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(revised 02/12/2018)
 
 
General Information
 
Nielsen Ratings: number 58 (of 106) on the TV series hit list.
 
This season is produced by an almost entirely new crew. Although JOANNE BROUGH stays with the show as executive producer, she is joined by CAMILLE MARCHETTA, who had been responsible for "Dynasty's" most unbelievable "Moldavia massacre", and MICHAEL FILERMAN, who had left the "Falcon Crest" crew at the end of season 1.
FILERMAN - more a businessman than a creative guy - drastically changes the style of the program, which will lead to the series' decline and fall (details here).
PHILIP L. PARSLOW, who previously worked on "Dynasty" (season 1), replaces producer JOHN F. PERRY this season.
 
Original storyline plans:

  • LORIMAR executives had the idea to create a "Falcon Crest" and "Dallas" cross-over with special appearances by JANE WYMAN and LARRY HAGMAN on each other's show. They wanted to try out the wickedest woman (Angela Gioberti Channing) confronting the most sophisticated man (J.R. Ewing) on television. According to the National Enquirer, the producers were rumored to have thought about the ultimate shock - the illegitimate son Jock Ewing and Angela Channing had; a son who might have been put up for adoption and would come back to claim his share of both the Ewing and Channing fortunes. Due to JANE WYMAN's state of health in those days, however, these plans did not materialize.
  • Actress LILLIAN GISH (1893 - 1993) was rumored to have been approached by the producers for a special guest appearance to play Angela's mother. While Lily Travers was referenced in dialog for the first time in # 004, her grave was first shown in # 147 and continually featured in all later scenes at the Gioberti Family Cemetery. It has not been determined yet if the season 8 producing staff had simply overlooked this fact or if they had plans to rewrite the show's history with the possible explanation that Lily was just presumed dead. The first draft of CAMILLE MARCHETTA's season 8 bible, however, did not mention a single word about any storyline for Lily.
  • Per budgeting of 09/15/1988, ABBY DALTON was projected for five episodes whereas the season 8 bible (drafts until 09/09/1988) did not mention any concrete plans to bring back her character. In the end, Julia Cumson did not return.
 
BRETT CULLEN and JOHN CALLAHAN do not return this season. Their characters are written off with short explanations in # 185: According to Lance and Carly, Dan moved to Montana. According to Richard, Eric was taken to the Clinique de Seze, a sanitarium just outside of Paris / France.
What a poor way to get rid of these characters and what a shame to replace them by the Ortega bunch of vineyard laborers the audience will not care about!
 
The Napa and Sonoma Valleys are no longer used as filming locations. The major filming site is Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, CA, which has been posing as Richard and Maggie's ranch since # 170.
 
 
# 184 <8.01> Changing Times
 
Inside joke: # 058 was STEPHEN BLACK & HENRY STERN's (script writers & executive script consultants) last episode before they left the staff in 1984. Now returning after being invited by their friend, MICHAEL FILERMAN, their first episode has the same title: Changing Times. What an omen!
 
This episode, there is only a recap before the main title to remind the audience of the events of the previous season. No sneak preview is featured. The following episodes, however, will contain both a recap of the past episode as well as a sneak preview of the current episode.
 
The recap shows some scenes from the previous season from a different camera angle or shows even different takes of the respective scenes:
 
The exact wording of Angela's line in her dialog with Lance about the key is slightly different from the one in # 182. The recap before this season's opening scene is the original version filmed for # 182 - Angela: "That key is going to destroy Falcon Crest. I think one of us should be there when she finds it. Don't you?" In the final version of # 182, however, Angela's line was: "That key is going to destroy Falcon Crest. I think one of us should be there to see what it opens." - Strangely enough, this was looped by JANE WYMAN before # 182 went on the air (compare there).
 
The scene when Eric says "goodbye" to Richard is a close-up in the recap whereas # 183 featured a shot from the distance. There was also a pause between Eric's statement and his pulling the trigger in # 183.
 
Angela to Melissa: "You won." - This shortened line from # 183 continues in the recap when Angela, in her farewell scene at Falcon Crest, adds: "... - for now."
Angela also turns round in the foyer of the mansion in the recap: "I'll be back." In the final episode of season 7, on the contrary, the first floor was shown from Angela's POV first. Her turnaround was out of the camera angle, and when the camera came back on her, she already faced the door and finally said her line.
 
The pictures on the main title cards of JANE WYMAN, ANA-ALICIA, DANA SPARKS, CHAO-LI CHI und SUSAN SULLIVAN are identical with the ones from season 7; see there for details.
 
The shot of Richard in his New Globe office in the current version of this season's main title (right screen capture) is from a scene in # 158.
 
The shot of Lance in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion dining room in the current version of this season's main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of a scene in # 167 (compare the left screen grab for the version used in that episode).
 
The vineyards in the background on ANA-ALICIA's main title card are previously unused parts from a helicopter sequence filmed for # 052 - compare there for details.
 

The aerial shot of the vineyards in the background on DANA SPARKS' (or, beginning in # 186, DAVID BEECROFT's) main title card is a southwestern view from a helicopter over the main vineyard and barrel room of Lincourt Vineyards in Solvang, CA (Santa Ynez Valley).

 
The shot of Emma in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room in this season's main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of a scene in # 170 (compare the left screen grab for the version used in that episode).
 
Ranch interior set: Maggie has a different bedroom now. The fire place looks similar to the one from last season, but the entryway and the bathroom access is different; the sitting area has disappeared. There is a new door on the left next to the fire place. The furniture is no longer native American style (compare # 174), but ordinary and contemporary.
Explanation: It is probably a different room at the ranch because Maggie did not want to stay in their old bedroom as there were too many memories of the "late" Richard.
 

It is striking that Maggie's nightmare of Richard disappearing is filmed in her new bedroom set. - Richard left their old bedroom in # 183 of course, but Maggie is just dreaming in this episode - and reliving an imaginary scene in her new room.

 
Series time frame:
According to Vickie, Richard died three months ago; this means the new season opens more than one month after the end of season 7 (after Richard's "death", two months passed until Melissa got control over Falcon Crest and the season closed in # 183).
Giving respect to the fact that day 3 of # 185 (compare there) depicted the events on Sunday, 10/30/1988, the end of # 184 (day 5) must have been Friday, 10/28/1988 (which is identical with the airdate). As Angela always sees Michael on Friday, which occurs both on day 2 and day 5 of the current episode, day 2 must be Friday, 10/21/1988 and a four unseen days must have passed between day 2 and day 3. So the season begins in the night of Oct 20-21, 1988.
So it seems to be a late harvest in Lance's vineyard.
 
CÁSTULO GUERRA, the actor who is introduced as César Ortega this episode, also portrayed Esteben Fierro, a Mexican police captain, in season 5.
 
In the season 8 bible and the original drafts of script # 184, the character names of César and Tomås Ortega were swapped. At one time, the writers even planned to use the name Tomås for both the father and the oldest son, but also use the nickname Tommy for the latter. It was only shortly before filming started that the producers decided to eventually name CÁSTULO GUERRA's character César (previously Tomås) and DAN FERRO's character Tomås (previously César).
 
A part of Rancho Maria in Placerita Canyon near Santa Clarita, CA (see # 168) is used for the exterior scenes at Falcon Crest, the Agretti Vineyards and Tuscany Hill. LORIMAR's prop department specifically dressed fallow land at Rancho Maria with a few rows of grapevines to create the illusion of real vineyards.
Not a single scene for this season will be filmed in the Wine Country in Northern California and in San Francisco. Except a few scenes shot around Los Angeles, any vineyard scene is old stock footage.
 
Michael has amazingly grown very much. He and Kevin go to school now - probably a pre-school or a kindergarten, certainly not elementary school yet.
ROBERT GORMAN was not a good choice for the Michael rĂŽle because the actor is way too old for this character: Michael was born in 1986 and is just two years old now!
 
Lance's vineyard is a gift from his father. - So it has to be Keys Creek, the vineyard Tony bought in # 132, because he had no other vineyard in the valley.
In # 191, it will be mentioned Lance's vineyard is called Tuscany Hill now. - He probably renamed it.
 
The establishing clip of the Del Oro - a season 7 shot of the Silverado Country Club, first used in # 164 - was retouched in post-production, eliminating the historic Country Club mansion. As Silverado was no longer in use as a filming location, the new producers obviously thought it might be better to remove the building. In # 200 through 204 and in season 9, however, old clips of the Silverado will be reused - including the Country Club mansion.
 
Many lead actors have new hairdos - Tuscany hair stylists (or rather LORIMAR's!) must have had hell of a lot of work this summer!
 
Historic allusion: Emma mentions the Borgia family, the Spanish royals during the Renaissance.
 
Edited scene: The segment with Vickie opening the door for Peter Stavros at Maggie and Richard's ranch was initially longer: It began with Vickie's phone call with Cole, discussing the possibility she might visit him in Australia, just before the doorbell rang. - The phone call was edited in post-production.
 
Prop: Angela reads a whodunit book entitled "Efrem Babcock: The Widow Wore Red" by R.D. Young. - A subtle preparation for the storyline about R.D. to follow in the course of this season. For more titles of his novels, see # 186, 188, 189 and 201.
Especially Angela and Emma read a lot this season because of that storyline.
 
Parts of the problems in the Agretti family history that occurred in the previous season (compare # 173) are solved now: According to Angela, Melissa is the only family Frank says he has left - but he has a son, Nick, indeed.
Family trees straightening out all the problems are available here.
 
Labeling name: The choice for Nick Agretti's first name indicates that this character is "one of us". Nicholas (Greek origin) means "victory of the people", and just like a people can take over the reign in a state by revolution, Nick will also try to fight for the leadership in the long-lasting feud between the Agrettis and Giobertis, particularly towards the end of this season when he will attempt to prove Angela's manipulations in the matter of the forged Falcon Crest deed.
 
Early script drafts contained a scene with Emma and Lance at the bar in the Del Oro Spa Restaurant: They talk about how Angela has changed and that she does not seem to be herself anymore. - This segment was removed during script revisions.
 
License plate number of Pilar's green Buick Skylark convertible: Illinois M56 825.
Original prop plans called for the use of a Karmann Ghia car.
 
The filming location for the highway Pilar drives along is a country road near Rancho Maria in Placerita Canyon near Santa Clarita, CA.
 
Labeling name: Pilar Ortega's first name very well alludes to her social background. Pilar (Spanish origin) stands for "pillar" and refers to the Hispanic working class Falcon Crest partly grounded its making profits on. On the other hand, Pilar is also a pillar of her family and the other Hispanics in the Tuscany Valley as she vows to radically improve their working conditions and status in the community.
 
In early script drafts, a scene with CĂ©sar, Tommy and Gabriel discussing Pilar's return was staged inside the Ortega House. It was addressed that Gabriel now has to share a room with Tommy to make room for Pilar. In the final draft of the script, such non-issues were dropped.
 
Channing Enterprises is mentioned as the name of Richard's media group for the first time.
 

Channing Enterprises interior set: Richard's office has been repainted, refurnished and redecorated. Maybe, Maggie did it her style after Richard's "death".

 
Deleted scene: Angela and Peter are walking nearby the Golf Club Restaurant building on the Del Oro grounds (see below for the filming location). Peter asks Angela if she thinks that Eric's disappearance is somehow connected with Richard's "death". - This scene was removed in post-production.
 
New license plate number of Frank's gray Jeep Wrangler YJ: 2CSI908. - It is the license plate already known from Chase's red Porsche 944 convertible (season 6) and Eric's gray Corvette (early season 7) as well as Angela's Mercedes-Benz 380 SL (late season 7). - What a horrible prop policy with those license plates!
 

Prop inconsistency: The photo of Richard, Michael (played by ROBERT GORMAN!) and Kevin is supposed to be taken before Richard's "death", but Michael was not played by ROBERT GORMAN last season!

 
Early script drafts contained a scene in the living room at Richard and Maggie's ranch with Peter Stavros asking Garth about any connection between Richard's death and Eric's disappearance. Garth pretends not to know anything. Just like Vickie, Peter thinks he is lying. - This scene was omitted during script revisions.
 
As Chao-Li tells Frank, he has two children: a daughter (Li-Ying) in Beijing and a son in Hong Kong - strangely enough, his son was never mentioned before and will never be mentioned again either. In # 207, a reference will be made to Chao-Li's family (compare there).
 
The Del Oro scenes are no longer filmed on the grounds of Silverado Country Club in the Napa Valley, but at the North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, CA.
The Golf Club and its restaurant (modern brick building) are apparently supposed to be another building on the vast Del Oro property.
The North Ranch Country Club building was extended in the late 1990's and looks slightly different from what it used to be like during the shooting of the series.
 

The Golf Club Restaurant at the Del Oro is the real restaurant at the North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, CA.

