid
to go into business with me.

Why don't you just leave that to me?

I'll drink to that.

- What did he want?
- Same old thing.

- He wants to buy into my engine.
- Sid, I know my brother.

- You'd be making a big mistake.
- Don't worry.

Everybody who's ever had dealings with him
has come out on the short end of the stick.

He's got the ethics of a rattlesnake.

Everything about him is crooked,
double-dealing and corrupt.

If I thought your friendship with me
had gotten you involved...

Hey, come on. Take it easy, I'm not gonna
get involved with your brother.

- You're not?
- No way. I wasn't born yesterday.

- I'm not gonna go into business with him.
- That's great. That's all I wanted to hear.

Gary Ewing, show room.

- Hi, Karen.
- Hi.

- Hey, hon.
- Hi, tiger. Free for lunch?

I'm not sure.
I have a meeting with Bill Paulson. Why?

- Anything special?
- No, no. I was just in the neighborhood.

Also, uh, to tell you the truth...

after all this talk about your engine,
I'm getting kind of curious.

- How's it work?
- You never wanted to know about it before.

I know, but it seems everyone in town
wants to know about it, so...

- So I'm interested.
- Okay.

The main principle...

is a computer-controlled ignition
and fuel system.

You run a lead line down into the engine,
and then you program your computer...

Look, I think the best thing is for me
to show you on the plans.

- I think so too.
- Okay, the plans are in my office.

You go in, and you look them over.

Then if I'm back from lunch in time, I'll
just go over the whole thing and explain.

- Okay? Okay.
- All right, that's a deal.

Oh, uh, honey,
where in the office are they?

- Behind my desk, on top of the bookshelf.
- Behind the desk, on top of the bookshelf.

- Right-o.
- See you later.

The shelf behind the desk.

Show room, Line 2.

- Karen?
- Yeah?

Sid just called.

He said something about being tied up
and you shouldn't wait.

Oh, okay. Oh, wait a minute.

Um, do you know where he keeps
the plans for the engine?

- Sorry.
- Oh.

Fleet Sales, customer on Line 2.

Thanks, a lot.

Wow. You certainly know how to live.

Heh, don't get your hopes up, Karen.
It was only lunch.

Oh, uh, where'd you go?

Uh, look, Karen,
I've got a zillion things to do.

- Could you do me a big favor?
- What?

Uh, Val can't pick up the kids today.
Could you do it around 3?

You'll really save my life.

- Well, um...
- Huh?

- Okay.
- Oh, thanks, you're a doll.

Salesman, Line 2, please.

What are you doing here?

Abby told me to pick up the kids.
She said you had class.

I always pick them up on Thursday.

- You always pick them up on Thursday?
- Sure.


What are you doing here?

Ha, ha. I, uh, came to pick up the kids.

- Does Abby know you're here?
- No, I came to talk to their teacher.

If I waited for Abby to tell me anything,
I would know nothing about them.

- Where are the kids?
- Daddy.

- Here they are right here.
- Hi, champ. Come here.

- Hi.
- Good to see you. How you doing?

How was your day?

I'm mad at Aida Bixby.
She didn't invite me to her party.

- She's a stupid baby.
- Oh, well... Hello.

Well, we'll show her.

Who needs any stupid Aida Bixby
anyway, huh?

Listen, I'm sorry I couldn't save you
the trip. I can take them home.

- Oh, are you sure?
- I'm their father, aren't I?

- Bye.
- Bye.

- Bye.
- Bye-bye, kids.


Boy, I was furious with Sid last night.

I think he's crazy
to turn down J.R.'s offer.

- No, he'd be crazy to take it.
- With J.R. he could make millions.

There would be a catch.

I don't know what,
but there would be a catch.

You mean, you wouldn't do business
with J.R. under any circumstances?

- Ha, ha. No, never again.
- I don't see why, Gary.

When he lent you that $50,000,
everything turned out just fine.

Yeah. I sweated bullets
until I could pay it back.

