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(revised 01/15/2018)
 
 
General Information
 
Nielsen Ratings: number 14 (of 85) on the TV series hit list.
 

The "Falcon Crest" predecessor entitled "The Vintage Years" - written by EARL HAMNER - was filmed as a one-hour pilot show in the spring of 1981, but was never aired. Further information is available here.

 
The major filming location of the series were the Spring Mountain Vineyards in St. Helena, CA. Besides exterior footage on the winery grounds, the pilot's interior scenes had already been filmed on the first floor of its Victorian Mansion (Villa Miravalle). As MICHAEL and SUSAN ROBBINS, the winery's owners in those days, were shocked at their parquet floors being scratched by the production equipment, filming inside the house was out of the question for future episodes.
 
For the series, sets resembling the Victorian Mansion's interiors and the front veranda were built on sound stage 1 of THE BURBANK STUDIOS (nowadays WARNER BROS. STUDIOS) in Burbank, CA. The first floor of the Mansion is quite the same as the one of the real Villa. Slight differences are that there are three steps from the entrance into the foyer and that the foyer set is wider (in both directions); the small lavatory under the stairway is missing in the foyer set; the living room set is wider in north-south direction, but not as wide in the east-west direction as in the real Villa, and the small tower to the south was not replicated in the set. The windows to the south and west in the living room set are in different shape (a semi-circular arrangement) compared with the real ones. Exterior shots were filmed at Spring Mountain in July or August every year between 1981 and 1987. It is obvious that the episodes at the beginning of each season feature a lot more exterior scenes than later episodes.
The other sets at THE BURBANK STUDIOS were located on other sound stages, most of them on stages 19 (the Gioberti House, in particular) and 19 A, both of which were exclusively used for the series.
 
Another important filming site was Stags' Leap Winery in the Napa Valley, CA. The key locations are its driveway on which a fiberglass / plastic prop gate - the Falcon Crest main gate - was installed, and the Manor House, which portrayed the Gioberti House. For location filming, a special prop door with the falcon coat of arms was installed; it opens to the right, whereas the real door of the house opens to the left. The interiors were also reconstructed at THE BURBANK STUDIOS; the floor plan of the interior set, however, was completely different from the real house. The veranda and the front door were replicated in 3/4-size to put more emphasis on the actors.
 
Location filming in the Wine Country was done for # 001 through # 007.
 
Full family trees of the Giobertis and Agrettis including dates (birth, death, marriages, etc.) are available here.
 
During seasons 1 through 4, JANE WYMAN also serves as the announcer for the sneak previews of the following episode in every show - besides announcer ROY ROWAN.
 
CLU GULAGER and SAMANTHA EGGAR, who played Chase and Maggie Gioberti on the predecessor, were not rehired. ROBERT FOXWORTH and SUSAN SULLIVAN gained the rĂ´les instead. MARIAN McCARGO BELL, BILLY R. MOSES' mother, also auditioned for the Maggie character, but was turned down because producers felt she was too old; she will appear as a guest, playing Harriet Roberts, in season 5.
 
Original plans included a second son to Gus and Alicia Nuñez, Lupe (age 10); this character, which was originated in "The Vintage Years", was erased from the series very shortly before the shooting began.
 
Familiar Faces at LORIMAR: The production company preferred hiring "old friends", who had done good jobs for the company in the past. EARL HAMNER brought many crew members from his previous LORIMAR show, "The Waltons", over to "Falcon Crest", including ERNIE WALLENGREN, KATHLEEN HITE, KATHARYN POWERS (writers), HARRY HARRIS, LARRY ELIKANN, MICHAEL PREECE (directors) and SANDY COURAGE (music). Producer BARRY STEINBERG (joining in # 013) previously worked as a unit production manager on "Flamingo Road"; so did art director ARCH BACON.
 
Popular movie and TV composer BILL CONTI serves as the show's theme composer and as the composer of the score for # 001.
 
The first core element of the theme resembles a very short part during the beginning of the somber clarinet solo of "E lucevan le stelle" ("When the Stars Were Brightly Shining"), the aria (romanza) of the Mario Cavaradossi character, in the third act of "Tosca", the opera by GIACOMO PUCCINI.
 
The series was originally scheduled to première on Sept 25, 1981. A writers' strike prevented finishing the episodes in time so the première was moved to Dec 4, 1981, following the decision that the first seven episodes would be entirely staff written to avoid any further delay.
 
At first, CBS ordered the original pilot ("The Vintage Years") plus 12 episodes with an option for additional episodes.
LORIMAR developed more episodes for season 1 than originally sold to CBS in order to be prepared in case the network wanted to extend the season. Story outlines for the following episodes were written, but the further development of these episodes was dropped:

  • Promises: written by GARNER SIMMONS (cut off at outline)
  • And Not a Drop to Share: written by MICHAEL MICHAELIAN (brother to KATHARYN POWERS) & MICHAEL SEVAREID (cut off at outline)
  • (The) Siege: written by LARRY ALEXANDER (cut off at outline)
  • A Question of Years: assigned to writer SCOTT HAMNER (cut off at story)
  • Shadows: assigned to writer JOAN SCOTT (cut off at outline)
  • The Apprentice: assigned to writer RICHARD NELSON (cut off at outline)
  • Divide and Conquer (proposed story arc)
  • The Sorrow and the Passion (proposed story arc)
  • The Hireling (proposed story arc)
 
In Europe, the speed of the episodes as aired on TV is a bit faster compared to the original U.S. version (NTSC TV system). This is caused by the telecine transfer (the conversion) from the film reel to PAL (European TV system).
Whereas transferring film to NTSC does not cause any acceleration, transferring film to PAL results in a 4 % acceleration, i.e. the 24 fps (frames per second on film) will be converted into 50 pictures per second. This results in the episodes running at film speed multiplied by 1.04 and, therefore, 4 % less screen time - before any re-editing in syndication. This, however, usually does not strike the human eye.
 
 
# 001 <1.01> In His Father's House
 

The tree-lined Tuscany Valley country road at the beginning of the main title is actually Oak Knoll Avenue in the Napa Valley (more details see below).

 
The grape barn amidst the vineyards at the beginning of the main title is located on the grounds of Round Pond Winery near Conn Creek Road in the Napa Valley.
 

On the radiator grill of Angela's black 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 (type W100), there is a reflection of the filming crew for a short moment.

 
The pictures of JANE WYMAN and JAMIE ROSE are specifically filmed for this season's main title. JANE's picture was filmed during the shooting of # 002.
The other actors' pictures in the main title come from various scenes (see the information listed in the respective episodes).
 
Labeling names: EARL HAMNER gave some of the characters of his new series labeling names:
  • Angela (Greek origin) means "angel" or "messenger". The connotation of "angel" is an ironic allusion to Angela's not-so-angel-like character. The meaning "messenger" refers to Angie being the one to call Chase's family to inform them about Jason's death.
  • Jason (Greek origin) - "the healer". This labeling name is a good choice for Angela's brother and refers to his kind and vulnerable nature opposite to his sister's ruthless attitude. The name symbolizes his good-natured attempts to heal old wounds and reconcile family differences by building relationships to his nieces, Julia and particularly Emma.
  • As the name Emma (German origin) symbolizes "universal", this very well indicates Emma's ability to change and that her character will develop a variety of different aspects throughout the series.
  • As EARL's original family tree for the development of the series indicates, "Chase" is just a nickname, a derived English version of his actual first name, Charles (Germanic origin). As Chase means "huntsman" and "Charles" symbolizes "free man", the choice for this name very well reveals Chase's hunt for integrity and heroism as well as his battle for freedom for his family and his land throughout the series.
  • Julia (Latin origin) - the "down-bearded youth". Her name refers to Julia's dependent and somewhat rebellious character: Just like youngsters still depend on their parents and sometimes dare rebel against them, Julia is also dependent on Angela, yet desperately trying to free herself from her mother's boundaries from time to time.
  • Lance (short form for Lancelot) describes the old French weapon, a "lance", but is also a reference to "territory" and "land". The choice of name hints that Angie's grandson is one of her promising human weapons or maybe even her most promising one in her battles to defend her territory.
    Cumson as Lance's last name is a hilarious choice. If you read it "cums-on", his name sounds like "Lance comes on..." - what a sardonic and symbolic name for the playboy who comes on to almost any beautiful woman in the Tuscany Valley!
  • Maggie (derived from Margaret; Greek origin) means "pearl". The connection to Maggie as the "pearl" of the Gioberti family is obvious.
  • Cole (English origin) indicates "coal" or "a dark one". This name is a very good choice referring to Cole's position in the Gioberti family: As his father was often absent when the family lived in New York City, Cole as the only man left was to sort of substitute Chase's leading rĂ´le in the family and, therefore, had to be strong as coal. On the other hand, however, just as coal is not only strong, but also dark, Cole has the capability to "turn dark", too, and to revolt against his father's authority, which will become evident especially in # 004; "coal" being heated in furnaces and stoves to cook with, is a symbolic reference to the character's hot temper.
  • The name Vickie is a short form for Victoria, which actually stands for "victory" (Latin origin). Vickie desperately attempts to be a victress and conqueror: Throughout her life, she will try to free herself from the boundaries her parents and her future husbands set. The use of her name is dramatic irony: She will never manage to straighten out her affairs, both in her personal life and in business. Every relationship will end up in disaster, and her long-pursued dancing career will never materialize either.
  • Gus is, according to EARL's documents about the predecessor ("The Vintage Years"), short for Gustavo. That first name (Germanic origin) means "stave of the Goths" and alludes to the courage and braveness of the character, being an ethnic minority among the rich and dominant figures in the community. Originally, EARL planned to name the character Gustavo Felice Nuñez (Felice meaning "happy").
 
The Chinese first name Chao-Li means "rational dynasty".
 
The stained glass window above the main entrance to the Falcon Crest Winery Building was propped with a sign saying "Falcon Crest Winery" to cover the name of the real winery, Spring Mountain.
 
The original concept for the Emma character was a guest spot for only five episodes. But the audience liked MARGARET LADD so much that Emma became a permanent regular. The actress shared more details in an exclusive 2007 DFCF interview.
 
Fictional entity: Chase works as a pilot for AIA (compare # 024 for the full name: Allied International Airlines). Compare # 091 for a later reference to Trans Atlantic Airlines.
The season 1 bible originally planned for Chase to work for TWA (Trans World Airlines, a real airline at that time) whose terminals were often used by LORIMAR for filming (compare # 012 and 119). In the end, however, the producers decided against using the name of a real airline.
 
The number of Chase's AIA flight is 205.
 
The writers played around with a number of possibilities for Jason's death before they decided on the final version - falling off the catwalk in the Falcon Crest Winery Building.
EARL HAMNER's original ideas ranged from Jason's dead body floating in a huge vat in the winery (in an underground passageway from the Mansion to the Winery Building) to Jason being found dead at the bottom of a ravine.
This episode's writer and this season's executive story consultant ROBERT L. McCULLOUGH thought about having Jason's skull cracked by a bottle of wine. His early ideas included Angie telling Dr. Ludwig (the medical examiner originally developed) that Jason had a nasty fall in the Winery Building and her pressuring the doctor to write "cardiac arrest" in Jason's death certificate.
 
The filming location for the Winery Building interiors (stairway, catwalk, big vats, etc.) is one of the buildings at Guasti (Brookside) Winery in Ontario, CA, a city in Greater Los Angeles. That winery is no longer in business nowadays; the property is under redevelopment for a retail and entertainment complex.
 
HARRY TOWNES is replaced by a stunt double in the scene with Jason falling off the gallery in the Falcon Crest Winery Building.
 
Edited scenes: The director's cut featured more of the events after Jason's fall. - The following parts were removed in post-production:
  • Emma and Turner run down from the catwalk. Turner kneels beside Jason's body and goes through Jason's pockets. He empties the pockets, steals some dollar bills and flees the scene. Left behind on the floor is a faded photo of Chase, dressed in the uniform of an Air Force captain, which came from Jason's shirt pocket.
  • When Angela later kneels beside Jason, the scene originally continued: She discovers the photo of Chase on the winery floor and tears it into pieces. - Although no close-up of the photo is featured in the final version, it can still be seen next to Jason's body in the remaining segments (yellow mark on the above screen grab).
 

The establishing shot of New York City - a nightly view of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan - is stock footage from a film library. It is filmed from Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park - from a parking lot under the bridge west of New Dock Street.

 
Different camera angles: The episode itself features a wide angle shot of Jason's truck, a 1962 Chevrolet C-10, running over the rock (right screen capture). The sneak preview before the main title, however, shows two closer shots from different angles.
 
