# 098 <4.30> The Avenging Angel
The establishing shot of the corral at the Reardon Ranch before LAURA JOHNSON's main title card is from an unused take of the respective scene in # 085. - Since many scenes needed several takes, the editors got a lot of "superfluous" footage, which they could sometimes easily use in parts for other purposes.
The establishing shot of San Francisco is a southwestern aerial view over piers 1, 2, 3 and 5 in the foreground and with the Financial District in the background. It is footage taken during the filming of season 3; this is an earlier part of the same helicopter flight that also delivered footage presented in # 053 (an aerial view of piers 47 and 45) and # 087 (Hyde Street Pier).
Deleted scene: Emma and Lance are visiting with Lorraine in the hospital (act 1). Emma gives Lorraine her and Angela's wedding present: a ticket for her honeymoon with Lance - a cruise on a private yacht that used to belong to Cornelius Vanderbilt. When Emma leaves, Lorraine tells Lance that her headache is getting worse and that she is very sleepy. - This scene was removed in post-production, which also meant losing the groundwork for the deterioration in Lorraine's condition.
In early script drafts, another Helios Food executive named Mr. Barkley discussed the acquisition of Webster Wine & Storage with the Falcon Crest co-owners in Angela's study in the Victorian Mansion. - The final shooting script replaced that rôle with the existing character, Bradford Linton.
The nightly establishing clip of San Francisco features an aerial view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city in the background (filmed towards southeast). It is previously unused footage, which was taken during the 1983 filming in San Francisco.
Odd prop: The wine bottle Damon ordered at Cyrano's is a Falcon Crest 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon according to the conversation between him, Angela and Emma. The bottle on the table has a white rectangular label in portrait format, which is hardly visible since it is turned to the side. It is the vintage design of Falcon Crest labels and, therefore, the wrong label for that particular wine because said wine was introduced in season 1 in bottles with the traditional Falcon Crest label design, which is colorful and in landscape format (picture 2). It seems awkward that the prop master made that mistake although the traditional label design has been used in many episodes and will also be used again in future epsiodes.
Detailed information about this wine label and many others is available in the Show - Production Office - Wine Label Gallery section. Previews are available for the general public; for DFCF members, the wine labels are available in high resolution.
NEIL ELLIOT, who played the Central Hollywood Studios payroll clerk in season 2, now co-stars as the Maître d' at Cyrano's.
Deleted scene: Angela and Emma are holding a vigil with Lance at the hospital when Richard arrives (act 2). In the waiting area near the operating room, Dr. Shratter joins them and says that Lorraine slipped back into a coma as the hematoma, which she sustained in the fall, became aggravated. Angela asks Richard if he notified Stephanie. He tells her she is somewhere in China; the U.S. consulate in Beijing is trying to locate her. - This scene was removed in post-production.
Uncredited extra GAIL FRANK plays the court stenographer again - this time in Melisa's criminal trial at the Tuscany County Courthouse.
Compare # 215 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 017.
Uncredited extra WALTER M. SPEAR appears as the bald and bearded Tuscany Valley gentleman again - this time at the Tuscany County Courthouse.
Compare # 124 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 048.
Fictional entity: Unified Soft Drink is a Falcon Crest competitor in the Helios Food project.
WOODY ENEY, who played D.A. Hawkins in season 3, now guest-stars as Marc Lansing, president of Unified Soft Drink.
The character of Mark Lansing was originally called Mark Fuller in early script drafts.
In early script drafts, the scene with Lance seated desperately at Lorraine's bedside and Richard, unbeknownst to Lance, standing in the doorway to her hospital room, was supposed to show more of Richard's despair also. It was scripted that he tells Lance that she was his whole world as a little girl and how he taught her how to walk at his and Stephanie's summer house in Martha's Vineyard, MA. - This scene was drastically changed rather shortly before filming.
Uncredited extra SHARRI ZAK appears as the gray-haired Tuscany Valley socialite with the pony tail again; this episode among the party guests in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion.
Compare # 202 for biographical details about this rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 009.
