… or so the producers of Knots Landing would like us to believe. The story goes that after Ciji was killed off, the public demanded that she be brought back forcing the producers to conjure up a new character, Cathy Geary, to deal with this. However, this doesn't entirely ring true to me and I think it owes a lot to the publicity machine of the show than to the reality. I say this for the following reasons: The public mostly wanted Gary and Val to get back together and Gary's involvement with Ciji was an obstacle to this. The reincarnated character, Cathy Geary, had initials which sounded exactly like the name of the killed off character and suggests they could have been thinking about the new character when they named the original one. Lisa Hartman was only off the series for 7 episodes which doesn't seem like very long for the writers to develop a long, involved and detailed plotline for her. Lisa Hartman didn't have other commitments which would have prevented her from going back at short notice I think it was always the plan to kill off Ciji and bring back Lisa Hartman as Cathy and the whole public backlash forcing them to create a new character for her was just to get publicity for the show. Could I be right?