The filming location for the Old Vineyard Road (street name revealed in # 017) where the truck goes over the rock is in Griffith Park in Los Angeles. It is a distinct rock formation along the North Trail, facing east towards Spring Canyon and Vista del Valle Drive below. The area is closed to public traffic, but can be hiked. Only the segments with the truck, Jason and Chao-Li are filmed there as "day for night" shots - a cinematographic technique to simulate a night scene actually filmed in daylight; it is usually underexposed and processed through a special filter in post-production to create the illusion of darkness.
The segments with Angela and Emma on the Old Vineyard Road are from the grounds of the Guasti (Brookside) Winery and were combined with the other segments in post-production.
 

The Tuscany Valley Sheriff's patrol car is a 1981 Dodge Diplomat.

 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set - inconsistency: The way the stairway is built and usually seen from the first floor pretty much matches the architecture of the real Villa Miravalle at Spring Mountain Vineyards in St. Helena, CA. The set also creates the illusion that the second floor can be reached by two flights of stairs with the landing in between. In the wide angle shot from the living room, however, a wall can be seen that kind of blocks off the second flight of stairs (yellow mark) so the second floor would be unaccessible. Also, a wooden beam (red mark) can be seen, which is apparently below the imaginary ceiling of the foyer (the set on the sound stage has no ceilings), which makes no sense from an architectural point of view. It is obviously part of the greenbeds of the sound stage.
 
The season 1 bible and the story outline for this episode planned for Angela to decide against informing Chase about his father's death, but for Julia to call him. As a result, the original concept planned for Angela to continuously blame Julia for Chase's return to the valley. - In the end, the writers decided against that idea and finally had Angela call Chase's family.
 
Inside joke: Vickie's teacher and lover is named after ROBERT HARRIS, a member of the show's stunt crew.
 
Original script drafts called for the first New York scene to play in Bob Harris' apartment where Vickie should show him the contents of her wallet, including family photographs, and where she should also try to seduce him. This segment was not used in the final version of the episode though.
 
Fictional entity: Chase arrives at his New York home in a Capitol Cab taxi.
 

Chase and Maggie's New York brownstone is the second house from right on Brownstone Street (nowadays Ashley Boulevard) on THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS) backlot.

 
Real life allusion: Chase mentions U.S. astronaut NEIL ARMSTRONG.
 
The segment with Angela's Mercedes-Benz 600 driving along the Golden Gate Bridge - Chao-Li picks up Chase and Maggie from San Francisco Internation Airport - is an aerial view (filmed towards southeast from a helicopter) with San Francisco in the background.
 
The tree-lined Tuscany Valley country road the black Mercedes-Benz 600 drives along on its way to Falcon Crest is actually Oak Knoll Avenue in the Napa Valley.
One segment of the drive was used for the main title (see above).
The limo drives from west to east in the Napa Valley, the camera in the aerial view from the helicopter first facing southwest, then turning to northeast. The particular portion of Oak Knoll Avenue filmed for that scene is near Trefethen Vineyards.
 
When Chase and Maggie arrive at Falcon Crest, the frame with the front of the Victorian Mansion is darker than the previous segment (back of the house); the subsequent frames with the cast members in front of the house are brighter again.
In the film transfer, the original picture negative of the house was obviously not brightened up well enough to match the other segments.
 
The filming location for the Gioberti Family Cemetery on the Falcon Crest grounds in this episode and # 004 is the Boot Hill area at Kunde Family Estate in Kenwood in the Sonoma Valley, CA.
Click here for sketches of how the Gioberti Family Cemetery changed over the years.
 

The establishing shot of New York City - now a day view of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan - is stock footage from a film library, too. It is filmed from Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in northwestern direction.

 
Mistake: The establishing clip zooms in on the fifth floor of the New York City apartment building where Robert Harris lives. His apartment (number 702), however, is located on the seventh floor.
This inconsistency is caused by the use of different filming locations. Whereas the exterior shot is stock footage from a film library, featuring the Three Thirty Two, an Upper East Side apartment complex on East 84th Street in New York known from the 1970's TV comedy "Rhoda", the location for the interiors is the Hollywood Tower in Hollywood, CA.
 
Inside joke: Some of the names on the mailboxes in Robert Harris' apartment building are LORIMAR staff members: Zakarian is named after business affairs executive KATHLEEN ZAKARIAN-SNIDER, Coty after production coordinator CASS COTY.
 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set - inconsistency: The windows to the south in the living room are in different shape (a semi-circular arrangement like a sort of an oriel) compared with the real ones; the same goes for the windows to the west.
 
Lance's age can be derived from this episode: Chase mentions the last time he visited the Tuscany Valley was 20 years ago when Lance was one year old. So Lance must have been born in 1960. This will be confirmed in # 025 (1982) when Julia says Lance was born 22 years ago. - Inconsistency: This is in contradiction to what Julia says in # 004 (in 1981): according to her statement there, Angela took Lance away from her 23 years ago, i.e. 1958. But this is impossible because, giving respect to Julia's age (see # 155), 1960 must be the correct year of his birth.
 
LORENZO LAMAS' "eyelash-fluttering Valentino look", as JANE WYMAN called it, is caused by his nearsightedness. JANE made him get contact lenses during the season to solve the problem.
 
Labeling name: The name Jasper (Persian origin) means "treasurer" and very well alludes to Jasper Gioberti's aim to keep together the heritage and wealth of his family.
 
Phillip Erickson was neither part of the season 1 bible nor of the story outline. The character was added on very short notice during the final revisions of the episode script.
A detailed analysis of the original concept and the show's development is available in "The Secret FALCON FILES", a special fan club newsletter series.
 
Falcon Crest has growing fields of 550 acres altogether - 50 acres (Gioberti Estate) plus 500 acres around the Victorian Mansion.
 
The 20th Precinct Station House of the New York Police Department is actually the Hope Community Hall in New York City. While the series was filmed, the building used to be the actual old 23rd Precinct Station House.
 
Cole's inmate number at the 20th Precinct of New York City Police Station is 634685097.
 
In an earlier version of the script, Chase told Maggie that he often went over a hill near the Victorian Mansion to Sutter's Pond when he played hooky in his childhood. This line was changed in the final version to a ridge where Chase watched the falcons nesting; that way, the writing staff made sure to include the explanation why Joseph named his property Falcon Crest.
 
The limestone pergola where Maggie and Chase step down to the Gioberti House is also located on the Stags' Leap property in real life.
 

The real stained glass window in the dining room of Stags' Leap Manor is covered with a prop stained glass element with the falcon logo. A close up of this window will be seen in # 041 for the first time (see there).

 
The photo of Vickie and Cole and the picture of all four Giobertis were taken on the inner courtyard of the WARNER BROS. Executive Building at THE BURBANK STUDIOS.
 
Mistake: When Gus enters the Gioberti House, the wide angle shot and his close-ups are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Gus's position (as compared to the front door) is slightly different in subsequent frames.
In the usual process of making a movie or a TV show, different angles - such as wide angle shots and close-ups - are filmed multiple times each. In that process, the actors, therefore, have to play the same scene at least twice, using the very same gestures and mimic art. The advantage of this particular habit is that only one camera and one crew is needed, which may cost some more time, but is much cheaper.
 

In the scene in front of the Gioberti House when Mario and Gus are packing their belongings, the real interiors of the house can be seen through the dining room window (beige wallpaper and wooden decoration). - The crew was negligent when they filmed from that particular angle because this gave it away that the interiors as shown in the previous scene must be a set on the sound stage.

 
The scene with Angela and Lance in the Falcon Crest Winery Building is filmed in the real cave of Stags' Leap Winery.
 
In the close-ups of Maggie and Lance in a scene on the driveway in front of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, there are bushes to be seen in the background although there are no bushes near the veranda in the wide angle shots. - Parts of the scene are obviously from different takes on the sound stage as well as on location - put together for the final version to be aired. In order to create the illusion the scenes that were filmed at the studio take place in front of the house, the set decorators propped the background with the same prop statue that is usually placed near the entrance of the mansion.
 
Original plans for this episode contained a moment right after Chase and Maggie's departure to the airport when Emma, from the window in her rooftop studio, should have watched the Mercedes-Benz 600 drive off. Lost in thoughts, she should have mentioned to Julia that she wished her uncle Jason's death would have been just a bad dream. This segment, however, was not used in the final version.
 
In an early script draft, Vickie and Maggie looked through Vickie's high school yearbook while talking about Vickie's relationship with Bob Harris. They mentioned an unseen character named Tommy Simpson, Vickie's date for the junior prom.
The de Forest Research company had cleared the following possible names for LORIMAR to use for Vickie's high school in New York City: Millard Fillmore or Thomas A. Edison.
The final draft of the script omitted that part, shortening the whole scene drastically.
 

The driveway to the Gioberti House as seen in the scene when the Giobertis arrive in the valley is the real driveway to Stags' Leap Manor.

 
Original script drafts contained a scene with Lance driving over to the Gioberti House and inviting them for dinner at Falcon Crest. This segment was not used for the final version of the episode though.
 

License plate number of Chase and Maggie's 1979 Ford LTD Country Squire station wagon: New York 625 FEW.

 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set - inconsistency: When the Giobertis arrive in front of the mansion at the end of the episode, the front door is ajar and offers a view of the window in the library of the real Villa Miravalle in the background. The upper part of this window contains colorful stained glass elements whereas the interior set of Angela's study does not.
 
Lance's pet, Apollo, is a peregrine falcon. His name will be mentioned in # 007 for the first time. It is the Latin version of Apollon, a Greek name, and refers to the god of the sun and light in ancient Greek mythology.
 
In early script drafts, the episode finale is different: Angie allows Lance to precede her through the Victorian Mansion entrance, she turns back towards her vineyards for a moment, surveying her domain. Then she enters the house, closing the door behind her. - When during the filming Apollo turned his head, the shot turned out so well that the producers decided to close the episode on this very moment. It also became the iconic segment for the final scene of the main title.
 
 
# 002 <1.02> A Time for Saboteurs
 
Tentative title: The Grapes of Wrath.
This tentative episode title was a reference to the lyrics from "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" by JULIA WARD HOWE (1819 - 1910).
 
Paul Salinger's original first name was Terry in early script drafts.
 

Paul Salinger's rental car is a 1980 Ford Thunderbird.
 
All exterior shots of the Tuscany Valley Airport in this episode are from what used to be the San Fernando Airport in Sylmar, CA in Greater L.A. This airport was closed down and redeveloped into a business park around 1985.

 
License plate number of Angie's light ivory 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380 SL convertible: 963 XUJ.
 
This Mercedes-Benz 380 SL was a prop bought by LORIMAR from the old Mercedes-Benz Hollywood dealership on Sunset Boulevard specifically for the series; it was delivered to LORIMAR on May 18, 1981. The real vehicle identification number is WDBBA45A8BB003426. This car was used for seasons 1 and 2 as well as for the episodes of season 3 filmed in the Wine Country. On June 30, 1983, the picture car was sold to executive producer MICHAEL FILERMAN and remained in his posession until his death. The car was sold to a collector on eBay in July 2015. For later shots of Angela's Mercedes-Benz convertible, a different picture car of the same make and model was used.
 

ROBERT FOXWORTH's picture on his main title card comes from a scene in this episode.

 
Fictional entity: Angela reads a newspaper called Press Herald. It remains a mystery, however, if this is a local paper or a nationwide one.
 
The San Francisco Sun, The San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Gazette, San Francisco Courier and San Francisco Bulletin were the original suggestions for the name of Douglas Channing's newspaper. None of them were given legal clearance for use by the de Forest Research company. Golden Gate Magazine, another suggestion, could not be used either because it was a real magazine. The name Evening Star sounded sort of small town and dorky to LORIMAR's administrative staff. So the writers finally named Doug's paper The San Francisco Globe.
 
Labeling name: Douglas (Gaelic-English origin) - "black water". Douglas reveals the beauty, grace and charm of the element water, but at the same time hides dark secrets (which will be revealed in later episodes of the show) - just like water often hides what lays on its dark grounds.
 
The filming location for Paul's motel in the Tuscany Valley (in previous script drafts called Valley Inn, in the final version unnamed) is the Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel in Studio City, CA.
 
Deleted scene: The Patio Cafe at the Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel was the filming location for a scene with Julia and Paul at a Tuscany Valley café. This scene with a conversation about Chase and with Julia and Paul becoming closer was removed from the final version of the episode to stay in the one-hour program time frame.
 

The San Francisco restaurant with the red-brownish leather booths and the brown wood paneling where Angela and Douglas have dinner in this episode and in # 005 is actually what used to be the Hungry Tiger on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, CA. - This restaurant no longer exists.

