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(revised 12/04/2014)
 
 
General Information
 
Nielsen Ratings: number 42 (of 106) on the TV series hit list.
 
Company background:
After LORIMAR had merged with TELEPICTURES CORPORATION in 1986 to form LORIMAR-TELEPICTURES and the president and one of the founding partners, LEE RICH, left the company, there was a process of reorganizing the whole company. Many established shows, including "Falcon Crest", were suddenly forced to meet new budget criteria because the new company regime demanded production costs be cut drastically.
 
Location filming in the Wine Country was done for # 156 through 167.
As usual, Spring Mountain Vineyards and Stags' Leap Winery are the major filming sites.
Season 7 started shooting earlier - right after the season 6 cliffhanger without the traditional hiatus because LORIMAR wanted to get the first twelve episodes in the can right away as it was feared that a screenwriters' strike could come up in July 1987. - Also check # 156 for the production process.
Due to this unusual shooting schedule, there are a little less Wine Country location shots than usual at the beginning of this season. # 156, 158 and 164 feature a few interior scenes of the Gioberti Winery; these episodes as well as # 159 and 160 feature a couple of exteriors of the Gioberti Estate (all filmed at Stags' Leap). Richard's house will be used only in # 156, 157, 159 through 162, 166 and 167. But far less shootings will take place at Spring Mountain than in the previous years.
 
The outline for the first twelve episodes was done quite hastily and - for the first eleven episodes - mostly without the input of supervising producer HOWARD LAKIN, who was suffering from a back injury, as he explained in an exclusive 2007 DFCF interview. Due to these circumstances, the early episodes of the season (some of which written by non-staff writers) are much more inconsistent and less specific as usual. There are a number of contradictions in the shorter storylines in particular, e.g. the vague hints about what Chase put up as collateral for Nicole Sauguet's loan (check # 157 for details) and - even more obvious - the Carlton Travis storyline, which lacks a reasonable explanation why Carlton blames Richard for his own pathologic guilt complex caused by his brother's death although Carlton apparently is not insane at all. After the filming hiatus (between # 167 and 168), which enabled the writing staff to finish the bible for the rest of the season, the plot will become much more complex and less inconsistent.
Another problem apparently coming along with the early start of the shootings for this season is that the time frame is completely inconsistent. The writers obviously lost focus on the dates of previous recurring events, such as Joseph's birthday (see # 160) and Angela's birthday (see # 175) and did not realize how much time went by between certain episodes or even within one episode (check out # 165, 170, 178 and 179 in particular).
 
Despite many continuing threads, many storylines will be tied up more quickly this season. Although "Falcon Crest" keeps up its serialized mode of storytelling, it will develop a slight tendency towards episodic television this year by creating episodes with a beginning, middle and end to move even more rapidly than in the previous season. The producers hope to make it easier for new viewers to pick up the story.
Guests on "Crest": A new special guest star policy will contribute to that aim as well. The producers decided to have at least one new celeb guest per month this season. Therefore, season 7 is the year with the largest number of rotating guests in the Tuscany Valley.
Due to budget constraints, a few members of the main cast (BRETT CULLEN, MARGARET LADD, JOHN CALLAHAN, DANA SPARKS and CHAO-LI CHI) will not appear in some episodes.
 
Special guest stars the producers intended to hire for this season:
Princess MARIE-CHRISTINE: casting plans for the stepsister of the late Belgian King BAUDOUIN were dropped.
ANGIE DICKINSON: Her name was mentioned several times, also with regard to the storyline about Angela's first child. Before the final decision was made that this plotline would work much better with Richard, the producers thought about bringing Angela's scheming oldest daughter into the picture in season 7.
RAQUEL WELCH: Negotiations failed before details were planned ; the actress, however, arranged for her daughter, TAHNEE WELCH, to be cast in the rôle of Shannon Taylor, a character specifically written for her.
TOM CRUISE: Although never confirmed, the National Enquirer claims that negotiations were also made with this actor in the early days of his career.
 
The animation of the flying falcon for this season's main title took six weeks to be produced - it was an early stage of computer generated animation.
Main title screen captures are available here.
 
Original storyline plans:
Chase, presumed drowned, will show up at Falcon Crest in disguise to start a romance with the show's newest scheming, ruthless female, Nicole Sauguet.
 
 
# 156 <7.01> Opening Moves
 
Tentative title: "Aftermath".
 
As in the season 6 première, not only a recap of last season's finale and a sneak preview of the current episode are featured before the main title, 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, as in season 6.
 
The recap shows Melissa driving into the bay from a different perspective. Comparing the sequence with the one used in the previous episode, the footage was filmed with another camera from a different angle at the same time.
 
The background picture on JANE WYMAN's main title card features a view from River Road in the Tuscany Valley over the walnut tree-lined main driveway to Falcon Crest and parts of the wine estate's vineyards, particularly the Gioberti Estate. It is previously unused footage - the beginning of a longer sequence, whose later segments were used in # 132 (compare the scene with Julia and Tony in his car on the top of River Road).
 
The background picture of Monte Carlo on DANA SPARKS' main title card features a western view over the city from the Quai Antoine 1er. It is stock footage from a film library.
 
Angela's new limousine, which is presented in the main title, but will be featured in a scene in # 166 for the first time, is a black 1987 Cadillac Fleetwood.
 
The picture of SUSAN SULLIVAN is specifically filmed for this season's main title on the driveway to Richard's native stone home during the shootings of # 162.
For the other actors' pictures in the main title, especially those coming from various scenes, see the information listed in the respective episodes.
 
Series time frame: This episode opens right after the season 6 cliffhanger. Giving respect to the time frame as stated in # 155, it is April 1987.
 
The San Francisco Bay area scenes are filmed at the Port of Los Angeles (the harbor in San Pedro) again, with the Vincent Thomas Bridge doubling as the Oakland Bay Bridge in the background, as in # 155.
The complete bay sequence - both for the season 6 cliffhanger as well as for this season's opener - was shot on one day (compare the general information). After the cliffhanger scene, the cast and crew had lunch and then immediately returned for the shooting of the première scene of year 7, but none of the actors (except BOB FOXWORTH, who had already been fired weeks before) actually knew if they would be back for the new season. They were excited to find out after the lunch break who would stay on the show. The big surprise was that LORIMAR executives had prepared the new contracts during lunch and handed them to the cast members asking them to sign right there and play - or leave.
 
The identification code of the Coast Guard helicopter is 1402.
 
It seems mysterious how long Melissa was under water before she finally came out. The Coast Guard have arrived and rescued Richard and Dan in the meantime. - Or did she also emerge from the water earlier in an unseen moment?
 
License plate number of Lance's new black Mercedes-Benz 560 SL convertible: 2PAD139.
 
Prop inconsistency: Whereas a pink / purple phalenopsis was in the vase on Angela's desk in the season 6 cliffhanger, the première of year 7 features a white flower, which does not even resemble the orchid in any way.
 
Early script drafts: The scene after Lance's arrival in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer was initially longer: Towards the end of the scene, when Lance runs up the stairs and Angela is with Chao-Li, she tells Melody, coming from the kitchen and pantry, to call an ambulance. Then, Angela climbs up the stairway. The last few parts of this scene were dropped so MELODY McCORD had no appearance in the final version of this episode.
 
The ambulance arriving at Falcon Crest to take Chao-Li to the hospital is a Riner ambulance. As in # 128 (details there), the name of the privately owned ambulance and medical equipment company in the Napa Valley, CA, Piner, was changed by the prop masters by modifying the "P" into an "R" - creating the fictional Riner company.
 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion set - inconsistency: The rooftop scenes with Emma are a strange montage. Parts of these scenes are filmed at the real house, other parts at the studios.
 
In parts of these scenes, the roof (main tower) can be seen directly behind Emma. This is a set built on the sound stage. The slope of the roof is different from the real house; also the center ornament in the small triangle gable of the main tower is missing in the replica, and the look of the shingles is different - it looks more like a roofing felt, carton or plastic, not like the real slate shingles.
In other parts, MARGARET LADD is standing on top of the front veranda. These parts are filmed at the real house. She is standing next to the little "balcony" atop the entranceway (see mark) - approximately where the roof of the entranceway and the top of the veranda roof meet.
The close-ups of Lance and Emma, however, are filmed on the set on stage.
The window Angela looks out cannot be near Emma's position. There are no diagonal elements of the wooden decoration on the front of the real house. The only diagonal wooden decoration in the real house is on the back (above the study), but the window there is different from the one in the set - there are only sash windows in the real house (except the dining room window), but no casement windows opening to the outside (see right photo). - A poor set.
 
The shape of the attic Lance (or Chao-Li in the previous episode) climbs up does not fit into Villa Miravalle's real floor plan properly.
If the set were taken seriously, the stairway would be in front of the two southern second floor windows. This makes no sense of course. Only the shape of the roof and the chimney made from brick (eastern wall) fit into the real floor plan. The characteristic stained glass window (compare # 155 and 172) Lance looks out is nowhere in the real house.
 
Strange: Why did Angela not notice Chao-Li fell off the stairway in the previous episode? She was in the study of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion and should have heard the noise even though the sliding doors were closed.
 
In the close-up, Lance and Emma are filmed in a different position on the roof than in the subsequent wide angle shot.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Mistake: The establishing clip of the Houses of Parliament in London is purchased from a film library; it is 10:00 AM on the clock tower (Big Ben). The scene prior to that clip, however, depicts the events in the San Francisco Bay on the day of the accident. The next San Francisco scene after the London scene is on the evening of the very same day. Giving respect to the time gap (San Francisco time is eight ours behind London time), it cannot be 10:00 AM in London.
 
The season 7 bible and original script drafts suggested Nicole's last name be Sauget. It was only later in the production process when it was changed to Sauguet.
 
In the scene When Nicole Sauguet is introduced and in many other scenes with her in this and the following episodes, MARK SNOW uses "Nicole Sauguet's Theme", a score he specifically composed for the series.
In 1990, MARK SNOW uses that score with minor modifications in the CBS TV-movie "Miracle Landing" (written by GARNER SIMMONS) in a scene with ANA-ALICIA, who plays a flight attendant there.
 
The first floor bedroom and bathroom in the Napa Valley residence used as Richard's house is the filming location for Nicole's bedroom and bathroom in her London townhouse.
 
Actress HELEN MIZOGUCHI was originally cast to play the Queen of the Valley Hospital Nurse. But GLORIA HENDRY finally won the rôle.
 
The bridge over the River Thames in London (where Nicole throws her "CG" ring into the water) is the same location used as in # 105 and 137 (compare there). A prop statue was installed on the riverside railing this time. Having undergone major reconstruction work in 1992, the bridge looks slightly different nowadays (compare current photo).
As Nicole's Rolls-Royce drives on the right side of the road, this must be a one-way street - considering left hand traffic in the UK.
 
Mistake: Nicole takes the ring with Chase's initials off her finger and places it into her cupped hand (close-up). In the wide angle shot, she throws it away; LESLIE CARON, however, still wears the ring on the intermediate phalanx of her middle finger with the "CG" engraving facing her cupped hand. She clenches her fist to actually keep the prop when she creates the illusion of throwing it into the river.
 
First, Maggie places the Kevin's baby bottle horizontally on the sideboard in the hospital room in San Francisco. In the subsequent frame filmed from across, however, the bottle is standing on the sideboard
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Early script drafts: The opening scene of act 2 featured Richard leaning against his limo in front of the Tuscany Valley Bank, waiting for Angela. When she - dressed in red - steps out, he warns her not to bulldoze Maggie. Angela ridicules him as Maggie's guardian angel and says they will just have to see what is in Chase's will. - This scene was omitted in rewrites.
 
Edited scene: The breakfast scene with Emma, Lance and Angela on the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion veranda was initially longer: It started with Emma explaining to Lance that she made the artichoke waffles herself to thank him. - That part of the scene was removed in post-production. The artichoke waffles, however, can still be seen on Lance's plate towards the end of the scene.
By the way, in season 8, Emma tells Daniel Cabot she hates artichokes. - Interestingly enough, the fact that the part about the artichokes in the current episode was edited, avoided any consistency issues with Emma's dislike of artichokes.
In early script drafts, the scene in the current episode had a different ending: Emma was supposed to exit the scene after Angela arrives. At the end of the scene, Lance provocatively asks Angela what she is going to do now; he says that life is not going to be much fun for her without Chase to plot against. He wonders if Richard is going to be enough for her. - The scene underwent several rewrites.
 
Stock footage of a jet in the clouds is used as Nicole's jetliner; the same footage was used in # 154 as Richard's jet.
 
N711AG is the license number of Nicole's jet.
 
The Monte Carlo casino where Eric and Vickie spend the evening is actually one of the ballrooms at the Biltmore Hotel (nowadays Millennium Biltmore Hotel) in Los Angeles. The same location was used in # 062 (see there).
Also see # 166 for this filming location.
 
The script suggested that, in the scene with Garth breaking into Len Potts' office, a sign be shown to identify the law firm as Potts, Darnell and Gersh. In the final version, Potts was a single attorney at law.
Inside joke: The Darnell name was borrowed from story editor and writer CYNTHIA DARNELL.
 
Cast and crew background: ED MARINARO is a good friend of JEFF FREILICH's.
 
Early script drafts suggested Remick fighting in Zaire, West Africa. This was changed to North Africa in order to be politically correct and not to name a specific African country a battle field.
 
Early script drafts included a scene at the beginning of act 3 with Remick coming to a bank named Second Mercantile Trust in New York City. He enters the vault and takes the Army service revolver from the safe deposit box. - The scene was omitted in the final script revision. The gun, however, is seen when John first appears at the Gioberti House.
 
The aircraft interior set used as Nicole's private jet and the Boeing 747 John uses to fly to the U.S. is the same. Only minor changes in the set dressing were made to save production costs.
 
The photo of Chase, John and other soldiers in Viet Nam is a montage. A cut and paste technique was used to insert ROBERT FOXWORTH's head from another old black and white photograph (Nicole's photo).
 
Edited scene: The segment with Emma joining Angela in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study late at night and confronting her about Richard's identity was initially longer: It began with Angela's unsuccessful attempt to call Peter Stavros. - The scene was shortened in post-production.
 
Allusion to Greek mythology: In her conversation with Angela about Richard, Emma refers to the legend of Medea, who killed her children.
 
Early script drafts suggested a scene, in which Dan picks up Melissa from jail in San Francisco. A media crush is there, awaiting her release. One of the reporters is the one who reported from the pier about Chase's disappearance in an earlier scene. The reporter says that judge Danziger set bail for Melissa at $ 250,000. Dan protects Melissa against the cameramen and reporters by telling them that she is deeply sorry for any grief she may have caused Mrs. Gioberti. - This scene was omitted.
 
The final part of the conversation between Vickie and Maggie about Chase's death was rewritten several times. Early script drafts put even more emphasis on how much Vickie hates Richard. These drafts suggested that she tell Maggie to count her out of her life as long as Richard is a part of Maggie's life; he came between her and Chase, and she was stupid enough to fall for it.
 
Inconsistency: Eric's hair has apparently grown between # 155 and 156 although the end of season 6 and the beginning of season 7 are the same day. - JOHN CALLAHAN had some time off after season 6 before his first season 7 scene was shot.
 
License plate number of Eric's new gray Corvette convertible (according to early prop planning, a Ferrari): 2CSI908 - the same number Chase's red Porsche 944 had last season! What a silly prop policy!
 
The conversation between Vickie and Eric was rewritten several times. Early script drafts put even more emphasis on Eric's callous attitude about Chase's death: When Vickie asks him how he is going to pay back all his IOUs from Monte Carlo, he murmurs: "Where there's a will there's a way." This is a nice pun, considering Chase's will. - The line, however, did not make it to the final shooting script.
 
Early script drafts suggested a scene, in which Spence hires the assailant to kill Richard. - This scene was omitted in order not to spoil the surprise in this episode's final scene.
 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Emma wears the yellow blouse she already wore in # 140.
 
License plate number of Dan's new gray Jeep 4x4 truck: 2U23230 (old blue California plate with yellow lettering).
 
The Wine Country filming location seen in # 027, 079, 130 and 134 is used again - this time, as the Agretti swimming pool between the vineyards (as it will be in # 157 through 158 and 160).
But in this episode, the yellow pool house can be seen in the background.
 
LORENZO's tattoos are covered well with special camouflage "make-up" in the pool scene. - The make-up artists finally found the perfect solution: bat guano!
 

The interiors of the Gioberti Winery are filmed at Stags' Leap Winery, as they will be in # 158 and 164.
 
Early script drafts included scenes with Maggie and Nicole in Len Potts' office: First, Maggie learns that Chase's will that was left at Len's law office was a dummy copy; Chase never consulted the attorney about his estate. Len says that John Remick might have the real will, as Maggie already knows. When Maggie leaves the office, she passes Nicole Sauguet, whom she does not know yet. When Nicole presents her documents concerning Chase's estate to Len, he is surprised. - These scenes were omitted during script revisions. This made room for the storyline about Chase's codicils later in the seasons as they were stored at Len Potts' office.
 
Early script drafts contained a scene in the tool shed at Falcon Crest towards the end of the episode, which features the pool boy, stripped to his shorts by the assailant, who puts on his clothes. - The scene was omitted in order not to spoil the surprise in this episode's final scene.
 
 
# 157 <7.02> Obsession, Possession
 
According to this episode, Richard was born in 1942.
At first sight, this seems to be in contrast to some statements in # 031 when Angela said to Jacqueline she was "35 years late" for discretion and Phillip said what Jacqueline did occurred "more than 35 years ago". As they referred to Jacqueline's affair with Douglas in that episode, it is likely it was only a rough estimation about how long their affair might have gone on after Richard's birth. It does not refer to Richard's year of birth.
Full family trees of the Giobertis and Agrettis including dates (birth, death, marriages, etc.) are available here.
 
Early script drafts suggested that, after Nicole's first visit with Maggie, John follow her on the driveway in front of the Gioberti House, where she is about to enter a limousine. He threatens to stop her. - This idea was dropped.
 
Deleted scene: This episode's director's cut originally included a scene with Angela climbing up to the attic of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion and speaking to an old oil portrait of Douglas Channing, blaming him for making her believe their first child had died after childbirth. When she punches and tears the portrait, Emma chastises her, asking her when she will finally learn to forgive. - This scene was deleted from the final version of the episode.
The portrait of Douglas did not show STEPHEN ELLIOTT, who played Angie's ex-husband in season 1, but actually this episode's director. In an exclusive DFCF interview, MICHAEL A. HOEY shared more details.
 
Fictional entity: Nicole owns the London based Sauguet Pharmaceuticals.
 
