Tonight it was "Distant Locations"... In this episode Val's disappearance looms large over the people in Knots Landing. It brings out different sides in them. Guilt in Lilimae. Wondering what he did that wasn't enough in Ben. Gary gets distracted. Abby gets jealous but also feels sort of responsible for the babies disappearing so she hires a detective. Karen is upset about her condition and uses Val's disappearance as an excuse to take out her anger on Ben. Joshua makes his first TV appearance and the response is immediate... Yet they all worry about her. Meanwhile Val goes to Nevada and takes in at a motel. Holding another woman's babies undoes her and well she goes out to pick up a man. She acts like Abby and tries to steal someone's husband but unlike her, that woman fights back and Val leaves the bar in shame. The next morning she washes Val away and is transformed to Verna. She goes shopping for cute little dresses and regresses back to the young girl she was before Gary. She goes "home" to Tennessee and takes a waitress job. Over all it seems like Val escapes from the pain and her self-loating and by becoming someone else who is in many ways a younger version of herself. Joan van Ark does a marvellous job transforming from Val to trampy Val to Verna. Those scenes when she stands in front of the mirror putting on make up and washes her face are just so poignant and memorable.