Cindy is a sweet, sensitive listener who tended to express motherly affection toward Brenda's close friend—and Brandon's eventual girlfriend—Kelly, while also caring a good deal for good-hearted brooder Dylan. In addition, she would always grant warm welcomes to Steve, Donna, and any of her children's other close friends.
To varying degrees between the two of them, the parents are largely portrayed as caring, discipba lined, sage-like figures. They offered advice not only to their own children throughout the first series, but occasionally to their children's friends. The phrase "Jim and Cindy" has become an almost iconic statement. Jim and Cindy depart L.A. for Hong Kong on business in the summer of 1995, leaving their now-grown son Brandon —whose sister had departed for England a year prior — to live his life independently.