 
Perfect irony: The blue in Angela's dress and the background of the new falcon coat of arms Addison Kent designed for Melissa is the same. "Are you sure you're going to like the blue?!", Angela comments on the draft of the new logo.
 
Angela mentions to Peter she has other vineyards than Falcon Crest and other businesses. - It would be interesting to know what she refers to besides the Del Oro (compare # 005).
 
The exteriors of the Ortega House are seen for the first time (night shot; second screen capture). As the first clear day shot in # 188 will prove, it is the same exterior set as the Fixx Cabin on the CBS-MTM backlot, which was also used for various other purposes (see # 121 for details; also compare # 132, 142 and 152). For the current use, however, a white fence is built around the front yard and the kitchen windows (left side wing) are slightly modified. Click here for a sketch of the multi-purpose use of this exterior set and its surroundings.
The interior set is newly designed for this season.
 
The director's cut of this episode contained the following scenes, which were deleted:
  • At the Del Oro Spa Restaurant at night, Melissa asks the bartender, Joe (Don in early script drafts), to let her know the number of Lance's suite. When he refuses, she throws her drink at him. Frank, who comes in, is shocked at seeing Melissa's cheap looks with overdone make-up and an inadequate dress; he warns her not to run around like a whore. Before she leaves the restaurant, he witnesses how she is having sort of an anxiety attack.
  • When Maggie enters the Channing Enterprises executive office, she sees the big armchair turned around, with its back to the door; she only sees the hand of the man sitting in the armchair, holding the telephone receiver. When the chair swivels around, she sees that it is Garth. Larry Mishima comes in from the side. Garth says they thought she was still in the New Globe editorial meeting, which is why they already started working. Maggie is holding her temper. After that, they discuss the possible sales of less profitable subsidiaries of the media conglomerate, including the Beecher & Stowe publishing company (obviously, an allusion to the real American author HARRIET BEECHER STOWE), the KKSD TV station and a movie studio. The names of these subsidiaries were not mentioned on the show after this scene was deleted.
 
The following scenes, which were part of act 3 in early script drafts, were omitted during script revisions:
  • Carly sees Angela on the patio of the Del Oro Spa Restaurant and asks her for advice about Dan.
  • When Pilar revisits the scene of her youth in the Falcon Crest vineyards, she runs into Melissa, who is riding up. While Melissa tries to start some polite and friendly small talk, Pilar is very rude and aggressive out of the blue. She says she heard about Melissa's many divorces and her son living half a world away. Provocatively, Pilar also states Melissa will make the same mess of Falcon Crest as she has made of her personal life and slyly asks if she, in all her incompetence, might want to replace CĂ©sar with a butcher maybe.
 
Angela mentions Two Oaks, another Tuscany Valley winery, which will never be mentioned again.
 
The scene with Angela and Michael, her horse and his pony is filmed in the back yard at Saddlerock Ranch. Stock footage of the founder's vineyard of Falcon Crest (Stags' Leap in the Napa Valley in real life) is inserted.
 

Interesting prop: Angela is seen wearing her falcon diamond pin for the first time.

 

Surprise for DAVID SELBY: Contrary to usual filming practices, SUSAN SULLIVAN does not only pretend to hit him, but slaps him in the face, indeed!
This happens the third time to him, by the way (compare # 090 and 107).

 
The final title card after the end credits no longer shows the LORIMAR-TELEPICTURES logo as it was in use during seasons 6 and 7, but now shows the new logo of LORIMAR TELEVISION (the newly formed subsidiary of LORIMAR-TELEPICTURES for the production of TV shows after the parent company underwent major restructuring).
 
 
# 185 <8.02> Farewell My Lovelies
 
Richard claims he was outside of Geneva in Switzerland while he and the government destroyed The Thirteen. This, however, is in contrast to the establishing shot of the place where he stayed in the cliffhanger scene of # 183: Schloss Neuschwanstein (Neuschwanstein Castle) in Germany. - Or is it for Richard, being American, just a short distance between Geneva and the Castle? This also seems strange due to his educational background in Europe. Maybe he was at the Castle only when Angela visited him whereas he spent all the other time of his absence from the U.S. in Switzerland.
 

Angela has not picked up everything from the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion. At least, her octagon carpet is still in the foyer.

 

The interiors of Harris Rare Books - Fine Used Books Bought & Sold are filmed at a store named Bargain Books in Van Nuys, CA. Only from # 201 on (see there), exterior shots will be featured also.

 
Real life allusion: Angela mentions MARK TWAIN, the popular American writer, to Christopher Harris, the owner of Harris Rare Books, document expert and forger.
 
Mistake: In the bookstore scene with Angela and Harris, Angela first places the old document on the desk, but still holds it in the following frame filmed from across and finally puts it on the desk again. Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 

The gray-haired Tuscany Valley socialite known from # 053, 057, 058, 062, 066, 072, 076, 078, 085, 093, 098, 122, 124, 133, 136, 141, 144, 146, 158, 159, 161, 166, 167, 170, 174, 179, 180, 181 and 183 is in a business meeting with Richard at his office. That lady is played by an uncredited extra, SHARRI ZAK.

 
Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: The moment when the conversation between Richard and Peter begins is filmed towards Richard in the sneak preview (left screen grab) whereas it is filmed towards Peter in the scene itself.
 
According to Richard, Eric was taken to a psychiatric sanitarium, the Clinique de Seze, outside Paris / France.
 
Early script drafts contained an act 1 scene in Angela's Del Oro suite with her and Lance looking at a New Globe newspaper featuring the lower left column headline "Richard Channing Alive" with a photo of Richard and the caption "Media magnate suspected of working with covert government operation." The scene continues with Angela asking Lance to join her meeting with Ken Lone about the appeal in the Falcon Crest case and their conversation about a new sprinkler system for Tuscany Hill as well as Angela's request that Lance take her falcon pin with the broken clasp to the jeweler. - This scene was omitted.
 
New stores in downtown Tuscany are seen for the first time. Photography was initially planned on South Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia, CA (Greater L.A.), which will later be used for the scenes in front of The Toy Garden in # 191. All of the downtown Tuscany scenes in this episode ended up being filmed on the CBS-MTM backlot near stage 11 on My Three Sons Street (compare # 152, 165, 183 and 189); this set was completely revamped around 2003. The following are the businesses (from left to right):

Jeeter's (the restaurant - actually studio commissary - known from last season; compare # 163 and 170);

next to the cross street:

Al's Bakery, which is a chain store of the San Francisco industrial bakery known from # 155 (street number 673 - later Tuscany Herald; compare # 189 and 191),

Tuscany Jewelry Shoppe (Angela's jeweler, Mr. Stern - later Amy's Boutique; compare # 191) and

Italian Pastries (café).

 

Prop: A close-up of Angela's falcon pin can be seen for the first time.

 
Inside joke: The Tuscany Jewelry Shoppe owner, Mr. Stern, is named after co-producer HENRY STERN.
 
New license plate number of Lance's black Mercedes-Benz 500 SL convertible: 2KRI905, which used to be the license plate of Maggie's gold-brownish Mercedes S the two previous seasons. What the hell happened to Lance's two different (!) license plates form season 7? This prop policy is a disaster!
 

A new establishing shot is used for the Del Oro for the first time - this building apparently portrays the spa building with its restaurant.

 

The Spa Restaurant at the Del Oro is seen for the first time: This interior set is obviously the redecorated set of The Max nightclub from season 7, as later episodes will reveal in particular (compare screen grabs from # 187 and 192).

 
An old establishing clip of the Tuscany Valley Inn is inserted. It is followed by a scene on the northern terrace of the CBS-MTM administration building, which usually poses as the Coit Café (compare the screen capture from # 180). For the heavy use of that building, compare # 074.
 
The shot of Pilar on the terrace of the Tuscany Valley Inn in the current version of 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 producers originally planned to photograph KRISTIAN ALFONSO's main title shot in front of the Tuscany Valley Bank; they had selected a building on South Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia, CA for that purpose (see above). But the shooting schedule was revised on short notice.
 
It remains unanswered why the alarm system does not start buzzing when Angela and Chao-Li break into the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion. - Did Melissa not switch it on? Or was Angela able to switch it off from outside - knowing the code, which, like the number of the safe in the study, might not have been changed as yet?
 

Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion - set inconsistency: The window in the replica consists of casements opening to the outside. If this replica is supposed to resemble the window in the study, this is apparently wrong because the window elements in the study of the real Villa Miravalle are sash windows - without being divided in so many panes. If the replica is supposed to resemble the sun room, it matches the corresponding interior set, but neither is such a window anywhere in the real Villa.

 
Real life allusions: Richard compares R.D. Young with mystery writers RAYMOND CHANDLER and DASHIELL HAMMET.
 
The New Globe computer file system indicates R.D. Young, the mystery writer, has had a subscription to the newspaper since 1972 under the name of Efrem Babcock, one of his fictional detectives. His address is: 2411 Howze Street, Mill Valley, CA. His phone number is: (707) 555-2242. - Mistake: The area code for Mill Valley is (415) in real life; (707) - the usual Tuscany Valley area code - is the real-life area code of Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
 
Series time frame:
Emma reads R.D. Young's New Globe secretary ad scheduled to be published in the issue of the following day (10/31/1988). That means day 3, when Emma reads the ad, must be Sunday, 10/30/1988. - It is surprising, by the way, that Emma and Richard are in the office on Sunday.
Night 4 remains unseen in this episode, which can be derived from the fact that Peter tells Vickie he will be leaving "tomorrow" and no more night scene is featured before their departure. As the episode closes in night 5, the night of the fire at the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion must be the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, Nov 1-2, 1988.
According to Melissa, it will be Joseph's birthday "next week". - As stated in # 160 (details there), the writers completely ignored that Joseph was born in August 1982 (compare # 025). Or was it their intention to imply with that wrong remark that Melissa was completely insane now?
 
The scene in Angela's Del Oro suite during her lunch with Peter was shortened in the editing process: What is missing is the introduction, explaining that Peter's favorite is Scottish smoked salmon.
Original plans for that scene called for a picnic on the Falcon Crest grounds (in memory of their legendary picnic in season 5); the producers planned to photograph the scene in the back yard of Saddlerock Ranch posing as the Gioberti Estate again, just like in the scene with Angela and Michael in # 184.
 

The filming location for R.D. Young's house is a private Victorian residence in Monrovia, CA.

 
Interior set of Maggie and Richard's ranch: There is a new study or small sitting room with a very characteristic fire place to be seen for the first time. This is apparently not filmed on location at Saddlerock Ranch, but is a set. The furniture is not the same style as the rest of the house; neither is the door frame. For this set, also see # 206.
All other rooms except this one, the bedroom and the children's room are portrayed by the real rooms at Saddlerock Ranch.
 
Deleted scene: The original act 3 opener was a scene with Melissa being jealous of Pilar (because of Lance) and starting a public fight with her in front of the Tuscany Interstate Bank building. Angela and Frank, sitting on the bench in front of the bank (compare the next paragraph), witness the scene; Frank offers Melissa taking her home, but she refuses; Angela meets Pilar again for the first time. Filming occurred in front of CBS-MTM office building 5 although originally scheduled on South Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia, CA (compare above). - That segment, however, was removed in post-production.
 
The scene with Angela and Frank sitting on the bench in downtown Tuscany is shot in front of CBS-MTM office building 5. The front of this building is known as the Sheriff's Department from # 173 and will portray the Tuscany Interstate Bank this season (first seen in detail in # 187). The establishing shot for this scene, however, is an old clip from Sonoma Plaza (Market Street, Tuscany).
 
Before Vickie's farewell scene, early script drafts contained a scene in the living room of Maggie and Richard's ranch, in which Michael and Kevin say goodbye to her. Michael asks her to send them post cards from France, and Kevin wants a kangaroo from Australia. After that, Vickie and Maggie head towards the front door. - This segment was omitted.
 
In Vickie's farewell scene, Richard arrives from San Francisco the very last minute. But his Jaguar comes to a stop in front of the main house in the wrong direction - he comes from the cul-de-sac where the garages are located; the driveway leads to the ranch from the opposite direction only. It is also impossible that Richard came from that driveway and turned around his car because Peter's limousine is blocking the driveway.
 
The interior set used as the conference room in Russ Carlson's law office is the same as the one portraying Eric and Vickie's hotel room in Switzerland in # 174, judge Ambrose's chambers in # 175 and Dr. Everdene's office in # 176. In season 2, it was used as Phillip's law office (compare # 028). The set, however, is filmed from a different angle this time.
 
RYAN MacDONALD, the actor who is introduced as Kenneth Lone this episode, also portrayed bank manager Carl Warren in season 4.
 
Deleted scene: The original act 4 opener was a scene with Lance suspicious of Angela having replaced the real Falcon Crest deed with a phony one to con Melissa. It was staged outside Carlson's law office - Lance and Angela coming out of the building and heading towards the limo. Filming occurred between My Three Sons Street and office building 5 on the CBS-MTM backlot although originally scheduled on South Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia, CA (compare above). - This scene was omitted.
 
