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# 057 <3.17> Power Play
 
 
(revised 06/07/2021)
 
 
A unique aerial view of the Gioberti House and its circle drive is featured at the beginning of this episode. A part of this flight is used as a transition between ABBY DALTON's and MEL FERRER's cards in this season's main title.
The helicopter view was not filmed specifically for this episode, but was shot during the Napa Valley location filming at the beginning of this season. This particular sequence, however, is exclusively used for the current episode.
Mistake: In the upper left corner, the frame of the helicopter's window can be noticed for a very short time during the flight.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Maggie and Chase in the Gioberti House dining room, the close-ups and the wide angle shot are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Maggie's hands touch Chase's face in one moment (filmed towards Maggie), but behind his shoulders and back in the next moment.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for details.
 
Inside joke: The Van Enger Shipping Offices in Geneva/Switzerland, where Richard used to work, are named after one of the show's editors, DICK VAN ENGER.
 
Richard's safe deposit box in the vault of the Banque de Crédit Standard Suisse (Standard Credit Bank of Switzerland) in Geneva is number KJM 188.
Original script drafts made use of the Swiss National Bank in Bern instead of the Standard Credit Bank of Switzerland in Geneva.
 

The interior set of judge Winthrop's chambers at the Tuscany County Courthouse is the same as the usual bedroom set in the upper floors of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion; compare # 023 for example. It was just redressed and refurnished, particularly with big bookshelves.

 

The filming location for the Tuscany Valley country road (Spheeris follows Maggie) is the Fire Road in Griffith Park in Los Angeles.

 

License plate number of Spheeris' white 1981 Imperial: 1CZO923. The number was 1GKS843 in the previous episode though - a bad prop selection.

 
The establishing shot of Angela's black Mercedes-Benz 600 on its way to the Falcon Crest Warehouse A features the Gioberti Estate driveway. It is previously unused footage photographed on the Stags' Leap driveway in the Napa Valley during the filming of season 1. In the interior shot, however, the rear window offers a view of the new location near Warehouse A from the current episode (see below). It was not the best decision in post-production to combine these segments because the surroundings visible through the window are obviously different.
 
Inside joke: GREG STRANGIS, this episode's writer, named Greco Winery in the Tuscany Valley after his own first name. Greco Winery is mentioned for the first time in this episode, but never shown.
 

The filming location for the loading dock of the Falcon Crest Warehouse A is in Griffith Park in Los Angeles - in an area closed to the public to the east of the corner of North Commonwealth Avenue and Vista del Valle Drive.

 
Fictional entity: The Tuscany Valley fitness facilities Emma and Maggie go to is called Valley Aerobics.
 
The red Volvo 242 DL sedan (compare # 055 for details) is used as a prop again: This time, it is parked next to Maggie's Ford Thunderbird on the Valley Aerobics parking lot.
 
New license plate number of Maggie's blue Ford Thunderbird: 1EFL332 (a blue California plate now). Compare # 048 for the previous one.
 
Product placement: Phillip wears a Lacoste sweater.
 
The filming location for the grassy area near the construction site of Tuscany Downs race track, is situated in Griffith Park in Los Angeles. That area is located southwest of the Wilson Golf Course between Griffith Park Road, Crystal Springs Drive and Fire Road. The camera faces southeast.
 

A poster with an artwork by GARY BUKOVNIK, an American artist, can be seen in Emma's New Globe office. The caption refers to the Dryden Gallery in New York.

 
This episode shows in detail that Emma's name is the only lettering on her office door now; her title, Vice President, has gone. But the title is still - along with her name - on the sign on her desk.
 
Interior set inconistency: When Richard enters Emma's office, a door with frosted glass is visible across the hallway. When he leaves the office later, the camera angle is slightly different, and that door is hardly visible on the right of the frame, but double doors are now visible across the hallway. The crew obviously rearranged the set outside the office in the meantime in preparation for another scene.
 
The filming location for the exteriors of Phillip Erickson's winery in this episode as well as # 063 and 064 is the Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, CA.
 
The night scene with Emma and Dr. Foster alone in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion was longer in early script drafts. Dr. Foster telling Emma that his first name was Otto and his middle name Robert (Bob) was edited. Compare # 066 for the consequences of this loss of information.
 
