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(revised 06/11/2018)
 
 
General Information
 
Nielsen Ratings: number 24 (of 83) on the TV series hit list.
 
A most elegant design update was developed for this season's main title (gold and blue). Further information about the show's visual identity is available here.
Screen captures of the main title are available here.
 
From this season on, the show is entirely post-produced on video.
 
After his four-season absence, MICHAEL FILERMAN was supposed to resume executive producing duties this season. Although LORIMAR had already announced his return, the decision was revoked at very short notice. Just about six weeks before the development period for the new season started, JEFF FREILICH and JOANNE BROUGH were hired as the new execs.
At that time, JEFF FREILICH had been working for LORIMAR for five years - as a writer and story editor for "Flamingo Road", supervising producer for "Boone" (another one of EARL HAMNER's shows) and a series developer.
 
Familiar faces at LORIMAR:
HOWARD LAKIN, a college buddy of JEFF FREILICH's, joins the crew as a writer and story editor. He previously worked on "Flamingo Road", too, and will later move over to "Dallas".
Producer RICHARD GOLLANCE moves over from "Knots Landing" to "Falcon Crest" for this season.
The bumper and sneak preview announcer for this season and year 7 is MARK WALLENGREN, supervising producer ERNIE WALLENGREN's brother. For MARK's previous involvement with the show, check # 107 and 113.
 
E.F. WALLENGREN and GREG STRANGIS are taking turns as supervising producers on episodes although they are both credited for every episode this season. With regard to the seasonal numbering of the episodes, GREG STRANGIS is in charge of the odd numbered shows, and E.F. WALLENGREN in charge of the even ones.
 
Contrary to previous seasons, the music in this and the following year is no longer performed by an orchestra. The background music is composed and performed by only one single artist or an artist duo per episode.
MARK SNOW, a high school buddy of JEFF FREILICH's, is the main composer and performing musician for seasons 6 and 7. He uses as synclavier, one of the early high-tech synthesizers, to create a wonderful score, which is most thrilling on the one hand and extraordinarily emotional on the other. His music works perfectly well with the rapid-fire storytelling, sharper photography and more stylish look of the series and is best remembered for the background themes created specifically for particular characters, such as his famous "Maggie's Theme" (compare # 137).
 
In this season, particularly in its last third, and in the following season, a stylistic device called "pre-lap" is applied very often. This means that the dialog of the incoming scene precedes the actual cut, i.e. the dialog begins in V.O. (voice over) during the final moments of the preceding scene. By using this technique, the dialog bridges the audience to the next scene, and then continues on screen; in case of dialog, a whole sentence or line is usually "pre-lapped". It is a useful device to create the illusion of a smoother cut to the next scene. Oftentimes, a pre-lap extension is not or not only performed by dialog, but by sound, e.g. the music score. Particularly at the beginning of this season, there are many very short pieces of background music that solely serve that purpose.
 
Due to the regime change in the crew, this season has a faster pace of storytelling and more elements of dramatic mystery like in a sort of film noir.
 
Original storyline plans:
The producers intended to have Chase Gioberti go to "anger management" classes, fail them miserably and become the show's most bitter and obnoxious villain. - It did not materialize.
 
JANE WYMAN threatened to quit when LORIMAR wanted to save some bucks by shooting the show at the new LORIMAR STUDIOS, the old MGM lot in Culver City, CA, which they had just bought, instead of continuing to film at CBS-MTM STUDIOS in Studio City. The National Enquirer quoted her: "No way! I've worked at MGM before and I'll never set foot again in that rat-infested hole!" According to the scandal sheet, the bigwigs backed down. Anyway, the show continued to film at CBS-MTM.
 
Location filming in the Wine Country was done for # 128 through # 139.
As usual, Spring Mountain Vineyards as well as Stags' Leap Winery and Shafer Vineyards are the major filming sites.
 
 
# 128 <6.01> Aftershocks
 

Whereas all LORIMAR shows - including "Falcon Crest" - were introduced by a logo card saying "LORIMAR Presents" until the 1985-86 season, the 1986-87 season no longer continues this habit.

 
Before the main title, not only a recap of last season's finale and a sneak preview of the current episode are featured, but also a sneak preview containing scenes of the first twelve episodes of this season in random order to thrill and mislead the audience. The following episodes will feature both a recap and a sneak preview of the current episode before the main title.
 
The pictures of JANE WYMAN, ROBERT FOXWORTH, LORENZO LAMAS, ANA-ALICIA, WILLIAM R. MOSES, MARGARET LADD, JOHN CALLAHAN and DANA SPARKS are specifically filmed for this season's main title.
JANE's picture was filmed in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room while shooting of # 133. Original plans, however, had scheduled her to be filmed on the driveway in front of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion on 08/12/1986, coming out of her limousine with someone's hand coming into picture to assist her; Angela would not get out of the limo, but would extend her hand and look up into the camera. It has not been determined if the scene was shot and remained unused or if that shoot was canceled entirely.
ROBERT FOXWORTH asked the crew to film his picture for the title card (08/13/1986, in a vineyard near the Gioberti House) with his horse, which he newly acquired in the Napa Valley when shooting this season started.
LORENZO LAMAS was filmed on the Del Oro driveway on 08/11/1986. The beginning of the segment with his taking off his sunglasses was cut.
ANA-ALICIA's shot was taken in the gazebo at the Agretti lake while shooting # 130 on 08/20/1986.
WILLIAM R. MOSES was filmed near the Gioberti House on 08/13/1986. MARGARET LADD was filmed on the veranda of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion on 08/12/1986.
JOHN CALLAHAN wears the same outfit as in an interior scene in the Del Oro lobby in # 137. The shot was taken at the entrance of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion. Original plans, however, had scheduled him to be filmed walking onto the Del Oro veranda, coming from the golf course on 08/11/1986. It has not been determined why the shot was changed.
DANA SPARKS' picture was shot at Del Oro main building on 08/11/1986.
For the other actors' pictures in the main title, especially those coming from various scenes, see the information listed in the respective episodes.
 
The pictures on DAVID SELBY's and SUSAN SULLIVAN's main title cards are identical with the ones from season 5; see there for details.
It remains a mystery why specific new title shots of both actors were filmed, but remained unused. On 08/14/1986, a shot of Maggie was filmed walking in profile along the vineyards of the Gioberti Winery with a cut to her from the waist up as she turns to the camera and smiles (wearing the orange blouse from # 131). On 08/19/1986, a shot of Richard, dressed casually yet elegantly, was filmed, coming out of the French doors and walking on his terrace to a table dressed elegantly with caviar and Champagne; he pours a glass, hands it to someone off camera and smiles.
 
The background footage in the main title is primarily reused clips from previous scenes.
New, however, are the clips of the Del Oro (LORENZO LAMAS and JOHN CALLAHAN); for details about the filming location, the Silverado Country Club & Resort, see # 130.
The clip of the Golden Gate Bridge (DAVID SELBY) is previously unused footage shot during season 3.
The clip of Cole's sailboat in the San Francisco Bay is unused footage from the filming of # 137 (compare there).
The clip of San Francisco (CESAR ROMERO) is a southwestern aerial view over piers 1 through 9 in the foreground and with the Financial District in the background. It is footage taken during the filming of season 3; this is a continuation of the same helicopter flight which was featured in # 098 and which also delivered footage - from a later time in that aerial view - presented in # 053 (piers 47 and 45) and # 087 (Hyde Street Pier).
 

As in the previous season, Jeff Wainwright's last name is misspelled in the credits: "Wainright". Refer to # 119.

 
Negligent set dressing: In the Falcon Crest Winery Building, some of the boxes and barrels are in different places than in the previous episode. The wine, which was spilt over the floor, is gone. - Did the wine go down the drain in the meantime (only a couple of minutes)? Were the boxes moved into their current position due to an aftershock?
 
One of the pictures on the wall in the upstairs hallway of Richard's house is a prop that was used in the bedroom in Jordan's apartment in # 115. - This is one of the measures to cut down production costs.
 
Channing House interior set - inconsistency: From the sitting room, the hallway now leads straight out and then makes a right turn whereas it used to be leading directly to the left in the previous season.
The set designers, however, are not the only negligent crew members; the prop master and set dressers did not pay attention to detail either: The stand for the black vase in # 127 is placed closer to the door now, and the stone statue has vanished.
 
Neither LAURA JOHNSON nor DANIEL GREENE are rehired for this episode. Terry's and Dwayne's dead bodies were portrayed by extras.
Terry's death was originally planned to happen after three or four episodes this season. Unhappy about her character being written off, LAURA JOHNSON, however, decided not to come back for just a few episodes.
LORIMAR had a four-year option after the end of season 5 to have DANIEL GREENE play his character on "Falcon Crest". But the show's new regime decided not to make use of it.
 
Early script drafts suggested a scene with Lance, Eric and Chao-Li staggering out of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion and going towards the Winery Building. - This scene was omitted.
 
Mistake: On the driveway to the Falcon Crest Winery Building, Lance first lifts his right hand in the wide angle shot, but lifts his left hand in the subsequent close-up. Basically the same mistake occurred with his knees.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
There are different pictures on the wall in the hallway to Chase's room at the San Francisco Metropolitan Hospital when compared to the hallway in # 127. - Chase may have been taken to another floor (with the same layout) after his surgery.
The real reason is the change in the decoration in the filming location over the hiatus, of course.
 
Inconsistency: Maggie's hair has apparently grown between # 127 and 128 although the end of season 5 and the beginning of season 6 are the same day. - SUSAN SULLIVAN's hair grew during the hiatus.
 
There is a similar problem with some other characters: Lance, Emma and Cole also got slightly changed hairdos during the show's hiatus, whereas Angela will get her new hairdo in the course of the current episode - she really had the opportunity to see her hairstylist after the quake.
 
The Oakville Carmelite Monastery in Oakville, CA (used as Convent Magdalena in River Bend, OR in # 099) is used as as the Tuscany Valley Parish Church again - as in # 104. This episode also features detailed interior shots.
 
License plate numbers of the first two Riner ambulances at the Tuscany Parish Church grounds: 2T14387 and 2A28215.
 
The name on the paramedic's shoulder patch in front of the Tuscany Valley Parish Church reads Piner; it is the name of a privately owned ambulance and medical equipment company in the Napa Valley, CA. - While the prop masters changed the "P" into an "R" on the ambulances by using black tape in order not to advertise for the Piner company, but to create a fictional entity (Riner), they missed to modify the paramedic's uniform.
 
Fictional entity: Tracy Allen, the reporter trying to interview Angela about the quake, works for a TV station called KTF News.
 

The establishing shot of New York City - a nightly clip of Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan from the corner of Adams Street and Plymouth Street in Brooklyn (under Manhattan Bridge; filmed towards northwest) - is stock footage from a film library.

 
The filming location for the New York City restaurant where John Kent, Kit Marlowe's lover, is shot, is the former St. George Restaurant (nowadays Tra Vigne) in St. Helena, CA in real life.
The same location portrayed the Cooperage Club, a Tuscany Valley restaurant, in # 106 and 108.
 
Inside jokes concerning KIM NOVAK:
"Kit Marlowe" was the pseudonym HARRY COHN, CEO of COLUMBIA STUDIOS, suggested to her in the old Hollywood days. But the young and talented actress wanted to use her own last name. So they made a compromise, and MARILYN PAULINE NOVAK became KIM NOVAK. The actress, however, suggested the name Kit Marlowe as her stage name on "Falcon Crest"; the original spelling of the last name in the season 6 bible was Marlow though. Also refer to # 132, 147, 149 and 154.
KIM plays sort of a "multiple" rôle this season - a fabulous allusion to her best-remembered dual rôle in ALFRED HITCHCOCK's classic thriller, "Vertigo".
 
KIM NOVAK's real hairdo is the styling she uses in her disguise as Skylar Kimball; she is a blonde in real life. All other hairdos this season are wigs.
According to the National Enquirer, JANE WYMAN flipped her wig (!) when she discovered producers had been paying $ 2,500 apiece for KIM NOVAK's wigs and only $ 1,000 for hers. She made a stink so the producers agreed to buy her wigs in the same price range - thus resulting in Angela's new hairdo this season. JANE WYMAN's wearing wigs on the show is one of the oldest myths about "Falcon Crest", but has never been confirmed by an official source while the show was in production. In an exclusive DFCF interview, hair stylist LAURA LEE confirmed that JANE always wore wigs on the show and also shared a lot more details about other actors who wore hair pieces on "Falcon Crest". The interview is available in volume 5 of the FALCON CRESTers Tell It All! newsletter series.
 
Inside joke: Kit's car is parked at Virginia Beach exit during the night. - Virginia is the U.S. State where series creator EARL HAMNER stems from.
 

License plate number of Kit's blue-gray Ford Mustang: New York 267B-HSR.

 
The character of Dr. Scott (Julia's physician) was originally called Dr. Garner in early script drafts.
 
Mistake: In Julia's hospital room at the San Francisco Memorial, the digital clock says 08:06:22 PM in the first frame. In a later close-up, however, it says 08:03:35 PM.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
During an aftershock, Melissa, Cole and Joseph are in the Gioberti House. In contrast to the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, Richard's house and the Agretti Residence, the earthquake hardly caused any damage to the Gioberti House since there are not even the slightest cracks in the limestone walls; neither are any windows broken. This is in accordance with Chase's statement to Maggie in # 001: "It withstood earthquakes and fires." The Gioberti House is made entirely from solid limestone whereas at least parts of the other mansions are built from redwood.
 
Julia is taken to San Francisco Memorial Hospital according to a paramedic (and the script) - the exteriors of the James W. Wadsworth Building of the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in West Los Angeles in real life. Later, Angela meets Maggie in a waiting area adjacent to Chase's hospital room. According to the script, this is also at the San Francisco Memorial, but this is very strange because if we believe the establishing shots in # 127, Chase was taken to San Francisco Metropolitan Hospital. This problem comes from a writing inconsistency in the script of # 127 (see there). - Solution: Julia is in Memorial, Chase in Metropolitan - after visiting Julia (in Memorial), Angela must have just come by to see how Chase is doing (in Metropolitan).
The interiors of the Memorial Hospital are also portrayed by the Pacoima Hospital (see above).
 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion veranda set: Broken windows and stained glass elements in the front door can be seen in the night scene (Angela and Peter on the veranda). It is the usual veranda set on sound stage 10 at CBS-MTM (nowadays CBS STUDIO CENTER).
In the real outdoor scenes at Spring Mountain, the stained glass elements in the front door are covered with carton or some other interim construction material (the reason is the real windows were not damaged, of course).
 
The original draft of the season 6 bible listed Paige Kimble as the original name for Peter's stepdaughter. The producers, however, decided to change the first name because, on 06/15/1986, "Knots Landing" had just introduced NICOLLETTE SHERIDAN as Paige Matheson at the end of its 8th season (i.e. before the summer hiatus). It seemed inappropriate to use the same first name for two major characters on two different shows from the same company. So the name was changed to Amanda Kimball, later to Skyler and finally to Skylar.
Inside joke: Skylar is an onomatopoetic play on Schuyler, VA, EARL HAMNER's home town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, which is pronounced the same way.
 
Interesting prop: Skylar's address is listed in Peter's address notebook: Skylar Kimball, 25730 Ocean View Drive, Palm Beach, FL 33480, phone (305) 555-9822.
There are also several other people listed, who will never appear in the plot: Patrick Kelly, 2160 East 67th Street, New York, NY 10038, phone (212) 555-7273; Jon Kemp, 237 East 46th Street. New York, NY 10038, phone (212) 555-6435; Ralph Kendruck.
 
According to an early draft of the season 6 bible, Skylar's place of residence was a Midtown Manhattan apartment in New York City, NY instead of Palm Beach, FL.
The exteriors of the Ocean View Drive apartment house where Skylar lives in Palm Beach, FL is actually located at the corner of Calistoga Avenue and Jefferson Street in Napa, CA; it is the Napa Creek Manor, a senior citizens' home for assisted living, in real life. The building was repainted in a brighter color after the Falcon Crest days, and the trees around it have grown pretty much.
Next to it on Calistoga Avenue, there is a row of small Victorian homes, one of which was used as Apollonia's house in season 5 (see # 103).
 
Skylar's apartment is the same interior set as Jordan's duplex from season 5 after a few changes. The stairway is gone, one of the doors of the double doorway was used to create a single door with frozen glass windows on either side. But the doors to the walk-in closet and kitchen are still in the same place; even the vase next to the entranceway is the same. The wallpapers and the rest of the apartment and furniture, however, are different. - An easy way to trim down production costs.
 

Kit's painting in Skylar's apartment is entitled "Woman with a Dream". - Inside joke: It was painted by KIM NOVAK herself.

 

The assistant district attorney (played by an uncredited extra), who was sitting next to D.A. Caroline Earle in Lance's trial in # 091 and 092, helps clean up the mess in the Falcon Crest Winery Building this episode. Also compare # 102, 104, 106 and 123.

 
Mistake: In the Falcon Crest Winery Building and the Victorian Mansion, Angela's blue-white tie seems to be longer than in the driveway exterior scene between those scenes. - Did she re-tie the loops on her way?
The actual reason is that weeks went by between shooting the exterior scene at Spring Mountain and the interior scene at CBS-MTM.
 
According to a CBS press info, actress HELEN BOLL was originally cast to play the San Francisco Memorial Hosptial Desk Nurse. But JULIE INOUYE finally won the rôle.
 
Mistake: In Julia's hospital room at the San Francisco Memorial, the clock says 2:20 PM, but the digital clock says 1:02:11 PM and does not change anymore during the daylight scene. - Negligence of the prop department.
 
The restaurant where Richard and Erin have dinner is actually a part of the CBS-MTM commissary.
In # 071, the commissary (before its renovation) portrayed the Tuscany Valley Airport commissary. - Beginning in # 163, it will be seen more often as the restaurant from the current episode; it is called Nick's Diner and is located in the Tuscany Valley.
 
This is the first time the real interiors of Richard's house can be seen - the vast foyer / stairway / living room area. - The previous interior scenes were filmed on sets on the sound stage.
The house was a private Napa Valley residence. On 10/09/2017, the house burnt to the ground in the Napa Atlas Peak Fire, one of many disastrous wildfires in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
 
After a three-year absence, Vickie Gioberti returns to the Tuscany Valley. The character, however, is no longer played by JAMIE ROSE (who left in # 044), but is now portrayed by DANA SPARKS.
 
The Tuscany Valley Sheriff's Department obviously changed the logo. The new cars have a different star with a caption saying "Tuscany Sheriff" instead of the old one with the previous caption "Tuscany Valley Sheriff".
As many real-life police logos in the United States of America, the center of the logo shows the state seal, in that case The Great Seal of the State of California (compare right picture of the authentic seal in color).
 

Contrary to the wardrobe and make-up departments' usual efforts to hide LORENZO's tattoos for his Lance rôle, the one on his right forearm can be seen in the hospital scene with Julia.

 
Mistake: When Richard is arrested at the Tuscany Valley public cemetery, the following characters are standing (from left to right) in the background behind Richard and Gilmore: Maggie, Angela, Vickie, Cole, Eric and Peter. In the subsequent close-up of (Maggie and) Angela, Vickie and Cole are nowhere to be seen.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The filming location for Terry's funeral is the St. Helena Public Cemetery again. It is in the same row of graves as Michael's, Linda's and Phillip's (# 069); the same area was also used for Lorraine's grave (# 099).
 
Early script drafts planned for Richard's arrest to be the episode cliffhanger. The order of scenes was changed in later revisions.
 
Fictional entity: An issue of the New York World newspaper can be seen.
 
Prop inconsistency: In the interior set of Skylar's apartment, the curtains are rose-colored, but they are white in the real apartment building as seen from outside.
 
Series time frame: This episode depicts the events from Thursday, 05/08/1986 (the day of the earthquake; compare # 127 and 129 for details) through Saturday, 05/10/1986.
 
The final title card after the end credits no longer shows the yellow LORIMAR logo (designed by PAUL PASCARELLA) as it was in use during the first five seasons of the series, but now shows the logo of the newly formed LORIMAR-TELEPICTURES (following the merger of LORIMAR PRODUCTIONS and TELEPICTURES CORPORATION).
 
 
# 129 <6.02> Living Nightmare
 
Tentative title: The Living Nightmare.
 

Product placement: Eric wears a Fila sports outfit as he will do in # 131.

 
Richard's inmate number at the Tuscany County Jail is 7459.
 
Bradford, Richard's lawyer, was originally called Brewster in early script drafts.
 
The phone number of Kit Marlowe's sister, Eve Reynolds, in Yellow Springs, OH is (513) 555-3975.
 
The filming location for the driveway to the Gioberti Winery is the driveway to Far Niente, a winery in Oakville, CA.
 
Inside joke: Heber City, UT where Jordan and Greg got away from Jeff is supervising producer ERNIE WALLENGREN's birthplace.
 
Series time frame: Angela says Vickie was absent for three years, which is - roughly - correct.
 
Mistake: When Angela turns round to leave the Gioberti House, Chase's facial expression is one of jovial laughter; he even arches his back and leans back in that moment as if laughing very hard. Yet, in the very next frame filmed from across, he has a serious look as Angela is walking out.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The location used as the office of Terry's lawyer, Lewis Presser, is the white building next to the Sonoma Cheese Factory in downtown Sonoma.
 
Angela mentions SHAKESPEARE's "Romeo and Juliet".
 
The truck stop and gas station - according to the script in Utah - where Jeff shaves is what used to be the Texaco gas station at the corner of Redwood Road and Solano Avenue in Napa, CA (night shot only). It is nowadays a Chevron gas station and has been remodeled beyond recognition. The day shots, in contrast, show a different truck stop and are stock footage from a film library.
The bathroom at the truck stop is actually the bathroom of stage 10 at CBS-MTM STUDIOS (now CBS STUDIO CENTER).
 
Editing mistake: The daylight scene when Jeff shaves in the bathroom of the gas station is put in the wrong place in the episode. The preceding scene is a night scene (dinner at Falcon Crest); the subsequent scene is a night scene with Jeff getting a ride to California. It is a contradiction to the chronology that the daylight scene with Jeff is between the other two scenes. The scenes with Jeff do not take place on a later day either because Peter and Kit refer to the dinner "last night" when they are hot air ballooning in a later scene.
 
Real life allusion: Richard mentions THE OSMONDS, the country band.
 
The establishing shot of San Francisco - a helicopter view over Financial District (filmed in northern direction) - is a previously unused earlier segment of the flight first used before DAVID SELBY's main title card in season 3 (compare # 041).
 
The other establishing shot of San Francisco is shot from the yacht harbor on Marina Boulevard in southeastern direction with the Coit Tower in the background.
 

The scene with Richard and his secretary, Cindy, in front of the carousel was filmed at Pier 39 in San Francisco.
Early script drafts suggested Telegraph Hill with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background as the filming location.

 
Real life allusion: Vickie mentions CLINT EASTWOOD and his "Dirty Harry" movie.
 