No, no, no, I, uh, got away with it once.
I'm not about to try it again.

It just seems a shame
to see all of Sid's work go down the drain.

Why should that happen?

Oh, Gary. Sid is so naive.

He talks about that engine to anyone.
He's going to give it away.

Someday somebody's gonna come along
and just steal his idea.

- He won't do anything to protect himself.
- Well, he says it's not ready to patent yet.

So it's not the cleanest engine
in the world.

The principle works,
and that's what has to be patented.

You know Sid.

He's such a Sunday-school teacher...

- when it comes to business.
- Ha. Yeah.

You know, I've got half a mind
to just go in there and take those plans...

and patent them for him,
for his own protection.

Is that possible?

I don't know.

We could find out.

Oh, hello, Marsha? Is Sid back yet?

Oh. Oh, good.

- Yeah?
- Hi, honey.

Um, listen, are you sure those plans
are in the office?

I looked all over for them
and I couldn't find them.

- Yeah, they're right here.
- Right where?

- Right on top of the bookshelf, where I said.
- Well, they weren't there when I was there.

Maybe you just didn't know
what to look for.

I'm holding them in my hands right now.

Hey, honey, I think I'm gonna be through
early today, so I'll see you soon.

- Oh. Oh, okay.
- Love you.

Yeah, I love you too.


Abby, I wanted to let you know,
Jeff's home with the kids.

- So I see.
- He picked them up.

- I thought you said you'd do it, Karen.
- I did, but he was there.

- He keeps doing things like this.
- He was really very nice.


too nice.

Marshal, you better mount up.
Get the boys together.

We're heading into town.
Okay, here we go.

Around this thing,
down through this dry gulch.

Dry gulch. Nice day. Dry gulch.
We better look...

Oh, look, another Comanche attack.
Let's get out of here.

We gotta get away. We gotta go.

Jeff. Hey, you.

- What's going on here?
- Oh, hey.

I can't have you showing up
at all hours of the day and night...

interrupting the children's schedule.

- Hey, you wanna see our trick? Come on.
- Come on, Brian, do it.

Now presenting the Flying Cunninghams,
direct from the castles of York.

- Yeah, all right, pal. Good job.
- Okay.

I know how to do it too, Mom.
But only when I do it, he uses one leg.

- Whoo.
- Ha, ha.

All right, everybody up for the bows.

- Thank you.
- Whoo.

What do you say we have dinner,
just the four of us?

No, thanks.

You sure? For old times' sake?

No, but it's nice to see you
having so much fun with the kids.

- You're really very good with them.
- Thanks.

Glad you said that.

Just this morning
you were warning me against J.R.

That's because it was J.R.

Look, a patent's not a bad idea, though,
you know?

- It's protection.
- Protection against who?

Anybody, Sid.
That engine's worth a fortune.

- Maybe it will be someday.
- No, Sid, right now.

A patent will protect the time and money
you've invested.

Now, what's wrong with that?

Gary, I appreciate your concern,
but the engine's just not ready yet.

Sid, there are a thousand people
working on engines.

- What if one of them is ready before you?
- Then he deserves all the credit he gets.

- And all the money in the world.
- That's great. I'm not in this for the money.

This is a labor of
love. It's an experiment.

It's a very exciting thing. If I
make a buck off of it, that's terrific.

And if I make a lot of bucks,
that's even better.

But the main thing is,
I wanna make a really good engine.

I wanna make a clean engine.

And that just takes time.

Okay, you're the boss.

- Thanks for the coffee.
- Mm-hm.


Sid, he's got a point.
I think you should protect yourself.

- You know what I think?
- What?

I think by anticipating problems like this,
you just bring them on yourself.

- I don't like to think in those terms.
- But you have to.

Sid, look, I know you don't believe me,
but I looked all over for those plans.

- They were not there.
- They were right there.

- Just where I said they were.
- Well, then I'm blind as a bat.

I don't know.

I'm blind as a bat...

or something very strange is happening
right under your nose.