Melissa's white Porsche 911 Targa convertible has a new license plate: 2DHO435. - This plate used to be on Angela's Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II for some time in season 6! Again, not a well chosen prop!
 
Frank shows Melissa the Agretti lands - old stock footage from Stags' Leap (originally used in # 010).
 
The scene itself, however, is photographed in the avocado grove at Saddlerock Ranch.
 
Editing mistake: In subsequent frames, Angela's hands are in different position at her jewelry box. - The transition between the different camera angles was not edited exactly.
 
The suites at the spa are completely different in style this season as it can be seen easily this episode. As the establishing clips suggest, they seem to be located at the spa building whereas the season 6 and 7 suites were located in the country club (main) building and in the cottages near the main building of the Del Oro. This season's suites:
All the suites this season are the same interior set, by the way. All suites consist of three rooms: a living room with a fire place in the center (beige / yellowish paint); when entering the suite, there is one room with decorative frames in pinkish décor on the walls to the left and one room with frames in green décor to the right. The set is just refurnished for the specific needs of each scene with the green room being either a bedroom / bathroom or a dining room / kitchen - or the pinkish room respectively.
This is the case with Angela's suite (above) as well as Lance's suite (below).
It is also the case with Emma's suite (next row) as well as Anna's suite (second row below).
The same goes for Maggie's suite:
This is also the case with Malcolm's suite (left). The furniture and the pictures on the walls are usually the same, but placed in different positions in the suite; the style and color of the curtains, however, varies from suite to suite. That way, various suites are created with a minimum of production requirements.
 

Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set - inconsistency: The window in Melissa's bedroom consists of two casements opening to the outside. But all the windows in the real Villa Miravalle are sash windows only (except the dining room).

 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set - inconsistency: When Melissa sets fire to the mansion, it can be seen that the set designers failed to install the ceiling above the stairway window.
 
Strange: The stairway in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion is not in flames although Melissa poured gasoline all over.
 
Original drafts for this episode's cliffhanger were slightly different:
  • Melissa was supposed to pour gasoline around the foundation of the Victorian Mansion. - The idea of extensive exterior filming had to be changed because budget constraints prevented filming on location at Spring Mountain in the Napa Valley.
  • The seasonal bible planned for Melissa, after setting fire to the Mansion, to go from the stairway to the bedroom (Angela's bedroom) and to lie down, staring at the photographs on the bedside table, tears streaming down her face. Soon, the smoke begins to choke her. Finally, as the Mansion is engulfed in flames, Melissa loses consciousness.
  • Developed from that idea, one of the final scenes in this episode's director's cut shows Melissa in the bedroom, rearranging carefully the photos, then taking Joseph's photo and holding it to her breast when she lies down. - This part was edited in the final version that was aired.
  • Early script drafts suggested for the episode finale flames licking the edge of the frame of Angela's portrait in the living room. - This idea was dropped in rewrites because the writers realized that the oil painting of Angela was already removed from the living room during season 1.
 
 
# 186 <8.03> Dust to Dust
 
Tentative title: Ashes to Ashes.
 

The picture of DAVID BEECROFT, who is now added to the main title, is specifically filmed for the current version of this season's main title.

 

The scene with Lance and Pilar in his car is filmed on the driveway of Saddlerock Ranch.

 
Pilar mentions a restaurant in Sonora, a real town southeast of northern California's Wine Country - about half way between Oakland and Yosemite National Park.
 
Mistake: The flames as Pilar and Lance see them from the road are much heavier than in the following scene (the first shot of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion).
Also old clips of the season 5 fire at the mansion (# 103) were reused - see the back of the house with the additional gable.
 
Mistake: Although Melissa poured gasoline over the blue leather armchair in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study in the previous episode, it is not engulfed in flames when Lance enters the room in this episode.
 
The scene with the fire engines driving up the way to the mansion (before they arrive at the gate) is an old clip filmed for # 103 (compare left screen grab), too. Parts of the segment in the current episode had remained unused in # 103.
Comparing this old footage from # 103 with the newly filmed sequences, it becomes apparent that these are different fire engines (at least the second vehicle is different). In the newly filmed parts, the first vehicle is fire engine number 256 (license plate number: 61 CROWN), the second one (obviously a veteran model) is fire engine number T 32.
 

Since Spring Mountain is no longer used as a filming location, all the exterior fire scenes are filmed on the studio lot of CBS-MTM. The interior fire scenes are shot in the usual set on stage 10. A Swedish pyrotechnics company is in charge of the preparations. The surroundings of the mansion are fairly different from the real grounds:

 
The gate pillars at the driveway to the mansion are the same props as used for the gate to Richard's second home in the Tuscany Valley (see # 080).
 

The driveway, from which the characters stare at the mansion engulfed in flames, is the street in front of the heavily filmed fence on the CBS-MTM lot (compare especially # 086 and 195). The position of the driveway on the one hand and of the mansion on the other hand is rather mysterious in the following scenes:

As Lance runs from the fence towards the front veranda from the east, the part of the driveway with the fence seems to be located north of the mansion.

When the firefighters come out of the mansion later, they run straight towards a lawn area (eastern direction), which is in front of the fence where the fire engines are parked now - just the same place where Lance, Pilar and the others stared at the mansion a couple of scenes ago.
A few seconds later, Frank stares at the mansion just from that very same lawn area - but from his point of view, it is not the front, but the back of the mansion (again an old clip from # 103)!
Contrary to that, CĂ©sar and Pilar are standing on the driveway and staring at the front and the cupola of the main tower.
The front of the engulfed mansion is also reflected in the windows of Angela's limousine, which is parked next to the fire engines (in front of the fence!).
It is also mysterious that there seem to be less flames in that reflection than in the other scenes.
 
Furthermore, it is strange that when the two firefighters leave the mansion, the lion statues are placed on either side of the front door (as in some previous scenes) whereas they are usually placed on the driveway in front of the entranceway on the property of the real Villa Miravalle (see photo above).
 
Inside the mansion, neither the floor of the study nor the stairway is in flames although Melissa poured gasoline all over.
 
The upstairs hallways in the mansion are the same interior set as in season 7:
All the hallways featured in this episode are portrayed by the very same interior set, which only undergoes slight changes in decoration to minimize production costs. The four screen captures (above) pose as the hallway to Melissa's bedroom in the first interior scene - refer to the vase standing on the left (yellow arrow) and later falling down to the floor as well as the lamp on the wall in the background (red arrow) as examples of the differences in the decoration.

In the second interior scene (refer to the three screen grabs above), the same set poses as another hallway; there are less flames in here, there is no lamp on the wall in the background, and there is no vase anywhere.

It seems strange where all the wooden beams on the floor of that hallway come from. At that stage, the fire could hardly have damaged the ceilings, especially giving respect to the fact that Lance later escaped through the attic.

After that, Lance and Melissa take a fall, after which he returns to Melissa's bedroom with her - this, again, is in the hallway that was shown in the first interior scene (see six screen grabs above).
Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: The fall is filmed as a close-up in the sneak preview before the main title (left screen capture), but as a wide angle shot in the scene itself (upper first row, right screen grab).
In the last interior scene, the same interior set poses as a third hallway: less engulfed in flames, with a lamp in the background like in the first hallway (green arrow) and with a plant instead of the vase from the first hallway (blue arrow).
 
Angela tells fire chief Elkins that there is another way out through the attic - this is mentioned for the first time. It has not been revealed so far that there is an exit in the cupola atop Emma's rooftop studio.
Floor plans of the mansion are available here.
 
There are several inconsistencies in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion exterior set, which was specifically built for this episode and burnt down:
 

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; the top of the three casements are in semi-circular shape.
Another mistake is that the three steps from the driveway to the veranda are missing in the set.

 
The little border in the roof atop the entranceway and the eastern gable (to the left of the main tower) are missing (see red arrows and mark).
The sloping roof to the left of the main tower is not steep enough. In the real Villa Miravalle, the ledge around the main tower and the top of the sloping roof meet in one point (see yellow arrows).
The two circular ornaments in the limestone wall of the main tower are too dark (see blue marks).
The limestone walls in the replica of the main tower seem to have a much smoother surface compared to the real walls.
The northern gables (to the right of the main tower; atop the dining room) are missing, too (see green arrow).
 

The third "window" in the rear of the main tower's studio is not a complete window anymore in the real Villa - this is another mistake in the replica (see red arrow).
The roof of the main tower seems to be much too short compared to the real mansion (see yellow arrow).

 
The replica's main tower cupola is much too wide compared to the real mansion's.
A really nice gimmick in the set, however, is that the designers replaced the compass sign with an iron falcon coat of arms.
 
Early script drafts contained a scene in the kitchen of Maggie and Richard's ranch during the night of the fire. Richard is getting a glass of milk from the refrigerator and runs into Maggie. They talk about The Thirteen having been murdered. While walking towards the living room, Richard says that only very few people knew where The Thirteen were being held, Senator Ryder being one of them. At the end of the scene, Maggie tells Richard she trusts him and knows he is not capable of killing The Thirteen. She touches his face, he takes her hand in his and kisses it. But she takes her hand away, turns and goes. - This segment, which underlined Maggie's contradicting emotions, was omitted.
 
Comparing the remains of the mansion with the real Villa Miravalle, there is one striking similarity: When Angela is standing amidst the debris, she seems to be in what used to be the living room and looks towards west - there are two windows and a fire place in the eastern wall behind her like in the mansion (compare this photo from season 4, for example). Richard enters through the former front door, goes through the foyer and enters what used to be the living room.
 

It is mysterious, however, where Richard and Chao-Li walk along since this part does not resemble the mansion's architecture.
 
When CĂ©sar joins Angela in a later scene, red bricks can be seen in the remains of a wall. The use of brick by Joseph Gioberti in building the mansion at the beginning of the 20th century is not unrealistic. The real Villa Miravalle (built towards the end of the 19th century) is a brick house underneath with a totally separate shell as its decorative exterior.
In the background behind CĂ©sar, there are two windows in semi-circular shape, which do not exist in the real mansion.
Finally, the white wall Angela is standing in front of is nowhere around the real Villa Miravalle.
 

Product placement: A cardiac monitor by IVY Biomedical Systems Inc. can be seen in Melissa's hospital room.

 
Melissa's room number at the QVH is 105.
 
It seems strange that, more than 24 hours after the fire, fire chief Elkins has not found out yet that it was arson. Angela's pin was found quickly, but the real big gasoline containers, which were quite close to the pin, have not been found yet.
 
Emma uses the false name "Emma Cooley" for her secretary job with R.D. Young. What a nice choice of name (re: Dwayne Cooley, her former fiancé)!
 
Daniel Cabot was called Daniel Brompton in the seasonal bible.
 
Prop: One of R.D. Young's mystery books is called "The Count of Mendocino" - probably an allusion to the real book "The Count of Monte Christo". For more titles of his novels, see # 184, 188, 189 and 201.
 
Mistake: Richard's hand is in different positions on the phone receiver in subsequent frames - first at the bottom, then in the middle of the receiver. Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Another mistake of the same kind: In subsequent frames during Melissa's funeral, Lance first looks down on the floor in the close-up, but looks straight forward in the wide angle shot.
 
The season 8 bible, by the way, planned for Melissa's funeral service to take place in a church. During the scriptwriting process, however, it was decided the scene would be staged at the cemetery.
 
Agretti Residence interior set: The shape of the den and the patio is still the same, but the wallpapers, carpets and furniture in the den have completely changed compared to the end of the previous season. One wall in the patio is no longer made from brick, but is now half-timbered. - It cannot be the usual den, but must be a similar room and patio somewhere else in the house.
 
Mistake: In subsequent frames on the veranda of R.D. Young's house, Emma's right hand is first in front of the envelope, but in the other frame filmed from across behind it. Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The Spa Restaurant is accessible from the new lobby in the spa building (not identical with the lobby in the country club main building from seasons 6 and 7). - Screen captures and further information in # 190.
 
Nick and Ben stay in suite 423 at the Del Oro.
 

The filming location for Guns B & B Sales, the gun store where Albie Carver, the guy who was hired to take The Thirteen to Switzerland, works, is a then-real store by the same name on Oxnard Street in North Hollywood, CA. The store closed down in 2002 though; the building houses a small supermarket nowadays.
 
KEVIN McDERMOTT, the actor who is introduced as Delaney, Ryder's assistant, this episode, also portrayed Webster, a State Department official, in season 7.
 
Sheriff Sanchez appears for the first time without any explanation about why Buckman is no longer the sheriff.
 
Season time frame: As this episode opens in the night of Nov 1-2, 1988 (compare # 185), the day of Melissa's death must be Thursday, 11/03/1988.
 