Inconsistency: Chase borrowed $ 30 million from Nicole Sauguet in Paris in 1981 to start his new wine business in California and put up his holdings as collateral. - But how could that be Gioberti Enterprises or the Gioberti Winery? When Chase borrowed the money, he only owned the Gioberti Estate (the 50 acres he inherited from Jason). It is also strange that the estimated value of Gioberti Enterprises is said to be $ 30 million after Chase and Tony expanded a lot in 1986-87 und Terry's vineyards (McKay and Visconti) also became part of the Gioberti Winery after Maggie had inherited them from her sister and signed a proxy for Chase.
Solution: Maybe, this is the net worth after dissolving the partnership with Tony and Lance and paying back the $ 100 million credit line to the Tuscany Valley Bank, or it even refers to the net worth of the Gioberti Estate only. The last case is most likely to be the right interpretation because this would also explain what exactly Chase put up as collateral in 1981: the Gioberti House and the original 50 acres. - In this case, however, the net worth seems to be too high considering one third of Falcon Crest (much more than 50 acres) had a net worth of approximately $ 30 million in 1984 (compare # 079); it is also strange why Maggie is afraid of losing also the winery to Nicole in foreclosure because the winery has never been part of those original 50 acres...
 
Early script drafts contained an act 1 scene with Maggie, rushing out of the Gioberti House towards her car. Richard happens to arrive that moment, and she runs into his arms with Chase's letter she got from John. - This scene was dropped so Maggie and Richard's conversation about the letter immediately began on the terrace of the Tuscany Valley Inn.
 
The scene with Maggie and Richard on the terrace of the Tuscany Valley Inn is filmed on the grounds of the old Lisbon (Mathews) Winery in the city of Napa (nowadays Jarvis Conservatory). Also refer to # 165 to the future use of that location.
 
The scene with Richard and Maggie on the Tuscany Valley Inn terrace was originally longer: Towards the end, Maggie, near tears, crumples Chase's letter into a ball and tosses it into an ashtray. She runs into the restaurant, obviously to go to the ladies' room. Richard takes the ball, smoothes it down and reads the last sentence: "I'll always love you." - This part was removed in post-production.
 
Product placement: Dan christens his home with a bottle of Perrier-Jouët (Fleur de Champagne).
 
The interior scene in the Roman-Catholic church where Angela meets with Father Bob is filmed in the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Napa, CA. The same location will be used for another scene with these two characters in # 166.
 
Nicole's suite at the Del Oro is the usual interior set used for any suite at the spa (compare # 132, 141, 151 and 152) since season 6. As usual, only minor changes in the furniture and other equipment were made to meet budget criteria. The same goes for Eric and Vickie's suite.
 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion veranda set - inconsistency: The replica of the dining room window is a two-casement 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.
 
Early script drafts suggested as the act 2 opener a scene in the front yard at the Gioberti Estate with Maggie working in the garden and Angela coming over. She offers paying off Nicole and taking over the Gioberti Winery and the Gioberti Estate so that Maggie can leave the valley with her dignity intact. Maggie declines the offer. - This scene was omitted.
 
Product placement: Richard serves Perrier mineral water to Maggie.
 
Richard's nickname for Angela is the "Wicked Witch of the West" (as it will be in # 175 again). In # 031, Maggie already used that term; in # 127, Melissa used a similar nickname.
The nickname is an allusion to the children's novel "The Wizard of Oz" by L. FRANK BAUM and the stage play and film version by the same name where this name was first used.
 
Real life allusion: Emma's gift for Richard is a spoon made by PAUL REVERE (1734 - 1818), a master craftsman, highly praised for his work in gold and silversmithing.
 
Post-production mistake: Old establishing shots of the Gioberti Winery with the prop sign saying "Gianinni Winery" are still reused. This is apparently wrong because the company has been called Gioberti Winery since # 114.
 
The Gioberti Winery interior set consists of the usual moveable walls (compare # 152 for details) and is propped with the cases known from # 145 (Kibbler Beverages) and # 149 (Gabrielle's former wine cellar).
 
Despite the new "make-up" (compare # 156), the skin on LORENZO's right shoulder appears darker than on the rest of his body due to his tattoo.
 
The Silverado Country Club & Resort in Napa, CA is used as the filming location for the Del Oro this season again - this episode features the driving range, and so will # 159; # 165 will feature the aerobic area near the main building.
 
According to a crew member, who wants to remain unnamed, LESLIE CARON was not shy at all to play the bathroom scene in Nicole's suite. She undressed in front of the whole crew, indeed.
 
Confusing: A sign reads Tuscany Valley Land Company. In season 6, the entity was called Tuscany Land Company or Corporation. Compare # 147 and 148 for details.
 
This is the only time the exteriors of the old American Savings building in Napa were used as the Tuscany Valley Bank. - The building is owned by the Wells Fargo Bank and repainted nowadays.
 
In # 144, Philip Tindall worked for the First Merchants Bank. Chase did business with this bank manager. - Strange: Tindall now works for the Tuscany Valley Bank (the name will be seen in # 164) and tells Maggie Chase got a $ 100 million loan from them. So it has to be the same bank.
Explanation: Since the Tuscany Valley Bank was previously in existence (see # 050), the First Merchants Bank must have merged with it this year, thus becoming a subsidiary of the Tuscany Valley Bank.
 
According to original script drafts, Tindall, whose name had not been mentioned in the previous season, was called Thompson. The character name, however, was changed during the shootings.
 
The exterior shot of the Tuscany Valley raceway is from the Sears Point Raceway (nowadays Sonoma Raceway) outside Sonoma, CA. Exterior scenes will be shot for the two following episodes there.
The interior shots of the garage in this episode as well as # 160 and 161, however, are filmed at CBS-MTM STUDIOS; refer to # 155 for details.
 
Real life allusion: Lance mentions RALPH NADER, the politician.
 
The scene with Richard and Remick at the San Francisco Bay is shot near the port of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area at Fort Baker (also compare # 137 for that location). The later scene with Maggie and Remick is filmed nearby.
 
Early script drafts planned for the act 4 opener to be a scene between Lance and Nicole in her Del Oro suite in the evening. Referring to his shares in Gioberti Enterprises, he wants to know how her proposed takeover of Chase's shares will affect the company. She dryly replies that it will be a pleasure not doing business with him. - This scene was omitted. By the way, it would have contained a rather strange reference to Lance being in control over 30 % whereas he actually owned 5 % and probably had a proxy over Tony's 27.5 %.
Furthermore, it is never mentioned explicitly that Maggie dissolves Gioberti Enterprises and the partnership with Tony and Lance. But this must happen around this episode or will happen around the following episode because future episodes will no longer refer to Gioberti Enterprises, but only to the Gioberti Winery, and Tony and Lance have obviously left the company.
 
Early script drafts contained an act 4 scene in the sitting room of Richard's house with Richard feeding Michael strained peaches and asking him rhetorically if he thinks he would ever want to call Angela grandma. At the same time, he apparently wonders whether he can imagine ever calling her mother. - This scene was omitted.
 
In this episode, Angela wears the same necklace as in # 139.
 
It is questionable from where exactly Nicole watches Chase's memorial service in front of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion.
The producers' "secret" is that this scene was not filmed anywhere near Spring Mountain's Villa Miravalle, but on a hill at Fort Baker near Sausalito, CA (Golden Gate National Recreation Area - see above).
 
 
# 158 <7.03> Redemption
 
Melissa's nightmare comes from a scene that was originally filmed for the season 6 cliffhanger and the season 7 première. Original storyline plans suggested Melissa, desperately trying to swim ashore, would nearly make it when a mystery man would reach out as if to help her; but as she would pull him to her, he would suddenly push her away and her head under water to drown her. It was planned for Melissa to escape, but not to breathe a word about the mystery man who tried to kill her - a mystery for season 7. But these plans were revamped, and the scene was remodeled into the nightmare.
Different footage: The camera angle during the sneak preview before the main title is slightly different from the one in the scene in this episode; the scene also is sort of blurred in contrast to the preview.
 
Strange: Why does Dan sleep on the couch in the Agretti study instead of the guest bedroom Melissa offered him in # 157?
 
The Del Oro tennis court scene with Richard and Eric is filmed at Silverado Country Club in Napa, CA.
 
Eric's land in Nevada (later Channing Nevada) is worth $ 5 million.
 
The terrace of the Del Oro Breakfast Café where Angela and Nicole dine is actually on the northern side of the CBS-MTM administration building (nowadays CBS STUDIO CENTER). It is the same studio facility that usually portrays the Coit Café (compare especially # 074).
 
An establishing shot of Polo Road (Main Street, St. Helena, CA) is included, but the name of the street has not been mentioned yet. - Compare # 162 and 175.
 
Toys, the Tuscany toy store where Nicole comes out, is actually the Winship Building in Napa, CA.
 
John quotes from a work of the French writer HONORÉ de BALZAC:
"Behind every great fortune is a crime."
 
An establishing shot of the Bank of America building in San Francisco is used for Gioberti Enterprises instead of the usual building (see # 131) - probably accidentally mis-edited because it is also used as an establishing shot for Emma and Adeline's Sweetheart Dating Service in the course of this episode.
 
Fictional entity: Sandy Patterson, the architect meeting with Richard, works for Tuckman & Overwood Architects, whose president is Mike Tuckman, a character never seen.
 
The Nevada ghost town (later Channing Nevada) was the Western Street exterior set on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS. In the 1990's, this set was demolished to make room for the new sound stages 18, 19 and 20.
 
License plate number of Richard's blue-gray Chrysler rental convertible (scene in Channing Nevada): 1PCE694.
 
The Pentagon hallway John walks along is the same interior set as the one used for the Tuscany County Courthouse hallway in # 154. Only minor changes were made to minimize production costs.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Melissa and Dan at the Agretti pool, the close-ups are from different takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Melissa's hair is sometimes behind her left shoulder, sometimes hangs over her shoulder. 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.
 
Inside joke: The list of names in the Pentagon cross reference file about Nicole Sauguet is partly a list of the show's crew members, e.g.:
JERRY AVETA (propmaker gang boss)
ROBERT ARCHER (CBS best boy electrician)
JUAN GARZA (assistant editor)
DONNA GOLDBERG (assistant to the executive producers)
SUSAN KOBATA (assistant editor)
FREDERIC L. KNUDTSON (editor)
JACK LEBER (trailer editor)
WENDI E. WOODS (production coordinator)
Nice prop!
 
Fictional entity: Courseault Chemicals is the now defunct pharmaceutical company Nicole's family used to own.
 
Product placement: The grand piano at The Max is made by piano manufacturer Schafer & Sons.
 
The Hong Kong street where John investigates Nicole's past was also portrayed by the former CBS-MTM Western Street exterior set, which was redecorated for that purpose.
 
IAN ABERCROMBIE, the actor who plays George Latham (a.k.a. Mike Berenson) this episode, also portrayed Ross Beaton, J.J. Robert's campaign manager, in season 5.
Original script drafts had named the George Latham character George Simons.
 
The filming location for the judge's chambers at the Tuscany County Courthouse (the hearing about declaring Chase dead) is a room adjacent to the former Vintner's Court Restaurant at the Silverado Country Club & Resort in Napa, CA.
 
STU KLITSNER, the actor who plays the official in the court hearing about declaring Chase dead, also portrayed Hawthorne, Angela's consultant, in season 4 and a realtor in season 1.
 
Season time frame: The day when Chase is declared dead is, as it can be derived from the number of days and nights having been depicted since # 156, not even two weeks after Chase's disappearance in the San Francisco Bay. - This seems to be unusually early for a judicial decision.
 
The scene with Maggie, Vickie and Nicole in downtown Tuscany is filmed in downtown Napa, CA. The striking clock tower at the plaza near the Ristorante Allegria can be seen; this clock tower was demolished in real life in 1997.
 

Del Oro interior set - inconsistency: The dimensions of the lobby mysteriously changed this episode, and so did the corners with the bar, the front desk and the concierge's desk. This will be seen even more clearly in # 162 and 163 (compare screen captures from those episodes with the ones from # 144, 154 and 156).
 
During the opening party of The Max, the big band plays exactly the same music that was played at the party at the Gioberti Estate in # 130. It was composed by MARK SNOW specifically for the series.
 
The cash counter lady at the Coit Café from # 154 is among the party guests at The Max. She was also seen previously among the audience at the Safari Room in # 151 (see there).
 
The shot of Vickie in The Max nightclub at the Del Oro in this season's main title (right screen capture) is from a scene in this episode; the scene itself, however, only contains the last part of the full sequence of Vickie used for the main title (compare the left screen grab for the part used this episode).
 
A few scenes for the opening party of The Max nightclub at the Del Oro (foyer, stairway, elevator) were filmed inside the Silverado main house.
 
The assistant district attorney (played by an uncredited extra) known from # 154 (see there) and other episodes appears in the Del Oro lobby this episode.
 
 
# 159 <7.04> The Big Bang
 
The piece of music with a certain Latin American flavor, which is played during the fashion show at the Max, is the same music that was played during Vickie and Eric's dance at Dan and Vickie's engagement party in # 149. It was composed by MARK SNOW specifically for the series.
 
Cast and crew background: One of the uncredited dancers at The Max is ERNIE's brother MARK WALLENGREN, who is the bumper and sneak preview announcer for the previous and the current season and who also had supporting rôles in # 107 and 113 (see there).
 
Melissa drives her white Porsche 911 (last seen in # 098) again - or a new one, same model?
 
Real life allusion: Lance mentions the Indy 500, the 500-mile Indianapolis car race (established 05/30/1911).
 
Product placement: The Ford Motor Company logo is put all across the raceway.
 
The shot of Lance at the car race course 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 version used this episode).
 
The interior scenes in Richard's house featured in this episode as well as # 159 through 162, 166 and 167 (foyer and living room) are shot in the private Napa Valley residence that has been in use for the exteriors since 1985.
 
Richard quotes from SHAKESPEARE's "Julius Caesar".
Wonderful improvisation: According to the script, DAVID SELBY's line was only the quote ("Let's slip the dogs of war"). But CARL HELD spontaneously added "Julius Caesar", which - again - caused DAVID to reply "act 3, scene 1". They work very well together.
 
The filming location for the Nevada lake where Richard's ghost town is located nearby is a part of Lake Hennessey near Conn Valley Road in the Napa Valley, CA. Another part of that lake was used in # 069 (plane crash site; compare there).
 
Spoiler: Hopkins mentions Travis' name when talking to him via radio from the helicopter.
 
The socialite dancing at The Max nightclub was also seen at various social events in # 053, 057, 062, 066, 072, 076, 078, 093, 098, 122, 124, 133, 136, 144 and 146. She is played by an uncredited extra, SHARRI ZAK.
 
The Gioberti House basement interior set consists of the very same elements that are usually used for the interiors of the Falcon Crest Winery Building and the Gioberti Winery. Compare # 152 in particular.
 
Allusion to the movie industry: When Hopkins tampers with the gas main at the Gioberti House, he says: "Gone with the Wind". - This obviously refers to the famous movie.
 
Hopkins' Ford van is supposed to be parked somewhere near the Gioberti House (Stags' Leap Manor). A fence can be seen in the foreground (not the heavily filmed CBS-MTM fence this time; see # 086 about that one). - The filming location was not chosen too carefully because the gate with that fence is on the Southern driveway to Stags' Leap, meaning it is not near where the van is supposed to be parked to have a view of the turret and front veranda as Hopkins' monitoring suggests from his position.
 
Richard mentions England's King EDWARD VIII.
 
Product placement: The logo of the Camel tobacco company is featured on a sign at the Tuscany Valley raceway.
 
The establishing shot of the Tuscany Valley Airport is from the Van Nuys Airport in Greater Los Angeles.
 
John's commuter flight from Tuscany to San Francisco, where he leaves the country on a plane to Africa, is number 564.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Maggie and Richard in his bedroom, the position of his hand on / under the magazine is different in subsequent frames, depending on the angle of filming.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Maggie wears the orange blouse she already wore in # 131.
 
The seasonal sneak preview before the main title in # 156 featured the Gioberti House from a more distant view during the explosion (left capture) than the scene itself in the current episode (right grab). It is the very same frame on film, which is now zoomed in the current episode.
The miniature model of the Gioberti House used for the explosion is an absolutely ridiculous replica! The set designers did such a poor job:
In the sneak preview (# 156), a concrete wall, which actually does not exist anywhere near the house, can be noticed in the foreground. Strangely enough, the model has vines in the very place where actually the front yard is located.
They even built two big windows in the second storey above the southern veranda although there is only one smaller window there in the center as well as one very small window right next to it in real life.
The center part of the house is much too wide.
The balcony above the dining room is missing.
The French doors to the balcony have three instead of two casements.
The east wing (kitchen area) is missing completely.
The turret is not in circular shape.
The real turret has three windows in every storey. The two windows in the model and the blank space next to them does not resemble the real architecture; nor does it do any justice to the perspective from which the explosion is supposed to be seen.
In the background, there are too many large trees - there would have to be only a few trees and the top of some palm trees to be seen in the near and the Mayacamas mountains in the far distance.
 
 
# 160 <7.05> Dead End
 
Inconsistency: The replica of the Gioberti House is a lot more damaged than the propped-up location after the explosion. In the scenes filmed on location at Stags' Leap, curtains were only placed through the open windows so that they would move in the wind and create the illusion the windows were broken.
 
Inconsistency: There was not nearly as much damage done to the exterior of the Gioberti House as to the interiors.
 
LESLEY WOODS was apparently replaced by a stunt double when the beam comes down from the ceiling on Alma Miller's way down the stairway in the Gioberti House. The same goes for JANE WYMAN when Richard helps Angela leave the house.
 
Spoiler: Again, Hopkins mentions Travis' name on the phone when telling him the explosion did not kill Richard.
 
The segment when Emma's inmate photo at the San Francisco Police Department is taken is shown from different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself.
The number of Emma's inmate photo is 1807680109 87.
 
The identification number of the Ford fire engine at the Gioberti House is 177.
 
The shoulder patch of the paramedic taking care of Angela after the explosion reads "Riner". In contrast to the faux-pas in # 128, the prop masters did a better job adapting the shoulder patch of the real Piner company. Compare # 128 and 156 for more details.
 
Product placement: Richard mentions Dick Tracy, a police detective from comic strips first published in the 1930's.
 
Before the scene when Maggie talks to Kevin about the little things she could save from the Gioberti House, the director's cut of this episode originally contained a scene between Maggie and Richard when she talks to him about her moving to his place and that the destruction of the Gioberti House is a big loss for her. This scene was omitted in the final version to stay in the one-hour time frame.
 
The Del Oro porch set (access from The Max nightclub) is the same set as the one used for the balcony of Richard's 3rd house (also see # 141) with only minor changes to reduce production costs.
 
Inside joke: Al Darnell, the employee of the gas company, is named after CYNTHIA DARNELL, this season's story editor.
 
The backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS is used for an exterior scene with Richard, Garth and Darnell. - That area was already used as the Del Oro driveway in # 155: note the small white building, which was also used for the Ridley County Police Department in # 143. In the background, the back of office building 5 of CBS-MTM can be seen, which is also often used as for various exterior shots (refer to # 091 and 094 in particular).
 
Richard's house is "next door to Angela". So his property and Falcon Crest are neighboring estates.
 
