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(revised 06/11/2018)
 
 
General Information
 
Nielsen Ratings: number 8 (of 98) on the TV series hit list.
 
The producers tried to lure movie star RICHARD BURTON into a special guest appearance as Jean-Pierre Charbone (Jacqueline's husband or lover). Rumor has it he was offered $ 2.5 million for a five-minute cameo. But it did not work out.
 
Familiar faces at LORIMAR:
DAVID SELBY moves over to "Falcon Crest" along with several crew members from the recently cancelled soap opera "Flamingo Road".
Besides DAVID SELBY, who had turned down LORIMAR's offer to play the rôle of Gary Ewing on "Knots Landing" before TED SHACKELFORD was cast in 1979, producers also thought about casting JOHN BECK (Sam Curtis, "Flamingo Road" / Mark Graison, "Dallas") and MICHAEL NADER (Dex Dexter, "Dynasty") as Richard Channing.
 
Despite some major storylines spanning the whole year, season 1 was primarily episodic. Season 2, however, starts telling the stories in a serialized mode.
 
ANA ALICIA wished the writers would create for her character, Melissa, to have an affair with Chase as one of the big shockers this season. - Her wish did not come true.
 
Location filming in the Wine Country was done for # 019 through # 028.
Spring Mountain Vineyards and Stags' Leap Winery are the major filming locations again (compare season 1).
 
Director HARRY HARRIS felt the Spring Mountain Winery Building was too small for impressive interior scenes. Therefore, he made arrangements for the interior scenes of the Falcon Crest Cooperage to be filmed at two parts of what used to be Inglenook in the Napa Valley:
On the historic site of Inglenook in Rutherford, CA (which is still - or again - Inglenook to this day), their barrel building (erected in 1973) was utilized to portray the big barrel room in the Falcon Crest Cooperage in # 019 (partly), 020, 023 (partly) and 025. Inglenook's barrel room was situated across the historic Inglenook Stone Château (compare # 071) and demolished in 2008.
The former Inglenook crush and fermentation facility in Oakville, CA - nowadays no longer part of Inglenook, but an independent entity named the Napa Wine Company - was used for additional coverage of winery interiors; in particular areas with smaller wine barrels on metal racks, a catwalk and big stainless steel tanks. Filming for the Falcon Crest Cooperage occured here for parts of # 019, 023 and 024.
 
Beginning this season, LORIMAR propped the surroundings of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion with silk flowers, especially roses.
 
The Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set was propped with some new furniture, carpets and curtains for this season.
The Gioberti House was also propped with a few pieces of new furniture, especially in the kitchen, den and dining room.
 
One striking thing about many rooms, in particular the ones in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, is that the phones are constantly changing places wherever they are needed in the specific scene. In times long before cordless phones, this would have been possible only with countless phone jacks in all the rooms. - The interior sets, of course, had no working phone jacks at all.
 
 
# 019 <2.01> The Challenge
 
The pictures on the main title cards of JANE WYMAN, ROBERT FOXWORTH, LORENZO LAMAS (current version of the main title), BILLY R. MOSES and JAMIE ROSE are identical with the ones from season 1; see there for details.
 
The main title picture of the vineyard with supervising producer ROBERT L. McCULLOUGH's credit is stock footage. It comes from the main title of the predecessor, "The Vintage Years"; MICHAEL SWAN, ABBY DALTON and SAMANTHA EGGAR as well as producer MALCOLM R. HARDING were given credit in that particular sequence there.
 
Series time frame: Melissa's baby is expected to be born in ten weeks. - 29 weeks must have gone by since # 014 when Melissa became pregnant. As # 015 depicted mid-February 1982, the current episode must depict approximately mid-July 1982. A few months must have gone by since the season 1 finale (compare # 015 and # 018 for the season 1 time frame). So Melissa's baby is due around the end of September or beginning of October 1982 (compare # 024).
 

The French door to the west veranda of the Gioberti House is seen for the first time. But it is never seen in any interior scene. This indicates that some other unseen rooms must be behind the living room. These rooms must be accessible from the door next to the staircase in the foyer - the door which also leads to the stairway to the basement.

 

License plate number of Phillip's metallic green Jaguar XJ6 (Series 3): 908 OZZ - the same number Angela's black Mercedes-Benz 600 used to have last season and usually has this season, too! But compare # 020 for the Jaguar's new plate.

 

As mentioned in the background information for # 007, the missing pitched roof area in the hallway set to Emma's rooftop studio becomes obvious.

 
Gus' funeral takes place at the Tuscany Valley Public Cemetery. It is the real St. Helena Public Cemetery.
 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Maggie wears a suit she already wore in season 1 (# 013).
 
The shot of Maggie in the Gioberti House 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).
 
From this episode on, Angela has her iconic desk in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion.
It is a French Louis XV style ormolu mounted kingwood bureau plat, most likely produced in Spain in the 1940's, with spectacular fire-gilded bronze mounts and female masks on the corners with a hammered texture. The top is a tooled gilt black leather edged in cross banded veneers and framed in a very thick gilt bronze rim with shell corners. One side of the desk has three drawers, all dovetailed, the other side with three faux drawer fronts. The entire desk rests over bold cabriole legs that terminate in scrolled sabots. The measurements are 69.75" (width) x 38" (depth) x 31.125" (height) / 23.625" (height to underside of center drawer).
The desk was not a unique copy, but one of a few made in France and Spain. Some of them are still available in auctions or antique stores.
When LORIMAR was bought out by WARNER BROS., the desk used on "Falcon Crest" became an asset of their prop department. It is still owned by WARNER BROS.
Further information about this desk is available in the Props - Set Dressing paragraph of the Beyond the Show section.
 
Also new in Angela's study are her iconic office chair and two matching guest chairs. They are French Louis XVI style armchairs with gold painted, carved wood frames. They have fluted legs and open armrests. The upper line on the backrest of Angela's office chair is basically horizontal (photo 1) while the two guest chairs have slightly curved upper lines (photo 2). All three chairs were upholstered in cream colored fabric.
In season 8, the refurnishing of the Victorian Mansion will lead to two new guest chairs in the study. From that time on, Angela will use one of the former guest chairs as her new office chair, re-upholstered in a more elaborate cream colored fabric with gold and blue stripes as well as yellow, pink and red ornaments (as pictured on photo 2; compare # 193).
When LORIMAR was folded into WARNER BROS., these chairs became assets of their prop department. Angela's original desk chair from seasons 2 through 7 as well as one of the guest chairs are still owned by WARNER BROS.
 

License plate number of Chase's gray GMC High Sierra pick-up truck: W599762.

 

The scene with Angela and Phillip in San Francisco is filmed at the corner of California and Sansome Street (camera facing west) in front of the JH Dollar Building.

 
License plate number of Mario's brown Chevrolet Nova: 277 PNM – different from last season's plate (see # 010).
 
Mistake: In the wide angle shot near the Nuñez home, Vickie's position is slightly different from the one in her subsequent close-up.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
As at the beginning of season 1, the Nuñez home is portrayed by the Coach's Cottage at Stags' Leap Winery again.
 
The exterior shots of downtown Tuscany (Main Street), including the phone booth where Cole calls Falcon Crest, are filmed on Lincoln Avenue in Calistoga, CA. Scenes for # 021, 023, 025, 026 and 028 will also be shot there. Parts of these scenes will be reused as establishing clips in later episodes.
 
The white building in the background, which can be seen in almost every scene of Main Street over the entire season, is a business called The Photo Shop. In real life, it used to be the Calistoga National Bank and houses a women's shoe store nowadays.
 
Melissa comes out of a Main Street store called Maternity Fashion and Children's Wear.
In real life, that part of the building houses a design store nowadays.
 

The establishing shot of San Francisco's Financial District is shot from a balcony in the house with the apartment that will be used as Lori Stevens' home (compare # 023). It is filmed in southeastern direction.

 
Nob Hill in San Francisco is the filming location for the scene with Angela and Phillip; two famous hotels, the Fairmont and the Mark Hopkins, can be seen in the background. Their names are not mentioned.
 
The headquarters of the cartel's leading company in New York - Whitewood Industries (see # 046) - is actually the Whitehall Building in Manhattan. The establishing shot is stock footage.
 
Inside joke: The name of DAVID SELBY's character, Richard Denault Channing, resembles the name of a LORIMAR staff member: RICHARD DENAULT, who worked as a production assistant and an assistant director for various shows of the production company, including "Dallas". Although he started working on "Falcon Crest" in 1982, he received credit only beginning from season 4.
 
Original script drafts called for Richard to be 37 years old (born in 1945). However, the show never mentioned explicitly how old Richard was until # 157: 45 in 1987, making 1942 his year of birth. Also compare # 031.
 
Inside joke: The interior set of Richard's Whitewood Industries office was "brought over" along with DAVID SELBY from "Flamingo Road" to save production costs. In that series, the set portrayed Claude's (KEVIN McCARTHY) study in the Weldon mansion (compare the right screen capture from # 031 of "Flamingo Road") - with slightly different furniture.
 
The shot of Richard in the Whitewood Industries 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).
 

On-location filming: exteriors and interiors (living room) of the Agretti Residence (first location, see # 014).

 

The establishing clip of New York - view from Lower Manhattan towards the Empire State Building (filmed in northeastern direction) - is stock footage from a film library.

 
The scene in Richard's cartel office with his dictation to Diana (a letter to the Globe editor-in-chief) was originally staged in his jetliner while flying to San Francisco. The producers made the change to avoid additional costs for another set.
 

License plate number of Chase and Maggie's light ivory Mercedes-Benz 300 TD: 436 XEB - the same number as on their Ford LTD Country Squire station wagon in the previous season.

 

The real coat of arms of the Spring Mountain Winery is on the main door to the Falcon Crest Winery Building. The "Spring Mountain" name was covered with the "Falcon Crest" name for the series.

 
The dialogs about Angela's and Chase's shares in Falcon Crest (episode cliffhanger) are misleading. Chase's statement seems to suggest the Gioberti Estate (his 50 acres) be reunited with Angela's part (500 acres) and Falcon Crest then shared 50 : 50. This is apparently wrong.
Later episodes make a distinction between the Gioberti Estate and Falcon Crest, e.g. Chase mentioning he would like to work "here" (Gioberti Estate) that day rather than at Falcon Crest (# 025).
Therefore, Chase obviously keeps his 50 acres separately as an independent vineyard, and only the 500 acres owned by Angela will be shared 50 : 50. This will be confirmed in # 052 when Richard wants to have 10 out of the 500 Falcon Crest acres condemned for his race track.
 
 
# 020 <2.02> The Arrival
 
Mistake in the scene with Julia, Angela and Phillip behind the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion: While Angela talks to Julia, Chase is on his way to his truck in the background. During their conversation, Chase's truck is suddenly nowhere to be seen behind Julia in her close-up. It is only a moment later when, while the camera focuses on Angie, the engine is started in the background; in the next wide angle shot, the truck finally drives off in the background. - Julia's close-up was obviously from a different take when the truck was already gone.
 
According to Phillip, Richard currently resides at the Nob Hill Regency in San Francisco - a hotel that will never be shown in the series.
 
The filming location for the County Board of Supervisors Hall at the Tuscany County Building in this season and season 3 is the City Council Chamber in the Burbank City Hall. The photo on the right shows the assembly room nowadays; the mural was covered by the curtain on the show.
 
In # 013, the following members of the Tuscany County Board of Supervisors were mentioned: Max Hartman (Chairman), Carl Reed, Ed McKay / Chase Gioberti, John Costello and William Johnson. As Carl Reed and William Johnson meanwhile apparently left the board and were replaced by Nick Hogan and Dave Herrera, there must have been another election - probably between season 1 and 2.
 
Inside joke: Tuscany County Supervisor Dave Herrera is named after scriptwriter / actress SUZANNE HERRERA, wife of this season's supervising producer, ROBERT L. McCULLOUGH.
 
Series time frame: According to, Costello, Chase has been in the valley barely a year. - This is in accordance with the interpretation stated in # 018 and 019.
 
The filming location for the foyer of the Tuscany County Building (Costello's phone call with Angela) is the real foyer of the Burbank City Hall. The director used a close-up of the phone with the entrance in the background rather than the wonderful stairway in order to obscure the real Art Déco style of the building because it would not have matched the usual exteriors, the façade at THE BURBANK STUDIOS (nowadays WARNER BROS. STUDIOS).
 
Season time frame: Richard Channing has been in San Francisco for one week. This means at least more than one week must have gone by since the end of # 019, when he was still in New York City.
 
Parts of the grounds of the Wild Horse Valley Ranch outside Napa, CA portray parts of the grounds of the Agretti Vineyards.
Other parts of this filming location will also be used for other purposes, such as the Falcon Crest Stables (see # 025) and its nearby lake (see # 043), Greg Reardon's stables (see # 070), stables on the Agretti lands (see # 074) and the lake behind the Whitaker cabin (see # 101).
 

The scene with Chase and Nick in the car is a montage of several takes filmed on various streets. This becomes apparent because there is a black car behind Chase's pick-up truck at first, which has suddenly disappeared in the subsequent close-ups; instead, a blue car passes Chase's truck later.

 

On-location filming: exteriors and interiors (dining room) of the Agretti Residence (first location, see # 014).