 
# 187 <8.04> Jeopardy
 
JANE WYMAN does not appear in this episode because she fainted and fell over a cable on the set due to her health problems.
The scenes, which were supposed to include her character, are described in detail in the following paragraphs, giving respect to the chronological order within the episode.
 
The number of Lance's inmate photo at the Tuscany County Jail is 5021541108 88.
 

The interiors of the Tuscany County Jail are actually office space in the CBS-MTM Admnistration Building.

 
Judge Leeds is mentioned, but not seen. - Apparently a suggestion by STEPHEN BLACK & HENRY STERN, who worked on the set in season 3 when the rĂŽle was introduced.
 
Last minute script changes due to JANE WYMAN's absence (see above): The scene with Lone, Pax and Lance in the Tuscany County Jail was originally staged in Angela's Del Oro suite. Angela's lines were slightly changed and taken over by Lance.
 
The exteriors of the Tuscany Interstate Bank are portrayed by the front of CBS-MTM office building 5 (for the heavy use of this building also refer especially to # 091, 094, 095, 139, 160, 173, 174, 176, 195, 208 and 225).
Phil Tindall is the manager of the Tuscany Interstate Bank now. It seems to be the same bank as the Tuscany Valley Bank (compare # 050 and 157) because this bank is the Channing family's "home bank" now, which the Tuscany Valley Bank has always been (as it was made clear in # 164, for example). Explanation: Tuscany Interstate Bank is most likely the new name for the same bank after it was taken over by the Glenbraddoch Corporation. This finding is also confirmed by the fact that early script drafts spoke of it as the Tuscany Valley Bank, indeed. The fact that Glenbraddoch owns the bank will be revealed in # 192.
 
According to earlier script drafts, the original last name for Miguel Aviles was Diaz.
 
Last minute script changes due to JANE WYMAN's absence (see above): In the scene with Philip Tindall and Pilar in the Tuscany Interstate Bank, Angela was replaced by Ken Lone with only minor adaptions in the dialog.
 

The CBS-MTM administration building (refer to # 073) is used as the Tuscany County Courthouse again.

 
As the New Globe front page in # 188 will show, the name of the D.A. pressing charges against Lance is Victor Field. - In the end credits of this and the next episode, however, the name is misspelled "Fields". The name of his son, Charley Field, however, will be spelled correctly.
 
Last minute script changes due to JANE WYMAN's absence (see above): The scene with the New Globe's report about Lance having hit the reporter in front of the courthouse was originally stage in Angela's Del Oro suite with Angela, Lance and Pax in attendance. The final rewrite moved it to Lance's suite and replaced Angela with Ken Lone with only minor adaptions in the dialog.
 
According to Richard, Peter Ryder is staying at the Fairmont on Nob Hill in San Francisco - a real luxury hotel, in front of which Angela and Phillip talked about Richard in season 2 (compare # 019) and which was also used as a filming location for the "Hotel" TV series.
 
Daylilies are R.D. Young's favorite flowers.
 
Last minute script changes due to JANE WYMAN's absence (see above): The scene with Frank, Nick and Ben having dinner at the Del Oro Spa Restaurant originally included Angela and was intended to be Frank's dinner party to introduce his dear old friend to his family. In the script drafts, Angela states that she has always found the rooms at the Agretti Residence a bit small, but that there are plenty of them - wondering why Nick and Ben are staying at her hotel, trying to push them closer to a familial bond with Frank. - When Angela had to be removed from the segment, the whole dialog was rewritten.
 
The Smoke House, a steak restaurant in Tuscany, is mentioned. - It will never be shown, however.
 

Peter Ryder's office in Washington, D.C. is actuall an office in the CBS-MTM Administration Building.

 
Garth is dressed in an overall of a blind company named Dome Exterminators in order to get access to Senator Ryder's office in Washington, D.C.
 
Season time frame: The day of Richard's "invitation" for John Remick is November 18, 1988. As it is published in an advert on November 11, 1988 in the real International Herald Tribune newspaper (product placement) - fictional prop phone number of the classified ads department: 555-0784 - the place for the meeting is Moscone Park in San Francisco. From these dates, it can be concluded that some days remain unseen - both in # 186 (most likely between Melissa's death and her funeral) and in the current episode (most likely right before 11/14/1988). Friday, 11/18/1988 - also the airdate, by the way - is the final day of the current episode.
Inside joke: 11/18 is SUSAN SULLIVAN's birthday. Just look at her eyes when DAVID SELBY mentions that date.
 

John Remick's back is seen only. He is no longer portrayed by ED MARINARO.

 
Café Lobo, the street café in Ensenada / Mexico where John is killed, was the rear of the CBS-MTM commissary facing St. Elsewhere Street on the backlot; that part of the studio complex was completely revamped around 2002. The same building portrayed the Cafe Dubrovnik in # 169 (compare screen grab) - with a few changes in the decoration.
 
Real life allusion: Ben reads "Madame Bovary", a real book by GUSTAVE FLAUBERT.
 
Wonderful improvisation: DAVID SELBY and CARL HELD work very well together as it can be seen in the funny conversation about where John Remick was shot (Richard: "Where?" - Garth: "In the head." - Richard mumbling...).
 
Emma hates artichokes. She loves cassoulet.
 
Penny Calloway mentions two of Michael and Kevin's fellow kindergarten students: Amanda Carter and Robby Lawrence; two characters who will remain unseen on the show.
 
The newly furnished Agretti den, which could be seen only from the patio last episode, is now presented in detail; the fire place is now really huge (also compare the right screen grab from # 190).
This prop fire place was already used as the fire place in the tasting room of the Falcon Crest Winery Building in # 004. Then, however, a capital "G" for Gioberti was engraved on the plaque whereas the Agretti coat of arms is now on the fireplace (see #201).
 
GARIBALDI, the national Italian war hero from the 19th century, is mentioned in Melissa's last will and testament.
 
The filming location for Moscone Park in San Francisco is the Recreation Park in Monrovia, CA. Richard's Jaguar is driving on Shamrock Avenue in northern direction at the beginning of the scene (camera's POV from across, facing southeast) and makes a right into East Lemon Avenue. The building in the background during Delaney's close-ups is the Boys & Girls Club on the park grounds.
 
Last minute script changes due to JANE WYMAN's absence (see above): The script drafts contained a scene with Angie and Frank in her Del Oro suite, discussing why Melissa gave executorship over her estate to Nick. Towards the end of their conversation, Frank expresses his confidence that Nick will be easy to convince to give Falcon Crest back to her. Angela was replaced with Nick in the rewrite, which moved the scene to the Agretti patio. The dialog was significantly altered.
 
From the Agretti Residence patio, Frank looks over the vineyards facing the walnut tree lined driveway to Falcon Crest / the Gioberti Estate. - This view is an old clip from Shafer Vineyards' La Vigne Lana towards Stags' Leap, which was inserted into the current episode.
This view reveals the Agretti Residence must be located north of the main driveway to Falcon Crest. Club members can get access to a map of the Gioberti Estate and its neighbors here.
 
 
# 188 <8.05> Tuscany Venus
 
How can the reporters make their way up to the main house of the Channings' ranch? With 700 acres of land (as stated in # 199), armed security staff at the gate (as seen in # 199) and a long driveway (as seen in # 205), hardly anyone should have been able to get on the property.
 

Dr. Fong, the medical examiner investigating Ryder's death at Maggie and Richard's ranch is the Asian man (played by an uncredited actor), who was already featured in various occasions in previous episodes (compare # 036, 048, 054, 091 and 166).

 
As episode # 203 will reveal, Ben's fellow student (and later girlfriend), Andrea, is Calvin Thompson's daughter. Thus, her full name is Andrea Thompson. - Interesting: This fictitious character name is the same as the real life name of the actress who will later play Genele Ericson in season 9 (as of # 209). The names are the same only by coincidence though. At the time of shooting the scenes with the Andrea Thompson character in season 8, the rĂŽle of Genele Ericson had not yet been created; therefore, actress ANDREA THOMPSON had not yet been cast for a rĂŽle on the show either, of course.
 
Original script drafts contained a scene on the terrace of Maggie and Richard's ranch with Maggie, Penny, Michael and Billy Calloway (Penny's son). The kids, both of approximately the same age, play with toy guns - to their mothers' dismay after what happened to Ryder. The two women are looking at a New Globe issue with the headline saying "Ryder Linked to Death of Thirteen. Channing Cleared." Penny mentions her husband's name, Steve; as she says, he will be taking Billy to a camping trip at the weekend so their Mendocino cabin is free for her and Maggie. The scene was filmed with MICHAEL CIOTTI playing Billy Calloway, but not used in the final version of the episode.
 

The Tennis Club at the Del Oro is actually the Toluca Lake Tennis and Fitness Club in Burbank, CA (south of WARNER BROS. STUDIOS). The old club house was replaced by a completely new structure in the meantime.

 

Product placement: Richard wears a Fila sports outfit.

 
Falcon Crest Winery Building interiors: A new set is used for the first time. That part of the winery consists of limestone and wood, has a cave and is decorated with a big falcon logo - the same logo as on the gate of CBS-MTM sound stage 10, where the show is filmed.
By and large, the elements of the set are the same as for the previous ones (compare right screen capture from # 177; also see # 171, e.g.), but rearranged. The most striking new addition, however, is the cave.
 
In the final scene of the episode, the cave is prominently featured for the first time. The set designers used a very convincing trick here: The barrel room in the cave is actually a backdrop, a huge canvas with a photo of the cave at Spring Mountain taken during earlier Napa Valley filming (a screen capture from the season 2 main title to compare; first row on the right). Season 9 will continue to use this set; in # 224, the backdrop will be seen even more clearly (left screen grab).
 
JANE WYMAN is seated in almost all of her scenes this episode. Nick bringing a chair for Angela in the winery is the most striking of those scenes. After frail JANE fainted shortly before (see # 187), her physical condition requires tricks like that in this episode.
 

The Tuscany Valley lake used in this episode is portrayed by the lagoon at CBS-MTM STUDIOS, which was used for other purposes in # 089 (details see there in particular), 113, 124, 131, 144, 146, 153 and 168.

 

The lady, who used to work at the Coit Café cash counter in # 154, is the hostess at the Del Oro Spa Restaurant now. She obviously changed jobs again. This uncredited extra also appeared in # 151, 158, 167, 174, 182 and 183.

 
Penny's cottage in Mendocino (where she and Maggie stay over the weekend) is the Saddlerock guest house.
 
Pilar's favorite dish is Coq au Vin.
 
License plate number of the dark brown Chevrolet truck used by RaĂșl's gang: 2CSI908. - It is the license plate already known from Chase's red Porsche 944 convertible (season 6) and Eric's gray Corvette (early season 7) as well as Angela's Mercedes-Benz 380 SL (late season 7); the same plate was also on Frank's jeep at the beginning of the current season. - What a horrible prop policy with those license plates!
 
The filming location for the Tuscany street where Ben and Gabriel (on their bikes) are chased by RaĂșl and his gang is Highland Place in Monrovia; the beginning of the scene was filmed in northern direction towards West Hillcrest Boulevard. The alley where Ben takes the fall from his bike is an alley running parallel to West Foothill Boulevard in west-east direction between Highland Place and North Mayflower Avenue; the scene concludes at the corner of that alley and North Mayflower.
 
When Ben takes a fall off his bike, BRANDON DOUGLAS is replaced by a stunt double.
In the close-up, the bike on the ground is parallel to Ben's position; but right after the fall, the front wheel was closer to Ben's head. When he falls, he lands on his right hand and finally touches the ground with the back of his left. Then why is his palm wounded in the later scene with Frank?
When the stunt double rolls over the ground, his pants are neither damaged nor dirty. But in the later close-ups of BRANDON DOUGLAS, his pants are torn, and his knee is bleeding.
 

License plate number of Tuscany Trucking's white Ford truck: 2DHD435.

 

Agretti Residence exterior set - inconsistency: When Ben steps onto the Agretti terrace, the walled railing Frank leaned against in # 187 are missing.

 
Libby's letter for Frank comes from the Compania De Minerales & De Oro, Montevideo / Uruguay.
Another Agretti address can be read on the envelope - different from the ones seen in # 154 and 172 (see there): 5436 Lindero Canyon Road, Tuscany Valley, CA 90053. - Explanation: There are probably three different addresses because the Agretti Residence consists of three wings (main, east and guest wings) with separate entranceways (compare # 013, 098, 103 and 193). The big mistake about this prop, however, is that 90058 is a zip code of downtown Los Angeles. Comparing other Tuscany zip codes (e.g. Del Oro in # 173), the zip rather has to start with "945-", but not "900-".
Inside joke: 5436 Lindero Canyon Road is actually the street in Westlake Village, CA where a former filming location, the Pierce Brothers Valley Memorial Park, is situated. It was used in # 127 as the place where J.J. Roberts' grave was.
 

