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# 004 <1.04> The Harvest
(revised 04/12/2021)

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).
Uncredited stand-in GORDON HODGINS appears as an extra again — this time as a Tuscany Valley catering service employee who, again, has an assignment as a servant in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion during the party.
Compare # 182 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about GORDON HODGINS, compare # 001.
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.
Editing mistake: When Lance starts the fight with Mario at the Hideaway, Cole has already pushed his dance partner out of the way. Although he is now involved in the fight, one of the next frames shows a close-up of him still (or again) dancing with his dance partner. The editors were negligent in selecting the position for this close-up in the scene's chronology.

Both patrol cars in front of the Tuscany Valley Sheriff's Department are 1981 Dodge Diplomat models. The left vehicle's license plate number is 63219.


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

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. The set was located in the lagoon area on the dirt road that led to the well known Walton House from LORIMAR's TV series "The Waltons". The Spring House had practical interiors, so it was filmable inside.
For LORIMAR's further use of this set, check out the Beyond the Show — Exterior Sets section.
Contrary to popular myth, the Spring House is not the former gardener's house (now gift shop; photo 2) at Spring Mountain Vineyards.
The filming location for the Tuscany Valley country road where Angie's Mercedes-Benz 380 SL breaks down 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): 505 PVY.

For the first time, a still life is visible very well in the hallway to Julia's enology lab in the Falcon Crest Winery Building. The same prop will be used for other purposes later in the series (also see # 057, 059 and 082).
For LORIMAR's further use of this picture, check out the Beyond the Show – Props – Set Dressing section.
Product placement: Cole wears a polo shirt by Fred Perry.
The arbor and gazebo behind the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion were first built on the grounds of Spring Mountain Vineyards by LORIMAR specifically for shooting "The Vintage Years", but removed after filming the original pilot. They were rebuilt in that same spot for the series. The gazebo 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.
For the Sasaki "Wing" wine glasses used in this scene (the only one, by the way), compare the General Information.
As for the wine bottle in this scene, detailed information about this wine label and many others is available in the Show – Production Office – Wine Label Gallery section. Previews are available for the general public; for DFCF members, the wine labels are available in high resolution.
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 tasting room in the Falcon Crest Winery Building is the redressed interior set of what was introduced as Julia's enology laboratory in # 002. The floor tiles and the wall elements are the same. In order to save production cost, the elements of that set were just rearranged, and additional parts and different furniture were added.
The art department originally planned to revamp the interior set of the upstairs hall in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion for the tasting room scene. This idea was dropped though, and the upstairs hallway set was left intact for further use.
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.

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 1975 Maserati Merak SS (type 122) 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).


When Cole closes the door of the guest bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion after his conversation in the upstairs hall with Lance, you hear the guest bedroom door click shut, but the door opens again right after that. It seems that the latch clicked, but did not stay in the lock.


License plate number of the Hispanic picking crew's red 1967 Chevrolet C-10 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.
During the party at Falcon Crest, the musicians are playing "Tales from the Vienna Woods" (Op. 325), a waltz by JOHANN STRAUSS II (1825 – 1899).

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


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