 

The filming location for Zumwalt New and Used Cars, the automobile dealership where Emma buys her car is actually Zumwalt Ford Mercury in St. Helena, CA.

 

The main entrance of the (New) Globe executive building (propped with street number 1038) is seen for the first time. This episode also features the only scene ever filmed inside the building (foyer). It is actually The MacArthur (formerly known as Park Plaza Hotel) in Los Angeles.

 
Mistake: In the close-up shot in the foyer of the San Francisco Globe, Richard and Diana have already moved further from the entrance towards the stairs than in the subsequent wide angle shot.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Mistake: While Richard starts chatting with the Globe employees in the wide angle shot, Herb Talmadge is seen in the background in his office talking on the phone with his legs up on the desk. As Richard continues talking, Talmadge swings his legs off the desk and hangs up the phone. In the subsequent close-up of Richard, Talmadge does the same thing in the background again.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 

The filming location for the Globe offices is the Los Angeles Law Center in Downtown L.A. near the Los Angeles Times. From Talmadge's office, the historic Higgins Building is visible (filmed towards east).

 
The San Francisco Globe has a circulation of 1 million copies per edition.
 

MARGARET LADD was pregnant and will be seen only in short scenes with her belly hidden behind books, bushes, flowers and a parasol, etc. This becomes really obvious in this episode. Her pregnancy is also the reason for her being absent in parts of this season.

 
License plate number of Phillip's metallic green Jaguar XJ6 (Series 3): 327 WED. - It was a different number in # 019 (see there).
 
Montage: Before Melissa's Porsche comes ripping past Phillip's Jaguar, Phillip's car is actually only a few feet away from the Falcon Crest main gate (left screen grab; gate still out of the camera angle). It is only the combination with the subsequent frames in the editing that creates the illusion that he turns left to drive along the walnut tree-lined driveway.
 

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

 
Editing mistake: On the way to Lance and Melissa's baby shower at the Gioberti Estate, Angela's Mercedes-Benz 600 drives from the mansion through the main gate on the walnut tree-lined driveway. Then the car arrives at the Gioberti limestone home. This is apparently wrong because the Gioberti House must be located between the Victorian Mansion and the main gate. Therefore, it makes no sense that the limousine seems to leave the Falcon Crest grounds in the first place. A map of the vicinity of the Gioberti Estate is available here (for members only).
 

The guests surprising Melissa and Lance with a baby shower come out of a French door next to the Gioberti House front door. - Inconsistency: Inside the house, these French doors are missing; there is only the dining room wall there. The designers building the interior sets paid less attention to details of the real house.

 
Saving production costs: ANA ALICIA, as Melissa, is dressed for the baby party in the same outfit that CRISTINA RAINES wore as Lane Ballou in # 006 of "Flamingo Road" (1981-82 season).
In that LORIMAR series, SHIRLEY CUNNINGHAM also served as the women's costume supervisor.
 

SUZIE McCULLOUGH a.k.a. SUZANNE HERRERA, ROBERT L. McCULLOUGH's wife, plays Lance's date in this episode. She already had a supporting rôle in # 012 (check there for details).

 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Vickie wears a dress she already wore in season 1 (# 016).
 
The view of San Francisco from Richard's New Globe office is a picture (backdrop) taken obviously from the Bank of America Building, as the perspective indicates. - Inconsistency: This perspective does not match the location the series establishes as the New Globe building complex. The New Globe is not located in the Bank of America building and the New Globe building complex is not nearly as high as the Bank of America either.
 
Richard mentions he kept his father's old chair. - Inconsistency: The armchair looks totally different from Douglas' chair in his Globe office as seen in # 005.
 
 
# 021 <2.03> Troubled Waters
 
The nightly establishing shot of San Francisco - view towards Telegraph Hill with the Coit Tower - is shot from a balcony in the house with the apartment that will be used as Lori Stevens' home (compare # 023). The camera makes a clockwise move from a view in northern direction towards east (final position on the screen grab).
 
The filming location for Luccio's, the San Francisco restaurant where Angela and Carlo as well as Richard and Diana are having dinner, is a place at the corner of 10th Street and Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica. It will be seen in # 029 again (Richard and Jacqueline). The place houses the Santa Monica Seafood nowadays and was remodeled beyond recognition.
 
Original script drafts had Carlo spit wine in Richard's face at Luccio's whereas, in the final version of the episode, Carlo takes his glass and only throws the wine in Richard's face.
 

License plate number of Emma's blue-gray Ford Escort: 1BRD172.

 
Mistake: In the wide angle shot in the Falcon Crest wine lab, Julia holds the wine glass by the bowl, in her subsequent close-up, however, by the stem.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 

In this episode, in parts of # 024, in # 028, 029 and 039, the interiors of the Falcon Crest Winery Building are portrayed by rooms at Brookside Winery (Guasti Winery) in Ontario, CA.

 
The barn at Spring Mountain is used as a filming location for the first time; this episode as a storage, in later seasons as the Falcon Crest Guest House.
 
It remains a mystery if Emma has a car drivers license. In # 020, she tells the automobile salesman she knows how to drive. In this episode, Julia wonders if Emma can drive. In # 032, it will be revealed she applied for a drivers license in Austin, TX.
 

The filming location for the drive to the Agretti Residence (Lance's Porsche 944) is Oak Knoll Avenue in the Napa Valley, CA.

 
The filming location for the Tuscany Valley County Health Department is the Calistoga City Hall in Calistoga, CA.
 

The establishing shot of San Francisco's Financial District is shot from a balcony in the house with the apartment that will be used as Lori Stevens' home (compare # 023). It is filmed in southeastern direction.

 
The scene with Richard and Diana coming out of the toy store in San Francisco - Jack & Jean Bounay (Australia) - Designers & Makers of the World's Finest Rocking Horses - is filmed at the corner of Sutter and Taylor Street.
Nowadays, the building houses a store called Australia Fair.
Originally, the producers intended to film the scene with Richard and Diana crossing Union Street towards Sutter Street.
 
The Nuñez house is for sale. Information is available at phone number (707) 555-1251.
 
Maggie says the Nuñez house is more than three miles away from the Gioberti House. In real life, the cottage is nearby as it is located on the Stags' Leap property (see # 019).
 
Mistake: When Vickie wants to have a shower after running home from the Nuñez house, she does not head towards the Gioberti House, but goes into the wrong direction.
 

Carlo's car is a green-gray Mercedes-Benz S.

 

Diana's car is a white Chrysler Le Baron convertible (screen capture from # 026 because the model cannot be identified properly in the current episode).

 
The Tuscany Valley road Cole and Paul Espinoza drive along is actually Yountville Cross Road in the Napa Valley. It is a montage of various route sections: The first segment shows them driving from east (Silverado Trail in background) to west; in the later segments, they drive in the opposite direction.
 
When Cole takes a short cut to Falcon Crest on the Agretti land, it becomes apparent that the Agretti Vineyards - or at least parts of them - are situated south of the tree-lined driveway to Falcon Crest. These scenes were also shot in the vineyards at Stags' Leap.
 
On-location filming for this and the next episode: exteriors and interiors (foyer and Carlo's study) of Agretti Residence (first location).
 
Prop inconsistency: When Carlo is murdered, the wedding photo of Lance and Melissa is on the table behind the couch. When Cole later finds Carlo's body, the photo is next to the phone on a small table right next to the sofa.
 
The New Globe conference room, which will be in use several times this season, is the same interior set as Richard's office. - An easy way to cut down production costs. Only minor changes are made and different furniture is brought in to make the same set look like a different room.
 
 
# 022 <2.04> Murder One
 

As in # 021, the filming location for the drive to the Agretti Residence (Chase's pick-up this time) is Oak Knoll Avenue in the Napa Valley, CA.

 
Illogical: Why is Chase allowed to enter the crime scene? - With forensic securing of evidence in mind, this negligence seems pretty odd.
 
Mysterious chronology: Cole tells Sheriff Robbins Carlo called him about 10:00 o'clock AM. According to # 021, Cole wanted to be at the Agretti place one hour later, i.e. around 11:00 AM. The killer forced Carlo to tell Cole Melissa was there. - When Melissa arrives at the crime scene, Cole asks Lance where she was "this afternoon".
 
Original script drafts planned for Dan Robbins' first name to be Dave.
 
When Cole asks Lance where Melissa was after she gets into the ambulance with Carlo's body, it can be seen through the side window that Lance appears to jump over the hedges in front of the Agretti Residence like a ballerina. His arm even flails behind him as he jumps. - LORENZO LAMAS obviously thought he was already out of the camera angle.
 
Mr. Patterson and his florist shop are mentioned, but never shown.
 

License plate number of Lance's red Porsche 944: 432 MEG - the same as on his red Corvette in season 1 from # 011 on.

 

Post-production mistake: The close-ups of Melissa in the scene on the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion veranda were accidentally flip-flopped.

 

The filming location for Hogan's Home Center, Nick's company for building materials, is at the corner of North Hubbard Avenue and First Street in San Fernando, CA. It used to be the San Fernando Lumber company, but houses an auto repair company, Urbano's Auto Body & Paint, nowadays.

 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Angela wears a suit she already wore in season 1 (# 001); and Cole wears the Fred Perry polo shirt he already wore in # 004.
 
License plate number of Katherine Demery's truck: P28136.
 

Product placement: Cole's Jeep CJ-5 is equipped with Goodyear tires.

 

Post-production mistake: The final shot of Cole in the scene with Melissa at the Gioberti Estate was accidentally flip-flopped. - The editing staff was not too careful this episode.

 
Emma owns 20 % of the New Globe stocks. Since Julia and Emma inherited a quarter of Douglas' shares (he owned 80 %) each, Julia also holds 20 %. Richard, who inherited half of his father's shares, owns 40 %. The rest of the New Globe stock is on the market.
 
Season time frame: Chase's birthday will be in approximately four months. As the current episode depicts the events around the end of July / beginning of August 1982, as it can be derived from the information given in # 019 and 037, Chase's birthday must be around the end of November / beginning of December. # 035 will depict that time of the year. His birthday celebration, however, will never be featured on the show.
 
Chase mentions cement contractor Michael Blake, a character who will never have an on-screen appearance. Er was a member of the Tuscany Valley County Board of Supervisors in 1958.
 
The bell for the major domus in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room switched sides compared to season 1 (see the screen grab from # 014). It was apparently put in the new place in the refurnishing process.
 
 
# 023 <2.05> The Exposé
 
There is apparently one of several sheriff's offices, including a cell for temporary detention, at the Tuscany County Building.
 
The Demery Vineyards are portrayed by a small vineyard in Oakville, CA.
 

Post-production: CBS was so conservative that Vickie's close-up of her jogging scene was shortened and enlarged in the editing process in order not to show her nipples. The TV network's executives did not like her nipples showing through her sweaty clothes. Compare the unedited version (right picture).

 
The small Tuscany River Bridge is actually the former Napa River Bridge on Oakville Cross Road in Oakville, CA. The historic bridge from 1922 collapsed in an earthquake on May 21, 2015 and was replaced with a new - different looking - bridge in 2016.
 
The little French restaurant on a hill overlooking the valley, where Richard and Julia have lunch, is located in Rutherford, CA and is called Auberge du Soleil in real life. Even the sign with the real name can be seen on the show.
 
It becomes obvious in this episode that the interior set of Lance and Melissa's bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion is the same as the set of Angela's (e.g. featured in # 002 - compare screen capture), of Julia's (# 002 and 005) and of Lance's (# 008 and 014) bedrooms in season 1. The only difference is that the window is now in the corner where the fireplace used to be in Julia's room. - An easy way to cut down production costs. Only minor changes are made and different furniture is brought in to make the same set look like various bedrooms. The window corner, however, does not fit into the real floor plan of Villa Miravalle.
For the use of this interior set on "Flamingo Road", see the Beyond the Show section.
 
Fictional entity: The land with the cottages where the Hispanic workers live in the Tuscany Valley is owned by a conglomerate called National Unified Properties.
 

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.

 
Series time frame: Lori was in the orient for five months. - More time, however, must have gone by between # 011 (when Lori was seen last time) and the current episode (compare the time frame analysis in # 019). Lori was probably someplace else after her stay in the orient or did not contact Lance immediately after she came back.
 
The last name of Lance's girlfriend, Lori, who was called Chapman in season 1 (# 011), is now Stevens. - This comes from the fact that this episode's writer researched an early version of the script of # 011 (compare there) instead of the revised final.
Lori is now played by MAGGIE COOPER; the character was originally portrayed by CINDY MORGAN in # 011. The reason for the recast was simply nepotism: At that time, MAGGIE COOPER was the wife of MERV ADELSON's (one of LORIMAR's founding partners) son GARY ADELSON and demanded she be given a job in the series.
MAGGIE COOPER, by the way, will rejoin the cast in # 162 in a different rôle (Alison Price).
 

Lori drives a red Alfa Romeo convertible.
 
The filming location for the meeting between Lance and Lori in this episode is the end of Yacht Road near Marina Park in San Francisco.

 

Richard drives a dark blue-green Aston Martin V8 convertible.

 
The New Globe publishes morning, noon and evening editions.
 