Mistake in the party scene in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion: When Robin arrives in the living room, a white-haired man wearing a tuxedo (played by an uncredited extra) is standing behind Cole in front of the wall adjoining the foyer. In the subsequent frame, Maggie and Chase's reaction shot, the very same extra is standing behind Chase in front of one of the eastern windows of the living room next to the fireplace. He is still behind Cole when the camera cuts back.
The reason is that, in order to minimize production cost, the number of atmosphere people hired is quite limited, so they have to constantly change their positions in a scene, depending on the camera angle.
Uncredited extra PAUL VAN appears in his usual rôle as the mustached Tuscany Valley doctor again - this time as a guest at the party in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion.
Compare # 227 for biographical details about this minor rôle and a list of all his appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 014.
Uncredited extra SHIRLEY ANTHONY appears as Dr. Lee Walkling again - this time as a guest at the party in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion.
Compare # 207 for biographical details about this minor rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 016.
Deleted scene: When Cole comes home to the Agretti Residence after the party at Falcon Crest at night, Melissa is packing her suitcase for her jail term. They are having an argument about Robin because Melissa wants her to move out and Cole, however, would like to keep an eye on her during her pregnancy. In the end, they reconcile and make love. - This scene was removed in post-production.
Mistake: For the night scene with Chase and Maggie in the Gioberti House master bedroom, an old establishing shot is reused; it features their Mercedes-Benz 300 TD on the driveway with the old blue license plate although it was replaced with a white California plate at the beginning of this season. - A wrong clip (shot during season 2 and first used in # 021) was selected in post-production.
This episode and the following one indicate that Chase did not actually own the Gioberti Estate, but that he was simply the beneficiary of a life estate, i.e. a life tenant. In this episode, Greg mentions that the Gioberti House "was left to Chase in a life estate", which is why no one can touch it even now that Chase has lost his third of Falcon Crest. In the season 5 première, Chase will mention to Cole that the Gioberti House and the surrounding vineyard are his "life estate".
A life estate is a concept to designate the ownership of land for a certain period, usually the tenant's lifetime or, in case of a successive life estate, the lifetimes of several persons in a row. The measuring time can also be limited by certain other stipulations, such as a specific point of time. In legal terms, the basic form of a life estate is an estate in property that ends at death of the tenant(s) when there is a reversion to either the original owner or the designated owner determined in the deed that established the life estate. During his / her / their possession, the life tenant(s) has / have the right to enjoy the benefits of ownership of the property, including income derived from rent or other uses of the property (except ownership transfer to a third party), but must also pay for estate taxes and duties. Since a life estate ceases to exist at the death of the respective person's life, this temporary ownership agreement cannot be left to heirs (intestate) or devisees (testate), and the life estate cannot normally be inherited unless the life estate agreement allowed the first life tenant to pass the life estate on to a designated person (successive life tenant). At the end of the respective life (or lives), the property involved in a life estate is typically reverted to the ownership of the remainderperson named in the life estate agreement.
The series never discusses in detail when the Gioberti Estate was put in a life estate. Giving respect to Jasper Gioberti's two different wills and various codicils (compare seasons 1 and 4), however, the only logical conclusion is that Jasper must have established the life estate in his final last will and testament from 1969, which was opened and declared valid after Francesca's arrival in season 4. The life estate agreement could not have been part of Jasper's original will as presented in # 001 because a life estate agreement would have been contradictory to Phillip's explanation that the Gioberti Estate would be passed on to the heirs of the first of Jasper's children to die (Angela or Jason) as those heirs were to gain full - and not just temporary - ownership. Also, the fact that the life estate was first mentioned after Jasper's new will had been opened, indicates that it must have been a term in an appendix or codicil to Jasper's latest last will and testament. This means that Jasper, in his will dated 06/06/1969, declared that the Gioberti Estate will be passed on to Jason as a life estate and, after Jason's death, to Chase, and after Chase's death to his heirs (the property transfers to Chase and then to Chase's heirs being successive life estates); after the death of Chase's heir(s), the Gioberti Estate was to fall into the ownership of the remainderperson(s), the owner(s) of the Falcon Crest estate. This life estate agreement also enabled Chase to name the person(s) to enjoy the benefits of the life estate after his death up until their death(s) when the life estate finally ceases to exist. In season 7, Chase will first name Maggie (as his heiress by his will), then Angela (as his new heiress by the second codicil to Chase's will). With Angela being the owner of Falcon Crest in season 7, obtaining the successive life estate in the Gioberti Estate will lead to all proprietary rights of the whole estate returning into one single hand.
