Thanks for the detailed explanation. It sounds like Gary and Valene weren't married in the years between when Lucy was taken from Valene and 1978. Still, Gary should have found out that Lucy was taken away when he would send his child support checks for Lucy to Valene. She would have told him when she received the checks that she didn't need the checks because she wasn't raising Lucy - Miss Ellie and Jock were raising her. Or didn't Gary even bother to send child support checks? If he didn't know Lucy was taken away from Val, he should have been sending checks to Val to help her support Lucy. I don't know how fathers can can just walk away from their children and then not even contribute financially in the raising of their children. So either Gary thought Val was raising Lucy but didn't send child support checks, or Gary knew the Ewings took Lucy and were raising his daughter but did nothing substantial to try to get Lucy back for Valene. Either way, typical Gary!