Nick Hogan's home actually is the second house on the left of the residential area of Midwestern Street (nowadays Midwest Street) on THE BURBANK STUDIOS backlot. So he obviously lives right next door to Elizabeth Bradbury (see # 011).
 
Vickie and Nick buy shoes at Nelson's Sporting Goods in downtown Tuscany - portrayed by downtown Calistoga, CA.
That particular building houses a wine store nowadays.
 

Product placement: Tyler Demery wears a Lacoste (Izod) polo shirt.

 
License plate number of Katherine's beige station wagon: 284 XFU.
 

Melissa's natural childbirth class takes place at 134 Oak Lane in Tuscany. - The filming location is actually on Valley Spring Lane in North Hollywood, CA. During Lance and Melissa's ride in the car, a cross street named Arcola Avenue can be seen in the background.

 
Diana's nickname for Richard is Prince Charming.
 
Lori no longer lives in Sausalito, but has apparently moved into an apartment on Lombard Street in San Francisco after her trip. - The filming location is a privately owned penthouse there. Lance drives along Hyde Street on his way there.
Original script drafts had Lori live on a houseboat in Sausalito, CA, which was changed when the filming began.
 
Fictional entity: KKSF is a TV station in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 

License plate number of Phillip's metallic green Jaguar XJ6 (Series 3): T976312. - It was a different number in # 019 and yet another number in # 020 (see there).

 
The bedroom in Richard's private apartment in the New Globe building is the same interior set as Richard's office and the conference room (compare # 021); this is evident by the striking resemblance of the bar and its adjacent wall. - An easy way to cut down production costs. Only minor changes are made and different furniture is brought in to make the same set look like a different room.
 
 
# 024 <2.06> Home away from Home
 
Tentative title: A Home away from Home.
 
The intro with the panorama of Tuscany Valley vineyards begins behind Oakville Cross Wines, the small wine estate in Oakville, CA portraying the Demery Winery, just to the left of the house. At first, the camera faces northwest, then pans to the hills with the trees in the west of the Napa Valley.
 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Maggie wears an outfit she already wore in season 1 (# 014).
 

The scene featuring Lance and Lori near San Francisco's Aquatic Park is shot on Municipal Pier. Depending on the filming direction, the scene features particularly the Golden Gate Bridge or the Lower Fort Mason in the background.

 
Inside joke: Diana jokes with Richard about not being sure if the Tuscany Valley is not just a product of some writers' imagination. His reaction: "Human drama".
 
Editing mistake: An exterior shot of the Gioberti House is seen with the lights in the dining room being switched off. But in the following interior scene, Chase enters the master bedroom from the bathroom.
 
The establishing shot of San Francisco International Airport (filmed in southeastern direction) is stock footage from a film library. - This building has undergone major changes since an extensive remodeling in 1994.
 
Fictional entity: Jacqueline arrives in San Francisco on an Allied International Airlines (AIA) flight.
The airline's V.I.P. Terminal is actually the front of building 137 at the BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS). In those days, the offices of LORIMAR PRODUCTIONS were housed there; the address on the studio lot used to be 300 Lorimar Plaza. After LORIMAR was merged into WARNER BROS., the building became occupied by the offices of WARNER BROS. TELEVISION, changing the address to 300 Television Plaza.
 
License plate number of Jacqueline's rented black limousine: 1976312.
 
Music score: Particularly for Jacqueline's arrival, composer PETER MYERS reuses elements from "Jacqueline's Theme" he first used in # 012.
 

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 describes Maggie's father as short and very bald. - Inconsistency: Paul Hartford will appear in # 071 for the first time, and the tall actor ANDY DUGGAN has quite a bit of hair!
 
Season time frame: It is a full moon. # 028 will depict Oct 20, 1982 (see there); it will also be mentioned in # 027 that Angela has been buying New Globe stock for two months - which starts in the current episode. This gives evidence that the current episode must be at the beginning of August 1982 - Oct 4, 1982 according to the phase of the moon. Giving respect to Lance's statement Melissa's baby will be due in two months, the birth must be scheduled around the end of September / beginning of October 1982. So only two weeks must have gone by since # 019, and approximately one week since # 020. - The time frame as stated in # 018 and # 019 can be concluded from this episode and # 028.
 
Jacqueline mentions a brilliant Californian criminal lawyer named Samuel Raney, a character who will never be seen on the show. Interestingly enough, however, Angela will also refer to Sam Raney in # 041.
 
Inconsistency: In the scene in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study, Chase tells Angela and Phillip that he will be giving Jacqueline a tour of the winery "later today". In the later course of the episode, however, they end up doing the tour only the following day.
 
The interiors of the Demery Winery are portrayed by the cellar at Brookside Winery (Guasti Winery) in Ontario, CA.
 
Cole's guest bedroom at the Demery house is actually a room in the workers' quarters at Brookside Winery.
 
The initial script draft included a scene with Chase entering the Agretti Residence and being caught by Sheriff Robbins. Chase says he was looking for something to clear Cole, something the police might have overlooked. - That scene was omitted in the final version.
 

The scene in the phone booth when Emma calls Chase from Baton Rouge, LA actually features MacArthur Park in Los Angeles in the background - opposite the MacArthur (formerly Park Plaza Hotel), which portrays the New Globe.

 
The shot of Julia in the Falcon Crest Winery Building 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).
 
Product placement: Maggie mentions the "Who Is Who" encyclopedia.
 
Maggie and Chase stepping out to the back side of their home is the only frontal view of the north side of the Gioberti House ever. - Inconsistency: In the preceding interior scene, Maggie heads from the living room towards the kitchen area; although there is no door to the backyard in that part of the interior set, she comes down the steps of the north veranda in the outdoor scene. The north veranda being parallel to the living room wall with the fireplace, she should rather have come out of one of the unseen rooms adjacent to the living room.
 
Angela acquires 10,000 shares of the New Globe for $ 400,000.00 (i.e. $ 40.00 per share).
 
Mistake: In the scene at the pool in front of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, Phillip holds his glass of sherry in his hands first. In the subsequent frame filmed from across, however, his glass is on the table although he did not put it back there.
This is a typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 

The establishing shot of San Francisco - view towards Telegraph Hill with the Coit Tower - is shot from a balcony in the house with the apartment that is used as Lori Stevens' home (compare # 023). The camera makes a clockwise move from a view in northern direction towards east (screen grab).

 
Music score: In the scene with Lance and Lori on her apartment's balcony, composer PETER MYERS reuses the score he first used for Lance and Lori during # 011.
 
Original script drafts suggested a different prop on the table when Cole enters Richard's New Globe office: They did not suggest computer printouts on the table (as in the final version), but a "Monopoly"-like game board, customized for Richard with the key properties in the Tuscany Valley - undoubtedly, a symbol for his determination to conquer them.
 
Gioberti House veranda set - inconsistency: Compared to the real Manor House at Stags' Leap, the set has only two instead of four steps from the driveway up to the veranda. This will become even more obvious in # 038 (screen capture 2).
 
 
# 025 <2.07> The Namesake
 

This episode starts with an aerial view over Tuscany Valley vineyards. The filming location for this sequence is the Newton Vineyard in St. Helena, CA. The often used view from the top of a hill down to the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion (first seen in # 019) is also from there; it is a later segment from the same helicopter flight.
Earlier footage from that same flight, beginning over the vineyards of La Perla, was used in the episode intro of # 011 (compare there).
 
Richard mentions county supervisors Anderson and Costello are influenced by Angela. But there is no supervisor by the name Anderson (compare # 020). Angela's supporters in the Tuscany Valley County Board of Supervisors are Herrera and Costello.
This mistake comes from the fact that Herrera was originally named Anderson in early script drafts. In the revision process, most of the scripts were changed, but this particular scene slipped through the writers' fingers.
 
Richard wants to establish the Douglas Channing Memorial Garden on the county's site near Cross Creek.
The filming location is Lake Madigan, a Vallejo Water Protection Reservoir on Wild Horse Valley Road outside Napa, CA. - This reservoir will also be featured in # 041, 071, 101 and 102. In # 028, it will be a different filming location though.
 
The filming location for the track at the Tuscany Valley sports grounds where Vickie and Nick are running is actually the Calistoga High School track in Calistoga, CA.
 
Original script drafts called for this scene to be longer with additional dialog to Nick's compliments on Vickie's red hair. The original lines included memories of Nick's crush on a red-haired girl named Amy Morrison when he was Vickie's age; Vickie says her great-great grandmother had red hair. - These lines were deleted from the final shooting script.
 

On Phillip's letter head, the correct spelling of his name can be seen: Phillip Erickson. - The spelling in the credits is wrong: "Philip Erikson" (season 1), "Phillip Erikson" (season 2).

 
Lori arrives in Tuscany on the number 520 bus of Transway Bus Lines, an entity that will be used during the show's various season from time to time (also see # 113 and 131).
 
The filming location for the bus station on Main Street in Tuscany is actually in front of what is now The Smokehouse Cafe on Lincoln Avenue in Calistoga, CA.
 
Chase mentions a vineyardist by the name of Adrian Martoni, who sells his crop to Falcon Crest. That character will never be mentioned again, let alone make an on-screen appearance.
In early script drafts, that character was named Martinelli instead of Martoni.
 
The filming location for the Falcon Crest Stables is the smaller one of two stables at the Wild Horse Winery outside Napa, CA.
Compare # 020 for the multiple use of that property.
 

Poor prop: The logo for Falcon Crest stables contains a rough sketch of the falcon coat of arms, which seems like a negligent work of the art department.

 

License plate number of Richard's blue-gray Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit: 247 PCE - the same number Lance's black sports car (compare # 003) and - for a short time also - his red Corvette (compare # 008) used to have in season 1.

 

Nick's green vintage car, which Richard has blown up this episode, is an old Chevrolet model.
License plate number (old black California plate with yellow lettering): EDB 940.

 

Product placement: Tyler Demery wears a Lacoste (Izod) polo shirt.

 
Tyler mentions a fellow student by the name of Bobby Edwards, who will never have an on-screen appearance in the series.
 

The establishing shot of San Francisco features a southeastern view towards the Royal Towers (apartment high-rise) and the Financial District with the Transamerica Pyramid. It is shot from a balcony in the house with the apartment that has been in use as Lori Stevens' home (compare # 023).

 
Whereas the Tuscany Valley Hospital seemed to be quite small in season 1 and at the beginning of this season, the new building is much bigger. The sign now reads Tuscany Valley Memorial Hospital (previously Tuscany Valley Hospital).
In real life, it is part of the building complex of the former Pacoima Hospital north of Pacoima, CA. This part of the city is now called Lake View Terrace, CA. The building is part of the Phoenix House Foundation there nowadays.
 
Series time frame: Joseph was born prematurely. According to Maggie, Melissa would have been due in a few weeks. - Giving respect to Melissa becoming pregnant around the beginning of the year (compare # 015 and 018), # 024 depicting the beginning of August and Lance mentioning Melissa would be due in two months (see there), the baby must have been almost two months early.
 
According to the official LORIMAR and CBS program synopses, Melissa's son is named Joseph Angelo Cumson. These press releases are wrong and based on early script drafts. He is merely baptized Joseph on the show.
 
Original script drafts planned for Woody Murdoch, who calls Nick shortly before the explosion at Hogan's Home Center, to be named Woody Myers.
 
Strange: When Cole leaves Katherine, he does not take his belongings with him.
 

The vintage car Richard gives to Nick is a Packard.

 
 
# 026 <2.08> Choices
 
Tentative titles: Suitable For Framing / Lover Come Home.
 
Joseph was born prematurely. - The baby playing him, however, does not seem to be that small and frail.
 
The final version of the episode does not give many medical details about Joseph's condition. Detailed lines about his respiratory ailment, complicated with a hyaline membrane, plus viral colonic symptoms and fever, were deleted from the episode in the editing process because the producers felt that too many medical terms would be confusing for the audience.
 
Season time frame: Joseph was born a few days ago, i.e. less than one week ago. This was in # 025.
 

Richard is seen playing with his seven toy soldiers for the first time. One or two of them break apart at the end of this show, but will be repaired in later episodes. According to Richard, they are over 100 years old. # 041 will reveal they are a gift from Henri Denault. - There will be more little soldiers in later seasons, their number varying from scene to scene between five and approximately 10.

 
Tony Cumson (portrayed by JOHN SAXON in seasons 1, 6 and 7) is played by ROBERT LOGGIA in this episode.
 
Tony tells Richard he worked the last 15 years (1967 - 82) on off-shore oil rigs in Alaska. - Inconsistency: According to # 005, however, Tony left Tuscany in 1969. - Tony's statement in the current episode is probably a rough estimation.
 
Fictional entity: Tony works for the Optoco oil company.
 
The scene featuring Lance and Lori with San Francisco's Ghirardelli Square in background is shot on Municipal Pier.
 