- Here we go again.
- Yes, here we go.

Look, Sid, Abby was stepping out
of J.R.'s limousine...

carrying one of those mailing tubes, the
kind you stick documents in, blueprints.

- Why?
- And you think Abby was involved...

- in some deep, sinister plot?
- I'm not saying that. I'm just facing facts.

J.R. wants those plans, and Abby
is around that shop all the time...

around those plans.

The plans mysteriously disappear
for an afternoon...

she comes back
from a rendezvous with J.R...

and the plans mysteriously reappear.

- Sounds like a bad detective novel.
- Well, maybe it does.

Maybe I'm crazy, totally bonkers.

But in a situation like this...

I'd rather be crazy than dumb.


Hey, Ginger?

- Oh, Kenny, not another book.
- This one's on natural childbirth.

- Look, I want you to see this.
- Honey, the Lamaze class starts in a month.

Let's just wait and go, like everyone else.

Hey, we and our baby are not everyone else,
we're special.

I don't feel like being special.
I'd rather sleep.

Right. Sleep, exercise, good food.
Having a baby is a full-time job, hon.

Kenny, I know.

I have a full-time job
and a life I really enjoy.

I just don't feel like giving it all up
because I'm pregnant.

I'm just talking about taking
care of yourself and the baby.

I will, I will. In my own way, okay?

I am the one who's having the baby.

Okay, wait, you add the numerator
and the denominator.

No, no, no, you add the numerator,
but not the denominator.

- You ne...
- I don't understand.

Add the top ones,
but not the bottom ones, okay?

You try it. Do it yourself.

- But I don't...
- Do it yourself.

- Hi, sis.
- Sid, hi. Come on in.

- Thanks. Hi, Olivia.
- Hi, Uncle Sid.

- It's good to see you. Come on, sit down.
- No, thanks, I can only stay a minute.

Well, what's up?

Nothing, nothing. Heh.

- How are you?
- I'm fine.


Um, look, uh,
maybe I'm way out of line.

It's hard to tell. Why don't
you, uh, be a little more specific?

Did you come to work this afternoon
in J.R.'s limousine?

Yes. Why?

You haven't been talking to him
about my engine, have you?

Why would I talk to J.R. about your engine?
I hate engines.

It's just, he's been trying
to go into business with me...

and I turned him down.

I thought maybe he'd be trying
to get to me through you.

- What are you trying to say?
- Oh, nothing. No, no, I'm...

Sid, are you trying to say...

that I would do something to you
behind your back?


- Oh, Sid, I don't believe it.
- Neither did I.

I know the way Karen feels about me, Sid,
but I never thought that you...

I'm sorry.
I shouldn't even have brought it up.

Believe me, Sid...

J.R. and I talk about a lot of things,
but your engine isn't one of them.

- Heh. I wish it was that easy.
- Yeah, I know what you mean.

Anyway, I know as much about engines
as I know about cooking.

Even if I wanted to, what could I say?

What can I say?

- Let's just forget it, okay?
- Yeah. I'm sorry, again.

- Good night, Olivia.
- Mm.

What's this?

You weren't supposed to see that.

Oh, well.

Oh, my gosh. That's beautiful.
It looks like me and the kids.

That's why I got it.

It's gonna look great in here.

It's for your office.

That's for me?

- I'm gonna have it framed.
- Well, thanks a lot.

That's terrific, Abby, uh...

Hey, well, I guess I'd better split. Uh...

- Thanks... Thanks a lot for the picture.
- It's okay, Sid.

- Uh, see you.
- Bye. See you tomorrow.

- Oh, yeah.
- Bye.

My little mathematician.


Come on, baby.

Come on.

- Where'd you go?
- To see Abby.

- Oh.
- Wanna know what happened?

I bet I don't have a choice.

That's right, you don't.

I asked her point-blank if she
talked to J.R. about the engine.

- And I bet she said no.
- That's right, and I believe her.