Lance and Pilar swimming naked: None of the actors is really naked - LORENZO wears flesh colored jockey shorts, KRISTIAN wears flesh colored body stocking.

 
"Murder in the Mist" is another mystery novel by R.D. Young; Angela reads that book. For more titles of his novels, see # 184, 186, 189 and 201.
 
Mistake: Maggie's head is in different positions in subsequent frames - first it is lowered to her left side, then to her right side. Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The Heller Vineyards in the Tuscany Valley (as later episodes will reveal, the exact corporate name is Marty Heller Vineyards) are mentioned for the first time - they are closing their business.
 
Episode time frame: The current episode starts on the day of Peter Ryder's death, which is identical with the final day of # 187, i.e. Friday, 11/18/1988. Giving respect to the day and night chronology of the current episode, a few days must remain unseen after the scene with Maggie and Richard in their ranch bedroom (Maggie shocked about having shot Ryder). This can be derived from the fact that Maggie's weekend trip to Mendocino with Penny cannot take place the weekend right after Ryder's death, but the end of the following week. Otherwise, too many days and nights would be in this episode's chron (three) since 11/18/1988 to be in accordance with the Sunday scene at the Agretti pond and mill (Nick, Ben and Lance). So the scene at the pond cannot take place on Sunday, 11/20/1988, but must rather be on Sunday 11/27/1988. Giving respect to this conclusion, this episode closes two days later, on Tuesday, 11/29/1988.
 
 
# 189 <8.06> Liars Anonymous
 
Season time frame: The plot of this episode must take place a while after the previous episode. This can be derived from the fact that Angela announces she is the owner of Falcon Crest again and that she already commissioned an architect to rebuild the mansion. Signing over the property can hardly have happened over night. Lance's problems - which seem to have been going on for a while - are another hint; the charges against him were dropped only in the previous episode. Finally, Ben's injuries are no longer visible which would be quite unbelievable if it was just about one week after the previous episode. So it must be some time in December 1988 now, but definitely before 12/23/1988 (compare # 190).
 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Angela wears the black & white suit she already wore in # 161.
 
In the director's cut of this episode, the scene between Emma and Lance at the bar in the Del Oro Spa Restaurant was longer. Two young men from Tuscany appeared: One of them - Jeff (played by ROBERT YACKO) - showed his anger about the murder charges against Lance having been dropped; the other one, Dick (played by BENNETT LISS), an acquaintance of Lance's, was embarrassed about Jeff's remark.
That segment was omitted in the final version that went on the air.
 

The establishing shot of San Francisco features a little park on Vallejo Crest (Russian Hill summit) with a view towards the Bay Bridge in esatern direction. It is an unused segment from a scene in # 164 (Lance, nurse Claudia, Tony and others).

 
Fictional entity: Richard buys the Eureka Sun, a newspaper.
 
The Tuscany Herald was called Valley Star in the season 8 bible.
 
The street number of the Certified Market in the Tuscany Valley where Tommy, Paco and their girlfriends buy some beer is 227.
 
The filming location (same street number in real life) is the Certified Market in Monrovia, CA - a city in Greater Los Angeles.
 
When Tommy Ortega wants to drive the truck after he had one beer, Miguel Aviles makes it very clear to him that Tuscany Trucking's policy is no drinking on the job. - It is interesting to see that, contrary to the usual habits, drunk driving becomes a topic on LORIMAR shows now.
 
The phone number of Tuscany Trucking can be read on Miguel's truck: (707) 555-5766.
 
The identification code of the blue Tuscany Trucking truck driven by Tommy is 162.
 
Deleted scene: The original act 2 opener was the continuation of the night scene with Libby, Frank, Nick and Ben at the Agretti Residence after Libby's arrival. She tells about her recent adventures as a mineral geologist in a gold mine on the island of Palawan in the Philippines and about a summer with Frank in Cameroon where he was three months in bed with a fever in quarantine. The scene ends with Libby's expression that it came as a total surprise to her that Frank has a son and a grandson. - This segment was filmed, but removed in post-production.
 
Agretti Residence exterior set - inconsistency: The layout of the patio is different from the previous episodes again:
Whenever anyone enters the den from the patio this episode, a half-timbered wall can be noticed across the French doors. In # 187, there was sort of a walled railing there (Frank had a view over Falcon Crest from there). In # 188 (compare there), it seemed there was nothing there but just the backyard. From this episode on, however, a short wall (sort of a railing) is now on the right hand side of the patio (as seen from the French doors).
As the patio now seems to be sort of an inner court with no access to the yard again, it seems very mysterious how visitors (e.g. Lance in this episode) are able to get to the French doors from outside. Only the set's floor plan gives away that there is actually another door leading out of the patio diagonally opposite the living room's French doors, which remained unseen from all angles filmed. By the way, it seems as if the Agrettis have no front door anymore because everyone enters the house from the patio at this time.
 
Mistake: In the close-up of Libby in the Agretti patio, she reaches out her right hand to touch Frank's arm. In the subsequent frame filmed from across, however, it is her left hand that touches Frank's arm. Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Miguel says he has an appointment in Sutterville. This is obviously a small town near Tuscany, which will be mentioned several times in the course of this season, especially regarding to the gang led by RaĂșl; the gang is from there (as mentioned in # 192).
 
Ramsey Bottling is mentioned for the first time - a Sutterville based bottling company, which is for sale now.
 
Product placement: The necklace Maggie wears in this episode was designed by CHRISTIAN DIOR. Earrings that are not worn by her in the current episode are part of that particular jewelry set, too.
 
The heavily used red Volvo sedan (compare # 055 for details) is used as a prop again; this time, it drives past the Tuscany Interstate Bank building.
As this episode shows in detail, the stores on Market Street in downtown Tuscany from # 185 (compare there) are opposite the Tuscany Interstate Bank. Also refer to # 190.
This actually does not match the real situation on the CBS-MTM studio lot though. The front of the bank (CBS office building 5) is on Mary Tyler Moore Avenue whereas the storefronts (in particular Al's Bakery, which will be the Tuscany Herald from the next episode on) are on My Three Sons Street, a cross-street to Mary Tyler Moore Avenue - so the stores are actually facing the western side of office building 5. The scene with Maggie and Lance was filmed in various takes and from various angles; a montage in editing created the illusion that the buildings are facing each other.
 

Maggie now drives a white Jeep Wagoneer with wooden decoration on each side.

 
Richard mentions Chase left Maggie quite a lot of money. This is quite strange because she inherited so many debts. - A typical example of the new writers' incompetence!
 
Minelli Cork, a Tuscany Valley cork factory, is also mentioned for the first time.
 
The original choice of name for the character of Justin Nash was Jordan Phillips according to early script drafts.
 

Gussie's Pizzeria, the Tuscany restaurant where Nick, Ben, Gabriel and Pilar meet, is actually located at the corner of East Foothill Boulevard and May Avenue in Monrovia, CA - in the same building as the Certified Market (see above). It is a Japanese restaurant nowadays.

 
The filming location for the Mill Valley Boarding House where Emma rented a furnished room is the Victorian style Miller & Herriott House, a historic landmark in downtown Los Angeles. It houses law offices nowadays.
 
The prop masters prepared another R.D. Young novel for the scene, in which Emma and Daniel made love for the first time: "The Corpse Said 'Yes'". Due to the close-up filming, the book was not featured in the final version though. For more titles of R.D. Young's novels, see # 184, 186, 188 and 201.
 

Whereas LORENZO's tattoos were covered better than ever in the previous season, the make-up artists seem to have problems again in this episode. The skin on his right shoulder is slightly darker where his tattoo is.

 
Deleted scene: The original episode cliffhanger was a scene at the Del Oro Tennis Club - Lance and Pilar run into Richard and Maggie. Pilar suggests a game of doubles, she and Richard playing against Maggie and Lance. While they are moving to the opposite end of the tennis court, Richard criticizes Pilar's seeing too much of Lance lately because he is not on their agenda; Pilar dryly replies he is on hers though. Richard warns her not to cross him.
The scene was originally filmed on the exterior tennis courts at Mulholland Tennis Club, which will be used as the Tuscany Valley Tennis Club in # 208. For unknown reasons, the film was not usable. The scene was reshot at the Toluca Lake Tennis Club (compare # 188). In post-production, however, it was removed from the episode.
 
 
# 190 <8.07> Life with Father
 
Agretti Residence interior set: A completely new first floor set is introduced this episode. The living room / study resembles the den first featured in # 186 in furniture and style as well as the fireplace and the French doors to the terrace; but the access to the room is completely different - it no longer has the doors known from Melissa's den (now replaced by a wall), but is accessible right from a small octagon foyer now. The new door frames to the other rooms are formed in a typical Tudor style décor. The kitchen is completely new.
The exteriors, however, are still old clips of the original half-timbered Tudor Style residence as seen between seasons 1 through 7.
Refer to # 193 for more information on the Agretti Residence.
 
Deleted scene: During breakfast at Emma's room in the boarding house in Mill Valley, Daniel asks her again who she really is and what she is hiding. She covers by telling him that she is an unpublished mystery writer, with a day job as a waitress, and applied for the job at Young's house to learn from the master. When they begin to make love, Daniel asks her to leave a sample of her work for Mr. Young. Emma is disconcerted by the prospect of more lies though. - This scene was filmed, but removed in post-production.
 

Tommy rides a Kawasaki KZ 1000 motorcycle.

 
The piano piece Emma plays in R.D. Young's house is the beginning of FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN's Ă©tude op. 10, no. 3, "Tristesse".
 
Deleted scene: Before his meeting with Paco in town, Tommy has a job interview with Mr. Henderson (HAL LANDON, Jr.), the personnel director at the Del Oro Spa Restaurant. Tommy applies for a the position as a waiter, but Henderson declines him and says they will hold his application in case the position of a busboy (which Tommy does not want) becomes vacant. - This scene was omitted in the editing process to stay within the one-hour program time frame.
 
Copper Lamp, a small supermarket in downtown Tuscany, is featured this episode. Only sophisticated editing created the illusion that this store was located near the Tuscany Herald on Market Street.
The filming location is a store by the same name (Copper Name Liquor and Deli) in Monrovia, CA. The store is still in existence, but was remodeled since filming.
 
Product placement: Paco and Tommy buy Budweiser beer cans.
 
Tuscany Herald interior set - inconsistency: The wall between the window and the wall to the adjacent building is much wider as seen from the outside (exterior photo: # 191). As seen from the inside, the newspaper offices are partly in the adjacent building as well. This means that the business rooms of the adjacent jewelry store are on the second floor of that building, which must be accessible from a stairway right behind its front door; only the shop window is on the first floor of the Tuscany Jewelry Shoppe.
Of course, the inconsistency comes from the fact that the interior shots are not filmed inside the exterior set, but on sound stage 10 at CBS-MTM.
 
MICHAEL FOX, the actor who plays Amos Fedders, the editor-in-chief of Maggie's newspaper, also portrayed a Swiss prosecutor in Geneva in season 7.
 
Amos mentions the following Tuscany Valley entities: Simpson, Brummel & Rice (Marcus Simpson, CEO), Marlow Fashions (owned by Fiona Marlow) and Black & Pickering (Jerome Black, CEO). These people and companies, however, will never be seen on the show.
 
Edited scene: The scene with Emma and Angela in Emma's Del Oro suite was initially longer: It started with Emma unpacking her suitcase and Angela being irritated by the cheap-looking clothes Emma had used for her undercover job at R.D. Young's house. Angela's reaction: "Did you get them at a garage sale?" - That initial part of the scene was removed in post-production.
 
Season time frame: The Christmas dinner at Angela's Del Oro suite takes place in the afternoon of Christmas Day (Sunday, 12/25/1988). This means the episode opens on Dec 23 and closes in the night of Dec 25 to 26, 1988.
By the way, it is astonishing that this is the first on-screen Christmas celebration in the course of the series.
 
Del Oro Spa & Country Club - spa building interior set: Strangely enough, the lobby seems to have no exit as seen in this episode and the previous one. All the doorways seem to lead to other interior hallways, rooms or the Spa Restaurant.
 
GREG COLLINS, the actor who plays a Del Oro security guard in this episode, also portrayed Riebmann's security guard in season 4.
 
 
# 191 <8.08> Solomon's Choice
 
The main title is revamped: New portraits of DAVID SELBY, DAVID BEECROFT and KRISTIAN ALFONSO are featured on their respective cards:
 

The nightly establishing shot of San Francisco features an aerial view over the city in eastern direction with the Oakland Bay Bridge in the background. It is an earlier - previously unused - segment from a helicopter view, whose later parts were used in # 147.

 
The shot of Richard in Angela's suite at the Del Oro Spa & Country Club in the current version of this season's main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of a scene in # 185 (compare the left screen grab for the version used in that episode).
 

DAVID BEECROFT's picture on his current main title card comes from a scene in # 188.