Mistake: In the scene featuring Richard playing with his toy soldiers, the soldier he holds in his hand is not placed on the table at first, but it is in the subsequent close-up.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The camera features a close-up of Cole's passport: the number is 0736280. It was issued 09/17/1982, it expires 09/16/1987 (right screen capture).
Cole's date of birth can be seen in a fraction of a second before BILLY R. MOSES covers it with his thumb: According to the passport, he was born November 17, 1959 (left picture). - Inside joke: This is BILLY's real-life date of birth. The prop guys, however, made a bad joke here because Cole - in contrast to BILLY - was born in 1962 according to the show. This can be derived from the fact that he is two years older than Vickie, which was mentioned on various occasions, e.g. in # 033 and 041; Vickie was born in 1964 as known from # 016 (her 18th birthday - 1982). Furthermore, his age (20 years) was mentioned in # 022 also. Another prop mistake is that Cole's middle name, Hartford, is not listed in the passport.
Compare # 075 for a different prop with Cole's date of birth.

 
The Palace of Fine Arts is the filming location for Julia and Tony's meeting in San Francisco.

 
The filming location for the scene with Chase in the phone booth on Main Street in downtown Tuscany is on Lincoln Avenue in Calistoga, CA (between Washington Street and Cedar Street).
 
Tony lodges at the Carlyle of Nob Hill. The filming location for this hotel, which will occasionally return in later episodes, is at the southeast corner of Jones and Washington Street in San Francisco. In real life, it is an apartment building called Bently Nob Hill.
 

The scene with Chase and Cole at the docks is filmed on pier 19 at The Embarcadero in San Francisco.

 
The autopsy report in the Carlo Agretti case stated that the deceased was killed by a crashing blow to the right temple. - Inconsistency: When Carlo's body was found in # 021, blood was all over the left temple.
 
License plate number of Tony's taxi: 2B63900. The identification of the taxi company for this cab is 2377.
 
Just one single scene features the entrance to the Tuscany Valley County Courthouse. It is not the building that will become a major part of the series from season 3 on (compare # 042), but a façade on THE BURBANK STUDIOS backlot; this exterior set is widely known among producers as the Midwest Street City Hall - adjacent to the façade posing as the Tuscany County Building, by the way.
 
 
# 027 <2.09> The Vigil
 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Chase wears the red shirt he already wore in season 1 (# 002).
 

Product placement? On the Hyde Street line Cable Car, an advert for Benson & Hedges cigarettes can be seen.

 
Mistake: In the scene with Lance and Lori near the flower salesman on Lombard Street in San Francisco, his right hand touches Lori's shoulder first. In the subsequent frame filmed from across, however, his hand touches her face.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The scene with Lance and Lori shows them stepping down the stairs at Lombard Street in San Francisco.
 

When Phillip is on his way to Angela in the vineyard, there is a reflection of the film crew's lights on the Jaguar for a short moment.

 
Season time frame:
Angela checks on the sugar contain of the grapes, which means this episode is still before the 1982 harvest. - This is in accordance with the time frame.
Angela has been buying New Globe stock for two months (since # 024). So it must be around the beginning of October 1982.
 
Series time frame: According to Phillip, he and Angela tried the tactic of Emma's mental incompetence at the inquest "last year". - Inconsistency: The coroner's inquest concerning Jason's death was this year (1982).
 

The filming location for the bus depot scene (establishing shot as well as Emma and Estelle in the bus) is the former Greyhound bus station in North Hollywood, CA. The building is still there with a light makeover and a different tenant though, but the bus depot was moved to a different place since filming.

 

The establishing shot of Los Angeles International Airport is stock footage from a film library, featuring the distinct Theme Building.

 

The establishing clip of Los Angeles is stock footage from a film library. It features a view of Mount Lee with the Hollywood sign (filmed northeast), zooming out until North Cahuenga Boulevard at the corner of Sunset Boulevard comes into sight.

 
Darryl works at Central Hollywood Studios. The studio entrance featured in this episode is the real WARNER BROS. Executive Gate to THE BURBANK STUDIOS (nowadays WARNER BROS. STUDIOS).
 
Fictional entity: Maggie arrives at the Central Hollywood Studios in a taxi of the Tower Cab Co.
The phone number is 714-8900; in 1982, the area code still used to be (213) for the then almost undivided Greater L.A. region. - Despite the usual habit of the movie industry to use the "555" prefix for on-screen telephone numbers (compare # 005), the production company used a real prefix in the current episode.
 

The fallow land on the Falcon Crest grounds that Chase wants to cultivate with Pinot Noir grapevines in the future is portrayed by a knoll west of the St. Helena Lower Reservoir. This is the big reservoir seen in the main titles near the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion.

 

The second establishing clip of Los Angeles is stock footage from a film library also. Again, it features a view of Mount Lee with the Hollywood sign, filmed northeast from a building on Hollywood Boulevard.

 
Mistake: In the close-up in the Gioberti House kitchen, Vickie's fork is placed next to her plate on the table. In the subsequent wide angle shot, however, she holds the fork to eat her breakfast.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The scene with Richard and Diana in San Francisco is filmed at the corner of California and Sansome Street (camera facing east at the beginning of the scene) in front of the historic part of the Union Bank of California building.
 
Richard mentions one of his contacts in Oslo (maybe through the cartel?): Burke - a character who will never appear on screen.
 
Gino Vitelli, a vintner in Rome, is mentioned. His vineyard was once cured from fungus by Julia. The character, however, is never seen in the series.
 
The filming location for the reservoir featured in the scene with Vickie and Nick is situated on Oak Knoll Avenue outside Napa, CA; it belongs to the North Coast Irrigation company nowadays.
Early script drafts staged the scene on a cliff overlooking the beach. This was changed to make more use of Napa Valley based filming locations.
 
The filming location for the scene when Chase runs into Lance and Fred Tanner on the sidewalk in San Francisco is Montgomery Street, directly in front of what used to be the historic Bank of America headquarters (nowadays Commercial Union Assurance Building).
 
The third establishing clip of Los Angeles is a view of Downtown. It is stock footage taken from the rooftop of the Good Samaritan Hospital on Wilshire Boulevard (filmed in southeastern direction). The black high-rise on the left corner of the frame is the Broadway Plaza building; Interstate 110 and the bridge (West 7th Street) are in the foreground. - Inconsistency: The stock shot is obviously from the 1970's or earlier because many of the newer skyscrapers in Downtown L.A. have not been built yet.
 
Fictional entity: Maggie wants to sell her script through Pierce Shelly and Smith Literary Agents.
 
Product placement / inside joke: The walls of the agency office are plastered with posters of LORIMAR movies. On the wall behind the receptionist, in particular, there is a poster of "Americathon", a movie produced by LORIMAR in 1979.
 
Darryl's house is the yellow house near the pool, which will later also be used as the filming site for Terry's and Melissa's pools (see # 072, 073, 079, 130, 134, 156, 157, 158, 160). In real life, it was part of the former Inglewood Estate Winery in St. Helena, CA. Nowadays, the estate is privately owned and closed to the public.
 
Mistake: The position of Angela's hands is different in subsequent frames. During her scene with Darryl, this mistake happens several times.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The offices of Fred Tanner, the chief controller of Falcon Crest, are located in the Russ Building at the corner of Montgomery Street and Pine Street in San Francisco.
 
Motor Lodge, the Los Angeles hotel where Maggie is staying in room number 717, is the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn Hotel in North Hollywood, CA in real life.
 

The fourth establishing clip of Los Angeles is a view of New Downtown. It is stock footage taken from the rooftop of the Good Samaritan Hospital on Wilshire Boulevard (filmed in southeastern direction).

 
Original script drafts planned for Tom Stern's first name to be Bob.
Inside joke: The certified public accountant's last name is "borrowed" from writer and script consultant HENRY STERN.
 
Mistake: In the scene on Lori's balcony, the close-ups of Lance and Lori are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Lori's hands are behind Lance's neck in one moment (filmed towards Lori), but near Lance's ears and chin in the next moment (filmed towards Lance).
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The scene with Darryl and Maggie on the movie studios lot is filmed on Brownstone Street (nowadays called Ashley Boulevard) of THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS) backlot.
 
Fictional entity: Angela buys New Globe stock in the name of Raptor Enterprises (a front).
Angela seems to have a good sense of humor, "raptor" being an allusion to "falcon" (i.e. Falcon Crest).
The original script draft suggested Peregrine Enterprises, but the writing staff felt that this was too obvious a play on the word "falcon".
 
The script contained a different ending to the episode (to follow the scene with Richard, which became the final segment in the episode as it was aired): Vickie runs into the vineyard, telling Cole she heard from Julia that Joseph will be fine. When Vickie asks about Cole's plans for his son, he replies: "I'm going to love him." - This emotional ending was removed in the editing process.
 
 
# 028 <2.10> Confrontations
 
The main title is revamped: Each actor's card is no longer followed by a multi-picture combo, but location footage transitions between the cast cards now. There is also a new picture on LORENZO LAMAS' main title card.
 

The picture of LORENZO LAMAS was specifically filmed for the current version of this season's main title.

 
The shot of San Francisco - a helicopter view over Financial District and the Oakland Bay Bridge in the background (filmed in eastern direction) - is used specifically for the new version of the main title (before DAVID SELBY's card). It is stock footage from a film library though and from an earlier time than 1982 because the 101 California Building has not been built yet.
 

The main title shot of vineyard hills in the Tuscany Valley (before BILLY R. MOSES' card) is an unused segment of a longer helicopter flight partially used as the episode opener of # 011 (compare there for details).

 
Inside the Spring Mountain Winery Building, only one scene with barrels was filmed specifically for the new version of the main title (before SUSAN SULLIVAN's card).
 

The first scene under opening credits shows a panorama of Tuscany Valley vineyards. It is stock footage, which comes from the main title of the predecessor, "The Vintage Years"; JANE WYMAN, CLU GULAGER and LORENZO LAMAS were given credit in that particular sequence there.

 
Season time frame: As the document concerning the purchase of New Globe stock confirms, parts of this episode depict events around Oct 20. The year must be 1982, as it can be derived from the time frame that has been stated up to now and the airdate of the episode.
 
Prop mistake: The year "1983" is an obvious typing mistake on the document concerning the stock issue. The prop was prepared badly; another typo is in the word "quantity" - the first "t" was omitted by mistake.
 
The issue number for the New Globe stock is 194376.
 

The scene with Richard and Diana in San Francisco is filmed on California Street (camera facing west at the beginning of the scene) in front of the tower annex of the Union Bank of California building (compare # 027 for the historic part of that building).

 

The filming location for the steep Tuscany Valley road where Vickie and Nick are jogging is in Malibu. It is actually the private access street to the private residence posing as Darryl's beach house (see below).

 

The establishing clip of Los Angeles is stock footage from a film library. It features a view of Mount Lee with the Hollywood sign, filmed northeast from a building on Hollywood Boulevard, zooming out.

 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set - inconsistency: In the exterior scene, the curtain in the living room window is plain colored and opaque; there is a textile roller blind (V-shaped at the bottom) in the upper part of the window (the real blind in Spring Mountain's Villa Miravalle). The prop used for the set dressing in the interior scene, however, is a light and transparent curtain. The sash window itself is an exact replica of the window of the real house (except for the upper stained glass element - see # 036). The reason for the position of the window, particularly its upper fixed part, appearing inconsistent in the interior scene with Lance (see yellow arrow) though, is that the set has different levels compared to the real house because of the stairs leading down to the foyer from the entrance; these stairs do not exist in the real house.
 
Editing mistake: When Melissa and Lance have a discussion in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer, the wide angle shot shows the dining room / study corner (with the clock) behind Lance's back. The close-ups, however, show the living room / study corner behind him. - The wide angle shots and the close-ups apparently come from different takes combined in the editing process.
 

The establishing shot of Los Angeles features downtown with the L.A. City Hall. It is stock footage from a location close to the intersection of Interstate 110 and U.S. Highway 101 (filmed in southeastern direction).

 
Tuscany Valley area code: (707). It is explicitly mentioned for the first time this episode.
 
Fictional entity: According to Diana, the Davalos Winery in the Tuscany Valley burnt down approximately ten years ago (i.e. in 1972).
 

Different from the filming location in # 025, the St. Helena Lower Reservoir portrays Cross Creek in this episode. Compare # 027 for a different use of this location.

 
Cross Creek is situated near the main highway in the Tuscany Valley. As there is only one highway in the valley according to Sheriff Tobias in # 007, this must be road number 29, which will be seen during the so-called marathon in the current episode; it becomes Main Street in downtown Tuscany. According to Diana, a railroad track is close to the highway and an old railroad spur, the Davalos Siding, runs to the old Davalos Winery.
 
Fictional entity: XTL Construction Company is supposed to build parts of Richard's future winery near Cross Creek.
 

Besides his vintage car, Nick also owns a blue Chevrolet Camaro.

 
The filming location for Darryl's Malibu beach house is actually a private residence in Malibu.
 
Vickie mentions the 1981 movie "Chariots of Fire".
 
Fictional entity: Kenderson & Associates is a San Francisco brokerage firm.
 
The character of Eric Kenderson was originally called Eric Whittaker in early script drafts.
 
Original script drafts planned for Kenderson to be addicted to morphine, which he is provided with by his wife, a doctor. The final version of the episode only speaks of his "drug addiction" though.
 

Angela wears her red suit again (see # 022).

 
Ceceo's, the Tuscany Valley restaurant on Main Street (exteriors to be seen only), used to be a real restaurant by the same name in Calistoga, CA. Nowadays it is called Hydro Grill.
 

When Chase arrives in front of the Gioberti House, there is a reflection of the film crew's lights on the GMC for a short moment.