The hot air balloon scene with Peter and Kit was filmed in a basket placed on the balcony of Auberge du Soleil, a posh restaurant in Rutherford, CA. They were never up in the air.
The Auberge du Soleil was already used as a filming location in # 023 (see there).
The original choice of filming location for the scene was the Wild Horse Valley Ranch outside Napa, CA, which had been used for various scenes in earlier seasons (compare # 020, for example).
 
Early script drafts staged the scene with Floyd informing Chase and Maggie about the current developments in the search for Wainwright in the Gioberti House kitchen. - The scene was moved to the veranda shortly before shooting.
 

The filming location for the scene with Maggie practicing to shoot with a gun is Oakville Grade Road in Oakville, CA. She is pointing at Doak Road.

 
The establishing shots of Acapulco / Mexico are stock footage from a film library. The first one is a view over the city (filmed towards west). The second one features the Fairmont Acapulco Princess Hotel.
 
The swimming pool of the hotel in Acapulco / Mexico where Erin Jones is lying is actually the outdoor pool of the Holiday Inn in Napa, CA (nowadays the Napa Valley Marriott). During location filming in the Napa Valley, by the way, most members of the cast and the producing staff as well as all of the crew stayed in that hotel; the production office was located in suite 1011.
 
Inside joke: The last name for Angela's new personal assistant, Mrs. Whitaker, was "borrowed" from CLAIRE WHITAKER, mother of supervising producer ERNIE WALLENGREN, who stopped working for the series after the previous season.
 
Real life allusions: Mrs. Whitaker's biographical background includes a job in the Royal Dutch Court and later working for Princess Diana at Sandringham in Norfolk / UK.
 
Early script drafts staged the scene with Cole and Vickie as well as - later - Chase and Maggie in which the details of Vickie's life in the last three years are discussed on the veranda of the Gioberti House. - The scene was moved to the kitchen and foyer / living room shortly before shooting.
 
Fictional entity: Vickie danced for the New York based Alexis Dance Company for some time.
 
The Agretti Vineyards are portrayed by the vineyards at Flora Springs outside St. Helena, CA again. The characteristic slope is situated near the lake at the borderline to Inglewood Vineyards (see # 131 for that location).
 
ANA-ALICIA's speaking Spanish fluently is used for her Melissa rôle for the first time this episode. # 149 will feature another scene making use of that advantage.
 
The scene with Maggie and Chase in the Gioberti House when Maggie watches the 2 AM changing of the guard was different in early script drafts: The writer originally planned for Maggie to have another nightmare, and for Chase to unload and reload the gun he gave Maggie after she went back to sleep.
 

The Tuscany Valley road where Jeff arrives is actually Solano Avenue in Napa, CA immediately near the Holiday Inn in Napa, CA (nowadays Napa Valley Marriott; see above). A specific prop sign saying "Tuscany Valley - Next 3 Exits" was installed there.

 
Series time frame:
This information given in this episode and in # 126 and 127 reveal the date of the earthquake. The current episode opens on the same day as the previous one closed (Saturday, 05/10/1986). The conversation between Richard and his attorney takes place on Sunday, as mentioned explicitly; this must be Sunday, 05/11/1986 (compare # 127). This episode depicts the events of three days only and, therefore, closes on Tuesday, 05/13/1986.
Chase was taken to the hospital after being shot on Tuesday, 05/06/1986 and released on Sunday, 05/11/1986. - This seems to be a very fast recovery considering how severely injured he was.
Julia says on the third day of the current episode (Monday, 05/12/1986), there is still no explanation for her blindness after a week's tests. She was blinded, however, in the quake (Thursday, 05/08/1986). - She probably exaggerates because, due to her blindness, she cannot tell anymore what time it is and how much time went by as she explained to Lance in # 128.
 
 
# 130 <6.03> The Stranger within
 

Jeff comes back to his Tuscany Valley cabin at the beginning of this episode, which is still portrayed by the side wing of an exterior set at CBS-MTM STUDIOS (see # 122 for details). Click here for a sketch of the multi-purpose use of this exterior set and its surroundings.

 
Melissa's pool is seen. But it is different from the locations used in # 084 and 103. In this episode, # 134 and 136 as well as in # 156 through 158, the Agretti pool is portrayed by the very same pool that was previously used as Darryl's (# 027) and Terry's pools (# 072), the pool at the former Inglewood Estate Winery in St. Helena, CA, which is now privately owned and closed to the public.
 
Real life allusion: Julia mentions the Braille Institute, a private non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate blindness.
 
Mistake: In the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion sun room, Lance takes a red rose out of the basket in the wide angle shot. In the subsequent close-up, however, he hands a white one to Julia.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Inside joke: The last name of Richard's lawyer, Mr. Nelson, is "borrowed" from DICK NELSON, the previous episode's writer.
 
Richard quotes from a poem by RUDYARD KIPLING (British poet, 1865 - 1936): "If you can keep your head when all those about you are losing theirs, you'll become a man, my son."
 
Inconsistent intercuts: When Wainwright watches Maggie in the front yard at the Gioberti Estate, his POV through the binoculars is filmed from the south-eastern corner of the Gioberti House veranda. They do not match with his position near a tree as seen in the intercuts. It is also obvious Jeff is not supposed to be on the veranda because he would have to be seen by everybody.
 
Rumor has it SUSAN SULLIVAN was afraid of playing the scene in Maggie's front yard at the Gioberti Estate because the grounds of Stags' Leap Winery are a notorious hangout for plenty of rattlesnakes after being washed out of the Mayacamas Mountains by the early pre-summer rainfalls.
SUSAN, however, stated in a 2007 DFCF interview that there was no truth in that rumor. The interview is available here.
 
Product placement: Chase mentions a Lamborghini car.
 
The San Francisco restaurant where Richard and Erin have dinner is actually what used to be the Pini Fini's at the Beverly Center, a shopping mall in Los Angeles. Nowadays, the Piazza Lounge is in its place on the mall's 6th floor.
 
Edited scene: When Richard talks with Erin at the restaurant about how to be cleared, he shows her a counterfeit cash withdrawal slip, allegedly proving that Terry withdrew $ 100,000 from her bank account to hire someone to shoot Chase and making Richard the culprit. He wants to convince Erin that he is convinced that Terry was behind it all. - This part of the scene was removed in post-production.
 
Early script drafts contained an act 2 night scene in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study in which Kit steals a page of checks from Angela's checkbook and a winery invoice with Angela's signature as a sample for a later forgery. Emma, who has had nightmares because of Dwayne's death, is wandering around and surprises her, but Kit convinces her that she could not sleep and wanted to look for a book to read. - This scene was omitted.
 

The Silverado Country Club on the outskirts of Napa is introduced as River Oaks Spa, which will become the Del Oro Spa & Country Club in the following episode. - For a previously filmed exterior scene, refer to # 041; for a previously filmed interior scene, see # 109; for later interior shots, check out # 133 and 134. - Some members of the cast and producing staff stayed at that luxurious hotel when they were filming on location in the Napa Valley.
The Del Oro Spa & Country Club was originally called Falcon Crest Spa (early script drafts).
Original storyline plans included seeing a nice side of Angela when she opens the spa featuring her own line of clothing. This idea, however, was dropped.
 
Actress KATHY CHAFFIN was one of the two finalists for the character of aerobic instructor Dina Wells. In the end, ROBIN GREER, won the rôle; she is the niece of JANE GREER, who played Charlotte Pershing, Maggie's natural mother, in season 4.
 
Vickie drives a gray jeep.
 

Prop mistake: After Vickie leaves the Gioberti Estate, she drives along the tree-lined Falcon Crest main driveway. - But the prop masters failed to install the Falcon Crest main gate there (compare screen grab from # 003).

 
License plate number of Tony's white Zimmer Golden Spirit: 2DXO926 - the same number Richard's former burgundy Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL had through seasons 4 and 5.
By the way, Tony's neo-classic convertible is an old LORIMAR prop, best remembered as Mark Graison's (JOHN BECK) car on "Dallas". On "Flamingo Road", JOHN BECK's character, Sam Curtis, drove a similar car; that one, however, was an Excalibur.
 
Edited scene: The scene in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study when Chao-Li tells Lance and Angela about Tony's arrival was initially longer: It originally opened on Julia in the adjacent sun room, asking Lance about the color of the roses in the vase on the table. - This part of the scene was cut in post-production.
 
Original prop plans called for the use of an Auburn car.
 
The filming location for the scene with Jeff running into Vickie is a San Francisco Financial District sidewalk offering a view of building 3 of The Embarcadero Center.
Early script drafts staged the scene on Union Square in San Francisco.
 

The assistant district attorney (played by an uncredited extra), who was sitting next to D.A. Caroline Earle in Lance's trial in # 091 and 092, appears at the Turf Club again this episode. Also compare # 102, 104, 106, 123 and 128.

 
Early script drafts suggested that Julia mention the first name of Tony's second wife in their conversation in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion front yard: Lydia. - The name was dropped from Julia's dialog in rewrites. By the way, Tony's second wife's name was Tanya; she was featured in # 039.
 
Fictional entity: Maggie mentions Wine World magazine.
 
Changes in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set (as a result of major reconstruction after the earthquake):
 
The second part of the stairway to the second floor has mysteriously vanished although it was still there in # 128 and 129 (supported by temporary construction poles). A piece of wall has replaced that part of the stairway - leaving doubts how to get to the upper floors now...
The banisters half way up the stairway now consist of three elements only whereas there used to be four elements before the earthquake. The stairway railing is also attached to these banisters in a different way.
 

As it can be seen in detail by comparing shots of the previous episode and the current one, the fireplace in the living room is no longer on the eastern wall (front of the house; see screen capture from # 129), but on the western wall (back of the house; see screen capture from the current episode). As seen on the exterior photo of the house, there cannot be a fireplace there because there is no chimney on the back. For more information on this strange fireplace, also see # 143.
The living room, the dining room and the foyer were redecorated and refurnished after the earthquake. Everything looks very elegant this season. The living room has some very luxurious little pieces of furniture from the Biedermeier epoch, such as small tables on either side of the sofa.
 
More changes in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room are seen in detail for the first time: There are two French doors in the western wall on either side of the new fireplace, which resemble much more the real windows in Villa Miravalle than the old four-glass window of the previous interior set did (compare the screen capture from season 5).
 

Through the open French door, there are terrace banisters made of brick to be seen; they look pretty much the same as the brick banisters on the front terrace (in front of the main tower and dining room; refer to photo to compare). These brick banisters can also be seen in # 133.

 
Despite these changes, the small southern tower of the real Villa Miravalle was not added to the living room set this time either.
 

The phone booth from which Jeff calls Vickie at night is actually located in the Beverly Center in Los Angeles (compare above).

 
Angela and Peter can hear the music and noise from the party at the Gioberti Estate from the open left French door in the western wall in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room. - Inconsistency: Peter is listening to the music coming from south-west; Lance, however, came back from the Gioberti Estate from the south-eastern direction, riding on his horse in # 001.
 

The party guest dancing with Vickie is KIM NOVAK's real-life husband, ROBERT MALLOY.

 

Peter now drives a silver Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible with brown elements on the doors.

 
The shot of Peter on the Gioberti Estate driveway in this season's main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of the scene in this episode (compare the left screen grab for the - slightly different - version used this episode). It was filmed 08/02/1986.
Original plans, however, had scheduled CESAR ROMERO's title shot to be filmed on the driveway in front of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion on 08/12/1986, walking up to the veranda from his Rolls-Royce. It has not been determined if the scene was shot and remained unused or if that shoot was canceled entirely.
 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Angela wears the green gown she already wore in season 5 (# 113).
 

The nightclub at the River Oaks Spa ist the former nightclub at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles (compare above).

 

Product placement: In the nightclub at the River Oaks Spa, Lance and Melissa are having Perrier-Jouët Champagne (Fleur de Champagne).

 
Season time frame:
The Giobertis' party takes place on a Saturday. This must be Saturday, 05/17/1986 (compare # 129). As the current episodes depicts three days only, some time must have gone by between # 129 and 130 or within the current episode (most likely before the day of the party).
At the party, Emma says that day was supposed to be her wedding day with Dwayne. In # 113, they set the date for Valentine's Day; 02/14/1986, however, was a long time ago. They probably rescheduled their wedding day a few times. They also tried to get married in # 125, which was prevented by Angela. They probably set a new date in that particular situation. In # 125, it was mentioned they would get married "next week". Considering that # 125 depicted the events shortly before 05/06/1986, this is absolutely correct.
 
 
# 131 <6.04> Fatal Attraction
 
Season time frame: This episode opens the morning after the Giobertis' party, i.e. Sunday, 05/18/1986 (compare # 130).
 

The lake in the first scene of this episode is the lake with the nearby Agretti gazebo (check # 072 for details). The filming location is near the former Inglewood Estate Winery in St. Helena, CA. - Refer to # 137 for additional information.

 
Chase extending his holdings, the Gioberti Winery now becomes a part of Gioberti Enterprises.
Chase can look down on the New Globe (and Richard) from his new office. - This description is in accordance with the height of the San Francisco Financial District high-rises. The skyscraper housing Chase's office is located on 101 California Street; indeed, the smaller building, which will be used as Richard's headquarters on a regular basis beginning in # 135 (see there), can be seen very well.
The photographic projection of San Francisco's Financial District behind the window in Chase's office on the sound stage, however, is inaccurate because it offers a view of California Street towards The Embarcadero (eastern view). From the 101 California high-rise, the other skyscrapers, however, would rather be seen from the opposite direction.
Another mistake: The windows in Chase's office set do not match the real windows in the 101 California building. The exterior "wall" would have to be entirely in glass and in different shape.
The room featured in this episode is slightly different from Chase's office as seen in future episodes. The room in the current episode is only a party of the whole floor rented by Chase.
 
The original script draft suggested that the phony passport Erin provides Richard with be in the alias of "Earl Scott" from Ann Arbor, MI. - In the final version of the episode, however, the passport is not in a close-up.
Original inside joke: Earl Scott is a portmanteau of the names of series creator EARL HAMNER and his son, scriptwriter SCOTT HAMNER.
 

The filming location for the payphone from which Jeff calls Vickie is the lobby of the Silverado Country Club in Napa, CA. It has been remodeled since filming.

 
Skylar (Kit) moves into one of the Del Oro guest cottages; the exteriors are Silverado guest cottages in real life (compare # 130 for the location).
 

Location shooting at Pier 39, San Francisco again (Erin meeting Dancer).
Early script drafts had staged this scene at a car wash.

 
Fictional entity: M/V Gold Rush is the ferry company Dancer works for. In real life, it is the fleet of a San Francisco ferry company called Blue & Gold.
 
BRET CULLEN's character was originally called Billy Ray Thomas (in the seasonal bible) and later Ben Quick (in early script drafts). The producers, however, decided to use a catchier name, Dan Fixx, in the end.
Labeling name: Dan or Daniel (Hebrew origin) means "God is my judge" and very well refers to Dan Fixx's attitude to be free from any boundaries.
 
Dan arrives on the number 565 bus of Transway Bus Lines (GMC brand) in Tuscany. This entity has been known from # 025 and 113.
The bus has various license plates from different states: California 2L10141 (right plate). The others are Arizona DMI 702 (left late) and Nevada 18757 P (middle plate).
 
Mistake: Dan looks out of the bus window and sees Melissa in her Corvette making a U-turn on the street. After the cut to an exterior shot of the bus, Melissa's car has mysteriously vanished.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
This scene in downtown Tuscany is filmed in front of a historic general store in downtown Yountville, CA, which houses a café nowadays. The same location was used for a different purpose in # 078 (see there). The gas station where Melissa fills up her Corvette is just across the street (Washington Square).
The original choice for the filming location was downtown Napa, but was changed to Yountville shortly before shooting.
 
New license plate number of Melissa's red Corvette: 2CQI406.
 

Mistake: When Dan is standing at Melissa's car, his right hand is on his hip; then he grabs at the car with both his hands. But after the cut, his right hand is still on his hip.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.

 
The sneak preview features a line Tony does not say in his scene with Angela in front of the Del Oro entrance: "You nearly destroyed me. You think I'm going to let you do the same thing to Lance?" This part of Tony's dialog was edited in the episode itself.
 
The filming location for the Tuscany Valley road - Lance's Porsche driving to the Agretti Residence in the sunset - is a day for night shot in northern direction on Atlas Peak Road outside Napa, CA, just a little north of the main driveway to the Silverado Country Club. A "day for night" is a cinematographic technique to simulate a night scene while it was actually filmed in daylight; it is usually underexposed and processed through a special filter in post-production to create the illusion of darkness.
 

The curly haired blond lady at the Turf Club was seen at various events in the past (see # 066, 088, 091 and 119). She is played by an uncredited extra.

 
Allusion to the movie industry: Lance wants to pick up Melissa "High Noon" (like the movie title).
 

The party for the ribbon cutting of the Del Oro are filmed on the Silverado Country Club grounds (terrace and backyard, front yard and driveway; compare # 130 for the location).

 

The "S" - the symbol for the "spa" - in the Del Oro logo is the real Silverado logo.

 
The Queen of the Valley Hospital interiors (Maggie's room, elevator, hallways, etc.) in this episode are actually the interiors of the Orthopaedic Institute for Children in Downtown Los Angeles.
 
The score in the scene with Chase following Wainwright through the Queen of the Valley Hospital corridors is co-composed by MARK SNOW and JEFF FREILICH. Part of it will also be used in # 134 when Cole and Chase are chasing Jeff Wainwright. - Parts of the score will be reused as elements in the theme of the "Dark Justice" TV series in 1991, another LORIMAR show with JEFF FREILICH as executive producer and MARK SNOW as music composer.
 
The filming location for the lake and waterfall somewhere on the way between the Tuscany Valley and Lake Tahoe (scene with Lance and Melissa) is the lagoon on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS, which was used for other purposes in # 089 (details see there in particular), 113 and 124. It had an artificial waterfall that could be turned on if needed.
 
The first establishing shot for Melissa and Lance's wedding features Lake Tahoe at night with Harrah's Lake Tahoe Resort & Casino in Tahoe Village, NV in the center (helicopter flight with the camera facing northwest). The second establishing clip featuring the Silver Bell Wedding Chapel is actually from Las Vegas, NV. Both establishing shots are stock footage from a film library.
 
 
# 132 <6.05> Perilous Charm
 

Different camera angles: The recap for the previous episode shows two close-ups of Maggie and Chase (second and third screen captures); these camera angles are missing in the scene in # 131 (first screen grab).

 
Edited scene: The scene with Chase and Cole on the Gioberti House veranda at the beginning of the episode was longer in the director's cut. Towards the end of the scene, Cole shares his grief with Chase about Maggie having been raped by Jeff. - This part of the scene was cut in post-production.
 
Jeff's Del Oro suite is the same interior set as Skylar's (Kit's) suite. To save production costs there are changes in the furniture and doors only; the doors to Jeff's suite are completely made from wood (painted black) without any stained glass elements in the entranceway, and the sliding doors between the sitting room and the bedroom in the suites are different.
 
Director's mistake: In the exterior scene on the veranda of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, Lance's Porsche 911 is parked on the driveway. But it cannot be seen in the angle shot from the foyer to the outside. The director apparently forgot to have the car brought onto the sound stage when shooting the interior scene.
 

Chase now drives a golden Porsche 944.

 
Early script drafts contained a scene at the pool at the Agretti Residence with Melissa telling Lance she does not want to see Julia because she still cannot forgive her for killing Carlo. - This scene was omitted.
 
Tony makes a bid for Cunningham's vineyard (compare # 008 for this name). - Since he will not buy any other vineyard than Keys Creek, the vineyard he will later bring in when he becomes a partner at Gioberti Enterprises, this has to be Cunningham's vineyard.
 

Angela's checks are issued by San Francisco Merchants Bank. As this name is to be read on the check form, this version of the bank name must be the right one. - Only the characters say "San Francisco Merchant Bank" (as in the script, by the way); also compare # 121 on this issue.

 

The filming location for the San Francisco Merchants Bank is the Bank of the West Branch on East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, CA.

 
The false name Kit uses when she cashes the checks is Leslie Norton. Also compare # 128, 147, 149 and 154.
 
BILL STRIGLOS, the actor who plays the teller at the San Francisco Merchants Bank in this episode, portrayed Bill, a KRDC employee, in season 4.
 

The Tuscany Valley Airport is portrayed by the Napa County Airport in this episode again.

 

Bloom's office (the private investigator) is located in a San Francisco Financial District high-rise - either in the skyscraper that also houses Gioberti Enterprises (compare # 131) or in the one across, the One California Building.

 
Early script drafts suggested as the act 3 opener a scene in the Gioberti House kitchen in which Chase tries to improve his relationship to Vickie during breakfast. He invites her to the ballet as the Joffrey Ballet (a leading U.S. ballet) will be in San Francisco the following month. They are talking about ballet in general and remember how Chase used to take Vickie to her first ballet teacher, Mrs. Fredericks, in New York every Staurday. - This scene was omitted.
 

Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set - inconsistency: The window in Julia's bedroom is too big compared with the real windows of Spring Mountain's Villa Miravalle.

 
Mistake: The view of the tree-lined main driveway to Falcon Crest - a view over the vineyards of Stags' Leap to Shafer in real life - is an inconsistency. The intercut creates the illusion it was the view from Julia's room. But the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion is not located near the main driveway as it is known from various descriptions of the places all over the series. - A map of Falcon Crest and its neighbors is available for members here.
 
The filming location for Maggie and Vickie's walk-talk (observed by Bloom) is at Spring Mountain in St. Helena, CA. They walk between the olive trees near the historic driveway northeast of the Victorian Mansion to the vineyard east of the Mansion. The building in the background is part of the former garage. - It was obviously a long walk all the way from the Gioberti Estate to Angela's vineyard.
 
License plate number of Peter's silver / brown Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible: 2NBO647 - the same as on Angela's white Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II this episode (but compare # 135)! What a shame of a prop!
 
Strange: Lance says he did not like Dan when they were in high school. Dan sat next to Melissa in school, as it was stated in # 131. - In season 1 (# 011 in particular), it seemed that Lance did not even know Melissa. In # 145, Lance will remember a certain event with Melissa in the 8th grade in school; in season 8, it will be revealed Lance and Melissa were playing together when they were kids. - Explanation: Most likely, Lance was not particularly interested in Melissa for some time when they were kids.
 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set - inconsistencies:
The replica of the eastern dining room window is a French door. The real dining room window to the east, on the contrary, is not a door, but just big three-casement window without being divided in so many panes. The wooden shades from the real Villa - replicated correctly during seasons 2 through 5 - are now gone.
The windows to the north in the dining room are not in an oriel (as seen behind Emma) in the real Villa, but there are just two single French doors on either side of a fireplace there.
 