 
The shot of Pilar in Angela's suite at the Del Oro in the current version of this season's main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of a scene in # 190 (compare the left screen grab for the version used in that episode).
 
Season time frame: Apparently, a little while has passed since the previous episode; it is especially striking that Lance's hair has grown and his hairdo is different now. As CĂ©sar refers to day 3 as a Sunday, this must be Sunday, 01/01/1989, which means this episode opens on Friday, 12/30/1988 and closes on 01/02/1989.
 
Spoiler: Malcolm Sinclair and Glenbraddoch are mentioned by Pilar for the first time. But Malcolm has no personal appearance in this episode.
Glenbraddoch, by the way, was called GlenMadoch in the season 8 bible. The name was changed during the scriptwriting process.
Inside joke: The Braddoch part of the Glenbraddoch name is known from the LORIMAR soap opera "Dallas"; on that show, Southfork Ranch is situated in Braddock County. - No coincidence: CAMILLE MARCHETTA, one of this season's executive producers, also produced the first two seasons of "Dallas".
 
Edited scene: When Amos leaves the Tuscany Herald at night, the scene continued in the director's cut: Richard appears with a pizza box, surprising Maggie and telling her he tucked the kids in. They talk about Maggie's upcoming first newspaper edition, and she tells him she needs a photo of him and Pilar in front of the proposed Channing Community Center. - This part of the scene was removed in post-production.
 
Lance's vineyard, Tuscany Hill, has almost 20 acres. It is worth approximately $ 25,000 per acre.
 
Land in the Tuscany Valley usually sells for about $ 34,000 or 35,000 an acre.
 
Compare # 188 for the Ortega House exteriors in general. In the current episode, the back door of the house (leading to the kitchen) can be seen. The shot proves that this part of the exterior set was previously used as Jeff Wainwright's cabin (compare # 122) and George Westcott's home (compare # 174).
The Ortega House interior set is huge compared to the exterior set. - How can a family of laborers afford such a big house? It has at least four bedrooms and a guest bedroom.
 
According to early script drafts, the original choice of the last name for Mercédes and Lisa was Aguilar. It was changed to Vargas later.
 

Product placement: As in # 188, Richard wears a Fila sports outfit again.

 
Angela wants to go to the theater with Emma to see CHEKOV's "The Seagull".
 
Another shopping area in downtown Tuscany is seen; The Toy Garden, another toy store, is located there.
 
Product placement: A sign with the American Express credit card logo is on The Toy Garden's door (screen capture 3).
 
The filming location for the street in downtown Tuscany is South Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia, CA in Greater L.A. (compare photo 4 taken from across in the opposite direction; the brick building on the far right housed The Toy Garden).
 
Deleted scene: Nick runs into Pilar, Lisa and Mercédes near the Toy Garden. When he is away, Lisa says to Pilar she thinks she likes Lance better than Nick. - This scene, which was filmed on South Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia, CA, was removed in post-production.
 
Editing mistake: When Lance and Nick play tennis, Nick fails to get Lance's final ball. First, Nick is in the center of the court (seen from one camera angle); but in the next moment, he is on the left corner of the court (seen from a different camera angle).
 
Actress CORNELIA GUEST was the original choice for the character of Diane ("Cookie") Nash. Filming a few scenes with her did not meet the producers's expectations though. The rĂŽle was recast on short notice, and the scenes that had already been filmed were reshot with JANET JULIAN.
 
According to original script drafts, the writers intended Justin Nash to be the owner of Two Oaks (compare # 184). In the end, however, the line was changed, and Seven Pines was introduced as the Nash family's winery.
 
As it can be seen for the first time in detail this episode, the Tuscany Herald is located in the building, which was previously used as Al's Bakery. - The exterior sets have been repainted specifically for that purpose since the previous episode. Refer to # 185 for the filming site.
 
Amy's Boutique, a new store, is next to the Tuscany Herald now. The Tuscany Jewelry Shoppe (see # 185) must have closed down or moved.
Inside joke: Amy's Boutique is an allusion to AMY MICHELSON, who plays Kelly Hallinan and is also a fashion designer in real life.
 
Deleted scene: Before the Sutterville gang appears at the Tuscany Herald, there was a scene in the director's cut with Amos leaving the place when Kelly comes in to help Tommy. - This scene was removed in post-production.
 

Product placement: Archive boxes by Paramount Office Products are used in the Tuscany Herald offices.

 
After VALENTE RODRIGUEZ played RaĂșl, the Sutterville gang leader, in # 188, ISRAEL JUARBE takes over the rĂŽle now.
 
In a scene at the Tuscany Herald, a Hispanic businessman from the Tuscany Valley is mentioned, Ramon Tejada. Tommy went to school with his son. The character will never make an on-screen appearance though.
 

The map Richard is looking at shows the north of San Francisco Bay (San Pablo and Grizzly Bay).

 
Early script drafts contained a scene in the Tuscany Interstate Bank: Nick comes to Pilar's desk with a list of his assets - some stocks and bonds - from his bank in France, applying for a $ 200,000 loan for buying into Tuscany Hill. He uses the opportunity to ask Pilar out for lunch, tea, dinner or a midnight snack, but she declines, saying it's her aunt's and cousin's farewell day. - This segment was removed during script revisions.
 
The bend of the small road near the Ortega House where Pilar drives along in this and the following episode and which will also be seen in # 196 and 199 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, 174, 176 and 180 (see there) and will also be used in # 207 and 213. Click here for a sketch of the multi-purpose use of this part of the studio grounds.
 

Pilar drives a blue Ford convertible now - a prop known from # 179 and 180 (Carly "borrowed" it then).
 
Lance's Del Oro suite is number 248.
 
 
# 192 <8.09> Suspicion
 
License plate # of Pilar's blue Ford convertible: 2HXH585.
 
The filming location for the scene with Pilar driving through the stop sign at the intersection is East Cypress Avenue / South Shamrock Avenue in Monrovia, CA.
The "Shamrock Avenue" street sign is even legible in the scene. As Pilar later mentions that the old Agretti warehouse is situated on Bly Street in Tuscany, East Cypress Avenue (where she stops and looks at the warehouse) is obviously Bly Street on the show.
 

The exterior shot of the Agretti warehouse on Bly Street is actually the Mill at CBS-MTM STUDIOS. For earlier and later uses of this building, compare # 083, 141, 169 and 195.

 
Real life allusion: When Nick, Ben and Gabriel are boxing, Gabriel mentions boxer MIKE TYSON.
 
Edited scene: The scene with Angela, Emma and Daniel in Angie's Del Oro suite was initially longer: It started with Angela and Daniel about one of his murder mysteries while Chao-Li pours a glass of 1974 Falcon Crest Cabernet Sauvignon - Daniel's favorite wine as Angela knows from one of his books. - That initial part of the scene was removed in post-production.
 
Gomez Hardware, another Tuscany Valley store, is mentioned.
 
Season time frame:
This episode continues on the same night where # 191 left off, i.e. Monday, 01/02/1989. The celebration for the first issue of the Tuscany Herald on that day seems to be a celebration for the wrap-up of the preparations for this issue as the paper will be published only on Thursday, 01/05/1989.
 
Product placement: Maggie toasts to her first Tuscany Herald edition with Perrier mineral water. For the other, however, Richard has a bottle of Perrier-Jouët (Fleur de Champagne).
 
The new Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set is seen for the first time (after the fire):
The basic layout of the first floor and the shape of the rooms is still pretty much the same. For an in-depth analysis of the differences, see # 193.
 
Deleted scene: The director's cut of act 2 contained a scene with Lance and Nick in the Falcon Crest Winery Building. They are discussing a lab report on a soil analysis at Tuscany Hill and Nick's suggestion to plant a new vine variety, Pinot Grigio, there. While Lance opens his heart about his trouble with women (without mentioning Pilar's name), Nick says he met someone, but that it is too early to tell (not mentioning Pilar's name either). They also talk about parenthood. Nick says that it is awesome despite some differences with Ben from time to time. Lance, in contrast, says that the trouble with kids is to have to find their mother first, and that he is not exactly a winner in that area. - This scene was filmed, but removed in post-production.
 

Edited scene: Harriet Anderson's dialog with R.D. Young is shorter in the scene in this episode ("I foresee a disaster.") than it was in the sneak preview ("I foresee a disaster, Daniel.").

 

Angela and Justin are waiting for Cookie and Lance at the Del Oro Spa Restaurant. - Why are there only plates for two people on the table although Lance and Cookie were supposed to join Angela and Justin right away?

 
It is mentioned that Justin Nash is the mayor of Tuscany.
 
The gray-haired Tuscany Valley socialite known from # 053, 057, 058, 062, 066, 072, 076, 078, 085, 093, 098, 122, 124, 133, 136, 141, 144, 146, 158, 159, 161, 166, 167, 170, 174, 179, 180, 181 and 183 is having dinner at the Del Oro Spa Restaurant in this episode. That lady is played by an uncredited extra, SHARRI ZAK.
 

The filming location for the bridal salon in San Francisco (scene with Emma and Maggie) is the former Country Elegance, a store in Toluca Lake, CA. The building houses a restaurant nowadays.

 
The painting on the label of the Cellini Primo Cabernet Sauvignon prop wine bottle is the same as the one used on the label of a Gioberti wine bottle in the series predecessor, "The Vintage Years", and on a rendering for Melissa's Joseph Wineries in # 170 (see there).
 
Product placement:
Budweiser again: RaĂșl buys that beer at Wally's, a store in Tuscany.
Besides, a sign of Taittinger, the French Champagne company, is also featured in the store.
Credit card logos of MasterCard, Visa and American Express are on the doors of the store.
 
The filming location for Wally's is the former real wine retail store by the same name on Riverside Drive in Toluca Lake, CA (at the southern corner of Foreman Avenue). The building was slightly remodeled in the 1990's and now houses a marketing agency now. Wally's still exists, but moved to Westwood Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA.
 

License plate number of Garth's gray Chrysler: 2KJE748.

 
Mistake: In the exterior shot of the Ortega House, the roller blind (made of fabric) covers half of one of the dining room windows whereas, in the interior shot, it covers only about a quarter of it.
What also appears strange in the exterior shot is that there is no light shining through the second dining room window, which is hidden behind the tree.
 

Señora Luna's restaurant, where Pilar and Nick have dinner, was the El Chiquito in Burbank. This Mexican restaurant used to be on West Olive Avenue, just across gate 2 of WARNER BROS. STUDIOS. When the studio lot was extended in 1995, the restaurant was demolished. A studio parking lot is in its place now, just next to WARNER's Franklin Parking Structure (gate 3 of the lot).

 
Richard is doing sit-ups in the ranch bedroom. He seems to be quite sporty this season; he is also seen playing tennis several times.
 
 
# 193 <8.10> There Goes the Bride
 
Angela does not like gardenias; but she loves the fragrance of stephanotis.
 
In # 192, the old Agretti warehouse on Bly Street was supposed to house the Channing Community Center temporarily. But this episode it is upgraded - so it will be used permanently for the Center.
 

Product placement: The grand piano in R.D. Young's house is made by piano manufacturer Schafer & Sons.

 
Deleted scene: The director's cut of act 1 contained a scene with Nick and Pilar in his car on the road near the Ortega House. They talk about that they are two adults with no place to go and be alone, considering that CĂ©sar is at the Ortega House and Ben at the Agretti Residence. They kiss, and Nick finally walks her to the door of the Ortega House. - This scene was filmed, but removed in post-production.
 
A new filming location is used for a night establishing shot of the Agretti Residence. That location is the same as the one used for # 103 (see there) and will also be used in the next few episodes. Contrary to season 5, exterior shots will be taken only this season; all interior scenes are filmed on the sound stage at the studios.
The three filming locations portraying the Agretti property over the various seasons - see # 013 and 098 for the other two estates - are apparently supposed to be three different wings of the Agretti Residence: the main wing, east wing and guest wing. This hypothesis proves true considering there were also three different addresses for the Agretti property featured in # 154, 172 and 188. An overview is available in the wineries section of the location galleries.
 
BRANDON DOUGLAS speaks impeccable Italian when he calls the Italian operator.
But it is very strange he does not look at his note paper when he later dials the very long phone number of the Cellini estate in Italy.
 
Gianni Cellini, Ben's grandfather, was named Arturo in the season 8 bible.
 
Rebuilding the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion has been completed. Only old clips of the exteriors are reused because the show stopped filming in the Napa Valley after # 167.
The interiors (first floor) are pretty much the same as in seasons 6 and 7, but with new furniture, wallpapers and carpets. All the wooden elements are dark brown - darker than in seasons 4 and 5, almost as dark as at the beginning of the series (compare the screen capture from the season 7 finale).
In the redressing of the set, MICHAEL FILERMAN had some of the walls, particularly in Angela's study, repainted lavender without consulting with JANE WYMAN first. According to a crew member, who wants to remain unnamed, JANE was boiling with anger when she first discovered the newly refurbished interiors and - successfully - demanded they be redone blue immediately.
 
