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# 027 <2.09> The Vigil
 
 
(revised 12/04/2020)
 
 
In the scene with Maggie packing her suitcase, early script drafts contained a different line of reasoning for Cole's innocence in the Carlo Agretti case: Chase mentions that the phone records from the Agretti Residence have shown now that Carlo called Cole at the Gioberti House just two minutes before Carlo was killed. The distance between both homes would have been too far for Cole to get to the Agretti Residence and kill Carlo in such a short period of time. - This line was dropped because the final version of # 026 already cleared Cole in a different way. The original idea would not have been convincing because not even forensics would have been able to determine the exact time of Carlo's death, narrowing it down to some exact minute. So the writers made a wise decision to eliminate this illogical explanation.
 
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 # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) 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.

 

Inside joke: Dominic, the vineyard worker at Falcon Crest, is actually DOMINIC BELMONTE, the show's property master. He will portray the same rôle in # 041.
In # 029 (compare there), he will appear in a different part.

 
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 bus Emma is on is a 1966 GMC PD 4107 ("Buffalo Bus").
 

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

 

The commercial plane Maggie uses to fly to L.A. is a Boeing 747. The establishing shot is stock footage from a film library.

 

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 taxi is a 1974 AMC Matador Sedan.
Tower Cab Co.'s phone number is 714-3900; 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.
 
Mistake: The front license plate number of Angela's Mercedes-Benz 380 SL Convertible is T153723 in the scene when Julia arrives at the fallow land on the Falcon Crest grounds only. In all other scenes, in contrast, the car has its usual license plate with the number 963 XUJ (in particular in the previous scene with Angela and Phillip in the vineyard this episode).
Dressing the car with this "new" license plate is totally wrong because it is not only different from its usual number, but it is not a plate number for a normal passenger car either - the combination of figures and letters would actually be issued for trucks and special vehicles only.
 

Three well known picture cars are visible near the gate to the Central Hollywood Studios: the beige / brown Ford Mustang II Coupé (see # 021 in particular), the light yellow Ford Pinto Runabout (yellow arrow on screen capture 2; see # 001 in particular) and the black / beige Buick LeSabre (see # 013 in particular).

 

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 title 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 # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) 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 (nowadays Sinegal Estate) in St. Helena, CA. Tours are available by appointment.
 
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 # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) 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.
 
Fred Tanner's accounting office is the usual bedroom set of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, just redressed; check # 023 for details.
The wallpapers were replaced with wood paneling, and the office was primarily filmed from an unusual angle, favoring the walk-in-closet - a simple trick to save production cost.
LORIMAR's original blueprints of this set and many others are available for DFCF members in the Show - Production Office - Filming Locations - Movie Studios - Interior Sets section.
 
Motor Lodge, the Los Angeles hotel where Maggie is staying in room number 717, is what was known as Beverly Garland's Howard Johnson Hotel in North Hollywood, CA in real life. The hotel is still in business, but has undergone several name changes since filming.
 

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 # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) 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.
 
Uncredited extra GEORGE SASAKI appears as Dr. Fong at the Tuscany Valley Memorial Hospital again in this episode.
Compare # 222 for biographical details about this minor rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 026.
 
 
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.
 
 


 
 
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