Series time frame: According to Melissa, she and Lance remarried one year ago. - That was towards the end of May 1986 (# 132). Giving respect to the facts that not too much time has gone by since this season started and that Michael's birthday - May 6 - will be celebrated in # 162, it must still be April 1987. Melissa's statement cannot be taken literally, but as a quite close estimation only.
 
The San Francisco Police Department hallway is the same interior set as the one used for the Tuscany County Courthouse hallway in # 154 and the Pentagon hallway in # 158 (see there). Only minor changes were made to minimize production costs.
 
After visiting Emma at the San Francisco Police Department, Angela runs into Fred on the hallway. He comes out of the Forensics. - In # 151, it became obvious that Wilkinson's office is in Tuscany (Angela dials only seven digits - i.e. no area code - to call the Falcon Crest Winery from there) as was the Forensics Department. - What is Fred doing there? Is there no longer a Forensics Department in the Tuscany Valley, or was there a specific test they could not do in the Tuscany Valley?
 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Melissa wears the blue/black bathing suit she already wore in # 119.
 
Mistake: Melissa says it is Joseph's birthday.
First, compare the confusing statements in # 053, 061, 074 and 089. According to Melissa in the current episode, he is seven (although he is just five actually since he was born in # 025). Melissa also explains Cole rented an elephant for Joseph's 4th birthday. When was that supposed to be according to this strange time frame? - Concerning Joseph, the show suffers from a common soap opera phenomenon, the "rapid age syndrome" of children.
The second inconsistency in that context is that, according to season 2 (compare # 025), Joseph was born around the beginning of August 1982. But it is April 1987 now (see above).
 
For the scene with Lance and Tony, the pond located at the former Inglewood Vineyards in St. Helena, CA is used. 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; in # 137, it was also seen as Richard's lake.
 
Tony comes back from the Aegean Sea without any mention of Kit. He just says he did not mean to leave so suddenly.
The scene with Tony and Lance at the pond, however, originally contained Tony's explanation that he has been living happily with Kit on "his" (or rather Peter's) Greek island. This part of the dialog was omitted when the final version of the episode was edited.
 
Angela and Wilkinson have lunch at the Coit Café. As usual, the northern terrace of the CBS-MTM administration building is used for filming (compare especially # 074). In the course of this season, the Coit Café will be seen over and over again: in # 162 (Maggie and Alison), # 164 (Richard and Liz), # 166 (Emma and Curtis), # 170 (Maggie and Richard), # 171 (Melissa with Arthur Haberman) and in # 180 (Maggie with Peter Ryder).
 
Fictional entity: The other 14 parcels of land around the lake in Nevada where Richard's ghost town is situated are owned by subsidiaries of the Magnum Development Corporation.
Inside joke: The name is partly "borrowed" from MAGNUM PRODUCTIONS, JEFF FREILICH's production company.
 
Inside joke: The last name of Curtis Estabrook's character is "borrowed" from SUSAN ESTABROOK, the current writers' assistant, who will later co-write # 176.
 
Inside joke: Curtis Estabrook suggests casting MERYL STREEP as Emma and LANA TURNER (!) as Angela for the biographical movie about Emma. - Just think of how JANE WYMAN and LANA TURNER felt about each other... But this is what makes "Crest's" tongue-in-cheek years so very special!
 
Allusion to the movie industry: Richard is compared with "The Lone Ranger" (like the radio and TV show) by Maggie and later by himself.
 
The director's cut of this episode contained a scene at the beginning of act 4, in which Melissa tells Tony how worried she is about Lance; she asks him to take care of his son while she travels to Australia.
Originally, the scene at the Gioberti House when Maggie remembers her life with Chase was a lot longer. Maggie started to go through the kitchen and made her way to the living room with a voice over of memories of the past years.
In order to stay within the one-hour time frame, these scenes had to be omitted and shortened respectively.
 
Historic allusion: Richard compares Hopkins with JESSE JAMES (1847 - 82), the American outlaw of the Wild West.
 
The filming location for Travis' house near Lake Tahoe is situated in the Napa Valley foothills in real life. Both exterior and interior shootings for the current episode as well as for # 161 through 163 will be done there.
In real life, the 1910 Victorian was built by Henry Hagen, one of the Napa Valley wine pioneers (also compare # 162). The estate changed hands several times and now belongs to the Palmaz family, who made it the home of Palmaz Vineyards in the late 1990's.
 
 
# 161 <7.06> New Faces
 
Editing mistake: This episode opens with a view over forests and vineyards near the Mayacamas mountains in the Napa Valley, but is followed by an establishing shot of Travis' Lake Tahoe mansion.
 
The aerial view of the Tuscany Valley is filmed towards east over Evey Road and Calistoga Grade (Highway 29) outside Calistoga, CA.
 
Historic allusion: Richard mentions Western legend WYATT EARP (1848 - 1929).
 
The old photo of Angela Gioberti and Carl Brock (alias Carlton Travis) is from the 1938 movie "Brother Rat" starring JANE WYMAN and EDDIE ALBERT. What a fabulous prop!
 
The interior shots of Travis' house (also featured in # 163) are filmed at Henry Hagen's house (nowadays Palmaz Vineyards) in Napa, CA - as the exteriors (see # 160 for details).
 
According to original script drafts, nurse Claudia Chadway was called Harrow. The character name, however, was changed during the shootings.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Melissa and Dan in their rental jeep in Australia, Melissa looks towards Dan first, but looks straight through the windshield in the subsequent frame. Later during that scene, Melissa crosses her arms with her left one being on top of her right one; but in the subsequent frame filmed from across, her left arm no longer covers her right one.
Once again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Horrible props! The cars in Australia - Melissa and Dan's light brown rental Jeep Wrangler YJ as well as Kathleen's car (a Mitsubishi) - have left-hand steering wheels. What a shame for "Australia"!
The Australia scenes, by the way, are filmed in Northern California's Wine Country.
 
In his bathroom, Richard sings "I've Got a Little List" from "The Mikado" operetta by ARTHUR SULLIVAN and W.S. GILBERT.
 
Channing House interior set - inconsistency: The master bathroom in Richard's house can be seen for the first time; it is accessible from the bedroom. But this door used to lead to a hallway (# 103 and 109) or to a walk-in closet (# 119). - The bathroom has been there probably since the renovation after the earthquake (compare # 135).
 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Emma wears the same blouse as in # 133.
 
ANDREW MASSET, the actor who plays Frank Starr, Dina's ex-boyfriend, this episode, also portrayed Peter Burns, a candidate for the Tuscany County Board of Supervisors, in season 1.
 
License plate number of Kathleen's beige Mitsubishi jeep: Australia DLW 572.
 
The filming location used as Kookaburra Station, Cole's sheep ranch in Australia, was also used in # 158, where it posed as a farm house or barn in the background when Melissa was riding on a horse.
 
The shot of Dan at the Kookaburra Station 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 version used this episode).
 
Maggie mentions General Motors.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Cole and Melissa at the Kookaburra Station, their heads are in different positions in subsequent frames - depending on the direction from where they are filmed.
Once again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Season time frame:
As listed in the analysis of # 160 and 165, the current episode depicts the events around the end of April / beginning of March 1987. Cole says that he has been married to Kathleen for almost nine months. This is hardly imaginable, considering that Cole sailed to Australia only at the end of August 1986 (compare # 137), unless he met Kathleen during his sailing trip already.
 
Inside joke: Dan shearing the wool off the sheep - he says he knows how to do it because he had worked on a ranch 2,000 miles from there - alludes to BRETT CULLEN's rôle on "The Thorn Birds" (1983), where the "Drogheda sheep station" was located near the fictional town of Gillabone set in New South Wales / Australia.
 
The lady in the Del Oro lobby was seen at various occasions in # 053, 057, 062, 066, 072, 076, 078, 093, 098, 122, 124, 133, 136, 144, 146 and 159. That Tuscany Valley socialite is played by an uncredited extra, SHARRI ZAK.
 
Inside joke: Teddy Melendez, the mechanic who last checked on Lance's racecar, says he has a new job in Napa. Napa is the major filming location in the Napa Valley, the center of northern California's Wine Country.
 
Teddy's Tuscany bungalow (street number 4819), by the way, is the bungalow on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS near the heavily filmed park (compare # 135). It was also used for other purposes in # 124, 142 and 155.
 
Real life allusion: Angela compares Carlton with HOWARD HUGHES (1905 - 76).
 
 
# 162 <7.07> Sweet Revenge
 
The filming location for the San Francisco hotel where Travis takes Maggie to the reception is the former main building of Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco's Financial District.
 
Travis mentions "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by LEWIS CARROLL (1832 - 1898).
 
Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: In their drive through the Australian outback, Melissa and Joseph are seen from one side in the sneak preview before the main title (first three screen grabs), but from across in the scene itself.
 
Melissa's vehicle in Australia is a lousy prop, too, because it has a left-hand steering wheel.
 
Editing mistake: In the close-up, Melissa turns the steering wheel to the left although she wants and does drive to the right as the wide angle shot shows. The editors put the close-up in the wrong place; it should have been put in a few seconds later when Melissa turns back to the left.
 
License plate number of Melissa's rental Jeep Wrangler YJ: Australia PRC 486.
 
The filming location for the scenes in the Australian outback is an old quarry in the Sonoma Valley, CA.
 
MAGGIE COOPER, who played Lori Stevens in season 2 (compare # 023), now guest-stars as Alison Price.
Cast and crew background: It was part of MAGGIE COOPER's divorce agreement to get a new rôle on the show when she and her husband, GARY ADELSON, son of LORIMAR's main stockholder MERV ADELSON at that time, split up.
 
As the establishing clip shows, Lance's Del Oro suite is in one of the guest cottages near the Country Club mansion (actually a Silverado Country Club guest cottage).
 
An establishing shot of Polo Road (although not called Polo Road yet) introduces a toy store again (compare # 175).
 
Inside joke: An advert with a photo of ANA-ALICIA is on the wall in the QVH corridor.
 
On a pillar of the gate to Travis' property, "H" and "18" can be read. "81" and another "H" are carved into the second pillar, which is not shown in the series, in real life. This refers to the real-life founder of the property, Henry Hagen (compare # 160) and the year he established his company, Cedar Knoll Vineyard (1881).
 
The heavily filmed pond at the former Inglewood Vineyards in St. Helena, CA is used as the pond on Travis' property (scene with Ashok Anand). For other purposes of this site, refer to # 073, 137 and 160 in particular.
 
On day 3 of the current episode, Michael's birthday is celebrated. He was born 05/06/1986, which means day 3 of the current episode depicts 05/06/1987.
Inconsistency: On Michael's birthday cake, "2" can be read, but he is only one year old. By the way, the actor playing Michael, ALEXANDER ROSS DeANGELIS, is obviously too old for the character. Again, this is the typical TV phenomenon of the "rapid aging syndrome" of children.
 
Nice prop: A photo of Lance and Dina from a skiing vacation is seen on Lance's desk - actually a real-life photo of LORENZO and ROBIN! The only problem, however, is that no such vacation of Lance and Dina was ever mentioned on the show. It might have taken place in the few weeks in the winter 1986-87 that were not depicted between # 144 and 145.
 
Frank Starr's semi-detached home in downtown Tuscany is actually located in downtown Napa, CA.
 
Angela's favorite color is yellow.
 
The parking garage of the New Globe Executive Building is portrayed by the parking garage of the City National Bank in Studio City, CA.
 
 
# 163 <7.08> Manhunt
 
In the flashback with young Angela, the front of the fraternity house where Carl Brock is dying is portrayed by a bungalow on St. Elsewhere Street on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS (nowadays CBS STUDIO CENTER); the bungalow housed the wardrobe department. This part of the backlot was completely rebuilt in the 1990's and looks totally different now.
 
Cast and crew background: ROBERT DONNER joins the cast as Tucker Fixx. He is a familiar face from the LORIMAR show "The Waltons", where he guest-starred as Yancy Tucker.
Inside joke: His character name in the series is an allusion to his rôle on "The Waltons".
 
Tucker drives a 1950's DeSoto car.
 
Tucker mentions the real Ritz(-Carlton) hotel chain.
 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Melissa wears the black gown she already wore in # 152.
 
Real life allusion: Carlton Travis mentions WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART.
 
The small restaurant and bar where the characters love to go during this and the following season and which was once featured in # 128 (see there), is called Nick's Diner, as mentioned for the first time now. Compare # 170 (Maggie and Richard - check out details there), # 171 (Lance, Emma and Melissa), # 174 (Maggie and Lance), # 177 (Maggie and Emma), # 185 (Lance and Pilar) and # 194 (Maggie and Tommy) for the future use; the place will be renamed and slightly refurnished in these episodes.
It is actually a part of the former CBS-MTM STUDIOS Commissary.
In # 071, the same filming location, differently furnished however, was used as the commissary of the Tuscany Valley Airport; in # 140, with different props and set dressing, as the Park West Restaurant in Tuscany.
 
Channing Nevada is 36.2 miles from the spot on the lake where Travis starts the hunt for Richard.
 
Richard refers to Channing Nevada by quoting parts of the U.S. national anthem: "home of the brave, land of the free".
 
Stock footage of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. is used to establish the scene with Lillian Nash Darlington.
 
Product placement: Angela mentions the Washington Post newspaper.
 
Fictional entity: Claudia Chadway has an account with the Certified Bank of Duluth.
 
Some parts of Travis' hunt for Richard are filmed in Box Canyon between Simi Valley and Chatsworth in Greater Los Angeles.
 
One of Carlton Travis' henchmen (right person in the picture) is portrayed by JOE STONE, who played various supporting rôles in the previous season (compare # 155).
 
 
# 164 <7.09> Hunter's Moon
 
Dr. Mark Daniels, the doctor examining Lance at the QVH, mentions another medical facility in San Francisco, the San Francisco General Hospital. This facility, however, will never be seen in the series.
 
The Randolph Vineyards are located downhill next to Falcon Crest.
Ellen and Jim Randolph's home is actually a private residence in St. Helena, CA. The house was renovated and a second dormer window added in the 1990's. - The swimming pool and pool house used as part of Melissa's property (compare # 156) are also located on the very same estate.
 
A branch of the Tuscany Valley Bank (Phil Tindall is the manager; compare # 156) is located in a high-rise in a business park on the outskirts of Tuscany. - In real life, it is the Ventura Place office high-rise in Studio City, CA opposite CBS-MTM STUDIOS.
 
Candlestick Park in San Francisco is used as the stadium of Eddie McDowell's baseball team between this episode and # 167.
Product placement? Signs for Bud Light beer, Marlboro cigarettes, Coca-Cola and Sony are in the stadium. The big question that remains, however, is whether this "advertising campaign" was fully intentional (and paid for) since these ads most likely were permanent banners in the stadium during that time and were not removed specifically for the shootings.
 
According to early script drafts, the original choice for the last name of Liz and Eddie McDowell was McGregor.
 
CHAO-LI CHI's picture on his main title card comes from a scene in this episode.
 
The filming location for the scene with Richard and Liz strolling along the lake is the Palace of Fine Arts Lagoon in San Francisco.
 
Fictional entity: The Japan-based Takahama Company wants to purchase Liz's baseball club.
 
A conversation between Liz and Richard reveals that he speaks four languages. - Besides English, these are most likely French, German and Italian since he was raised in Switzerland.
 
The scene with Maggie and Alison in the Gioberti Winery is the series' last scene ever to be filmed at Stags' Leap.
 
The San Francisco bridge Lance drives along is the same location as the one used in # 105 and 137 (as the Tuscany River Bridge) as well as in # 156 (as a London bridge); refer to these episodes for details about this Napa location.
The later segments of that scene are filmed in San Francisco - on Marina Boulevard and Broderick Street (where Lance parks in a garage of a townhouse).
 
The identification code of the S.F.P.D. patrol car checking on Lance and following him is 395.
 
According to earlier script drafts, the original choice for the name of the character of Howard Graves was George McIntyre; the original choice for Takahama was Inagaki.
 
During Melissa's farewell party from The Max, soul music is played ("Nowhere to Run" by MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS). From this episode on, primarily MOTOWN songs will be played at the nightclub. They do not only match The Max's style, but also had reasonably priced license fees for LORIMAR as HOWARD LAKIN stated in an exclusive 2007 DFCF interview.
 
This episode, Richard wears the same shirt he already wore in # 138 despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy. He will also wear it again in # 169.
 
The doctor Tony speaks to in the toxicology lab at the San Francisco Police Department is named Dr. Barnett in the script. His name, however, is not mentioned on the air in the current episode. RUSS BORDEN, the actor portraying him, already played Dr. Lloyd in # 109 and will play him again in # 211. So he obviously appears in the very same rôle in this episode. He may just have switched jobs - first being Richard's physician (# 109), then working for the police (current episode) and finally working at the QVH (# 211).
 
As in # 140, the Queen of the Valley Hospital is referred to as Tuscany Community Hospital again (see file in the computer system). - Not a carefully prepared prop!
 
The phone number of the San Francisco taxi company (scene with Lance) is (415) 552-1300. - 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.
 
Melissa's new vineyards she just acquired from the Randolphs are portrayed by the vineyards of Flora Springs in St. Helena, CA.
The Agretti Vineyards will be portrayed by these fields in the next few episodes, too; contrary to previous episodes, they are no longer filmed at Stags' Leap.
 
Lance is supposed to meet Claudia at the Palace of Fine Arts - all scenes are entirely filmed on location in San Francisco:
One scene, for example, is filmed in front of the Palace of Fine Arts (first two groups of photos: first and second pictures), another scene is filmed at the Marina (third photos in each group of pictures) and yet another one in a little park on Vallejo Crest (Russian Hill summit) with a nice view towards the Bay Bridge (third group of photos).
 
Mistake: In the scene with Maggie and Kevin in the bedroom of Richard's house, the close-ups are from different takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Maggie's hands are behind the baby's back in Kevin's close-ups, but hold the baby's arms in her close-ups 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.
 
 
# 165 <7.10> Lovers and Friends
 
Tentative title: "Choices".
 
Season time frame: Three months after Chase's death. - As he disappeared in April, it must be July 1987 now. Giving respect to the fact that # 162 depicted the event around the beginning of May 1987, quite some time must have gone by. As # 163 depicts four days only (Travis chasing Richard in particular) and the subsequent # 164 depicts just two more days (Nurse Claudia's attempt to kill Lance in particular), there seems to be only one logical conclusion: Approximately six weeks must have gone by between the two final scenes in # 164 - Angela and Chao-Li in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study; Liz entering Richard's New Globe office.
 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Angela wears the white / green dress she already wore in # 100.
 
MICHAEL YAMA, the actor who plays Takahama in this and the following episode, also portrayed one of Richard's attorneys in season 6.
 
HANK WOESSNER, the uncredited actor who plays one of Chip Weiner's security guards in Hollywood played various other rôles before (compare # 118).
 
The filming location for the scene depicting Liz' faked story about a ninja chasing her is Point Bonita at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area with an Eastern view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
 
Maggie "needs" a drink for the first time - a good hint for her becoming an alcoholic in the course of this season; this gradual movement will continue in # 166 and 168.
 
