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# 164 <7.09> Hunter's Moon
 
 
(revised 04/04/2022)
 
 
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 picture on the wall in the Queen of the Valley corridor to the room where Lance is examined is the same prop that used to be in front of the door to Dina's hospital room in the previous episodes.
 
The Randolph Vineyards are located downhill next to Falcon Crest.
Ellen and Jim Randolph's home is actually a private residence of the former Inglewood Estate Winery (nowadays Sinegal Estate) 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. For more information about the location, also see # 027.
 
Different takes in the sneak preview and the scene itself: In the conversation between Melissa and Angela in the den at the Agretti Residence, the sneak preview shows a different take (left screen grab) with Melissa saying (as scripted): "I am going to have my own wineries, Angela, and they're going to be better than Falcon Crest." In the scene itself, in contrast, she says: "I am going to have my own winery, Angela, and it's going to be better than Falcon Crest."
In the usual process of making a movie or a TV show, scenes are shot at least twice from different angles (e.g. as a wide angle shot and in close-up), which bears the risk of inconsistencies. Compare # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for the advantages and disadvantages of this shooting procedure.
 
Early script drafts contained an act 1 scene at the Gioberti Winery in which Tony and Maggie discuss her idea for a new wine. As a side note, Maggie expresses her sympathies, which leaves Tony startled as this is the moment when he actually learns of Dina's death. He decides to run over to the Del Oro to see Lance. This segment was omitted during rewrites. The only thing that was kept was Tony's line that he learnt about what happened from Maggie when he actually sees Lance at the spa.
 

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.

 

On the first floor of the Tuscany Valley Bank high-rise, there is a restaurant by the name Santo Pietros (see red neon advertising). This was an actual restaurant at this filming site and was used as a filming location itself for # 166 (see there).

 

The curly haired blonde played by uncredited extra BETTY JEANNE GLENNIE enters the Tuscany Valley Bank this episode.
Compare # 169 for biographical details about this minor rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 026.

 
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 shooting.
 
According to early script drafts, the original choice for the last name of Liz and Eddie McDowell was O'Neal or McGregor / MacGregor.
 
The whole baseball storyline up until # 167 is a tribute to CLYDE IRA SELBY (1916 – 2006), DAVID's father. For details, see # 155.
 
As visible in the scene with Dan and Tucker on Melissa's patio, she also has wine goblets and water glasses from the then-trendy black-stemmed signature "Domino" series of the French Luminarc brand.
They were also seen on Richard's terrace in # 157 (compare there) and are the same props, of course.
 
Scenic art: The current backdrop at the entrance of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion has been in use since the beginning of season 5 (compare # 099).
This scene offers a wider view and confirms that the different angles seen in # 099 and 116 (compare there) belong to this very same backdrop. It shows rows of vineyards with some fallow land in between them, as well as a tree and hills in the background. The art department did not do their best work on this matte painting either. This one is quite light and still inconsistent with the way the Falcon Crest grounds have been portrayed during on-location shots in the Napa Valley — the palm trees, hedges and swimming pool from the real Villa Miravalle are conspicuously missing from the painting for the sound stage shoots.
It is, by the way, the same backdrop that was seen from the front door of the Gioberti House (compare # 147). Saving on production cost is one thing, but using the very same background for two different properties is not very convincing though.
A list of all episodes in which the backings of the Mansion are discussed is available in # 199.
 

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.
The location manager had originally staged this scene at the Palace of the Legion of Honor. It was relocated for unknown reasons though.
 
Fictional entity: The Japan-based Takahama Company wants to purchase Liz's baseball club.
In early script drafts, the company was called Iganaki.
 
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 backdrop in the interior set of the apartment where Claudia is staying first in San Francisco is an eastern view over the piers with Treasure Island in the background. The photo for the backing was taken from Coit Tower, which is inconsistent since there are no such tall apartment buildings in the immediate neighborhood of Coit Tower.
 
Early script drafts contained an act 2 scene in which Angela runs into Dan and Tucker near the spot where the fence is built between Falcon Crest and Melissa's vineyards. The first meeting between Angela and Tucker since he left the valley makes it very clear that they cannot stand each other. This scene was omitted in rewrites.
 

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 front of the garage of a townhouse).
 
