The Best Episodes Directed by Bill Duke
#1 - A New Family
Knots Landing Season 4 - Episode 16
Mac moves into Karen's, and Eric has a hard time dealing with it. Gary finds out about Abby's contract with Richard and starts to drink. Diana tells Abby the rumors about Ciji and Gary at Ciji's recording session. A drunken Gary bursts into the session and yells at Abby that they're hurting people and ruining lives. Abby yells at Ciji that she knows about the affair and to stay away from Gary. Jeff tells Val that Thornwell leaked the story. Lilimae confronts Chip, who apologizes and cries, so Lilimae relents and lets him stay. Ciji cries on Laura's shoulder about everybody hating her. Richard is mad about how much time Laura spends with Ciji. Abby and Gary make up, and he says he doesn't want her hiding things from him. She says she was only trying to protect him. Abby then brings him to the lawyer, who has drawn up a contract making Abby an equal partner. Gary walks out, and later, he shows up at Ciji's, extremely drunk.
#2 - Yesterday It Rained
Knots Landing Season 5 - Episode 24
Ben comes home and Val cries with joy. The hitman actually shot Ray, not Gary. Cathy calls Ray's mom to tell her, and Laura overhears. Laura tells Greg, who asks Karen why none of the Ewings came to Gary's funeral, and tells St. Claire that he thinks Gary is still alive. Abby mourns for Gary. Greg tells Abby to sell Lotus Point to Wolfbridge, but she won't. Greg tells St. Claire that he is through dealing with him, and calls Abby to tell her Gary's alive. Ben figures out what Mac is doing, and is furious with him because Val could have lost her babies. Ben punches Mac. Abby goes to the MacKenzies and tells Karen that Gary's alive and Mac is using him to get to Wolfbridge. Karen feels very betrayed and confronts Mac. She's upset at all the pain he has caused and tells him their marriage is over, and gives him her wedding ring back.
#3 - Out of the Past
Knots Landing Season 6 - Episode 16
Abby decides to lengthen Joshua's segment. She threatens Cathy not to date Josh anymore, or she will tell him about her affair with Gary and that she murdered someone. Mac can't get a Judge to grant him a warrant for Galveston Industries, so Greg gets Mac the warrant he needs. Karen unwittingly gives Galveston information on the investigation. Gary goes to Val's diner, and recalls how he met her in a diner by helping her out when it was really busy. He tries to talk to Val, who doesn't recognize him and thinks he's crazy. Parker and his friends beat Gary up and tell him to get out of town. Val's confused as to why 2 people have thought she was Val Ewing. Gary goes back to the diner and helps Val like he did when they first met. For just an instant she recognizes him and says "Gary", but then confused, runs out, and Gary follows. She insists she's Verna and has never seen him before. She tells Parker she wants to get married right away.
#4 - Second Chances
Knots Landing Season 5 - Episode 17
Gary finds out that Cathy was in prison for 2nd-degree murder. He asks Abby about it. Abby tells Cathy to leave and threatens to tell her ex-husband Ray where she is. Cathy counters that if she does, she'll tell Gary that Abby hired her to distract him so she could steal him blind. Abby calls Ray. Greg breaks a date with Abby and sleeps with Laura. Mac goes to the DA who tells him that he might be disbarred. Mac goes to the Apaloon address and finds out it's a mail service. Some guys beat him up. Ben tells Val he is taking a job in South America, and Val doesn't want him to. They hug. Michael, Eric and Gary talk to Diana about making up with Karen. Finally, Diana and Karen make up. Mac has Eric drop off a bright orange mailer for Apaloon at the mail service, and then watches to see who picks it up. He sees Laura go in and come out with the bright orange mailer.
#5 - Power Play
Knots Landing Season 3 - Episode 11
Gary and Abby decide to invest in a Mexican company making methanol cars. Gary mortgages the house without telling Val. Gary goes to Mexico to work out a deal with Pete, the owner. Abby decides to follow, and Richard goes to help them with legal points. While in Mexico, Gary and Abby have their first kiss, but later he gets mad at her when she wants to cut Pete out of their deal. Richard warns Gary that Abby is trouble. Meanwhile back home, Val's upset that Gary didn't ask her about mortgaging the house or tell her that Abby was with him.
#6 - The Deluge
Knots Landing Season 6 - Episode 21
Joshua asks to open Reverend Kathryn's show, but then takes up the whole 30 minutes. Rev. Kathryn is starting to become disgusted with Josh's ego. Abby tells Joshua to come up with sermons, and if she thinks he can sustain the show, she'll fire Rev. Kathryn. Joshua replies he doesn't need Abby to check his sermons or he'll go elsewhere. Joshua also announces that Cathy will sing on his show, even though she doesn't want to. Karen questions people about the evening Val gave birth, and tells Gary she thinks the twins are alive. Abby overhears. Galveston dies. The mystery woman comes in, and she is Greg's mother Ruth. She tells Greg that she married Galveston and she wants him to take over the company. An old friend comes to see Greg and tells him that Empire Valley is the cover for an international communications center, and that they will monitor and influence all government communications in every country in the world. Greg's still resistant.