The filming location for the barbecue in the Falcon Crest garden is not Spring Mountain, but the grounds of Freemark Abbey, a winery in Rutherford, CA. This part of the property looks completely different nowadays.
 
The exteriors of Valentino's, the "in" restaurant in Hollywood, is actually the old Lisbon (Mathews) Winery in the city of Napa. It was totally renovated in the 1990's and now houses the Jarvis Conservatory. - In # 157 (see there), a smaller building on the grounds portrayed the Tuscany Valley Inn with its terrace. For the use of the interiors, see below.
 
The San Francisco street where Angela finds Spence was an exterior set on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS. It was built on My Three Sons Street near stage 11 (compare # 152). For later shootings in that set, refer to # 183 and 185. This set, however, was completely revamped around 2003.
 
The exteriors of the Tuscany Valley Inn are filmed at the Vintage Inn in Yountville, CA - contrary to the previous establishing clips (see # 036 for instance).
 
The interiors of the Tuscany Valley Inn are portrayed by the location whose exteriors were used as Valentino's: Lisbon (Mathews) Winery in Napa, CA (see above)
Since it was rebuilt to house the Jarvis Conservatory, the interiors look totally different now.
 
The scenes on the driveway in front of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion are the series' last scenes ever to be filmed at Spring Mountain.
 
Confusing: According to this episode, Dan was 10 years old when Tucker left him and his mother. Considering Tucker went away 20 years ago as stated in # 163, Dan would have to be 30 years old now, which is rather improbable because he sat next to Melissa in high school, as he said in # 131. Most likely, he must have been born in 1960, too. Probably, they rather meant Tucker left approximately 20 years ago - maybe in 1970 when Dan was 10.
 
In this and the following episode, parts of the Agretti Vineyards are portrayed by the former Inglewood Estate Winery in St. Helena, CA whose pool house was heavily filmed for previous episodes (compare # 156).
 
ANA-ALICIA's picture on her main title card comes from a scene in this episode.
 
Liz McDowell's apartment is located in an apartment building at the corner of Chestnut and Hyde Street in San Francisco. - The San Francisco skyline as seen from the balcony set of her apartment is apparently a set - the skyline is a huge photograph on the background of the sound stage; but the set designers were not very careful with it because the actual building does not offer a view of downtown high-rises, but only of low-rise buildings north of San Francisco's Financial District.
 
License plate number of the patrol car taking Sheriff North to the property line between Falcon Crest and the Agretti Vineyards: 639405.
 
License plate number of the vehicle destroying Melissa's fence: 2A19846.
 
A sheriff's election will take place. - Strangely enough, this happens very soon again after the election in the previous season. Also compare # 079, 105 and 135 for this problem.
 
 
# 166 <7.11> Across the Bridge
 
The Monte Carlo casino where Eric loses a lot of money is actually at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles (interiors). Compare # 156 for details.
 
The exterior shots of the casino show the most prominent casino in Monte Carlo / Monaco, Le Casino de Monte-Carlo.
This filming location was already used for the Bonarc Casino in Monte Carlo in # 116.
 
Prop mistake: In the close-ups of the baccarat table at the Bonarc Casino, the English words "Bank", "Player" and "Tie" are printed on the green tableau. In Europe, particularly in Monte Carlo, however, the original French words ("Banco", "Punto" and "Egalité") would be printed on the tableau. LORIMAR obviously used an American standard prop.
 
Stock footage of a Boeing 747 in the clouds is used as the aircraft taking Liz and Richard to Japan; the same footage was used in # 156 as the plane John used to fly from North Africa to the USA.
 
Post-production mistake: The complete scene with Liz and Richard in the airplane was accidentally flip-flopped. - Right screen grab re-flip-flopped for illustration purposes.
The Asian man sitting behind Richard and Liz, by the way, is the same extra, who appeared in various occasions in previous episodes (compare # 036, 048, 054 and 091). He is played by an uncredited actor.
 
The café in Monte Carlo where Vickie works as a waitress is actually what used to be the Santo Pietros, a restaurant located on the first floor of the City National Bank on Ventura Place in Studio City, CA across CBS-MTM STUDIOS (nowadays CBS STUDIO CENTER). For a previous use of the City National Bank high-rise, see # 164.
 
LAUREN HUTTON, a good-humored actress, surprises the crew and DAVID SELBY by being really naked under her bathrobe in the shootings of the sauna scene with Richard.
 
LAUREN HUTTON suggested that BUCK HENRY, a friend of hers, be cast as Foster Glenn.
 
Real life allusion: Foster Glenn mentions the boy scouts.
 
The lady behind Foster Glenn at The Max nightclub was seen dancing at various occasions in # 053, 057, 062, 066, 072, 076, 078, 093, 098, 122, 124, 133, 136, 144, 146, 159 and 161. She will also appear again towards the end of the current episode when Eric is surprised to see Dimitrov and Petko at The Max (right screen grab). That Tuscany Valley socialite is played by an uncredited extra, SHARRI ZAK.
 
In contrast to # 143, the real gate to the Napa Valley property posing as Richard's house is used this episode.
The gate in # 143 was probably supposed to be a back entrance.
 
The small Tuscany bungalow Eric and Vickie rent is actually located on Calistoga Avenue in downtown Napa, CA. Across the street, other buildings, which were previously used on the show, are situated: Apollonia's San Francisco Victorian (see # 103) and Skylar's apartment house in Palm Beach, FL (see # 128).
The street number as seen on the sign above the garage doors (1457) is the real-life street number. In the meantime, the house was repainted and renovated (right picture).
 
The Tuscany Valley Ranger Station where George Buckman works was also featured in # 082, 084, 113 and 133 for other purposes (compare these episodes for details). This exterior set used to be located behind stage 4 on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS. It was built adjacent to the Eastern side of the building used as Dan's house. 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.
 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Emma wears the outfit she already wore in # 149.
The shot of Emma in her New Globe office in this season's main title (right screen capture) is from an unused part of the scene in this episode (compare the second screen grab for the version used this episode).
 
Music score: Composers JESSE FREDERICK & BENNETT SALVAY use elements of MARK SNOW's "Richard's Theme" (compare # 138) in the scene with Richard and Maggie at Candlestick Park in this episode.
 
 
# 167 <7.12> Twist and Shout
 
The secret of Foster Glenn's horror techniques: He makes toys and other things in Joseph's bedroom move and creates the illusion of a train coming right down the hallway towards Melissa's den.
FRANK POPE, the show's special effects guy, rocked many of the toys and the chair in Joseph's bedroom with the aid of radio control devices. The airplanes flying around were attached to flying poles with monofilament, a transparent high-density plastic line used in the aerospace industry. For the locomotive, a parabolic lens revolved on an elliptical motor; the steam came from the sides of the doors from a copper tube that was inserted in a Freon bottle turned upside-down. The light of the train was produced with a giant floor lamp called a Mighty-Mo.
 
Again, soul music is played at The Max - this time "Twist and Shout" (exactly as the episode title) in the version performed by THE ISLEY BROTHERS.
 
The assistant district attorney (played by an uncredited extra) known from # 154 (see there) and other episodes is a guest at The Max this episode.
 
The license plate number of the Ford F 850 tow truck carrying Lance's racecar on its flatbed is 2G56417. The internal identification code of Silver Towing, the Tuscany Valley based company (fictional entity) owning the truck, is 8726.
 
The license plate number of Lance's racecar has been "DINA 87" since the première of season 7 - although it was "DINA 1" in # 155.
 
The scenes with Lance disposing of his racecar and meeting Shannon for the first time were written and filmed for # 166, but moved to the current episode in post-production.
 
According to earlier script drafts, the original choice for the name of Shannon Taylor was Sarah.
 
License plate number of Shannon's blue MG convertible: 106 VLY (old blue California plate with yellow lettering).
 
The filming location for the forest clearing where Eric tries to practice his shooting is situated in Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge, CA.
 
Allusion to the movie industry: Eric mentions "Dirty Harry", the CLINT EASTWOOD movies.
 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Lance wears the white pullover he already wore in # 103.
 
Parts of the Falcon Crest vineyards (scene with Lance, Shannon and Angela) are portrayed by the vineyards at Flora Springs in St. Helena, CA in this episode.
 
Oak Knoll Avenue in the Napa Valley, CA is the filming location for the scene with Lance and Shannon on the road. The place where they find Melissa is almost the same one where Terry and Joel stopped their cars in # 077 and where Lance and Terry stopped in # 102 (see there) - just across the street this time.
 
Perfect music: The brass band in Channing Nevada plays "As Time Goes by" (PHILLIPS SOUSA version). HOWARD LAKIN, a real music lover, selected this very piece in memory of Richard and Maggie's Casablanca night (compare # 154).
 
Inside joke: Maggie says her engagement ring has a gem as big as West Virginia; she is very fond of West Virginia. - DAVID SELBY is from West Virginia!
 
When Maggie picks up Richard in his New Globe office, her hair is pinned-up near the temples. This, however, is no longer the case when they arrive in Channing Nevada, but is pinned-up gain when they return to the office. - Did she change her hairdo twice during the drive?
 
The filming location for the scene with Angela and Maggie on the bench in a park is in Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge, CA.
 
The New Globe foyer can be seen. It is not the Park Plaza Hotel in L.A., which was used for a scene in # 020, but the foyer of the Biltmore Hotel, as in # 062.
 
The filming location for the charity fair held by the Tuscany United Charities organization (a fictional entity) is situated near the Napa River Bridge (yellow arrow) in Napa, CA, which was used for various purposes in # 105 and 137 (as the Tuscany River Bridge) as well as in # 156 (a London bridge) and # 164 (as a San Francisco bridge).
The park near the bridge in Napa was redeveloped in the 1990's and partly converted into a parking lot.
 
JANE WYMAN's picture on her main title card comes from a scene in this episode.
 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion veranda set - inconsistency: The front veranda is filmed from the entranceway to the south-east. There is only one section of the wooden banisters between two pillars to be seen to the east; brick banisters (like the ones in front of the main tower) are seen on the southern part of the veranda. - The real Villa Miravalle only has wooden banisters all around the veranda.
 
The shot of Eric in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room in this season's main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of the scene in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion in this episode (compare the left screen grab for the version used this episode).
 
The Coit Café cash counter lady from # 154 is among the party guests in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion. She was also seen previously among the audience at the Safari Room in # 151 (compare there for more details) and as a guest at The Max in # 158 (see there).
 
This is the first time the hallway to the kitchen between the foyer and the sun room in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion can be seen with both doors - between the foyer and the sun room - ajar.
 
The lady behind Richard and Maggie at their engagement party in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion is a Tuscany Valley socialite. She was also seen at various other occasions in # 053, 057, 062, 066, 072, 076, 078, 093, 098, 122, 124, 133, 136, 144, 146, 159, 161 and 166. She is played by an uncredited extra, SHARRI ZAK.
 
The part of the Falcon Crest grounds where Eric is about to shoot Ambrose is supposed to be somewhere near a small building near the Victorian Mansion.
It remains a mystery where exactly that building is located. The filming location is not at Spring Mountain. It is actually a lawn area behind stage 4 on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS.
 
This is the last episode partly filmed on location in Northern California. All future episodes will reuse old clips of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys and San Francisco. New vineyard footage will be filmed occasionally around Santa Clarita, CA, but not on a regular basis.
 
 
# 168 <7.13> Rescue Me
 
After a filming hiatus, the rest of this season will be filmed entirely in and around Los Angeles.
The producers will try to slow down the pace of storytelling for the remaining 16 episodes of the season a bit and to reduce the number of stories.
 
Cast and crew background: TIM HUNTER, this episode's director, is JEFF FREILICH's closest friend from high school.
 
The clock in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer has shown the same time (9:35) for years. Besides the current episode, this could be seen very clearly in # 125 and 154, for example. - The current episode proves that the clock does not work because it shows 9:35 towards the end of the party although Dimitrov stated during the soirée (at the end of the previous episode) that it was almost midnight.
Beginning in # 171, the clock will finally show the correct time (see # 172 for details).
 
Inconsistency: Lance's hair has grown between the previous and the current episode. Besides, he now has a clearly visible dimple on his chin. - Apparently, the filming hiatus gave LORENZO the chance to undergo some changes.
 
The scene with Lance and Shannon on the forklift is supposed to be set near the Falcon Crest Winery Building (compare # 149 for the winery's delivery entrance); the street, however, is in front of CBS-MTM sound stage 10.
 
Agretti Residence interior set - inconsistency: From this episode on, the window in Melissa's den is no longer in the wall right next to the fireplace, but on the left next to the double doors.
Refer to these screen captures from previous episodes (upper photos from # 154 and 152:), the current episode (upper photos: third picture) and a later episode (# 181: last photo) where this can be seen in detail.
 
Dan Fixx plays soul music from a ghetto blaster in the Agretti Residence: "Rescue Me" (also the episode title!) by ARETHA FRANKLIN. The same song is in the background when Carly is introduced and also later when she works in the vineyard.
"Dancing in the Streets" by MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS is another song played later in this episode.
Inside joke: HOWARD LAKIN, this episode's writer, is a rock 'n' roll fan; he included many tidbits from that era in this particular episode.
 
Johnie's Broiler, a diner, is located near the Tuscany Bus Depot. - The filming location, a real restaurant, is located in Downey, a part of Greater Los Angeles. Although Johnie's Broiler was a highly appreciated 1960's remnant and cult diner, parts of the place were demolished in the early 2000's. History activists' heavy protests, however, prevented further damage, and the place was rebuilt and reopened. It is no longer called Johnie's Broiler nowadays, but Bob's Big Boy Broiler.
The scenes in front of that diner are sort of reminders of the rock 'n' roll era, too (see above).
 
Allusion to the movie industry: Dan mentions the Academy Awards.
 
Angela mentions Renoir's, another - obviously Tuscany Valley based - restaurant, which will never be shown.
 
The filming location for the scene with Lance and Shannon at the lake 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, 144, 146 and 153.
 
The interior set used for the Devon Club, a white slavery organization in Seattle, is identical with the one used as the Agretti Residence upstairs hallway in # 166 and 167. The upstairs hallways in Richard's house are also the same interior set - redecorated and the walls arranged in a different position.
 
Richard mentions the "Treasure Island" novel by ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON.
 
Inside joke: In an allusion to the movie industry, Carly compares the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion with the famous house from ALFRED HITCHCOCK's "Psycho" movie.
 
The vineyard scene with Lance and Shannon is shot inside the sound stage - the set designers did a very poor job creating a faint painting supposed to resemble the sky and hills in the background.
 
A part of Rancho Maria in Placerita Canyon near Santa Clarita, CA is used as the filming location for the Agretti Vineyards. This location will be used in # 184, too.
 
The Thirteen are mentioned for the first time; the search for Dimitrov leads Richard to them.
The establishing shot of The Thirteen's New York City headquarters is a stock footage of the 200 Water Street skyscraper in Manhattan, which will also be featured again for # 180.
Only twelve members are seated around The Thirteen's conference desk with Fred presiding. One of the partners recently died. - But where is Rosemont? Is he supposed to be one of those sitting in the dark on the left hand side of the desk?
 
BUCK McDANCER, who portrays one of the Thirteen's henchmen this episode, also portrayed various rôles before and will play various other characters in the future; compare # 083 for details.
 
"Workers of the world, unite!" - Carly's exclamation is a slightly changed quote of the final sentence in KARL MARX and FRIEDRICH ENGELS' "The Communist Manifesto" from 1848 ("Workers of all lands unite").
 
Product placement: Carly drives the Falcon Crest tractor made by Trojan.
 
The establishing clip of Dimitrov's house in Dubrovnik in the former country of Yugoslavia shows the former Los Angeles mansion of legendary Hollywood star MARY PICKFORD.
 
Real life allusions: Kumar, the slave trader who is interested in buying Vickie, mentions real ballet companies: Kirov from St. Petersburg and Bolshoi from Moscow.
 
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, 132 and 155 (compare # 066, 099, 132 and 155 for details). The most striking thing is that the wooden decoration is painted white now. This hallway will be used for the rest of this year and for the beginning of the next season. - It must be a different part of the house again.
Drawings of the Mansion (floor plans and architectural views) are available here.
 
"Babe's exploding staircase":
The diagram is a sketch by FRANK POPE, the special effects guy, for the production process of the scene with Melissa causing little explosions on Angela's stairway by using Foster Glenn's techniques. - For the small explosions, rifle powder was wrapped in flash paper; the paper was then shot out of a steel mortar which created the flash and the plume of white smoke. FRANK POPE was up in the greenbeds, where the lights are hung above the set; he used his wires from there to set off the explosions.
"Babe", by the way, is one of JANE WYMAN's nicknames on the set. Another one is "Janey".
 
 
# 169 <7.14> Hornet's Nest
 
The real outdoor scenes on Dimitrov's property in Dubrovnik in the former country of Yugoslavia as well as all of the indoor scenes in his house (except Vickie's bedroom) are filmed at the Retreat House of the Los Angeles Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Feliz in Los Angeles.
The estate is different from MARY PICKFORD's previous home, which is used in some of the establishing clips (compare # 168).
 
Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: In the conversation between Eric and Richard near Dimitrov's estate, the sneak preview shows a wide angle shot (left screen grab), but the scene itself is a close-up.
 
Allusion to the movie industry: Richard compares Eric's efforts in Yugoslavia with the missions in the "James Bond" movies.
 
Dan mentions the Holiday Inn hotel chain.
 
Product placement: Dan mentions Ferrari cars.
 
Carly says Dan survived seven years in prison. - She made a mistake because Dan was imprisoned for six years (1980 - 86) only.
 
Melissa says Carly drove Angela's tractor down Main Street. This means Johnie's Broiler and the Tuscany Bus Depot are located somewhere on Main Street.
 
Cafe Dubrovnik where Richard and Madame Malec meet was a CBS-MTM backlot building between My Three Sons Street (compare # 152, 165, 183 and 189) and St. Elsewhere Street; that part of the studio complex was completely revamped around 2003. Check out # 187 for a later use of that building.
 
Inaccuracy: In his conversation with Madame Malec, Richard calls Vickie his "daughter in-law". But she is rather his stepdaughter.
 
The Dubrovnik warehouse where Eric buys some explosives is the real mill at CBS-MTM STUDIOS where sets and props are manufactured. - Compare # 141 for a previous use and # 195 for a later use.
 
Carly opens a wine bottle from Melissa's cellar - according to Melissa, her father's 1928 Reserve. It is later referred to as port wine. - It must be a bottle Carlo acquired from Portugal and stored in the Agretti cellar.
 
JODEAN LAWRENCE, the actress who plays Ms. Hodgkins, a State Department official, this episode, also portrayed the neighbor of Kevin's alleged adoptive parents, the Hudsons, in Los Angeles in season 1.
 
RUSS MARIN, the actor who plays Dixon, a State Department official, this episode, also portrayed medical examiner Cook in season 1.
 
Editing mistake: In the wide angle, Madame Malec's left hand is not on the cognac glass; but it is there one moment later in the subsequent close-up. - The transition between the different camera angles was not edited exactly.
 
