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# 068 <3.28> Ashes to Ashes
(revised 10/04/2021)
The episode title is an allusion to the phrase "earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust" in Christian burial services.
This episode was originally assigned to HARRY HARRIS, one of the regular directors. On short notice, it was reassigned to BARBARA PEETERS though.
The aerial view of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion at the beginning of this episode is a helicopter flight from the 1983 summer filming in the Napa Valley. While the final part of the helicopter sequence has been in use for the main title since this season, this earlier part is now used for the first time and will also be featured in the main titles of the following six years.
Deleted scenes:

  • The original episode opening showed several shots of the Spring House, engulfed in flames and consumed by them until it is reduced to smoldering embers. Footage shot during the filming of the previous episode, but not used there, was supposed to be included in the current episode. These segments did not make it to the final version though.
  • The following scene was supposed to be a night scene in Lance's bedroom at the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion: He wakes up, dripping in perspiration. This scene was filmed also, but removed in post-production.
Early scripts drafts suggested that the next scene show Lance galloping furiously on horseback the following morning, as though the ride will rid him of the awful memory of the Spring House fire. This scene was omitted before the episode went into filming.
Mistake: In the scene with Angela and Phillip in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room, the shots are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Angela is standing back at the edge of the mantle in her close-up while she is standing quite near the center of the fireplace in the subsequent long shot.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique — check # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for details.
Early script drafts had coroner Vance Fowler find Julia's diamond ring in the debris of the Spring House. This part of the scene was omitted. It would have been pretty unrealistic how and where Julia, on the run, could have taken possession of her ring again.

Mistake: At the end of the scene with Angela, Emma, Father Bob and Cole in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer, WILLIAM R. MOSES begins to smile and smirk while looking at JANE WYMAN. The editors obviously cut the final frames a little too late as BILLY's smirking was not supposed to be part of the scene, of course.

Deleted scene: Emma and Maggie are walking through the woods near a pond — filmed near the lagoon at the BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS); compare # 051. Emma tells Maggie that Julia appeared to her in a dream, saying that she is still alive. Emma says they went up to the tower room on the third floor of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion where there was a strange sort of light and music and where Julia told Emma to go there whenever she felt lonely; Julia would be there, too. Maggie reacts with concern, fearing Emma might lose her mind. This scene was filmed, but removed in post-production.
Fictional entity: Richard wants to meet with Padgett at the Hôtel International in Marseille / France.
Series time frame: According to the TV newscaster, Julia first vaulted into the headlines a little over a year ago after the brutal shooting at Falcon Crest. In accordance with the interpretation in # 040, that happened around the end of February / beginning of March 1983. As some time has gone by since # 065 (the beginning of February 1984), it must be around March 1984 now.

Uncredited extra JACK DOUGLASS appears in this episode again — this time as a Tuscany Valley County Deputy at the Tuscany County Jail.
Compare # 130 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 032.

Mistake: In the scene with Lance and Angela in the Tuscany County Jail, the close-ups are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because the position of Lance's hand is different in subsequent frames; he touches the bars in one frame, but his hand is out of the frame in the sequence shot from across.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique — check # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for details.
Mistake: In the scene with Maggie and Richard in the Gioberti House living room, Maggie smiles broadly in the wide angle shot. But in the very next frame, a close-up, Maggie is only slightly smiling and then begins smiling broadly a few seconds later.
This is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique — check # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for details.
Lance is the sole beneficiary of Julia's estate; the bulk is her New Globe stock — according to Phillip, almost a quarter of the shares. But Julia inherited only 20 % from Douglas (see # 018, 019 and 022). So she must have bought additional shares.

Product placement: Lance wears another polo shirt by Polo Ralph Lauren.

Richard's jet is a Windstream 4 aircraft (a fictional make and model). The radio identification code is 4-Tango-Delta.
The jet is owned by R.C. Incorporated — apparently one of Richard's entities.
Negligent prop and post-production policy: In this epsiode alone, Richard's jet is portrayed by three different picture planes, which, at first, becomes apparent by the horizontal stripes on the plane: The one used in the interior scenes at the hangar has golden and blue stripes (screen grab 1) while the one in the exterior scenes has blue and black stripes (screen captures 3 and 4).
The only scenes specifically filmed for this episode are the ones in the hangar (screen grab 1) and the footage of Spheeris on the runway (unpictured here). These segments at the Tuscany Valley Airport are filmed at Burbank Airport in Burbank, CA. The make and model of the jet in the hangar is a Grumman Gulfstream II (screen grab 1).
The later exterior close-up of the jet's fuselage (screen capture 3) and the exterior shots of the plane taking off as well as up in the air — both right after takeoff and in later exterior shots — are from a film library and feature a different aircraft from the one in the hangar, albeit the same model, a 1969 Grumman G-1159 Gulfstream II (registration number N8000J). These clips originated while shooting the pilot of "Hart to Hart" (1979), but remained unused on that show; they were profitably sold on stock shot licensing platforms instead. "Hart to Hart" filmed these segments at Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal, CA (visible in the background on screen capture 4). Different footage of this very jetliner that also originated while filming the "Hart to Hart" pilot will be used in # 155 (compare there) for the shots of the airborne jet carrying Peter, Kit and Tony.
For the third plane portraying the Windstream jetliner, see the note about the engine below.
The interior shots of Richard's jetliner (cockpit and passenger compartment; screen grab 2 above) are taken inside a jet mock-up, which was leased to many movie studios by a Pacoima based company by the name AIR MOCK-UP.
The phone number Spheeris dials from the Tuscany Valley Airport to call Riebmann's contact is 458-2138 — without any area code, which means that the subscriber he calls is within the (707) area code where the Tuscany Valley is situated.
The area code is (707). 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.
Continuity error: Right before Spheeris makes the aforementioned phone call on the payphone, Richard's jet, having just taking off, is considerably above the ground already (screen grab 1). After Spheeris hangs up, the plane is seen again (screen capture 2), having not flown very far in the 26 seconds that have passed before the camera cuts back to it. The jet would have been farther away and higher up than it is in the second cut. This is caused by the fact that post-production used stock footage of the takeoff, which they just split.
Jack Stanton, the co-pilot, and Chase talk about the port engine (on the left) being on fire — the exterior footage, however, shows the starboard engine (on the right).
Inside joke: The exterior clip of the engine is stock footage, which was bought from a movie clip archive. It comes from the "Airport '77" movie, starring ROBERT FOXWORTH as Captain Chambers. This clip features a Boeing 747-100 — the third aircraft portraying Richard's jetliner this episode (compare above).
Chase is told to accommodate an emergency landing at the Cañon City Airport. This is the real Cañon City – Fremont County Airport near Cañon City, CO.
Earlier script drafts suggested a later reply from the tower, the controller's voice telling Chase he is now going down in the Park Range Mountains, CO. This is a real mountain range in the Rocky Mountains of northwestern Colorado. It was probably where the crash was actually supposed to have taken place, considering the description of the location in season 4, but the topographic name was never mentioned after this line was deleted from the script.
MEL FERRER and CLIFF ROBERTSON will not return next season. That decision was surprising for FERRER, a member of the original cast, because he was quite sure about his contract being renewed. FERRER later blamed JANE WYMAN for being made redundant. He is said to have been disappointed in her because of her lack of support for him although they had gotten along well on the set.
Original storyline plans:
Initial plans for the dramatic final weeks of the season suggested that guilt-ridden Dr. Ranson intend to commit suicide after failing to help Maggie with her brain tumor. Maggie was intended to be in a life-or-death situation at the end of this season. These plans underwent major rewriting.

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