When Tony and Julia are parked in his convertible atop the vineyards, Tony mentions they are on the top of River Road. - It is a marvelous view over the finest vineyards of the valley from there; the tree-lined driveway to Falcon Crest is in the center of the picture. Refer to # 043 for the extensive use of this filming location atop Shafer Vineyards in the Napa Valley.
 
Original storyline plans included Julia regaining her ability to see after Lance and Melissa's marriage and returning to her work at the winery. - The new execs, however, decided to write ABBY DALTON off although she wanted to stay in the series.
 
Julia's assets: a $ 30 million portfolio. This must basically be her New Globe stock and the KBRR radio station (also see # 133).
 

License plate number of Richard's new dark gray Jaguar XJ-SC targa convertible he has been driving since the season started: 2NDI859.

 
License plate number of Bob Welch's van of the Tuscany County Building Safety Code Department: 2K87732 (old blue license plate).
 
The stalls at Tuscany Downs are portrayed by the stalls of the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA. For previous cases of use of this filming location, see # 047, 049, 067 and 081.
 
The left part of the barn at Spring Mountain Vineyards is propped and decorated as the Falcon Crest Guest House.
 
The interior set of one of the hallways in the upper floors of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, which was newly built for this season, is different from the upstairs hallways shown in # 001, 004, 005, 047, 066, 099, 102 and 103 (compare # 066, 099 and 132 for more information). - It must be yet another part of the house.
Mysterious: When Eric leaves his bedroom and walks along the hallway, he would have to run into the window of his room; the odd layout of the room becomes obvious when Kit enters the bedroom one moment later.
The interior set of Eric's bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion is the same as the one of Julia's bedroom in this episode. Only a few changes in the furniture and the position of the curtains were made.
Drawings of the Mansion (floor plans and architectural views) are available here.
 
License plate number of Maggie's new gold-brownish Mercedes-Benz S: 2KRI905.
 
The filming location for the scene in downtown Tuscany (Maggie followed by Bloom) is downtown Yountville, particularly near what used to be Cocoons (nowadays the Petit Logis Inn) on Washington Street at the beginning of the scene. The parking lot next to the Cocoons (Petite Logis Inn) was already used in a scene with Melissa, Father Chris and Father Bob in # 106.
Inconsistency: The wide angle shots and the close-ups in the segment with Maggie's car show the same section of the street again and again. The crosswalk (as seen on the asphalt in screen grab 1) is quite close to the Cocoons; there are lots of box trees in pots in front of the Cocoons. While Maggie is driving and looking into the rear mirror, the camera features the Cocoons through the windshield after the cut (screen capture 2), with the box trees not in sight yet - although Maggie would have to have driven past the property already, judging from the previous angle and her speed. In the close-up of Maggie after the next cut, however, the very same box trees can be seen through the rear window of her car (screen grab 3).
 

The corner in Tuscany where Maggie turns left is actually the intersection of Humboldt Street (where she comes from) and Yount Street (where she turns into in northern direction) in Yountville, CA.

 
The filming location for the Tuscany Valley country road where Maggie finally confronts Bloom is Big Ranch Road outside Napa, CA, just south of the intersection with Oak Knoll Avenue.
 
Season time frame: Vickie and Jeff go on a weekend trip. Giving respect to the season chronology as stated above, this must be the weekend 05/24-25/1986.
 

The cabin where Vickie and Jeff spend the weekend is the front of the exterior set at CBS-MTM STUDIOS whose side wing was used as Jeff's cabin between # 122 and 130 (check out # 122 for details).

 
 
# 133 <6.06> Flash Point
 

The establishing shot of the Pacific coast near Monterey, CA (stock footage from a film library) actually features Malibu, CA just north of the Dan Blocker County Beach. The single house on the left is located on Malibu Cove Colony Drive. There are many more buildings along the coastline nowadays.

 
License plate number of Chase's golden Porsche 944: 2ALE185 - the same number Angie's former Mercedes-Benz 600 (season 4) and Cassandra's Chrysler (season 5) used to have!
 

The vineyard scene with Tony and Chase at Keys Creek (the name of Tony's vineyard will be mentioned in # 135) is filmed at Flora Springs outside St. Helena, CA. The same characteristic slope is usually used as part of the Agretti Vineyards (compare # 129).

 
Inside joke: Richard hesitates to call Miss Jones by her first name, Erin, because that would remind him of "The Waltons" as one of their children was named Erin. - ERNIE WALLENGREN, this episode's writer, also wrote episodes of "The Waltons", the show based on EARL HAMNER's life story.
 

The interiors of the wine cave at the Gioberti Winery are filmed at Stags' Leap.
The same location was used as the cave in the Falcon Crest Winery Building in # 001 (see there).
 
License plate number of Vickie's gray convertible jeep: 2CNI908.
 
The filming location for the riding grounds near Monterey is the driveway near the entrance and Cricket Field of the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA.
 
Not only exterior shots on the veranda, but also spa interiors (stairway, hallway and concierge's desk) are filmed on location at Silverado.
 

Inside joke: The scene with Richard and an extremely nervous Kit at Fort Point near the Golden Gate Bridge was deliberately set there - it reminds of a similar scene with KIM NOVAK and JAMES STEWART down at the Presidio in HITCHCOCK's "Vertigo".
 
License plate number of Kit's gold-colored BMW 635 CSI coupé: 1EZO148 (old blue license plate).
 
Tony sells KBRR because it was Julia's - or at least it was paid for with her money. This appears strange at first sight because Lance and Richard traded their companies in season 5: Lance got the radio station, Richard got Lance's shares of the New Globe (# 105). - The only explanation might be that those New Globe shares were also Julia's because Lance might have bought them with the money he "inherited" from Julia (at the end of season 3) or was given power of attorney for.
 
JOHN HOWARD SWAIN, who portrays Haskell, the actor playing the impostrous minister marrying Richard and Erin in this episode, also portrayed Devon, Lance's attorney, in season 4.
 
The "wedding" scene had to be refilmed because the original shot was not usable for unknown reasons.
 
The gas station where Jeff and Vickie get some fuel was also featured in # 082, 084 and 113. This exterior set used to be located on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS. Click here for a sketch of the multi-purpose use of this exterior set and its surroundings. It is no longer there nowadays because most of the backlot buildings were demolished by the late 1990's to build more sound stages and office bungalows.
 

Product placement: A sign at the gas station reads Halvoline Motor Oil.

 

The clothes store on Main Street in Tuscany where Vickie and Jeff are shopping is actually a shop in the commercial building near the Equidome at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA. In # 067 (compare there), the exteriors of this building portrayed a post office in the Tuscany Valley.

 
Flora Springs Winery in St. Helena, CA is used as the location for the winery to be sold at auction.
 
Richard's assets have a value of $ 60 million according to Erin. This is hard to believe since his Tuscany Downs share already had a value of $ 30 million (see # 105) - Explanation: She underestimates his assets as he says.
 

The establishing shot of the Paradise Motel (Vickie and Jeff) is exterior stock footage of the motel with the same name in real life on West Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.

 
Agretti Residence interior set: Melissa's bedroom was repainted (pastel rose), redecorated and refurnished; compare the furniture from the time towards the end of season 5 (screen capture from # 124) and the current one (screen capture from # 135).
 
Peter acquired a new tanker in Hong Kong and named it The Angela Channing.
 
Different camera angles: The camera angle during Peter's dialog in the argument with Angela in the scene in the current episode is different from the one in the seasonal sneak preview before the main title of # 128 - where a close-up of Peter (left screen grab) was featured.
 
Different footage: Chase's dialog in the argument with Richard in the scene in the current episode is slightly different ("anguish") from the one in the seasonal sneak preview before the main title of # 128 ("agony"). The scene is also featured from a different angle. - The footage comes from various takes of the scene.
 

The gray-haired socialite, who is a guest at Lance and Melissa's wedding reception in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, was seen at various social events in # 053, 057, 058, 062, 066, 072, 076, 078, 085, 093, 098, 122 and 124. That lady is played by an uncredited extra, SHARRI ZAK.

 
Mysterious: The route of Jeff and Vickie's trip remains a mystery. They are in Monterey, CA at the beginning of the episode. After Vickie tries to call the police, they are back in the Wine Country (vineyard rows to be seen during their drive; first and second screen grabs above - the driveby on screen grab 1 filmed in eastern direction on Oakville Grade Road at the intersection of Doak Road and Acacia Drive in Oakville, CA; the drive in northern direction on screen grab 2 filmed on Oakville Grade Road). They later go shopping on Main Street in Tuscany (Lincoln Avenue in Calistoga, CA in real life; third screen capture). The location of the Paradise Motel where they stay later is unknown. At the end of this episode, a view of the valley (from Hilltop Road where Richard's house that was blown up used to be) is featured (screen capture 5). - Vickie, however, will be taken to Carmel Community Hospital at the beginning of the following episode. It remains a mystery why this far away place was chosen.
The filming location for the rural road near the canyon (fourth screen grab) is Oakville Grade Road in Oakville, CA, the camera facing primarily east. The same location was previously used in # 102 (compare there).
 
 
# 134 <6.07> Double Jeopardy
 

Eric now drives a black Ferrari 365 Daytona Spider convertible.

 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set: The foyer was redone; parts of the wooden decoration were removed, the remaining parts are painted white now. - It remains a mystery, however, how Angela had that renovation made so quickly from one day to another. Neither will there be any explanation if this change is one of the steps in the renovation after the earthquake.
 
From the standpoint of the production process, the following illustrates the reason for the set changes:
This episode underlines the typical process of how the first twelve episodes of a season are produced. - Since season 3, the usual habit has been as follows: The interiors for the first six episodes of a season are filmed on the sound stage; this is followed by all the location work in the Wine Country for the first twelve episodes before the crew returns to Los Angeles to shoot the interiors for episodes 7 through 12 of the season. In season 2, this habit was quite the same, but with ten episodes instead of twelve. The second six-episode block of the current season, which begins with this episode, features a vast number of newly built or remodeled interior sets. For the changes in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion see above; for those in the Agretti Residence, refer to the later statements; new sets are also introduced for the Del Oro (lobby and gym), Lance's New Globe office, the Falcon Crest Guest House, etc. The interior sets that had been built for the first six-episode block on CBS-MTM stage 10 were removed during the Napa and Sonoma Valley filming so that the sound stage could make more profits by being rented out to other productions.
Click here to learn more about the making of the series.
 
Del Oro lobby interior set - inconsistency: Whereas the entrance (including the glass elements on either side of the door) are a perfect replica, the hallway to the suites is in an inaccurate position. As the photo of the Silverado Country Club main building shows, there is no such wing leading from the front of the building to a side wing.
 
Early script drafts staged the scene with Peter and Kit in front of the Del Oro. - The decision to move it to the lobby was made shortly before production of the episode began.
 
Skylar (Kit) stays in suite 333 at the Del Oro.
 
The Meredith Braxton character was originally intended to be a same-sex love interest for Erin Jones. However, due to objections from JANE WYMAN, the lesbian story was changed to them being sisters instead.
 
Garth, Richard's "right-hand man", is added to the cast without any explanation. He is just there one day.
In their early season 6 bible, ERNIE WALLENGREN and GREG STRANGIS intended to give Richard's loyal server, David (an inside joke on DAVID SELBY's name), a bigger rôle. MITCHEL EL-MAHDY, who had played Richard's manservant in seasons 3 and 4, however, had left the series at the end of season 4. When the original script drafts for this episode later suggested David as the first name for Garth's character, it remained unclear if the writers wanted to recast David or even introduce another character by the same first name. JEFF FREILICH finally decided to remodel the character into Garth.
CARL HELD speaks Garth in British English with a German accent to make the rôle's background even more mysterious.
 
Early script drafts staged the scene with Richard, Erin, Garth and - later - Kit in the living room of Richard's house. - The decision to move it to the terrace was made shortly before production of the episode began.
 
The real Royal Oak Restaurant at the Silverado Country Club is used as a filming location (scene with Angela and Peter at the Del Oro Bar & Grill).
 
Early script drafts included Lance in that restaurant scene, learning about Angela's guilt in Dan's mother's automobile accident.
 
In contrast to what many viewers would like to construe, Dan Fixx's mother is not Elizabeth Bradbury from # 011. Although both Elizabeth and Dan's mother were paralyzed in automobile accidents caused by Angela, they are different persons. Elizabeth was run over before Jason married Jacqueline in 1939 whereas the accident to Dan's mother only happened after he had been born, i.e. in the 1960's!
 
Agretti Residence interior set: Again, a newly designed den is introduced (blue walls) - although the den had just been redone between # 122 and 123 (compare the screen capture from # 125).
 
The rooms in the Falcon Crest Guest House have changed: During an argument with Cass in # 103, Anna climbed up a few stairs to a door leading to the center part of the cabin where the bedroom(s) is / are located. - Now that Dan resides here, the stairs are gone, and the living room looks completely different. Also check # 146.
 
The Police Department building where Gilmore and Richard come out is the real Police Department of St. Helena, CA. - This filming location was also used for # 076 as the Kellogue Police Department.
 
The tree lined road where the sheriff's car drives along is highway 29 near Beringer Vineyards north of St. Helena, CA in real life. The patrol car's route to the Gioberti House, which began in front of the Police Department on Main Street in St. Helena (Polo Road in Tuscany in the series) in southern direction, is a combination of various filming sites with the highway scene filmed farther north. Stags' Leap - where the Gioberti House is filmed in particular - is not situated anywhere near this route.
 
License plate number of Sheriff Gilmore's patrol car: 99986.
 

Comparing previous and later episodes (screen grabs from # 130 and 136, for instance), it becomes apparent that the cabinet with the rifles and guns is in the den between the dining room and the kitchen in the Gioberti House only in the current episode.

 



The car chase (Chase and Cole as well as Gilmore chasing Wainwright) is primarily filmed at Stags' Leap: First, the driveway to the Gioberti House is featured, then the stone bridge to the Gioberti Estate and finally the walnut tree lined Falcon Crest main driveway.
 

After that, the one way leading from Stags' Leap to the Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley is featured. The final part of the truck driving along a country road and the explosion on the bridge, however, is filmed at a different private estate on Silverado Trail outside Napa, CA.

 
Illogical: The bomb goes off under the bridge with a big blast. In the close-ups, however, only the upper part of Chase's vehicle is in flames; but the bridge is not engulfed in flames.
 
New license plates of Chase's gray GMC High Sierra: 2BCD976 in the scenes filmed at Stags' Leap (car chase), but 2RXI940 on the bridge. - The license plate number used to be completely different in the past. The use of two different license plates in this episode is an inconsistency in the continuity supervision of the prop department caused by the fact that filming at Stags' Leap in the Napa Valley took place weeks before the explosion was filmed in Los Angeles.
 

The filming location for the scene with Erin and Richard near the Oakland Bay Bridge is a pier at The Embarcadero in San Francisco.

 
Early script drafts contained the scene with Cole and Joseph pulling Cole's new sailboat on a trailer in front of the Gioberti House (initially intended to be presented towards the end of the episode). - The scene was deleted from the current episode in post-production and used as the episode opener of # 135 instead.
 
Episode time frame: After Erin being sent to Borneo, a few days must have gone by without being presented on screen because Meredith says in the final scene that Erin was due in Rio three days ago - and the New Globe sub-headline in that scene says that it has been two weeks since Wainwright was killed.
 
 
# 135 <6.08> Nepotism
 
Season time frame: Some time must have gone by since the end of the previous episode because Vickie gets rid of her cast now; Cole must have been on a trip with Joseph (as he thought about at the end of # 134) and bought the sailboat in the meantime.
 
Early script drafts staged the scene with Angela and Dan's discussion about the effects of his prison record on the Del Oro outside near the spa's pool area. - The scene was moved to the Del Oro lobby shortly before filming.
 
The Lake View Professional Center in Lake View Terrace, CA is used as the Tuscany Valley Medical Center in this episode as well as in # 136 and 140; it is supposed to be a part of the building complex of the Queen of the Valley Hospital in Tuscany.
 
The red Volvo sedan (compare # 055 for details) is used as a prop again; this time, it is parked in front of the entrance of the Tuscany Valley Medical Center.
 
Chase now has a black jeep - obviously for his wine business (probably a substitute for the GMC destroyed in # 134).
 
The pillars of the prop gate to Keys Creek are the same as the ones usually installed on the main driveway to Falcon Crest. Only the upper part is slightly altered.
The original name for Keys Creek was Geyser Creek Vineyard or Geyser Vineyards according to early script drafts.
 
The Keys Creek Vineyard prop gate was installed at the rear gate of Flora Springs Winery outside St. Helena, CA. The Tuscany Valley road Chase and Tony drive along on their way to the vineyard is Inglewood Avenue.
 

The vineyard scene with Chase and Tony is filmed at Stags' Leap in the Napa Valley.

 

Keys Creek Vineyard from Tony and Chase's point of view (when toasting to their new partnership) is a stock shot from earlier filming at Galleano Winery in Mira Loma, CA (compare # 054 and 112).

 

LORENZO LAMAS' tattoos are covered with camouflage quite well in this episode. Compare # 047 for general information about this problem.

 
Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: In the conversation between Angela and Meredith in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study, the sneak preview shows close-ups of the actors (first and second photos); the scene, however, features a wide angle shot of this very moment.
 
Mistake: At the Del Oro Spa & Country Club entrance, the employee next to Dan holds the clipboard first, but Dan holds it in the subsequent close-up.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
License plate number of Kit's taxi: 2T14332.
 
Early script drafts contained a scene in act 2 in which Dan, after Kit gets into the cab, calls the New Globe switchboard to find out where Skylar (Kit) went. He learns about her meeting with Richard that way. - This scene was omitted.
 
From now on, the Matson Building on Market Street in San Francisco is used for the establishing shots of Richard's company headquarters more and more often. The company, however, will be called Channing Enterprises only beginning in # 184.
 
Strange: This year (1986) is an election year again. This was also the case with the two previous years according to # 079 and 107.
 
A small park area near office building 5 on the CBS-MTM backlot is used over the seasons whenever a park in Tuscany or San Francisco is needed: This episode, it is the park where Peter and Kit have a walk.
It is the very same area where Angela and Meredith meet (# 136), Meredith puts an envelope addressed to the New Globe in a post box (# 138), Richard gets Michael back after he was kidnapped (# 143), Kit's son, Nick, is in the day care center (# 149), Emma and Vince talk about their wedding (# 151), Angela and Chase argue (# 155; in San Francisco), Emma and Curtis meet (# 169; in San Francisco), Maggie and Lance meet (# 174), Maggie and Michael meet Angela (# 176), Maggie, Emma, Michael and Kevin meet Angela (# 179), Richard, Lauren and the boys spend some time (# 221) and where Richard and Lauren meet (# 227).
 
Early script drafts staged that scene with Peter and Kit on a street in San Francisco. The original location choice was the famous lagoon at the Palace of Fine Arts. - This was changed before filming.
 
Channing House interior set - inconsistency: The training area (compare this screen capture from # 099) and the back doors in the sitting room (compare the screen grabs from # 116 and 118) are gone. The room is now smaller and has a French door opposite the bed. - Maybe a renovation after the earthquake.
 
New license plate number of Angela's white Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II: 2DHO435 (but compare # 132).
 
Fictional entity: Franklin Waste Disposers is mentioned.
 
Ronald Castle, the owner of Franklin Waste Disposers, was originally called Ronald Garner in early script drafts.
 
The chemical waste deposited at the race track site will get into the soil of the northern section of Chase's property. - This means Tuscany Downs must be north of Chase's lands.
 
The filming location for the scene with Richard and Castle is Moore Road east of the Golden Gate Bridge with a view over foggy San Francisco.
Mistake: In the interior scene in the limo, Ronald's red sports car is missing. The interior scene was filmed in a different place - on stage 16 at CBS-MTM (nowadays CBS STUDIO CENTER).
 
Tony and Chase decide to harvest next week. This matches with Cole's statement in # 129 that there will be an early harvest this year. - The harvest itself, however, will not be seen.
 
The home of Eve Reynolds, Kit's sister, in Yellow Springs, OH is portrayed by the same house in this episode and # 139 as Vince Caproni's home in season 3.
It was a private residence on Chiquita Street in North Hollywood, CA. It was demolished in 1997 when the cul-de-sac was redeveloped with the building of new smaller homes. The same location was also used in # 112 (Lomax Halfway House for Abused Girls), but cleverly filmed from an angle that did not give away its identity.
The establishing shot of the house was not specifically filmed for this episode and # 139. It is reused footage from "Eight Is Enough", a previous LORIMAR series (1977 - 1981) where it served as the major filming location.
 
The original name in the season 6 bible for Nick Cameron was Jim. JEFF FREILICH changed the first name as an allusion to his own son, NICK.
 

The Del Oro conference room is the real conference room at the Silverado Country Club on the outskirts of Napa, CA.

 
Early script drafts staged the scene with Lance and his broker, Hendricks, at a restaurant. - The scene was moved to Lance's New Globe office in script revisions.
 
County Supervisor Ann Brixie is no longer played by RAMONA SCOTT (a screen capture from season 5 on the left), but is now portrayed by SUSAN DAMANTE-SHAW.
 
Early script drafts staged Richard's nanny interviews in his home, with Garth escorting the applicants in and out. - The final version moved the scene to Richard's New Globe office and replaced Garth with Cindy.
 
The bend near Tuscany Downs is actually located behind stage 4 on the CBS-MTM backlot. It was also seen in # 073, 084, 089, 113 and 121 (see there) and will be used for various purposes in future episodes (# 137, 148, 172, 174, 176, 180, 191, 192, 196, 207 and 213). Click here for a sketch of the multi-purpose use of this part of the studio grounds.
 
 
# 136 <6.09> Slow Seduction
 
Mistake: In the scene in the Agretti pool, the close-ups of Lance and Melissa are from various takes. This becomes apparent because his hair is very wet first, but quite dry in the next frame.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 

As for the filming site for the park where Angela and Meredith meet, refer to # 135.

 

Cameraman's mistake: In the wide angle shot of the Gioberti House kitchen, the camera is pulled too far back from the set. For that reason, it becomes apparent the kitchen wall behind the cupboard is missing. - It is a swing set with movable walls to accommodate any production requirements.

 
Fictional entity: Lakin Tanning Bed Company is the company Vickie is asked to work for by an employee by the name of George. - Inside joke: The company is named after HOWARD LAKIN, this episode's writer.
 
Real life allusion: Mrs. Whitaker mentions the royal family - obviously referring to England's WINDSORS.
 

Lance now drives a red Lamborghini Countach.

 
The New Globe elevator must be in the part of the building complex that is portrayed by the Matson Building (compare # 135) because - compared with the other parts of the complex - this is the only one with a matching number of floors. There are twelve buttons plus one button saying "P" (most likely for "penthouse") in the elevator. The real building has thirteen floors plus the tower, which might be accessible only through a stairway or a different elevator.
 
The Tuscany shopping arcade where Maggie meets Richard and Meredith is actually the V Marketplace stores and restaurant complex in Yountville, CA.
 
