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# 142 <6.15> When the Bough Breaks
 
 
(revised 05/02/2022)
 
 
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.
 
Prop: The New Globe issue contains an article on the front page with the headline "City Bond Issue Nears Approval" (yellow mark). It was already used in # 072 (compare there) and in # 138; it will reappear in # 147.
For more information about the use of generic newspaper articles or layouts in other productions, check out the Beyond the Show - Props - Documents section.
 
DAVID GUST, the tall, black-haired and mustached uncredited extra, who is best known for his rôle as an assistant district attorney (# 091, 092 and 154), but who also plays different characters in the series, is in tennis outfits in the Del Oro lobby in this episode.
Compare # 183 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 063.
 

Uncredited extra LARRY HUMBURGER appears in another rôle - this time in tennis outfits in the Del Oro lobby.
Compare # 227 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 078.

 

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

 
The filming location for the San Francisco park (Green's phone call with Richard) is the driveway to Hansen Dam Park on Osborne Street in Sylmar, CA in Greater L.A. - i.e. the section of Stonehurst Avenue between the Lake View Terrace Library and the Hansen Dam Aquatic Center. As the park area around here was redeveloped since filming, particularly with the building of the Hansen Dam Aquatic Center, this driveway looks different nowadays.
The phone booth in the scene is a prop.
 
The scene in the park reveals that Richard has two identical black 1984 Chrysler Fifth Avenue cars; also compare # 141 and 143.
 
Ridley, OK has a population of 8,100.
 
The filming location for March Ridley's gas station in this and the following episode is a former gas station named The Checkered Flag (name even visible on the show) on Foothill Boulevard at the corner of Osborne Street in Sylmar, CA - across from Hansen Dam Park (see above). The gas station no longer exists. The whole neighborhood was redeveloped into a residential and business area in the early 1990's. A small shopping center was built on the former gas station's lot.
 

March Ridley wears a Cleveland Indians baseball cap boasting their then-mascot named Chief Wahoo.

 

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 Ridley family was called Nelson in early script drafts. This was changed when the writing staff came up with the idea of the town being named after its leading family.
 

License plate number of Chase's gray 1984 Chrysler Fifth Avenue 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).
LORIMAR's original blueprints of this set and many others are available for DFCF members in the Show - Production Office - Filming Locations - Movie Studios - Exterior Sets section.
 
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.
 
In the hallway to Dr. Weather's office at the Queen of the Valley Hospital, an art print of the picture entitled "Still Life, Taj Hotel, Bombay" (1977; crayon on paper) by British artist DAVID HOCKNEY (born 1937) hangs on the wall.
 
A poster with an artwork by American artist SUSAN PEAR MEISEL (born 1947) - "The Washington Monument" - can be seen in the hallway to Melissa's room (an interior set) at the Queen of the Valley Hospital.
The same prop was already used in different areas of the Tuscany Valley Hospital in # 041, 048, 059 and 064, in Melissa's gynecologist's practice in # 088, in two different QVH hallways in # 102, 103 and 110 and in two different hallways at the San Francisco Metropolitan Hospital in # 096 and 115.
 
Prop: The picture in Melissa's room at the Queen of the Valley Hospital with a stylized scenery is the same as the one that has been hanging on the stairway wall in the Gioberti House since season 4.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Angela and Melissa at the Queen of the Valley Hospital, Melissa turns over in her bed, lying on her right side first. In the subsequent close-up, she is lying on her back though. The positions of her arms and hands are also different.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for details.
 
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.

 

Uncredited extra LENNART JAKELL appears in this episode again as the distinguished white-haired Tuscany Valley gentleman — this time in the Del Oro lobby.
Compare # 227 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 022.

 
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.
 
The backdrop in the set of Vickie and Dan's hotel room in Hawaii shows the Aoao Crescent Park apartment complex and Diamond Head in the distance. It can be concluded from this point of view, particularly from the fact that the rooftop of the building across is visible, that the hotel room is located in one of the uppermost floors on the southeastern corner of Hyatt Place's Diamond Head Tower.
 
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 # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for details.
 

Sam Ridley's car is a beige 1982 Ford Bronco.

 
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 establishing clip originated on the production of "The Greek Tycoon" (1978). A longer pan of the harbor from that footage was used in that movie.
 
The scene on the terrace of Peter's villa on Kallos with him and his servant is looped in the original version. It was filmed with the dialog in English language. In post-production, however, the producing staff realized that it would make more sense to have Peter speak in his native language in Greece. So CESAR ROMERO and ERIC GOLDNER had to dub the scene in Greek language in the ADR booth at Compact Video in Burbank. The original version of the episode includes English subtitles for the dialog.
Their Greek does not sound too realistic though. The butler has a strong accent that suggests he might have Indian or Arabian roots. Peter's pronunciation is not authentic either. CESAR ROMERO, however, attempted to mumble, trying to cover his accent.
 
The home of Dan's lawyer, Ben Crawley, in Fremont near Ridley, OK is the front of the Duchess Ranch, a former exterior set at CBS-MTM STUDIOS whose western side 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. 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.
 
Historic allusion: Ben Crawley mentions the legendary American lawyer CLARENCE DARROW (1857 - 1938).
 
 


 
 
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