The close-up of Richard's calendar is very interesting:
He starts working at 6:00 AM and has dinner at Luccio's in San Francisco at 7:00 PM.
Some of the people Richard has appointments with are characters: Bryan Perry (phone conversation at 7:00 AM; phone number in the Tuscany Valley (707) 555-2178), Ron Lafferty (Tuscany Downs construction foreman; meeting for breakfast at the San Franciscan at 8:00 AM), Phillip Erickson (meeting at 11:00 AM) and Steve Urbanovich (governor's commission; meeting at 2:00 PM); the last one is named after STEVE URBANOVICH, a driver at LORIMAR. - Inside joke: The other people are members of the series crew, e.g.: phone conversation with BOB McCULLOUGH (series head writer and supervising producer) in New York at (212) 555-3228 at 6:00 AM, lunch appointment with VICTORIA LaFORTUNE (associate producer) at La Crepe at 12:00 AM and phone conversations with RON MITCHELL (unit production manager) in San Francisco at (415) 555-3005 at 3:00 PM and with KIM FRIESE (uncredited production manager) in San Francisco at (415) 555-2176 at 4:00 PM. A terrific prop!
 
Strange: How was Terry able to get up to Richard's office after hours?
 

Uncredited extra KATHRYN JANSSEN appears as the gray-haired lady from the Tuscany Valley again - this time as a patron at Luccio's.
Compare # 215 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 021.

 
Uncredited stand-in GORDON HODGINS appears as an extra again - first in this episode, as the waiter at Luccio's. 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 interior set of Luccio's is the same as the set of the tasting room in the Falcon Crest Winery Building, which has been in use since # 053; the same set was also utilized in # 051 (compare there) and 052 as a San Diego restaurant. Minor redressing helped obscure the (almost) obvious.
 
 
The picture (still life) on the wall in the hallway in the New Globe is the same prop as the picture in front of the door to Julia's enology lab in the Falcon Crest Winery Building in seasons 1 and 2.
 
Edited scene: The night scene with Vince and Michael at the Tuscany Valley Hospital was originally longer and involved a nurse played by RITA CRAFTS. - This part of the scene was removed in post-production.
 
 
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 on the driveway although he replaced it with the same yet facelifted model after season 2. For the differences in the models, see the entry in # 054 about a similar error. - A wrong clip (shot during season 2 and first used in # 020) was selected in post-production.
 
The custody lawsuit about Joseph at the Tuscany County Courthouse is filmed at the Alhambra Municipal Court in eastern Los Angeles. This courthouse will also be used for shooting the courtroom scenes in # 079, 085, 091, 092 and 098.
 
The custody lawsuit of Cole Gioberti vs. Lance and Melissa Cumson about Joseph is case number 84-1357 at the Tuscany County Courthouse.
Inside joke: "84" is the two-digit year identifier, which matches the year of production and broadcast of the episode. The four-digit sequence number has the following labeling parts: the second digit ("3") refers to the season, the fourth and fifth digits ("57") resemble the episode number (as counted over the series' complete lifecycle).
 

Uncredited extra JACK BERLE appears as the white-haired mustached gentleman from the Tuscany Valley again - this time in the courtroom gallery at the Tuscany County Courthouse.
Compare # 078 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 037.

 
Uncredited extra SHARRI ZAK appears as the gray-haired Tuscany Valley socialite with the pony tail again; this episode among the audience in the courtroom during the custody suit about Joseph.
Compare # 202 for biographical details about this rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 053.
 
After his earlier appearance in this episode at Luccio's (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 in the courtroom gallery.
Compare # 182 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about GORDON HODGINS, compare # 001.
 
As it can be seen in detail for the first time in this episode, Michael's desk in the chief of staff's office at the at Tuscany Valley Hospital is the same prop as the desk in Ms. Smith's office at Smith, Plenn and Hogstedt in # 049.
 

Uncredited extra GAIL FRANK plays the court stenographer again - this time in the custody suit at the Tuscany County Courthouse.
Compare # 215 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 017.

 
 


 
 
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