 

The pump house at the Gioberti Estate is an exterior set built at THE BURBANK STUDIOS.

 
License number of Paul Salinger's plane: N3983I.
 

In the scene when Chase passes by Paul's airplane on the airstrip, ROBERT FOXWORTH and CLIFF POTTS are replaced by stunt doubles.

 
License plate number of the rental car (black Lincoln Town Car) used by Monash, the henchman of Paul's creditor, Thorpe: 658 QJB.
 
Monash and Kagle, Thorpe's henchmen, were originally called Jimmy and Roscoe in early script drafts.
 
 
# 003 <1.03> The Tangled Vines
 
Tentative title: Tangled Vines.
 

Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set - inconsistency: The palm trees that are in front of the Mansion ought to be seen through the windows in the rooftop studio rather than some other trees. Contrary to the set, the upper panes in the windows of the studio in the real Villa Miravalle are made from colored glass. There is also a third window to the south in the set (compare photo from # 001); in the real Villa, however, only two windows are located to the south, exactly as to the north. - The set designers were a bit careless.

 
One of Angela's hobbies is molding busts.
 
In early script drafts, Angela did not mold a bust of Jasper, but painted an oil portrait of him.
 

This episode features an old night establishing clip filmed for the predecessor of the program, "The Vintage Years".
In that scene in the original pilot, Chase and Maggie - then played by different actors - arrive in their jeep to attend a party in the Mansion.
For this episode, the scene was edited right before the jeep comes into the frame from the right.

 
Vickie describes the whole town of Tuscany as one disco and one bar. - Considering the many posh restaurants seen in later episodes, this must be an exaggeration.
 
The street number of the Hideaway, a bar in Tuscany, is 12122. - The filming location for the Hideaway is a bar by the same name and with the same street number in Sylmar, CA in Greater L.A.
 
Cole mentions the Pomo Indian Reservation in the next valley.
 
The original choice for the name of Barbara Munroe, one of Lance's many sex partners who shows up at the Hideaway, was Deborah.
 
Inside joke: At the Hideaway, Vickie says Chase has that fantasy that living together on the vineyard is going to turn the Gioberti family into the Waltons. - "The Waltons" are based on series creator EARL HAMNER's life story.
 
Real life allusion: Maggie quotes from ANDREW MARVELL's (1621 - 1678) poem "To His Coy Mistress".
 
Whereas the phone in the Gioberti House kitchen was on the left hand side of the window in the previous episode, it is now on the right hand side.
These two places of the phone continue to switch back and forth in the following episodes this season - the phone will be on the left again in # 006, but on the right again from # 007 on.
 
Carl Reed's original last name was Myers in the story outline.
 
Carl Reed's winery, Stone Briar, will return in season 4 as the Gianinni Winery (later Gioberti Winery). It is actually the Stags' Leap Winery.
 
When Maggie sees the old black and white photo of Jason and Chase (taken by Chase's mother on 07/11/1950), she says she does not think she has ever seen a picture of the two of them together. - Maggie misremembers because she and Chase saw another old black and white photo of Chase and Jason on the shelves in the Gioberti House in # 001.
 

The various takes for the dinner scene with Carl Reed at Falcon Crest were obviously filmed over the whole afternoon and evening. In the close-ups, there is both daylight and nighttime to be seen: shots of Angela in daylight, Carl in dawn, Julia (see lights from the Mansion) and Lance at night.

 
The shot of Julia on the veranda of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion in this season's main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of the scene in this episode (compare the left screen grab for the version used this episode).
 

License plate number of Lance's black 1977 Corvette C3 that will be destroyed in # 007: 247 PCE.
 
According to early story outlines, the producers planned for Lance to have a Porsche instead of the Corvette.

 

License plate number of the Giobertis' CJ-5 jeep: 864 OPE.

 

BILLY R. MOSES' picture on his main title card comes from a scene in this episode.

 

License plate number of Carl Reed's white 1969 Mercedes-Benz E (type W114): 658 QJB - the same number as on the car of the guys who were after Paul Salinger (compare # 002).

 
Gioberti House set inconsistency: As # 001 showed, the French door in the exterior wall of the dining room next to the front door (to be seen in detail in # 020) matches the architecture of the real house. These French doors, however, are nowhere to be seen in the dining room interiors. The reason might be that the French doors lead to a walk-in closet for gardening tools, which is accessible only from the outside. The wall, as seen from inside the dining room, however, appears not as wide as in the shots from outside.
 
Pinewood Savings & Loan, the bank where Chase applies for a loan, was called Valley Bank in early script drafts. The name change was requested by de Forest Research for legal reasons.
 
The filming location for the bank is what used to be the Downey Savings and Loan branch (nowadays U.S. Bank) on West Olive Avenue in Burbank, CA.
 

The roadhouse where Cole and Lance are at night was called Valley Bar in early script drafts.
 
The filming location is what used to be Don's Place in Burbank, CA and was located on West Olive Avenue not too far from THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS). The restaurant went up in flames in 1994 and no longer exists.

 
Real life allusion: The roadhouse owner mentions Prince Charles.
 

Cameraman's mistake: In the Gioberti House, one of the lights hung above the set in the greenbeds on the sound stage, can be noticed on the upper edge of the screen for a short moment.

 
 
# 004 <1.04> The Harvest
 

The scene in which the pump house explodes (in the sneak preview and this episode) is reused footage from "The Vintage Years".

 
Fictional entity: The explosives for blowing up the pump house are said to have been stolen from the Tuscany Valley based Todson Contruction Company (Gleason Construction Company in early script drafts).
 
As in # 001, there is an allusion to Julia drinking too much alcohol this episode again. The show apparently wanted to hint Julia might be pretty close to becoming an alcoholic. - This might be a hint for the writers' original intension to have Julia become an alcoholic; a storyline that did not materialize.
 
The Spring House on the Falcon Crest grounds is an exterior set built at THE BURBANK STUDIOS. The rear view of the very same set was used as the Gioberti Estate pump house seen in # 002 and before the explosion in the current episode.
Contrary to popular myth, the Spring House is not the former gardener's house (now gift shop) at Spring Mountain Vineyards (compare right photo).
 

The filming location for the Tuscany Valley Sheriff's Department is the Motion Picture & Television Fund Hospital in Woodland Hills, CA.

 
The filming location for the Tuscany Valley country road where Angie's Mercedes-Benz 380 SL has a flat tire is near Parkway Calabasas in Calabasas, CA.
What used to be a rural area was redeveloped into a residential community, beginning towards the end of the 1980's, and looks completely different nowadays due to the abundance of homes built in this neighborhood. The filming site was approximately half way between the Oaks of Calabasas guard house (a gated community) in the west and the newly constructed Ariella Drive in the east.
 
Angela compares Cole with Prince Charming, the fairytale character, and Sir Galahad, the knight in the Arthurian legend.
 

The filming location for the Tuscany Valley Hospital is the Motion Picture & Television Fund Country House in Woodland Hills, CA.
 
License plate of the ambulance parked in front of the Tuscany Valley Hospital (a 1971 Dodge Sportsman): 505PVY.

 
The portraits of the Gioberti ancestors in the tasting room seem to be from the 17th or 18th century. Strangely enough, Angela refers to them as the ancestors who dedicated their lives to building Falcon Crest. - Her words regarding to Falcon Crest probably cannot be taken literally, but rather refer to the love of wine growing in general because the portraits hardly depict the generation of Joseph Gioberti, who founded Falcon Crest towards the end of the 19th century. They rather seem to be portraits of ancestors from Italy; the conversation between Chase and Cole in # 003 revealed six generations of the Gioberti family prior to Joseph took care of cultivating wine growing areas in Italy.
 
Product placement: Cole wears a polo shirt by Fred Perry.
 

The pavilion behind the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion was built on the grounds of Spring Mountain Vineyards by LORIMAR specifically for the shooting. It is featured in this episode for the first time, but has been well known from the series début publicity photo of JANE WYMAN and ROBERT FOXWORTH.

 
Jasper Gioberti's gravestone at the Gioberti Family Cemetery (the grounds of Kunde Family Estate - compare # 001 - propped with headstones and a fence) says: 1883 - 1959. - Inconsistency: In # 076, it is revealed Jasper's final codicil to his last will and testament was written in 1969.
Click here for sketches of how the Gioberti Family Cemetery changed over the years.
 

The Nuñez home is actually the Coach's Cottage at Stags' Leap.

 
Early script drafts suggested that act 4 be introduced by focusing on a beautiful map of Falcon Crest near the fireplace in Angie's study in the Victorian Mansion and pulling back to include Angie and Chase in their conversation. In the final version, the scene was introduced by a close-up of a Cabernet Sauvignon wine bottle.
 

Mistake: When Angela and Cole are on the veranda of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, it seems to be dawn or night. - The scenes prior to that particular scene and after it, however, are in daylight.

 
Original storyline drafts for Angie's attempts to win Cole over also included her introducing him to beautiful young women. This idea was abolished to stay within the one-hour program time frame.
 

The exterior shot of Cole driving along the road in his new Maserati Merak is reused footage from "The Vintage Years". The scene in front of the Gioberti House is newly filmed for this episode of course.

 

Bad prop: On one of the crates in front of the Gioberti House there is stamped lettering saying "Louis O. Wurz Jr., Napa, California" (obviously a real person in Napa).

 

License plate number of the Hispanic picking crew's red 1967 Chevrolet C-series pick-up truck: T976312.

 
The script contained a scene with Mario telling Vickie that he would go to university now - to the University of California at Davis. This scene did not make it to the final version of the episode. It was never mentioned where Mario's college was located; but being quite close to the valley, the series always implied that his university must have been located somewhere in the Bay Area, so definitely not UCD.
 

During the party in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, Angela wears the same gown as in the respective scene in "The Vintage Years" (left screen capture). It becomes obvious in this scene that it was Angela's gown Emma wore on the stairway in # 003 (right screen grab), another point deliberately added by the writers to underline Emma's strange behavior and disorientation.

 

LORENZO LAMAS' picture on his main title card comes from a scene in this episode.

 
 
# 005 <1.05> Tony Comes Home
 
Tentative title: Tony Comes Back.
 

License plate number of Tony's 1981 GMC Jimmy pick-up truck: Alaska A7R 141.

 

License plate number of the red 1974 BMW 2002, which is parked in front of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion and must belong to one of the other four guests (names unknown) at Julia's birthday party: 436 XEB.

 

Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set - inconsistency: The window in Julia's bedroom consists of casements. But all the windows in the real Villa Miravalle are sash windows only (except the study and dining room).

 

The establishing shot of the Golden Gate Bridge with the panorama of San Francisco in the background is stock footage from a film library. It is filmed from Conzelman Road (Golden Gate National Recreation Area) towards southeast.

 
Chase mentions to Maggie it is a one-and-a-half hour drive to San Francisco from the Tuscany Valley. In # 001, Maggie told Vickie San Francisco is one hour away. - Do these different estimations refer to different traffic situations and vehicles?
 

Product placement: Julia wears a polo shirt by Polo Ralph Lauren.

 

The establishing shot of San Francisco - a view up west on California Street from the corner of Powell Street - is stock footage from a film library.

 
The shot of Maggie in Douglas Channing's Globe office in this season's main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of the scene in this episode (compare the left screen grab for the version used this episode).
 
The season 1 bible had slightly different plans for Maggie's storyline in this episode:
  • Maggie and Douglas are attracted to each other while working together. Angie makes Chase believe they actually have an affair. - This idea was dropped.
  • Maggie's first job as a stringer for Doug's newspaper when she returns to the Tuscany Valley is investigating Jason's death. This idea was abolished also.
 

An old fire engine (International Harvester K-series) is parked near the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion. It belonged to MICHAEL ROBBINS, the owner of Spring Mountain Vineyards in those days, in real life.

 
Angela mentions her holdings have doubled over the last twelve years. Since she does not refer to Falcon Crest only, this implies she must also have other businesses. It would be interesting to know which ones. A similar allusion will be made later in # 184.
 
The interior set of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room is much wider than the real living room in Spring Mountain's Villa Miravalle (compare the wall with the fireplace).
 
The establishing shot of San Francisco - a view over the bay towards the city from the Avenue of the Palms on Treasure Island in southeastern direction - is stock footage from a film library.
 
The filming location for the San Francisco street where Maggie calls the Globe office is the 13400 block of Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, CA. The phone booth is not real, but merely a prop.
 
Lighting inconsistency: Maggie gives Chase a call from the Globe at 8:12 PM. There is too much daylight shining through the window in the Gioberti kitchen for this time of the year; it is fall.
 