The garden of Madame Malec's Dubrovnik property was actually a lawn area behind stage 4 on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS, which was specifically dressed by the prop department. That part of the backlot no longer exists because most of the grounds were changed by the late 1990's to build more sound stages and office bungalows.
 
Madame Malec has a MONET painting and a RODIN sculpture.
 
Angela is friends with Senator Larry Goodstein - a character who will never make an on-screen appearance.
 
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 San Francisco park (Emma and Curtis meet).
 
The San Francisco Interpol building is portrayed by a downtown Los Angeles skyscraper named 611 Place.
 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Maggie wears the same outfit as in # 153.
 
The Habermans live in an apartment house on Lombard Street in San Francisco - right next to the apartment house where Lori (compare # 023) lived.
 
 
# 170 <7.15> The Uncertainty Principle
 
Tentative title: The Great Day.
 
All outdoor scenes for this episode are filmed at Saddlerock Ranch and in the surrounding Malibu Canyon, especially the opening scene with Richard and the scene with Tony and Shannon near one of the stables at Falcon Crest as well as the scene with Lance and Tony at the lake.
 
The Gioberti Family Cemetery set is now built on the Saddlerock grounds for this episode and # 171 as well as 177 and 183. Compare especially # 183 (screen grabs and explanation) for details.
 
Melissa presents various renderings for the wine labels of Joseph Wineries. She describes the first one as a view of the valley. The painting on that label is the same as the one used on the label of a Gioberti wine bottle in the series predecessor, "The Vintage Years". The prop department reused the old picture.
 
Fictional entity: The Purdy Vineyards in the Tuscany Valley are introduced.
 
It is one of DAVID SELBY and CARL HELD's wonderful improvisations when Garth blocks Richard's way in his New Globe office.
 
License plate number of Alison's real estate agency's burgundy Ford Mercury Colony Park station wagon: 2IGI476.
 
Fictional entity: The name of the real estate agency Alison works for is Rigg.
 
The home Maggie and Richard purchase this episode (and where also their wedding is supposed to take place) is the main house of Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu Canyon in real life. - This will be the major filming location for the rest of this year and the following season.
 
DAVID SELBY's picture on his main title card comes from a scene in this episode.
Post-production mistake: In the editing process, the shot of Richard was accidentally flip-flopped on his main title card.
 
During Richard's bachelor party, an all-girl band plays a jazzy version of "When the Saints Go Marchin' in", an American gospel hymn.
 
Lance's song, "Knock on Wood", during Richard's bachelor party is performed by LORENZO LAMAS himself. - Inside joke: LORENZO released his own album around that time - perfect promotion!
 
Maggie and Richard have soft drinks at the Jeeter's, previously known as Nick's Diner, but now renamed and refurnished as a 1950's style diner with a jukebox and cosy booths with leather sofas. It is actually a part of the CBS-MTM Commissary (compare # 163 for more information) and will be used for # 171, 174 and 177 this season, too.
 
One of the garages at Saddlerock Ranch and the driveway leading to it pose as vintner Purdy's garage and driveway.
 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Lance wears the same shirt he already wore in # 127.
 
The scene with Emma and Curtis in front of the ranch guest house is filmed at the real Saddlerock guest house.
 
License plate number of Angela's black Cadillac Fleetwood limo: 2EAN705.
 
The gate guard at Richard and Maggie's ranch, who checks the invitations, is portrayed by JOE STONE, who played various supporting rôles in this season and the previous one (compare # 155 and 163).
 
The socialite Angela meets before Richard and Maggie's wedding ceremony begins was seen at various social events in # 053, 057, 062, 066, 072, 076, 078, 093, 098, 122, 124, 133, 136, 144, 146, 159, 161, 166 and 167. She is played by an uncredited extra, SHARRI ZAK.
 
The interior set of the ranch's guest house (bridal room where Maggie gets dressed) is the same set as the sitting room and bedroom set in Richard's third Tuscany Valley home - it just underwent some minor redecoration and was refurnished.
 
When Maggie walks down the aisle, RICHARD WAGNER's "Bridal Chorus" from "Lohengrin" is played.
 
The pool where Melissa and Carly have their argument is the real Saddlerock swimming pool.
 
Season time frame:
With the information given in # 171 (Angela's check dated 02/15/1988 - see there), certain dates of events in the current episode can be derived from the dialog:
Emma refers to Richard's bachelor party "on Thursday". Angela speaks of Maggie and Richard's wedding "on Saturday". - They obviously refer to Thursday, 02/11/1988 and Saturday, 02/13/1988.
Since # 165 depicted the events in July 1987 and the harvest at Falcon Crest took place in # 168 (Carly picking grapes - obviously an early harvest, probably around August 1987), approximately half a year must have gone by between # 169 and 170.
 
 
# 171 <7.16> A Madness Most Discreet
 
Tentative title: Love Me Do.
 
Opening, closing and end credits are slightly different in font shape (kind of narrow) from the ones in the previous episodes (compare e.g. # 170).
From this episode on, all the supporting rôles are listed in detail in the end credits - with both the actors' and the characters' names.
 
The outdoor scenes in this episode are filmed in Malibu Canyon, too; especially the opening scene with Lance in his car and the scene with Richard and Maggie on the country road (actually Mulholland Highway).
 
Product placement: Lance's skis are manufactured by Spalding.
 
As in # 166 and 168, Maggie can be seen drinking again - although it is not mentioned explicitly that her drinking problem is about to start.
 
The interior set that has been in use as one of the rooms in the Falcon Crest Winery Building since # 152 is the same as the one that has been in use as one of the rooms in the Gioberti Winery this season. - Although the set was rearranged during season 6 (compare # 152), the art department made the same decision as with the previous set (compare # 114): Using it for both wineries without any change in set dressing is not an appropriate way to save money.
 
Allusion to Greek mythology: Carly compares Lance's body with the one of Adonis, the personified beauty.
 
When Dan hits Lance, it is obvious that BRETT CULLEN's fist does not even come near LORENZO LAMAS' face.
 
555-2368 can be read on Richard's New Globe telephone. It is obviously his office phone number. The area code for San Francisco is (415).
 
Fred's (nickname "Gray Suit"; The Thirteen's vice chairman) phone number at his San Francisco office is (415) 555-7823.
 
The establishing shot of The Thirteen's San Francisco office is building 1 of the Embarcadero Center whereas the entranceway is portrayed by the southern view of the CBS-MTM Administration Building (compare # 073 for details about this location).
 
The place from where The Thirteen's bald man watches Curtis come out of The Thirteen's Embarcadero office is actually the corner of Radford Avenue and Ventura Place in Studio City, CA - opposite the main gates of CBS-MTM STUDIOS. The building seen in the background of the bald man's car is the Ventura Place office building (known as the Tuscany Valley Bank from # 164). - In real life, there is no direct view of the front entrance of the CBS-MTM Administration Building from that particular point.
The heavily used red Volvo sedan (compare # 055 for details) is used as a prop again; this time, it drives along the street while the bald man takes photos of Curtis.
 
The Tuscany Bus Depot is portrayed by the cashier building at CBS-MTM STUDIOS (nowadays building 3 at CBS STUDIO CENTER) in this episode and # 173.
 
Dan wants to sent Carly back to Pittsburgh on a coach of the Transway Bus Lines. This entity has been known from # 025, 113 and 131.
 
License plate number of Emma's white BMW 3 model convertible: 2NKO561.
 
The same license plate, however, is on the black Lincoln Town Car limousine Lance is driving (scene with the Habermans). - Not an appropriate way to trim down production costs!
 
The outdoor scenes on the country road with the Habermans are filmed on the grounds of Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu Canyon.
The place where the limo arrives first is just a few feet from the place where the Habermans are let off later.
 
The road seen through the windows of the limousine Lance is driving (scene with Emma, Melissa and the Habermans) is a blue screen technique on the sound stage.
Mistake: When the limo drives away after the Habermans were let off, they ought to be seen through the rear window. This is not the case, however; the blue screen surroundings do not match with the surroundings of the real country road either.
 
Cameraman's mistake: When Lance drives off with the limo, the cameraman and his camera are reflected in the window.
 
Richard says that when Cole was in the hospital "three / four years back", he first knew he was in love with Maggie. - Richard misremembers here because it was actually five years ago.
 
The final scene in this episode when Angela catches Maggie's bouquet of flowers is not from Saddlerock Ranch as the rest of the sequence (left picture). The shot of Angela was originally filmed there, but it was unusable. During the shootings of # 173, a retake of that pose was done - on a small road behind stage 4 on the backlot of the CBS-MTM STUDIOS close to the heavily filmed bend (compare # 172, for example); the fence in the background is similar to the one at Richard and Maggie's ranch, but has two instead of three cross beams only.
 
Series time frame:
Angela's check for Maggie is dated February 15, 1988. - As for the conclusions for the previous episode, first refer to # 170.
This episode continues with the events of Saturday, 02/13/1988 (day 1 of the current episode). The night scene with the phone conversation between Richard and Maggie - according to Maggie, it is supposed to be the first night of her and Richard's honeymoon - must take place on Sunday, 02/14/1988 because Angela hands over her check the following morning (Monday, 02/15/1988). It seems logical that the first night of the honeymoon was supposed to be the night of Sunday / Monday because Richard and Maggie apparently wanted to go on their trip the day after their wedding reception.
"It has been exactly a year," Gabrielle says at Chase's plaque at the Gioberti Family Cemetery on Tuesday, 02/16/1988. She obviously does not refer to Chase's death because he disappeared in April 1987 (compare # 155 and 156). She must refer to a particular event in her relationship with Chase, maybe when she and Chase totally fell in love with each other - the closest date is the night of Feb 18, 1987 (# 148) when they slept together for the first time (compare the explanations about the time frame in # 147 and 148).
Five days must have gone by between the night scene in Richard's bedroom when he and Maggie decide to eventually get married (night 3 of the current episode, i.e. Tuesday 02/16/1988) and the wedding ceremony itself in the final scene. The wedding takes place on the same day that will continue in # 172: Sunday, 02/21/1988.
 
 
# 172 <7.17> Stormy Weather
 
This episode was forced to meet lower budget criteria. Due to low budget, the crew had to film an episode with as little production requirements as possible. So JEFF FREILICH and HOWARD LAKIN decided to film a whole episode entirely on the sound stage. - The result, however, is just brilliant.
Inside joke: The idea for this episode is based on an old concept JEFF FREILICH previously used as a story editor in # 013 of "Flamingo Road" (finale of season 1 of that series) where many characters were trapped at Lute-Mae's bar, also an old Victorian villa, during a hurricane.
 
Original storyline plans:
The writers initially discussed a deadly flood wave caused by the heavy rainfalls to kill off some characters.
 
Episode time frame: This episode opens on Sunday (night 1, i.e. 02/21/1988) and closes on Monday (night 2, i.e. 02/22/1988).
 
Contrary to the scenes specifically filmed for this episodes (with rain machines on the sound stage), the establishing clips - in particular the ones of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion - are the usual old shots with a second layer of film with rain superimposed over in post-production.
 
Inside joke: The picture postcard Carly sends Melissa features a photo of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion. - These cards were available for sale in the Napa Valley during the time when the series was filmed; but the caption said "Wine Country" rather than "Falcon Crest". A nice prop!
Real post cards from those days are available through the fan club. Check out the location photos list for details.
 
Melissa's address can be read on Carly's post card: 414 Meadows, Tuscany Valley, CA 94550. - It is different from the address in # 154 (see there). Another address will be seen in # 187 (see there).
Explanation: There are probably three different addresses because the Agretti Residence consists of three wings (main wing, guest wing and another wing) with separate entranceways (compare # 013, 098, 103 and 193).
 
Emma calls Curtis Watson - an allusion to the "Sherlock Holmes" whodunit novels.
 
Allusion to the movie industry: Carly mentions the movie title "The Bride of Frankenstein".
 
The bend where Garth, Richard and Maggie slide away with the limo and where Dan and Lance later slide away on Dan's motorcycle is actually located behind stage 4 on the CBS-MTM backlot. It was also seen in # 073, 084, 089, 113, 121, 135, 137 and 148 (see there) and will also be used in future episodes (# 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.
 
Once again, CARL HELD speaks German. When Garth loses control over the limo, he yells: "Lieber Gott!" ["Dear God!"].
 
The hallway in one of the upper floors of Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set is the same as in # 168 (compare there) - here seen from either direction.
 
Perfect music: Exactly as planned in HOWARD LAKIN's script, Dan Fixx plays the 1933 song "Stormy Weather" (just like the episode title) on the grand piano in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room. The song was written by HAROLD ARLEN and TED KOEHLER and first sang by ETHEL WATERS at The Cotton Club in Harlem in New York.
 
The attic set of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion is the same as in # 155 and 156 (see there).
The Thirteen's bald man falls to his death from the heavily filmed stained glass window. Considering his body then lies on the brick banisters of the front terrace, this window would have to be in the eastern gable. But it does not exist in the real Villa Miravalle at all. Neither has the real house a gable with a similar rough-cast wall. The roof of the main tower, which can be seen for a short moment behind the bald man, is in the wrong position in the set - the main tower actually being much higher than the eastern gable, it is actually impossible to see the roof of the main tower from that perspective.
It is also rather mysterious why there are some loose bricks on the sill of the stained glass window - the reason for the bald man taking the fall. This is quite strange because bricks make absolutely no sense as building materials in the upper part of the Mansion as the Victorian is built from wooden materials (except the first floor and the main tower of course).
 
The stairway to the attic of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion is accessible from a different hallway than the one featured in # 155 although the stairway is the same.
 
Garth and Sheriff Buckman are in the 1950's fallout shelter on the Falcon Crest grounds built by Douglas Channing (the one known from # 154: scene with Emma and Wendel). According to Lance, it is in the basement (most likely of the Victorian Mansion). - Was a previous basement rebuilt into the fallout shelter, or was the shelter even built under the basement? In the event of nuclear fallout, it would not be safe at all to be in an old basement remodeled into a shelter - especially not with a window in the hallway in front of the shelter. It is also strange that the door can be kicked open easily.
In # 154, all the walls in front of the shelter were in brick, but they are roughcast and painted now (except one brick pillar).
 
Editing mistake: When Maggie "kidnaps" Richard in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, the first close-up shows the two of them standing in the doorway between the foyer and the hallway leading to the kitchen. The next close-up is a shot of the lovers from the sun room (i.e. standing in the second doorway). The moment when they cross the hallway leading to the kitchen is missing.
 
After the clock in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer had shown the same time (9:35) for years (check # 168 for details and compare left screen grab from # 170), it has been running correctly since the previous episode, i.e. the time shown on the clock now matches the time depicted in the plot.
 
Product placement: Eric mentions the Washington Post newspaper.
 
Eric fed Curtis with information so he could get together a full exposé about Richard. Curtis found out even hotter stuff. Eric's tip on overseas funds transfer (most likely about the $ 30 million to support John Remick's enemies) lead to an incredible story - it even includes Chase Gioberti!
Where was this supposed to be going? Did the producers only want to allude to the connection between John and Chase? Or did they plan a secret about Chase as a new storyline that never made it to the screen? - JEFF FREILICH spoke about this line - from the standpoint of an executive producer placing little pieces here and there to lay the groundwork for the following season - in an exclusive 2007 DFCF interview.
 
Mistake: The flowers on the floor in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer are arranged slightly differently in subsequent frames - again, a result of the particular close-up filming technique; check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
 
# 173 <7.18> Legacies
 
The recap for the previous episode shows a perspective of the close-up at the entrance of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, which is slightly different from the one featured in the final scene of # 172 (compare Angela's hands, for instance) - it is from one of the other takes of the same scene.
 
Fictional entity: KTF News is mentioned again - a news channel that was also named in # 128.
 
New exteriors of the Tuscany Sheriff's Department are seen. Contrary to the previous building used in # 134, the front of office building 5 on the CBS-MTM backlot is used this episode. It seems to be a county administration building because a sign saying "County Offices" can be seen in the background.
This building will be used as the Tuscany Interstate Bank next season (compare # 187) and several times in season 9 (see # 208 and 225).
 
Different takes in the sneak preview and the scene itself: When Maggie hands over the Gioberti Winery to Angela, the sneak preview shows a different take (left screen grab) from the one used in the episode. This becomes apparent because Angela uses the word "again" at the end of her sentence about reuniting the two Falcon Crest properties in the preview whereas this word is missing in the scene.
 
Deleted scene: The director's cut contained an act 1 scene with Lance and Dan in the countryside, watching Lance's falcon - obviously Apollo - soaring across the sky. In friendship, they talk about Carly and her relationship to Angela, who will certainly not corrupt her. Towards the end of the scene, the falcon returns to Lance's fist, and Lance pops the hood on the bird. - This scene was removed in post-production.
 
The Del Oro address can be read on Suzanne's letter to Dan: 2332 Tierra Vista, Tuscany Valley, CA 94557.
Suzanne's address can also be read: 173 Elm Street, Arliss, OK 74281. There is no explanation why she moved to Arliss or if she was there in a hospital for special treatment or whatever. - Inside joke: The street number is the same as the episode number!
Prop mistake: The letter has a post mark dated December 16, 1988! But it is February 1988 now (see above), not December!
 
The scene introducing Frank (Agretti wine cellar door) is shot inside the sound stage - the set designers did a very poor job creating a faint painting supposed to resemble the vineyard and hill in the background.
 
Original casting plans: The producers wanted to lure CHARLTON HESTON as Angie's new lover, Frank Agretti, into the show. The character was supposed to die after a three-episode guest appearance. HESTON, however, was not pleased with returning to a TV series after the disaster with his unsuccessful short-lived show, "The Colbys", in the previous season. In the end, the Frank Agretti storyline was changed, and Frank became a dear old friend of Angie's. JANE WYMAN wished ROD TAYLOR be cast as Frank Agretti. She liked to call him "Cuddles" on the set. The audience liked ROD TAYLOR so much the producers decided not to kill his character off.
 
The introduction of Frank Agretti brings along a bunch of inconsistencies in the Agretti family history. Family trees straightening out all the problems are available here.
According to Frank, Melissa is his only relative or next of kin. He completely ignores other relatives. Robin, for example, is also his niece; her father, Philip, his brother. Besides, season 8 will reveal he has an estranged son, Nick.
 
Labeling name: The first name of the Frank Agretti character is basically a description of his qualities since Frank (Germanic origin) means "free", "honest" and "sincere".
 
The establishing shots of the Tuscany Valley Airport are from the Van Nuys Airport in this episode and the rest of the season - as they were in # 159.
 
Product placement: A Pepsi soft drink dispenser is in front of the Tuscany Bus Depot.
 
For the filming location, refer to # 171.
 
Suzanne arrives in Tuscany on a coach of the Transway Bus Lines. This entity has been known from # 025, 113, 131 and 171.
 
The filming location for Angie and Frank's walk is a small road behind stage 4 on the backlot of the CBS-MTM STUDIOS - close to the heavily filmed bend (compare # 172, for example).
 