I felt so embarrassed. My own sister.

- Sid...
- Look.

You know that mailing tube
you were concerned about?

You know what it turned out to be?
Turned out to be a print.

A present she was giving me
for my own office.

You're making a mountain out of this thing,
and it's not even a molehill.

- Sid...
- I don't wanna talk about it anymore.

The case is closed.

- Oh. Look at this. It's so tiny.
- It's amazing, isn't it?

Boy, that seems like a long time ago,
being pregnant, having Jason.

- Seems like a whole different life.
- A different life for me too.

- Are you excited?
- I don't know.

I think so. I hope so.

- It's weird, Laura, isn't it?
- No, no, it's perfectly natural.

- It is?
- Sure.

The first three months I was pregnant,
I was so excited just being pregnant.

And the last three months,
I could hardly wait to become a mother.

But the middle three, it was impossible.

Ha, ha. Everything bothered me:

the news, the weather,
the price of oranges.

Richard drove me crazy
with all his questions.

"How are you sleeping?

How much weight have you gained?
Isn't 10 pounds a lot?

- When does the baby start moving?
- Ha, ha.

Has the baby moved yet?
Why is the baby moving so much?"

Those are perfectly reasonable questions
for a concerned father-to-be.

Somebody had to ask those questions. It's
a tough job, but somebody had to do it.

- Uh, tough for me, not for you.
- Tough? You think you had it tough?

I went through seven hours of labor.
Seven hours.

And I drank that hospital coffee
for nearly 10.

- I mean, you wanna talk about suffering...
- No, no, we don't wanna talk about it.

- What are you eating?
- Chocolate-chip cookies.

There's some in the kitchen.
I just made a batch. You want one?

- What did I say? Oh.
- "Cookies." "Cookies." Ha, ha.

Can you believe I was ever this small?

- Honey, honey, this is Jason's shoe.
- "Jason's"?

- Jason's. Ha, ha.
- Oh, Jason's.

- Hmm, you found them.
- Want a cookie?

- Oh, thank you.
- Not you.

- But, darling, it is Sid's engine.
- Well, of course it is.

He's just being so damn stubborn
about it.

Something that you can relate to, huh?

He wouldn't have to do anything.
I could take care of the whole thing.

Well, I guess he's just not ready.

And he probably never will be
until it's too late...

and everything he's worked for
has slipped through his fingers.

Look, darling, you've talked to him,
you have tried to convince him...

you've done just about everything
that you possibly could.

Except just take those plans
and get it done.

Get that engine patented in his name.
He wouldn't even have to know about it.

That doesn't sound right to me, or legal.

- Come on, turn over.
- Who knows if it's legal?

It's just a thought.

Gary, I know how much you care
about Sid...

and I know you wanna do what's best,
but I think this is something...

that he is just gonna have to decide
for himself.

What if he decides not to do anything?

Well, then I think that you've just gotta
honor and respect that decision.

For his sake...

and for yours.


Show room, Line 3.

What's this?

Everything we need to know
about patent applications.

- Oh?
- And corporations.

You see, the first thing that we have to do
is patent the engine.

And then whenever Sid's ready, we
start thinking about licensing the design.

But in order to do that,
we need corporate structure, so...

Wait a minute, Abby.
You're moving way too fast on this.

But we're moving.
That's what's important.

That's why it's gonna stop,
right here and now.

- Service, Line 3.
- Gary, don't be stupid.

- This engine is going to be worth millions.
- And it belongs to Sid.

- We can't just walk in and take those plans.
- Yes, we can.

And believe me,
Sid will be grateful to us...

for caring enough about him
to do something.

I doubt it.
I've already talked to him about it.

Oh. What good does talking do?
We need to take some action.



Sid needs us. He needs you.

I'm sorry, Abby.

So am I.


- You're here, Daddy.
- Daddy, you're here.

Hi, Olivia.
Come on, get onboard. Let's go.

Come on, pal. How was school today?
All right, ready? One, two, three.

