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# 131 <6.04> Fatal Attraction
 
 
(revised 05/02/2022)
 
 
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 and 072 for details). The filming location is near the former Inglewood Estate Winery (nowadays Sinegal Estate) in St. Helena, CA. Refer to # 137 for additional information.

 
Mistake: When Angela tastes one of the sample for the dishes for the Del Oro opening, the position of her left hand is different in subsequent frames. Also, the caterer to her right would have to be visible in the close-up of her on the left of the frame, considering how closely he stands near her in the far shot.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique — check # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for details.
 
Now that Chase extends his holdings, the Gioberti Winery becomes 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. This backing actually shows an eastern view from the 1969-annexed tower of the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill.
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.
LORIMAR's original blueprints of this set (in its layout from # 136 onwards) and many others are available for DFCF members in the Show – Production Office – Filming Locations – Movie Studios – Interior Sets section.
 
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, script writer SCOTT HAMNER.
 
The establishing shot of the Gioberti House with Vickie's Jeep Wrangler YJ is previously unused footage that originated while shooting # 130. In the preceding episode, Vickie left the house to drive away in her car. The few moments before she came into the picture were not presented in # 130, but delivered additional coverage for establishing shots.
 

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).
 
Kit's suite is a new interior set on sound stage 16 at CBS-MTM STUDIOS (nowadays CBS STUDIO CENTER).
LORIMAR's original blueprints of this set and many others are available for DFCF members in the Show – Production Office – Filming Locations – Movie Studios – Interior Sets section.
 

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

 
Fictional entity: Dancer works for M/V Gold Rush, a ferry company offering tours to Alcatraz. 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 — a 1966 GMC PD 4107 "Buffalo Bus" — 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 DMA 302 (left late) and Nevada 18757 P (middle plate).
 
Mistake: Dan looks out of the bus window and sees Melissa in her Chevrolet Corvette C4 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 # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) 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 Chevrolet Corvette C4 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.
 
License plate number of Melissa's red Chevrolet Corvette C4 Convertible: 2CQI406. This is a new car, by the way; Melissa's red Corvette in season 5 was a Targa (see # 102).
 
The filming location for the Tuscany Valley country road (scene with Melissa and Dan) is Hardman Avenue outside Napa, CA. The segment begins and ends with the camera facing northeast on Hardman (first and last screen capture). The Corvette drives on a section of Hardman between the first knoll after Estee Avenue and almost Silverado Trail. The vineyards in the drive-by of the Corvette are filmed in southwestern direction on the southern side of Hardman Avenue.
The scene in the final version is a reshoot. The segment had originally been filmed on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS (now CBS STUDIO CENTER), but the film was damaged. Original location plans for the reshoot suggested a country road near the Oakville Carmelite Monastery (compare # 128), but for unknown reasons the scene eventually had to be refilmed on Hardman Avenue.
 

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 # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) 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.
 
Mistake: In the same scene, Tony is closely behind Angela, but slightly off to the side when the camera is facing them. In the subsequent wide angle shot from behind them, however, he is suddenly standing in a different angle farther away from her.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique — check # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for details.
 
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 blonde played by uncredited extra BETTY JEANNE GLENNIE is at the Turf Club in this episode.
Compare # 169 for biographical details about this minor rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 026.

 
Uncredited stand-in GORDON HODGINS appears as an extra again — this time in his usual rôle as a Tuscany Valley gentleman at the Tuscany Downs Turf Club.
Compare # 182 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about GORDON HODGINS, compare # 001.
 
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.

 
Mistake: During the opening party of the Del Oro, Melissa's left arm is at her side, quite close to her torso, in the conversation with Eric first. But after the cut to Eric, her left elbow is outward as if her hand is on her left hip, only to go back to the previous position of her arm in the subsequent camera angle on her again. Eric's position is different, too; he is leaning on his left elbow first while he touches the bar with his left hand in the subsequent frame.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique — check # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for details.
 
The Queen of the Valley Hospital interiors in this episode are actually the interiors of former wings of the Orthopaedic Institute for Children in Downtown Los Angeles.
Maggie's room, the hallways around and the elevator were located on the 4th floor in the east wing of the former northern building, which was demolished in 2007. An apartment complex is now on that site. Jeff's attempt to escape and the chase comes to an end in a 2nd floor corridor of the former connection (also demolished in 2007) between the northern building and the hospital's southern main wing, which is still standing.
 
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.
 

Lance has a new car this season. It is a silver Porsche 911 Carrera Sport Covertible now. It is the same model as his previous vehicle, but in a different color (compare # 099), as the close-up in this episode reveals. The license plate number is 2PAD139.

 
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.
LORIMAR's original map of this part of the studio lot is available for DFCF members in the Show – Production Office – Filming Locations – Movie Studios – Exterior Sets section.
 

The identification code of Sheriff Gilmore's patrol car (the same Chevrolet Malibu as in # 128; compare there) is legible in its entirety this time. It is 6583.

 
Early script drafts suggested that, towards the end of the episode, Dan watch the family during dinner from the terrace through the dining room window of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion (to the right of the entrance), maybe even implying that he is eavesdropping on them. In the final version, he is visibly amused and makes himself at home, relaxing in one of the wicker chairs — on the veranda in front of the living room (i.e. on the other side of the front entrance). It remains unanswered if what was eventually filmed (in contrast to the script) meant to suggest that Dan overheard the family's discussion about him during dinner.
 
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.
 
 


 
 
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