The assistant district attorney (played by an uncredited extra), who was sitting next to D.A. Caroline Earle in Lance's trial in # 091 and 092, is in the locker room of the Del Oro's men's steam room this episode.
Later in this episode, he takes part in meetings in Lance's and Richard's New Globe offices.
Also compare # 102, 104, 106, 123, 128 and 130.
 
Migliavacca Mansion, a Victorian in Napa, CA, is shown as Karlotti's house for the first time.
 
The red Volvo sedan (compare # 055 for details) - the very familiar prop - is parked in front of the entrance of the Tuscany Valley Medical Center again (see red mark).
 
The nurse, who gets into the gray car in the foreground, is the Tuscany Valley socialite, who was seen at various social events in # 053, 057, 058, 062, 066, 072, 076, 078, 085, 093, 098, 122, 124 and 133. In # 053 already, the audience learnt that she was a nurse. That lady is played by an uncredited extra, SHARRI ZAK.
The very same establishing clip of the Tuscany Valley Medical Center with the nurse on her way to her car will be reused in # 139, by the way, although it will be a little bit shortened there.
 
Series time frame:
In # 135, Dr. Randall said - contrary to a previous estimation in # 131 - that Maggie's amniocentesis and the paternity test for her baby will be done in the 14th week of her pregnancy. That test is done in the current episode.
From the season chronology as stated above, it is known that Maggie was raped by Jeff on 05/06/1986. As she does not know if Jeff or Chase is her baby's father, she must have had sex with Chase shortly before the rape. Being in her 14th week now means it must be around the second week of August 1986.
 
Early script drafts suggested a different order of the last two scenes, the cliffhanger originally being Cole's announcement to sail to Australia. In rewrites, it was decided that the original next to last scene - Maggie calling Dr. Randall to say she is going to keep the baby as an effect of Cole's decision - would make a better cliffhanger.
 
 
# 137 <6.10> Maggie
 
Edited scene: The scene in the Gioberti House kitchen with Chase and Cole was initially longer: It started out on their listening to a radio announcement about Angela's Committee against Unfair Politics. This was also the original episode opener. - This part of the scene was cut in post-production; the scene order was changed also, making this the second scene of the episode.
 
For the scene with Richard and Meredith, the pond located at the former Inglewood Vineyards in St. Helena, CA is used as a pond near Richard's current home. In previous episodes - # 073 (details there), 076, 105 and 109 - the Agretti gazebo was seen near the lake; the lake was featured in # 131, too. - This leads to the conclusion that Richard's property and the Agretti property are neighboring estates.
 
Real life allusion: Angela mentions NAPOLEON BONAPARTE.
 
Emma owns just over 20 % and Richard 31 % of the stock in the New Globe.
 
Early script drafts contained an act 2 scene with Richard in Kit's Del Oro suite, demanding that she give him a weekly report on Angela and Peter. She is displeased and demands that he get Dan Fixx off her back in return. - This scene was omitted.
 
The place near the Tuscany River where Cole and Joseph go kite flying is actually the Veterans Memorial Park near the Napa River bridge on 3rd Street in downtown Napa, CA. - The bridge was already used in # 105 (Chris and Cass) and will be used again in # 156 (Nicole) and # 164 (Lance). The little park is gone today.
 
Early script drafts contained an act 2 scene with Melissa and Eric in the Agretti Residence study in which they discuss the progress at the building site of the Agretti Stavros Winery as well as what happened in the New Globe elevator (in the previous episode). - This scene was omitted.
 

Post-production mistake: The establishing shot of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion at night is one of the clips shot during the filming of the fire scene for # 103 (compare there), which includes the false gable that was specifically built and burnt down. - The same mistake occurred in # 115 already.

 
This episode reveals that the Tuscany cowboy bar where Emma first met Dwayne (# 105) is named Crossley's.
 
Music score: In the scene when Maggie reads the "After Surgery" poem, MARK SNOW introduces "Maggie's Theme", a very characteristic score composed by him. He - and other music composers - will make use of that theme often in future scenes involving or referring to Maggie in this and the following season.
 
Edited scene: In the director's cut, "After Surgery" was longer. Originally, the final lines of the poem, which were cut in post-production, were as follows:

"[...]
And then - goodbye.
Sleep softly.
Murmur sometimes, and I will
come to hush you in my dreams,
while all my days press forward, turning,
searching for another season."

 
Early script drafts suggested as the act 3 opener a night scene in the Gioberti House living room: While Chase and Cole are investigating what is going on at Tuscany Downs, Vickie defiantly criticizes Maggie's honest decision to tell Chase that she got the "After Surgery" poem from Richard. When Vickie leaves to go out with Dan, Maggie starts to read a bedtime story to Joseph. He selects "Little Red Riding Hood". When she comes to the point where the girl in the fairytale wants to visit her grandmother, Joseph adds: "And grandpa. Grandmas aren't supposed to be alone." A very fitting comment, considering the current difficulties in Maggie and Chase's relationship. - This scene was omitted.
 

The frequently filmed bend near Tuscany Downs (compare # 135) - the bend on the CBS-MTM backlot - is featured again.

 
Parts of the scene with the toxic waste dumped on the Tuscany Downs site (e.g. screen grabs 3 and 4), are identical with the similar scene in # 135. The other frames are from the same shooting filmed from a different POV with a different camera.
 

The filming location for the restaurant at the Del Oro where Tony and Kit, Lance and Melissa and Eric and Dina are dining is the restaurant at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills, CA.

 
Early script drafts contained an act 3 night scene with Meredith sneaking into the master bedroom in Richard's house and slipping into his bed. She seduces him when he wakes up. - This scene was omitted.
 
Prop inconsistency: The decoration (floral pattern) on the bed-head in Skylar's (Kit's) Del Oro suite is gone.
 
Early script drafts contained an act 3 scene with Angela holding the New Globe issue with the gossipy article about Vickie and Dan in the Del Oro lobby. She demands that Dan stop seeing Vickie. - This scene was omitted.
 
The storyline about sailing to Australia for his leaving the show is WILLIAM R. MOSES' own idea after consulting with GARNER SIMMONS, a former writer and story editor of the show (seasons 1 through 3).
Inside joke: The name of the sailboat is "Free Will, Tuscany" - an allusion to WILLIAM freeing himself from the show after creative differences with the program's regime.
Original storyline drafts: Cole was supposed to die in a boating accident - or at least he was to be missed after a boating accident so the producers would be able to resurrect him later if necessary. But WILLIAM being unhappy with the suggestion, he and the producers agreed on a compromise.
The filming location for the farewell scene is a spot of Golden Gate Bridge from the Presidio Yacht Club (Travis Marina) near Fort Baker at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Sausalito, CA. Original location plans called for shooting at the Olympic Circle Yacht Club at the Berkeley Marina, but this idea was changed.
 
Season time frame:
At the end of # 136, Cole announced he will sail to Australia in 10 days. He leaves on day 3 of the current episode. Seven days must have gone by between day 2 and day 3 depicted in this episode. So it must be around the last week of August 1986 now.
Giving respect to this interpretation, Richard must be kidding saying that it is the cold and flu season.
 
The filming location for the partial outside finish of the Agretti Stavros Winery is in the Napa Valley; it is a different construction site from the one used at the end of season 5 (see # 126).
 
Fictional entity: Marco Congiu Contractors, phone number (707) 555-1477, is the company doing the construction of the winery.
 
The Del Oro swimming pool is actually the Silverado Country Club pool (see # 130 for this filming location in particular).
 
Richard made a $ 55 million profit with his New Globe shares because of the stock going up five points on take over rumors.
 
 
# 138 <6.11> Hot Spots
 
The shot of Dan in front of the Falcon Crest Guest House in the current version of this season's main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of a scene in # 132 (compare the left screen grab for the version used this episode).
 
The filming location for the lake on the background picture of BRETT CULLEN's main title card is Big Bear Lake, CA; it was shot from Pine Oak Lane - a little further up north from the intersection with North Shore Drive - in northeastern direction. The clip was not specifically filmed for the series, but is stock footage acquired from a film library.
 
Since Cole left, Chase has been driving his red / brownish Jeep Wagoneer with the wooden decoration on doors.
 
The filming loaction for the high-rise where Angela and Peter's attorneys - Angela's lawyer, Frank McIntyre, in particular - are housed is the Bank of California (nowadays Union Bank of California) main building in San Francisco's Financial District.
 
In early script drafts, Robert Vernon, the corporate lawyer of Stavros Industries, was named Robert Brickland.
 

Real life allusion: At the Del Oro gym, a photo by HARVEY EDWARDS (the artist doing photos and paintings related to dancing) can be seen.

 
Early script drafts contained a night scene in act 2 in which Kit comes to Richard's house, telling him she is not able to spy on Peter any longer. But Richard shrugs her off and, when Meredith brings Michael to the living room, starts lovingly taking care of his son. Kit storms out. - This scene was omitted.
 

Fictional entity: Good Showing Maternity Fashions, a clothes store for pregnant women, is located on Market Street in Tuscany (as it can be concluded from the establishing clip showing Sonoma, CA).

 
The two pictures on the wall in the corner with the sofas in Chase's Gioberti Enterprises office are props that were used in Richard's KRDC office in season 4. - Cutting production costs.
 
The brunch scene with Chase, Maggie and Vickie on the deck of the Tuscany Valley Inn is filmed on the lower terrace of the Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, CA (compare # 023 and 129 for this location).
The original choice for the filming location was the patio of the former St. George in St. Helena (nowadays Tra Vigne; compare # 128), but was changed to the Auberge shortly before shooting.
 
Early script drafts suggested a scene in act 3 at the Del Oro sauna where Dan is hanging around. Vickie comes from her brunch fiasco with her parents. Frustrated, she seeks moral support from Dan - only to find him with a blonde female spa guest, who is trying to flirt with him. Vickie's frustration only grows. - This scene was omitted.
 
Music score: In the scene when Richard waits for Maggie at the Gioberti Estate, MARK SNOW introduces "Richard's Theme", a very characteristic score composed by him. A much longer version is played later this episode when Maggie and Richard have a long telephone conversation. MARK SNOW - and other music composers - will make use of that theme several times in future scenes involving or referring to Richard this and the following season.
 

The portrait of Peter painted by Skylar (Kit) will never be placed on any wall.

 
The New Globe postal address can be read on Meredith's envelope: The zip code is San Francisco, CA 94132. For the street address, see # 173.
For the filming location of the area where Meredith mails the envelope, refer to # 135.
The red Volvo sedan (compare # 055 for details) is used as a prop again; this time, it is parked near the park.
 
Early script drafts suggested something different for this scene in the park: Angela's Rolls-Royce, Chao-Li behind the steering wheel, drives by while Meredith pushes the stroller with Michael near the park. Angela rolls down the back window, demanding results from Meredith's espionage at Richard's house. Meredith tells her she does not want to be seen with her and will get back to her at a later time. Angela threatens to expose her if she does not bring her any results. - This scene was completely changed in rewrites.
 
Early script drafts staged the scene with Vickie and Dan in the Del Oro lobby (she is drunk) in the Gioberti House. - The place and some minor details in the dialog were changed in rewrites.
 
The interior set of Cole's bedroom in the Gioberti House Maggie wants to remodel into a nursery is the same as the one of Chase and Maggie's bedroom. Only the furniture was changed.
In seasons 1 and 2, Cole had a different bedroom - he must have moved into a different room in the Gioberti House recently.
In the scripts, the scene with Maggie and Richard in Cole's room was supposed to be part of # 139. The decision to move it to the current episode was made in post-production.
 
Season time frame: According to Lance, Julia has not been gone for even two months. - As she left around the end of May (compare # 132) and it must be around the beginning of September 1986 now (compare # 137), Lance apparently exaggerates to underline how much he disapproves of Tony's date with Skylar (Kit).
 
Early script drafts suggested that Tony do not stand in front of Skylar's (Kit's) Del Oro suite, while Stafford is threatening her, but that Tony call her through the house phone from the lobby and she shrug him off with an excuse. - This was changed in rewrites.
 
 
# 139 <6.12> False Front
 
As it can be seen when Maggie calls Vickie from the hospital, the phone number of the Gioberti House is 855-6322. 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.
 
Early script drafts suggested that Gwen Fuller be in the meeting with Angela and her attorney, Frank McIntyre, in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study to discuss the amount of damages Angela has to pay for the decontamination in the toxic waste case. - Gwen was removed from the scene in rewrites.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Melissa and Eric, the close-ups are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Eric's left hand is in different positions in subsequent frames.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
In the scene at the Del Oro nightclub, KIM NOVAK wears a black gown, which is not from LORIMAR's wardrobe department. The gown belongs to the actress and was worn by her at several occasions, one of which was the 51st Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on April 9, 1979.
 
This scene is filmed at the bar at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA. Also see # 137 for another use of this hotel as a filming location.
 
Fictional entity: Chase is interviewed by a reporter from the KRFJ TV station.
 
Early script drafts planned for Dan to come to the Gioberti House to ask Maggie where Vickie is. - This was changed to the telephone scene in rewrites.
 
The eastern view of office building 5 (housing the writers' offices in those days) on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS portrays Gwen Fuller's hotel in San Francisco.
This building is used frequently in the series for multiple purposes. Refer to # 082 for the use of the back of the building. Other views of the building will be used in future episodes, including the front as the Tuscany Sheriff's Department in # 173, as the Tuscany Interstate Bank in season 8, as the Meridian Children's Shelter in East Bay in # 208 and as a Tuscany office building in # 225.
 
Troy, the guy Vickie spends some time with in the Del Oro jacuzzi, was originally called Tom in early script drafts.
 
Richard introduces Melissa to Manny Snider, the guy who did the dirty work for Lance in the past, such as setting fire to "Chase's office" - probably rather the destruction of the accountant's office (# 053) - and sabotaging the Agretti Stavros Winery.
 
The armoire disappeared from the bedroom in the Agretti Residence; it was replaced by a small table and a chair.
 
Early script drafts suggested that Meredith pay a man to make an anonymous phone call about Erin to Richard's office. In a later scene (act 4), Meredith feigns being shocked about another phony phone call to Richard's home and fearing for her safety, slithering her way into Richard's bed to get consolation. - In rewrites, the whole storyline was changed to Meredith's doctored tapes with Erin's voice; the "relationship" between Richard and Meredith was dropped.
 
Inside joke: On a radio show about the election, the real Sonoma County - one of the filming areas - is mentioned.
 
The person competing with Chase in the County Board of Supervisors election is Clark Farrell, a character only mentioned, but never featured in an episode.
 
Mistake: The shots of Maggie's drive to Chase's campaign headquarters are from different shooting, combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because there are no cars parked on the street in the exteriors (filmed at 3rd Street and Main Street in Napa, CA) whereas lots of cars are parked on the street in Maggie's close-up.
 
Inside joke: On the radio show about the election, "Republican JEFF LINTON and Democrat SHIRLEY LEEDS" are mentioned as local politicians. - This alludes to LORIMAR program executive JEFF LINTON and CBS program executive SHIRLEY LEEDS, who was LORIMAR's network liaison for the series.
 
The filming location used as Chase's Tuscany campaign headquarters, the former Plaza Hotel a.k.a. Alexandria Hotel (nowadays Alexandria Plaza Building), is situated near the courthouse in Napa. When Maggie arrives in her Mercedes-Benz S, the hall of justice of the county court building complex can be seen in the background.
 

The filming site for the scene with Kit and Stafford is a vista point near the Golden Gate Bridge.

 

The interiors of the garage on the Falcon Crest grounds are portrayed by a corner in the transportation department at the CBS-MTM STUDIOS (nowadays CBS STUDIO CENTER) again; this was already the case in # 125.

 
In early script drafts, the scene with Vickie and Dan's first passionate lovemaking at the Del Oro was staged in the grand ballroom, which had just been decorated for a formal dinner. While they are arguing (before making love), Vickie unleashes plates, glasses and silverware from the tables. - This was changed in rewrites and moved to the Del Oro lobby and Dan's office behind the reception.
 
Post-production mistake: The editors used an establishing clip of the Gioberti House with all the lights on although nobody is at home at this time. There are no lights on in the interior scene (phone rings).
 
This is the last episode to be filmed in the Wine Country this season. The rest of the season will be entirely filmed in and around Los Angeles.
 
 
# 140 <6.13> Missed Connections
 
Tentative title: Missing Connections.
 
The Park West Restaurant in Tuscany where Chase and Gwen have dinner is actually a part of the CBS-MTM Commissary.
Also compare # 071 (as the Tuscany Valley Airport commissary) and # 128 (scene with Richard and Erin). The different decoration makes it clear that it is a different Tuscany restaurant in the current episode. Beginning in # 163, this location will portray a different place called Nick's Diner.
 

Product placement: Chase and Gwen drink Budweiser beer.

 
Mark, Chase's campaign manager, says Maggie was taken to "Tuscany Community Hospital" - but the establishing shot we see right after this is the QVH front. - As the QVH is the only medical facilities in Tuscany Valley, Mark probably just was not exact with his wording. - The real reason, however, is the writers and producers confused the terms; the situation will be even more confusing in # 143 (interpretation see there).
The hospital interiors are filmed at Pacoima Hospital in Lake View Terrace, CA, as in the previous episode (see # 127 and 128 for this location in particular). The exterior shot at the entrance is from the Lake View Professional Center on the same site (see # 135 for that part of the location).
 
Music score: Composer ROGER BELLON uses elements of MARK SNOW's "Maggie's Theme" (compare # 137) in the scene with Maggie and Chase at the hospital in this episode.
 

A new armoire is now in the bedroom in the Agretti Residence; compare # 139.

 
The scene when Angela returns from the Agretti Residence was initially longer: It began with her and Chao-Li entering the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer. She shows the emotional wear after her disappointing conversation with Lance, but has not yet let down her guard. When Mrs. Whitaker approaches with some business matters to discuss, Angela pulls away, asking her to hold all calls until she tells her otherwise. Chao-Li is concerned when Angela enters the study alone and closes the doors behind her. - This part of the scene was cut off in post-production, which resulted in the scene beginning with Angela in the study, shortly before Dan enters.
 
Eric is staying in suite 44 at the Del Oro.
 
The southern view of the CBS-MTM Administration Building is used as the Tuscany County Administration Offices.
Refer to # 074 for the heavy use of this filming location.
 
The filming location used for the exterior scenes at the Del Oro golf course is not Silverado in Napa this episode, but the Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms in the City of Industry, CA in Greater L.A. In the scene with Guy and Kit, the building in the background (left photo) is the Club House St. Andrews in real life.
 
The Tuscany Valley park where Meredith meets with Green in two scenes is also located on the premises of that golf club. The gazebo from the second scene is the golf club's wedding gazebo in real life.
 
Early script drafts contained the following scenes in act 3, which were omitted:
  • In the sitting room in Richard's house, he tells Meredith that he had Erin's message on his answering machine analyzed. The lab found out that someone had edited separate recorded elements together.
  • Vickie comes to Chase's office at Gioberti Enterprises to ask him to stay away from Maggie for a while as their confrontations obviously mean a lot of stress for Maggie. Chase is surprised that Vickie is so considerate about Maggie's welfare.
 

The inner courtyard of the Roman-Catholic community center in the Tuscany Valley (scene with Melissa and Father Bob) is the same location as used in # 114, the First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood in Greater Los Angeles.

 

Contrary to the wardrobe and make-up departments' usual efforts to hide LORENZO's tattoos for his Lance rôle, the one on his right shoulder can be seen - the sleeve of his polo shirt is a little too short.

 
Season time frame:
Lance and Dina's affair begins this episode; this is around the second week of October 1986 as it can be derived from # 144 (see there).
As # 139 and 140 have quite tight episode time frames, the biggest part of September must have gone by during # 138; several days - or even weeks - must have gone by, most likely between night 1 and day 2, night 2 and day 3, night 5 and day 6 and between night 6 and day 7 of # 138.
 
Spoiler: Kolinski already mentions the name Saunders as the man who is after Kit.
Inside joke: Saunders' name is another allusion to ALFRED HITCHCOCK's "Vertigo" with KIM NOVAK: BARBARA BEL GEDDES' character mentioned a Professor Saunders in that movie.
 
During the conversation between Stafford and Kolinski, the "Fanfare-Rondeau" from the first "Suite de Symphonies" by JEAN-JOSEPH MOURET (1682 - 1738) plays in the background; the French music composer is from the Baroque era.
 
Angela mentions SHAKESPEARE's "Romeo and Juliet".
Real life allusion: In that context, she refers to a ballet of that piece with dancers RUDOLPH NUREYEV and MARGOT FONTEYN.
 
The dining room in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion has some new furniture: The dinner table and chairs are now in a dark brown color whereas they were in a light color right after the refurnishing process after the earthquake.
 

The bar at the Tuscany Valley Inn (scene with Tony and Chase) is the actual bar of the Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms in City of Industry, CA. Compare above for other shootings at this resort for the current episode.

 
Inside joke: Another allusion to "Vertigo" is the scene when Kit writes the suicide note. This reflects KIM NOVAK's scene with her character's letter to Scottie in HITCHCOCK's movie.
 
 
# 141 <6.14> Dark Passion
 
The recap for the previous episode shows two frames that were missing in the previous episode - a close-up of the telephone ringing in Kit's suite and her leaving the room (second and third screen captures). The cliffhanger of # 140 closed on a close-up of Kit writing her suicide note and looking into the mirror with the phone ringing in the background (first screen grab). - The scene in # 140 used to be longer, but had to be shortened to match the usual one-hour program schedule (including commercials); the "superfluous" footage was used for the recap.
 

Mishap: When Richard, Garth and Jack try to kick open the nursery door in Richard's house, the whole wall of the interior set is shaking.

 
Channing House set - inconsistency: When Michael is kidnapped, Richard, a bodyguard and Garth are stepping out on a balcony, but the real house has no balcony at all. Also compare # 160.
 
ERNIE LIVELY, the actor playing Jack from Garth's squad this episode, portrayed Dr. Franklin, Robin's physician, in season 5.
 

The Del Oro concierge is portrayed by MICHAEL REAGAN, the adopted son of JANE WYMAN and RONALD REAGAN.

 
Kit asks the Del Oro concierge for a Tuscany Valley map including River Road. - The bridge where "Skylar commits suicide" must be located on River Road.
According to Jack North, the river runs into the ocean.
 

The gray-haired socialite, who is a guest at the Del Oro in this episode, was seen at various social events in # 053, 057, 058, 062, 066, 072, 076, 078, 085, 093, 098, 122, 124, 133, 136 and 141. That lady is played by an uncredited extra, SHARRI ZAK.

 
Although the Gioberti Winery interior set is still the same (refer to # 114, for instance, for further details), the large wine casks are now put together more closely, which results in the area behind and next to the bottle rack being no longer visible.
 
The filming location for the River Road Bridge is the bridge on Mulholland Highway over Medea Creek / Malibou Lake in Agoura Hills, CA. Compare # 061 for a previous use of this location.
The street candelabras are not there in real life. LORIMAR's set lighting department installed them for the filming as the night scene required proper lighting.
 