 

The hallway leading to little Joseph's bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion can be seen for the first time: The most striking thing is the same stained glass window as known from # 005 (see yellow arrow in the left screen capture), which is used in many different places in the mansion sets; the same prop window will be seen again in various other hallways of the mansion, too.
Drawings of the mansion (floor plans and architectural views) are available here.
For the use of this interior set or parts of it on "Flamingo Road", see the Beyond the Show section.
 
Fictional entity: Maggie arrives at the Gioberti House in a taxi of Chet's, a San Francisco cab company.
The phone number of the taxi business is (415) 944-8143. - Despite the usual habit of the movie industry to use the "555" prefix for on-screen telephone numbers (compare # 005), the production company used a real prefix in the current episode.
 
The building housing Phillip Erickson's law office is the Alvinza Hayward Building on Montgomery Street in San Francisco.
 
The interior set of Phillip's law office is the same as the office of accountant Fred Tanner in the previous episode. - An easy way of trimming down production costs.
 

The scenes of the so-called marathon were filmed in downtown Calistoga, CA. - Compare # 019 for the use of Lincoln Avenue in Calistoga as Main Street in Tuscany.

 
Time inconsistency: At the finishing line of the 10-kilometer race, the first runner arrives after 44:10 minutes. The last time to be announced in this scene will be 46:47 minutes - i.e. 2:37 minutes later. The real time between these two announcements, however, is 2:50 minutes (clocked with an electronic time clock).
 
Vickie's number is 175, Nick's 287 in the so-called marathon.
 
When Chase arrives in front of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, there are several reflections of the film crew's lights on the GMC for a few short moments.
 
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.
 
 
# 029 <2.11> "United We Stand..."
 

The episode opener is a unique aerial view of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion (filmed towards northeast from a helicopter). This view is featured in this episode only.
It is footage, which was taken during the Wine Country filming of season 1 already, but remained previously unused.

 
Carrie's Clothes Closet, a clothes store in downtown Tuscany, is featured this episode.
The filming location is a store on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, which houses Larissa Love Cosmetics nowadays.
 
Following producers' orders, JAMIE ROSE wears a wig from this episode on until she leaves the series. The producers did not like her curly hair and the hair stylists had trouble straightening it.
 
The curly haired blond woman leaving Carrie's Clothes Closet was on a payphone at the Tuscany Valley Memorial Hospital in # 026. She is played by an uncredited extra and will be seen at various social events in the future.
 
Fictional entity: Jacqueline buys the Tate Hotel on Nob Hill in San Francisco, a hotel that will be mentioned quite often in future episodes.
 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Melissa wears a dress she already wore in season 1 (# 016).
 
Chase mentions Bergen from the registrar's office in the Tuscany Valley County Building, a character who will never appear on screen.
 
The contractor for Richard's winery in the Douglas Channing Memorial Garden near the Cross Creek is the E. Grenwald Construction Co., Phone (707) 555-1427. - Inside joke: The name of the contractor is a play on the name of E.F. WALLENGREN, the show's story editor and this episode's writer.
A company called Sansamour is Richard's entity running this project.
 

Different from the filming locations in # 025 and 028, the Upper Franklin Canyon Reservoir in Franklin Canyon in Beverly Hills, CA portrays Cross Creek in this episode. Compare # 013 for a different use of this location.

 

The filming location for the Tuscany Valley road where Melissa has the flat tire is a section of Franklin Canyon Drive in Beverly Hills, CA. - A different part of that road was used in # 010 (compare there: car chase with Mario).

 
When Melissa and Lance open the doors of their Porsches, there are reflections of the film crew's lights on each car for short moments.
 
As the show stopped filming on location in the Napa Valley for this season in the previous episode, a Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion veranda set built on the sound stage now stands in for the scenes. Inconsistency: It can be seen in detail in this episode that the two small windows in the main tower (first floor) are not made from stained glass as in the real Villa. The limestone replicas in the set are also a lot smoother than the real ones. Furthermore, the bush between the main tower and the dining room is missing in the set (see yellow arrow).
 
There is a photo of the Cooperage - a building whose exteriors will be used in # 071 - on the wall in Julia's lab at the Falcon Crest Winery. The photo actually shows the Inglenook Winery (compare this season's General Information). The same picture is in different places, also in the room next to the lab, as the screen captures from # 034 and 038 illustrate.
 
Falcon Crest Winery Building interior set: A colorful stained glass window is now in Julia's lab. It used to be an ordinary glass window in previous episodes.
 

The filming location for Darryl's Tuscany Valley home (interiors and exteriors) is a private residence in Santa Monica, CA.

 
Series time frame: It's been over a year since Chase and Maggie left New York. - A rough estimation, which seems to be correct (compare # 018).
 
Season time frame: This episode has a three-day chronology. It is mentioned on day 1 that the New Globe board meeting is four days away and will take place on Friday. Giving respect to the information stated in # 028, this episode opens on Monday, Oct 25, 1982 and closes on Wednesday, Oct 27, 1982.
 
Judge Myers (from the Tuscany County Courthouse) issues the temporary injunction against Richard's building a winery at Cross Creek. - Inside joke: This character without an on-screen appearance is named after PETER MYERS, one of the main music composers of the series.
 
 
# 030 <2.12> "...Divided We Fall"
 

The first scene under opening credits shows a panorama of Tuscany Valley vineyards - as in # 028. It is stock footage, which comes from the main title of the predecessor, "The Vintage Years"; JANE WYMAN, CLU GULAGER, LORENZO LAMAS and BILLY R. MOSES were given credit in that particular sequence there.

 
Angela and Phillip want to go dining at the Canterbury Inn. - The restaurant, however, will not be shown.
 
Caproni's Bakery, Vince Caproni's bakery on Main Street in Tuscany, is an exterior set on French Street on the backlot of THE BURBANK STUDIOS (nowadays WARNER BROS.).
 
The building on French Street was originally dressed as a bakery for the episode "The Treasure of Soggy Marsh" of the TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard" (airdate 12/10/1982). # 030 of "Falcon Crest" was filmed around the same time so the set decorators only added "Caproni's" to the otherwise unchanged windows in the very same typeface as the existing lettering. See more signage from "The Dukes of Hazzard" below (Apex Rent-a-Truck, O'Connor Paint Supply and Seth M. Berley & Co.).
 
Product placement: In the shop window of Caproni's Bakery shows, a sign with the logo of Reber, a German chocolate manufacturer, can be seen.
 
Before MARY KATE McGEEHAN won the rôle of Linda Caproni, she already auditioned for the part of one of Lance's girlfriends.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Cole and Linda in front of Caproni's Bakery, a man wearing a brown shirt and jeans is walking along the sidewalk, coming quite close to both of them. In Cole's subsequent close-up, however, that same man is suddenly walking on the sidewalk across the street.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
In Cole's close-up, across the street from Caproni's Bakery, a small building can be seen, which houses Apex Rent-a-Truck. Again, this is signage from an exterior set usually used for "The Dukes of Hazzard" (compare above). On "Falcon Crest", only parts of the lettering are legible.
The small building has been rebuilt since and is nowadays a bigger brick structure with practical interiors for filming.
 
Lance's nickname for Cole is "Golden Boy".
 
On the attic in the Gioberti House, Maggie finds an old party dress of Chase's great aunt Vesta's, a character never mentioned again later. She is most likely a sister to Jasper; Angela mentioning in # 004 that Jasper was the oldest of Joseph and Tessa's children, it is obvious they must have had more children; another child must have been Paolo who will be mentioned in season 8 (see # 204).
Family trees straightening out problems like this are available here.
 
Sheila drives a blue Dodge Aries.
 
When Sheila opens the door of her car, there is a reflection of the film crew's lights on it for a short moment.
 

The establishing shot of San Francisco - a view up west on California Street from the corner of Sansome Street - is previously unused footage, which comes from the shooting of # 019 (compare scene with Angela and Phillip there).

 
Emma is at the Gulf Shores Sanitarium in Houston, TX right now.
 

The filming location for the forest clearing in the Tuscany Valley (Vickie and Nick jogging) is the dirt road near the lagoon at THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS).

 
Angela now has 12 % of the New Globe stock.
 
Celebrating Founders Day is sort of a "trademark" of writers STEPHEN BLACK and HENRY STERN. They have used and will continue to use such a storyline on almost all of their shows.
 
The Tuscany Founders Day Parade takes place on Town Square in downtown Tuscany - actually Midwestern Street (nowadays Midwest Street) on THE BURBANK STUDIOS backlot, which has also been used on various other TV shows, including "Flamingo Road".
 
Among the businesses in downtown Tuscany are O'Connor Paint Supply (opposite the Tuscany County Building on Main Street near Town Square; screen capture 1) and the Tuscany Picture Palace, a movie theater (on Town Square; red mark on screen grab 2).
 
All these businesses were originally dressed for the TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard" where particularly O'Connor Paint Supply was a fixture. When "Falcon Crest" filmed the scenes for # 030 on the backlot of THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS) on 10/26/1982, most signage from the "Dukes" was kept and merely hidden by the set dressers under the bunting and banners heralding Founders Day. In the scene with Darryl (yellow mark on screen capture 2), even parts of the Seth M. Berley & Co. sign (a company on Hazzard Square in "The Dukes of Hazzard"; yellow mark on screen grab 3) are legible. The only real change the set dressers made concerned the movie theater, whose sign from the "Dukes", "Hazzard Picture Palace", was changed to "Tuscany Picture Palace" (red marks on screen captures 2 and 3).
 

Among the guests attending the Founders Day Parade is the curly haired blond woman, who was on a payphone at the Tuscany Valley Memorial Hospital in # 026 and at Carrie's Clothes Closet in # 029. She is played by an uncredited extra and will be seen at various other social events in the future.

 
Julia loves carnations.
 
Whereas almost all the other characters are dressed up in 19th century clothes for the Parade, Nick's clothes seem more like a 1920's tennis outfit.
 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set: The dining room window has changed. It now resembles the real Villa's window in shape and also has wooden shutters. - Compare # 008 for the previous window.
 
Season time frame: This episode has a three-day chronology. It opens on the day after Jacqueline's revelation to Richard and Chase, i.e. Thursday, Oct 28, 1982. The New Globe board meeting takes place on Friday, Oct 29, 1982. Founders Day is celebrated on Saturday, Oct 30, 1982.
 
 
# 031 <2.13> Pas de Deux
 
Season time frame:
This episode continues on the evening of the Founders Day party, which was a Saturday, as expressed in # 030 (night 1). So the following is Sunday, Oct 31, 1982 (day 2). It is striking that, on this Sunday, not only Chase and Richard go to work, but also Lance drives to San Francisco for a cork shipment and Melissa does some shopping in the city.
This episode closes on Wednesday, Nov 3, 1982 (day 4 and night 4), as it can be concluded from Richard and Melissa's lunch date; Angela and Jacqueline meet at Falcon Crest on the same day. The third day depicted in this episode is Tuesday, Nov 2, 1982, as it is mentioned on that day that the meeting between Angie and Jacqueline will be "tomorrow"; this means that one day between night 2 and day 3 remains unseen.
 

The heavily filmed stained glass window as known from # 005 and # 028 is seen in another upstairs hallway of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion.

 
Richard and Melissa want to go to the Seacliff Inn (called The Alcove in early script drafts), one of Melissa's favorite restaurants in San Francisco, for lunch. - The restaurant, however, will not be shown.
 
Mysterious: Jacqueline says the first time she met Douglas was "in this office" (now Richard's). Douglas, however, used to have a different office as seen in # 005, for example.
 
The allusions to Richard's age are misleading: Phillip mentions what Jacqueline did, occurred more than 35 years ago whereas Angela says to Jacqueline: "You are 35 years late for discretion." That would make Richard's year of birth 1947 or 1948 (instead of 1942), which seems to be impossible considering Angela's statements in # 156 and 157 ("My son died 45 years ago.") and the fact that Richard had been the first child before Julia and Emma were born according to Peter's letter in # 155. - Inconsistencies most likely caused by too many different writers. In the end, however, the only logical solution is that Richard was born in 1942. Also compare # 019 for his age in the initial script draft.
 
Maggie and Vickie attend the Tuscany Valley Art and Craft Show.
 
The apartment house Phillip lives in is located at the corner of Green and Taylor Street on Russian Hill in San Francisco. The filming location is a luxury apartment high-rise called Royal Towers in real life. As the following episode will reveal, Richard's apartment is located there, too.
 
The interiors of Phillip's apartment, however, are filmed at the 10560 Wilshire, a luxurious condominium complex in the Wilshire Corridor, a section of Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood in Greater Los Angeles.
 
Maggie's nickname for Angela is the "Wicked Witch of the West".
The nickname is an allusion to the children's novel "The Wizard of Oz" by L. FRANK BAUM and the stage play and film version by the same name where this name was first used.
 
Phillip speaks impeccable French, Italian and Spanish. - MEL FERRER hardly has any accent in his phone conversation scenes in this episode; he already spoke Spanish in the previous episode, too.
 
