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# 054 <3.14> Sport of Kings
(revised 05/02/2022)
This episode's opening scene with Phillip driving along Hilltop Road is a reused segment from # 030 (compare there for details about the filming location) where he spoke to Amanda on his car phone.
Mistake: If examined closely, it can be noticed that Phillip wears a plain dark blue sport coat in his car. When he arrives at Falcon Crest (the newly filmed part of this episode's opener), he wears a brownish tweed sport jacket though.
In early script drafts, the opening scene with Phillip and Angela on the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion veranda was to take place at daylight while it became a night scene in the final version.
Mistake: For the night scene with Chase and Cole, an old establishing shot of the Gioberti House is reused; it features Chase's 1981 GMC High Sierra (type K-1500) on the driveway although he replaced it with the same yet facelifted C-1500 model after season 2; only very few differences are noticeable in the two models at all, e.g. some updated red lettering on the body's rear and a differently shaped grille — the latter not being visible from this perspective, of course. A wrong clip (shot during season 2 and first used in # 021) was selected in post-production.

Product placement: Cole wears another shirt by Polo Ralph Lauren.

Inside joke: Winegrower Simon Whitaker is mentioned for the first time. ERNIE WALLENGREN, the co-author of this script, "borrowed" this last name from his mother, CLAIRE WHITAKER, who will come to work on the show as well from # 061 on.
Vince Caproni's room at the Tuscany Valley Hospital is number 205.
The picture next to the door in Vince's room is the same prop that was on the western wall in the living room of the Gioberti House in season 1 and in Chase's office at the Tuscany County Building later that season (compare # 017). It is even still in the same frame. This prop was also used in Chae's room at the Tuscany Valley Hospital (compare # 044).

The set designers did a poor job with the many bushes in the Gioberti House front yard; the surroundings do not look like it in real life. Compare # 061 for a similar problem.
For inconsistencies in the stairs to the front veranda, see # 012 and # 024.

Product placement: Melissa mentions the popular game "20 Questions".
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Melissa wears the same maternity dress she already wore in season 2 (# 020).

The interiors of the Tuscany Public Library are actually the interiors of the Burbank Central Library in Burbank, CA.


Product placement: When Fred, the librarian, puts away some of Maggie's research materials about Jacqueline, one of them turns out to be the real American Woman magazine.

Spheeris — now portrayed by KEN LETNER; in # 040 by DICK DUROCK — has an accent, which, according to the script, is supposed to be Austrian.

The filming location for the California State Hospital for the Criminally Insane is the southeastern corner of building 91 (one of the film vaults) at THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS).

Strange: In his conversation with Fairbanks, the nurse at the California State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, Richard refers to his sister Julia as his "cousin". Maybe he wanted to cover his tracks with the staff of the institution?
Real-life allusion: Richard and Julia are quoting SHAKESPEARE from his famous "Sonnet XVIII": "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" — Julia, however, uses the personal pronoun "you" instead of the old English "thee".
When Phillip steps into Richard's New Globe office through the back door, Richard makes fun of him, calling him "Back-Door-Erickson" — one of the many improvisations DAVID SELBY made up all by himself to add some spice to the scene. His line in the script just said "Erickson".
The house Cole and Linda purchase is the same Tuscany home Elizabeth Bradbury used to live in (see # 011).
The phone number of Caswell Realty's estate agent, Swede, who helps Cole and Linda find their home, is (707) 555-1616.
Mistake: In the County Board of Supervisors Hall, uncredited extra GAYLE FRANK is seated behind Lance (red mark on screen grab 1). But when Richard moves to the speaker's desk, she is standing in a different position in the assembly hall (screen capture 2). When the audience later gets up, the same woman sits behind Lance again (grab 3).
This woman has been known as the stenographer from the inquest about Jason's death at the Tuscany County Courthouse in season 1.
Compare # 215 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 017.
Dr. Fong (played by uncredited extra GEORGE SASAKI) is among the audience in the Board of Supervisors Hall at the Tuscany County Building in this episode. He will appear once again just a few scenes later (see below).
Compare # 222 for biographical details about this minor rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 026.

Strange: When Terry calls, Chao-Li and Lance pick up the phone in the foyer of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion — at the dining room door next to the stairway. There is usually no phone installed there though.

Uncredited extra GEORGE SASAKI appears for a second time as Dr. Fong (compare there); in # 043, however, the end of this clip (with the Ford Pinto Runabout; see below) was cut away, and the focus was on the beginning of the segment when GEORGE SASAKI as Dr. Fong walked towards the hospital. In this episode, in contrast, post-production started the segment with a zoom on the entrance and this atmosphere player. See above for more information on GEORGE SASAKI.
The light yellow Ford Pinto Runabout, a well known picture car, appears again — this time in front of the Tuscany Valley Hospital towards the end of the establishing shot featuring Dr. Fong. Compare # 001 for details about this picture car.
The night scene with Richard and Melissa in his New Globe office was originally staged in in the living room of Richard's house on Hilltop Road in early script drafts.
Early script drafts contained a night scene with Terry returning from her tête-à-tête with Lance to Michael's home at around 3 AM; she makes up an excuse for Michael, who has been worried about her well-being and has called the sheriff, telling him she went out late to a new mall and, on her way back, blew a radiator hose in her car at Sutter's Peak; she says Lance, who was in the company of an unknown woman, helped her with her car. This scene was omitted in the final version.
Interestingly enough, script writer BOB McCULLOUGH used in that dialog the Sutter's Peak location. Just as Sutter's Pond in # 001 (compare there), this topographic reference did not become part of the final episode. The writer's idea, however, was that Sutter's Peak was probably situated above Sutter's Pond.
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Emma wears the same blazer she already wore during the inquest about Jason's death in the season 1 finale (# 018).

In this episode, the Falcon Crest vineyards are portrayed by the growing fields of Galleano Winery in Mira Loma, CA in Greater L.A.


The bulldozer in the Falcon Crest field that is condemned for building Tuscany Downs is a Caterpillar D-Series model.


The interiors of the law offices of Smith, Plenn & Hogstedt in San Francisco are portrayed by offices in the Burbank City Hall in Burbank, CA.

The picture in the conference room at Smith, Plenn & Hogstedt is the same prop that was used in a corridor at the Tuscany Valley Hospital in # 043.
According to attorney Plenn, Jenny Mancuso and Sally Grey were two girlfriends of Lance's over the past year. They never appeared on screen, but this indicates Lance has had more affairs than depicted on the show.
Inconsistency: Plenn, Cole's attorney, states in the custody hearing about Joseph that Lance was living with Lori Stevens for several weeks "last year"; but that was in 1983. The writers obviously meant "last season" as far as Lance and Lori are concerned, but were not careful with their choice of words.
The "Tuscany Hotel" is mentioned by both Terry and Plenn. Terry and Lance always sleep together in room 21 there. The establishing clips, however, usually show the Tuscany Valley Inn. "Tuscany Hotel" is apparently a colloquial term for the inn.
Season time frame:
Lance met with Terry at the Tuscany Hotel on the following dates: August 18, 20, 21, 25 and 30, as well as September 3, 8, 9, 11, 12, 16 and 17. So it must be around the end of September / beginning of October 1983.
The election about building the race track was in the previous week (in # 053).

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