The Caribbean hotel where Maggie and Richard spend their honeymoon is actually the Registry Hotel (nowadays Universal Hilton) in Universal City, CA. This location was used for other purposes in # 116, 121 and 147 (compare there).
 
Suzanne is staying at the Safari Inn, a motel in Tuscany. - The filming location is a real motel by the same name located on West Olive Avenue in Burbank, CA.
 
The New Globe street address can be read on the envelope Curtis sent to Emma. It is 7438 Yerba Linda, San Francisco, CA 94237. The postal address was shown in # 138 (see there). - Prop mistake: The zip code of the street address is not San Francisco, but Sacramento!
 
The phone number of the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. is (202) 555-1616.
 
The address of the Justice Department in San Francisco is Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94239 - another prop mistake as the zip code is Sacramento again.
 
The scene with Lance and Chao-Li doing their workout in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion yard is filmed on the lawn behind stage 4 on the CBS-MTM backlot (quite close to the lagoon and the Fixx cabin).
 
Mistake: When Frank takes a fall in the Del Oro lobby, he does not lose the envelope, which will be on the floor just a few seconds later.
 
Fictional entity: The Con West airline (known from # 119) offers flights from the Tuscany Valley Airport to close airports in the region using their Tuscany Air Shuttle service.
 
Different takes in the sneak preview and the scene itself: When Lance offers consolation for Melissa, the sneak preview shows an embrace between them (left screen grab), which is missing in the episode.
 
The Thirteen's New York City hotel room is actually one of the suites at the Registry Hotel (nowadays Universal Hilton Hotel; see above) in Universal City, CA.
 
Season time frame:
With the information given in # 178 (Angela and Rosemont's meeting will be on 03/18/1988 - see there) and the information gathered from # 170 through 172, the exact dates of the days depicted in the following episodes until # 178 can be concluded:
Three days have gone by since the end of # 172 as the current episode opens on Thursday, 02/25/1988, which can be derived from the fact that Suzanne Fixx arrives in Tuscany on Friday, 02/26/1988. As this episode depicts only three days, it closes on Saturday, 02/27/1988.
 
 
# 174 <7.19> Wheels within Wheels
 
The Agretti land where Melissa and Frank are riding (white fence in background and foreground) is filmed at Saddlerock Ranch.
 
Fictional entity: Richard wants to acquire the Sacramento Clarion, a newspaper.
 
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 Tuscany Valley park (Maggie and Lance meet).
 
THOMAS BELLIN, the actor who plays the Del Oro assistant manager this episode, also portrayed Wiggins, Richard's loan broker, in season 5.
 
Maggie and Richard move into their new ranch house.
All the first floor interiors - especially foyer, living room, bar, dining nook and kitchen - as well as the gallery shots in this episode and in all upcoming shows this season are filmed at Saddlerock Ranch.
The upstairs rooms - the master bedroom and bathroom as well as Garth's bedroom and the boys' bedroom - are interior sets built on CBS-MTM sound stage 10. Especially the master bedroom and bathroom, however, resemble the architecture of Saddlerock Ranch with the native stone very well.
Inside joke: The bedroom furniture is characterized by native American design. This so-called "Santa Fe style", named after Santa Fe, NM, a city that is famous for native American art, was created by the writers and set dressers as a tribute to SUSAN SULLIVAN, who loves that style. Not too long before the filming of this episode, SUSAN had furnished her real-life home with pieces from Santa Fe.
 
The establishing clip of Las Vegas shows an advertising scan of the Stardust Hotel.
 
The scene with Lance meeting Freddy Darrow in Las Vegas to find out where John Remick is right now, is shot in front of the southern entrance of the heavily filmed CBS-MTM administration building (compare especially # 073).
 
When Richard and Garth take a walk on the ranch grounds, the particular place on the filming site where the Gioberti Family Cemetery is installed by the crew for other episodes can be noticed (red arrow; compare # 171 und 183). The shed in the background (yellow arrow) was removed from the grounds of the real Saddlerock Ranch in the meantime.
 
The number of Richard's bank vault at the Schweizerische Volksbank in Geneva / Switzerland is 508; it contains bonds of $ 5 million.
The establishing clip, purchased from a film library, is from the real Schweizerische Volksbank branch near the railway station in Zurich / Switzerland. In 1993, the bank was taken over by Credit Suisse, which is still in that building.
 
Although the camera in the vault of Schweizerische Volksbank is supposed to cover the whole room within 60 seconds, it does not move at all in the beginning of the scene.
 
Frank's suite at the Del Oro is the usual interior set used for any suite at the spa (compare # 132, 141, 151 and 157). As usual, only minor changes in the furniture and other equipment were made to meet budget criteria.
 
George Westcott's house is portrayed by the side wing of the exterior set at CBS-MTM STUDIOS used as Jeff Wainwright's Tuscany Valley cabin (see # 122 for details).
 
Editing mistake: When Westcott shoots, Lance is in front of the jeep. In the next frame, however, he is kneeling next to the left front wheel.
 
Mistake: Fingertips can suddenly be noticed on the hood of Lance's rental car although they were not there before and nobody touched the car during this scene.
 
The Tuscany Valley socialite next to Melissa in the Del Oro lobby is the same lady who was seen at various social events in # 053, 057, 062, 066, 072, 076, 078, 093, 098, 122, 124, 133, 136, 144, 146, 159, 161, 166, 167 and 170. She is played by an uncredited extra, SHARRI ZAK, and appears at the Del Oro in several scenes this episode.
 
Also the Coit Café cash counter lady (compare # 151, 154, 158 and 167 for this uncredited extra) is seen in the Del Oro lobby several times this episode.
 
Mistake: When Carly points the spray at Melissa in the Del Oro lobby, a guy wearing light blue jeans is heading towards the hallway in the background of the close-up; two women are standing nearby. In the subsequent wide angle shot, however, the same guy passes by again, and three women are now standing nearby. Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The bend Angela drives along to the gas station in her light ivory Mercedes-Benz is the heavily filmed CBS-MTM backlot place behind stage 4 used in # 073, 084, 089, 113, 121, 135, 137, 148 and 172 (see there) and will also be used for in future episodes (# 176, 180, 191, 192, 196, 207 and 213).
 
The Tuscany Valley gas station where Angela and Frank meet (now called Moe's General Store) was also featured in # 082, 084, 113, 133 and 166 for other purposes (compare these episodes for details). This exterior set used to be located on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS.
 
Eric and Vickie stay at the Hotel Österreichischer Hof in Geneva. - The etablishing clip shows the real hotel in Salzburg / Austria, which had the same name in those days, but is called Sacher Salzburg nowadays.
 
The biggest bonds in Richard's safe deposit box are 5 % interest bonds ("5 %-Anleihe") in the amount of 10,000 Marks ("10,000 Mark") issued by a bank or bank consortium named Die Banken Frankfurt ("The Frankfurt Banks", a fictional entity in Frankfurt / Germany).
 
Prop inaccuracies:
Despite the bonds being in - by and large - correct German language, the currency "Mark" is inaccurate. The currency in the Federal Republic of Germany (then West Germany) was "Deutsche Mark" ("German Marks", commonly abbreviated "DM") in those days.
The nominal value, "10,000", was written in the typical manner of English-speaking countries (using a comma as a thousands separator) instead of the usual equivalent in German-speaking countries, which would rather be "10.000" (using a point).
The issuing bank or bank consortium is misspelled Die Banfen Frankfurt instead of Die Banken Frankfurt.
 
The building in the background of the phone booth in Tuscany (Lance calling Maggie) is the back of CBS-MTM office building 5. Compare # 091, 094, and 160.
 
From this episode on, Michael Channing is no longer portrayed by ALEXANDER ROSS DeANGELIS, but by TAYLOR BRIGODE.
 
BRANDON KASPER takes over the rôle of Kevin Channing this episode. He was previously played by an uncredited baby.
 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Vickie wears the red-black-white pullover she already wore in # 145.
 
KEN DEL CONTE, the actor who plays a process server this episode, also portrayed Frank Walker, the construction foreman at the Agretti Stavros Winery site, in season 5.
 
This episode makes it very clear Maggie is an alcoholic now. - This storyline is based on SUSAN SULLIVAN's suggestion.
 
A stunt double replaces SUSAN SULLIVAN in the scene when Maggie crashes against the wall and falls down to the floor.
 
Season time frame: This episode opens Sunday, 02/28/1988 and closes Tuesday, 03/01/1988. - Compare # 173 for details on how to find out these dates.
 
 
# 175 <7.20> Channing vs. Channing
 
Product placement: Maggie pours herself Evian mineral water.
 
Another member of The Thirteen is named Nordstedt.
Inside joke: The character is named after RUSS NORDSTEDT, the show's uncredited key grip.
 
Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: Shortly before Frank shoots the snake next to Melissa on their way to Hobart, the sneak preview shows a wide angle shot (left screen grab), but the scene itself features close-ups.
 
NANCY WARREN, the actress who plays Patricia Knelman, a Tuscany County Child Welfare Office emloyee, this episode, also portrayed Hilary Haldane, a social worker, in season 6.
 
The establishing clip of the San Francisco Federal Building that also houses offices of the Justice Department shows the real Philip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco.
 
Inside joke: Edward Peters, the Justice Department official, is named after the show's best boy grip ED PETERS, JR.
 
DAPHNE ASHBROOK, the actress who plays Kathryn Anderson, a Justice Department employee, beginning this episode, also portrayed Leslie Perkins, who did some dirty work for Richard and Pamela, in season 3 (then credited as DAPHNE LEE ASHBROOK).
 
The scene with Richard and the TV station seller on the basketball ground is filmed behind stage 4 on the CBS-MTM lot. The same ground was used in # 155 (scene with Mike Breslin, Richard's contact to San Francisco's underworld); details there.
 
Inside joke: The guy Richard blackmails into selling him his TV station is named Kenny Fuller. - KENN FULLER is the production sound mixer's name.
 
Inside joke: Talking to Kathryn Anderson, Lance says he thought everybody who works in the Justice Department looked like Elliott Ness. - Elliott Ness is the main character in an old TV show called "The Untouchables" portrayed by ROBERT STACK, who played the not-so-untouchable Roland Saunders last season.
 
Angela mentions the "Bambi" movie.
 
Product placement: Richard serves Perrier mineral water to Maggie once again.
 
Mistake: The glass of milk in Richard's New Globe office is almost full in the first close up. When Richard goes to the bar, it seems some of the milk has gone although nobody drank it in the scene (red arrow). In the next close-up, the glass is full again. - This is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
License plate number of Frank's gray Jeep Wrangler YJ: 1RWF749 (old blue California plate with yellow lettering).
 
The gold mining town of Hobart is seen for the first time. - The filming location for the ghost town scenes in this episode as well as # 176, 182 and 183 is Rancho Maria in Placerita Canyon north of Los Angeles. The place is also known as Riley Ranch, Brooks Ranch or Circle-K.
 
The southern view of the administration building of the CBS-MTM STUDIOS (compare # 073) is used as the Tuscany County Courts in this episode. This will be the case also in # 183, 187 and 206. - This building must pose for almost any office building scene now due to budget constraints.
 
Different footage of the scene in judge Ambrose's office during the hearing concerning Angela's visitation rights for Michael: Richard's dialog in his testimony in the scene in the current episode is slightly different ("She is going to pass her hatred of me down to my son.") from the one in the sneak preview before the main title ("Angela Channing is out to destroy my family.").
 
Parts of the interior set used as Vickie and Eric's hotel suite in Switzerland in the previous episode are reused in the set portraying judge Ambrose's chambers in this episode.
 
Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: When Maggie is arguing with Richard in their bedroom at the ranch, the sneak preview shows a wide angle shot (left screen grab), but the scene itself features the same part of Maggie's dialog in a close-up.
 
Product placement: The Justice Department's computer is made by IBM.
 
The Justice Department has a file about the investigations about Richard Channing's Tuscany Downs race track dated May 2, 1984.
 
Real life allusion: Melissa mentions AL CAPONE.
 
Maggie mentions "Sesame Street", the TV show for children.
 
Frank and Melissa mention the adventure book series "Hardy Boys" and "Nancy Drew". - Later in this episode, Melissa reads to Frank from the book "Nancy Drew Mystery Stories: The Quest of the Missing Map".
 
Frank mentions "Betty Boop" cartoons.
 
Kathryn Anderson drives a white Nissan GXL.
 
New license plate number of Lance's black Mercedes-Benz 560 SL convertible: 2NKO561. - In # 182, it will be the old license plate (see # 156) again. The current plate used to be on Emma's white BMW in # 171 already. Prop master's negligence!
 
When Lance is on his way to Laban's Delicatessen, the restaurant where he wants to meet with Kathryn, he is chased by a car. This scene is filmed on an alley between the CBS-MTM STUDIOS lot and Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, CA.
Inside jokes: Laban's Deli is named after crew member LABAN FREEMAN (craft service - set). It is situated at the corner of Hansen and Calloway. The names of the streets are "borrowed" from MIKE HANSEN, the show's assistant property master, and DAVID CALLOWAY, the director of photography.
 
Mistake: In the scene with comatose Frank in his hospital room, the close-ups and wide angle shots are from different takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Frank's head is turned in various directions - always towards the camera.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Polo Road is first mentioned as the Tuscany street where The Toy Shoppe, the fancy store for toys, is. In previous episodes (e.g. # 162), the establishing shot for the toy store was Main Street, St. Helena in the Napa Valley. So this must be Polo Road on the show. - In the close-ups of this episode, however, the toy store itself is portrayed by a bungalow on St. Elsewhere Street on the CBS-MTM backlot, which housed the wardrobe department. This building was used for a different purpose in the flashback in # 163 (compare there). This part of the backlot was completely rebuilt in the 1990's and looks totally different now.
 
Angela mentions to the police that Maggie is Michael's mother. She does not use the term stepmother. - This indicates the cross adoptions of Michael and Kevin by Maggie and Richard we will learn about in # 197 must have taken place recently.
 
Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: In the conversation between Rosemont and Kathryn, the sneak preview shows a wide angle shot (left screen grab), but the scene itself features Rosemont in a close-up.
 
Season time frame:
This episode opens Wednesday, 03/02/1988 and closes Saturday, 03/05/1988. - Compare # 173 and 178 for details on how to find out these dates.
Maggie says it was about a year ago that Richard found out Angela was his mother. - Considering that happened in April 1987 (see # 156 and 157), this is a rough, but close estimation.
It is Angela and Carly's birthday (same day) in the finale of the current episode. As the characters confirm the last day depicted in this episode is a Saturday, the correctness of the interpretation given on this website is obvious. - So Angela's birthday is March 5. Despite making sense for the season 7 time frame, this is in contrast to Julia's statement in # 013 where she said to Emma that Angela's birthday "was three months ago"; but that episode depicted the events around the beginning of 1982, thus hinting that Angela's birthday might be in October.
 
 
# 176 <7.21> False Faces
 
Crew background: This episode is written by REBECCA POGROW, executive producer JEFF FREILICH's assistant, and SUSAN ESTABROOK, the writers' assistant. Story editor LISA SEIDMAN supervises their first writing assignment for the series.
 
In the recap for the previous episode, Kathryn tells Rosemont she will lead Lance around in so many circles he will be too dizzy to discover the truth. - This piece of dialog is missing in the cliffhanger of # 175. The scene filmed for the previous episode 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.
 
Editing mistake: When Maggie falls over the toy in the kitchen at the ranch, the wide angle shot and the close-up do not exactly match; after the cut, she starts to stumble again.
 
Original script drafts suggested Mrs. Miller, Chase and Maggie's old housekeeper, working at Maggie and Richard's ranch now. The writers had drafted a scene with Mrs. Miller being very blunt and critical of Maggie's relationship with Richard and her drinking alcohol. The negotiations to rehire LESLEY WOODS, however, failed. So the writers created a new character, Mrs. Raynor. Unfortunately, they could not add the allusions to Maggie's past with Chase that way.
 
Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: When Lance and Kathryn toast to their upcoming trip to Africa at The Max, the sneak preview shows a wide angle shot (left screen grab), but the scene itself features close-ups.
 
The establishing clip of the San Francisco International Aiprort is actually a shot of that very airport.
 
Fictional entity: When Lance and Kathryn are at the airport, a sign of Con West airline (known from # 119 and 173) is featured again.
 
The interior set portraying the waiting area at San Francisco International Airport is identical with the one used as the Justice Department hallway in the previous episode - with only minor redecoration to minimize production costs.
 
The security guard at San Francisco International Airport is portrayed by JOE STONE, who played various supporting rôles in this season and the previous one (compare # 155, 163 and 170).
 
The CBS-MTM STUDIOS warehouse / sound stage used as Chase and Tony's additional winery space (compare # 144) is now used as Cresant Trucking.
Inside joke: The name of Rocky Cresant, the owner of the transportation company, is a portmanteau of the names of BILL CRESANT, the show's transportation coordinator, and ROCKY REED, the CBS set truck driver. - The original script drafts suggested the name Jay J. Swisher for the rôle.
 
The man who plays poker with Nellie Maxwell is played by the same uncredited actor who portrayed the baker of Maggie and Richard's wedding cake in # 170. Also compare # 177.
 
Richard mentions AGATHA CHRISTIE and her crime novel "Murder on the Orient Express".
 
The interior set used as judge Ambrose's chambers in the previous episode is reused as Dr. Everdene's office in this episode. - Check out # 175 for another previous use. Parts of this set had been used even in season 2 already (compare # 028 for Phillip's office, for instance).
 
Early script drafts staged this scene at a park in San Francisco. - This was changed shortly before the shootings.
 
Angela still drives her light ivory Mercedes-Benz 380 SL. - This is the last time JANE WYMAN drives a car herself on the show.
It has a different license plate number now: 2CSI908 - the same number Eric's gray Corvette convertible had at the beginning of this season; and the same number Chase's red Porsche 944 had last season. The prop policy about the license plates is just disastrous.
 
Mistake: When Angela reaches out her hand for Dan, his right hand is on his baseball bat first. But after the cut, his right hand is 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 filming location for the interior scene at the Colonial hotel bar in North Africa is The Subway (nowadays Acashi Sushi Bar) across the CBS-MTM STUDIOS main gate in Studio City, CA.
 
The exterior shots of North Africa are actually from Malibu Canyon in Malibu, CA (except Remick's grave; see below).
 
N732PG is the license number of the plane Lance, Kathryn and George use in North Africa.
 
Product placement: Angela mentions Disneyland.
 
The small park area known from # 135 (see there) and other episodes, which is located near office building 5 (behind Maggie; also compare # 091, 094, 160 and 174) on the CBS-MTM backlot, is used again as a Tuscany Valley park (Maggie, Michael and Kevin meet Angela). Bungalow 8 can also be seen again (compare # 143 and 149).
 
The heavily used red Volvo sedan (compare # 055 for details) is used as a prop again; this time, it is parked near the park.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Angela and Maggie at the park, their hands are in different positions at the fence in subsequent frames - depending on the direction from where they are filmed.
Once again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
A paper clip is exactly on the page that deals with Hobart in Professor McCloud's book. - The prop masters included it to make it easier for LEN LESSER to find the right page quickly. But this preparation should not have been visible in the final version after the editing process.
 
