# 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 rôle 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 (featured in # 002 and 005) and of Julia's (# 005) bedrooms as well as of the guest bedroom (compare # 001) — 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.
LORIMAR's original blueprints of this set and many others are available for DFCF members in the Show – Production Office – Filming Locations – Movie Studios – Interior Sets section.
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.
This episode marks the first appearance of uncredited extra PAUL VAN. He is an American actor, who appeared as an extra and in minor speaking rôles in many TV series and movies in the 1970's and 1980's. Although he was not a crew member of "Falcon Crest" and had no long-term contract with the show, but — like most atmosphere persons — was hired on a day-to-day basis for filming through an extras casting agency, he practically became a colleague to the group of regular stand-ins and extras because he was on the set so often during seasons 1 through 9.
With only a few exceptions, he portrays in nearly all his scenes a distinguished, mustached doctor (surgeon) who works at the Tuscany Valley (Memorial) Hospital / Queen of the Valley Hospital (beginning in # 014). On rare occasions, however, he plays a few other rôles from time to time, too, appropriately dressed, of course. In the current episode, he appears at the nusery where Cole and Melissa are shopping.
Compare # 227 for biographical details about PAUL VAN's primary minor rôle and a list of all his appearances throughout the series.
Usually, the characters do not wear the same wardrobe on two days in a row. In this episode, however, Angela wears the same outfit on the first evening and on the following day.
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 Treasure Island 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 a different — remodeled — restaurant 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.
Uncredited stand-in GORDON HODGINS appears as an extra again. Having gotten rid of his mustache from his previous part as a catering service employee, he appears as a Tuscany Valley gentleman now — passing by the Hayden Clinic; this is a rôle he will play in many other episodes. But he will also portray many different characters in the episodes to come.
Compare # 182 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about GORDON HODGINS, compare # 001.
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 (G-Series): 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 # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) 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. At the time of filming, this used to be a real ballet school.
Danny Como drives a red 1975 Maserati Merak SS (type 122). It is the same picture car that served as Angie's gift to Cole in "The Vintage Years" and # 004.
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...
Chase explains to Maggie that Jasper had had a stroke which left him speechless.
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..."
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.
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