#8 - Nightmare
Knots Landing Season 8 - Episode 23
Jean's superior tells her she needs to kill Greg. Mac, Greg and an agent find out that Jean and her associate are trying to kill Greg. Mac punches out Jean's superior, and he's arrested. Not knowing he's on to her, Jean invites Greg to her hotel room. Greg says he knows what she's up to and pulls a gun. Mac and the agent come in and arrest her. Mac explains to Karen that he couldn't tell Val that Ben was alive, because she would give it away. Val, hysterical about Ben, tries to buy a gun. Unsuccessful, she goes to the ranch and takes Gary's gun. Val breaks into Jean's store, and almost shoots a cleaning woman by accident. Gary finds her and brings her home. Ben walks in and they hug and kiss and cry. That night Ben dreams that Jean kills Val. Abby tells Jill, "Let the second Mrs. Ewing give the soon to be third Mrs. Ewing some advice. The first Mrs. Ewing doesn't go away - ever!" Gary and Jill decide to get married some other time.
#9 - The Short Timer
Tour of Duty Season 1 - Episode 18
Bravo company is on another S&D mission. A new man is on point, and he stops the patrol when he sees some blood, which he follows to a Vietnam booby trap. He's killed. Taylor takes over point, even though he is a short timer. Later, he manages to survive an encounter with an NVA machine gun nest after he destroys it. Taylor must address his mixed emotions about his near return to home. His fear and distaste for Vietnam is equaled only by the darkness of the life waiting for him at home. Taylor, after a "Dear John" phone call from home, signs up for another tour.
#10 - Forsaking All Others
Knots Landing Season 5 - Episode 15
Mac has Karen admitted to a hospital chemical dependency program. Karen denies she has a problem .Abby is angry at Greg for getting her involved with Mark St. Claire. Mark tells Abby that the Marcus's house has burned down, so Abby tells Laura to make them another offer. St. Claire tells Greg he has one more chance to drop Mac, or else he will give incriminating information to his opponent. Greg has a press conference and says that Mac abused his power and got a variance for Karen's property on Lotus Point, and so he's asked Mac to resign. Mac questions Karen about Lotus Point. She says she gets checks, but doesn't remember anything else. Gary barges into Abby's office and says he is going to have her books audited. Jane and Mary Francis apologize to the MacKenzies for Greg and go back to Sacramento. Jane berates Greg for making the election more important than friendship. Greg wins the primary race.
#11 - Pilot
New York Undercover Season 1 - Episode 2
Williams and Torres try to prevent two people from becoming part of luxury car theft ring. Williams gets a letter from his e-wife stating that she wants him to pay more in his maintenance payments.
#13 - Crash of '83
Dallas Season 6 - Episode 17
J.R. gets suspicious of Clayton's intentions towards Miss Ellie. Hicks is questioned by Bobby about J.R. but Hicks denies knowing him. Ray is worried about Mickey's influence on Lucy. J.R. gets a visit from Walt Driscoll who offers him a deal. Bobby blackmails Hicks to make him change his vote on J.R.'s variance. Pam is disgusted when Bobby tells her about the plot. Afton receives news of a crash involving the Wentworth jet.
#14 - Death by Kiki
Hill Street Blues Season 4 - Episode 4
Kiki tries to persuade Eldridge to change his story; Hill's behavior gets worse and worse as he blows all his money; Fisk returns to the housing project with tragic results; Coffey sulks when Bates scores higher on the sergeant's exam; and Daniels has to make peace between Furillo and Mahoney.
#16 - Asslane
Fastlane Season 1 - Episode 20
A methamphetamine ring has been going on for some time and Van and Deaq are sent in to try and end its distribution. Billie splits them up. Van tries to get close to the distributor, a porn producer, and Deaq infiltrates the manufacturers, two adrenaline junky brothers. Things start to go bad when they have to bring in someone to mark the meth and she gets caught.
#17 - The Reckoning
Dallas Season 6 - Episode 15
J.R. and Bobby unite against Miss Ellie in her effort to overrule Jock's will. Pam's siding with Miss Ellie causes more tensions with Bobby. If Miss Ellie wins in court, the old will of 15 years ago shall become effective. Sue Ellen discovers Mark Graison's obvious interest in Pamela and tells J.R. Ray and J.R. have another confrontation. J.R. and Bobby try to convince Punk Anderson to be on their side in the court battle over the will. Sue Ellen questions Pam about her marriage and Mark. Miss Ellie testifies in court that Jock was mentally incompetent when he wrote the codicil to the will.