Mistake: In the scene on the bridge, the close-ups of Tony and Kit are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Kit's hands are on Tony's collar in one moment (filmed towards Kit), and on Tony's chest or shoulder in the next moment (filmed towards Tony).
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The street number of the Spanish style home in Tuscany Chase declines to rent or buy is 9935.
Inside joke: This is what used to be DAVID SELBY's real-life home with the very same street number in Toluca Lake, CA in those days (a private photo of DAVID on the right). This house looks totally different nowadays due to major reconstruction.
 
The filming location for the house Chase decides to make his new home is across DAVID SELBY's previous house in Toluca Lake, CA.
 

Chase drives a red Porsche 928 now (compare # 132 and 133). - Did he lease the golden 944 for a short time only?

 
Historic allusion: Lance says Melissa has the Midas touch in reverse.
 

The establishing shot of San Francisco - a view up west on California Street from the corner of Sansome Street - is previously unused footage, which comes from the location shots there.

 
Tony is hiding Kit at the Carlyle of Nob Hill in San Francisco - a hotel that occasionally has been used on the show since Tony lodged there in # 026 (see there for details for the location footage).
The wall with the fireplace in Kit's suite at the Carlyle is one element of the usual Gioberti bedroom interior set, which was also used as Cole's bedroom in the Gioberti House in # 138.
 
Mistakes: In the scene in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room, the vase on the grand piano is in different positions in various frames throughout the scene without Emma or Angela having touched the vase.
In the close-ups of Emma and Angela, Emma's hand touches Angela's arm in a different position in subsequent frames. The same goes for Angela's hand.
These are the typical mistakes caused by the particular close-up filming technique again as stated in # 011 (Lance and Lori).
 

The establishing shot of San Francisco features an eastern view from California Street towards Drumm Street and Market Street.

 
Richard says he had spent most of his life not knowing who his real father had been. - Inconsistency: From season 2, we know he learnt about his adoption and his father's name when he was 12 years old and took the Channing name. - Explanation: Richard probably means he did not know his father personally or did not know much about him.
 
Early script drafts contained an act 3 scene in which Chase comes to the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion in the evening to see Angela. He brings her a list of service opportunities under the umbrella of the community program he devised as chairman of the County Board of Supervisors. Towards the end of their conversation, he asks her to keep her schemes away from Vickie, but Angela gets intrigued more than ever by the idea that her improving relationship to Vickie might hurt Chase. - This scene was omitted.
 
The old black and white movie Kolinski sees in the screening room is "Smart Woman" starring BRIAN AHERNE and CONSTANCE BENNETT.
 
The script initially suggested excerpt footage from FRANK CAPRA's "It's a Wonderful Life" starring JAMES STEWART and DONNA REED (1946).
 
The memorial service for Skylar is filmed on the premises of Malibou Lake Mountain Club in Agoura Hills with the northern end of Malibou Lake in foreground in the wide angle shot. The scene with the limo (Kit watches the scene from the distance) is filmed on Laguna Circle Drive across Malibou Lake Mountain Club. That location is just a few feet from the bridge used as the River Road Bridge (see above).
 
Lance and Dina's Del Oro suite is the same interior set as Kit's suite. To save production costs there are changes in the furniture and doors only; the doors to the suite are now completely made from wood without any stained glass elements; there are sliding doors made from artificial glass without ornaments between the sitting room and the bedroom. Also compare # 132.
 
Inside joke: Lance tells Doris to call Dr. Schmidt when Melissa has her nervous breakdown. - The name of Melissa's physician is "borrowed" from WILLIAM SCHMIDT, the show's story consultant.
 
Melissa's praying "Our Father" incredibly hastily during her nervous breakdown was not part of the script. ANA-ALICIA's improvisation, however, turned out very well.
 
The filming location for the gate to the Agretti Vineyards is the front gate of the Malibou Lake Mountain Club in Agoura Hills (compare above for Skylar's memorial service). There used to be short and low boundary walls adjacent to either gate pillar, all made from native stone and painted in white in those days. The ambulance in the scene was parked very closely, and the wall adjacent to the eastern gate pillar was filmed from the parking lot. The gate pillar and the gate remained out of the camera angle. Since filming, the little boundary walls have been removed, and the white paint has been washed off from the cobblestone masonry, so the remaining gate pillars have regained their natural native stone look again.
 
The San Francisco warehouse where Erin and Meredith are shot is the real Mill at CBS-MTM STUDIOS where sets and props are manufactured. The exact area was the southwestern corner of the building. Richard's limo was driving along an alley between the Mill and storage shacks along the southern border of the studio lot. When the Mill was enlarged in the 2000's, the shacks were demolished, and the alley was built over.
Compare # 083, # 169 and 195 for where the CBS-MTM Mill was and will be used for various other purposes.
 
 
# 142 <6.15> When the Bough Breaks
 
The episode title of this and the following episode are quotations of consecutive lines ("When the Bough Breaks / The Cradle Will Fall") from "Rock-a-bye Baby", a nursery rhyme and lullaby.
 
After an uncredited actor played Brown, one of Alex Green's accomplices in kidnapping Michael, in # 141, JOE STONE takes over the rôle for this and the following episode.
 

Eric accidentally knocks down the photo in the frame on the desk in the Agretti study when he takes his briefcase.

 
Ridley, OK has a population of 8,100.
 
Product placement: The logos of credit card companies (MasterCard and Visa) are attached to one of the pumps at March Ridley's Arco brand gas station in Ridley, OK. The company names, however, are covered in order not to advertise for companies that did not pay for product placement on the show.
 
The filming location for March Ridley's gas station is situated in Palmdale, CA, a city in the northern part of Greater Los Angeles.
 

License plate number of Chase's gray Chrysler rental car: Oklahoma K4Z-283.

 

The Burton House in Ridley, OK is portrayed by bungalow 9 on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS. It is located behind the park known from # 135 and other episodes and was also used for # 124 (see there).

 
KEN HILL, the actor who plays Alan Burton this episode, also portrayed a conventioneer trying to come on to Lorraine in a bar in season 4.
 
The filming location for Dr. Weathers' office as well as all other scenes at the Queen of the Valley Hospital this episode is the concrete building of the former Pacoima Hospital (nowadays Phoenix House Foundation) in Lake View Terrace, CA. The office is in the southeastern part of the inner triangular courtyard; concrete pillars marking the transition to another rectangular, narrower courtyard are visible through the windows.
 
Early script drafts contained an act 2 scene in which Lance and Joseph are at the Gioberti House to see Maggie. Lance tells her about Melissa's nervous breakdown and explains that Joseph has been asking about Cole. They are discussing if it makes sense to send Joseph to Australia, but Lance thinks that it might be the worst thing to happen to Melissa. - This scene was omitted.
 

The establishing shot of Hawaii features a view of Honolulu (here Waikiki Beach) towards Diamond Head (filmed in eastern direction). It is stock footage from a film library.

 
Real life allusion: Meredith worked for the CIA.
 
Peter's company is referred to as Stavros Industries in this episode and in # 149. In # 124, however, it was called Stavros Enterprises; as it will be called again in # 151 and 153. - One of them might be the parent company, the other one a subsidiary.
 
Stock footage of the Malibu Courthouse in Malibu, CA is used to establish the Ridley County Courthouse in Ridley, OK.
 

The interiors of the Ridley County Courthouse are portrayed by the administration offices in the concrete building of the former Pacoima Hospital (nowadays Phoenix House Foundation) in Lake View Terrace, CA.

 
Richard is told to bring Meredith and $ 5 million in exchange for Michael to a warehouse located at 3801 Park Street. It remains unanswered if this location is in San Francisco or Tuscany.
 
Mistake: In the second scene with Chase and March at the gas station in Ridley, March puts the money into the chest pocket of his shirt in the close-up first. In the subsequent shot, however, he still holds the money in his hand and then puts it in his chest pocket (again).
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
March Ridley wears a Cleveland Indians baseball cap. The Cleveland Indians are a real American League baseball team in Cleveland, OH.
 

A poster with an artwork by SUSAN PEAR MEISEL (born 1947), an American artist, can be seen in the hallway to Melissa's room at the Queen of the Valley Hospital.

 
Peter's own private island, Kallos / Greece, is introduced. - A labeling name: Kallos is the Greek word for "beautiful".
 
The establishing shot of Kallos (stock footage) actually shows a view towards the old harbor of Mykonos, the biggest town on the island by the same name in Greece.
 

The home of Dan's lawyer, Ben Crawley, in Fremont near Ridley, OK is the front of the exterior set at CBS-MTM STUDIOS whose side wing was used as Jeff's cabin between # 122 and 130 (check out # 122 for details); in # 132, the front was used as the cabin where Vickie and Jeff spent the weekend. Click here for a sketch of the multi-purpose use of this exterior set and its surroundings.

 
 
# 143 <6.16> The Cradle Will Fall
 
Early script drafts contained a night scene in act 1 in which Dan slips into the reception area of the Ridley Motel to look through the register for Chase's room number. Before he has a chance to warn Chase, Dan is caught by Sam and Boyd Ridley. - This scene was omitted.
 
When Angela does some charity work at the hospital, the blue/white Arthritis Foundation logo can be seen on her desk. - Background: JANE WYMAN, who has been suffering from arthritis herself, is a spokesperson for the organization in real life.
 
Early script drafts suggested that Angela take the liberty to advise a maintenance man at the hospital not to repaint the walls of the waiting room in institutional green and beige, but to bring her a color chart to look for peaches and lime green variations. A nurse tells Angela finally to actually do her community service rather than posing as an interior decorator. - This scene was changed so JANE WYMAN could include her charity work for the Arthritis Foundation.
 
Melissa leaves the Queen of the Valley Hospital, but the sign behind Angela's desk says "Tuscany Valley Memorial Hospital" - what a poor prop! The inconsistencies about the hospital name that began in # 140 culminate now...
Explanation: From the information in # 198 (see there), it can be concluded that the QVH and the Tuscany Valley (Memorial) Hospital must be the same medical facilities, the only privately owned hospital in the city of Tuscany. Before the new main wing - with the Madonna figure on the wall - was established, the QVH consisted of two smaller wings that were known as Tuscany Valley (Memorial) Hospital (as seen in seasons 1 through 3). These wings are still parts of the building complex and are still widely referred to as "Tuscany Valley (Memorial) Hospital" or as "Tuscany Community Hospital" although the official corporate name became QVH when the new main wing was established in 1985.
 
The filming location for the hospital is the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA in Greater L.A.
 
The gate to Richard's house is not the real gate to the usual filming site in the Napa Valley. The real gate and driveway will be used in # 166 only.
The gate in this episode is a prop installed on the northern utility road (behind the northern main building complex near the McBean Parkway driveway) of the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA (see above).
 
License plate number of the black hearse driving off Richard's property: X 78 852.
 
The road near the gate to Richard's property where the police car starts to follow the hearse is actually McBean Parkway in Valencia, CA. The position where the patrol car is parked at the beginning of the scene is just west of the main driveway to the California Institue of the Arts (see above).
 

The Tuscany Valley road where Deputy Matthews stops the hearse is actually Tournament Road in Valencia, CA - a little further down south of the Tournament Road entrance to the California Institute of the Arts. The white buildings in the background are parts of the institute.

 
The road where Garth leaves behind the van with the coffin for Green and his cohorts is the southern utility road on the premises of the California Institute of the Arts. The Vista Valencia Golf Course, which is located to the south of the property, can be seen in the background (particularly its northernmost lake).
 
License plate number of Dan's blue rental car in Ridley, OK: Oklahoma G5R-704.
 
A car on the Ridley Police Impound Yard has the license plate number Oklahoma D6F-825.
 
In early script drafts, the original act 2 opener was at scene at the Gioberti House with Maggie and Joseph playing with an electric race car on the living room floor. Melissa, released from the hospital, comes over, thanks Maggie for looking after Joseph and picks him up. Maggie offers taking care of him whenever the need arises. Melissa is worried about losing Joseph and says she will see a doctor three times a week. Maggie is concerned though. - This scene was omitted.
 

The establishing shot of downtown Ridley, OK actually features 2nd Street in Old Sacramento, CA between J Street and I Street. It is stock footage from a film library.

 
The park where Michael is left by the kidnappers (refer to # 135 for the extensive use of this area) is located at the corner Gracey and Elm in Tuscany. Bungalow 8 on the CBS-MTM backlot can be seen during the scene; it has a prop sign saying "Tuscany Valley Vintners Club" above the door (compare for a different use # 149).
The bungalow used as the Burton house (compare # 142), by the way, can be seen from the park (right screen grab: behind Richard).
 
License plate number of the light gray van Green is provided with by Richard: 2M30042.
 
When Chase sees the Burtons, a landscape painting can be seen on the wall behind Mabel from Chase's POV on the veranda. When they are inside later, there is neither such a wall nor the picture to be found anywhere. - This is caused by the fact that the exterior scene was shot on the CBS-MTM backlot on the veranda of a bungalow without any real rooms and that the interior scene was filmed on the sound stage in an interior set that was not perfectly built in accordance with the particular bungalow.
 

The clearing in the Tuscany Valley where Garth and his squad find the dead bodies of Green and his cohorts is actually an undeveloped parcel of land on the grounds of the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA between its Tournament Road driveway, Tournament Road and Golfview Drive.

 
License plate number of Boyd Ridley's patrol car: Oklahoma 1 63725.
 
Richard mentions Mary Poppins, the children's book character.
 
Season time frame: Maggie has been pregnant for five and a half months. Giving respect to the season chronology as discussed in # 136, this episode must depict the events around the week of October 20 - 26, 1986.
 
The establishing shot of Kallos (stock footage) actually shows a view of Hydra, the biggest town on the island by the same name in Greece. - Compare # 142 for a previous establishing clip of Mykonos.
 
The different views of Kallos in the previous episode and the current one show that there must be at least two different bigger towns with harbors on Peter's island.
 
The clearing near Ridley where Chase was taken by Boyd is actually the brush and berm located behind stage 4 on the CBS-MTM backlot near the heavily filmed bend (compare # 073).
 
Edited scene: The scene when Chase knocks out Boyd was longer: Towards the end of the scene, Chase learns from him that March wants to stage a jailbreak and kill Dan. - This part of the scene was cut in post-production, but used in the recap at the beginning of # 144 (see below).
 
Early script drafts contained the following scenes in act 4, which were omitted:
  • The act 4 opener was Tony's farewell scene on the veranda and driveway of Peter's home on Kallos: Tony tells Peter that Skylar really loved him. Peter gives Tony a letter to Angela.
  • Eric is having dinner with Angela in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion: He suggests having an international wine competition at the Del Oro. Later, they are talking about Peter. Angela says how much she misses him, and Eric responds that he spoke to Peter on the phone, and he misses her, too. Eric is convinced everything will work out.
 
Early script drafts staged the scene with Emma and Karlotti (talking about his childhood) in the bedroom of his house after lovemaking. - This scene was moved to the Del Oro lobby in script revisions.
 
Fictional entity: There is a radio station called KCPY in Ridley, OK. This must be a nationwide station because it has studios in the Tuscany Valley (see # 053) and San Francisco (# 104), too.
 
According to original script drafts, the original choice for the name of Al Hudson, the KCPY reporter, was Bill Hudson.
 

The Ridley County Police Department is portrayed by the front of bungalow 8 facing My Three Sons Street on the CBS-MTM STUDIOS backlot. It will be used again in # 155 (as the Del Oro parking lot) and in # 160 (as a building near a Tuscany street).
The rear and side of bungalow 8 are known from this episode as the Tuscany Valley Vintners Club (see above).
 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set - inconsistency: The wooden decoration of the wall above the fireplace in the living room mysteriously has vanished.
 
 
# 144 <6.17> Topspin
 
This episode was originally assigned to be directed by LARRY ELIKANN and later re-assigned to MICHAEL A. HOEY.
 
The recap for the previous episode shows the ending of a scene that was missing in the previous episode: Chase threatening Boyd with a gun and Boyd informing Chase that March Ridley plans to kill Dan. The scene in # 143 closed on Chase getting rid of the handcuffs. - The scene in # 143 used to be longer, but had to be shortened to match the usual one-hour program schedule (including commercials); the "superfluous" footage was used for the recap.
 
Season time frame:
This episode opens six weeks after # 143; as Chase explains, the trial against the Ridleys in Oklahoma is over. So it must be the second week of December 1986 now.
Lance and Dina have been having an affair for two months. Their relationship began in # 140, which must have been the second week of October 1986.
Maggie's lamaze class begins Wednesday night in the current episode. This must be Wednesday, 12/10/1986.
 

Product placement: Lance and Dina are having Perrier-Jouët Champagne (Fleur de Champagne).

 

Kolinski has a black Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit.

 
The winery Tony works at is supposed to be the Gioberti Winery or at least part of it. It looks completely different from the scenes filmed at Stags' Leap in the previous season and was taken on the CBS-MTM backlot. This exterior / interior set - actually the transportation department with a gas station, which already served multiple purposes in the series (compare # 113, 114 and 117) - will be used for the rest of this season.
It is supposed to be located on the Gioberti Winery property and maybe is a back entrance for delivery or a nearby storage, not necessarily adjacent or next to the winery building. It cannot be part of additional winery space Chase and Tony purchased in the course of their expansion because, in # 153, an establishing shot of the Gioberti Winery will be shown right before the use of that particular area in the subsequent scene.
At the end of season 7 and the beginning of season 8, by the way, the very same set is used as Cresant / Fixx / Tuscany Trucking (then without prop barrels in the background of course).
 
Richard buys Kibbler Beverages (with its 14 subsidiaries) for $ 60 million. - The market where Kibbler Beverages distributes the Falcon Crest wines (Angela is said to have signed a contract which has four years, six months and 14 days left to run) remains a mystery. It was pointed out in season 3 that Calvin Kleeger was the Falcon Crest distributor (a company controlled by Angela), and it was revealed in # 108 that Jack Steubling was the Falcon Crest west coast distributor.
Richard renames Kibbler Beverages to Channing Incorporated.
 
The establishing shot for the Helios Club in San Francisco actually shows the Pacific Center in downtown Los Angeles. - The same location was used for a scene with Angela in # 042 (see there).
 

All Helios Club interiors are shot at the Variety Arts Center in downtown Los Angeles.

 
The filming location for Henri's, a Tuscany Valley restaurant, is what used to be the Club 385 on North La Cienega Boulevard in West Hollywood, CA. The Club was named after the building's street number, which, in those days, was attached to the building in a unique design. The building is available for lease for special events nowadays.
 
The gray-haired socialite having lunch at Henri's was seen at various social events in # 053, 057, 058, 062, 066, 072, 076, 078, 085, 093, 098, 122, 124, 133, 136 and 141. She will also appear later this episode at the Helios Club and at the Comedy Jungle. That lady is played by an uncredited extra, SHARRI ZAK.
 
 
The filming location for the flashback - Dan's memories of Suzanne and himself - is near the lagoon on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS, which was used for other purposes in # 089 (details see there in particular), 113, 124 and 131.
The script, by the way, describes this flashback as "memories from 1977" and the later one as "1979" which, however, is wrong. As Dan moved from Tuscany to Oklahoma in 1980, as stated in # 131, both his memories are rather from that year. Fortunately, these mistakes in the script did not make it to the screen.
 
Deleted scenes: The director's cut contained the following scenes in act 3, which were removed in post-production:
  • In the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room, Emma is thumbing through an old family photo album she found on the attic. As Angela enters, Emma discovers a photo of Julia and herself as young girls with a doll she got from Angela for Christmas. She remembers how she used to pretend that the doll was her little baby. She also looks at a baby photo of Lance.
  • Chase comes to the Agretti Residence to pick up Joseph for an evening out in San Francisco. Melissa is reluctant at first because she fears Chase wants to find out if Joseph has been affected by her nervous breakdown. But she comes to the conclusion that it is better to give in to avoid that Chase becomes only more suspicious.
 
Real life allusion: Vickie mentions CLAUDE RAINS, the actor best remembered for playing Captain Renault in "Casablanca".
 
CINDY MORGAN, who played Lori Chapman in season 1 (# 011), now guest-stars as Gabrielle Short.
Inside joke: HOWARD LAKIN named the character Short because ROBERT FOXWORTH had complained about the potential girlfriends for his character always being too tall.
 

This episode, a branch of the First Merchants Bank can be discovered in the building that houses the Tuscany County Administration Offices. The CBS-MTM Administration Building is used again (compare # 140).

 
According to this episode, Gabrielle Short's father was a good friend of Chase's when Chase first arrived in the valley. - But the character was never seen nor mentioned in earlier years.
 

The red Volvo sedan (compare # 055 for details) - the very familiar prop - is driving along in the background near the Gioberti Winery.

 
Vickie and Dan go to a stand-up comedian theater called Comedy Jungle. It remains a mystery if it is situated in Tuscany or San Francisco.
The interiors are shot at the Variety Arts Center in downtown Los Angeles - a different room from the ones used as the Helios Club (see above).
 

The curly haired blond lady in the Del Oro lobby was seen at various events in the past (see # 066, 088, 091, 119 and 131). She is played by an uncredited extra.

 
 
# 145 <6.18> A Piece of Work
 
The filming location for the Short Vineyards is the Guasti Villa and the surrounding vineyard of Guasti Winery (Brookside Winery) in Ontario, CA in Greater L.A. Nowadays, the property is no longer an active winery. Compare # 001 for more information on the whole property.
In particular, the exteriors of Gabrielle's house are featured this episode as they will be in the next one; also the interiors will be seen in # 147.
 
Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: When Gabrielle slaps Chase in front of her house, the sneak preview shows close-ups of the actors (first and second photos); the scene, however, features a wide angle shot of this very moment.
 
Chase tells Gabrielle he spoke to Michaelson at the First Merchants Bank. - This character, however, will never be seen.
 
Season time frame:
It is one month before Maggie's due date for her baby. Giving respect to the point of time when she conceived the child (compare # 136) and a regular period of time of her pregnancy, her baby is due in second week of February 1987. So it must be the second week of January 1987 now.
A few weeks must have gone by since the previous episode because Joseph has left for Australia in the meantime.
 
Other wineries to grant Channing Inc. (previously Kibbler Beverages) distribution rights are mentioned: Oakbridge Winery, Mesterfield Winery and Crown Winery. - These wineries will never be mentioned again on the show.
 
Melissa mentions a few people from her past, who are on the guest list for the opening of the Agretti Cumson Winery. These characters remain unseen though:
Liz Bosburgh, who called Melissa a "nerd" in 8th grade and then fell off the ski lift - in earlier script drafts, this character's last name was Black;
Tommy Reina - in earlier script drafts named Renna;
Alan Manall - in earlier script drafts named Jack Wilkinson.
 
Chase mentions General Motors.
 