The director's cut of the episode contained more scenes, which were deleted or edited in the final version to stay within the one-hour time frame (including commercials):
  • Deleted was a scene with Julia and Tony at a cafĂ© (filmed at the commissary at THE BURBANK STUDIOS / WARNER BROS. STUDIOS), speaking about his various jobs in the oil industry in the last twelve years.
  • Drastically shortened was the scene in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study with Angela playing a game of chess with Chao-Li during which she realizes how quiet the house is with Julia, Tony and Lance being away at the lake.
 
The lakeside cabin where Lance, Julia and Tony spend the night is located at the lagoon on the backlot of the THE BURBANK STUDIOS (nowadays WARNER BROS. STUDIOS). It was also used on many other TV shows, including "Flamingo Road" (several times); it was originally built for "The F.B.I.", a TV series running between 1965 and 1974, which is why it is still often referred to as "FBI cabin" until this day.
 
The vineyard Tony and Julia would like to buy is 20 acres of Zinfandel and Gamay. It is located near Hot Springs. - Inside joke: Hot Springs is the previous name of Calistoga, a real town in the Napa Valley.
 
The phone number of Delano Real Estate, the estate agency offering Julia and Tony the vineyard, is (707) 555-3923.
This number does not exist in real life. The "555" prefix was invented by the movie industry in association with the telephone companies exclusively for the use on TV productions and motion pictures as a way to prevent film makers from accidentally publicizing real phone numbers - which could have led to fans calling and harassing the real phone subscribers, who then might have sued the production companies for violation of their privacy.
 
Maggie's office at the Globe is room number 305. It is near Mr. Lambert's office - another staff member, who - just like Ed Nichols, an editor mentioned quite often this episode - is never shown in person.
 
Tony's address: 9611 Highgate Hill, Anchorage, AL.
 
Early drafts had slightly different plans for Angela and Lance's scheme to get rid of Tony:
  • The season 1 bible planned for Tony to nearly seduce Vickie - an incident initiated by devious Angie; Tony finally flees in the face of Chase's rage when the Giobertis find out. - This idea was abolished because the producers felt this might be too immoral in that era. When the story outline was developed, the writers discussed the idea of Tony hitting on Maggie.
  • As an alternative, a $ 10,000 bribe and ticket to the French Riviera from Angie were discussed so Tony would leave.
  • When the episode came into the writing stage, original script drafts called for Lance, on behalf of Angie, tricking Tony into coming to the Route Six Motel in Tuscany to see a "friend" - where actually Barbara, with lots of make-up, was supposed to seduce Tony while Lance would secretly take incriminating photo shots of the scene. These plans were altered in the revised final of the shooting script.
  • A later revision included an erotic scene between Lance and Barbara where Barbara's performance as Tony's alleged girlfriend should have been addressed directly. That scene was finally omitted so the viewers had to remember Barbara had been seen as one of Lance's sex partners before.
  • In the original episode finale, Julia only learnt from Angie that Tony left after he realized he became the victim of Lance and Angela's dirty scheme with Barbara. Julia then swore never to drink again because alcohol would only help her forget. The final version of the episode's end also erased the direct confrontation with Julia's alcoholism - a topic the series always rather hinted in its final version instead of approaching directly.
 
 
# 006 <1.06> Kindred Spirits
 
Tentative title: Kindred Spirits and Betrayals.
 
The original story outline was devised by KATHARYN POWERS, who was taken off the assignment later and not paid because she did not write the script. It was written by JUDY MERL and PAUL ERIC MYERS in association with GARNER SIMMONS. He, however, was unhappy about the many changes in his contribution in the end so that he requested his writing credit be taken off.
 
Early script drafts suggested that the episode opener be Jim Ruddick's funeral at the Tuscany Valley Public Cemetery, with Angela in attendance. The final version of the episode featured Angela returning from that funeral to Falcon Crest in the first scene.
 

VICTORIA HILBERT, LORENZO LAMAS' wife in those days, portrays Lance's friend in the pool scene.

 

Rimrock Canyon is portrayed by various filming locations. The ravine and mountain terrain is filmed in Bronson Canyon in Hollywood, CA.

 
The Hayden Clinic is mentioned for the first time (compare # 014 for details). - The original name was Dandridge Clinic in early script drafts.
 

In the close-up of Vickie in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, it becomes obvious that the vineyards that can be seen through the southern window in the living room are a large painting placed as a backdrop behind the interior set on the sound stage.

 

This is the only episode with an appearance of Emma's little white dog, a Bichon Frisé. His name, Oscar, is not mentioned in the final version of the episode, but was stated in scenes omitted during the editing process.
Writers' original plans called for a Dachshund, by the way, not a Bichon Frisé.

 
The chorus performed by Emma is from a "valse-musette" (a specific French waltz) entitled "Ah! Le Petit Vin Blanc" ("Oh! The Little White Wine") - music by CHARLES BOREL-CLERC; lyrics by JEAN DRÉJAC.
 
Real life allusion: Emma mentions British poets ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING (1806 - 1871) and ROBERT BROWNING (1812 - 1889).
 
The flashback with Jason showing the Spring House to little Emma for the first time was originally a longer sequence. It also showed the cornerstone with the inscription "For My Emma - With Love - JG [Jason Gioberti], 1963". This part was removed from the final version of the episode, also because the writers went for a different backstory of the Spring House history; it will be revealed in # 016 that Jason built it in 1952.
 

When Lance and Cole fall off their horses, LORENZO LAMAS and BILLY R. MOSES are replaced by stunt doubles.

 

A poster with an artwork by SONIA DELAUNAY (1885 - 1979), a French-Russian artist, can be seen in the Spring House.

 
The other filming locations for Rimrock Canyon are the jungle near the lagoon on the backlot of THE BURBANK STUDIOS / WARNER BROS. STUDIOS (campfire - night scene) and the Malibu Creek State Park (previously Fox Ranch) in Malibu Canyon (Lance's expedition of the undeveloped land).
 

The cabin where Lance tries to get help for Cole is identical with the one from # 005 where Julia, Tony and Lance spent the night at the lake - the lakeside cabin at the jungle at THE BURBANK STUDIOS.

 
Early script drafts called for Lance to be seduced by Jenny Caulkins, to have sex with her and to be caught red-handed by her husband, Lloyd. The final version, however, was changed to Lance simply falling asleep in Jenny's bed and Lloyd falsely assuming that his wife was seduced by Lance.
 

The interiors of the Sheriff's Department near Rimrock Canyon where Cole fell off the horse used to be a permanent set at THE BURBANK STUDIOS (nowadays WARNER BROS. STUDIOS), which was also used for various other productions, including LORIMAR's "Flamingo Road".

 
Sheriff McAuley (near Rimrock Canyon) was named McCauley in early script drafts.
 
 
# 007 <1.07> The Extortionist
 
Tentative titles: The Grave Robber / The Vengeance.
 
Strange: Turner Bates spent the night in the basement of the Gioberti House, but the Giobertis apparently did not notice anything of him that night.
 
Real life allusion: Emma mentions NAPOLEON.
 
Illogical: How can Emma see Turner Bates on the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion veranda from the windows in main tower studio? The roof of the veranda would rather block her view.
 

This is the only episode featuring an exterior view of the French door in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room to the southern veranda. - Inconsistency: There is no such door in the interior living room set.

 
Emma loves the smell of sandalwood.
 

Promotion campaign: A framed UNICEF poster can be seen behind Emma in the Spring House.

 
Allusion to the movie industry: In the scene in the vineyard between Vickie and Cole, he mentions "The Grape Escape" as a parody of the 1963 movie "The Great Escape".
 

Post-production mistake: When Sheriff Tobias comes to see Angela, it is after dusk, as it can be seen through the windows in the foyer and study of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion. The night clip of the Mansion introducing that scene - showing the patrol car (footage from # 001) - is inconsistent in that place.

 
The filming locations for the scene with Turner in the phone booth and for the car chase (Turner and Emma in Lance's Corvette and the others following) on a Tuscany Valley country road are situated in Pico Canyon in Stevenson Ranch near Valencia, CA.
The wooden gate and the first part of the road was located at the corner of Pico Canyon Road and what is now Southern Oaks Drive, filmed towards what is now Morning Mist Drive. This area was redeveloped into a suburban community in the late 1990's and looks entirely different now. The location for the following car chase as well as the accident is Potrero Road (forking off from Pico Canyon Road).
 
MARGARET LADD, ROBERT F. LYONS, LORENZO LAMAS, BILLY R. MOSES, ROBERT FOXWORTH and CHAO-LI CHI were replaced by stunt doubles in the car chase and the crash.
 
When Chase and Cole rescue Emma from the car, they open the door. - Editing mistake in putting together various takes of the scene: When the car explodes shortly after that, the door is not that much ajar anymore.
 

Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set - inconsistency: The set designers forgot to add a pitched roof area to the hallway to Emma's room, which ought to be atop the dining room. This will become even more obvious in # 019 (see there).

 
This is the last episode to be filmed in the Wine Country this season. The rest of the season will be entirely filmed in and around Los Angeles.
 
 
# 008 <1.08> Lord of the Manor
 

The first scene on the driveway to the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion was filmed in the Napa Valley, but not specifically for this episode. It is footage from the beginning of a scene from # 004 (Angela and Cole arriving), which is reused here.

 

License plate number of Angie's black Mercedes-Benz 600: 908 0ZZ.

 
Original script drafts staged the wine symposium in Paris instead of Rome. The final change made it easier for the writers to have Cole pay a visit to the Gioberti relatives in Tuscany / Italy.
 
The establishing shots of Rome / Italy are stock footage from a film library.
The first clip (day) shows the Piazza della Repubblica in northern direction (with the Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando and Via Giuseppe Romita going off in the background).
The later night shot before the restaurant scene features the Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere.
 
The restaurant in Rome (interior scene with Angela, Douglas and Cole) is portrayed by the Boulevard Room of the Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel in Studio City, CA.
 
Other renowned members of the Tuscany community seen as supporting characters at the Falcon Crest party:
Sylvia Hartman - is she related to Max Hartman?
The Cunninghams - the ones who owned Keys Creek (see # 132)?
Cliff Oates - someone who will never be mentioned again.
 
Sheri Hyatt, Lance's playmate in this episode (played by Miss USA 1980, JINEANE FORD), was named Alexis Fairchild in early script drafts.
 

The producers felt the big tattoo on LORENZO LAMAS' right shoulder was not adequate for his character, Lance. They tried to film him from specific angles only in order to cover the tattoo. In some frames in the scene in his bed this episode, however, the tattoo can be noticed. In the future seasons, the tattoos will be covered with make-up and all sorts of other tricks (see # 047).

 

Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set - inconsistency: The dining room window to the east is in an oriel in the set although there is no such oriel in the real house.

 
In early script drafts, the original name for Paul, the Falcon Crest bottling foreman, was Hal Walker.
 
While the establishing shot of Via dei Condotti in Rome / Italy is stock footage purchased from a film library (shot from the corner of Via Bocca di Leone towards the Spanish Steps), the shots of Angela and Douglas walking along Via dei Condotti are filmed on East English Street, an exterior set at what used to be THE BURBANK STUDIOS RANCH (formerly COLUMBIA RANCH, nowadays WARNER BROS. RANCH) in Burbank, CA. This set was demolished in 1996.
 

Since no location filming is done at Spring Mountain for this episode, the bottling building at Guasti (Brookside) Winery in Ontario, CA doubles as the Falcon Crest Bottling Building (side entrance and interiors).

 
According to Angela, Jimmy's is one of the finest restaurants between Rome and Paris.
Inside joke: The restaurant name is an allusion to one of JANE's favorite restaurants by the same name on 201 South Moreno Drive in Beverly Hills, CA. It was active between 1978 and 2000 and was very popular with celebrities from the entertainment industry.
 
The first establishing shot of the town of Lucca in Tuscany / Italy is stock footage from a film library. It actually shows a totally different town: Spoleto in the province of Perugia / Italy. The shot was filmed from a country road above the town named Strada Provinciale di Monteluco (SP 462), the camera facing in northwestern direction.
 
The inn in Lucca, Tuscany / Italy where Cole stays is called Albergo di Fazzio.
The filming location for that street, which also includes the bike rental station (Noleggio Biciclette), is West English Street at what used to be THE BURBANK STUDIOS RANCH (formerly COLUMBIA RANCH, nowadays WARNER BROS. RANCH). This set was demolished in 1996.
 
