In 1982-1983, Gary eventually divorced Val, married Abby, and inherited part of Jock Ewing's fortune.
Val became quite a celebrity with her book and began dating reporter Ben Gibson.
Richard's attempt to open a estaurant, "Daniel", financed by Gary and Abby, was unsuccessful and his philandering with Abby finally caused Laura to divorce him.
(Lisa Hartman departs the show and then returns in 1984 to play a different character in the 1984-1985 season).
Sid and his wife Karen Fairgate had three teenage children: Eric Fairgate, Michael Fairgate, and Diana Fairgate.
The other two couples on the cul-de-sac were young recording executive Kenny Ward and his attractive wife, Ginger, and Richard and Laura Avery.
Richard was an obnoxious, aggresive, unprincipled attorney who was always lusting after other women and resented Laura's success selling real estate.
In 1980, Sid's recently divorced sister, Abby Cunningham, moved onto the cul-de-sac with her two kids, Brian and Olivia Cunningham, and immediately began undermining the relationships of her married neighbors, spreading gossip about affairs, and setting her own sights on Richard Avery.
Gary, a member of Alcholics Anonymous, sponsored a new member, Earl Trent, and ended up having an affair with Judy, Earl's passionate wife.
In the fall of 1980, Sid Fairgate was paralyzed and later died as a result of an auto accident, leaving Karen to run KL Motors with Abby and Gary.
In addition to being neighbors, their lives intertwined in other ways.
Gary worked for Sid Fairgate, owner of Knots Landing Motors, the local car dealership.
Gary, a reformed alcoholic remarried his wife, Valene, and moved to the Southern California community of Knots Landing.