Director's mistake: Angela wants to go from the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer into the living room to see Emma. But she first heads towards the study before she finds the correct direction in the next frame.
 
Mistake: In subsequent frames, two of the children in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion appear in different places: First, the boy in the red / white T-shirt and the girl in the blue dress are sitting on the couch in the living room with Emma; but they are in the foyer in the next frame. - Or are they twins?!
As seen from the production process, this is, of course, the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
One of the boys in Emma's kindergarten is portrayed by NICHOLAS FREILICH, JEFF FREILICH's son (also see # 154 for another rôle played by NICK).
One of the girls is ALISON LAKIN, HOWARD LAKIN's daughter.
 
Inside joke: Richard says he used to ride a motorcycle when he was young. - DAVID SELBY loves riding motorcycles.
 

Product placement: Maggie has a Moulinex La Machine II, a French made food processor, in her kitchen.

 
Product placement: In the scene with Tony and Chase, a Fori tractor (1210 model) can be seen.
 
The scene at that business, New and Used Vineyard Equipment, is filmed on the premises of the Guasti Winery (Brookside Winery) in Ontario, CA, which poses as Short Vineyards (see above). The buildings behind Tony and Chase are part of the winery complex.
 
The filming location for the Tuscany Valley road - first, Dan and Vickie on his motorcycle; later, Maggie in her Mercedes-Benz S-class; as well as Chase and Gabrielle in his Porsche in the next episode - is Guasti Road in Ontario, CA - in front of the Guasti Villa (Short Vineyards - see above).
 
Chase and Gabrielle have lunch at Blainfield's; the name can be read on the menu. It is the northern terrace of the CBS-MTM Administration Building in real life (compare # 096 and concerning the use of this location for other purposes # 074). From # 154 on, that restaurant will be called Coit Café (see there).
 
Mistake: When Chase and Gabrielle say goodbye to Maggie at the Blainfield's, Chase grabs at Gabrielle's hip first; in the subsequent wide angle shot, however, Chase's left arm is in front of Gabrielle.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 

The red Volvo sedan (compare # 055 for details) is used as a prop again; this time, it is parked in front of the Blainfield's.

 
The county board of supervisors' assembly hall is no longer portrayed by the same location as in the previous season (compare # 105). As filming in the Napa Valley had been wrapped up for this season, the current hall is not a real room, but merely an interior set.
A very similar sign as known from the Tuscany County Courthouse (see # 045 and 092) is in the assembly room: This time, however, it reads "Tuscany Valley County" whereas the previous signs said "Tuscany Valley County Court".
 

The curly haired blond lady in the Del Oro lobby was seen at various events in the past (see # 066, 088, 091, 119, 131 and 144). She is played by an uncredited extra.

 
 
# 146 <6.19> Dance of Deception
 

The set designers did a very poor job creating a faint painting supposed to resemble the surroundings of the Falcon Crest Guest House. Actually, however, there are less trees in front of the building - and in a much farther distance than in the painting.

 
Mistake: Shortly before Dan starts to play the piano in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, he places both his hands on the grand piano. In the subsequent close-up of Maggie, which features Dan in the background however, his hands are on his knees.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Dan plays CHOPIN on the piano while Maggie gives birth to her baby.
 

The filming location for the Tuscany Valley road the ambulance and Chase's Porsche drive along is East Riverside Drive in Ontario, CA near the Colony High Branch Library.

 

The segment of Maggie's newly born infant is not a scene specifically filmed for the series, but is stock footage of a birth scene.

 
Dan plays "Hail to the Chief", the march primarily associated with the President of the United States, on the piano immediately after the birth of Maggie's baby.
 
The writing staff originally intended to name Maggie's baby Seth (inside joke: named after ERNIE WALLENGREN's son born that same year), but SUSAN SULLIVAN did not like the name. So HOWARD LAKIN suggested Gavin, which she did not like either. She changed it to Kevin.
Ironically enough, however, in the first scene mentioning her baby's name (with MARGARET LADD in the hospital room), SUSAN still says "Gavin" and explains the meaning of the Welsh name ("field of the hawk"). That scene was never changed after SUSAN had chosen the new name, Kevin.
Kevin means "beautiful at birth".
 
Early script drafts contained the following scenes or parts of scenes, which were omitted in the final version:
  • At the end of act 1, Angela uses smelling salts to "revive" Mrs. Whitaker in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room. After the secretary sputters awake, Chao-Li asks Angela what to tell her business appointment (scheduled in a few minutes). Considering the chaos after Kevin's birth, Angela dryly replies: "Just tell them we had another earthquake."
  • In Act 2, Chase comes to the Falcon Crest Guest House at night to see Vickie and Dan. He does not understand why they want to live under Angela's roof and suggests that he buy them a house. - As this scene was very similar to the later one at the Guest House (including Angela), it was omitted.
 
The initial choice for the Roland Saunders character was ROBERT MITCHUM. But plans for a special guest appearance of the old Hollywood legend did not materialize, so the rôle went to ROBERT STACK.
 
The scene with Tony helping Lance in the Agretti Vineyards is filmed on the premises of the Guasti Winery (Brookside Winery) in Ontario, CA; see # 145.
The scene in George Buckman's vineyards is also filmed on that property.
 

Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set - inconsistency: In the hallway leading from the dining room to the kitchen, there would have to be a French door to the northern veranda behind Mrs. Whitaker and Chao-Li if the set had been built according to the real floor plan of Villa Miravalle.

 

The filming location for Angela and Roland's picnic is near the lagoon on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS, which was used for other purposes in # 089 (details see there in particular), 113, 124, 131 and 144.

 

In his conversation with Vickie and Dan, Chase says there is no kitchen in the Falcon Crest Guest House. - When Anna lived there in season 5, she had a kitchen there (compare screen capture from # 100). The cottage was probably renovated after Anna moved out, which may explain the changes in the guest house; also see # 134.

 
Inside joke: On the blood and tissue specimens besides Chase's, a few names of the show's crew members can be read: HOWARD LAKIN (this episode's writer), EDWARD JOHNSON (set costumer), ERNIE WALLENGREN (supervising producer) and JOHN F. PERRY (producer).
 
Early script drafts suggested that switching the blood samples be this episode's cliffhanger. - The scene order was changed in post-production.
 
Season time frame:
It must still be January 1987 because Angela announces Vickie and Dan's engagement party will be next month. It will be in February 1987 (see # 149).
Richard's statement that the paternity test for Kevin was supposed to be done four months ago is wrong because the test was originally scheduled much earlier. The test was supposed to take place in the fourteenth week of Maggie's pregnancy, i.e. in August 1986.
 

The gray-haired socialite at the International Wine Show at the Del Oro was seen at various social events in # 053, 057, 058, 062, 066, 072, 076, 078, 085, 093, 098, 122, 124, 133, 136, 141 and 144. That lady is played by an uncredited extra, SHARRI ZAK.

 
 
# 147 <6.20> Hat Trick
 

The establishing shot of San Francisco is a nightly helicopter view of the Financial District (filmed towards east), starting on the Transamerica Pyramid in the center.

 

The slides of Kolinski in an unknown place and of Saunders and Kolinski in Istanbul / Turkey (still photos in Meredith's presentation) are shot outside stage 8 at CBS-MTM STUDIOS.
 

The slide of Tony and Kolinski on a San Francisco street (still photo in Meredith's presentation) is shot on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, just around the corner from CBS-MTM STUDIOS (now CBS STUDIO CENTER).

 

Prop inconsistency: The chair on the old photo of Kit, Roland and Nick (Paris, 1977) is Angela's chair from her study. The background on the photo is the French doors in Roland's (previously Kit's) Del Oro suite (redecorated with a different curtain). - What a prop policy again to reduce production costs!
 
The Tuscany Land Company, Angela's front, is now called Tuscany Land Corporation. - But compare # 148.
 
Brandon Tame Vineyards is mentioned - another company taken over by the Tuscany Land Company, which, however, will never be mentioned again.
 
The interior set for Peter's suite at the Tate Hotel in San Francisco is the same as the one used for Henri's, the restaurant where Vickie and Chase had lunch in # 144 and where Lance and Tony will have lunch in # 148. Only a few changes in the furniture were made to save production costs.
 
As hinted in the previous episode, Peter gained some information about a secret concerning Richard in Switzerland - alongside a sworn statement of a Geneva banker.
Original storyline plans: Richard was supposed to be involved in a securities fraud eleven years ago. - The final version that made it to the screen, however, does not contain this piece of information. The writers deliberately created a mystery in this episode because the final draft for the season 6 cliffhanger was still to be developed at that time. So it remains a mystery in this episode if Peter's research refers to the information about Richard's true identity from Douglas' safe deposit box which will be revealed in # 155.
 
The kitchen in Chase's new home is the same interior set as the one used as the Gioberti House kitchen. In order to lower production costs, a few props were exchanged and mobile white walls were installed next to the cupboards and the refrigerator to hide the limestone walls of the Gioberti House set. The den leading to the Gioberti House dining room was equally hidden by mobile walls creating the illusion of a hallway in Chase's house.
 
Early script drafts suggested an act 1 scene in Maggie's hospital room: Dr. Randall says that Maggie and the baby can be released and that they will get the results of the paternity test in two days. When the doctor leaves the room, Maggie says she will name her son Kevin. Vickie reminds Maggie of her decision to put the baby up for adoption in case it is not Chase's and suggests that she rather not give him a name at this time at all. - This scene was omitted in rewrites, but parts of Vickie's dialog were moved to the later scene with her, Maggie and Alma Miller in the Gioberti House.
 
Melissa's roses are in bloom although it is only February (details at the end of this episode). - Apparently, she must have bought them from a greenhouse just to destroy them. This underlines she is really out of her mind right now.
The filming location for the backyard of the Agretti Residence is the garden of Guasti Villa (see # 145).
 
Early script drafts staged this scene in the Agretti Residency study. Shortly before filming began, a script revision moved it to the garden.
 
The exteriors of the Tate Hotel in San Francisco where Kit is hiding in this episode are footage of the Registry Hotel (previously Sheraton Premiere; nowadays Universal Hilton) in Universal City, CA in real life.
The interiors are filmed in the foyer of the CBS-MTM Administration Building, which was used as the foyer of the New Globe Executive Office Annex in # 071 (see there). Compare # 074 for the heavy use of this filming location.
 
Kit uses another false name: Madeleine McKittrick. - Inside joke: This is a portmanteau of names alluding to KIM's dual rôle in HITCHCOCK's "Vertigo" again: Madeleine was the first name of one of her characters in that thriller, McKittrick was the name of the hotel on Eddy Street in San Francisco where the character resided. This name is also a suggestion by KIM NOVAK.
Additional information on her character names in # 128, 149 and 154.
 
The producers intended to rehire HENRY JONES as Chase's attorney, B. Riley Wicker, for this episode. The negotiations, however, failed. Therefore, a new lawyer, Len Potts (played by JOHN RIXEY MOORE), is introduced in this episode.
 

Contrary to the wardrobe and make-up departments' usual efforts to hide LORENZO's tattoos for his Lance rôle, the one on his right shoulder and back can be seen for a short moment.

 
Early script drafts contained an act 2 scene in Eric's Del Oro office: Eric is playing darts when Melissa bursts in. Still angry about Lance's affair with Dina, she wants Eric to make love to her, but he refuses. She leaves angrily. - That scene was rewritten and changed to Melissa's aggressive behavior with the ax.
 
Real life allusion: When Melissa wants to use the ax to break into the spa gym, Eric mentions LIZZIE BORDEN (1860 - 1927), who is known for her brutal ax murders.
 
The Gioberti Family Cemetery exterior set (this time built on a grassy area behind stage 4 on the CBS-MTM STUDIOS backlot) can be seen for the first time again since # 012: The cemetery obviously has been redecorated with new gravestones and plaques (compare Jasper's grave for example); a new fence and gates were built around the graves. - These changes may have been necessary due to damages during the earthquake.
Whereas thirteen graves were shown in season 1 (Jason's and Jasper's graves as well as other headstones from the distance - best seen in # 012), this episode shows eight headstones only: Jason Gioberti (front row) and one unidentified headstone; Lily Travers and Jasper Gioberti (second row); a headstone which is not shown in a close-up and the grave of Joseph & Tessa Gioberti (third row); two more unidentified headstones (back row). - Two of the four unidentified graves might be Vesta Gioberti's (see # 030) and Paolo Gioberti's (see # 204). But where are the two additional unidentified graves from season 1? Is it possible that Joseph and Tessa used to be buried in two separate graves in those days before they were replaced into one? And where is Douglas Channing's grave, which had not existed in # 012 at all because Doug only died in # 017?
Also check future set changes in season 7 (compare especially # 183 for details) and in # 207.
Click here for sketches of how the Gioberti Family Cemetery changed over the years.
 
Early script drafts contained more details about the Gioberti family history in that scene. The following lines from Angela's dialog were eliminated in the final script revision: "Joseph and Tessa hadn't been married a year when she tried to run away. He had Chao-Li's grandfather find her and drag her back. Joseph gave her a scar on her forehead that she carried all her life. That was the same night my father was conceived."
 
The filming location for the scene with Tony, Kolinski and Meredith in an outer Tuscany business district is at the corner of Carpenter Avenue and Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, CA near CBS-MTM STUDIOS.
 
Meredith confuses the Kolinski's Rolls-Royce model (a Silver Spirit) with a Silver Shadow.
 
Product placement: Kolinski has a 357 Magnum gun.
 
Early script drafts contained a reference to Richard's history in the scene with Saunders and Kolinski talking about Meredith and Richard in the Del Oro suite. The following lines from Kolinski's dialog were eliminated in the final script revision: "You remember that cartel of businessmen and financiers that was busted up in Geneva a few years back - the one that got its start in Vichy / France? [...] Channing helped run it. When he got tired of it, he helped destroy it. We're playing with fire, Mr. Saunders."
 
After an establishing clip of the Gioberti House, Maggie and Emma are seen in the garden with Kevin. The building in the background is not the Gioberti House. It is supposed to be another building or one of the guest houses on the property. - The filming location for this scene is the same property that has been in use as Gabrielle Short's house since # 145, the Guasti Villa in Ontario, CA (see there).
 
Early script drafts staged this segment in the Gioberti House living room as a night scene. - It was changed to an outdoor scene shortly before filming.
 

The establishing shot of San Francisco features a view of the city with the Palace of Fine Arts (center, right) and various neighborhoods, including Marina District, Russian Hill, Nob Hill and Telegraph Hill (from right to left). It is filmed from Marina Drive near the Presidio in eastern direction.

 

The scene with Melissa attacking Dina on her motorcycle was filmed on the CBS-MTM backlot - in the distance, the fence (compare # 086) can be seen; Dina walks along bungalows 6 and 7. Also compare # 150 for the heavy use of this area.

 
Season time frame: The video of Kit Richard will present to Peter later is taped on Monday, 02/16/1987 (next to last day of this episode). So this episode closes on Tuesday, 02/17/1987, which is the first day of the following episode.
 
Inside joke: Richard has Kit taken to a hiding place outside Carmel, CA. - In those days, KIM NOVAK actually lived near Carmel.
 
Fictional entity: Huffman Moving & Storage takes care of Gabrielle's move.
 

The curly haired blond lady in the Del Oro lobby was seen at various events in the past (see # 066, 088, 091, 119, 131, 144 and 145). She is played by an uncredited extra.

 
License plate number of Chase's red Porsche 944 convertible: 2CSI908.
 
The Gioberti Winery shipping and receiving area - another building after the expansion of the company (see # 144) - is portrayed by a building in the winery complex of the Guasti Winery (Brookside Winery) in Ontario, CA. It is the second delivery ramp on the northern side of the main winery building.
 
 
# 148 <6.21> Battle Lines
 
Richard apparently had a safe installed in the exterior wall of the sitting room in his house. This is the reason why the picture (now hiding the safe) and the art-deco style lamp switched their places.
 
MELBA MOORE, who plays attorney Francine Hope from this episode on, had an uncredited appearance in # 017 and 018 as an Assistant District Attorney sitting next to D.A. Deering in the inquest about Jason's death. - Obviously, Francine left her A.D.A. office to specialize in adoption cases.
 
The bend and berm near the Gioberti Winery is actually located behind stage 4 on the CBS-MTM backlot. It was also seen in # 073, 084, 089, 113, 121, 135 and 137 (see there) and will be used for various purposes in future episodes (# 172, 174, 176, 180, 191, 192, 196, 207 and 213). Click here for a sketch of the multi-purpose use of this part of the studio grounds.
 

From this episode on, Tony drives a beige Ford Mercury Colony Park station wagon with wooden decoration on the doors. - Maybe a Gioberti Enterprises company car?

 
Confusing: The Tuscany Land Company is not called Corporation, but Company again. Compare # 147. - Explanation: Maybe the characters do not know the exact name and correct legal use of these terms.
 
When Peter and Tony are followed by Kolinski, they drive through a business park on the outskirts of Tuscany where tall office buildings are located, including the Bank of Tuscany Valley. - Tuscany seems to have grown quite a lot since season 1, which appears to be a logical development: In # 053, Chase was already worried that establishing Tuscany Downs might result in hotel high-rises being built; in # 060, Carter St. John presented the plans for a huge condominium complex, which might have been the groundwork for a change of the once-rural area.
In real life, the street used for filming the current episode is Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, CA. The bank high-rise actually is the National Bank of California. The street number (14724), by the way, is the actual number of the building.
 
The phone number of an independent Tuscany cab company is (707) 555-7252.
 

License plate number of Saunders' henchmen's black Chrysler: 1SMD387.

 
Real life allusion: Maggie mentions PAUL REVERE (1734 - 1818), a master craftsman, highly praised for his work in gold and silversmithing.
 
Richard to Maggie: "I did not even know who my own father was until I was 35 years old." - Inconsistency: This is hardly possible because it was mentioned in # 019 that he was 12 when he found out about his adoption and took the Channing name.
Explanation: Maybe Richard exaggerates a bit in his efforts to convince Maggie not to give Kevin up for adoption. Also compare # 141.
 

The establishing shot of San Francisco features a view of Aquatic Park. It is filmed from Municipal Pier in southeastern direction.

 

Kit's hiding place in San Francisco is actually the Holiday Manor, a holiday apartment complex in Studio City, CA.
Inside joke: Location manager JEFF SPELLMAN, who lived outside California, had rented apartment 16 in that complex while filming the show's L.A. segments.

 
The hotel suite where Kit was hiding last before she went to Carmel is the same interior set as the one used for Gabrielle's room at the Tuscany Valley Inn. - Only the walls were repainted, the doors exchanged and the furniture replaced to save production costs.
 
The front of the CBS-MTM Administration Building is used as another entrance to the New Globe in this episode and # 153. This time, the prop masters and location managers have been more careful: The sign says "The San Francisco New Globe Executive Office Annex", making it clear it is a part of a large building complex. - The company's name, however, is incorrect; it would rather have to read "The New San Francisco Globe".
 
The establishing clip of the San Francisco apartment complex where Melissa secretly buys a condo is stock footage of the Golden Gateway Commons near The Embarcadero in San Francisco.
Also see Angela's statement in # 154.
 
Lance and Tony have coffee and cake at the same restaurant as Chase and Vickie in # 144. Whereas Henri's was written on the menus in # 144, the current menus feature a different restaurant name this time, Blainfield's. - The prop guys accidentally used the standard prop menu from the usual restaurant with the big terrace (compare # 145).
However, this might indicate that Henri's was taken over by Blainfield's in the meantime.
 
Chase's house - inconsistency: The living room interior set does not exactly match the exteriors of the real house. There ought to be a window next to the front door (in the area where Maggie is standing in the current episode). The mailbox on the wall in the corner next to the front door (to be seen in all exterior shots) is also missing in the scene shot on the sound stage.
 
The stair landing of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion stairway interior set is different from the one in Spring Mountain's Villa Miravalle as this episode shows in detail: There is a step to the landing which does not exist in the real house.
 
Inside joke: GREG STRANGIS, the current episode's writer, named Greco Winery in the Tuscany Valley, which was already mentioned in # 057, after his own first name.
Early script drafts spoke of Bisutti Winery instead.
 
The DiGioia Winery in the Tuscany Valley is also mentioned. It will never be referred to in the series again.
 
Music score: Composers JESSE FREDERICK & BENNETT SALVAY use MARK SNOW's "Maggie's Theme" (compare # 137) in the scene with Maggie and Richard in the Gioberti House bedroom shortly before Maggie hands Kevin over to the adoption attorney in this episode.
 
The log house used as Kit's Carmel hiding place is the same location used as Lauren and Walker's home in season 9 (see # 208). - The private residence and its surroundings, which are also utilized for the series, is located in Topanga Canyon in Greater Los Angeles in real life.
Early script drafts suggested Eureka instead of Carmel for Kit's hideout.
 
Season time frame: This episode depicts the events of five days. It begins on Tuesday, 02/17/1987 (compare # 147) and ends on Saturday, 02/21/1987 (also see # 149).
 
 
# 149 <6.22> Nowhere to Run
 
Inside joke: As the episode title, JEFF FREILICH reuses "Nowhere to Run", the very same title he used for # 078 of "Knots Landing" in 1983.
 

Some of the last few frames from the previous episode are featured once again at the beginning of this episode - Meredith, Kolinski and Roland as well as Tony arriving in Carmel.

 
JOE STONE, who played Brown, one of Michael's kidnappers in # 142 and 143, now portrays the driver of Roland Saunders' limo.
 

License plate number of Roland's black Cadillac Fleetwood Pullman limousine: 1LHW763.

 
The very same building on the CBS-MTM backlot as in # 143 can be seen (bungalow 8). This time it is not Tuscany Valley Vintners Club, but Play Mountain Day Care Center in San Francisco (for Kit's son Nick). It is no longer painted white-gray, but yellow and now has a white fence around the area which is used as a public park in most other episodes (compare # 135 for the extensive use of this area).
 
Gabrielle's old wine cellar now owned by Angela is the same interior set as the one used as the Kibbler Beverages (a.k.a. Channing Incorporated) warehouse in # 145. - It is a very cheaply built set: When filming towards the wine cases, only boxes were placed on the sound stage, even without the need for any walls.
 
What a faux pas: The prop label of Angelica 1985 Johannisberg Riesling (scene with Angela and Spence) is horribly misspelled in its entirety! It says "Johannesburg Reisling".
In a later scene (with Richard and Meredith), "Johannisberg Riesling" is spelled correctly on the wine cases.
 
Garth has his characteristic gray streak in his hair from this episode on. A screen grab from # 143 to compare.
He speaks German this episode: When he tastes the "wine" (the unfermented sediment) Angela sent to Richard's distribution company, he says: "Zum Kotzen!" ["Yuck, enough to make one puke!"]
 
Saunders reveals Kit's real first name is Susan. More details about this in # 154.
 
Chase mentions he bought the house he now lives in although, in # 141, he said he rented it. - He must have purchased it in the meantime.
 