Historic background: Professor McCloud mentions the big 1906 earthquake in San Francisco.
 
Professor McCloud's office is the back of office building 5 (writers' building) at CBS-MTM. Also Compare # 091, 094, 160 and 174. The interiors are actually LORENZO LAMAS' dressing room in this building.
 
Different takes in the sneak preview and the scene itself: When Maggie dances with "Tall, Dark and Handsome" at The Max, the sneak preview shows a much tighter close-up (a different take; left screen grab) than the one used in the episode.
 
The assistant district attorney (played by an uncredited extra) known from # 154 (see there) and other episodes is a guest at The Max again this episode, as he was in # 167.
 
Maggie says she sometimes feels like "The Prisoner of Zenda" - just like the 1937 movie title.
 
Inconsistency: The front license plate number of Melissa's white Porsche 911 convertible is 2GNI570 in the scene in Hobart only. - A few scenes later, the license plate number is 2CQI406 as it was in the previous scenes. It is the same number that used to be on Melissa's previous Corvette.
 
The bend of the small road used as the location where Dan meets Red's staff in this episode (and in # 180) is the heavily filmed bend behind stage 4 on the CBS-MTM backlot. It was also seen in # 073, 084, 089, 113, 121, 135, 137, 148, 172 and 174 (see there) and will also be used in # 191, 192, 196, 207 and 213.
 
HANK WOESSNER, the actor who is introduced as one of Red's henchmen (roadblocker), also played various other rôles in previous episodes (compare # 118 and # 165).
 
Mistake: In the scene with Melissa and Dan on the private road to Red's property, the close-ups are from different takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Melissa holds Dan's hand in one moment, but does not have her hand anywhere near his 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 exterior shots of North Africa towards the end of the episode - Lance and Kathryn's conversation with the general and the soldiers' graves - are from the jungle near the lagoon at CBS-MTM STUDIOS (CBS STUDIO CENTER).
 
Remick's faked grave at the soldiers' cemetery in North Africa is number 4949.
 
 
Real life allusion: Richard goes to an Al-Anon (Alcoholics Anonymous - AA) meeting because of Maggie's drinking problem.
 
Original draft of this episode's finale:
In one of the final scenes, the writers had Maggie receive an anonymous letter saying nothing more than "I am alive". - They wanted to leave unanswered if the message was from John Remick or Chase.
The cliffhanger was originally supposed to be a scene with Maggie and Alison in downtown Tuscany. Maggie was intended to see a person in the distance (out of sight for the audience) and believe she just saw Chase.
These ideas, however, did not make it to the screen. The creative forces decided to postpone these plans. JEFF FREILICH explained his concept for season 8 in an exclusive 2007 DFCF interview.
 
Season time frame: This episode opens Sunday, 03/06/1988 and closes Thursday, 03/10/1988. - Compare # 173 and 178 for details on how to find out these dates.
 
 
# 177 <7.22> Dirty Tricks
 
Again, Malibu Canyon and the grounds of Saddlerock Ranch are used as filming locations for the Agretti lands as they will be in # 179.
 
An establishing shot of the Bank of America building in San Francisco is used followed by a scene in the New Globe offices. - This either happened accidentally, or the establishing clip was supposed to represent just the Financial District in general, not specifically the New Globe.
 
The interior set used as Garth's room at Richard and Maggie's ranch in # 174 and 176 is reused as Michael and Kevin's nursery in this episode - furnished differently and some walls being rearranged.
 
The filming location for the Tuscany Valley road where Rosemont and Kathryn meet (visible through the rear window of the limo) is a small road behind stage 4 on the backlot of the CBS-MTM STUDIOS. It was already used for Angela and Frank's walk in # 173 (compare there).
 
CBS-MTM sound stage 16 is used as the delivery entrance to the Falcon Crest Winery Building in this episode.
 
As in some previous episodes, soul music is played at The Max again. This time, a 1960's Dance Contest takes place.
Cast and crew background: One of the uncredited dancers is MARK WALLENGREN again - as in # 159 (details there).
 
THE CONTOURS' song "Do You Love Me?" is played during Melissa and Richard's famous "dirty dancing" - a funny allusion to the "Dirty Dancing" movie, which débuted in movie theaters shortly before the production of this episode.
The original choice for the song, by the way, was "Harlem Shuffle" by BOB & EARL.
 
Music score: Composers JESSE FREDERICK & BENNETT SALVAY use MARK SNOW's "Maggie's Theme" (compare # 137) in the scene with Maggie and Emma at the Jeeter's in this episode.
 
The Thirteen's henchman planting the bomb in Kathryn's apartment is played by the same uncredited actor who portrayed the baker of Maggie and Richard's wedding cake in # 170 and the poker player in # 176.
 
The heavily used red Volvo sedan (compare # 055 for details) is used as a prop again; this time, it is parked in front of the Golden Park West apartment building in San Francisco where Kathryn lives.
 
The Golden Park West apartment building is portrayed by CBS-MTM office building 3 (Mack Sennett Building).
 
The building in the background during Kathryn's farewell scene is the front of CBS-MTM office building 5. Compare # 091, 094, 160, 174 and 176.
 
It can be concluded from Melissa and Richard's conversation as well as the map and information from # 181 that Hobart must be located about half way between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe.
 
Season time frame: This episode opens Friday, 03/11/1988 and closes Monday, 03/14/1988. - Compare # 173 and 178 for details on how to find out these dates. As Lance, in # 179, will confirm Melissa's "dirty dancing" with Richard was on a Saturday, the correctness of the interpretation given on this website is obvious since day 2 of the current episode was Saturday, 03/12/1988 according to this interpretation.
 
 
# 178 <7.23> Flying Blind
 
The dream sequence at the beginning of the episode (Maggie walking down the hallway looking for Vickie) was filmed in this season's Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion upstairs set, which was repainted brown just for this scene; they are usually white this season.
 
Inside joke: The design of the hallway and the costumes in the dream sequence part with Richard remind of DAVID SELBY as Quentin Collins in his first TV series, "Dark Shadows".
 
Episode writers CYNTHIA DARNELL and HOWARD LAKIN developed some of the scenes with Vickie and Eric in prison in Geneva / Switzerland as a little homage to the 1978 movie "Midnight Express".
 
Vickie's inmate number in prison in Geneva / Switzerland is 639.
 
CLEMENT ST. GEORGE, the actor who plays the Swiss lawyer this episode, also portrayed the caterer who served Angela sample dishes for the Del Oro opening party in season 6.
 
ROD TAYLOR is not given credit this episode. When Angela visits Frank in the hospital, he cannot be seen properly. Most likely, ROD is doubled by a stand-in this episode.
 
The filming location for the scene with Dan and Red is the crew parking lot behind CBS-MTM STUDIOS (a photo of how the area looks nowadays - with grown bushes and trees).
 
Dan drives a black Ford 9000 truck he calls Wendi.
Original script drafts had Dan's truck carry radioactive waste. It was changed to nitroglycerin for the final version.
 
Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: In the conversation between Lance and Angela during Lance's workout, the sneak preview shows a wide angle shot (left screen grab), but the particular portion of that scene itself is a close-up. In contrast to the sneak preview, the wide angle parts of the scene are from a different take as it can be concluded easily because the waistband of Lance's shorts is visible in the scene (yellow arrow).
The bat guano "make-up" apparently accommodates the need to cover LORENZO's tattoos perfectly now.
 
Cameraman's mistake: In the scene with Dan and Melissa near Wendi, the reflection of the microphone and its boom can be seen on the truck's passenger's door.
 
RAY STEWART, the actor who plays the Geneva jail doctor this episode, also portrayed Carmack, a San Francisco jeweler, in season 1.
 
Eric's inmate number in prison in Geneva / Switzerland is 504.
 
JOHN CALLAHAN's French pronunciation (Eric talking to the Swiss doctor in jail in Geneva) is amazingly good.
 
DANA SPARKS' French pronunciation is all right, but she still has an American accent.
 
Product placement: The computer Lance installs in Angela's study is made by IBM again.
 
The sneak preview for this episode shows two frames that are missing in the respective scene: The director's cut of the episode contained a conversation between Angela and Lance after Angie's meeting with Rosemont, in which Lance warned his grandmother not to underestimate how dangerous Rosemont is. This scene had to be shortened to match the usual one-hour program schedule (including commercials). A part of the "superfluous" footage was used for the sneak preview - Angie to Lance: "You have lived with me all of your life, and you still don't know how dangerous I can be!"
 
Early script drafts contained a totally different concept for Angela and Lance's strategy to find out more about Richard and his connection to The Thirteen. Instead of Angela's meeting with Rosemont (as it was finally filmed), Angela and Lance went to a business trip to Chicago to blackmail a former member of The Thirteen, Henry Murdock, into providing them with the computer entry code to The Thirteen's headquarters or file system. Besides Henry Murdock, this storyline also involved another supporting character named Patrick Finn. They were all abolished in the final version.
 
Season time frame:
This episode opens Tuesday, 03/15/1988. - Compare # 173 and 178 for details on how to find out this date.
Rosemont's meeting with Angela (day 4 of the current episode) takes place on Friday, 03/18/1988 as Angela and Lance discuss when they make an entry in Rosemont's calendar.
In # 179, Chase's third codicil will be opened, which will be exactly three months after Maggie and Richard's wedding. The wedding took place on 02/21/1988 (see # 171). So the reading of the codicil will be on 05/21/1988. Therefore, two months must have gone by between Rosemont's meeting with Angela and the following scene (i.e. Dan starting his transportation job with his truck - he wants to be back in one week, which will be in # 180) in the current episode. This results in the current episode closing on Thursday, 05/19/1988. On the one hand, this seems odd because this interpretation results in Vickie's letter given to the Swiss prison nurse on the morning of 03/18/1988 being delivered on 05/19/1988 to Emma. But maybe it took the nurse a while to get the letter out of the prison. On the other hand, a period of two months for Maggie's alcohol withdrawal (beginning 03/15/1988 and ending on the final day of the current episode) seems realistic.
 
ANA-ALICIA herself provided the old black and white photo of her childhood days as the prop photo of Melissa in Frank's wallet. - This was confirmed in an interview SASCHA KURZ and THOMAS J. PUCHER made with ANA-ALICIA in Studio City, CA in July 2004. Click here to see a photo of this meeting.
 
The street Dan drives along in his truck, Wendi, is near the north parking lot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS (CBS STUDIO CENTER) on Radford Avenue in Studio City, CA.
 
Fictional entity: Courier Express is the courier service delivering Vickie's letter to Emma.
 
Vickie addressed her letter "Maggie Gioberti, c/o Emma Channing". - Vickie still calling her mother "Gioberti" seems to be her sarcastic way of ignoring Maggie's wedding with Richard, the man Vickie cannot stand at all.
 
 
# 179 <7.24> The Key to Angela
 
Mistake: In the scene with Dr. Beth Everdene at the ranch, the position of Maggie's hands is different in subsequent frames.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Maggie and Richard's ranch set - inconsistency: The French doors leading from the master bedroom to the balcony are in white frames and consist of two casements divided in several panes. The real windows and French doors at Saddlerock Ranch, however, are in brown frames and have no panes at all.
 
Lance hands Remick's note from North Africa to Peter Ryder. - Inconsistency: He already gave the note to Maggie, and Richard found it in # 177. Richard certainly would not have given it back. Was it just a photocopy?
 
The interior set used as the Washington, D.C. office of Lillian Nash Darlington's husband in # 163, is reused as Senator Ryder's office beginning this episode - with only minor changes in the arrangement of the wall elements and the decoration.
 
Real life allusion: In Peter Ryder's Washington, D.C. office, a photo of U.S. President RONALD REAGAN (1911 - 2004) is on the wall near his desk.
 
Carly mentions the 1971 movie "The French Connection".
 
License plate number of Len Potts' beige Cherokee Chief Jeep with wooden decoration on doors: 1SMW036 (old blue California plate with yellow lettering).
 
Mistake: During the meeting of Len Potts and Melissa in the Agretti Vineyards, Len's hands are on the head of Melissa's horse first, but nowhere close to it in the subsequent frame filmed from across.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
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 Tuscany park (Emma, Maggie and the boys meet Angela).
The heavily used red Volvo sedan (compare # 055 for details) is used as a prop again; this time, it is parked near the park (see yellow arrow).
 
For a short moment, a cat can be seen on the footpath near the main house at Richard and Maggie's ranch in the scene with Richard and Rosemont (see yellow mark). - Coincidence or inside joke? At least, Rosemont was supposed to be some sort of personified devil according to the producers' program practices...
 
BRUCE FRENCH, the actor who plays FBI agent Perry this episode, also portrayed judge Saunders, who married Terry and Richard in season 5.
The pipe in his mouth is the wrong way round in his first scene in this episode.
 
Season time frame: This episode opens Friday, 05/20/1988; the reading of Chase's third codicil to his will takes place on night 2, i.e. Saturday, 05/21/1988. - Compare # 171 and 178 for details on how to find out these dates.
 
Inside joke: In the reading of the third codicil to Chase's will, Melissa ironically wears the very same dress she wore during his memorial service in # 157. Only her brooch is in a different position.
 
The CBS-MTM STUDIOS warehouse / sound stage used for various purposes in the past, including Chase and Tony's additional winery space (compare # 144) and Cresant Trucking (compare # 176), for instance, is now used as Red's loading dock.
 
The establishing clip of the California Museum of Science and Industry is an exterior shot of the real museum by the same name in Los Angeles.
 
The California Museum of Science and Industry employee mentions both Wells Fargo and Union Pacific as companies using strongboxes like the one Melissa's "key to Angela" might unlock.
Both companies are still major U.S. banks.
 
The interior set portraying the hallway at the California Museum of Science and Industry is identical with the one used as the Justice Department hallway in # 175 and as the airport waiting area in # 176 (compare there) - with only minor redecoration to minimize production costs.
 
Dees 24 Hour Diner, the truck stop Carly and Red's henchmen come out, was also featured in # 082, 084, 113, 133, 166 and 174 for other purposes (compare these episodes for details, # 166 in particular). This exterior set used to be located behind stage 4 on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS. 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.
 
BUCK McDANCER, who portrays the owner of Dees 24 Hour Diner this episode, also portrayed various rôles before and will play various other characters in the future; compare # 083 for details.
 
The Del Oro parking lot (night scene after Lance comes out of The Max) is doubled by the car parks in front of CBS-MTM office building 5. Compare # 091, 094, 160, 174, 176 and 177.
 
The night establishing shot for the scene when Frank undergoes surgery, features the QVH although he has been treated in San Francisco Metropolitan Hospital since # 175.
He must have been taken to the QVH in the meantime. Apparently, both hospitals work closely together or are operated by the same holding company because Dr. Huston, Frank's doctor, also works in both hospitals (also compare # 159).
 
The New Globe parking lot is portrayed by the parking spaces in front of the east of the CBS-MTM administration building. It is the same studio facility that is used for multiple purposes (compare especially # 074).
 
SHAHRAD VOSSOUGHI, the uncredited actor who played a waiter at The Max in # 158, 159, 165, 167 and 177 and will play that rôle again in # 181, portrays Rosemont's chauffeur in this episode.
In season 9, he will play Nick Massoud, Michael Sharpe's chauffeur.
 
 
# 180 <7.25> King's Gambit
 
The interiors of the plane Vickie uses to travel from Switzerland to the USA is the same set as the one used for # 156 (see there), except for some minor changes in props and set dressing.
 
The residential area where the FBI agents interrogate Richard is near the heavily filmed park (see # 135) on the CBS-MTM backlot. Bungalow 6 was previously used for other purposes in # 147 and 150 (see there).
 
The FBI stenographer (played by an uncredited extra) has been known as a court reporter from various trials (compare # 054, 091, 098, 122 and 154).
 
License plate number of the blue Ford convertible Carly "borrowed": 2GFY349. - Also see # 191.
 
The scenes involving Dan in his truck and Carly in the convertible are filmed on a road near the Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, CA. - The same part of that road had already been used for # 126 and 127 (see there - Jordan and Greg).
 
The score in the scene with Dan driving his truck is co-composed by MARK SNOW and JEFF FREILICH. Parts of it were used in # 130 and 134 (see there). - Elements of the score will be re-used in the theme of the "Dark Justice" TV series in 1991, another LORIMAR show with JEFF FREILICH as the executive producer and MARK SNOW as the music composer.
 
Mistake: When Melissa enters the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion dining room during the Frank Agretti Cancer Unit charity gala for the QVH, a man, a woman and a maid are standing in the background. In the subsequent frame (filmed from across), however, the man and the woman switched their places and are standing much closer to the foyer.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The Tuscany Valley high society lady known from 053, 057, 062, 066, 072, 076, 078, 093, 098, 122, 124, 133, 136, 144, 146, 159, 161, 166, 167, 170 and 174 is also a guest at the charity party for the Frank Agretti Cancer Unit this episode. The socialite is played by an uncredited extra, SHARRI ZAK.
 
The CBS-MTM STUDIOS transportation department used as Chase and Tony's additional winery space (compare # 144) and for various purposes in # 176 and 179 is now used as another gas station (24 Hour Mini Mart).
 
Real life allusion: Angela mentions ATTILA, the Hun.
 
The serial number of the "key to Angela" is 8CT4068. It belongs to an old vault Wells Fargo used on their stage coach line.
 
The Wells Fargo archives is the same interior set as the one used for the rooms in the Falcon Crest Winery Building and the Gioberti Winery (compare # 171, for example). Only minor changes were made to minimize production costs.
 
Product placement: Archive boxes by Acorn Office Products are shown.
 
Richard tells the FBI agents that he met with Rosemont on a Thursday, the 18th and on a Wednesday, the 3rd. - February being the only month in 1988 (up to now in the season) with the days and dates matching, they must have met on Wednesday, 02/03/1988 and Thursday, 02/18/1988. Rosemont, however, had no on-screen appearance at that time (around # 170 and 171). Richard must have met him off screen around that time.
 
Time inconsistency: When Dan looks at the timer of the bomb, 24 seconds are left until it goes off. The real time until it explodes, however, is 27 seconds (clocked with an electronic time clock).
 
Peter Ryder mentions that Maggie, who is now living in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, and Richard, who is still at the ranch, live 20 miles apart. This means the ranch has to be somewhere on the outskirts of the Tuscany Valley, where no grapes are grown (as Maggie stated in # 170).
 
The interior set portraying the hallway to The Thirteen's previous conference room in New York City is identical with the one used as the Justice Department hallway in # 175, as the airport waiting area in # 176 and as the hallway in the California Museum of Science and Industry in # 179 - with only minor redecoration to minimize production costs.
 
SANDRA J. MARSHALL, the actress who plays Karen, who does a sales presentation in the Thirteen's former New York conference room this episode (right screen grab; blue suit), also portrayed Sophie, a teacher at Play Mountain Day Care Center in San Francisco in season 6.
 