#18 - The Professor
Matlock Season 1 - Episode 11
Professor Erskine Tate wakes from a drunken stupor behind the wheel of his car. He doesn't know how he got there or what happened. When he's accused of having hit a mailman during his drunken joyride, he goes to a former student, Ben Matlock, for help, and Ben investigates two students and a teaching assistant.
#19 - The Junction
The Twilight Zone (1985) Season 2 - Episode 14
A modern-day miner has an argument with his wife and then goes off to work in the local mine. A collapse traps him, but he finds another survivor - a miner who claims to be from 1912. The two men figure out that somehow they have become connected through time.
#20 - Blues for Mr. Green
Hill Street Blues Season 5 - Episode 7
Belker plans to accompany a prisoner to Las Vegas; Mayo and Garibaldi follow a juvenile murder suspect who has threatened witnesses; Hill faces an IRS audit, with tips from Ray; LaRue and Washington catch a guy with stolen airline ticket forms; Joyce works with a burned out P.D. on the defense of Escobedo and Munoz on assault charges; and Coffey and Bates bust a young black boy for shoplifting.
#21 - Choices
Falcon Crest Season 2 - Episode 8
Doctors give Melissa's premature baby, Joseph, who suffers from a host of health problems, a twenty percent chance of survival. Richard uses a lucrative job offer to entice Tony into securing Julia's agreement to sell off her interests in Falcon Crest and The New Globe. However, the plan backfires and Julia is devastated; Tony realizes Richard's job offer wasn't real. When Cole goes on the run to avoid facing trial for the murder of Carlo Agretti, Melissa agrees to a second autopsy of her father's body hoping it will help clear Cole. The autopsy reveals that the killer must have been right-handed, whereas Cole is left-handed, and the charges are therefore dropped.
#22 - The Arrival
Falcon Crest Season 2 - Episode 2
In his new role on the Tuscany Valley County Board of Supervisors, Chase meets resistance in his efforts to break Angela's grip on county water supplies. When Melissa tells Carlo about her ambitions to control Falcon Crest, Carlo informs his daughter that she faces a powerful rival in Richard Channing, who is rumored to have ties to the C.I.A. and the British Parliament. Richard shows his ruthlessness by firing The Globe's longtime editor-in-chief, Herb Talmadge, who was only a year from retirement and a pension. After Angela tells Richard that he looks nothing like his father Douglas, Richard explodes after she leaves, vowing to ruin her.
#23 - Confrontations
Falcon Crest Season 2 - Episode 10
Vicky talks Cole into informing their parents that Cole is the father of Melissa's baby, but the opportunity never comes up. Phillip has a romantic dinner with Amanda Croft, a beautiful woman in her fifties. There is chemistry between them, but Amanda is suspicious of Phillip's relationship with Angela. When Darryl seduces Maggie into a passionate kiss at his Malibu home, Maggie panics and flies back home to Chase. Just as Angela has nearly bought up enough New Globe stock to control the company, Richard announces he is going to issue two million dollars more of stock, which is a strategy that Angela and Phillip hadn't foreseen. However, Angela and Phillip secretly arrange for a Wall Street banker named Kenderson to approach the unwitting Richard. Kenderson proposes to underwrite the new stock issue thereby delaying the offer long enough for Angela to get control of the newspaper. Meanwhile, Chase's mother, Jacqueline, has researched Angela's business dealings in Europe and provides Ch
#24 - Murder One
Falcon Crest Season 2 - Episode 4
Angela threatens Nick Hogan not to vote with Chase against her at the county supervisor meeting. If Nick votes to redistribute Falcon Crest's water to other vineyards, Angela warns that she won't be buying the $17,000 worth of pipes she was going to buy from him. Nick casts his decisive vote with Chase, and Angela warns Chase that he will come to regret his moment of glory. Emma disappears, secretly giving Chase the voting proxy to her twenty percent share of The Globe before she leaves -- the same proxy Angela hoped would give her control of the newspaper's board of directors. Richard prints a sensational article suggesting Cole murdered Carlo Agretti. When Richard asks Melissa to sell her the Agretti house, she suspects that Richard could have had a hand in her father's death. Cole is arrested for Carlo's murder after Cole's fingerprints are found on the statuette used to kill Carlo.
#26 - The Good, The Bad and the Profane
Falcon Crest Season 1 - Episode 16
Pressured by Angela, Lance proposes to Melissa Agretti with the consolation in mind that they dislike one another and that he knows Melissa will reject his proposal. When she surprisingly accepts his offer, Lance, shattered, is forced to go through with the ceremony. Melissa has her own cunning reasons for marrying Lance, aside from her father and Angela's scheme to merge Falcon Crest with Agretti Vineyards. When Cole fumes about the arrangement, Melissa assures him that her marriage to Lance won't interfere with their relationship. Another wedding almost takes place as Vicky and Mario decide to elope, but they change their minds at the last minute. Lance discovers that Melissa is pregnant.