N.B.: In contrast to the Gioberti Estate, full ownership of the Victorian Mansion was left to Angela by Jasper in his will. The Mansion was given to Angela separately from any other part of Jasper's fortune, which is why it was no longer part of Falcon Crest and why Angela could not be thrown out of the house in season 3 when Chase took full ownership of the winery and vineyards (as explained by Angela in # 053). For the same reasons, she will not be thrown out of her house by Cassandra and Anna in season 5 and by Michael Sharpe in season 9. Melissa evicting Angela at the end of season 7, however, will have different reasons (compare # 183).
Season time frame: Falcon Crest purchased Webster Wine & Storage last week (at the end of # 097).
Series time frame: Melissa is sentenced to two months of imprisonment. As she will get out of jail the morning after the anniversary of the plane crash, i.e. 03/19/1985 (# 100), the day when she is arrested in the current episode must be Saturday, 01/19/1985. - This is in accordance with the party at Falcon Crest (regarding to the Helios Food deal) being hosted on Friday, which must be 01/18/1985.
The identification code of Sheriff Robbins' patrol car, a 1984 Plymouth Gran Fury, is 5693.
The second location for the Agretti Residence (compare # 089) is used again - entrance and driveway this time. It is, however, the final use of that filming site.
Mistake: In the scene with Maggie and Chase in the Falcon Crest Winery Building after his kiss with Connie, Maggie holds out her pointer and middle fingers in the long shot. But the next frame (close-up) abruptly cuts to just her index finger pointing at Chase. The middle one is no longer outstretched; it is now bent downward with her other fingers in the form of a light fist.
In the usual process of making a movie or a TV show, scenes are shot at least twice - as a wide angle shot and in close-up, which bears the risk of inconsistencies. Compare # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for the advantages and disadvantages of this shooting procedure.
When Cass remembers the fire at the Rossini house in flashbacks (partly reused dream sequences from previous episodes, in particular from # 096), the frames of the doors and windows are only fixed to the greenbeds of the sound stage. Gas mains were attached to these frames, and fire was set to them.
The explosion of Richard's house (01/19/1985, 10:00 PM) is filmed on a site, which is different from both the usual Napa Valley location (compare # 048, 069 and 070) and the Los Angeles location (compare # 058).
It is stock footage from a different production, which has not been identified yet. The explosion is a special effect only. The house is located in Paradise Valley, AZ and was built by oil tycoon WALKER McCUNE (PENNZOIL company) in 1962-63. It is believed to be the 13th largest private home in the U.S. Although ownership changed, the house still exists today with only minor changes - some cast stone ball finials were added to the gate pillars and other columns.
Note that the interiors in this episode were not filmed there.
Music score: Shortly before the explosion of Richard's house, composer DANA KAPROFF uses a score he already used in # 063 in the scene with Spheeris breaking into Pamela's apartment.
An alternate version of this season's cliffhanger was filmed. Publicity stills LORIMAR and CBS sent out to the press for this episode picture parts of the previous versions:
"Desire", the photo with Chase, Connie and Maggie, shows an alternate camera angle. In that version, Maggie steps down to the winery rather than entering through the door.
"First embrace", the famous photo of Richard and Maggie, is from an alternate cliffhanger version without the explosion of Richard's house. In the alternate version, their embrace was to take place in front of Richard's home at daylight. - The photo was taken in front of a gray-white brick wall on the CBS-MTM STUDIOS lot representing Richard's home on Hilltop Road.
Original storyline plans:
A man in his late 20's who would be welcomed for his boyish good looks and gentle and polite manner was supposed to turn out as a psychopathic rapist towards the end of the season. - The storyline was dropped for season 4, but later remodeled into the Jeff Wainwright storyline in season 5.
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