License plate number of Sheriff Buckman's patrol car: 639405 - still the same as in # 165 when Sheriff North drove it.
 
Eric and Vickie's current suite at the Del Oro is the usual interior set used for any suite at the spa (compare # 132, 141, 151, 157 and 174). The entranceway, however, was changed this time.
 
The interior set portraying the FBI suite is identical with the one used as Madame Malec's Del Oro suite (both in this episode) - with only minor changes in the furniture and decoration. - Cutting down production costs.
 
 
# 181 <7.26> Telling Tales
 
The area where Rosemont and Fred ("Gray Suit") go pheasant shooting, is Malibu Canyon in real life; access road 5 in the Tuscany Valley where Maggie's Mercedes-Benz has a flat tire is also there (actually Mulholland Highway). - This area around Saddlerock Ranch has been the new major filming location for nearly all exterior shootings since # 170.
 
JOHN ZENDA, the actor who played various supporting rôles in previous seasons (compare # 103), appears as a highway patrolman bribed by the Thirteen this episode.
 
Cast background: GREGG HENRY, who is introduced as Richard's attorney, Thom Dower, played with SUSAN SULLIVAN in the 1976-77 season of "Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II".
 
Post-production 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 - introducing a scene taking place at Richard and Maggie's ranch is an inconsistency. As it is known from various descriptions of the places over a few of the previous episodes, the ranch is located on the outskirts of the valley with no vineyards around at all.
Compare # 132 for a similar faux-pas.
 
The filming location for the grounds of the Western Historical Museum is at a lake at Saddlerock Ranch. The same spot was used in # 170 (scene with Lance and Tony at the lake - filmed from across).
 
Fictional organization: The Frontier Historical Society in San Francisco is mentioned in context with the "key to Angela".
 
The establishing shot of the hotel where Richard and Maggie are staying in Washington, D.C. features the real Watergate hotel.
 
All the interiors (e.g. lobby, suites, elevator etc.), however, are filmed at the Registry Hotel (nowadays Universal Hilton) in Universal City, CA. This location was used for other purposes in # 116, 121, 147 and 173 (compare there).
 
License plate number of Dan's motorcycle: 2692G4 (old blue California plate with yellow lettering).
 
Inside joke: Kenneth Horton, the Senator's name in the hearing, is "borrowed" from KEN HORTON, a LORIMAR staff member who worked as a production assistant on "Dallas" and other shows and later became LORIMAR's vice president for programming.
 
Eric and Vickie must have moved to a different suite at the Del Oro because the entranceway looks different from the one in the previous episode.
 
Madame Malec stays in suite 213 at the Del Oro.
 
The interior set used as the Del Oro hallway in # 147 (leading to the gym) is now reused as another hallway with minor changes (leading to suite 213 this time).
 
This episode makes it very clear that parts of the sets are moveable walls that can be rearranged or completely removed. Two parts of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study set are not put in their exact places this time (see yellow mark).
 
Another Senator in the hearing is called A. Contreras as the name sign reveals.
Inside joke: The name is "borrowed" from ABEL CONTRERAS, the show's construction laborer.
 
The Watergate Hotel restaurant in Washington, D.C. (Maggie and Ryder this episode, Angela and Rosemont next episode) is also portrayed by the Registry Hotel (Universal Hilton) in Universal City, CA (see above). It will also be used as a San Francisco based restaurant in # 196 and 209 (see there).
 
The streets seen through the back window of Rosemont's limo in this and the following episode are a blue screen technique. It is the very same shot of the road as seen through the window of the limo in the scene with Emma and the Habermans in # 171 (see there).
 
Deleted scene: Act 4 contained a scene in the park (filmed at the heavily filmed park on the CBS-MTM; compare # 135), in which Vickie meets with Dan, sitting under a tree, having a picnic breakfast with muffins and a thermos of coffee. She says she still loves Eric, Dan says that he changed her. - This scene was removed in post-production.
 
The interior set previously used as Garth's room and as Michael and Kevin's bedroom at Richard and Maggie's ranch is reused as the research room of the Frontier Historical Society - with different props and set dressing and the walls being rearranged slightly again.
 
Real life allusion: In the archives where Melissa and Lance do their research, a picture of U.S. President GEORGE WASHINGTON (1732 - 99) is on the wall.
 
Season time frame:
Maggie tells Peter Ryder she has been sober for five weeks. Her cold-turkey withdrawal was finished at the end of # 178, i.e. 05/19/1988. Five weeks having gone by since then means that Maggie's conversation with the senator takes place on Thursday, 06/23/1988 (the final day of the current episode).
Since # 179 and 180 depicted the events around the end of May 1988, some weeks must have gone by during the current episode; most likely right before the Channings went on their trip to Washington, D.C.
 
 
# 182 <7.27> As Tears Go by
 
CINDY RIEGEL, whose last on-screen appearance was in # 146, receives credit as Cindy O'Connor although she cannot be seen on screen in the final version of this episode. There is, however, a voice-over scene left with her in that version: When Angela and Frank are watching a TV report about the hearing before the Senate Select Committee, Cindy's voice can be heard from the TV set saying she shredded documents. There is hardly anything else to be understood; Cindy's identity cannot be concluded from this scene either.
This background dialog comes from a longer scene filmed with Cindy for this episode: In the director's cut, Richard's former executive assistant can be seen giving testimony before the Committee. Obviously blackmailed or bribed by The Thirteen, she tells she shredded documents relating to the manipulation of the stock market for Richard; she confirms Richard was working alone and had never mentioned The Thirteen. Richard, however, makes it very clear to his attorney that everything is a lie and Cindy left before he even heard of The Thirteen. The scene culminates in an emotional climax when Cindy, on her way out of the hearing room, cannot miss noticing a disappointed Richard looking sadly at her; she ducks her head, goes off. - A fabulous scene, which was unfortunately edited and partly amalgamated into a background dialog because, as many of JEFF FREILICH's show drafts, this episode was way too long for a one-hour program.
This makes it very clear why CINDY RIEGEL's name is still in the end credits.
 
Mistake: In his conversation with Melissa about Hobart in the guest bedroom at the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, Frank first lifts his left hand in the wide angle shot, but lifts his right hand in the subsequent close-up.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Real life allusion: In the hallway leading to the Senate Hearing Room, a picture of U.S. President ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809 - 65) is on the wall.
 
Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: When Emma appears in the Senate Hearing Room, the sneak preview also shows a close-up of her when she tries to get away from the bailiff (left screen grab), but the scene itself features a wide angle shot from the greenbeds of the sound stage only.
 
Richard giving testimony before the Senate Select Committee seems to be of particular interest to the people from San Francisco Bay Area. The lady, who worked at the cash counter at the Coit Café in # 154 (compare # 151, 154, 158, 167 and 174 for this uncredited extra) obviously found it that interesting so she decided to come to Washington... - The solution is: She obviously changed jobs as # 183 will reveal where she will be seen as a reporter in front of the Tuscany County Courthouse.
 
The interior set portraying the interiors of the Tuscany Valley Airport is identical with the one used as the Justice Department hallway in # 175, as the airport waiting area in # 176, as the hallway in the California Museum of Science and Industry in # 179 and the hallway to The Thirteen's previous conference room in # 180 - with only minor redecoration to minimize production costs.
 
Angela's line in her dialog with Lance about the key is partly looped. This can be concluded from the different sound quality and will become really obvious in the recap at the beginning of # 184 (see there for details).
 
The filming location for the mine near Hobart is the same as the one used for the Myrna Mine in # 087.
It is the caves at Bronson Canyon in Hollywood, CA. - The prop doors, however, were changed.
 
License plate number of Lance's black Mercedes 560 SL convertible: 2PAD139 again although there was a different # in the meantime.
 
Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: When Maggie enters Peter Ryder's office to talk to him and John Remick, the sneak preview features a close-up of Maggie (left screen grab), but the scene itself is a wide angle shot.
 
Lance is scared of spiders and hates them.
 
Angela buys her suit in a store at the Trump Tower in New York.
The interior shots are filmed inside the bungalow that housed the wardrobe department at CBS-MTM STUDIOS.
 
During the Senate hearing in Washington, D.C., Garth is with Angela in New York doing his surveillance of The Thirteen's conference. But as seen in the series of intercuts with scenes of the Senate hearing, Garth is among the hearing audience at the same time. - Can "magic Garth" travel from one place to another in just a second, or is it an editing mistake in post-production to create an intercut between those two scenes?!
 
Stock footage of the Russell Building in Washington, D.C. is used to establish in which of building of the Senate the hearing takes place.
 
Season time frame:
This episode continues Thursday, 06/23/1988 and closes Friday, 06/24/1988. - Compare # 181 for details.
John says it was nearly a year ago when he first came to Tuscany. - This is a rather inaccurate estimation because he was in Tuscany in April 1987.
 
The Thirteen's new headquarters is located at 13 Park Avenue, New York. - The filming location is the Universal City Plaza Building in Universal City, CA, which was already used in # 121 as a San Francisco high-rise.
 
Garth's fully equipped surveillance van has a false lettering saying "Seabrook Security Systems Inc. - Complete Electronics Systems: Homes, Stores, Offices; (714) 555-6789".
Next episode, a similar van (the same prop of course) will appear with additional Thai lettering in the scene with Garth and his squad catching Rosemont in Bangkok.
 
 
# 183 <7.28> Last Dance
 
Editing mistake: When Maggie and Richard say goodbye to Peter Ryder, there are shots from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Maggie holds her purse in her right hand first, but then suddenly holds it in her left hand in the very next moment.
 
Richard's security guard is portrayed by JOE STONE, who played various supporting rôles in this season and the previous one (compare # 155, 163, 170 and 176).
 
The heavily used red Volvo sedan (compare # 055 for details) is used as a prop again; this time, it is in front of Richard's limo at the freeway toll station at the border to Virginia.
 
Deleted scene: Richard (accompanied by Garth and security team members) bids his farewell to Maggie, the kids, Emma and Vickie at the gate at Washington Dulles International Airport (near Washington, D.C.; situated in Virginia); they fly back home. He will travel to New York to the office of Fred's psychiatrist. - That scene was removed in post-production.
 
Extensive location shootings are done at Rancho Maria for the scenes in Hobart (compare # 176).
 
License plate number of the white Lincoln Towncar Pullman limousine Angela uses to come to Hobart: Nevada R6B538.
 
Cameraman's mistake: In Fred's psychiatrist's office in New York, 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.
 
The uncredited extra who usually portrays an A.D.A. (compare # 136, 154 and 158 in particular), plays one of Richard's henchmen, who threaten to throw Fred out of the window in New York.
 
The filming location for the room in Fred's psychiatrist's practice in New York where Richard and Garth interrogate Fred is one of the rooms at Saddlerock Ranch, the usual filming location for Richard and Maggie's home.
 
The road where Eric kills the cop is located on the CBS-MTM backlot. It is the same place where Angela and Frank's stroll was filmed for # 173 (compare there) and where Rosemont and Kathryn met in # 177.
 
Product placement: The tube rings in Hobart are manufactured by Burke Tube.
 
License plate number of the black Ford Maggie and Richard use to come to Hobart: Nevada N9R758.
 
Early script drafts planned for Richard, Maggie and Emma to arrive in Hobart by helicopter, which was changed to trim down production costs.
 
Early script drafts planned for the first scene in act 2 to show Maggie and Richard in their bedroom at the ranch in the morning, discussing that The Thirteen want to kill Angela and Richard. - The scene was omitted before shooting.
 
Deleted scene: During the day, Eric sneaks into the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion with a garrote, walking past Chao-Li, who is busy in the study, and dodging Melody in the upstairs hallway, slipping into the attic doorway alcove. - The scene was removed in post-production as it seemed enough to have Eric lurking behind the door, waiting to kill Angela, as shown in the night scene in the final version.
 
In subsequent frames, Angela's mouth is wide open, but then shut during the scene when Eric is about to shoot through the window of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
JANE WYMAN and DAVID SELBY are obivously replaced by stunt doubles in the scene when Eric tries to shoot them; CHAO-LI CHI, however, is not replaced.
 
Mysterious: When the vase is hit by the bullet in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study, the bullet would have to be seen somewhere in the wall. But it is not.
 
Mistake: In her conversation with Frank about the deed from Hobart in the Agretti Residence, Melissa's hand is nowhere to be seen in the close-up - contrary to the subsequent wide angle shot.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Inaccuracy: Melissa says Angela has not changed in the last seven years since she arranged the marriage of Melissa and Lance. - But that was six years ago; they got married in 1982.
 
The last part of MARK SNOW's music score in act 3 (after "Maggie's Theme" when Richard leaves the ranch house) is reminiscent of a part in the opening movement, "O Fortuna", of CARL ORFF's "Carmina Burana".
 
After last season's changes in the Gioberti Family Cemetery set (compare # 147 first), the cemetery is slightly different again this season (seen in # 170, 171, 177 and 183). This episode shows the differences in detail (last picture).
The prop headstones, plaque, fence and gates are built on the grounds of Saddlerock Ranch this season. The following screen captures illustrate the different position of the graves and the iron gateways compared with season 6.
There are only four graves and one plaque left this season: Lily Travers and Jasper Gioberti (front row), Joseph & Tessa Gioberti (middle row) and Jason Gioberti as well as the memorial plaque for Chase Gioberti (back row). Where are the other graves now? In season 1, there were 13 graves altogether! So what happened to the cemetery? It is also strange that Joseph and Tessa's grave seems to be missing in # 171 (see mark).
Also check out # 207 for further information.
 
Early script drafts suggested that Peter Ryder be at Richard's "burial" and be the first to express Maggie his sympathies, swearing to find The Thirteen and reopen the case. - These plans were changed on short notice.
 
The Tuscany Valley socialite known from # 053, 057, 062, 066, 072, 076, 078, 093, 098, 122, 124, 133, 136, 144, 146, 159, 161, 166, 167, 170, 174 and 180 also attends Richard's "funeral". That lady is played by an uncredited extra, SHARRI ZAK.
 
Season time frame: This episode opens on Saturday, 06/25/1988 and first depicts the events around the end of June 1988. Between Richard's "funeral" and the ruling in the lawsuit Melissa vs. Angela, however, two months go by, as it is explicitly mentioned. Therefore, the end of the season must be around August 1988.
 
As in # 175 (check details there), the southern view of the administration building of the CBS-MTM STUDIOS is used as the Tuscany County Courthouse again. - Some courtrooms and offices are obviously in the Tuscany County Administration Offices building - probably to accommodate the needs for more office space than the historic courthouse building has to offer.
 
The lady, who used to work at the Coit Café cash counter in # 154, now appears as a reporter in front of the courthouse in Tuscany. She obviously changed jobs, which also explains why she went to Washington, D.C. in # 182 (compare there). This uncredited extra also appeared in # 151, 158, 167 and 174.
 
Although, as known from # 053, Angela was the sole owner of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion (compare the detailed entry about proprietary rights in # 098), it is legally correct that she has now lost the Falcon Crest winery and vineyards as well as the Mansion to Melissa because - in contrast to previous ownership disputes with Chase (season 3) and Cassandra (season 5) - the basis for the current court ruling were the proprietary rights of 1905 and 1906 when Falcon Crest had not been parceled off.
 
The Bangkok street (bazaar) where Rosemont is kidnapped by Garth was an exterior set on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS. It was built on My Three Sons Street near stage 11. For other shootings in that set, refer to # 152, 165 and 185. - This set was completely revamped around 2003.
 
Strange: When Rosemont is kidnapped, he places the ruby stickpin back on the jewelry stand. When the van drives off, the ruby is lying in the gutter though. - Did it fall off the bazaar's stand?
 
The director's cut contained a few more interesting and highly emotional scenes, particularly towards the end of this episode. They were omitted for the final version that went on the air to remain within the one-hour program schedule:
  • At the Gioberti Family Cemetery, Maggie and Vickie stare at Chase's memorial plaque and Richard's gravestone. Vickie wonders where Eric might be. Maggie says she misses both her dead husbands and swears to find Richard's murderer and even hunt him down herself.
  • After Melissa's takeover of Falcon Crest, Angela settles in between Frank and Lance in her limousine, Chao-Li at the wheel. She tells Lance she is really sorry about Chase and Richard missing this fiasco, i.e. her losing Falcon Crest.
  • In her first night in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, Melissa suffers from nightmares. Angela's threats during her farewell scene echo through the dark hallways; Melissa hears voices: Angela, Lance and Frank conspiring to have her institutionalized; finally, Melissa is scared of Chao-Li when he enters to serve her tea - she does not know if he is actually there or if she is hallucinating.
 
Product placement: When Maggie tells the story aout the two daddies, a - once popular - My Pet Monster toy is featured.
 
An establishing shot of Schloss Neuschwanstein (Neuschwanstein Castle) near the village of Schwangau / Germany is used again (compare # 154). This time, the castle poses as the European location where Angela visits a mysterious dark figure in the final scene.
In the presence of Maggie's story about the two daddies for the boys, this is a hint for the audience either Richard or Chase might return.
Inside joke: The cliffhanger is some sort of remake of the cliffhanger in JEFF FREILICH's final episode of "Flamingo Road" (1982) where DAVID SELBY's character, Michael Tyrone, who practiced voodoo, was killed, but eventually "resurrected" in the final scene. The very last scene (compare the row of screen captures from "Flamingo") showed a hooded figure in a dimly lit chamber in a Christian monastery (actually exterior stock footage of Hohenwerfen Castle near Salzburg / Austria); it was revealed to be Michael Tyrone who was alive and well. The audience never discovered how he was alive, but the show alluded to him being resurrected through the occult of voodoo... although he now ended up in a Christian monastery. One possibility of what might have happened was that he had faked his own death, used the monastery as a hideout and intended to come back for even more revenge. It was DAVID SELBY himself, who suggested that cliffhanger to the writing staff of "Flamingo Road" as an allusion and tribute to his former series, "Dark Shadows". JEFF FREILICH never got a chance to finish his work on "Flamingo" because NBC did not pick up that LORIMAR show for a third season although JEFF had drafted a really exceptional - maybe weird - seasonal bible.
 
This is JEFF FREILICH's final episode after two years of executive producing duties. While the overhaul in seasons 6 and 7 gave "Falcon" many of the characteristics associated with the action-adventure series, it still had generous helpings of its crackling, sardonic humor mixed in with its basic ingredient: familial drama. Due to a lot of self-irony, these two seasons are often referred to as "Crest's" tongue-in-cheek years.
Unfortunately, many of the most talented crew members leave the show after this season finale. Especially JEFF FREILICH, HOWARD LAKIN and JOHN F. PERRY will not return for season 8 although JEFF FREILICH had very good ideas for the upcoming year, some of which he shared in an exclusive 2007 DFCF interview. LORIMAR's new regime felt they were paying MICHAEL FILERMAN for nothing since he received an executive producer's salary for every episode due to a certain clause in his contract although he did not work for seasons 2 through 7. So they decided to call him back to serve as the new exec and to have JEFF FREILICH take over other shows of the company.