Season time frame:
This episode depicts only one day. It begins with the same scene as presented in the cliffhanger of # 148 (Saunders and Kolinski arriving at Kit's hideout in Carmel) on Saturday, 02/21/1987. Dan and Vickie's engagement party will take place at Falcon Crest on the evening of the same day; Saunders will be killed at that party. In # 151, Fred Wilkinson will confirm Saunders was killed Saturday.
Maggie put Kevin up for adoption on the morning of that very same Saturday. In the current episode, however, she says on the evening of that very same day Kevin's adoptive parents have had him for two days. - Maggie's words seem mistakable. One possibility is that the formalities of the adoption process were finished two days before and she actually referred to that point of time.
 
Inconsistency: Saunders is supposed to be in the Falcon Crest Winery. The building, however, is not the Spring Mountain Winery Building, but CBS-MTM stage 10. Even if the entrance filmed in these scenes is considered as a back or delivery entrance to the Falcon Crest Winery Building, Angela looks into the wrong direction: Standing on the eastern veranda of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, she looks to the south, but the Winery cannot be seen from the front veranda as it is situated west of the Mansion. The camera, however, creates the illusion for the audience to see the winery from Angela's point of view.
 
Editing mistake: After Kolinski placed Tony's shirt stud back in dead Roland's left hand, the hand decontracts, and the button is released. When the party guests shockingly stare at the dead body in the later scene, Roland's hand, however, is back on his body. - The editors accidentally reused a previous frame.
 
Real life allusion: A radio announcement about an NBA match between the Lakers (a Los Angeles basketball team) against Houston can be noticed.
 
JEFF AUSTIN, the actor who portrays the San Francisco International Airport Ticket Agent, played a paramedic in season 1.
 
Kit and Nick's flight (number 564) from San Francisco via London to Zurich departs at 10:50 PM.
 

The establishing shot of San Francisco is a nightly helicopter view of the Golden Gate Bridge with the city skyline in the background (filmed in southeastern direction).

 
 
# 150 <6.23> Cold Hands
 

The Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion guest bedroom Eric used to stay in is repainted blue now (compare # 132).

 

The grounds of Falcon Crest with the faucet where Tony tries to wash Roland's blood from his shirt is actually an area outside stage 9 at CBS-MTM STUDIOS (CBS STUDIO CENTER).

 
Cast and crew background: DICK O'NEILL (D.A. Fred Wilkinson) was an old and close friend of JEFF FREILICH's.
 
From this episode on, Kevin is played by a different baby (now blond instead of brown hair).
 
Veronique the Slumming Socialite (Melissa's singer pseudonym) performs at the Safari Room, a bar in North Beach, San Francisco's nightclub and entertainment district.
The San Francisco shot to establish the nightclub features Broadway Street, filmed from the corner of Columbus Avenue in eastern direction. The clip is stock footage from a film library.
The filming location for the Safari Room interiors in this and the following episode is the Whisky a Go-Go rock club on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, CA.
 
ANA-ALICIA practiced a lot in order to sing herself in her scenes as Veronique. She was instructed by voice teacher BOB CORFF.
 
"Goody Goody", the song performed by Melissa, was composed by MATTY MALNECK in 1936 with lyrics by JOHNNY MERCER.
 
Product placement: The McDonald's fast food chain is mentioned at the Safari Room.
 
Fictional entity: There is a neon advert for Marv's Beer at the Safari Room.
 
The establishing shot of Los Angeles features Westwood Boulevard from the corner of Lindbrook Drive in Westwood Village in Los Angeles. The camera faces northwest; the characteristic building in the center left is the Janss Dome at the five-way intersection of Westwood Boulevard, Kinross Avenue and Broxton Avenue.
 

The filming location for Jean Pierre's, the Los Angeles restaurant where Maggie and Chase have lunch with Andy Stryker, is a real restaurant in West Hollywood, CA - in those days, by the same name; nowadays, the remodeled building houses Frankie & Johnnie's N.Y. Pizza.

 

Fictional entity: Maggie and Chase stay at the Belle Mar Hotel in Los Angeles. - The exterior footage is from the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, CA.

 
What a perfect allusion to the relationship of Angela and Richard - Angela says she would have drowned Richard at birth if he had been her child.
 

The establishing shot of Downtown Los Angeles is filmed in northwestern direction with the Aon Building, the twin towers of the City National Plaza and the Union Bank of California as the most distinct buildings from left to right.

 

Maggie's hotel suite in Los Angeles is the same interior set as the one used for Gabrielle's room at the Tuscany Valley Inn and for Kit's suite in San Francisco (compare # 148). - Only minor changes were made to trim down production costs.

 

The exterior shot of the high-rise with Stryker’s office in Los Angeles shows 1900 Avenue of the Stars in Century City, CA.

 
The L.A. residential area where Chase is looking for Kevin's alleged adoptive parents is the bungalow street on the CBS-MTM backlot across the park known from # 135 and other episodes. Chase rings the bell of house number 9418; in real life, it is bungalow 7 on the studio lot. Compare # 147 for a previous use of this place.
 
The interior set for Tony's hotel suite - only the fireplace can be seen - is identical with Peter's San Francisco hotel suite and the restaurant featured in # 144 and 148, Henri's (also compare # 147).
 

Peter now drives a white Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible.

 
 
# 151 <6.24> Body and Soul
 
Tentative title: Swan Song.
 
The final episode title refers to the song performed by Veronique the Slumming Socialite (alias Melissa), "Body and Soul".
That song was composed in 1930 by JOHN W. GREEN with lyrics by EDWARD HEYMAN, ROBERT SOUR and FRANK EYTON.
 
Early script drafts suggested that Melissa's singing continue over the opening scenes, a number of night scenes to be featured without any other audible dialog to show what is happening to the other Tuscany Valley characters at the same time. This idea was dropped. The original plans for these scenes were as follows:
  • Moonlight streams through the cell window on Tony's face in the Tuscany County Jail, washing his face in light, illuminating his deep fear.
  • Lance is in bed with Dina in a Del Oro suite. He stares into the night, feeling the isolation of a life gone haywire.
  • Chase comes back from L.A. When Gabrielle awakens in their bedroom at home, they begin to make love.
  • Maggie has fallen asleep in front of the fireplace in Richard's sitting room, Michael in her arms. Richard is overjoyed and carefully slips the baby from her grasp. He covers Maggie lovingly with a comforter.
 
The blonde woman in audience at the Safari Room when Melissa performs as Veronique also attended Vickie and Dan's engagement party at Falcon Crest in # 149. That woman, who will be best remembered as the Coit Café cash counter lady (# 154), is played by an uncredited actress.
 

Peter's suite at the Del Oro is the usual interior set used for any suite at the spa (compare # 132 and 141). As usual, only minor changes in the furniture and other equipment were made to match budget criteria.

 
Real life allusions:
Peter mentions the Queen of England.
Fred Wilkinson mentions BURT LANCASTER and TONY CURTIS starring in the movie "Sweet Smell of Success".
 
The Tuscany street Fred and Jake, the coroner, walk along from the forensics to the movie theater is actually North Wetherly Drive at the corner of West Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.
 
Product placement: A Versateller, an ATM by the Bank of America, can be seen in the background when Fred and Jake go around the corner.
 
Richard rented a white Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible for the picnic on the beach with Maggie as seen in the establishing shot.
Different from popular myth, it is not the same prop used as Peter's car in the previous episode.
The exterior shot of the tent is an establishing clip which comes from a shortened scene from # 026 of LORIMAR's "Flamingo Road" (1982). - Inside joke: In that "Flamingo Road" episode written by JEFF FREILICH, DAVID SELBY, in his rôle as Michael Tyrone (whose regular car on that show was that particular Rolls-Royce), had a picnic on the beach with Lute-Mae Sanders (STELLA STEVENS). JEFF had the idea to create a sort of remake of this scene with DAVID as Richard in the current "Falcon Crest" episode.
 
Richard says he got so damn romantic five years ago at Angela's house when he first saw Maggie. It remains a mystery when exactly that happened.
The first possibility in season 2 would have been Carlo Agretti's funeral reception in # 022. But Richard did not talk to Maggie then. While he was there, she was standing in the background in the doorway to the dining room; they were not introduced to each other by anyone; Richard did not even notice her because he just rushed in for a very short time.
The original script of the current episode contained a line that it happened at the Founders Day party (# 030). This part of the dialog was dropped, however, because some sort of action in the "background" during that party was definitely not their first meeting. They both had already gotten to know each other before that particular point of time (compare the New Globe board meeting in # 030, in particular, where Maggie was in attendance as well).
Most likely, they both met at the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion some time off screen in early season 2 - unseen by the audience. But what event could it have been?
 
Inconsistency: In his conversation with Fred, Angela says Julia ran off to the convent "this year". But she went back to River Bend in 1986. - The writers obviously meant "this season", but were not careful with their choice of words.
 

The small park area near office building 5 on the CBS-MTM backlot - known from # 135 (compare there) and other episodes - is used again as a playground (Emma and Vince play with Wendel). Bungalow 8 can also be seen again (compare # 143 and # 149).

 

Product placement: Vince wears a Fila sports outfit - as Eric did in # 129 and 131.

 
Early script drafts planned for the scene with Angela and Vickie in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion sun room to start out on Chao-Li's carrying the teapot. On his way through the study, he walks a little unsteadily due to his illness. - This initial part of the scene was omitted.
 

License plate number of Peter's white Lincoln Town Car Pullman limousine: 2NBO647 (but also see # 155). - The number we already know from Peter's Rolls-Royce and - once also - Angela's Rolls-Royce (compare # 132). This prop policy is sort of ridiculous!

 
Mistake: Peter's left hand is on Tony's right shoulder in the first frame of the close-up scene, but no longer there in the next frame filmed from across.
Once again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Peter apparently still has the silver Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible with the wooden decoration on the doors, too, although he has the white Corniche (compare # 150) as well. This can be concluded from the establishing clip of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion with the silver car parked on the driveway during his visit there.
 

The eastern view of the CBS-MTM Administration Building is used as the San Francisco International Airport. Refer to # 074 for the heavy use of this filming location.
The original choice of filming location was outside stage 16 at CBS. These plans were changed on short notice though.

 

The waiting room in Dr. Ross' practice is a permanent standing set at GMT STUDIOS in Culver City, CA (the same studio where Julia's prison block in Fairlawn was filmed in season 3).

 
Season time frame: This episode depicts the events around Saturday, 03/07/1987 because Meredith says Kit flew from San Francisco to Zurich two weeks ago. Her flight departed Saturday, 02/21/1987 (compare # 149).
 
Early script drafts contained an act 4 scene in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion in which Angela learns from Mrs. Whitaker that Chao-Li did not stay at Dr. Ross' practice for further tests as he should have, but that he returned to Falcon Crest in a cab. Alarmed, Angela learns from her secretary that he is in the gym in the basement of the Victorian Mansion. - This scene was omitted.
 
The room used for Chao-Li's tai-chi-chuan exercises is located in the basement of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion as the establishing shot reveals. As the position of the stairway and the dimensions of this training room show, it is different from the room in the Winery Building Lance usually uses for his workout (compare # 112, for example). - Refer to # 152 for elements of the same interior set being used for both rooms.
 
As in # 101, a bathrobe is used to hide the tattoo on LORENZO's right shoulder instead of covering them with camouflage make-up although, in a previous night scene in the current episode, the tattoo was camouflaged.
 
The phone number of the San Francisco TV station (Maggie talks about Kevin's adoption) is (415) 555-1218.
 
The courtroom at the Tuscany County Courthouse where Tony's arraignment takes place in this episode is a permanent standing set at GMT STUDIOS in Culver City, CA (the same studio where Julia's prison block in Fairlawn was filmed in season 3). This courtroom set was heavily used on various other TV shows, too, including "Dallas" and "Dynasty".
 
Inside joke: Judge Pat Ambrose (male) is named after LORIMAR program executive PATRICIA AMBROSE (female).
 
Early script drafts planned for Melissa's song ("Body and Soul") to be performed in the final scene again, her singing continuing over Tony being escorted from the courtroom to the holding cell. - This idea was dropped.
 
 
# 152 <6.25> Loose Cannons
 
Tentative title: Runaway Stock Shots.
 
The street in North Beach district in San Francisco street where the Safari Room was an exterior set on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS. It was built on My Three Sons Street near stage 11. For later filming in that set, refer to # 165, 183, 185 and 223. This set, however, was completely revamped around 2003.
Another bar on that street is called Little Mike's.
 
As Arnie Sardi, the Safari Room manager, suggested in the previous episode, Melissa's pseudonym is now Veronique the Seductive Socialite.
 
Eric and Vickie's suite at the Del Oro is the usual interior set used for any suite at the spa (compare # 132, 141 and 151). As usual, only minor changes in the furniture and other equipment were made to match budget criteria.
 
Product placement: Eric and Vickie drink Perrier-Jouët Champagne (Fleur de Champagne).
 
The script initially suggested Gabrielle having a nickname, Gabby, which, however, never made it to the final version that went on the air.
 
Fred Wilkinson speaks of the "Gioberti Cumson Winery". - Probably, this is no official company name, but only an informal term used by Wilkinson for the winery - as a part of the Gioberti Enterprises holding. It is still called Gioberti Winery.
 
Tony's inmate number at the Tuscany County Jail is 3356.
 
The establishing shot of Geneva / Switzerland - a southwestern view over the Pont du Mont-Blanc towards the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre - is stock footage from a movie library.
The balcony in Geneva where Meredith makes her phone call with Richard is actually an exterior set specifically built for that purpose near the CBS-MTM lagoon (refer to # 113 in particular).
 
Mistake: In the scene in the bedroom at the Gioberti House, Maggie places the statue on the mantelpiece of the fireplace first. In the subsequent frame filmed from across, however, the statue is closer to the flower arrangement. The statue's position changes from frame to frame depending on the direction of the camera.
Once again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The Falcon Crest Winery Building interior set looks different from the usual room used during the last few years (compare the first screen capture from # 124). The new room (second photo) featured in this episode, however, is built of the very same, but rearranged elements.
The same goes for the set of the room in the basement of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion used for Chao-Li's meditation and tai-chi-chuan exercises (third screen grab); also refer to # 151 for that training room.
 

The characteristic stained glass window, which can be discovered in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion from time to time (compare # 069, 099 and 155), can be seen among several pieces of stored goods in the wine cellar this episode.

 
Dr. Nu, Chao-Li's doctor, was originally called Dr. Wo in early script drafts.
 
Dr. Nu's practice is located in the Canton Bazaar building on Grant Street in Chinatown in San Francisco.
 
Mistake: Dr. Nu's hand can be seen in the lower right corner of the screen in the acupuncture scene (filmed towards Lance and Chao-Li). But in the next frame filmed from across, the doctor is standing a few steps back.
Once again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Inside joke: Chao-Li's acupuncture treatment is an allusion to the fact that CHAO-LI CHI (the actor) served a lecturer at the California Acupuncture College in Santa Barbara, CA for many years.
 
Emma's assets: $ 40 million. Also refer to # 123.
 
Dan's cabin - a run-down place at this time - is the same set on the CBS-MTM lot used as Jeff's cabin between # 122 and 130 (side wing; check out # 122 for details), as the cabin where Vickie and Jeff spent the weekend in # 132, and as Crawley's (Dan's lawyer) home in # 142. For the later use as the Ortega house, refer to # 188. Click here for a sketch of the multi-purpose use of this exterior set and its surroundings.
 

The sign known from # 145 (compare there) is on the wall in Wilkinson's office: Again, it reads "Tuscany Valley County".

 
The vat spanner, the murder weapon in the Saunders case, is found on the property line between Falcon Crest and the "Cumson vineyard" - most likely Keys Creek as a part of the Gioberti Enterprises holding. So they must be neighboring estates.
 
 
# 153 <6.26> The Great Karlotti
 

The aerial view of San Francisco over Financial District with Lafayette Park in the foreground and the Oakland Bay Bridge in the background (filmed in eastern direction) is stock footage from a film library. It is from an earlier time than 1982 because the 101 California Building has not been built yet.

 
Product placement: The Village Voice and Tempo magazines are featured (Emma and Vince's wedding announcement).
 
Inside joke: The Wallengren Limousine Service in Chicago used by Eric and Vickie is named after this episode's writer and the show's supervising producer, ERNIE WALLENGREN. Nice prop!
 
The limo service's counter is actually the reception area in building 2 at CBS-MTM STUDIOS, which was previously used as the KRDC foyer (compare # 074).
 
Eric Stavros' Global Express National Credit Card number is 317 9090 842.
 

Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: When Lance stands up in the jail visiting room, the sneak preview shows a wide angle shot (left photo); in the scene itself, however, a close-up from a different angle is featured.

 
Mistake: When Vince looks at Chao-Li in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, he seems to look somewhere behind Lance, but Chao-Li is standing to Lance's right (from Vince's POV).
 
Del Oro set - inconsistency: Next to the front entrance, a wall or an extremely wide door frame can be noticed (plant in foreground). This part of the set is much wider than the actual door frame in the real building.
 
Early script drafts suggested that Angela, entering the Del Oro lobby, happen to see Melissa and Dan, reacting to the cozy sight of the two of them together. They are unaware that Angela observes them. Angela has a troubled expression on her face. - This scene was omitted.
 

The establishing shot of Boston, MA is stock footage from a film library. It is filmed from the Charles River Reservation Park and features Beacon Hill (in southeastern direction).

 
Early script drafts suggested that, towards the end of act 2, Chase and Maggie arrive on the street in front of Wainwright's twin brother's home in Boston in a rental car before they step towards the front door. - This part of the scene was omitted in rewrites.
 

The second establishing shot of Boston, MA is also stock footage from a film library. It is a northeastern view of downtown with the Boston Commons park in the center as well as Boylston Street (right next to the building with the little tower) and St. James Avenue with the John Hancock Tower (far right).

 

The set used as Wainwright's twin brother's house in Beacon Hill is the same set used as Chase's new home in the Tuscany Valley; it just underwent some minor redecoration and refurnishing, and the double-door walk-in closet was replaced by a wall.

 
Strange: Why did Cole not find out Jeff had a twin brother when he did his research in Boston in # 126? - The writing staff apparently had no idea of creating the character then.
 
Season time frame: This episode depicts the events two months after Kevin's birth. As he was born in late January 1987, this episode must be around the end of March 1987.
 

The New Globe Executive Office Annex is portrayed by CBS-MTM Administration Building again (also compare # 148 and - for the general use of this building - # 074). This time, the scene is filmed on the northern terrace of the building, which usually portrays the Blainfield's (see # 145, for instance).

 
Mistake: In the scene in front of the New Globe Executive Office Annex, Richard's hand is on the door of his limo in the first frame (close-up), but no longer there in the next frame (wide angle).
Once again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 

The interiors of the hotel Maggie and Chase are staying at in Boston are filmed in the foyer of the CBS-MTM Administration Building. - It was also used as a hotel in San Francisco in # 147; also compare # 074 for the heavy use of this filming location.

 
Product placement: Wendell mentions Inspector Gadget, the main character of the 1980's animated cartoon TV series by the same name.
 
Inside joke: Harry Baum, the record producer hired by Angela to produce Melissa's album "Tuscany Queen" and who also produced the record "I Stabbed My Foot" by "The Mud Eaters", calls Angela "Babe". Angela then repeats: "Babe, indeed." - "Babe" is one of JANE WYMAN's nicknames on the set.
 
Jeffrey Wainwright's gravestone shows the correct spelling of the name again. Also compare # 119.
 
The filming location for the cemetery is near the lagoon on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS, which was used for other purposes in # 089 (details see there in particular), 113, 124, 131, 144 and 146. The fence and gate are the same props that were used as the Gioberti Family Cemetery in # 147.
 

The third establishing shot of Boston, MA is also stock footage from a film library. It is a northeastern view of downtown - the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Clarendon Street.

 
Maggie's hotel suite in Boston is the same interior set as the one used for the bedroom in the Agretti Residence. - Only some minor changes were made to save production costs.
 
Inside joke: "Sometimes I wish I would just wake up one morning and find this whole past year had been a bad dream." - Maggie's line about the difficult time in her life is the writers' most critical allusion to their producer colleagues' 1985-86 "dream season" of "Dallas" (another LORIMAR production). The "dream season" has been one of the most controversially discussed decisions in TV history; the "Dallas" producers chose to explain away the events of a whole year by turning them into a character's (VICTORIA PRINCIPAL's Pamela Barnes Ewing) nightmare.
 
Mistake: In the scene in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, music producer Harry Baum first looks away from Veronique (Melissa) in the wide angle shot, but looks straight into her face in the subsequent close-up.
This is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique again as stated in # 011 (Lance and Lori).
 
Mistake: In the scene with Melissa being exposed as a singer by Angela in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, the close-up of Dan and the wide angle shot are from different takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Dan's hands are in different positions in subsequent frames.
This is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique again as stated in # 011 (Lance and Lori).
 
Mistake: Maggie tells Richard Chase's grandfather built the Gioberti House. - It was not built by Jasper, but by Joseph, Chase's great grandfather, as season 1 revealed.
 
The Church of Our Saviour in San Gabriel, CA is used as a filming location again. It portrays a church in the Tuscany Valley this time, as it also will in # 207. It was previously used as a church of a Marysville convent (compare # 099).
 
The interior set for the rectory consists of elements that were previously used for various sets: Peter's San Francisco hotel suite (# 147), Henri's restaurant (# 144 and 148) and Tony's hotel suite (# 150).
 
Early script drafts contained a scene with Richard and Maggie as well as Chase and Gabrielle arriving at the church entrance for Emma's wedding at the same time, exchanging an uncomfortable look. - This scene was omitted in rewrites.
 
When Emma walks down the aisle, RICHARD WAGNER's "Bridal Chorus" from "Lohengrin" is played.
 
Early script drafts suggested for the cliffhanger that Lance and Angela discover that Chao-Li slumped over a pew in the church. They rush towards him, Angela takes him by the hand as he struggles for breath: "Mrs. Channing - I must... go... home..." His eyes close, and Angela desperately says: "I won't let you die, Chao-Li. Do you hear me?". The frame freezes on her weeping. - This idea was dropped in rewrites.
 
 
# 154 <6.27> Chain Reaction
 
Strangely enough, ROBERT STACK receives no on-screen credit for the newly filmed flashback scenes in this episode.
 
The establishing shot used for the Swiss Alpine monastery where Kit has Nick hidden is actually Schloss Neuschwanstein (Neuschwanstein Castle) near the village of Schwangau / Germany. The shot is stock footage from a film library. A very similar establishing clip will be reused in # 183 (compare there).
 
The interior shots were filmed in the same church that was used as the Tuscany Valley Mission where Angela and Peter got married in # 122.
It is actually the San Fernando Mission Rey de España in Mission Hills, CA. Refer to # 122 for more information.
 
Early script drafts suggested an eerie version of "Carmina Burana" as the background music during Kit's visit with Nick in the monastery. For the final version, however, MARK SNOW used a specifically composed score.
 
