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# 003 <1.03> The Tangled Vines
(revised 12/23/2020)
Tentative title: Tangled Vines.

The tractor at the Gioberti Estate is a gray 1939 Ford 9N.


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.
For the first time, the three identical chandeliers in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer, dining room and living room are visible. Different from the crystal glass chandeliers used from season 3 on, these chandeliers are not LORIMAR owned props. They were rented from THE BURBANK STUDIOS (nowadays WARNER BROS. STUDIOS), which was a joint venture of WARNER BROS. and COLUMBIA PICTURES at the time.
The chandeliers were previously and later used on other shows filmed at THE BURBANK STUDIOS. For more details, check out the Beyond the Show – Props – Set Dressing section.
In the course of the series, the three chandeliers in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion do not have the same installation height in every scene. Depending on the need of the respective scene and at each director's discretion, each chandelier might either be hanging lower than usual from the imaginary ceiling (actually the greenbeds of the sound stage) or be pulled further up into the greenbeds. Typcially, in pretty straight long shots featuring all three chandeliers in a row (filmed from the living room across the foyer towards the dining room or in the opposite direction), the chandelier in the farthest distance hangs significantly lower than the other two in the foreground and center to create the illusion of higher and wider rooms with a lot of depth in the distance. In close-ups of cast members below or quite near a chandelier, in contrast, the closest light fixture is usually pulled up quite a bit in order not to distract the audience from the actors and actresses. This is a very common technique in filmmaking, which "Falcon Crest" extensively used over its entire run.
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. In # 049, by the way, Cole will mention that there are some great cafés and shops in the town of Tuscany, indeed.
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 / gray 1977 Chevrolet Corvette C3 that will be destroyed in # 007: 247 PCE. The very same license plate was also on Paul Salinger's rental car in # 002 — not an appropriate way to save production cost.
According to early story outlines, the producers planned for Lance to have a Porsche instead of the Corvette.

License plate number of the Giobertis' 1972 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 250 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 used differently) on West Olive Avenue in Burbank, CA.
Early script drafts suggested an exterior shot with a sign to establish the bank and its name. This idea was dropped though.
Early script drafts included an act 3 night scene at the Gioberti House with Chase and Maggie clinking their glasses with Gus and Alicia to toast to the proposed bank loan for Chase. In a side note, Alicia mentions Gus turned down the offer to become the vineyard manager at a wine estate in Mill Valley in favor of continuing to work for Chase. This scene was omitted in rewrites, removing SILVANA GALLARDO entirely from this episode's cast.
LORIMAR's art department had already made plans for an interior set of Chase's study in the Gioberti House. It remains a mystery, however, where it was supposed to be situated in the home; one can only guess about the layout, but it seems likely that the study would have been somewhere behind the door next to the stairway in the foyer, which also leads to the basements stairs, because there seems to be not enough space anywhere else in the first floor layout. The plans for a study set were dismissed though when the scene was omitted. The study was mentioned only in # 099 (compare there).
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.
Different takes in the sneak preview and in the second scene at Pinewood Savings & Loan: When Chase threatens Walker to drag the bank to court, the scene in the current episode is different from the one in the sneak preview before the main title.

Product placement: Cole wears Nike sneakers.


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.


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