 
The most striking difference in the new layout of the first floor is that there are new hallways behind the western wall of the living room - best glance in # 195, 197 (first screen capture) and 205 (second screen grab). The French doors on either side of the fireplace (previously French doors to a back terrace as seen on the right screen capture from # 130) grant access to these hallways now.
Inconsistency: As in # 102 and 103 when a whole new wing was added to the back of the mansion just to set fire to it, the set designers now crazily expand the house although the exteriors are still the same because old stock footage of the real Villa Miravalle is reused - compare the western view of the mansion.
 

There are also changes in the dining room:
Compared to the previous interior set, the dining room window to the north has become bigger and is different in shape. The new window may be a better design work than the old strange three-part window, but also fails to resemble the real two French doors on either side of the fireplace in Villa Miravalle. The fireplace, by the way, is still missing in the set (compare third photo). Right next to the new big dining room window (covering approximately the width of the area where there is one French door and the fireplace in Villa Miravalle) is a French door now. That French door, which is pretty close to the eastern wall, seems to lead to the northern terrace just as in the real Villa.
The door to the kitchen has glass elements instead of a full wooden body now.
The color of the window frames is much darker than in the previous seasons, almost as dark as at the beginning of the series, and the wallpapers are of rather intense color; there is a lot of blue paint used on the walls that are not papered.
 
There is a slight difference in the sun room compared to the previous set: The windows are no longer arranged in a big quarter-circular shape between the western and the northern walls.
The only windows are now across the big sliding doors; they are in semi-circular shape, but smaller than before. - Inconsistency: The whole sun room, especially these windows, are nowhere in the real Villa. Where the sun room is in the interior set, there is - first (yellow mark) - a hallway leading to the back door and a stairway to the basement and the upper floor and - secondly (red mark) - a part of the vast kitchen area in the real Villa Miravalle. In the real Villa, there is a wall between the study and that part of the house.
The carpet in the sun room is the one that used to be in the foyer in seasons 6 and 7, although that one burnt in the fire (compare # 185) - so it must be just the same carpet model.
 
The refurnishing of the Mansion led to two new guest chairs in the study. First, compare # 019 for the office chair and the two guest chairs between seasons 2 and 7. From now on, Angela will use one of the former guest chairs as her new office chair, re-upholstered - as pictured - in a more elaborate cream colored fabric with gold and blue stripes as well as yellow, pink and red ornaments.
 
Season time frame:
The conclusions from # 194 and the tight time frame of the following episodes up to # 198 (see there) - each of the following episodes will continue exactly where the preciding one left off - lead to the result that the current episode closes on Saturday, 02/18/1989 (Emma's wedding day). On day 2 of the current episode, Emma says she will get married "next week", which means this scene must take place in the week of Feb 6 - 12, 1989; so a few days must remain unseen before the wedding is featured. Apparently, some more time (unseen days) must have gone by during # 192 - right before the newly rebuilt Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion was featured for the first time - and between # 192 and the current episode.
It is very strange how the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion could be built in such a short time. Nick signed over the property to Angela not earlier than on 11/29/1988 (compare # 188).
 
Mistake: Lance's hand is in different positions in subsequent frames during the lunch scene in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion - first on the table, then holding a napkin. Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Irony: Angela about Emma: "I am convinced they switched babies on me in the hospital!" - Thinking of Richard, this is the perfect joke.
 
Emma's Victorian wedding gown (almost all lace, with taffeta underneath) is from a store named Country Elegance in Toluca Lake, CA. Costume designer RACHEL MANDERINO discovered it there. The store was used as a filming location for # 192 (compare there for details).
 
Emma's friend, Claudia (Richard's secretary), does not drink because she will have to drive. - Drunk driving definitely is a topic this season.
 
Maggie hands Emma a new handkerchief with her new monogram embroidered: E.Y. Emma quotes: "Emma Young". - This is rather strange because Young is Daniel's pseudonym only. As # 210 will reveal, Emma's name as Daniel's wife is Cabot because his real-life name is Daniel Cabot.
 
During Emma's wedding reception at Falcon Crest, there are several famous pieces of music played in the background:
One of them, which was already in use during the wedding rehearsal, is the famous "Canon in D major" by German Baroque composer JOHANN PACHELBEL from Nuremberg.
While Daniel is standing on the stairway, the German national anthem is played in the background.
 
Deleted scene: In the director's cut, the act 3 opener was a scene with Nick and Justin at Emma and Daniel's wedding in the foyer of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion. They talk about the CompanĂ­a del Pueblo. While Nick thinks it is promising for the Hispanics to have a future in business, the mayor is skeptical. When Ben arrives with a tray, Nick introduces his son to Justin. - This scene was filmed, but removed in post-production.
 

Product placement: Perrier-Jouët (Fleur de Champagne) is poured at Emma and Daniel's wedding reception at Falcon Crest.

 
The season 8 bible suggested Emma and Daniel's wedding actually take place in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion in the end. Developing the script, the writers had them elope though.
 
Deleted scene: The director's cut included the scene of Anna's arrival in front of the Agretti Residence (for the filming location, compare # 194). Originally written as a daylight scene, it was revised as a night segment: A long, silver limousine pulls to a stop in front of the house. The chauffeur hops out and opens the door for the passenger. The audience sees only the back of an elegantly dressed woman (sable-clad in early script drafts), but even from this angle the bearing and confidence of the privileged can be sensed. - This scene was filmed while shooting # 194 and edited into the current episode first, but finally removed in post-production.
 
According to earlier script drafts, the original last name for Anna Cellini was Mozerella. These plans, however, were changed.
 
Anna Cellini likes strong coffee, especially espresso, and yoghurt cake.
 
 
# 194 <8.11> True Confessions
 
MICHAEL FILERMAN was a participating writer in the original drafts of the episode. Since the script was changed heavily, however, he was not credited for it on screen.
 
Real life allusion: Angela mentions the Rotary Club.
 

Many exterior scenes are filmed at the estate that has been used as the Agretti Residence since the previous episode. As in # 103, the pool area is used primarily for the shooting.

 
After PETER MacLEAN played Justin Nash between # 189 and 193, LEE BERGERE takes over the rĂŽle now.
 
Mistake: At the polo arena, Pilar touches the polo pony with her right hand first. In the subsequent frame, however, she touches it with her left hand. Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
A similar mistake happens only a few seconds later: The close-ups of Pilar and Lance at the arena are also from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Lance's left hand is in different positions in subsequent frames.
 
The filming location for the polo arena at the Tuscany Valley Equestrian Center is the Equidome of the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA. Even the real logo can be seen in some places (red mark).
The location manager originally selected the Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades, CA for filming the scenes at the polo arena, but the location was changed shortly before filming began.
 
The arrival scenes at Chicago O'Hare International Airport (left) are filmed in front of the Warner Center Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills, CA.
All the interior and exterior shots of Richard's hotel in Chicago are also filmed there.
 
Angela's assets must have diminished rapidly most recently: Malcolm Sinclair mentions she will remove her $ 2 million from the Tuscany Interstate Bank accounts. In a previous episode, the audience learnt she has (almost) all her funds in that bank.
Explanation: Reconstructing the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion and replanting the vineyards damaged in the fire might have cost a tremendous amount of money; this could also be the reason for Falcon Crest being in financial trouble and struggling to remain solvent next season. - On the other hand, it is mysterious that Angela did not sue Joseph for damages because Melissa's heir would be liable.
 
Old establishing clips of downtown Tuscany are reused to introduce Jeeter's (details about the restaurant in # 163 and 170) this episode: a section of Main Street (Lincoln Avenue in Calistoga, CA in real life) for the first scene and Polo Road (Main Street in St. Helena, CA in real life) for the second scene. - So where is the restaurant located in Tuscany?
Considering # 185 showed that the restaurant is located on the same shopping street where the Tuscany Interstate Bank is, which was Market Street in that episode (the Plaza in Sonoma, CA in real life), this will be even more mysterious.
What the hell did those film editors do here?!
Explanation: Polo Road and Main Street are probably parallel; Market Street might be an intersection between both of them. Between the two parallels, there might be just one row of stores so that Jeeter's can be entered from any street.
 
In early script drafts, the scene with Ben and Anna outside the Agretti Residence (talking about how Anna and Nick first met) was initially longer: It started on Anna teaching Ben how to play bocce in the garden of the Agretti Residence. He is a fast learner so she considers him as a real Italian. Ben explains the land they are on belonged to his great grandfather, who - according to what Frank said - was 15 years old when he came to the U.S. and could not speak a word of English, but became a millionaire by the time he was 30. Anna asks Ben what he wants to do after finishing high school, and he says he thinks he might want to study literature at university because he loves to read. - This initial part of the scene was omitted in rewrites, which was a blessing, considering Ben's "history lesson" about the Agretti ancestors would have created even more confusion in the Agretti family history.
 
Fictional entities: Glenbraddoch is one of the world's largest distillers and winery conglomerates. Troilus, the controlling company, is a Swiss firm.
 
Richard mentions Harrison Dicks, a major Glenbraddoch stockholder, who, however, will never appear on screen.
 
Deleted scene: The director's cut included Nick, Ben and Anna's arrival at the polo arena at the Tuscany Valley Equestrian Center. Nick and Ben say they wanted to show Anna the match because she has only seen some polo games in England. Besides, Nick wants to see Lance play. Anna mentions she hopes, when Nick feels more comfortable about things, he will let her take Ben on a little holiday to England. But Nick replies he will have to wait until Ben is 18 because the holiday could end in Italy, and he could not buck the Italian legal system. - This scene was filmed, but removed in post-production.
 
Real life allusion: Diane mentions she graduated from Miss Barclay's. This was a real private school in Virginia Beach, VA between 1921 and 1972. - Considering her age, it seems impossible, however, that Diane graduated from school before or in 1972.
 

The establishing shot of the Chicago O'Hare International Airport features the shuttle line of the Airport Transit System. It is stock footage from a film library.

 
The scenes at Chicago O'Hare Airport with the airplanes in background are from the Air Sources building at Van Nuys Airport.
 
Mistake: The close-ups of Pilar and Lance in his Del Oro suite are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Pilar's left hand is in different positions on Lance's face in subsequent frames. Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Mistake: The close-ups of Tommy and Kelly in bed are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Tommy's right hand is in different positions on the blanket in subsequent frames. Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
In the scene when Nick discovers the car of Cellini's henchmen near the Agretti Residence, composer PETER MYERS uses the same background music he already used in # 087 when Angela arrived at Riebmann's.
In # 115 of "Dynasty", for which MYERS also composed the background music, he used this piece in 1985, too.
 
Season time frame:
Giving respect to the episode chronology up to # 199, the current episode must open on Saturday, 02/18/1989 and close on Wednesday, 02/22/1989. The next to last day of the current episode is a Tuesday as Lance's statement (riding Justin's polo pony on Tuesday's match) reveals.
It seems strange that, on the same day, Maggie tells Richard "the paper is out tonight"; the weekly issues of the Tuscany Herald are known to be published Thursdays. Does Maggie probably refer to the deadline for the editing or layout before the paper goes into printing?
 
 
# 195 <8.12> And Baby Makes Three
 
The clip of Richard's jetliner in the clouds is stock footage known from seasons 6 and 7 (compare # 154 and 156). N711AG is the license number (as on Nicole's jet in # 156).
The interiors are filmed in a real jet at the Air Sources at Van Nuys Airport.
 
Prop: For the scene in Richard's jet, the prop masters specifically created a jigsaw puzzle in the shape of a framed, stylized Tuscany Valley map with all wine estates Richard intends to purchase for the future industrial winery complex of Glenbraddoch. The script suggested showing in a close-up how Richard, during the phone conversation with Kender, inserts a piece of the puzzle - representing Marty Heller Vineyards - into the puzzle. - In post-production, however, this close-up was not utilized, which is why the jigsaw puzzle is only recognizable as such with the corresponding information from the script.
 
The heavily filmed fence on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS, which has been in use since # 082 (compare there), portrays the Falcon Crest grounds this episode - near the Winery Building where Lance and Diane come from (giving respect to their last scene in the previous episode, which continues here). This even makes sense, giving respect to # 094 where the fence was visible from the exterior stairway of the Falcon Crest Winery Building lab annex (actually the back of CBS-MTM office building 5).
It seems rather mysterious, however, that the same fence was near the Victorian Mansion in # 186.
Originally, the scene with Lance and Diane was staged at a park in Tuscany, and the show's location manager had chosen the grounds of the Los Angeles Valley College in Valley Glen, CA for filming, but these plans changed shortly before filming began.
 
Mistake: The shots of Angela in the scene with Justin in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion dining room are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent as the position of Angela's head in the wide angle shot is slightly different from the one in the subsequent close-up. Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 

Anna drives a dark blue Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL.