The second establishing shot of the town of Lucca in Tuscany / Italy (preceding the scene at Noleggio Biciclette) is also stock footage from a film library. It actually shows the town of Borgo Maggiore in the Republic of San Marino (an enclave in Italy). It was shot in northern direction from a vista point at the monument of Bartolomo Borghese near the cableway station in the city of San Marino, the capital of the small country by the same name.
 

The establishing shot of San Francisco - the Oakland Bay Bridge in foreground, shot from Hillcrest Road (bridge over highway 80) on Yerba Buena Island towards west - is stock footage from a film library.

 

License plate number of Lance's red Corvette C3: 247 PCE - the same plate that used to be on his previous black Corvette.

 

The San Francisco park where Lance meets with Miller is actually a part of the yard at the Guasti (Brookside) Winery in Ontario, CA.

 
Mistake: In the scene with Lance and Miller, the various shots are from different takes combined in the editing process. This becomes evident because the couple (woman in red jacket, man with backpack) is towards the left of the frame in the wide angle shot, but in the subsequent frame (close-up) suddenly much farther to the right - between Lance and Miller during their hand shaking.
In the usual process of making a movie or a TV show, scenes are shot at least twice - as a wide angle shot and in close-up, which bears the risk of inconsistencies.
 
In early script drafts, Miller mentioned an unseen character by the name of Ann Snider as one of Lance's ex-affairs.
 

The filming location for Sloan Wine & Spirits is Cal Fame - Paramount Citrus Association in Mission Hills, CA in Greater L.A.

 

Product placement: The forklift at Sloan Wine & Spirits is a Caterpillar.

 

The establishing shot of the banquet hall in Rome / Italy (exterior shot) actually features the Philadelphia City Hall. The camera is on North Broad Street, facing south. It is stock footage from a film library.

 
The banquet hall where the wine symposium in Rome takes place is actually the Oak Room of the Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel in Studio City, CA.
 
MICHAEL ROBBINS, the real owner of Spring Mountain in those days, has an uncredited guest rĂ´le in that episode - as one of the connoisseurs at the wine symposium in Rome. He also served as technical advisor for "The Vintage Years" and # 007 through # 010.
 

The restaurant in Lucca, Tuscany / Italy where Cole meets his Italian cousins and other relatives is the convent exterior set on Mexican Street at what used to be THE BURBANK STUDIOS RANCH (formerly COLUMBIA RANCH, nowadays WARNER BROS. RANCH). This set was demolished in 1996.

 
Mistake: In the scene with Lance in the study of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, the close-up and the wide angle shot are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Lance turns to the one side in the close-up, but to the other side in the wide angle one second later.
 
Gioberti House interior set - inconsistency: There are four windows in the turret in the living room (and also in the master bedroom upstairs). On either side of the turret area, two windows are very close to each other (as seen on the right of the first screen capture); the center wall of the turret is much wider than the narrow pieces of walls between both windows on the left and between both windows on the right. Most times, however, interior filming of the turret area is done from angles showing a maximum of three windows only; some of them can hardly be recognized in some scenes (see curtains in the second picture). - In the real Stags' Leap Manor, there are only three windows in the turret area.
 

Product placement: Chase wears a shirt by Polo Ralph Lauren.

 
 
# 009 <1.09> Dark Journey
 
Tentative title: Chiaroscuro.
 
Mistake: After Vickie's argument with Chase and Maggie, the shadow of another person can be seen on the Gioberti House stairway.
 

The establishing shot of San Francisco - the Oakland Bay Bridge in foreground, shot from Hillcrest Road (bridge over highway 80) on Yerba Buena Island towards southwest - is stock footage from a film library.

 
"Macbeth" is played as a benefit for The Bay City Arts Center in San Francisco.
 
The filming location is the former Huntington Hartford Theatre (nowadays Ricardo Montalbán Theatre) on Vine Street in North Hollywood, CA. When the Ricardo Montalbán Foundation bought the place, it underwent major renovation.
 
Before the rĂ´le of Arthur Masefield was developed, the writing staff planned to have a French artist as the portrait painter and Angela's love interest.
 
Jason's favorite dish: Chicken Cacciatore.
 
Mario's college is portrayed by the inner courtyard of the WARNER BROS. Executive Building at THE BURBANK STUDIOS.
 

The filming location for the games arcade in the Tuscany Valley where Vickie meets Lance was actually located at the corner of Vanowen Street and Whitsett Avenue in North Hollywood, CA. Malibu Grand Prix, the real arcade, was destroyed by arson in 1998.

 

The establishing shot of San Francisco - a view over the bay with the Oakland Bay Bridge, shot from the Avenue of the Palms on Treasure Island - is stock footage from a film library.

 

The San Francisco Coffee Shop where Lance and Vickie meet are the real exteriors and interiors of what used to be Lau's Restaurant at the corner of Lankershim Boulevard and Chandler Boulevard in North Hollywood, CA. The building was torn down after extensive remodeling of Lankershim Boulevard for the L.A. Metro subway began in 1994. - Lau's Restaurant will be featured again in # 017.

 

Product placement: Coca Cola signs can be seen near the cash counter in Lau's Restaurant in San Francisco.

 
Vickie's acting class is at the Side Street Theatre (Players Theatre in early script drafts) in San Francisco.
The filming location is a real theater on Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood, CA - nowadays called the Lankershim Arts Center.
 
The San Francisco street (Maggie and Chase in the car on their search for Vickie) is actually the section of Tujunga Avenue in North Hollywood. The whole segment was filmed between Chandler Boulevard in the north and Magnolia Boulevard in the south, the car heading south. If you look closely, it is apparent that the same section of the street was filmed multiple times. Through the car's side window behind Maggie, the North Hollywood Park is visible in particular.
 
New license plate number of Chase and Maggie's Ford LTD Country Squire station wagon: 436 XEB (now a California plate). It is the same number as on the BMW in front of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion in # 005 (see there) - not an appropriate way to save production cost.
 
Early script drafts included a scene during Maggie and Chase's search for Vickie at her high school in the Tuscany Valley - with Vickie's friend Nicole. This idea was dropped in later revisions; the character of Nicole remained unseen, but was occasionally mentioned by Vickie during this season.
 

The nightly establishing shot of San Francisco - the Oakland Bay Bridge in foreground, shot from Yerba Buena Island towards southwest - is stock footage from a film library.

 
The interior set of the San Francisco Police Department is the same one as the one of the New York Police Department in # 001 - this time just filmed from the opposite direction.
 

Chase and Maggie look for Vickie at the Teen Runaway Center in San Francisco. This building as well as the stores (street numbers 5061 and 5063) and the porn movie store, Exotic Adult Entertainment (street number 5118), were all located on Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood, CA in real life.

 
Chase and Maggie stay at the Norman Hotel on Alameda Street in San Francisco under the false name Nelson.
Cable car bells can be heard in the background of the hotel scene. - Inconsistency: There is no cable car line in the South of Market district where Alameda is located in real life.
 
 
# 010 <1.10> Victims
 
Tentative title: The Victims.
 
Original script drafts called for a character by the name of Lawrence Chisholm as Angela's personal lawyer - in contrast to Phillip Erickson as her attorney for her business affairs in connection with Falcon Crest. This idea was dropped.
 
Editing mistake: When Chase arrives near the arguing workers, the hood of his jeep is right next to the back of the blue pick-up truck. The next frame, however, shows Chase's jeep coming near the blue pick-up truck from some distance.
The filming location for the dirt road near the workers' quarters at the Gioberti Estate is actually on the grounds of the Guasti (Brookside) Winery in Ontario, CA.
 
Actor HECTOR M. MORALES was originally cast in the small rĂ´le of Manuel, the picker blackmailed by Julio. Although he was never photographed, he received payment. The part finally went to BERT SANTOS.
 
Julio Delgado was named Carlos D. in early script drafts.
 
Angela goes to the opera in San Francisco to see RICHARD WAGNER's "Ring Cycle", i.e. "The Ring of the Nibelung".
 
The forest clearing in the Tuscany Valley where Vickie and Mario kiss in the car and the Nuñez garage and driveway are actually filmed at the same location near the Hideaway in Kagel Canyon in Sylmar, CA (the corner of Market Trail and Spring Trail).
 

The dirt road at the Gioberti Estate where Maggie finds Emma is actually Franklin Canyon in Beverly Hills, CA.

 
Maggie mentions La Choza's, a Mexican restaurant in the Tuscany Valley, which will never be seen on the show though.
 

License plate number of Mario's brown 1970 Chevrolet Nova: 658 QJB - the same number as on the car of one of the people who were after Paul Salinger (# 002) and as on Carl Reed's car (# 003).

 
The little cabin where Esperanza and her family live in the Tuscany Valley is actually part of the workers' quarter at the Guasti (Brookside) Winery in Ontario, CA.
For more details about that filming location, compare previous entries, particularly # 001.
 
Actress ARACELI REY was originally cast in the rĂ´le of Esperanza's grandmother.
She was recast on short notice, and the part finally went to MARIA ESPERANZA.
 
The interior set of the Gioberti House kitchen has changed: From this episode on, there is a back door in the kitchen.
 

The filming location for the parking lot where Mario confronts Julio is on the grounds of the Guasti (Brookside) Winery in Ontario, CA.

 
Inside joke: When Emma lists the possible first names for her baby starting with "L", she grins and mentions "Lorenzo".
 
The filming location for the car chase (Mario and Julio with his gang) is the corner of Franklin Canyon Drive and Lake Drive in Franklin Canyon in Beverly Hills, CA.
 

License plate number of Julio Delgado's blue 1965 Dodge D-series pick-up truck: F841663.
 
License plate number of the Hispanic workers' white truck: S235671.

 

The filming location for the Falcon Crest Winery Building interiors is one of the buildings on the premises of the Guasti (Brookside) Winery in Ontario, CA (compare # 001).

 

Contrary to the small building in # 004, the entrance of the Tuscany Valley Hospital featured this episode is part of the building complex of the previous Ontario Community Hospital (nowadays Kindred Hospital Ontario) in Ontario, CA in real life.

 
Emma's doctor, whose name - Dr. Howell - will be mentioned in # 019 for the first time, was originally called Dr. Maynard in early production documents; that name, however, was never mentioned on the show.
 

When Julio is caught by Chase in front of the Hideaway, A MARTINEZ is replaced by a stunt double.

 
Emma's bed in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion rooftop studio was rotated one quarter-turn clockwise for this episode only. Compare the left screen capture from # 006.
 
Early script drafts included Alicia (SILVANA GALLARDO), but mainly for atmosphere purposes. During production, the actress was notified not to come in for shooting as she was written out of that script on short notice. She got paid though.
 
 
# 011 <1.11> For Love or Money
 
This episode is directed by FERNANDO LAMAS, LORENZO's father.
 
The episode intro with the aerial view of the Tuscany Valley shows hillside vineyards at La Perla, which is nowadays part of Spring Mountain Vineyard, west of Villa Miravalle. The clip was filmed during the shooting in the Wine Country for "The Vintage Years" already, but is used for the first time now.
In the current episode, only a part of a longer helicopter sequence is shown. The above screen captures show a compilation of elements from two episodes to illustrate the complete flight. The earliest segment of that helicopter flight will be used in the second version of the season 2 main title (between the cards of DAVID SELBY and BILLY R. MOSES - see screen grabs 1 and 2). The camera faces north first, then turns clockwise with a view towards St. Helena (east) and finally faces southeast.
Later segments from that same helicopter flight - an aerial view over Newton Vineyards - will be used as the episode intro of # 025 (compare there).
 
Lance's car is filmed driving along the same portion of the road twice to create the illusion of a longer drive to Elizabeth Bradbury (Bradford in early script drafts). On the way back, the car is filmed driving along the same road three times, but now from the opposite direction.
The filming location for the Tuscany Valley country road is Franklin Canyon Drive in Franklin Canyon in Beverly Hills, CA.
 
License plate number of Lance's red Corvette C3: 432 MEG. - It had a different plate in # 008.
 
The milometer in Lance's Corvette says 31,215.8 (trip recorder: 675.7) during the last third of the drive to Elizabeth Bradbury's house. Shortly after starting to drive back to Falcon Crest, it says 31,215.9 on the milometer (675.8 on the trip recorder).
 
Elizabeth Bradbury's home is the first house on the left of the residential area of Midwestern Street (nowadays Midwest Street) on THE BURBANK STUDIOS backlot. In # 054, Cole and Linda will purchase exactly that bungalow.
 
Elizabeth Bradbury's character description in early script drafts said that she was three years younger than Angela, that Jason met her when he was 16 years old and that she was 18 when she was crippled after being run over by a car.
The final version of the episode abolished most of these references because the producers realized this would lead to inconsistencies in the other characters' backstories. The only information kept for the final episode was that Elizabeth was 18 years old when the automobile accident changed her life, that Jason parted with her after that and met Jacqueline shortly afterwards. From other episodes, it has been known that Jason and Jacqueline met and married in 1939. With Elizabeth's accident happening earlier that year, she must have been born in 1921, finally making her seven years younger than Angie (born 1914).
 
