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# 035 <2.17> Love, Honor and Obey
 
 
(revised 10/04/2021)
 
 
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.

 
Edited scene: The scene in the Gioberti House entry when Maggie leaves for L.A. contained the titles of two of Gloria Marlowe's movies. Vickie mentions a movie entitled "Impassionate Obsession", and Maggie refers to "The World Asunder" as her own favorite. These parts of the scene were removed in post-production.
 
In this scene, Maggie has her arm around Vickie in a close-up. In the subsequent frame, a long shot, she is standing farther away, her being nowhere near Vickie.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for details.
 

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 point of view - 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.

 
Uncredited stand-in GORDON HODGINS appears as an extra again - first in this episode, as a utility man at the Hollywood Center Studios. See below for his later appearance in this episode in a different rôle.
Compare # 182 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about GORDON HODGINS, compare # 001.
 
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.
 
Warner, the security guard at the Agretti Vineyards tool shed, was called Rogers in early script drafts. - A different guard on the Agretti property is named Dave Rogers in the final version of 039 though.
 

Cameraman's mistake: In the scene with Melissa and Julia in Melissa and Lance's bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, the shadow of the cameraman moving out of Melissa's way is visible in the mirror when she gets up and walks around the bed.

 
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 car is a silver Cadillac. But the scene is filmed too closely to identify the exact model.
 
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 # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for details.
 
A similar error occurs right in the next scene: Before Angie and Phillip go to Richard's housewarming, Phillip pours himself a brandy in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room. He does not pour too much though, but when he begins to take a sip after the cut, there seems to be considerably more brandy in his glass.
 

Dr. Fong (played by uncredited extra GEORGE SASAKI) is a guest at Richard's housewarming 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.

 
Product placement: The guest of honor at Richard's housewarming is Alexander Jameson, a food and wine critic of the Washington Dispatch, a real magazine famous for social and political commentary.
 
Alexander Jameson is portrayed by uncredited actor MONTY O'GRADY, who started his career as a child actor in the 1920's and later became an extremely prolific and ubiquitous extra, who appeared in hundreds of productions until the mid-1990's. He may be best remembered for his rôle as the maître d' at the restaurant aboard the Pacific Princess on "The Love Boat".
While extras usually have to remain silent and the revised final script suggested no lines for MONTY, his character is greeted by Chase and Angela, and he speaks a few words (yellow arrow on screen capture 1). Even more unusual - since not in the script at all - is an ad-libbed conversation between him and Angela in a later scene shortly before Emma's arrival (screen grab 2). The three sentences he speaks were not written, neither were Angela's words. In principle, actors participating in a show usually remain uncredited if they have no audible dialog. This rule mostly applies for background actors. It remains a mystery why MONTY did not receive an on-screen credit after it was decided that the ad-libbed scene between him and JANE would be kept in the final cut of the episode.
Although MONTY O'GRADY often worked as an atmosphere person on the same shows, particularly "The Rockford Files", "Columbo" and "Hart to Hart", just to name a few, this episode remained his only appearance on "Falcon Crest".
 
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.
 

Uncredited extra JACK DOUGLASS appears in this episode again - this time as a waiter / bartender at Richard's housewarming.
Compare # 130 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 032.

 
Real-life allusion: Phillip's line, "We are all mere performers upon the stage of life", is a reference to WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE's lines in "As You Like It". The original lines in that play are: "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players."
 

The curly haired blonde (an uncredited extra) is among the guests at Richard's housewarming at the McKay house in this episode.
Compare # 169 for a list of the woman's appearances throughout the series.

 
Cameraman's mistake: In the scene between Nick and Vickie at Richard's housewarming, the boom microphone can be seen on the right frame of the picture now and then in Nick's close-ups. Since the scene was filmed under one of the canopy tents, the boom microphone was held from the side and not the usual way from above.
 

Emma returns in a silver stretched 1982 Cadillac Sedan DeVille Limousine.

 
Mistake: Chase and Maggie are standing suddenly closer to each other in subsequent frames during their conversation with Emma at Richard's housewarming.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for details.
 
After his earlier appearance in this episode at the Hollyood Center Studios (see above), uncredited stand-in GORDON HODGINS plays another part as an extra in this episode again - now in his usual rôle as a Tuscany Valley gentleman at Richard's housewarming.
Compare # 182 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about GORDON HODGINS, compare # 001.
 

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.
 
 


 
 
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