Knots Landing (1979–1993)

The Perfect Crime 

Jill threatens Valene with a gun, forcing her to swallow sleeping pills.


Joseph L. Scanlan


David Jacobs (created by), Bernard Lechowick


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Devane ... Gregory Sumner (credit only)
Kevin Dobson ... M. 'Mack' Patrick MacKenzie
Michele Lee ... Karen MacKenzie
Donna Mills ... Abby Ewing
Ted Shackelford ... Gary Ewing
Joan Van Ark ... Valene Gibson
Teri Austin ... Jill Bennett
Lynne Moody ... Patricia Williams
Peter Reckell ... Johnny Rourke
Larry Riley ... Frank Williams
Nicollette Sheridan ... Paige Matheson
Pat Petersen Pat Petersen ... Michael Fairgate
Dick O'Neill ... Tom Daugherty
David Hayward ... David
Bernard White ... Chava Rivas (as Bernie White)


Jill puts on gloves and pistol whips Val in her bedroom. She tells Val that she is there to ensure Val kills herself. Val learns that Jill faked the letters and calls from Ben and that her motive for suicide is learning Ben was not coming back home. Jill forces Val to swallow a bottle of sleeping pills. Jill's plan is threatened when Frank and Julie ring Val's doorbell. Then, hiding from view, she forces Val to send Frank and Julie away. Frank later tells Pat that Val acted as if she had a gun to her head. Jill poses an unconscious Val on her bed, checks her pulse, then leaves, satisfied that she's achieved her purpose. She places a note on Mack and Karen's door to check on the twins in the morning, but the wind blows it away. Due to all flights to San Francisco being grounded, Jill has to drive back. In San Francisco, Jill pretends that she and the efficiency expert slept together the previous night. In Santa Tecla, Chava exposes Johnny as Manny's henchman, responsible for getting ... Written by GusF

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Drama | Romance







Release Date:

12 May 1988 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place on May 19, 1988. See more »


References Strangers on a Train (1951) See more »

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