BETTYE ACKERMAN has an impeccable Italian pronunciation when she mentions the Gioberti name.
 
Real life allusion: Lance mentions the Indy 500, the Indianapolis car race.
 

Angela presents photos of the Agretti Vineyards to Lance: The close-up of the first photo shows vineyards located south of the Gioberti House. The tree-lined main driveway to Falcon Crest can be seen in the background. This means that parts of the Agretti Vineyards must be a neighboring estate to the original 50 acres of Falcon Crest.
Editing mistake: Angela presents the next photo to Lance, but the close-up shows the first one again.

 
Carlo and Melissa Agretti, who appear for the first time this episode, were originally called Renaldi in an earlier script draft. The name change was recommended by the de Forest Research company for legal reasons since there were real persons in the San Francisco Bay Area by the same or a similar last name.
 
Labeling name: Melissa (Greek origin) means "honey bee". The character of Melissa Agretti will develop into a seductive and scheming young woman, who will not hesitate to use almost anything to get what she wants. Sweet seduction will be just one of her poisonous stings.
 
Lance claims not to know Melissa. - Inconsistency: In season 6, it will be revealed he, Melissa and Dan Fixx were in the same high school; in season 8 (# 188) Lance will mention he and Melissa used to play together when they were kids and continued to see each other when they were teenagers.
 
According to earlier script drafts, the last name of Lance's girlfriend Lori from Sausalito was Stevens. It was changed to Chapman in the final version of the episode due to a recommendation from de Forest Research (see above: Renaldi / Agretti). - Inconsistency: In season 2, however, her last name will be Stevens, as originally planned; compare # 023 for details.
From # 023 on, by the way, Lori will not be played by CINDY MORGAN anymore, but by MAGGIE COOPER.
CINDY MORGAN, however, will rejoin the cast in # 144 in a different rĂ´le (Gabrielle Short).
 
Mistake: The distance between Lori and her bike is much farther after Lance smashes it than in the following scene when she only goes two steps towards her bike.
 
LORENZO LAMAS and CINDY MORGAN are replaced by stunt doubles in the car / bike accident scene.
 
The filming location for the Pacific Coast Highway and the beach scenes with Lance and Lori near Sausalito is actually Leo Carillo State Beach in Malibu, CA.
 
Lance did not like riding bicycles - at least he did not as a kid.
 
Illogical: The secret room Chase discovers in the Gioberti House this episode, should have been discovered earlier. According to Chase, it must be 9 feet long and approximately as spacious as the master bedroom. Therefore, it would have been obvious that there must be another room in the Gioberti House - on the northwestern corner behind the master bedroom (the turret room) in the upper floor (see yellow mark). Strangely enough, no windows were installed in the interior set of the secret room although there would have to be at least the one to the west. - Were they walled up inside the house? It will also remain a mystery what happens to that room after this episode. The turret room will be the same as ever - with the door to the secret room will be walled up again. Maybe a new door to the secret room was installed from the hallway?
 

The close-ups of Lance and Lori in their beach scene were combined in the editing process. This becomes obvious because the rock in the background of both persons is identical although they are supposed to be sitting next to each other or across. Both actors sat in exactly the same place during the separate filming of their respective close-ups.

 

Inside joke: The Gioberti Estate garage introduced in this episode - better visible in # 015 (second screen capture) - is an exterior set previously built for EARL HAMNER's old show, "The Waltons", on THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS.) backlot: the barn next to the Walton House. In 1991, the complete Walton set burnt down in an electrical fire. It was rebuilt for the later reunions of "The Waltons" at the nearby WARNER BROS. RANCH.

 

The filming location for the Falcon Crest pond where Lance and Lori are riding on horsebacks is Heavenly Pond in Franklin Canyon in Beverly Hills, CA.

 
CARLOS ROMERO speaks his character's lines with a very strong Italian accent. This is a deliberate decision to emphasize Carlo Agretti's Italian origin. The actor usually speaks impeccable American English in other parts.
 
Melissa Agretti is played by DOLORES CANTU (misspelled "Delores" in the end credits) this episode, but will be recast in # 014.
 

Post-production mistake: For Chase and Maggie's drive to Elizabeth Bradbury, the editors reuse footage from their Ford LTD Country Squire from # 001. This is apparently wrong in two respects: First, because this clip shows the driveway to the Gioberti Estate, not going away from there; secondly, because the car still has the old New York license plate in that clip (compare # 009 for the Californian plate).

 
Mistake: In the farewell scene between Lance and Lori, the close-ups of them are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Lori's hand is not in the frame in one moment (filmed towards Lance), but touches Lance's cheek in the next moment (filmed towards Lori).
In the usual process of making a movie or a TV show, close-up scenes with actors facing each other are filmed multiple times, at least twice; the whole scene is usually filmed as a close-up of the one actor, then as a close-up of the other actor. The primary aim is to catch the mimic art of the actor facing the camera. The other actor, whose back is turned towards the camera lens, is only important as far as the gestures are concerned. In that process, the actors, therefore, have to play the same scene at least twice, using the very same gestures and mimic art. Slight differences in their gesture may occur sometimes although this is to be prevented. But this is exactly what happened with Lori's hand in this scene. The advantage of this particular habit is that only one camera and one crew is needed, which may cost some more time, but is much cheaper.
 
Basically the same mistake happens only seconds later when Lance looks over his shoulder in one frame, but straight forward in the following frame filmed from across.
 
Strangely enough, HARRY TOWNES (Jason Gioberti) receives no on-screen credit for the newly taped audio sequence - his voice can be heard on a cassette - in this episode.
 
 
# 012 <1.12> Family Reunion
 
Tentative title: Reunion.
 
Labeling name: Jacqueline (French origin) stands for "supplanter" - a very nice allusion to Jacqueline's ambitious fight against Angela; her attempts to overthrow Angela's strong reign over all family members living at Falcon Crest.
 
Real life allusions: Chase mentions the Queen of England; Maggie mentions Prince Charles and Lady Di.
 
Gioberti House interior set - inconsistency: As this episode shows in detail, the two windows in the living room, which can be seen in the real Stags' Leap Manor's exterior shots, are missing (compare red marks).
 
Mistake: Cole first gets the power cable of the vacuum cleaner into the machine, but in the next few frames the cable can be seen again.
 
Chase's employee number with AIA: 0129 72055.
 
Product placement: Vickie mentions the Concorde (nowadays no longer in service), which Jacqueline used to fly from Paris to New York.
 
SUZIE McCULLOUGH, wife of ROBERT L. McCULLOUGH (this episode's writer and this season's executive story consultant), plays the flower store clerk in this episode. She will also appear in # 020 - as Lance's love interest. She will be co-writing a couple of scripts for seasons 2 and 3 under her maiden name, SUZANNE HERRERA. She was also instrumental in helping her husband lay the groundwork for season 1 with experience from her own big family.
 
The street number of the flower store (scene with Vickie and Lance) is 1419.
This is the real street number. The hardly legible store name on the awning is real too: Wee Bonnie Flower. The location used to be a flower store on Mission Street in South Pasadena, CA in Greater L.A. This location houses a salon nowadays.
 

Cameraman's mistake: In the scene in the Gioberti House master bedroom, the shadow of the boom microphone can be seen on the wall - first when Chase enters and later when Cole is lying on the bed.

 
Original script drafts called for a greenhouse near the Victorian Mansion on the grounds of Falcon Crest. The respective scene (Lance bringing Angela the roses), was filmed at the greenhouse at THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS) first. - For more details about this location, see # 014.
For unknown reasons, the whole scene had to be refilmed. The reshoot took place in the foyer of the Mansion, however, and was used in the final version of the episode.
 
Gioberti House exterior set - inconsistency: When Jacqueline arrives at the Gioberti House, it becomes obvious that the replica of the driveway on the sound stage fails to resemble the grade of the real driveway in front of the house. There are also far less stairs Jacqueline has to climb up in the set to the front door.
 
The limousine taking Jacqueline to the Gioberti House is a black 1980 Cadillac Fleetwood.
 
According to Jacqueline, Jason spoke all the romance languages as though they were his own. Jason also loved music.
 
The scene with Jacqueline telling Vickie about Jason in the Gioberti House guest bedroom was originally staged at the Gioberti Family Cemetery in early script drafts.
 
Original script drafts included Apollo in the scene in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion when Lance returns to tell Angela about Jacqueline's reaction after receiving Angie's gift basket.
 
Angela's portrait (painted by Arthur Masefield in # 009) is no longer in the living room of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, but in the foyer now.
 

Lighting inconsistency: Although it is dark outside as the nightly establishing shot of the Gioberti House shows, there is too much daylight shining through the window in the Gioberti kitchen.

 
The establishing shot of the club house at the San Franciscso golf course where Angela and Phillip are playing is old stock footage from a film library featuring the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles. This Spanish style club house used to be at the corner of Rossmore Avenue and Beverly Boulevard in Hancock Park and was demolished in 1971; the new Mediterranean style club house, which is totally different from the previous one, was built in a different area on the vast grounds.
 
The filming location for the scene at the golf course itself is Kirkwood Golf Course (nowadays Weddington Golf & Tennis) in Studio City, CA.
 
Original script drafts did not include Phillip Erickson. A scene between Angie and a private investigator had been written instead. The writers decided only during the run of season 1 that MEL FERRER's character would become a recurring rĂ´le (also compare # 001).
 
According to Phillip's research, Jacqueline remarried three times since her divorce from Jason in 1951: An oil tycoon in Monaco in 1958 and an art dealer from Belgium later. Her fourth husband is not mentioned in this episode. It is most likely shipping tycoon Alexander Nikoláou, who will appear in season 4.
Inconsistencies: Regarding to Alexander Nikoláou, see # 084 and # 085. Regarding to Jean-Pierre Charbone, another man Jacqueline was married to during WW II - i.e. during her marriage with Jason; making her a bigamist - see # 031.
 
Mistake: When Phillip informs Angela about Jacqueline's assets, her right arm is in different positions in subsequent frames filmed from different angles.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The exterior set of the Gioberti Family Cemetery is slightly different from the one in # 001 and 004. As this episode is not shot in the Napa Valley, a site in Greater Los Angeles is now used for it: Malibu Creek State Park (formerly Fox Ranch) in Malibu Canyon.
Click here for sketches of how the Gioberti Family Cemetery changed over the years.
 
The headstone of Jason's grave at the Gioberti Family Cemetery, which is presented in this episode, is a striking prop. The back of an identical headstone was already featured during Jason's funeral in # 001 (yellow mark). In that episode, it was placed a good distance away from Jason's new grave. In the current episode, three headstones of that kind can be seen; the one marked red is Joseph Gioberti's (although not legible on film, but only on photos from the set); the inscription of the one marked green is not visible.
 
All the scenes involving Jason's headstone in this episode do not feature a close-up of its inscription. - Fortunately! Because, as the photo of LANA TURNER and director LARRY ELIKANN from the set reveals, the prop department added "1912 - 1981" as the year of birth and year of death, which is not in accordance with Jason's age since he was younger than Angela, as it was revealed in # 008 among other episodes. Angela, however, was definitely not meant to be older than JANE WYMAN.
 
Jasper's gravestone looks different from the one in # 004. In the current episode, the headstone can be discovered between Joseph's and Jason's graves. The camera focus is never on the inscription though. The set photo, however, gives it away that it is Jasper's grave (turquoise mark).
 
According to the production report dated 01/12/1982, LANA TURNER caused a delay of approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes reporting to the set from her dressing room when the set and director were ready for shooting.
 
Original script drafts called for subliminal flashbacks of # 001 ("both moments" of Jason's death) during Emma's conversation with Jacqueline at the Gioberti Family Cemetery. The final version as aired, however, only contained Emma's reference to Jason's dying "twice" in dialog.
 
Real life allusion: Cole mentions baseball legend JOE DiMAGGIO.
 
The meadow at the Gioberti Estate (scene with Chase and Vickie) is filmed in Malibu Creek State Park, too.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Chase and Vickie, his right arm is on the tree first, but no longer there in the subsequent frame filmed from the back.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Falcon Crest also produces sherry.
 
The interior set of Vickie's bedroom in the Gioberti House is the same as the set of the guest bedroom. - An easy way to cut down production costs. The set is just propped with different furniture and filmed from different angles to portray the various bedrooms.
 
