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# 141 <6.14> Dark Passion
 
 
(revised 09/06/2021)
 
 
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.
In the usual process of making a movie or a TV show, scenes are shot at least twice — as a wide angle shot and in close-up, which bears the risk of inconsistencies. Compare # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for the advantages and disadvantages of this shooting procedure.
 

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.

 
Early script drafts listed Breslin as the last name for Jack, Richard's security guard. This did not materialize in the final version though. Script writer HOWARD LAKIN will use this last name in # 155 for Richard's underworld contact in San Francisco.
 
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.
 
Uncredited extra SHARRI ZAK appears as the gray-haired Tuscany Valley socialite with the pony tail again; this episode in the Del Oro lobby.
Compare # 202 for biographical details about this rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 009.
 
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 # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for details.
 
In early script drafts, Garth speaks to Richard about his years in the Austrian secret service. This line was dropped in rewrites. In general, it was more hinted than actually said that Garth's native language is German and that he worked as a spy or government agent of a foreign country before.
 
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 realtor's car is a golden Mercedes-Benz S-Class (type W116).
 
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 1987 Porsche 928 S4 now (compare # 132 and 133). Did he lease the golden 928 S for a short time only?

 
Historic allusion: Lance says Melissa has the Midas touch in reverse.
Midas was a king in ancient Greek mythology.
 

Sheriff North's patrol car (SUV) is a silver 1975 Dodge Ramcharger.

 
The painting by CLAUDE MONET entitled "Woman with a Parasol (facing right)" ("Femme à l'ombrelle"), which was hanging above the fireplace in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room between # 130 and 140, is now on the living room wall adjacent to the foyer (yellow arrow). It will remain here until # 170 and be replaced with another picture in # 171. For its new place in the rebuilt Mansion, see # 193.
For details about the picture itself, compare # 130.
 

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.
LORIMAR's original blueprints of many sets are available for DFCF members in the Show – Production Office – Filming Locations – Movie Studios – Interior Sets section.
 

Product placement: Dina thumbs through an issue of the Tempo magazine in the Del Oro lobby.

 
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 # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House).
 

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. 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).
 
Edited scene: Although filmed, one of the reaction shots during Skylar's memorial service was shortened, dropping the moment when Chao-Li gives his handkerchief to sniffling Mrs. Whitaker. The final cut only contains the white handkerchief in her hand, but you cannot see where or who she got it from.
 
Kit's rental limousine is a black stretched 1983 Cadillac Fleetwood.
It is, by the way, the same picture car that has been in use as Richard's limo since the previous episode.
 
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.
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.
 

Uncredited extra KEVIN TRACEY appears as the thick-eyebrowed Tuscany Valley gentleman again — this time in the Del Oro hallway to Lance and Dina's suite.
Compare # 185 for a list of all his appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 001.

 
An early script draft contained an even hotter description of Lance and Dina's sex scene at the Del Oro. Writer HOWARD LAKIN pointed out: "Lance and Dina in the hottest, sexiest pre-lovemaking embrace ever allowed by CBS on a tabletop." This alludes to the fact that CBS program practices, at the time, were very rigid and conservative. The writer tried to experiment with something more brave, but his original idea had to be changed due to interference from the network, making their usual demands that the lovers be wearing acceptable bed attire, or if unattired, be appropriately covered (on her: breasts totally covered, nothing visible on the back below the bra line; on him: nothing visible below the waist) and that they lie side by side rather than in layers.
 
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 forklift near the warehouse in San Francisco is a Hyster H-Series model. This forklift is owned by the transportation department of CBS-MTM STUDIOS and was already used in # 094 as the forklift of the Falcon Crest Winery.

 

Richard's car taking Erin to the warehouse in San Francisco is a black 1984 Chrysler Fifth Avenue.

 
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.
 
 


 
 
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