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# 121 <5.23> In Absentia
 
 
(revised 09/06/2021)
 
 
Chicago is Chase's favorite city.
 
Real-life allusion: Chase mentions the Chicago Bears, the football team.
 
Fictional entity: The Fenwick Winery in the Tuscany Valley is bankrupt.
 
According to Eric, Carl Reed owns a small winery in the valley. - Considering Carl has not been mentioned since season 2 and obviously sold Stone Briar Winery to Sam Gianinni in the meantime (see # 074), what other small winery is his now?
 
The establishing shot of Chicago, IL is filmed in northwestern direction first. Then the camera pulls back and comes to a stop, facing north on the Wrigley Building and Michigan Avenue. It is stock footage from a film library.
 
The lobby of the Chicago hotel where Maggie and Jeff are staying is the lobby of the Sheraton Premiere Hotel (nowadays Universal Hilton) in Universal City, CA in real life. - Compare # 116 for a different use of that location.
 

The curly haired blonde (an uncredited extra) is at Maggie's hotel in Chicago in this episode. The next day, however, she will be (back) in San Francisco (see below). - Coincidence or rather negligent extras casting?
Compare # 169 for a list of the woman's appearances throughout the series.

 
Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: In the fight between Eric and Lance in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study, the sneak preview shows a close-up of Lance looking down on Eric lying on the desk (left photo); this camera angle is missing in the scene. 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.
 

The establishing shot of Chicago - a view over the Chicago River in eastern direction with the Marshall Suloway Bridge in the foreground (bottom of the frame) - is stock footage from a film library.

 

Maggie says she has cramps in her hand from signing so many books during the autograph party for her book. SUSAN SULLIVAN gestures with her left hand to underline that - which is illogical because Maggie is right-handed as it is known from many other scenes.

 
Maggie loves pizza.
 
The filming location for the scene with Richard and Erin in front of the San Francisco Investment Company is the Universal City Plaza Building in Universal City, CA. - This building will be used again in # 182 and 183 (compare there) - as the Thirteen's New York headquarters.
 
Richard's current favorite "restaurant" is a hot dog takeaway in front of the San Francisco Investment Company. - In # 088, he liked the hot dogs at Serafino's best.
 
Product placement: Richard mentions book heroine Nancy Drew.
 
Real-life allusion: Richard mentions MATA HARI.
 

The curly haired blonde (an uncredited extra) is in front of the San Francisco Investment Company just one day after her stay in Chicago (see above). - Coincidence or rather negligent extras casting?
Compare # 169 for a list of the woman's appearances throughout the series.

 
Uncredited extra KEVIN TRACEY appears as the thick-eyebrowed Tuscany Valley gentleman again - this time entering the building of the San Francisco Investment Company.
Compare # 185 for a list of all his appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 001.
 

Product placement: The toy car Eric gives to Joseph is a miniature replica of a Mercedes-Benz SL.

 

The bend on the Agretti property is actually located behind stage 4 on the CBS-MTM backlot. It was also seen in # 073, 084, 089 and 113 (see there) and will be used for various purposes in future episodes; compare # 135, 137, 148, 172, 174, 176, 180, 191, 192, 196, 207 and 213.

 
Deleted scene: Towards the end of act 2, Maggie and Chase celebrate in the Gioberti House living room Maggie's return from her book promotion with Terry and Richard. While Richard opens a bottle of Champagne, the phone rings, but when Maggie picks it up, nobody says anything, and a moment later, there is just the dial tone (obviously, Jeff called, but Maggie has no clue). When Richard mentions to Chase that it must be stimulating to be married to such a creative woman, Terry cynically adds: "Instead of being stuck with her sister..." It is an awkward moment when everybody realizes how pointedly she alluded to the attraction between Richard and Maggie. Terry's next remark is almost equally bad: She suggests that Cole get back together with Melissa or at least use his bedside manner to charm away the Agretti crop from her for Richard and Chase's partnership; she also says he can dump her afterwards. - This scene was removed in post-production.
 
Prop: The New Globe issue contains an article on the front page with the headline "Valley Area Records Record Growth" (green mark). Like other articles seen in # 072 and # 075 (compare there), this one will reappear in the series: in the Tuscany Herald in # 198.
For more information about the use of generic newspaper articles or layouts in other productions, check out the Props - Documents overview in our Beyond the Show section.
 

The patio restaurant in San Francisco where Greg and Jordan have lunch is the patio of the Sheraton Premiere Hotel (nowadays Universal Hilton) in Universal City, CA (see more above for this location).

 
Uncredited extra PAUL VAN appears in his usual rôle as the mustached Tuscany Valley doctor again - this time at the Tuscany Downs Turf Club.
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.
 
Mysterious: Richard calls the Tuscany Downs Turf Club bartender (played by SAM VINCENT) Johnny. But Melissa called him Sam in # 082; Greg called him Lee in # 096. - The writers were quite negligent with this supporting rôle.
 

Post-production mistake: The courthouse scene in judge Leeds' office is introduced by an establishing shot of downtown San Francisco. - The editors apparently used wrong stock footage because judge Leeds' chambers are in the Tuscany County Courthouse.

 
Season time frame: It still seems to be spring of 1986 because Maggie wears a polo neck pullover, a coat and gloves at the beginning of the episode. When the hearing at judge Leeds' chambers takes place at 6:00 PM, it is dark outside.
 

Product placement: Melissa pours Perrier-Jouët Champagne (Fleur de Champagne) on the patio of the Agretti Residence.

 
The San Francisco Merchant Bank is mentioned for the first time. - Inconsistency: In contrast to the references in dialog by most characters, # 132 will reveal the name is San Francisco Merchants Bank as it is seen on a check; Byron Adams, the bank manager, will also refer to it as San Francisco Merchants Bank in # 127.
 
The late harvest of the 1954 Falcon Crest Riesling is one of Angela's favorite wines.
 
Angela's favorite dessert is lemon squares.
 
Angela loves "Fidelio", the opera by LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN.
 
 


 
 
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