Mistake: Kit's Hand is on Nick's chin in the first frame (filmed towards Nick); in the subsequent frame (filmed towards Kit), her hand, however, is no longer in that position.
Once again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The Alps were not filmed specifically for this episode. The clips with the white Rolls-Royce driving along the Alpine mountain roads is borrowed footage from a movie.
JEFF FREILICH had to look for that particular Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II model to rent for the interior shots with Kit and Garth and the close-up scenes at the airport. - Contrary to popular myth, it is not the very same car used as Angela's Rolls-Royce, yet the same model of course.
 
All exterior footage, however, is not from Switzerland, but from near the Mont-Blanc in France.
The first clip featuring the Rolls-Royce driving through the mountain road actually shows Route de Saint-Gervais in Combloux.
 
The road sign in the Alps reads "Chamonix", which is located in France. It is a French road sign. The filming location is the N 205 national road (European Road E 25) near Les Houches / France, which used to be a two-lane highway, but is nowadays a four-lane freeway.
This implies Garth and Kit's route from the Swiss convent to the Swiss airport must go through France. The reason for their detour is not mentioned.
 
The scene with Garth and Kit inside the Rolls-Royce (while driving) was filmed on the parking lot of San Fernando Mission Rey de España (see above). The road and mountain scenery seen through the windows in the Rolls-Royce's interior scene, however, are replacements added via blue screen technique in post-production; these exteriors (featuring an Alpine road near the Mont-Blanc) are stock footage from a film library.
Swiss license plate number of the Rolls-Royce: GE 46803.
 
Kit and Garth speak German in the Rolls-Royce (English subtitles during this scene). Raised in the U.S., but a child of German parents, CARL HELD speaks impeccable German. He used his German in # 149 as well.
The announcements at the Swiss airport are also in German language - wonderful attention to detail. It remains a mystery, however, where exactly that airport is located. If it is in the French speaking part of Switzerland, which might be the case considering they are close to France (refer to the above discussion about the road sign to Chamonix), the announcement would have to be made in French language, too. It seems also possible, however, that Kit and Garth traveled from the French / Swiss borderline to an airport in the German speaking part of Switzerland.
 
All the airport scenes in this and the next episode (both in Switzerland and San Francisco as well as in the flashback and - in # 155 - near the Tuscany Valley) were filmed on Van Nuys Airport in Greater Los Angeles.
 
N61108 is the license number of Richard's jet.
 
The exterior footage of the plane in the sky shows a different jetliner (6 windows) than the one used in the scenes at the airports (3 windows). - The clips of the jet above the clouds are not specifically produced for this episode, but bought from a film library (also compare # 156).
 
Inconsistency: Chao-Li says his family served "this house" (Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion) since his father's time. - But in # 147, Angela told Vickie about Chao-Li's grandfather telling stories of Joseph and Tessa.
Explanation: Although Chao-Li's grandfather did work for Joseph and Tessa, he probably was not the major domus, but maybe one of the Chinese workers, who digged the caves at Falcon Crest.
 
Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: Melissa's line "I'm going crazy" in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer is a close-up in the sneak preview; the scene, however, features a wide angle shot of both Melissa and Angela of this very moment.
 
Allusion to the movie industry: Melissa thinks she looks like "The Bride of Frankenstein" on her vinyl album cover - just like the movie title.
 
According to Angela, Melissa's secret condominium is located on Nob Hill in San Francisco.
Inconsistency: The filming location introduced in # 148, however, is situated near The Embarcadero.
 
Early script drafts suggested for the farewell scene between Maggie and Chase in the Gioberti Winery in which they agree to divorce one last kiss. Rewrites changed this to their embrace.
 

License plate number of Richard's black Cadillac Fleetwood limousine: 2UB1754.

 

JOE STONE, who played various rôles in previous episodes this season (compare # 149), now portrays Lance's henchman to help kidnap Kit.

 
The emergency service phone number at San Francisco International Airport is (415) 555-1711.
 
Allusion to the movie industry: Melissa wants to meet Dan "High Noon" (like the movie title) at the Coit Café.
 

Cameraman's mistake: In the Del Oro lobby, the missing ceiling of the set can be noticed on the upper edge of the screen for a short moment; the greenbeds, where the lights are hung above the set on the sound stage, can be noticed.

 

Inside joke: Gollance Self Storage, the warehouse where Lance tries to keep Kit hostage, is named after the show's co-producer, RICHARD GOLLANCE. Nice prop!
The filming location for the exterior shot, by the way, is one of the warehouses at Van Nuys Airport, CA.

 
This episode alludes to the famous "Casablanca" movie in two respects:
First, Richard and Maggie's famous "Casablanca night" - Richard's surprise for Maggie, whose favorite movie is "Casablanca". The player piano plays "As Time Goes by", the song that was made most famous by being used in "Casablanca". Various lines Richard quotes are also from that movie, including the most famous one: "Here's looking at you, kid."
Secondly, the flashback with Roland and Susan (Kit) at the airport, which sort of resembles the scene with HUMPHREY BOGART bidding farewell to INGRID BERGMAN in "Casablanca". ROBERT STACK even wears a coat and hat similar to HUMPHREY BOGART's clothes in "Casablanca".
 
Music score: JEFF FREILICH and HOWARD LAKIN, this episode's writers, originally planned to use "I Can't Get Started" by BUNNY BERRIGAN and "This Love of Mine" by TOMMY DORSEY and FRANK SINATRA as the background music for the love scene between Maggie and Richard in their "Casablanca night". In the end, however, MARK SNOW composed a new score: an amalgamation of elements of his "Maggie's Theme" (compare # 137) and "Richard's Theme" (compare # 138), combined with new parts to create a highly emotional background music.
 
Different takes in the sneak preview and the scene itself:
The sneak preview shows an intense, passionate kiss between Richard and Maggie in their "Casablanca night" while the scene itself features a closer shot of their kissing.
 
Mistake: In the scene when Chase finds out Melissa must have arranged Kevin's phony adoption, the close-ups are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Lance's holds the envelope in his right hand first, but in his left hand in the subsequent frame filmed from across.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Melissa's address can be read on the envelope she received with Chase's stolen blood sample: 12 Lake Road, Tuscany Valley, CA 90058. - Prop mistake: It is more than strange that Tuscany is supposed to have a zip code of Vernon (a part of Los Angeles). Comparing other Tuscany zip codes (e.g. Del Oro in # 173), the zip rather has to start with "945-", but not "900-".
For the addresses of the Agretti Residence, also compare # 172 and 187.
 
The restaurant with the large terrace the main characters - this time Melissa and Dan - often go to (actually the northern terrace of the CBS-MTM Administration Building; compare especially # 074) is now called Coit Café, as revealed this episode. It used to be Blainfield's (see # 145). - Probably renamed by a new owner.
As the establishing shot suggests, it is supposed to be near the Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco.
 
Dan mentions the movie based on LEO TOLSTOI's novel "War and Peace".
 
Mistake: In the scene with Melissa and Dan on the terrace of the Coit Café, Melissa's left hand is in different positions in subsequent frames - depending on the direction from where she is filmed.
Once again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 

The cash counter lady at the Coit Café was previously seen as a guest at Vickie and Dan's engagement party in # 149 and among the audience at the Safari Room in # 151 (compare there) when Melissa did her performance as Veronique there.

 

Compare # 152 for the "Tuscany County" sign in another courtroom at the Tuscany County Courthouse.

 

The assistant district attorney (played by an uncredited extra) sitting next to district attorney Fred Wilkinson in Tony's trial has been known from Lance's trial in # 091 and 092 where he was sitting next to D.A. Caroline Earle. Also compare # 102, 104, 106, 123, 128, 130 and 136.

 

The Tuscany County Courthouse stenographer in Tony's criminal trial (played by an uncredited extra) is the same court reporter known from various court proceedings (see # 054, 057, 091, 098 and 122).

 
The filming location for the Tuscany Valley road (Chase and Maggie see Dan) is Wentworth Road in Sunland near the Hansen Dam in Greater L.A. The first angle is shot south from the intersection of Wentworth Street at Coal Canyon Road and Shadow Hills Avenue. In those days, there were hardly any houses around there. The later segment (Chase turning the Porsche abruptly and the conversation with Dan) is shot in both directions in a long curve a little further north.
 
Different takes in the sneak preview and the scene itself: During Chase and Maggie's search for Dan, the scene shows a much tighter close-up of Chase's Porsche 928 during the fast U-turn (a different take; right screen grab) than the one used in the sneak preview.
 
Wilkinson lists Kit's aliases: Obviously, her real name is Susan Cameron. Kit Marlowe is only a false name she uses most times. Additional information on her false names in # 128, 132, 147 and 149.
Inside joke: Susan Cameron is the name of KIM NOVAK's agent during her time on the set. The name for her character was KIM's own idea.
 
Real life allusions: Wilkinson mentions U.S. Presidents GEORGE WASHINGTON (1732 - 99), ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809 - 65) and ANDREW JACKSON (1767 - 1845).
 

In the flashback scenes, little Nick Cameron, Susan's (Kit's) son, is portrayed by NICHOLAS FREILICH, JEFF FREILICH's son. - The first name of the character, by the way, is also "borrowed" from JEFF's son.

 
 
# 155 <6.28> Desperation
 

The filming location for San Francisco International Airport (parking lot) is a parking lot at Burbank Airport in Burbank, CA (nowadays Bob Hope Airport).

 

Different camera angles in the scene in # 154 and in the recap: The recap (before the main title) shows Kit entering the courtroom from a different angle (right photo) than the scene in the previous episode.

 
FBI agent Taylor was originally named Jacobson in early script drafts.
 
Mistake: Richard places the gun on the table in his New Globe office with the handle facing the window. But after Richard and Maggie's embrace, the position of the gun has changed: the handle faces Richard and Maggie now.
Once again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Early script drafts suggested an act 1 night scene in Chase's office in San Francisco from which he calls Angela at 3 AM. She wakes up in her bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion and is furious how he got her private number, but he says he has had it for years. The only purpose of his phone call is to let all his anger out about Angela's involvement in Kevin's abduction by Melissa so he calls her a "venomous old witch". - This scene was completely changed in rewrites so Chase's anger simply culminated in his throwing everything from his desktop during Taylor's presence in his office.
 

Maggie stays at the Mark Hopkins Hotel on Nob Hill in San Francisco during the FBI search for Melissa and Kevin. The name of the hotel is not mentioned on the show.
Original script drafts, however, suggested that an establishing shot of the Fairmont Hotel be inserted.

 

The San Francisco bungalow Melissa is seen nearby is on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS near the heavily filmed park (compare # 135). It was also used for other purposes in # 124 and 142.

 
Inside joke: Sirmons, the car wash and gas station (see logo on the employee's overall) where Melissa steals the golden Volvo 740, is named after PAUL THORNTON SIRMONS, the show's first assistant director.
 
The filming location is the CBS-MTM warehouse / gas station of the transportation department known from # 113, 117 and 144 (compare each episode).
 

License plate number of the white 1986 Honda Civic at Sirmons car wash in San Francisco: 1AIO889.

 

The Port of San Francisco is actually a view of the Port of Los Angeles; San Pedro to the left, Terminal Island in the center. The Port of Long Beach can also be seen towards the right of the establishing shot.

 
Early script drafts suggested that Kit be part of the act 2 scene in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion sun room when Peter and Angela watch the original video tape of Kit's statements and the one Richard doctored. This should have marked the reconciliation between Kit, Peter and Angela, with Kit confessing that she also stole Angela's checks and put the blame on Eric as Richard suggested. - Rewrites eliminated Kit from this scene.
 
Richard and his San Francisco underworld contact, Mike Breslin, meet on the basketball ground near the factory and warehouse of Al's Bakery, an industrial bakery in San Francisco.
The scene is filmed beside stage 14 on the lot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS.
 
Early script drafts contained in the scene at the basketball court also Mike Breslin's son, Ken, who is introduced to Richard after he has already taken over a lot of his Mike's business. - In rewrites, this rôle was regarded as superfluous and omitted.
 
Early script drafts staged the scene with Kit and Tony's conversation about her jumping bail and not facing a trial for attempted murder in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room - after Kit's reconciliation with Peter and Angela (see above). - This scene was moved to the Del Oro suite in rewrites.
 
Mistake: When Richard's gift is delivered to Maggie at the Mark Hopkins, the hotel employee is writing something on the paper on his clipboard first, but no longer does so in the next frame.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Early script drafts suggested that, Maggie towards the end of Angela's provocative visit with her at the Mark Hopkins, pick a coffee cup and, in her attempt to throw it at her, smash it against the wall. - This idea was dropped in the script revisions.
 
Early script drafts contained a live hooded falcon (most likely Apollo, Lance's bird) in the scene with Emma at the Del Oro (her boycott speech) and in the following scene with her in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room. At the Del Oro, she theatrically plucks a piece of raw meat from a plastic bag and feeds it to the bird, symbolizing that Angela turns people's lives into raw meat, as she explains. After Angela and Lance's conversation in the living room, the script suggested a smash cut to the attic, showing Angela turn the key in the lock to the door of the attic, having locked Emma away in the rooftop studio. Chao-Li holds the falcon and steps down to the first floor with Angela whose comment is that Emma has always liked the attic anyway.
Both the falcon and the idea to lock up Emma - which would have been reminiscent of season 1 - were dropped in rewrites.
 
The establishing shot of San Francisco is a southwestern aerial view over The Embarcadero (Hyatt Regency and Embarcadero Center in the center), panning over various piers starting from the Ferry Building; the Financial District is in the background. It is footage taken during the filming of season 3. The sequence is a continuation of the same helicopter flight that was featured in # 098 and is currently featured as the background image on CESAR ROMERO’s main title card. Later aerial views from the very same helicopter flight were presented in # 053 (piers 47 and 45) and # 087 (Hyde Street Pier).
 
The small park area near office building 5 on the CBS-MTM backlot - known from # 135 (compare there) and other episodes - is used as a San Francisco park this time (argument between Angela and Chase).
 
The conversation between Chase and Vickie was staged in a San Francisco coffee shop in early script drafts, but moved to the park when the writers added the conversation between Angela and Chase.
 

The establishing shot of the Golden Gate Bridge with the panorama of San Francisco in the background is stock footage from a film library. It is filmed from Conzelman Road (Golden Gate National Recreation Area) towards southeast. A later segment of the same footage was used in # 024 already.

 
Real life allusion: Lance mentions the Formula 1 sports event.
 
License plate number of Lance's new racecar: DINA 1. - But compare # 167.
 
Season time frame: As the validity sticker on the license plate of Lance's racecar reads "April 88", it must be April 1987 because plate validity is usually issued for one year by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
 
Product placement: Tires by Goodyear are on Lance's racecar.
 
The interiors of the garage are portrayed by a corner in the transportation department at the CBS-MTM STUDIOS (nowadays CBS STUDIO CENTER), which had already been used as the garage at Falcon Crest (see # 125 and 139).
Product placement: The exterior shot shows a sign of the EZ Storage company.
 
The scene when Peter picks up Kit with his limo at the spa was filmed on the CBS-MTM STUDIOS backlot. The fence on Gunsmoke Avenue (see # 086) can be seen on the left. The building at curbside (on the right), which stands in for a building on the Del Oro grounds, is the front of bungalow 8. It portrayed the Ridley County Police Department in # 143 (see there); also compare # 160. The side and rear are known from other purposes, such as the Tuscany Valley Vinters Club from # 143 and the Play Mountain Day Care Center from # 149, for instance.
 
License plate number of Peter's white Lincoln Town Car Pullman limo: 3E28889. - In # 151, the number was 2NBO647.
 
Unsolved mystery: How can Tony know about the airport where Kit and Peter intend to depart from? - Did Angela tell him maybe in order to get Tony out of the valley finally?
 
The exterior footage of the plane taking off shows a different jetliner (6 windows) than the one used in the scenes at the airport (3 windows). Both airport scenes (Wilkinson at the Tuscany Valley Airport as well as Peter, Kit and Tony at a small airport near the valley) are filmed at the Burbank Airport (nowadays Bob Hope Airport).
The scene with the jetliner (Peter, Kit and Tony) taking off is bought from a film library. This clip was also used on a number of other TV productions, including the main titles of "Hart to Hart".
 
Allusion to Greek mythology: Peter calls his farewell letter to Angela a Pandora's box. - Pandora was the first woman on earth who was created to punish manhood for Prometheus' theft of the fire and who brought evil.
 
In the scene with Chao-Li in Emma's bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, a mysterious shadow moves from the left to the right (obviously from the crew or the filming equipment in front of the bed).
 
The interior set of another hallway in one of the upper floors of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, which was newly built for this season, is different from the upstairs hallways shown in # 001, 004, 005, 047, 066, 099, 102, 103 and 132 (compare # 066, 099 and 132 for details). - It must be a different part of the house again.
Drawings of the Mansion (floor plans and architectural views) are available here.
 

The most striking thing about the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion attic set is the same characteristic stained glass window again - the window known from many different places in the Mansion (compare # 069, 099 and 152 for details).

 
Inconsistency: How can Emma, who - according to # 105 - suffers from acrophobia, climb up to the roof of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion and threaten to commit suicide now? - Or is this her special way of adding more dramatic irony to her decision to kill herself?
 
For the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion rooftop scenes with Emma, compare # 156 for details.
 
The black and white flashback scenes with the young Angela after childbirth are real clips with JANE WYMAN from the 1951 movie "The Blue Veil". Even though the flashback scene is supposed to take place in 1942 (as # 157 will reveal), it is an absolutely terrific strategy!
 
In contrast to that, the writing staff paid less attention to Julia's age: Whereas the early years of the series seemed to suggest she might be the oldest of Douglas and Angela's children, it is mentioned in Peter's farewell letter that Richard was Douglas and Angela's first child - thus making Julia younger than Richard. Knowing from # 156 and 157 Richard was born in 1942, the earliest possible year of birth for Julia could be 1943. Considering Lance was born in 1960, as we know from # 001 (see there) and # 025, Julia must have been only 17 when he was born. Now, to make the confusion perfect - Lance's half-brother Father Christopher was supposed to be even older than Lance, making Julia even younger when she gave birth to him.
Although it is possible and the only logical solution, it seems a bit unrealistic that Julia was 17 when she gave birth to Lance and married Tony and even younger when she gave birth to Chris - especially in the late 1950's or early 1960's.
 
The car chase for Melissa in the streets near the Port of San Francisco is actually filmed near the Port of Los Angeles (San Pedro) in Wilmington, CA. The first street with the three cars involved driving along is West Harry Bridges Boulevard, filmed in western direction. When the three cars turn right, the camera features South Neptune Avenue towards Terminal Island (south).
 
Inconsistencies in the car chase to the pier:
The earliest scene at the Port of San Francisco features Richard (first screen grab) driving along a street with industrial chimneys in the background. The filming location is a part of South Neptune Avenue in Wilmington, CA, which is on the grounds of the Port of Los Angeles (filmed towards north). This area looks entirely different nowadays.
The later shots of Melissa's drive in the Volvo 740 and of her chasers - Chase and Maggie in the Porsche and Richard in the Jaguar - are from the same street though. In the later shot of Melissa and Dan, however, the industrial chimneys in the background are much closer than in the preceding shot of the cars chasing her. - The scene with Melissa was filmed too close to the chimneys, which might create the impression that she is behind the other cars, something that is not intended at all.
 
Cinematographic illusion: When Dan is right next to the Volvo Melissa has stolen, the motorcycle is actually attached to the camera dolly. As soon as Dan takes his hands off the handlebar to move towards the Volvo, the motorcycle would actually overturn instantly, particularly at such slow speed. This is prevented by the bike being attached to the dolly, finally creating the dramaturgical effect that the motorcycle keeps moving for a while until it overturns.
 
Mistake: In the scene at the pier when Melissa shifts the gears (from reverse to drive) in the stolen Volvo 740, the shots are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Richard's Jaguar (seen through the Volvo's back window) is in different positions in subsequent frames.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The dive into the San Francisco Bay is at Pier 52. - The filming location, however, is Terminal Island at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro with the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the background doubling as the Oakland Bay Bridge. The scene with Melissa's car diving into the bay is filmed at the at the Evergreen Container Terminal.
 
It seems to be an extraordinary coincidence that Dan's phone call earlier in this episode - he calls Chase's office to let him know Melissa was seen at the docks - was made from a payphone just at the same spot where Melissa finally drives into the bay. - The choice of this location was apparently a matter of practicability.
The payphone, by the way, is a prop and was installed right in front of the blue gantry crane also seen in the background during the scene with the cars.
 

The bulk carrier at the docks is the Swedish Wieldrecht (4). Built in 1982, she was resold and renamed in 1991; after a series of ownership transfers and name changes, she was demolished in 2012.

 
There are obviously stunt doubles of ROBERT FOXWORTH and DAVID SELBY diving into the Bay.
 
Mistake: When Chase hands over Kevin to Maggie, the close-ups are from different takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Maggie holds the baby to her left shoulder in one moment, but to her right shoulder in the subsequent frame filmed from across. This mistake happens several times during the scene. Only two examples are pictured here.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The close-ups of Chase (and Kevin) in the icy waters of San Francisco Bay as well as the close-ups of Maggie (and Kevin) at the dock are filmed at the former water tank at CBS-MTM STUDIOS (now CBS STUDIO CENTER), cleverly intercut with the wide angle shots from Terminal Island and the Vincent Thomas Bridge. This is also the case with the close-ups of Melissa in the bay in # 156 and 158. Only if you know, you will discover the water tank's edge on one of the publicity photos from the current episode (yellow mark). There is also less distance between the water surface and the top of the pier structure in the close-ups. The water tank was removed in 1988 when this area of the studio lot was redeveloped for new buildings.
 
Six different versions of the cliffhanger were filmed. Original plans also included Tony and Lance diving into the water. As far as the initial suggestions for Melissa are concerned, refer to # 158 for details.
When originally aired, a sneak preview for the next season was shown at the end of this episode (identical with the preview before the main title of # 156). This rather untypical gimmick became available at that time because the show continued filming episodes after the season finale was in the can. In anticipation of a writers' strike scheduled for summer and fall 1987, the crew got the first twelve episodes of season 7 filmed right after the production of season 6 had been wrapped up. - For more details for the production process, compare # 156.
The producers made sure the preview contained no shots of ROBERT FOXWORTH, DAVID SELBY, ANA-ALICIA, BRETT CULLEN, MARGARET LADD and CHAO-LI CHI making the audience wonder which characters would not survive the season cliffhanger.
 
ERNIE WALLENGREN, one of the most creative "Falcon Crest" crew members, leaves the show after 155 episodes. Outnumbering any other writer with a total of 44 scripts, he was often referred to as the show's great historian by his colleagues. He was instrumental in developing major storylines, including the romance of Maggie and Richard.
 

Supervising producer and writer GREG STRANGIS also leaves, having worked on the set since 1984.