Mistake: When Vickie and Nick kiss, the close-ups of them are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Vickie first touches Nicks chin with her right hand (filmed towards Nick); then it is her left hand in the next frame (filmed towards Vickie), and one moment later, it is her right hand again (filmed towards Nick).
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Early script drafts contained more scenes, which were omitted in the final version:

  • Removed was a scene in Lori's apartment with Lance in a phone call with the clinic, learning his paternity test for Joseph was negative.
  • Also omitted was a scene in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study when Phillip discusses the results of his research about Jacqueline with Angie (during which Lance arrives with the paternity test results). According to Phillip, Jacqueline went by the last name Le Pont at some point - it is not clear from the writer's drafts if she made the name up to cover the fact that she was still married to Jason at the time she married Jean-Pierre Charbone, or if Le Pont was one of her other husbands (after Alexander Nikoláou). Anyway, Angela knows that Jacqueline took her maiden name, Perrault, after she divorced Jason.
    The producers felt this would be too much expository information about the past with no specific point for the current storylines and decided to drop it.
 

Contrary to what the establishing shot of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion suggests, the scene with Chao-Li and Lance practicing tai-chi in the yard is not filmed at Spring Mountain, but on THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS) backlot.

 

Post-production mistake: Old stock footage of the (New) Globe executive building is reused. The sign still reads San Francisco Globe. A sign saying The New San Francisco Globe is usually used for that purpose.

 
Jacqueline was married to Henri Denault's half-brother, Jean-Pierre Charbone, during WW II, i.e. during her marriage with Jason Gioberti. She was a bigamist (see # 012)!
 
Original script drafts suggested a different episode cliffhanger and had Jacqueline stop by Richard's New Globe office on her way to the airport. Their argument unresolved, Jacqueline leaves. Richard, standing in the threshold, shouts: "Before I'm finished, I'll bury Chase Gioberti and Angela Channing... and even you!" - This segment was omitted in rewrites.
 
 
# 032 <2.14> Above Suspicion
 
Season time frame:
On the one hand, two months after the charges against Cole were dropped (# 026).
On the other hand, Lori is said to have returned also two months ago.
# 023 through 026 apparently depict only a few days, in particular giving respect to # 026 where it was mentioned that Joseph had been born less than a week ago. The current episode obviously depicts the events after Nov 3, 1982 (compare # 028 and 031).
 
Two Tuscany merchants are mentioned, who will never make an appearance on the show: Davis and Stewart.
 

The filming location for the San Francisco restaurant where Richard and Melissa dine is what used to be a now defunct restaurant in Marina Del Rey, CA called Don the Beachcomber.

 

The filming location for the scene with Phillip's yacht in the San Francisco Bay is Marina Del Rey, CA.
 
Phillip's yacht is named Aelous.

 
Last on-location filming at the Agretti Residence. In later episodes, exterior shots of this first location will be stock footage only.
 
Product placement: Maggie mentions Dick Tracy, a police detective from comic strips first published in the 1930's.
 
The San Francisco Marina Restaurant where Lance and Lori run into Phillip and Amanda is portrayed by the Parkway Grill in Pasadena, CA. The street number, 510, is also the real-life street number. The lower row of pictures shows the restaurant having undergone a renovation in the 1990's.
Compare # 016 for a previous use of this location.
 
Deleted scene: Act 2 contained a scene in which Vickie comes to Nick's store late at night - Sheila is visiting her sister in San Francisco - to invite him to go running with her again. But he rejects her. - This scene was removed in post-production.
 

Several allusions on who could be Agretti's murderer: Various persons wear gray wool pullovers or cardigans that resemble the one Carlo's murderer wore when he / she killed him:

Cole (gray pullover; but obviously not the murderer, as we already know at this time);

Lance (blue / gray sweater);

Chase (gray pullover; but hardly a suspect since he is hunting the murderer); Julia (gray cardigan).

 

It can be seen very well in this Episode that many walls in the interior set of the Gioberti House are swing elements. This becomes apparent as they are not standing tightly on the floor.

 
Gioberti House exterior set - inconsistency: The Mercedes-Benz 300 TD is parked on the driveway in front of the veranda. The replica of the driveway on the sound stage lacks to resemble the grade of the real driveway in front of the house.
 

Cameraman's mistake: In the scene at the Gioberti House as seen from the POV of Agretti's murderer, the upper part of an arm in a white T-shirt is reflected on the knife. The murderer wearing a gray pullover, this mysterious arm can only be the cameraman's.

 
The establishing shot of Chinatown in San Francisco is stock footage from a film library. It features California Street at the intersection with Grant Avenue (towards north) with the distinct Sing Chong Building at the corner where the Chinatown Wax Museum was housed in these days.
 
The outdoor scenes of the Chinatown street in San Francisco where Charles Fong lives (street number 451), however, are filmed in the China Alley of Hennesy Street (formerly known as Tenement Street) on THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS) backlot.
 
Fictional entity: City Wine Distributors, a San Francisco wine distribution company, and its CEO, Frank Jacobson (an unseen character), are mentioned.
 
Richard and Melissa go out for dinner to The Flowering Rose, a restaurant in Chinatown in San Francisco. The establishing shot (stock footage from a film library) features Grant Avenue (filmed in northern direction) at the intersection with Pacific Avenue.
 
The filming location for that restaurant is also the former Don the Beachcomber restaurant in Marina Del Rey, CA (see above).
 

The interiors of Richard's San Francisco apartment are portrayed by rooms at the 10560 Wilshire, a condominium complex in Westwood (compare # 031 for details: Phillip's apartment).

 
Editing mistake: When the phone rings during Richard and Melissa's tête-à-tête, Richard switches on the answering machine by pushing the third button (from the left). In the close-up right before, however, the second button has already been pressed; in the later close-up, it is off again. - Obviously put together negligently from various takes.
 

Vickie and Nick meet in front of O'Brien's, a bar in Tuscany. The filming location for that pub is what used to be the Alpine Haus Restaurant (Bavarian cuisine) in San Fernando, CA.

 

When Nick arrives in front of the O'Brien's, the shadow of the cameraman and the camera can be seen on the Packard for a short moment.

 
License plate number of Sheriff Dan Robbins' patrol car: 58632.
 
The Tuscany Valley road (Sheriff Robbins stops Cole) and the hillside road (Vickie and Nick overlooking the valley) are actually a road in the lagoon area on the backlot of THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS).
 

The second Gioberti Estate garage (compare # 011 for the first one) is portrayed by an exterior set built for "The Waltons", the Waltons' New Mill near the lagoon on the backlot of THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS). The screen grab is from # 034. The set no longer exists.

 
 
# 033 <2.15> Broken Promises
 
License plate number of the Schaefer ambulance taking Cole to the hospital: 1W20445.
The identification code of ambulance is 40.
 
Post-production mistake: An exterior night view of The Comstock, a luxurious apartment high-rise at the southwest corner of Jones and Washington Street on Nob Hill in San Francisco, is used to establish Phillip's apartment. According to # 031 (see there) and following episodes, however, Phillip's apartment is located in the Royal Towers condominium high-rise in San Francisco. The editors accidentally inserted a wrong clip here.
 
Richard starts working at 7:00 AM.
 
Cole's room at the Tuscany Valley Memorial Hospital is number 201.
 
Mysterious: Would it not have been inevitable to discover an injury on Cole's head proving that he was hit unconscious in the garage?! - The sheriff and the doctors do not seem to take their jobs too seriously.
 

Product placement: On the lumberyard of Hogan's Home Center, building materials of Weyerhaeuser, a company for wood products, are stored.

 
Mistake: In the scene with Richard and Chase in Chase's Tuscany County Building office, Chase opens the upper drawer of a gray filing cabinet. In Richard's close-up, however, the drawer is closed and Chase is nowhere to be seen. In the subsequent frame filmed from across, however, the filing cabinet is open again, and Chase finally shuts the drawer.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
 
# 034 <2.16> Deliberate Disclosure
 
Fat Joe's (Fat Jacks in early script drafts) is a burger restaurant in Tuscany. Vickie and Nick think about having lunch there.
 
Original script drafts staged the scene with Vickie and Nick at the Tuscany park (with their discussion about wholesome food, etc.) in a health food store named To Your Health on Main Street in Tuscany.
 
Post-production mistake: As in # 031, old stock footage of the (New) Globe executive building with the old Globe sign is reused again.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Richard in his New Globe office, the position of his hand is different in subsequent frames.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Fictional entity: American Independent Pictures (United American Studios in early script drafts) bought the motion picture rights to Maggie's screenplay for $ 100,000.
 
Early script drafts included a scene in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room from where Lance would hear an unfamiliar female voice reciting a nursery rhyme. Entering, he finds Melissa deeply engrossed in doing her nails while a woman's voice in hypnotic tones from a tape in a cassette recorder fills the room with an old nursery rhyme and Joseph falls asleep in his crib. Melissa then complains about being disturbed in her manicure.
Even earlier drafts staged the scene with Melissa in the Falcon Crest Gardens - without Lance, but with Cole watching with binoculars from afar.
The scene was rewritten several times before it was omitted in the final shooting script because the writers felt that it was not Melissa's nature to neglect her child.
 

Cameraman's mistake: In the shot in Lance and Melissa's bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion filmed towards Lance, the camera is pulled too far back from the set. For that reason, it becomes apparent the wall behind the chest of drawers is missing. - It is a swing set with movable walls to accommodate any production requirements.

 
Maggie and Chase go to the Château du Mont restaurant in Tuscany.
 
Real life allusion: Angela wanted to see "Tosca", the opera by GIACOMO PUCCINI, with Phillip.
 

When Melissa arrives in her Porsche 911 at the Gioberti House, there is a reflection of a crew member holding a specifically formed white baffle (used to reflect the sunlight) for a short moment.

 
Editing mistake and set inconsistency: When Melissa arrives in front of the Gioberti House, she looks up to Chase standing on the veranda as if he were on top of a two storey building. It is usually easy for people sitting in a car on the driveway to see what is going on on the veranda from that position. - This is caused by the split filming technique and the editors' combination of the clips of Chase from the sound stage (veranda replica) and the ones of Melissa from the studio backlot.
 
The art director for Maggie's movie is called George Sims (unit production manager George Poole in early script drafts).
Inside jokes: The character is named after MARLEY SIMS, the actress playing producer Rita Clay (art director in early script drafts) in this episode. George Sims is portrayed by SCOTT HAMNER, this episode's writer and son of series creator EARL HAMNER; SCOTT, however, receives no on-screen credit for this rôle.
 
The filming location for the café on Main Street in Tuscany is a former cabaret-style café on South Figueroa Street in Los Angeles, right next to the famous Variety Arts Center. The building has been demolished since.
 
Deleted rôle: Early script drafts suggested a studio head by the name of Howard Lister. His attendance in the meeting with Maggie, Rita, George and Darryl was deleted from the final shooting script.
 
The McKay Vineyards are a neighboring estate to Falcon Crest.
 
Mistake: During Maggie and Chase's conversation at the restaurant, the wide angle shot and the close-ups are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Maggie first touches Chase's arm (filmed towards Chase), but it is only his hand that was touched by her in the next frame (filmed towards Maggie).
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
 
# 035 <2.17> Love, Honor and Obey
 
Tentative title: To Love, Honor and Obey.
 
The producers felt the tattoo on LORENZO LAMAS' right shoulder was not adequate for his character, Lance. Therefore, it was covered with beige shoe polish because regular make-up would not work. The skin on this part, however, appears darker than the rest of his body in various scenes in this episode.
Whereas the tattoo will be covered in the following years, too, it will eventually be seen in # 220 in a weird storyline.
 
Original script drafts included a scene with Melissa and Joseph in the nursery in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion when Chao-Li enters. Melissa says she is dreading the day when Joseph will walk away as a man; he is a great comfort for her; the only time she is at peace is when she is with him. Chao-Li comments that, in most species, the female is the most cautious on guard when she is with her child, which is also the time when she is the most dangerous. Then, they continue to discuss if Lance ever might return to Falcon Crest.
That scene was omitted in the final version of the episode.
 

The filming location for the Coffee Shop on Main Street in Tuscany where Maggie meets with Darryl in this episode - and where Vickie and Nick will meet in # 037 - is The Blue Room, the commissary of THE BURBANK STUDIOS (nowadays WARNER BROS. STUDIOS). - The interiors of the commissary look completely different nowadays.

 

The establishing clip for the scene with Amanda and Angela at the Del Lago Beauty Salon features Clay Street (towards east) from the corner of Jones Street in San Francisco. It is previously unused footage from the shooting of # 026.

 
The McKay House (used for filming this episode, # 036 and 039) is a privately owned residence in South Pasadena in Greater Los Angeles in real life.
The vineyards - near the house, as seen from Richard's POV - are stock footage from Stags' Leap in the Napa Valley put into the scene by the editors. The shot from Stags' Leap was filmed during season 1 already and only used once before in # 010.
 
The Visconti Vineyards and the McKay Vineyards are neighboring estates.
 

Inside joke: The backs of the movie sets at the studio (scene with Maggie and Darryl) are the real movie sets for filming "Falcon Crest" on sound stage 19 A at THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS). The stage entrance is located on Avenue E, the street Maggie and Darryl were walking along at the beginning of this scene.

 
The main character in Maggie's script is named Leona Gray.
 
Real life allusion: Angela mentions Sherlock Holmes, the famous fictional character created by Sir ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE.
 