Strange: In her conversation with her grandmother, Vickie says that Jacqueline obviously still loves Jason "after three marriages". Apparently, she means after three more marriages because Jacqueline had - at least as far as the family knows (compare the entry about Phillip's research above) - not just three marriages in total, but three more marriages after Jason.
A complete analysis of the family relations is available here.
 
While LANA TURNER's French pronunciation is not too convincing (Jacqueline has actually French roots), the few French words spoken by JAMIE ROSE sound quite impeccable.
 
Fictional entities: Two airlines are mentioned: Western Jet Airlines and AIA.
 
The establishing shot of San Francisco International Airport (filmed in northeastern direction) is stock footage from a film library. - This building has undergone major changes since an extensive remodeling in 1994.
 
The San Francisco International Airport V.I.P. terminal is actually a lounge in terminal 3 of the Los Angeles International Airport; at the time of the shooting, it was exclusively used by TWA.
 
Jacqueline's AIA flight from San Francisco International Airport to Washington, D.C. (from where she will have a connecting flight to Paris) is number 207.
 
This is MICHAEL FILERMAN's last episode as executive producer for the next six years. He will resume his executive producing duties in season 8, but will receive credit for the remaining season 1 episodes as well as during seasons 2 through 7. He will even be paid for these years due to a certain clause in the contract between LORIMAR and his company, MF PRODUCTIONS.
 
 
# 013 <1.13> The Candidate
 
Tentative title: Candidate.
 
The Tuscany County Building is actually a façade located on Midwestern Street (nowadays Midwest Street) on THE BURBANK STUDIOS backlot.
 
Tuscany County Building Directory:
County Farm Bureau
Department of Records
Department of Water and Power
Department of Motor Vehicles
Commissioners Office
Supervisors
Department of Parks and Recreation
County Clerk
Planning Commission
 
Ed McKay's original last name was Brunswick in early script drafts.
 
Phil Eberhardt's original last name was Murdock in early script drafts.
 
Phil Eberhardt had bought vineyards on top of Skyler Road. Skyler Creek is nearby. - Inside joke: Schuyler (pronounced exactly like Skyler), VA is EARL HAMNER's home town in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
 

The establishing shot of San Francisco - a view from the corner Lombard Street at Hyde Street towards east (as on the screen grab) and later southeast - is stock footage from a film library.

 
The filming location for Carmack's Jewelry in San Francisco, the store where Emma is caught shoplifting, is situated on Wilshire Boulevard close to the corner of Westmoreland Avenue in downtown Los Angeles in real life.
 
Original script drafts called for Julia (instead of Emma) to be shoplifting at Crayton's Jewelry Store (which finally became Carmack's Jewelry).
Before the character of Mr. Carmack was developed, the writers planned to fill this part with his store manager by the name of Donald Blake.
 
The Protestant Church featured in this episode is actually the Church of the Angels (Episcopal) in Pasadena, CA.
In real life, due to severe damage to the belfry caused by the 1973 Point Mugu earthquake, the steeple had to be lowered for a few years while the church underwent major reconstruction. When "Falcon Crest" was filmed there, the steeple was still lowered. When all the damage was finally repaired, the belfry got back its previous height as shown in the current photo.
 
Episode time frame: The time from between Ed McKay's funeral (act 1) and the election of the new Tuscany County Board of Supervisors (episode finale) is three weeks.
 

The filming location for the reservoir in the Tuscany Valley foothills where Chase and Carl meet is the Upper Franklin Canyon Reservoir in Franklin Canyon in Beverly Hills, CA. The scene was shot west of the dam on Franklin Canyon Drive towards northeast.

 
Besides Carl Reed, Ed McKay and John Costello, two more County Board of Supervisors members, who do not appear this episode, are mentioned: Max Hartman, the Chairman, who will first appear in person in # 020, and William Johnson, who will never have an on-screen appearance.
 

There is obviously one of several Sheriff's offices, including a few cells, in the Tuscany County Building. The visitors room in the Tuscany County Building (where Maggie interviews Phil Eberhardt) is part of the permanent Sheriff's Department set at THE BURBANK STUDIOS (nowadays WARNER BROS. STUDIOS), which was used in # 006, too (compare there).

 
Chase's campaign headquarters next to a furniture store in downtown Tuscany were donated by Dave Mehlman, a person who has no on-screen appearance and will never be mentioned again.
The filming location is a business building on North Baldwin Avenue in Sierra Madre, CA (Greater Los Angeles), housing Crystal Cleaning nowadays.
 

Carl Reed drives a white 1980 Mercedes-Benz E (type W123) now.

 
At his campaign headquarters, Chase has a phone conversation with a Tuscany Valley resident named Mrs. Zakarian. This character will never have an on-screen appearance on the show.
Inside joke: The unseen character is named after LORIMAR business affairs executive KATHLEEN ZAKARIAN-SNIDER.
 
Real life allusion: Chase mentions WARREN G. HARDING, the 29th U.S. President (1865 - 1923).
 
Fictional entity: The Tuscany Valley Times is currently the valley's only daily newspaper.
 
Real life allusion: Carmack mentions the Queen of England.
 

Chase's campaign speech takes place near the bell tower on Vineyard Avenue in Tuscany. - This is actually the bell tower on Kersting Court in downtown Sierra Madre, CA. That shopping street is across Chase's campaign headquarters (see above). All the other downtown Tuscany scenes in the current episode are filmed in that area.

 
Real life allusion: Carl Reed mentions William Tell.
 
Fictional entity: Pinewood Savings & Loan is mentioned by Carl Reed. This is the Tuscany Valley based bank where Chase tried to get a loan in # 003.
Also, the United Pacific Bank in San Francisco is mentioned. Angie is on the board of directors of its corresponding bank in the Tuscany Valley, Pinewood Savings & Loan.
 
At his campaign headquarters, Chase kisses the baby son of a Tuscany Valley resident named Darlene Phillips. This character will never have an on-screen appearance on the show.
 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion exterior set - inconsistency: The wall Phil Eberhardt climbs up does not really resemble a part of the real Villa Miravalle (compare window and shingles), let alone the main tower. It is also very improbable that Phil could climb up the big eastern tower.
The filming location for the scene with Phil climbing up the tower is actually a corner of the second house on the left of the residential area of Midwestern Street (nowadays Midwest Street) on THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS) backlot. This house is next door to Elizabeth Bradbury's (see # 011) and will be known as Nick Hogan's home in season 2. In the days of filming, it had wooden shingles on the façade whereas the exteriors are covered with horizontal wooden planks nowadays.
 
Early script drafts suggested different elements in the storylines:
  • A character by the name of Ellie, working in the district office, was planned to become the witness to Eberhardt's crime.
  • Removed from the final version was a scene with Chase showing Peter Burns compromising papers he received from Carl Reed, proving that Burns has gambling debts in Nevada, which causes Peter to withdraw from his candidacy. - The writing staff felt that it was inappropriate for Chase's character to practically blackmail Peter so they dropped this idea.
  • Towards the episode's finale, it was initially Lance who was supposed to knock Eberhardt down to rescue Angie in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion. - But the writers finally decided to give Chase some heroic qualities by having him talk Eberhardt out of his plans to kill Angie in the final version.
 
Fictional entity: KTNS is a radio station in the Tuscany Valley.
 
KTNS reporter Richard Carlisle's original name was Robert Stone in early script drafts.
 
 
# 014 <1.14> House of Cards
 
The grounds of Falcon Crest where Emma meets Chase on the dirt road and the hills near the Gioberti Estate where Lance and Melissa are riding are actually located in Malibu Creek State Park (formerly Fox Ranch) in Malibu Canyon. The same area was used to shoot the scenes at the Gioberti Family Cemetery and at the Gioberti Estate in # 012.
The vinyeard at the Gioberti Estate (where Melissa sees Cole) is a grassy area on a hill where the crew specifically installed prop vines.
 
ANA ALICIA takes over the rĂ´le of Melissa Agretti after the character was played by DOLORES CANTU in # 011.
Actress SELA WARD also auditioned for the part and was head writer BOB McCULLOUGH's favored applicant; the other casting committee members, however, outvoted him.
 

The interior set of Lance's bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion is the same as the set of Angela's (e.g. featured in # 002) and of Julia's (e.g. featured in # 005) bedrooms. - An easy way to cut down production costs. The set is just propped with different furniture and filmed from different angles to portray the various bedrooms.

 
Julia tells Lance her relationship to Tony was the only one she ever had. - Inconsistency: In season 3, it will be revealed Julia had an affair with Carlo Agretti; in season 5, it will be revealed she had a relationship with Dominic Rossini.
 
The Tuscany Valley nursery where Melissa and Cole meet in the fertilizer section is actually the greenhouse at THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS). The greenhouse complex consisted of three identical buildings west of the residential area of Midwestern Street (nowadays Midwest Street). The wall that is visible in the background of the screen capture is actually the eastern wall of sound stage 26. The greenhouse was demolished approximately in 1991 to make room for constructing building 38 (Film Archives, Video Operations and Music Department).
 
Product placement: Cole buys Steer compost.
 
The San Francisco Globe publishing building is actually the Los Angeles Times main building. The interior shots for this episode are also filmed there.
 

The establishing shot of San Francisco at dawn - the Oakland Bay Bridge in foreground, shot from Hillcrest Road on Yerba Buena Island towards Financial District (southwest) - is stock footage from a film library.

 

The filming location for the San Francisco restaurant where Angela is having lunch with Douglas is what used to be the Holly Street Bar & Grill, nowadays the - remodeled - Eden Garden Bar & Grill in Pasadena, CA.

 
Emma is being examined at the Hayden Clinic, a psychiatric clinic. - Inside joke: The clinic is named after JEFFREY HAYDEN, who directed # 008.
 
The filming location for the Hayden Clinic was a mock Tudor building on Hollywood Way in Burbank, close to gate 4 of THE BURBANK STUDIOS (now WARNER BROS. STUDIOS). The building was demolished in 1998, and a new small office building was erected in the same place.
 
The original choice for the name of Dr. Banning, Emma's psychotherapist, was Dr. Bellows.
 
Real life allusion: Emma mentions SIGMUND FREUD.
 
License plate number of Melissa's white 1980 Porsche 911 SC Targa convertible: 592 IMB.
 
The filming location for the scene with the Porsche - and Angie's arrival in her Mercedes-Benz 380 SL - is in Malibu Creek State Park (formerly Fox Ranch); see above.
 
First on-location filming at the half-timbered Tudor style Agretti Residence (exteriors only). This privately owned mansion is actually located in Pasadena, CA.
 

Product placement: Goss printing presses can be seen in the printing room of the Globe.

 
Mistake: In the scene in Melissa's Porsche in front of the Agretti Residence, Cole's head is in different positions in subsequent frames filmed from different angles.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Another mistake of that kind can be discovered in the scene with Melissa and Vickie at the dance studio: The position of Melissa's hand, holding her bag, is different in subsequent frames filmed from different angles.
 

The dance studio where Vickie and Melissa are in class together is a business building on West Riverside Drive in Tolcua Lake, CA. 10124, as seen above the front door in the scene, is the real street number.

 
Original script drafts contained a scene towards the end of the episode with Chase reciting from one of Jasper's old letters to Maria Gioberti in Italy (one of the papers she gave Cole in # 008), dated Aug 20, 1951:

"Today Angela won the war she has waged on Jason's wife Jacqueline ever since he brought her here twelve years ago. Jacqueline fled during the night, taking with her their young son, Charles, who we call Chase...
[...] I am a prisoner in my own body for my tongue will not say the words that are in my brain... as well as a prisoner of Angela's. I do not go out, or have visitors... she reaches out like an octopus and encompasses my land, my workers, my grapes and my winery. And now she has destroyed her brother's marriage..."

Chase explains to Maggie that Jasper had had a stroke which left him speechless.
The final version of the episode, however, did not make use of this scene. The writers' original idea of the backstory with a stroke for Jasper's character, which enabled Angela to win almost tyrannical control over her father's life and fortune, was completely abolished. Instead, the viewers were led to believe that Angela and Jasper got along very well and that he voluntarily left all major business decisions to her sharp mind. Also, other episodes finally referenced July 1950 as the time when Jacqueline left the Tuscany Valley with Chase.
 
 
# 015 <1.15> Heir Apparent
 
Season time frame: According to Carl, Chase has been in the valley for six months (since # 001).
 