Different picture cars in the scenes when Lance is chased by the San Francisco Police Department: Although it is meant to be the very same S.F.P.D. patrol car, the cars suddenly change during the parts filmed in Napa. Note the striking differences in the headlights and the grille.
The car chase starts with a 1980 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan with a 9C1 patrol car package (screen capture 1), but this car is replaced with a 1980 Dodge Diplomat in the close-ups filmed through Lance's Mercedes-Benz 560 SL (screen grab 2). In the segments with the patrol car coming to a halt at curbside (screen capture 3), the officer getting off and speaking to Lance, Lance driving away and the police car starting to follow him (still filmed in Napa), it is the Chevrolet again. In the following parts filmed in San Francisco, in contrast, the patrol car is the Dodge again (screen grab 4). The identification code of the latter is 395. It remains a mystery why two different picture cars were used.
Patrol car 395 was already in use during the search for Chase in the San Francisco Bay in # 157 (see there).
 
New license plate number of Lance's black Mercedes-Benz 560 SL Convertible (type R107): 2NKO561 — on the back only, as visible when Lance drives into the car port in front of the garage in San Francisco. The front license plate, however, was still 2PAD139 in the scene shortly before when the police pulled him over. This prop policy is negligent and ridiculous!
 
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 or Kaneshigi.
 

Uncredited extra LARRY HUMBURGER appears in another rôle — this time as a doctor at the Queen of the Valley Hospital.
Compare # 227 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 078.

 
During Melissa's farewell party from The Max, soul music is played ("Nowhere to Run" by MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS; 1967). 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. Early script drafts suggested "Bad Moon Rising" (written by JOHN FOGERTY and performed by CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL) for that scene.
 

Uncredited extra KEVIN TRACEY appears as the thick-eyebrowed Tuscany Valley gentleman again, who works as the concierge at the Del Oro.
Compare # 185 for a list of all his appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 001.

 
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.
 
Strange: Both LICHTENSTEIN art prints, "The Red Horseman" (compare # 161) and the poster for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (compare # 162), switched places in the sitting room of Richard's house — just for this episode though. In the following episodes, they will be back in their usual places again.
 
The doctor Tony speaks to in the toxicology lab at the San Francisco Police Department is named Dr. Andy Barnett in early script drafts and later Dr. Andy Kenderson 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.
 
This taxi is a red 1985 Dodge Diplomat Sedan.
 

Melissa's new vineyards she just acquired from the Randolphs are portrayed by the Leonardini Vineyard of Whitehall Lane Winery & Vineyards in St. Helena, CA (compare # 163 for details).

 
DAVID GUST, the tall, black-haired and mustached uncredited extra, who is best known for his rôle as an assistant district attorney (# 091, 092 and 154), but who also plays different characters in the series, is on the terrace of the Coit Café again in this episode.
Compare # 183 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 063.
 
Uncredited extra PAUL VAN appears in his usual rôle as the mustached Tuscany Valley doctor again — this time as a patron on the terrace of the Coit Café.
Compare # 227 for biographical details about this minor rôle and a list of all his appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 014.
 
The scene in which Lance (also Tony shortly after) receives a call from Claudia is filmed at the marina on Marina Boulevard in San Francisco.
 
Claudia's second hideout from where she calls Lance (and later Tony) is opposite the marina. The exterior shot features the 499 Marina Boulevard apartment building located at the triangular corner between Cervantes Boulevard and Scott Street.
 
Lance receives further instructions from Claudia at the Palace of Fine Arts.
 
The unmarked San Francisco Police Department car used by Lieutenant Matthews and Tony is a 1984 Plymouth Gran Fury. The license plate number is 639405.
 
This car is parked on Beach Street at the corner of Baker Street with Tony and Matthews looking towards the Palace of Fine Arts (see below).
 

The San Francisco Police Department patrol car on Baker Street across from the Palace of Fine Arts is a 1980 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan with a 9C1 patrol car package.

 
The filming location for the showdown with Claudia is a little park on Vallejo Crest (Russian Hill summit) with a nice view towards the Bay Bridge.
 
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 # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for details.
 
Deleted scene: The director's cut contained an act 4 scene with Maggie and Alison at the Tuscany Valley lake near the borderline of the Gioberti Winery and Falcon Crest. They discuss Richard's marriage proposal to Maggie, who still has her doubts because she does not know a lot about his lurid past, but says she just cannot help loving him. Filmed at the lagoon area at CBS-MTM STUDIOS (CBS STUDIO CENTER; compare # 089 for details), this scene was removed in post-production.
 
 


 
 
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