The phone booth (Fong calls Chase) is a prop, which was placed on Lima Street near the (nowadays demolished) Western set of Laramie Street on the backlot of THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS).
 
For the rôle of Charles Fong, JAMES HONG, who finally won it, was not the only actor to audition. Others included ALVIN ING (who finally became Dr. Nu in seasons 6 and 7), YUNG SUN, GERALD JANN and KEYE LUKE (who won the rôle of Wilson Fong for the following episodes).
 

The tool shed on the Agretti property is the same exterior set on the backlot of THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS) as the Spring House on the Falcon Crest grounds that was shown quite often in the previous season; it just underwent some minor changes, such as the removal of the stairs.
 

Amanda Croft lives in a San Francisco apartment house called The Cable Towers.
The filming location is a façade in the Embassy Courtyard, a part of the backlot of THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS).
 
Amanda's husband, Burton Croft, is mentioned several times, but never has an on-screen appearance.
 
Fictional entity: Amanda mentions the City Club in San Francisco.
 
Mistake: In the exterior shot in front of Lori's penthouse, Melissa wears a dark blouse. In the subsequent interior scene, however, she wears a white blouse and a red blazer.
This comes from the fact that the exterior scene is reused footage from # 024. As the shooting for the current episode did not take place in San Francisco, it was impossible to film a new exterior scene.
 
Mistake: When Melissa leaves Lori's apartment, the white door next to the entryway is ajar. In the subsequent close-up filmed toward that door, however, it is shut.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Product placement: The guest of honor at Richard's housewarming is a food and wine critic of the Washington Dispatch, a real magazine famous for social and political commentary.
 
For the rôle of Paolo Visconti, IVAN BONAR, who finally won it, was not the only actor to audition. Others included JOHN ABBOTT (canceled - rôle not large enough), ALBERTO MORIN, KURT LOWENS, REUVEN BAR-YOTAM (finally Captain Alexis in season 4) and STEFFEN ZACHARIAS.
 
Real life allusion: Phillip mentions SHAKESPEARE.
 

Among the guests at Richard's housewarming at the McKay house is the curly haired blond lady who was in the Tuscany Valley Memorial Hospital in # 026, at Carrie's Clothes Closet in # 029 and at the Founders Day Parade in # 030. She is played by an uncredited extra and will be seen at various other social events in the future.

 

When Lance and Melissa share their first moment of passion, ANA ALICIA actually slaps LORENZO LAMAS in the face twice, while he fakes his slap in her face.

 
Season time frame:
This episode opens one week after the end of the previous episode (Lance's leaving Falcon Crest).
Chase wanted to leave the Agretti case to the sheriff over a month ago (# 032).
Giving respect to the point of time depicted in # 039 (compare there), this episode must be around the beginning of December 1982.
 
 
# 036 <2.18> Separate Hearts
 

The first scene under opening credits shows a panorama of Tuscany Valley vineyards - as in # 028 and 030. It is stock footage from "The Vintage Years" main title, almost full length this time.

 
Original script drafts called for the first scene to be Vickie and Chase coming to Chase to the garage at the Gioberti Estate in the early morning, discussing Maggie's leaving. - This scene was omitted.
 
Mistake: In the exterior shot on his way to Falcon Crest, Phillip wears a very dark sports coat. In the subesequent interior scene, however, he wears a light plaid sports coat.
This comes from the fact that the exterior scene is reused footage from # 020. As the shooting for the current episode did not take place in the Napa Valley, it was impossible to film a new exterior scene.
 
All exterior clips of the Tuscany Valley Inn shown throughout the series are shot while filming the current episode. The exteriors are from the former Cheerio, a restaurant that used to be located at the corner of Ocean Avenue and Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica, CA. The restaurant was closed down in 1987, and the building was destroyed by arson in 1988.
Contrary to the exterior footage, the interior shots in this episode and # 038 are from the Rive Gauche Café, a restaurant in Sherman Oaks, CA.
 
Real life allusion: Maggie orders "Tea for Two" at the Tuscany Valley Inn and enjoys the play on word - referring to the same movie title.
 
The Asian man (played by an uncredited actor), who was a guest at Richard's housewarming at the McKay place in # 035, is now seen at the Tuscany Valley Inn where Maggie and Julia are having tea. He is also seen at the Fong Family Association in San Francisco - according to Julia and Chase, all people present there, i.e. including him, are named Fong. Later this episode, he will also appear near the patio of the Rive Gauche Café in the Tuscany Valley.
 
Season time frame:
Filming of Maggie's movie is scheduled to begin in 45 days. In # 033, it was mentioned the beginning of the shooting was 60 days away. That means two weeks must have gone by since then.
The clothes (Angela's fur, Maggie's coat, etc.) look pretty much like winter.
 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion veranda set - inconsistency: As it can be seen in detail in this episode, the upper parts of the living room windows (a stained glass element in every window) are also missing in the set (see red arrow).
 
Real life allusion: When Linda plays the piano, she mentions it is a piece of FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN.
 
Dukes is a burger restaurant in Tuscany. Cole and Linda go there for lunch.
 
Original script drafts included a scene with Chase feeling lonely in the Gioberti House kitchen in the evening - Cole went out; Vickie is shopping at the Valley Hills Mall. Chase wants to call Maggie first, but then decides to drive over to the Tuscany Valley Inn to see her. - This scene was omitted.
 

The tattoo on LORENZO LAMAS' right shoulder can be seen again (compare # 035).

 
The interior set of Maggie's bedroom at the Tuscany Valley Inn is the same as the set of the guest bedroom and Cole's bedroom in the Gioberti House (compare # 015). - An easy way to cut down production costs. The set underwent only a few changes and is propped with different furniture this time.
Mysterious: No room number can be seen anywhere on the door of the hotel room or nearby.
 
The filming location that has been in use for Richard's house, the old McKay place, since # 035 is used not only for exterior scenes, but also for interior scenes in this episode.
 
Angela wants to sell blocks of houses in Union Street in San Francisco. - She seems to have a lot of other holdings besides Falcon Crest.
 
The outdoor scenes of the Chinatown street in San Francisco where Chase, Cole and Julia are looking for Charles Fong are filmed on Tenement Street (nowadays Hennesy Street) on THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS) backlot (as in # 032).
 
The social club of Charles' uncle, Wilson Fong, is called Fong Family Association (in early script drafts, Fong Tong Family Association).
 

Cameraman's mistake: In the shot in the Falcon Crest Winery Building lab filmed towards Julia, the camera is pulled too far back from the set. For that reason, it becomes apparent that the wall behind the desk is missing. - It is a swing set with movable walls to accommodate any production requirements.

 
Real life allusion: Julia reads a whodunit by AGATHA CHRISTIE.
 
Fictional entity: Richard tries to select pictures delivered by Chumley Galleries, a San Francisco art gallery.
 
Mistake: In their embrace at the Tuscany Valley Inn, Maggie's arm is in a slightly different position around Cole's neck in subsequent frames.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Nick wants to take Vickie to a restaurant called the Chandrelle.
 
Julia drives a red-brownish Cadillac Seville.
 
The filming location for the road where Julia's car crashes in this and the following episode is located in Griffith Park in Los Angeles; it is Zoo Drive quite near the Riverside Drive junction.
The section of the road at the beginning of Julia's drive (as well as Melissa's drive) is the same in the two subsequent elements of each respective segment. First, the car drives in one direction, then in the other direction; the filming is simply done from either side of the road. This is Griffith Park Drive just north of where Mineral Wells Road forks off (parallel to Bypass Trail).
 
The small shopping mall in Tuscany with the Rive Gauche Café (see yellow arrow) where Maggie runs into Angela is actually the café by the very same name on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, CA.
 
Mistake in the scene with Julia's burning car: The Cadillac's front and center are in flames first while, in a later segment, only the front is engulfed in flames. Obviously, the earlier and the later frames were arranged in the wrong order in post-production.
 
 
# 037 <2.19> The Odyssey
 
Visconti Winery is now Richard's - so after the merger with McKay, there is a winery on that site.
 
This episode, two vineyardists are mentioned, but will never be seen on the show and never mentioned again either: The Ristelli brothers - one of them is named Eric - own 400 acres of prime vineyards in the Tuscany Valley and usually sell their harvest to Falcon Crest every year.
 

When Angela argues with Emma about her new job at the New Globe, a part of Angela's dialog was dubbed in post-production. When Emma moves through the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer towards the living room, Angela's original line was "Now wait a minute!" But "Emma!" was dubbed in over in post-production.

 
The pond (scene with Cole and Linda) is portrayed by the lagoon on the backlot of THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS).
 
Emma becomes Vice President of Internal Affairs, at the New Globe.
 
The access code for the file "Richard Channing - Confidential" in the New Globe computer system is "PLRE".
 

The establishing clip of Paris - a northeastern view over the Pont de Bir-Hakeim towards the Tour Eiffel - is stock footage from a movie library.

 
Real life allusion: Phillip makes a reservation for a suite at the George V for his and Angela's stay in Paris - a real luxury hotel situated in a cross street of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and now owned by Four Seasons.
The establishing shot does not show the real George V though. It is stock footage from a film library, featuring the Hôtel des Trois Couronnes in Vevey / Switzerland.
The filming location for Angela's suite is a room in the Brady Hall on the Chalon Campus of Mount Saint Mary's University; for more details about this location, see below.
 
In the computer printouts from Richard's secret files Emma hands to Chase, a man named Marshall Evans is mentioned. That character, however, will never be seen nor mentioned again.
 
The establishing shots of Paris are stock footage from a movie library.
The first one shows a view of the Tour Eiffel with the Pont des Invalides in the foreground (filmed towards southwest).
The second one shows the Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris (filmed towards northwest from under the Pont de l'Archevêché ).
 
The filming location for the Convent of Lorain - interiors (first screen grab) - and the Convent Sainte Marthe - exteriors (second photo) and interiors - is the Mary Chapel with its adjacent building, the Brady Hall, on the Chalon Campus of Mount Saint Mary's University in Brentwood, CA. The chapel is used for the establishing shot of the Convent Sainte Marthe at night; the interior shots are from the Brady Hall.
The church will later be used as St. Timothy Church of Tuscany Valley in # 066 (Angela and Phillip's wedding) and during seasons 4 and 5.
 
St. Martha's Convent must be the English translation of the nunnery's name. As the convent is situated in France, the original French name has to be Sainte Marthe.
 
The character of Sister Marie-Thérèse was originally called Mary Xavier or Marie Ignatius in early script drafts.
According to an earlier draft of the script, Henri Denault was supposed to be a false name, whereas the character's real name was said to be Heinrich Gutmann. He was originally supposed to be the (fictional) Finance Minister of the Third Reich.
 
Season time frame: Sister Marie-Thérèse mentions Carlo Agretti saw her approximately six months ago. - As Carlo was murdered at the end of July / beginning of August 1982 (# 021; compare # 019 and 024 for information on the time frame), this episode must be around the end of January 1983. This is in accordance with the characters' clothes: still coats and furs. Although it seems to be sunny during the scene with Cole and Linda in the boat, they wear pullovers. Maggie even wears gloves in the park. - Two months must have gone by since # 035.
 
 
# 038 <2.20> Ultimatums
 
Season time frame: Angela was in Paris for less than one week. So it still has to be around the end of January 1983.
 

The tattoo on LORENZO LAMAS' right shoulder can be seen again (compare # 035 and 036).

 
The establishing clip of Paris - a view of the Arc de Triomphe from Avenue Kléber in northeastern direction - is stock footage from a movie library.
 
The filming location for the Café Michel, the sidewalk café in Paris (scene with Angie and Phillip), is the building at the south-western corner of Midwestern Street (nowadays Midwest Street) and French Street on THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS) backlot. It is adjacent to the building that portrays the Tuscany County Building.
 

Maggie's movie script is entitled "Tangled Vines". - Inside joke: "The Tangled Vines" is the title of # 003.

 
Original script drafts contained a scene with Vickie and Nick in a hot tub in the backyard of Nick's house. Maggie visits them to talk about their wedding plans. - This scene was dropped for the final version of the episode.
 
The establishing clip (stock footage from a film library) of New York features a building that is different from the Whitewood Industries headquarters (compare # 019). - Obviously, Henri Denault has another office there.
It is actually the River House, an apartment building in Manhattan in New York City (filmed in southeastern direction).
 
Early script drafts contained more scenes concerning Julia's thoughts about leaving Falcon Crest, which were omitted in the final version:
  • Removed was a scene with Julia, Lance and Apollo on the veranda of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion. Julia is having fruit and cheese for lunch, Lance is working with Apollo. Lance discusses Tony with his mother - and her opportunity to start over with him.
  • Also omitted was a night scene on the veranda when Emma talks to Julia. Emma concludes that her sister can leave Falcon Crest to be with Tony, but she will never be free unless she faces Angela.
 

Henri Denault falls to his death from the Gorman Bridge in the Tuscany Valley.
The filming location is the bridge over Lower Big Tujunga on Tujunga Canyon Road in Greater L.A.

 
 
# 039 <2.21> Maelstrom
 
Tentative title: The Maelstrom.
 
The first scene under opening credits shows a panorama of Tuscany Valley vineyards - as in # 028, 030 and # 036, stock footage from "The Vintage Years" main title.
 
