Knots Landing Season 13 I Know What You Did, Greg Sumner I had no idea what to expect after going through the malaise of season 12, but thankfully it turned out to be a major improvement, especially the first 14 or 15 episodes. Eventhough the overall tone seemed darker and more plot-driven, there was plenty of traditional Knots character-drama to enjoy. Like Karen's struggle with the aftermath of the car-crash and the way people reacted to it, I thought it looked very sincere. Claudia and Kate's fall out after Steve had died. Eventhough Kate was right about everything, I almost felt sorry for Claudia because it's so painful to be hated by the person you love the most. She kept lying about everything, but then I thought, what good would it do to confess? It's not like Kate would hate her less, let alone forgive her. The scene where Kate finds her mother in her apartment, with the groceries she had bought for her daughter, was short but very effective. But Claudia doesn't give up and eventually Kate decides to let her mother back into her life. In retrospect (after watching the whole season) I think this was the perfect moment to say goodbye to the Whitakers, but unfortunately they outstayed their welcome. More about that later. Lots of exciting stuff going on with Brian Johnston. After the brutal murder of Linda Fairgate, the MacKenzies are held hostage in their iconic Knots Landing house. I love hostage scenes because it's often a combination of violence and danger, hope and despair, psychological terror and humiliation. And look, there's even a delicate document that wasn't destroyed in the fire! But before Brian resurfaced there was supposed to be an investigation going on, and one of the S12 cliffhangers was that Tom was in charge of that investigation. To me it looked like he was going to make things very difficult for Paige but somehow the whole thing was dropped?? Anne bounces back after she teams up with sleazebag-with-a-heart-of-gold Benny. It's still partially light-hearted but at least they ditched the pseudo-comical stuff and overall it's just a very sweet story. It's Christmas in the cul-de-sac and before (or after) dinner Karen starts to sing. Singing out loud, the entire song. I found it so very season 2. But the most significant throwback to Classic-Knots was the Tidal Wave project. The domestic tension that came from it - "I know what I’m doing!" – and, as with Empire Valley, the rivalry between Gary and Greg. And when Tidal Wave Energy turned out to be a failure, it even felt as if the show was working towards some sort of closure. The incompetent Ewing son, once again forced to leave The Ranch. And of course the scene with Valene when she enters her cul-de-sac home, with all those vocal flashbacks going on…a tad hammy perhaps, because to me it seemed as if she had been away for only a few months. But still. I also like to mention the great supporting cast, the minor guest roles, like that auctioneer for Gary's ranch. I couldn't help but laughing out loud when he told Gary that "All of this stuff in here…I'm just not quite familiar with it". Apart from the way he delivered the line, he also (unintentionally) pointed out how nonsensical these kind of fake hi-tech devices used in tv shows are. (Although the TWE storyline itself was sufficiently believable). Valene is offered to write Greg's biography. I can understand that, once a writer gets excited about a project, it's hard to give it up just like that. After all the trouble with TWE, Gary has no choice but to support Val. And Karen said it: "If I asked you not to write it, what would that do to our friendship?". So it's no longer a matter of choice: Valene has to write it, but then exactly those things that had the MacKenzies worried start to happen (what are the odds), and Valene quickly adjusts her motivation: to write the book to protect the people she love. Well that may seem very noble except in this case it doesn't make any sense. I mean, it's not like she could tell the truth about Meg in order to un-do crazy stories by people like Mary Robeson. Pierce & Victoria got me very excited (Marcia Cross knows how to play the sinister bitch) and it looked as if the story was heading towards something very explosive. But unfortunately Victoria left and Pierce turned into Knots Landing's umpteenth pyscho killer. Oh, and the whiteboard with the plan to destroy Sumner & Friends was just as hilarious as Gustav Riebman's whiteboard with his dangerous plans for Falcon Crest. Nothing but praise for Nicolette Sheridan though, she really is one of Knots' finest actresses. But it was funny when Greg ordered some wonder-doctor with a French name to come to California to cure Paige. Well he came, he poked her leg – et voila! – she was cured. I guess he really was a wonder-doctor Just like Pierce, Claudia is having nightmares which (not surprisingly) is the set-up for her next storyline. There was one moment of confusion when Alex arrived and asked her "don't you recognize me?" and I thought, OMG, it's the real Steve! After that, everything that happened in her house was just bizarre. Dark and threatening in one episode, harmless teasing in the next one, and it was never clear who had the upper hand. And at first I found it quite fascinating. I could also understand Greg's decision to keep an eye on this loose cannon with too much information - but for how long? I guess he wanted to find or create something to counter-blackmail Alex… But it doesn't matter anymore since the whole thing fizzled out anyway. What's left is a daytime soap love triangle between Alex and Kate and Vanessa and I honestly couldn't care less - and I also wanted to smack the constant grin off of Claudia's face. Too bad that this season's cliffhanger (Pierce in Paige's car) was one of the few things I remembered from reading the KL synopses all those years ago and I keep wondering how effective it would have been if I hadn't known. All in all, a very entertaining season apart from the last 5 or 6 episodes, therefore – contrary to my first impressions – I don't think I'll rank it as one of my favourite seasons.