The actor playing Bill Reed was replaced on short notice. Before MICHAEL BOWEN was selected, another actor had been chosen. That artist, however, was so nervous that he needed more than 15 takes just to properly say hi when Chase welcomed him, Ann and Carl to the party. Nobody on the set wanted to take the chance of letting him recite the long poem (scene with Cole and Melissa, Vickie and Mario as well as Ann and Bill near the fireplace). After replacing the actor, the party scene at the Gioberti House had to be reshot with MICHAEL BOWEN exactly as before, which included rehiring all the extras.
 

Gioberti House exterior set - inconsistency: As seen in this episode for the first time, there are two steps on the veranda near the turret area. These stairs, however, do not exist on the veranda of the real house.

 

Angela's portrait (compare # 012) is no longer in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer. It will never be seen again over the entire run of the series.

 

Bill Reed drives a pale yellow 1970 Pontiac Firebird.

 
There are a few pieces of new furniture in the Gioberti House living room; especially the couch was replaced.
 
Interesting prop: The wine cases in the Falcon Crest Winery read:
"Falcon Crest
- Wine -
Tuscany Valley - since 1824"
1824 must be the founding year of the Tuscany Valley, not the Falcon Crest property. This can be derived from the fact that Giuseppe Gioberti, who founded Falcon Crest, was not even born around 1824. Falcon Crest, in contrast, was founded somewhere around 1875. An exact date is not mentioned on the series. The original idea of 1849 as the year when Falcon Crest was founded is merely a concept in the bibles of "The Vintage Years" and season 1; it never made it to the final production.
 
All interior shots of the Falcon Crest Winery Building in this episode are from Guasti (Brookside) Winery in Ontario, CA (compare # 001).
 

The interior set of Cole's bedroom in the Gioberti House is the same as the set of the guest bedroom and Vickie's bedroom featured in # 012. - An easy way to cut down production costs. The set is just propped with different furniture and filmed from different angles to portray the various bedrooms.

 

Carl Reed's cabin is identical with the one from # 005 and 006 - now just with a slightly different wooden decoration.

 

Gioberti House interior set - inconsistency: The dining room window, which is known from various episodes, e.g. # 003 and 004, seems to be missing in the set this episode. Only a wall can be seen behind Chase.

 

The filming location for the vineyard at the Gioberti Estate (scene with Chase and Vickie) is a vineyard at the Guasti (Brookside) Winery in Ontario, CA (compare # 001).

 
Mistake: In the scene with Chase and Vickie in the vineyard, the workers are constantly in different places in the background in subsequent frames whenever there is a cut from the wide angle shot to a close-up and vice versa.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Real life allusion: Douglas mentions MARK TWAIN.
 

The establishing shot of San Francisco's Financial District is stock footage from a film library. It is filmed from a little park on Vallejo Crest (Russian Hill) towards southeast.

 
Season time frame: Melissa is in the sixth week of her pregnancy. In season 2, it will be revealed the baby is Cole's; as they slept together in # 014 for the first time, six weeks must have passed since then.
 
Mistake: In the scene in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study, Angela pours some sherry in Phillip's glass only, not in hers; finally, she closes the lid of the sherry carafe. In her close-up, however, both glasses are filled.
This is a typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 

In an exterior scene in front of Carl Reed's home, there is a reflection of one member of the filming crew in the window next to the front door.

 

The filming location for Carl Reed's home is a private residence in Pasadena, CA.

 
Mistake: In Carl Reed's farewell scene, the shots of Cole are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Chase's hand is on the jeep in one moment), but on Cole's shoulder in the next moment.
 
 
# 016 <1.16> The Good, the Bad, and the Profane
 
Tentative title: Good, Bad & Profane.
 
Lance mentions Greg Snyder, one of the men courting Melissa. This character will never have an on-screen appearance on the show.
 

For the first time, interior shots are filmed at the private home posing as the half-timbered Tudor style Agretti Residence (compare # 014) for this episode.

 
The Nuñez home is now portrayed by a studio cottage as this episode was entirely filmed at the studios and on location in L.A. This cottage no longer exists at the WARNER BROS. STUDIOS nowadays. It stood on Lima Street adjacent to the former Western sets on Laramie Street.
Interior set - inconsistency: The window next to the front door is missing.
 
Gus drives a white 1957 Ford F-Series pick-up truck.
 

Fellini's, the Tuscany Valley restaurant and café where Angela and Carlo have lunch and where Melissa and Cole meet later is portrayed by the Parkway Grill in Pasadena, CA.
Compare # 032 for further details about this location.

 
Mistake: In the scene in the Falcon Crest Winery Building laboratory, both Emma's and Julia's hands are in different positions in subsequent frames filmed from different angles.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 

The pond in the scene with Vickie and Mario is actually the little lake on the backlot of THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS), which was already used for # 005 and 015.

 
Melissa meets Lance at room 804 at the Tuscany Hotel. The hallway of the hotel is the same interior set as the one used as the hallway of the Tuscany County Building in # 013 - just with minor redecoration.
 

Vickie and Mario go to the Bayside Medical Clinic for their blood tests for their marriage license.
In early script drafts, that medical facility was called California Medical Group.
 
The filming location is the main entrance of building 17 at THE BURBANK STUDIOS (nowadays WARNER BROS. STUDIOS).

 

The Roman-Catholic St. Martin Church of Tuscany Valley (the name will not be mentioned until # 026) featured in this episode (exteriors and interiors) is actually the Marymount High School & College in Beverly Hills, CA.
 
Product placement: Angela mentions Tiffany.
 
Father ROBERT P. CURTIS, who plays Father Robert (in later seasons called Bob), is actually a real-life Roman-Catholic priest. He will serve as a script consultant on all religious matters over the entire run of the series. He taught at Marymount High School & College in Beverly Hills for a while, where one of his students was MARISKA HARGITAY, who will join the series as Carly Fixx in season 7.
 
Vickie and Mario want to get married at the Bushnell Wedding Chapel.
The building (street number 608) is the second house on the right of the residential area of Midwestern Street (nowadays Midwest Street) on THE BURBANK STUDIOS backlot - the same street where Elizabeth Bradbury's bungalow is located (see # 011).
 

License plate number of the black Lincoln Town Car limousine waiting for Lance and Melissa in front of the church: L154247.

 
The original script draft had different plans for the storylines, which were all abolished during the rewriting progress for the final version of the episode:
  • Sheriff Turk Tobias tells Angie that his wife, Bea, who works at the county health clinic and files lab reports, found out Melissa is pregnant.
  • Angie meets with Melissa at the Fellini's and lets her know that she knows about her pregnancy. Melissa mentions she does not intend to marry Cole - indicating he might be the father. When Melissa says she does not want to have the baby, Angela blackmails her into marrying Lance by threatening to inform Carlo about the intended abortion, something he would strongly oppose.
  • Alicia is part of the original draft and is also there when Gus discovers Mario and Vickie in bed together. Gus and Alicia blame Chase for Vickie's slithering her way into Mario's heart and sexuality. Gus even wants to leave as Chase's foreman, but they finally reconcile after Gus remembers that he was barely older than Mario when Alicia, still unmarried, got pregnant; Gus had to abolish his initial plans to go to college in order to secure the family's finances.
  • Lance comes over to the Gioberti garage and asks Cole to be his best man in his wedding - Cole and Vickie are shocked when Lance says his bride is Melissa. Cole is emotionally torn apart when he actually appears as Lance's best man in the ceremony.
 
 
# 017 <1.17> Penultimate Questions
 
Tentative titles: Double Entendre - Part I / The Unveiling of Angie Channing - Part I.
 
The establishing shots of Hawaii are stock footage from a film library. The first one is a view of Honolulu with Waikiki and Diamond Head (filmed towards east) on Oahu island. The second clip features the Hilton Village Lagoon Tower Honolulu, one of the hotel high-rises at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Honolulu (filmed towards northeast).
 
The Hawaiian hotel where Melissa and Lance spend their honeymoon is the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, CA in real life.
 
Jason's pick-up truck (including the steering wheel), a 1962 Chevrolet C-10, was taken to the junkyard of the Lomax Wrecking Company after the faked accident in # 001, as it is revealed now.
 
The filming location for the Lomax Wrecking Company is Aadlen Bros. Auto Wrecking in Sun Valley, CA.
 
Chase and Sheriff Tobias meet near the Hendricks Builders Supply Company in Tuscany after Turk comes out of Caroline's Coffee Shop.
The filming location is the corner of Bakman Avenue / Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood, CA; the company for building materials, which used to be there in those days, by the way, had the same name in real life.
 
The identification code of Sheriff Turk Tobias' police car is 3760.
 
Inconsistency: Lomax tells Chase some Chinese guy bought the steering wheel of Jason's truck "this morning". Chao-Li, however, was at the junkyard the day before.
 

Product placement: Coca Cola signs can be seen in Lau's Restaurant where Chase meets D.A. Deering. - Compare # 009 for the filming location.

 
Jason's truck ran over the embankment on the Old Vineyard Road.
 
The coroner's inquest about Jason Gioberti's death takes place in courtroom 2 of the Commissioners Building; it is part of the Municipal Court in the Tuscany County Courthouse complex.
The filming location, a brick building, is part of the previous El Monte Courthouse in El Monte, CA, a part of Greater L.A. It houses the El Monte Police Department nowadays (compare the right photo, which was kindly donated for this website by Captain DAN BUEHLER from the El Monte Police Department).
 

The courtroom is propped with a sign saying "Tuscany Valley County Court - since 1861". Compare # 046.

 
Early script drafts had Emma desperately run from the courthouse in the episode cliffhanger.
 
 
# 018 <1.18> Ultimate Answers
 
Tentative titles: Double Entendre - Part II / The Unveiling of Angie Channing - Part II.
 
Season time frame: One week has gone by since the end of # 017 when the coroner's inquest continues after a recess.
 

The Tuscany bar where Jason usually hung out was the Cold Duck.
 
The filming location is an exterior set at THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS).
Inside joke: The exterior set was previously used on EARL HAMNER's old show, "The Waltons", as Ike Godsey's Store. It used to be the gas station near the lagoon on the WARNER BROS. STUDIOS backlot, but was torn down in the 1990's.

 
Labeling name: EARL HAMNER's choice of the first name for Richard Channing symbolizes Channing's power and strength as Richard (French origin) means "strong and hardy power". The character is mentioned for the first time this episode in lines of dialog foreshadowing his power and will appear in person in the following season première.
 
Giving respect to the height of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion main tower, it is pretty unrealistic that Emma could easily climb down from the rooftop studio window - especially because she is suffering from acrophobia, as she will later mention in # 105.
 
Turner Bates was imprisoned in the Corwin County Jail for a while as it is mentioned during the inquest concerning Jason's death.
 
Strange: Shortly before Lance goes upstairs to see after Emma, Chao-Li wears a light blue sports coat in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer. When Lance comes down the stairs again only minutes later, Chao-Li suddenly wears a black sports coat. - Did he change that quickly?
 

Product placement: When Cole and Mario work on the irrigation pipe system, a cement mixer produced by the Essick company is featured.

 
Season time frame: The dates mentioned over the entire run of this season are more than confusing.
In the coroner's inquest about Jason Gioberti's death, the speaker of the jury says he died on "December 12, 1981". - Inconsistency: Considering the weather conditions and the harvest taking place in # 004, the plot of the première (# 001) must have been a lot earlier, probably in the summer of 1981.
Explanation:
Giving respect to Gus' testimony in court this episode that Jason died on a Friday, and on the provision that at least the "12th" was correct, Jason's death must have occurred on June 12, 1981 since this was the only Friday in 1981 that was the 12th day of a month. There might have been an error when the speaker of the jury referred to December.
Provided there was a time gap of approximately two months in the plot of # 001 between Jason's funeral and the Giobertis' move from New York to Tuscany, which - giving respect to Chase terminating his job and the family getting ready for the new life - only seems logical, # 002 (according to Chase, shortly before the harvest) and # 004 (the harvest) most likely depict the events around the beginning of September 1981, which would match perfectly with the grape harvest, indeed. This seems to be early for the harvest, but the summer of 1981 was unusually hot, as Maggie will explain in # 127. This would also be in accordance with Julia's statement in # 006 that Jason has been dead for almost three months and the weather conditions - apparently still warm and sunny (Lance in the pool) - in that episode. All that would also match with Carl's congratulations on Chase's first six months in the valley in # 015, which means # 015 depicts the events around the mid-February 1982; this would be in accordance with the time of the year depicted therein (obviously spring with the vines not in bloom). Angela mentioning in that episode that it has been almost a year since Jason died, is extremely inaccurate because only about eight months have gone by since then.
 
Strangely enough, HARRY TOWNES (Jason Gioberti) receives no on-screen credit for the newly filmed flashback scenes and imaginary sequences (i.e. all scenes including him, which are not reused footage) in this episode.