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# 116 <5.18> Gambit Exposed
(revised 09/06/2021)
The main title credits are also post-produced on video now; refer to the screen captures to compare the slight difference. - From now on, the post-production will be done entirely on video. The episodes themselves, however, will still be filmed on film reels as usual.

Surprising: Jordan had sex and slept during the night, but her hairdo and make-up are in perfect order. - Did she comb and style her hair quickly before she went to the door? And did she not get rid of her make-up the previous night?

Early script drafts contained scenes of Lance's trip to Europe in act 1: a plane landing at Nice Airport, shots of French countryside on his way to Monaco and finally of a hotel in Monte Carlo (all stock footage). This was to be followed by Lance's arrival at the hotel, speaking to the concierge. - These scenes were omitted. Only the interior scene of Lance's arrival at the hotel was shot (the filming location being the same as the one for the Bonarc Casino and the gaming room at the Stavros Château; compare below below), but removed in post-production.
Scenic art: In contrast to the previous one (compare # 082), a new backdrop at the entrance of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion is visible for the first time.
The lake from the previous backign was abolished. The new matte painting shows vineyards with hills in the background. This painting is quite light and is still inconsistent with the way the Falcon Crest grounds have been portrayed during on-locations shoots in the Napa Valley - the palm trees, hedges and swimming pool from the real Mansion are conspicuously missing from the painting for the sound stage shoots.
A list of all episodes in which the backings of the Mansion are discussed is available in # 199.
Richard mentions Terry's redecorating of the Turf Club costs a lot of money. So this is the explanation for the new green walls as seen in # 114 for the first time.

The establishing shot of Monte Carlo - a nightly view over the harbor, Port Hercule (shot in northeastern direction) - is stock footage from a film library.

The exteriors of the most prominent casino in Monte Carlo / Monaco, Le Casino de Monte-Carlo, (stock footage from a film library) are used as the Bonarc Casino.

The Bonarc Casino interiors are shot at the private residence in Los Feliz (Greater L.A.), which nowadays belongs to actress KIRSTIE ALLEY.


Uncredited extra LARRY HUMBURGER appears in another rôle - this time as a patron at the Bonarc Casino.
Compare # 227 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 078.


Mysterious: Why is the currency on the chips at the Bonarc Casino (U.S.) Dollars instead of French Francs, the official currency in Monaco in these days? - Considering they all speak English, is this a special area in the casino for American visitors? But if so, why are Sofia and Philippe in that area?

It is the 21st annual Connoisseurs International Wine Tasting Symposium. Falcon Crest won it six years in a row (1980 - 85).
The establishing shot of the Kauai hotel where the wine symposium is held actually shows the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. It is stock footage from a film library and was filmed between late 1976 and 1982. In 1982, the hotel complex underwent major remodeling: Many of the guest bungalows were torn down and replaced by large towers. Only the center part of the building complex still exists today.
The interiors of the Kauai hotel are filmed at the Sheraton Premiere (nowadays Universal Hilton) in Universal City, CA.
Uncredited stand-in MARTHA MANOR appears as an extra again - this time at the the hotel in Kauai where the wine symposium takes place. She has quite her natural looks this time.
Compare # 202 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about MARTHA MANOR, compare # 001.
Uncredited extra PAUL VAN appears in his usual rôle as the mustached Tuscany Valley doctor again - this time at the hotel in Kauai where the wine symposium takes place. It seems interesting that he traveled there to attend the symposium although he is not in the wine business. Or is this a case of negligent extras casting?
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 # 001.
Season time frame: Shortly after Robin's return in # 114, Cole had a paternity test for Hope arranged. He receives the results now. According to # 114, the test was supposed to take at least two weeks. So it must be approximately the third week of January 1986. Later, Cole's statement in # 125 will confirm that it is 1986 now: He will speak of the wine symposium in Hawaii "this year"; # 125 is in 1986 without a doubt.
Edited scene: The scene with Jordan and Richard in his New Globe office was originally longer: Towards the end of the scene, the secretary announces Greg through the intercom. He enters and warns Richard, while Jordan is still present, never to use what he knows about Jordan's difficult childhood against her. - This part of the scene was cut away in post-production.
Philippe's limousine taking Lance to Peter Stavros' Château in Monaco is a stretched black Mercedes-Benz S-Class (type W126; customized stretch version though).
License plate of Philippe's blue-gray 1985 Mercedes-Benz 420 SE (type W126): Monaco P2584.

Peter's Château in Monaco is actually a privately owned home in Pasadena, CA. Both exteriors and interiors are filmed there; exceptions: Peter's "prison", which is an interior set at CBS-MTM STUDIOS (nowadays CBS STUDIO CENTER), and the gaming room - see below.


The gaming room at Peter's Château is actually a room in the private residence in Los Feliz, which also portrays the interiors of the Bonarc Casino (see above).

Uncredited extra KEVIN TRACEY appears as the thick-eyebrowed Tuscany Valley gentleman again - this time at the wine symposium. Like in PAUL VAN's case (see above), it seems interesting that he also traveled to Kauai although he is apparently not in the wine business. Maybe a case of negligent extras casting?
Compare # 185 for a list of all his appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 001.
Edited scene: The scene with Cole trying to persuade Melissa to sell the Agretti crop to the Gioberti Winery was originally longer: It started with Cole receiving Chase's phone call from Kauai before dawn, Chase telling him about winning the award in the wine symposium. - This part of the scene was edited in post-production.
The master bedroom in the Agretti Residence is refurnished - now with dark wooden furniture.
In the course of refurnishing, a new picture hangs on the wall next to the door now. It is the same prop that was previously used (from # 030 on) next to the door in Lance and Melissa's bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion (compare screen grab 1 from # 038). Even the frame is still the same.
Mistake: Melissa says she was in jail for six weeks - but it was eight weeks (see # 100).
Jordan (as Monica) forgot documents about Terry's winery at Harry's Hide-away Adult Motel off Fremont Street in San Francisco.
Inside joke: Harry's Hide-away Adult Motel is named after this episode's director, HARRY HARRIS.

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