There, you old sack of meat.

- Careful.
- Hi, Val, thanks for bringing the kids.

- That's no problem, you know that.
- I know.

Well, looks like
this expedition's finally on its way.

- Where are you going, Jeff? Alaska?
- No, just a weekend camping trip, Karen.

- I guess you got here early.
- I had to get the kids' things together.

But Abby said she'd leave their things
by the door.

Right, I saw them. There wasn't enough.
Watch your heads, huh? Okay, look out.

- Close them up.
- Um, Jeff.

Bye, Karen, Val. Thanks
for all your help. - You bet.

Jeff, Abby knows
where you're going, right?

Yeah, I'll call her when we get there.

- Where?
- There. Where do you think?

- Bye-bye, kids, have a good time.
- Bye.


He had enough clothes in there
to last a year.

That's just exactly what I was thinking.

- What in the wor...?
- What...?

Oh, my God.

I think he's kidnapped them.
I'm sure of it.

- Well, what are we gonna do?
- I'm calling the shop.

Marsha? Could you get me Abby, please?

Well, where'd she go?

Look, Marsha, as soon as she gets back,
you have her call me or Val...

at home, okay?

It's very important. Thank you.

Now what?

I'm calling the police.

- Yeah, but we don't know anything for sure.
- We know en... Hello?

Yes, um, I'd like to report a kidnapping.

It just happened.

Two children.
They just left with their father.

Their father.


Ha, ha. Oh, no, no, no,
you don't understand.

Uh, it's my sister-in-law's ex-husband. She
has custody, and he just has visitation.

Well, um, he was supposed to have them
this weekend, but...

I don't think they're being kidnapped,
I know it.

Because when my neighbor
and I came in the house, it was a mess.

It was a mess. Can't you hear me?

- Tell them there's clothing all over the floor.
- There's clothing all over the floor.

Well, it makes perfect sense to me.

Well, no, not that it was a mess.
It's the reason it's a mess.

- He cleared the closets.
- He cleared the closets.

- He took all their things.
- They took all their things.

No, I don't...
I don't know where the mother is.

That's why I...

We can't... We can't wait.

That's not even funny.

Well, what did he say?

He said he couldn't send a patrol car
to investigate a messy house...

even in Knots Landing.

Look, Karen, we've gotta find Abby.

Look, you just stay by the phone
in case she calls.

- I'll find Abby.
- Yeah, but do you even know where she is?

I've got a hunch.



- Hey. Here, let me get that.
- Hi. Thank you.

Hey, hold on,
I got something I wanna tell you.

I finished reading that book
on prenatal nutrition.

- I've been thinking about that all day.
- I learned something very interesting.

All those cravings you've been having,
even for the junkiest stuff...

is your body telling you
what you and the baby need.

It's just Mother Nature doing her job.

- It is?
- Yeah.

Since I'm not about to tell Mother Nature
how to do her job...

how does a pizza sound, huh?

Well, it sounds great,
but look what I bought.

- This is all health food.
- I know. I've been gaining so much weight.

You're pregnant, you're supposed to.
It's beautiful.

- But after the baby's born...
- You'll be gorgeous.

Now, come on, let's, uh...
Let's get us a small pizza...

and we'll take small bites.

- Well, how about a medium?
- All right, a medium. Maybe a large.

- Anchovies?
- Anchovies? Ha!

- Pepperoni?
- Okay.

All right, the whole works.


It's exactly what I wanted.

Any difficulty getting
ahold of this stuff? - No.

Now, you see?
You didn't need Gary after all, did you?

No, but I wanted him.


I'll live.

- What is this?
- Contract.

A girl has to protect herself.

In Texas a man's word's worth a whole lot
more than a little piece of paper.

We're in California.

Ha, ha. Okay.

- Ahem.
- Oh.

- Aren't you going to read it?
- No.

You're not gonna cheat old J.R.

There you are.
Now that's finished, partner.

For the time being.

You know,
now that we've consummated that...

