Season: 1
Year: 1976 | 1977

Season 1

Season 1, Episode 1: Chapter I

21 September 1976
1968, U.S. Senator Rudy Jordache is disillusioned about politics and concerned about his stepson Billy Abbott, and Wesley Jordache, the son of his murdered brother Tom.

Season 1, Episode 2: Chapter II

28 September 1976
Rudy travels to war-torn Vietnam to investigate Calderwood's missing electronics shipments, learning that a company called Tricorp has sabotaged deliveries. Here he runs into Julie, and the two relive happier days--but are interrupted by a horrible accident.

Season 1, Episode 3: Chapter III

5 October 1976
Billy moves in with Wes and Rudy in Whitby, and Wes begins work at Rudy's new electronics plant, where he meets the union leader's daughter Ramona Scott. Billy lands a job at Greenway Records, and Roy appears with news of Falconetti.

Season 1, Episode 4: Chapter IV

19 October 1976
Released from prison, Falconetti wants revenge and spends time in Rudy's apartment while he's out of town. Billy invites Wesley and Ramona to New York to a recording session and shows them the town. Rudy notices his apartment's been disturbed.

Season 1, Episode 5: Chapter V

26 October 1976
A suspicious strike at Rudy's electronics plant causes tension between Wes and Ramona, while in New York City Billy discovers singer Annie Adams. Hungry for revenge, Falconetti sets out for Whitby.

Season 1, Episode 6: Chapter VI

9 November 1976
Billy realizes that something has come between Wesley and Ramona, she tells him it's that they are on different sides in the strike. Rudy and Billy have a heart-to-heart, Rudy tells him that you pay a price for trying to do without people. He says that's what happened between Rudy and Tom as well as between Rudy and Julie. You end up all alone, he says, "where I am now". The national union takes over the strike and when Rudy and his lawyer drive up, they begin to jostle the car, throw rocks, breaking the windshield and whipping chains onto the car. Wesley jumps onto the thugs, trying to stop them. Wes is knocked unconscious.

Season 1, Episode 7: Chapter VII

16 November 1976
Scotty admits the strike was orchestrated by national, while Charles worries that Rudy is dangerously close to a secret that could destroy his wife Claire. When Wes and Rudy leave the hospital, Falconetti is waiting.

Peter Strauss ... Rudy Jordache

Gregg Henry ... Wesley Jordache
James Carroll Jordan ... Billy Abbott

John Anderson ... Scotty

Kimberly Beck ... Diane Porter

Sorrell Booke ... Phil Greenberg
Lynn Carlin ... Sarah Hunt

Peter Donat ... Arthur Raymond

Peter Haskell ... Charles Estep

Penny Peyser ... Ramona

Susan Sullivan ... Maggie Porter

Madeleine Sherwood ... Mrs. Hunt (as Madeleine Thornton-Sherwood)

Cassie Yates ... Annie Adams
Joan Tompkins ... Mrs. Rowe
John Dewey Carter ... Highway Patrolman (as John Dewey-Carter)
Paul Pepper ... Al Webber

Season 1, Episode 8: Chapter VIII

23 November 1976
After their windshield is shot from an overpass, Wesley tells the police that he believes the shooter to be Falconetti. Billy works up the courage to ask Rudy for $50,000 demanded by the record company for his singer. Billy is going to demand part ownership. Rudy tells him he doesn't have that kind of cash, but can get it if he sells some stock. If the company passes financial inspection, he will give Billy a check on Monday. Billy has decided to learn to need people. Sarah Hunt gives information to Rudy on payoffs from Charles Estep and will give the rest when she gets to Washington. Billy takes the check to the record company and Blaustein signs away one-third of the company to him, then he makes an airline reservation to Miami and asks if they have a connecting flight to Bermuda. Billy has a fight with his new recording star when she says she can't fake feelings for him. He says, "isn't that what women do best"?

Peter Strauss ... Rudy Jordache

Gregg Henry ... Wesley Jordache
James Carroll Jordan ... Billy Abbott

John Anderson ... Scotty

Kimberly Beck ... Diane Porter

Russell Johnson

Penny Peyser ... Ramona

William Smith ... Falconetti

Susan Sullivan ... Maggie Porter

Madeleine Sherwood ... Mrs. Hunt (as Madeleine Thornton-Sherwood)
Fred Holliday ... Devore

Regis Cordic ... Dr. Lassiter (as Regis J. Cordic)
Walter David ... Martin (as Walt David)
Michael J. London ... Gang foreman
Carol Brooks ... Receptionist
Dick Dial ... Clark

Season 1, Episode 9: Chapter IX

30 November 1976
Still in New Orleans, Rudy learns that Sarah has vanished with Charles' assistant Raymond--and is soon after found dead. Billy takes Ramona out for a wild night, and Scotty disappears.

Season 1, Episode 10: Chapter X

7 December 1976
In Dallas, Charles worries about Albert Dietrich--Claire's real father--and locates Rudy's weak spot. Up at Whitby, Wes learns about Billy and Ramona and a bitter fight ensues.

Season 1, Episode 11: Chapter XI

21 December 1976
Charles Estep is aware that Falconetti tried to kill Rudy; he sends one of his men to bail him out so they can get the story of why. Maggie discovers that Falconetti has been bailed out and by whom, but doesn't know why yet. Rudy discovers Wesley and Diane in bed together, right after Diane advises Wesley to go to Ramona and tell her that he loves her. Wesley stops in front of Ramona's house and continues past.

Season 1, Episode 12: Chapter XII

28 December 1976
Wesley goes down to the Port Authority to find Roy and ask for a job. Rudy receives a phone call from an unknown person offering information on the death of Sarah Hunt. Falconetti is watching Roy and Wesley. The mysterious caller was Charles Estep's CFO.

Season 1, Episode 13: Chapter XIII

4 January 1977
Rudy continues his efforts to send Estep to prison.

Season 1, Episode 14: Chapter XIV

11 January 1977
Billy, working for Estep in Las Vegas, follows Falconetti. Back in Washington, the Senate decides to go forward on hearings investigating Estep.

Season 1, Episode 15: Chapter XV

18 January 1977
The Senate opens hearings investigating Estep.

Season 1, Episode 16: Chapter XVI

1 February 1977
The Senate hearings collapse; Rudy goes to Aspen. Falconetti goes to work for Estep, target: Rudy Jordache.

Season 1, Episode 17: Chapter XVII

8 February 1977
Rudy is faced with charges of falsifying evidence connected to the Senate hearings into Estep's businesses.

Season 1, Episode 18: Chapter XVIII

15 February 1977
Censure hearings open against Rudy.

Season 1, Episode 19: Chapter XIX

22 February 1977
Wesley finds out Falconetti's motel room number, but finds curtains blowing in the breeze when he enters. Billy leaves his star in Las Vegas with Estep. Falconetti comes to Wesley. Wesley makes an impulsive decision.

Season 1, Episode 20: Chapter XX

1 March 1977
The drama builds as Billy manages to sneak into Estep's files and Mrs. Estep remains hidden away.

Season 1, Episode 21: Chapter XXI

8 March 1977
In the series finale, Rudy and Falconetti have a fateful confrontation.

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