Extensive interior filming is done at the privately owned mansion that poses as Richard's House (the old McKay House).
 
For the first and only time, scenes are shot in the kitchen of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion. Up to now, it has only been obvious that the kitchen must be accessible through the the hallway behind the dining room.
The kitchen featured this episode, however, is not an interior set, but the real kitchen of the filming location posing as the old McKay House as a way to trim down production costs. - Inconsistency: The kitchen window is different in shape and design from the windows in the Victorian Mansion (see photo of the kitchen wing).
 

The filming location for the Tuscany Valley park where Vickie and Nick meet is part of the yard of the property posing as the old McKay House.

 
Season time frame:
Henri died this week. So less than seven days must have gone by since # 038.
Diana has been calling Denault about Richard the past month. - Although her first call was in # 032 already (which was shortly after Nov 3, 1982), Richard most likely noticed only the phone conversations during the past month rather than all previous ones.
It was in the past month that Chase was arrested in front of the Agretti tool shed (# 035). - Giving respect to # 037 depicting the end of January 1983 (see there), the current episode must also be still around that time.
Vickie and Nick's wedding will be Friday in two weeks (# 040). As Angela tells Chase about Jacqueline having "sold" Richard to Denault at the end of # 038, which - as it will be revealed in # 051 - was four weeks prior to the wedding, # 039 must depict a period of around two to three weeks, giving respect to the time frame stated in # 040.
 
Historic allusion: Maggie mentions the "King James Bible", i.e. the version of the bible as translated by order of King James I of England.
 
Mistake: When Sheriff Robbins forcefully opens the tunnel to the Agretti Residence, he asks his deputy to hold the gate lock. Although the deputy grasps for the lock, there is no hand to be seen in the close-up.
 

The establishing shot of Chinatown in San Francisco is stock footage from a film library. It features the distinct Sing Chong Building at the corner of California Street and Grant Avenue (filmed towards north); the Chinatown Wax Museum was housed there in these days.

 
Editing and lighting mistake: The scene with Phillip and Angela on the veranda of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion implies they could see the sunset.
This is impossible because the front of the mansion does not face west, but faces east.
 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion exterior set - inconsistency: In the scene with Chao-Li, a wall facing off in a 90-degree angle from the living room - behind its first window where the fireplace is - can be seen. This is not in accordance with the architecture of the real Villa Miravalle. Both living room windows and the fireplace between them are actually along the same building line.
 
The establishing shot of San Diego is stock footage from a film library. It features Coronado Beach (filmed in northeastern direction); towards the end, the clip features the Hotel del Coronado.
 
The phone number of the San Diego cab company Julia uses to get to Tony's place is 314-3298. - Despite the usual habit of the movie industry to use the "555" prefix for on-screen telephone numbers (compare # 005), the production company used a real prefix in the current episode.
 

The filming location for Tony's townhouse in San Diego is a private residence (a triplex) in Westwood in Greater L.A.

 
Spheeris, a cold-blooded cartel killer, is played by DICK DUROCK in this and the following episode. The character will become much more famous during seasons 3 and 4 when he will be portrayed by KEN LETNER (see # 054 for details). - Inside joke: The character's last name, by the way, is "borrowed" from LINDA SPHEERIS, the show's set decorator.
 
Mysterious: In the cliffhanger, there is an assassination attempt on Chase and Maggie in the Falcon Crest Winery Building, which, as revealed in # 040, was done by Julia. But Julia was in San Diego a few scenes before the cliffhanger and returns to a San Francisco bar only in # 040. As stated in act 1 of # 040, there is a time gap of one week between # 039 and # 040. So she must have returned to Tuscany in the meantime just for the assassination attempt?!
 
SUSAN SULLIVAN was replaced by a stunt double when Maggie takes the fall.
Editing mistake: In the wide angle shot, Maggie is lying in a different position from the one seen in the close-up with Chase. - This is caused by shots from various takes being put together in the editing process.
 
 
# 040 <2.22> Climax
 
ROBERT FOXWORTH was originally the designated director for this episode. It was directed by HARRY HARRIS in the end, however.
 
Season time frame:
The episode opens one week after the end of # 039 - Maggie was in the hospital for a week.
It must be around the end of February / beginning of March 1983 (compare characters' clothes and the information on the time frame in # 037 and 039).
 
Mistake: When Maggie is released from the hospital, Cole touches the door of the Mercedes-Benz 300 TD station wagon in the wide angle shot, which he does not, however, in the subsequent close-up.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The scene with Lance and Melissa riding in the Falcon Crest meadows was originally staged on the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion veranda and also included Apollo in early script drafts.
 
The filming location for the Falcon Crest grounds (meadows and hills) is the southern end of Bartholomaus Canyon in Sylmar, CA. The exact place is the meadows a little northwest of the corner of Terra Vista Way and Terra Bella Street.
 
Mistake: In their embrace in the Gioberti House, Maggie's arm is not on Chase's shoulder first, whereas it is in the subsequent frame filmed from across.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The establishing clips of the New York building where Richard was taken show a building that is different from the Whitewood Industries headquarters (compare # 019). It is the one where Denault had a personal office (compare # 038). - Obviously, Jacqueline has her secret office - maybe in a different floor - in the River House (a luxurious apartment building in Manhattan), too.
The high-rises seen through the window in the interior set of Jacqueline's office do not match the real surroundings of the River House though.
 

Deleted scene: The initial version of this episode included a scene with Lance and Melissa coming down the stairway in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion after Julia's return (see scene still). Angie asks them what the reason for Julia's desperation might be. Having secretly orchestrated Julia's disappointment in Tony, Lance and Melissa share a conspiratory look. - This scene was omitted in order to stay in the one-hour timeslot on CBS (including commercials).

 

The establishing shot of San Francisco (stock footage from a film library) features a view of The Embarcadero with piers 27, 23, 19 and 17 (from left) in northern direction. Yerba Buena Island and the Oakland Bay Bridge are in the distance. The shot is from the steps at the corner of Lombard Street and Kearny Street.

 

License plate number of Vickie's burgundy Chrysler Le Baron coupé: 762 XUJ.
 
Nick drives a blue Chevrolet El Camino SS with a camper cover from the 1970's.

 

Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion veranda set - inconsistency: Compared to the real Villa, the set has only two instead of three steps from the driveway up to the veranda. The single step from the veranda to the front entranceway, however, was rebuilt correctly. But the tiles on the floor of the entranceway (on the last step) are missing. Compare the photo of these tiles on the real Villa's entranceway.
 
Wilson Fong died at Mercy Hospital in San Francisco - a hospital that is never seen in the series and will never be mentioned again either.
 
The Falcon Crest Rose Garden where Vickie and Nick's wedding ceremony is held is actually the Rose Garden at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden in Arcadia, CA.
 
Original script drafts called for Father Bob to marry Vickie and Nick. But fortunately, the writers realized early enough that Nick could not marry in the Roman-Catholic church a second time because of his marriage to Sheila. The Catholic church does not acknowledge the (civil) divorce of marriage and still regards Nick and Sheila to be married.
 
The license plate number of Richard's blue-gray Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit (up to now 247 PCE; see # 025) is now 762 XUJ - the same number as on Vickie's burgundy Chrysler earlier this episode. The prop guys were not very careful.
 
Product placement: Richard hands Vickie a wedding present from Tiffany.
 
Mistake: After Vickie and Nick exchanged their wedding vows in the Falcon Crest Rose Garden, the positions of Maggie and Phillip's hands are slightly different in two subsequent frames.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Original plans for this episode staged the whole wedding reception (right after exchanging the wedding vows) inside the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion. In the final version, however, only the final part of the reception was set inside the house.
 
There were nine different versions of the confession scene filmed for the cliffhanger (re: Carlo Agretti's murder).
Instead of Julia's confession, the various drafts of the script of # 040 contain alternate confession scenes with Lance (b & w scene still above), Melissa, Richard, Diana, Phillip, Angela, Chao-Li and Cole.
Even the cast members themselves did not know which version the producers would choose until the episode was braodcast - except ABBY DALTON, who was called by supervising producer BOB McCULLOUGH the day it was scheduled to air. The killer was chosen on input from CBS, but the network did not dictate that it had to be Julia. So CBS did not know for certain who the producers chose as Carlo Agretti's killer until just minutes before it aired. LORIMAR delivered the final print of the season finale to the network, CBS Television City on Beverly Boulevard in Hollywood, the night it aired. CBS, of course, sent the episode to New York via satellite at the last minute, where it aired first due to the different time zones in the U.S.
 
From the alternate versions, here is each confessing character's motive for the murder of Carlo Agretti (unused segments):
  • Lance: "He [Carlo] kept pushing me. First the marriage. Then he threatened to cut Melissa out of his will. He was pushing me around... You [Chase] were pushing me around... She [Melissa] was even pushing me around. Then, at the baby shower, he [Carlo] threatened me. I wasn't going to stand for that. Not after what I'd already put up with...
  • Melissa: "He was no father. I was nothing more than another bargaining tool to him. He wanted Falcon Crest so badly that he traded me in marriage to Lance. Then he threatened to cut me out of his will. That didn't give me much choice. With him gone, I controlled the Agretti vineyards, I finally had my own source of power."
  • Richard: "Carlo Agretti was a hypocrite who spurned me in public while privately trying to bleed me dry. I offered him double the market value for his property. But he resented that and threatened to expose my own father as a Nazi. I couldn't let him do that."
  • Diana: "It was my only option. I had orders to get the Agretti Vineyards at any cost, and 'the company' has never recognized any limits. Results are all that count. There was an agreement... Richard had to deliver the entire California wine industry to 'the company' or give up any hope of independence. I wanted him to survive out here... to succeed. I was in love with him. I wanted him free... for me..."
  • Phillip: "It was the only thing left to do. Agretti had fought Angela for years. He was preparing to sell out to Richard. That would've been disastrous for Falcon Crest. With Carlo and Richard both clawing away at her, there was no time for the niceties of legal maneuvering or negotiating. I had to expedite matters. Angela has given her life to Falcon Crest, and... you see... I love her..."
  • Angela: "Carlo got exactly what he deserved. He sealed his own fate when he threatened to cut Melissa out of his will. I have no regrets. He would've done the same to me. You [Chase] don't understand anything, do you? From the time I sat on my grandfather's knee... until now, I was the chosen one to care for and enhance the legacy of Falcon Crest. Your father had no aptitude for that challenge. My strength, my dedication covered for his weakness. And then you came here to change all that? You're nothing but an opportunist who still has his head in the clouds at thirty thousand feet. You don't have the faintest idea what it takes to maintain the greatness of Falcon Crest!"
  • Chao-Li: "Mrs. Channing took me in when I was a young man with no place else to turn. She made me a part of this family. I owe her everything. Carlo Agretti... he fought her at every turn. There is nothing he would not have done to win control of Falcon Crest."
  • Cole: "I did it all along because he would not let me prove to Melissa how much I loved her - and she was carrying my child."
 
In this episode's sneak preview, there is a camera spot which is not a clip from the final version of the confession scene, but from one of the alternate scenes showing each character's reaction: Julia is standing next to Diana and staring at the murderer, who is unseen from the camera POV. But in the final version of the cliffhanger ("Julia version"), Lance is standing next to Diana. Using that trick, the producers made sure not to spoil the surprise in the cliffhanger.
 
Post-production mistakes: There are several inconsistencies in the confession scene. Some of the shots from the alternate versions are used for the final version; in those sequences, some characters are standing in different places - different from the ones in the final "Julia version".
 
During Fong's confession, the frame of the living room door can be seen in the close-up. This shot is intercut with shots of Chase and Sheriff Robbins several times; in these shots, Chase is standing quite close to the door frame. In the close-up of Fong, however, Chase is nowhere to be seen.
 
Post-production mistake: One close-up of Cole was accidentally flip-flopped whereas the other close-ups of him are the right way round.
 

In the wide angle shots of the reception, it can be seen that Julia is standing between Nick and Angela in the final version (Julia confessing).
In one close-up, however, Nick (see yellow arrow) is next to Angela; Julia is missing in that particular shot, which apparently comes from a different cliffhanger version.
In another close-up, Lance is standing in that same position although he ought to be standing between Melissa and Richard in the "Julia version". This close-up of Lance is obviously from the alternate "Lance confessing version".
 

Some of the close-ups were obviously filmed separately. This can be concluded, for example, from the reaction shots of Melissa and Lance on the one hand and Richard and Diana on the other hand. Judging from the previous wide angle shot, Richard or Lance would have to be visible in the other close-up respectively.
Some of the characters' reactions to Fong identifying the murderer are also from alternate cliffhanger versions:
Angela and Phillip do not look into Julia's direction; from their POV, they ought to look much more to the right.
This is also the case with Chao-Li and Emma; in their close-up, there is a person in a light gray suit (see yellow arrow) unexpectedly to be seen next to Chao-Li - it is Lance (by mistake!), who ought to be standing opposite Chao-Li in the "Julia version".
In the close-up of Melissa, Lance is missing by her side. Richard is standing next to her instead. This footage - used here by mistake - is from the "Lance confessing version".
 

The filming location for this season's final scene - the mourners standing at the graveside - is a lawn area at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens in Arcadia, CA.