I'm getting a little restless.


maybe you ought to learn how to relax.

Oh, Abby, I know how to relax.

- Call for Mr. Brickett.
- Ahem.

- Mr. Brickett, telephone.
- Excuse me.

- Yes?
- Uh, what room is Mr. Ewing in, please?

I'm afraid we're not authorized
to give out that information.

Oh. Uh, you don't understand.
This is very important.

My sister-in-law is in Mr. Ewing's room,
and it's just urgent that I speak to her.

Is he...? Are they expecting you?

No, uh, not exactly.

- Perhaps a phone call.
- The house phone?

- Mm-hm.
- Mm-hm.

Okay, well,
thank you so much for your time.

Hello, operator?
I'd like Mr. Ewing's room, please.


You have to disturb him.
This is an emergency.

No, I'm not... I'm not a relative, but...

For God's sake.

Excuse me, I need some help.

It's a, heh, rather delicate matter.

I'm the house expert
on delicate matters, lady.

- Shoot.
- Well, it's really very simple.

Um, it's very important for me to see
somebody who's staying at the hotel...

and, uh, well,
I don't have his room number.

- Well, that's a problem. House rules.
- House...

Yes, I, uh, understand...

but I thought maybe you could direct me
to Mr. Ewing's room.

Penthouse, Suite 11300.

Relax, lady. You'll make it back upstairs.
He's a great tipper.

Don't you dare.

If we could patent
what we just invented...

- we'd really be in business.

Oh, who the hell is that?

I left instructions
I didn't wanna be disturbed by anything.

J.R., it's Karen Fairgate.

Karen? What does she want?

I don't know.
Maybe I ought to take a look.

No. Don't answer it.

J.R., I'm looking for Abby.

I'd better find out what this is about.

Well, Mrs. Fairgate, what a surprise.
And I do mean a surprise.

I'm looking for Abby.

And so you came running up to my suite?
Well, I think that's a compliment, but...

- Make yourself at home. Come on in.
- It's an emergency, J.R.

Really? An emergency?

Her ex-husband picked up the kids
for the weekend.

I think he's planning on kidnapping them.

Well, now, kidnapping
is a very serious accusation, my dear.

Yes, it is.
That's why I was looking for Abby.

Is she here?

Karen, what the hell are you doing here?

- Jeff's picked up the kids for the weekend...
- I know that, Karen.

- Taking them for a few days is hardly...
- He's not taking them for a few.

- Oh, no?
- He's got a year's worth of stuff...

packed into the van,
and I don't think he's coming back.

Well, uh, I think I've worked up a little
thirst. Anybody else want a drink?

Yeah, I'd like a Scotch.
Thank you very much, J.R.

Look, Karen, relax, please.

He's done this before,
pretended to take the children.

It's just some kind of sick game
that he plays.

Abby, damn it,
he's ransacked your house.

He's loaded up the car with the kids.
And he's not coming back.

You're not gonna stand there
and pretend it's not happening.

Oh. Well, what am I gonna do, Karen?

You're gonna get your things,
and you're gonna find out where Jeff is.

Phone his place, check if he's at work,
phone the police...

Oh, come on, Karen, this is ridiculous.

- You're overreacting to this thing.
- If I am, I will apologize later.

- But now I'm not leaving without you.
- They're not your children.

- Sometimes I wish they were.
- They're mine.

Ladies, now,
I think it's getting a little out of hand.

J.R., will you please shut up?

You're unbelievable, Karen.

Really unbelievable.

- I'll be back a little later, okay, J.R.?
- I'm looking forward to it, I truly am.

Well, you sure know how
to clean out a room.

I'll say that for you, Karen.

What is it, J.R.?

Why are you here in Knots Landing?
Why her?

What's going on?

- Oh, a little business, a little pleasure.
- Mm-hm.

I didn't have much luck
with your husband...

but I seem to be making out much better
with your sister-in-law.

- I can imagine.
- I'll bet you can.

I'll just bet you can.