 
The Tuscany Valley High School is actually the old Campus Center building of the Los Angeles Valley College in Valley Glen, CA (Greater L.A.).
 
The street near the Tuscany Valley High School where Anna and Ben are followed by Gianni Cellini's henchmen (first segment) is near CBS-MTM STUDIOS (now CBS STUDIO CENTER) on Colfax Avenue, in the block between Moorpark Street and Sarah Street where the Walter Reed Middle School is located. The distinct apartment building (screen grab 1) is street number 4521. The cars are filmed on this street multiple times, actually driving back and forth the same section.
 
The second segment of the car chase - more streets near the Tuscany Valley High School - is filmed on streets on and around the premises of the Los Angeles Valley College. The place where Anna stops Salvatore, in particular, is at the corner of Hatteras Street (Anna turns right) and Ethel Avenue (cars stop).
 
Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: In the conversation between Pilar and Richard at his New Globe office, the sneak preview shows a shot towards Richard (left screen grab), but the scene itself features a shot towards Pilar during the same part of their dialog.
 

The filming location for the bar in Tuscany where Tommy picks up Kelly is what actually used to be The Subway, a diner right across the main entrance of CBS-MTM STUDIOS in Studio City, CA (nowadays A Ca Shi Sushi Bar). - For a previous use of this location, compare # 176.

 
Nick now drives the gray Jeep Wrangler YJ Frank used to drive. Its license plate number, however, now is: 2THI524.
 

Ben now drives a red Chrysler Le Baron convertible (Anna's present).

 
Mistake: The close-ups of Pilar and Lance at the ice cream parlor on Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Pilar's left hand is in different positions in subsequent frames. Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The filming location is the backyard of the heavily filmed CBS-MTM writers' building (office building 5), whose front usually portrays the Tuscany Interstate Bank this season.
 

The Channing Community Center is the real Mill at CBS-MTM STUDIOS where sets and props are manufactured (compare # 141 and 169). The specific area used in this episode is the northwestern corner, which houses the paint shop. It is just decorated with opening banners and a ribbon.

 

One of the guests of honor sitting on the podium during the opening of the Channing Community Center is a Tuscany Valley reporter, who previously worked as a cash counter lady at the Coit Café (# 154). For more appearances of this uncredited actress, also compare # 151, 158, 167, 174, 182 and 183.

 
Fictional entity: The Kröger Bank in Zurich / Switzerland is the bank Willi Kender's company, Troilus, uses for its financial transactions.
 
Season time frame:
This episode continues on the same day where # 194 left off, i.e. Wednesday, 02/22/1989. Giving respect to the episode chronology up to # 199, the current episode must close on Thursday, 03/02/1989. As the episode features three days only, however, one week must remain unseen; this unseen period of time is most likely right before the opening of the Channing Community Center.
 
 
# 196 <8.13> Dinner at Eight
 
Mistake: The close-ups of Lance and Pilar at the Del Oro racquetball court are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Lance's head and Pilars left hand are in different positions in subsequent frames. Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The scene is shot at what used to be the Racquet Center on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, CA. The Racquet Center was demolished in 1998 to make room for a strip mall; the Capital Source Bank is standing in its place now.
 
Wonderful improvisation: Once again, DAVID SELBY spontaneously adds another feature to Richard's character that was not written in the script. When Richard and Angela have breakfast in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion sun room and he asks Chao-Li for more coffee, he states he hates coffee and only drinks it because he needs it (probably because of the caffeine). - It is these little things that make Richard's character so unique and realistic.
 
Joseph's confirmation will be "next week" according to Maggie. - Roman-Catholic kids, however, usually have their confirmation approximately at the age of nine. But Joseph is not even seven years old. Compare # 053, 061, 074, 089 and 160 for misleading information about Joseph's age.
 
A privately owned Los Angeles home, the former mansion of Hollywood legend MARY PICKFORD, which was also used as Dimitrov's home in Yugoslavia in # 168, is now introduced in the establishing shots for Seven Pines.
The interior scenes and the garden scene, however, are shot on a different private property in Encino, CA. It was quite a new house at that time; built in 1988, it became the home of actor DAVID HASSELHOFF, but he sold it in 2013.
 
Fictional entities: Two more Tuscany Valley wineries purchased by Troilus are mentioned: Morton Grove and Castleton Vineyards.
 
BO BRUNDIN has a nice Swiss accent in Willi Kender's speaking English.
 
Deleted scene: The original act 2 opener was Lance and Pilar's arrival at the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion for Angela's dinner party. While Pilar, at the front door, states that she knows Angela does not want her at this dinner, Lance says he wants her and is not going in without her. - This scene was filmed, but removed in post-production.
 
Edited scenes during Angela's dinner party - filmed, but cut in post-production:
  • Before Lance comes back to the living room from the study and talks to Diane, the director's cut contained a short conversation between Pilar and her. Pilar approaches Diane and says she is sorry if things have not worked the way she wanted. Cookie replies: "Don't waste your pity on me, Miss Ortega. Frankly, I'm not sure Lance is worth having."
  • Nick and Anna are looking at a painting in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room. Anna decides to say hello to Maggie. When Anna moves off, Pilar approaches Nick, saying he looks happy - for the first time since she met him. He replies that he takes she is happy, too, and that if he had to lose out to anyone, he is glad that it was Lance. For a moment, they think about if it was just the wrong timing for them. The chemistry between them is still evident.
 
For the first time after the reconstruction of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, a new upstairs hallway is seen. - In contrast to the first floor, the upper floors (also built on stage 10 at CBS-MTM, now CBS STUDIO CENTER) have a completely new layout now as future episodes will show.
 
The filming location for the bathroom where Anna shoots up is not a set though. It is an actual bathroom in the private residence in Encino that also poses as Seven Pines (see above).
 
Deleted scene: The director's cut contained a night scene after Angela's dinner party at Falcon Crest in act 2. In the den at Richard and Maggie's ranch, Richard gives Garth an assignment: He needs to have leverage on Pilar to make sure she will not support Sinclair. - This scene was filmed, but removed in post-production.
 
The establishing shot of the San Francisco hotel where Maggie and Amos see Richard and Pilar is footage of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco.
 
All the interiors of the San Francisco hotel (lobby and Sinclair's suite) are filmed at the Registry Hotel (nowadays Universal Hilton) in Universal City, CA.
 
Deleted scene: The director's cut contained a night scene at the Ortega House in act 3. Lance is at the front door, looking for Pilar (who is in a San Francisco restaurant with Malcolm). CĂ©sar says she is in a business meeting and asks Lance in. In an awkward moment, CĂ©sar confesses that he thought years ago that Lance was Lisa's father and that he is now certain of it. Lance replies that he swears he did not know anything about it until Pilar recently told him. While CĂ©sar expresses his fears that Pilar might be hurt, Lance assures him that he is not a kid anymore and will stand up to Angela. - This scene was filmed, but removed in post-production.
 
The filming location for the San Francisco restaurant where Pilar and Malcolm have dinner is the same one as used for the Washington, D.C. restaurant where Maggie and Peter Ryder had breakfast in # 181 and where Angela and Rosemont had dinner in # 182. Again, this is the Registry Hotel (Universal Hilton) in Universal City, CA.
 
Mistake: The close-ups of Pilar an Malcolm at the restaurant are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Pilar's fingers are in slightly different positions on the glass in subsequent frames. Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 

Video Arcade, the Tuscany place where Ben, Anna and Nick are playing, is actually Malibu Castle (nowadays Sherman Oaks Castle Park) in Sherman Oaks, CA (interiors only).

 

Product placement: A cardiac monitor by Critikon Dinamap can be seen in the QVH emergency room.

 
Particularly the tiles on the walls give away that the interior set of the emergency room at the Queen of the Valley Hospital (scene with Anna and Dr. Ambrose) consists of the same elements as the massage room at the Del Oro from # 192.
 
License plate number of Richard's black Lincoln Pullman limo: 2CSI908 - the same number known from at least four other cars: Frank's gray Jeep Wrangler YJ (beginning of this season), Chase's red Porsche 944 (season 6), Eric's gray Corvette convertible (season 7) and Angela's yellow Mercedes-Benz 380 SL (towards the end of season 7). A horrible prop!
 
Season time frame:
Giving respect to the episode chronology up to # 199, the current episode must open in the night of March 2 to 3, 1989 and close on Sunday, 03/05/1989.
Willi Kender's fax for Richard is dated February 1989, which confirms the analysis of the time frame on this website because the telefax must have been sent quite some time before the events in the current episode.
 
 
# 197 <8.14> Uneasy Allies
 

The main title is revamped with a new portrait on LORENZO LAMAS' card.
The picture was specifically filmed for the current version of this season's main title in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room during the shooting of # 191.

 
Fictional entity: Beckley's Shoes, a Tuscany shoe store, is mentioned.
 

The filming location for Tommy, Kelly and Paco's favorite hangout in Tuscany, the Roadhouse, is what used to be Des Regan's Irish Pub (nowadays Great American Joe's Bar & Grill) in Burbank, CA.

 
In his conversation with Tommy, Paco mentions River City as a territory that his gang and RaĂșl's gang from Sutterville fight about. It is apparently another town in the Tuscany Valley or nearby.
 

The gray-haired Tuscany Valley socialite known from # 053, 057, 058, 062, 066, 072, 076, 078, 085, 093, 098, 122, 124, 133, 136, 141, 144, 146, 158, 159, 161, 166, 167, 170, 174, 179, 180, 181, 183 and 192 is in the Del Oro lobby in this episode again. That lady is played by an uncredited extra, SHARRI ZAK.

 

An establishing clip of the Bank of America skyscraper in San Francisco is used to introduce the building where the law office of Maggie's divorce lawyer, Cynthia Wallace, is located in downtown San Francisco.
This building was featured in # 158 already (compare there).

 
In her meeting with Cynthia, Maggie mentions she and Richard cross-adopted the boys right after their marriage the previous year. - Also compare # 175 in that context.
 
The end credits list JENNIFER BASSEY as Mary Lou Wallace by mistake. - But as it becomes apparent in the end credits of # 201 and in the dialog between Maggie and her attorney, the character's first name is Cynthia, not Mary Lou.
Mary Lou was the writers' original choice before they decided to rename the character Cynthia.
 

The Tuscany café where Lance and Pilar are having lunch is what used to be Cafe Rosalind (nowadays The Studio Cafe) in Studio City, CA.

 
The Tuscany street Ben drives along is approximately the 4500 to 4200 blocks of Tujunga Avenue in Studio City, CA in real life.
James Thomas Stained & Leaded Glass, one of the stores along that street, by the way, is a real business.
 
The Tuscany City Council is mentioned for the first time. This council is obviously in charge of the city only, whereas the Board of Supervisors is in charge of Tuscany Valley County.
 
GILBERT GARCIA, the actor who plays one of the Tuscany City Councillors this episode, also portrayed the Falcon Crest Winery Building foreman in seasons 6 and 7.
 
Mistake: The shots of Tuscany City Councillor Barbara Cushing and Richard in his New Globe office are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Barbara first hands her cup with the saucer to Richard, but, in the subsequent frame filmed from across, holds just the cup on its handle. Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Cast and crew background: Executive producer CAMILLE MARCHETTA apparently likes working with actor TOM FUCCELLO (Tuscany City Council Councillor # 2). They previously worked together on "Dallas", where he portrayed Dave Culver.
 
Amos and Maggie talk about the centennial birthday of a Tuscany painter being a week away. Her name is Isabel Dunn, a character that will never be mentioned again.
Real life allusion: Maggie mentions the German painter MAX BECKMANN, an expressionist. Interestingly enough, the dialog connects him with the fictional historic character of Isabel Dunn as Maggie says she was his protégé.
 
The interior set of the marriage commissioner's office (Lance and Pilar's wedding) is the same as Cynthia Wallace's law office set. To trim down production cost, the book shelves were filmed so closely in the wedding scene that nothing else of the room was in the camera angle.
 
The filming location for the Tuscany Valley hillside road (Lance and Pilar in his car after their wedding) is the berm near the heavily filmed bend seen in # 073, 084, 089, 113, 121, 135, 137, 148, 172, 174, 176, 180, 191, 192 and 196 - on the CBS-MTM backlot behind stage 4. Click here for a sketch of the multi-purpose use of this part of the studio grounds.
 
Agretti Residence bathroom set: This set only used in this episode is actually the redressed interior set of the entry to the master bedroom and master bathroom of Richard and Maggie's ranch. The hallway in front (from where Ben watches Anna) is also the redressed ranch hallway. The director of photography, however, chose an unusual angle so that the striking shape of the set can hardly be recognized by the audience.
 
License plate number of Ben's red Chrysler Le Baron convertible: 2HGI848 (always the back plate and sometimes the front plate, too) and 2CSI908 (sometimes the front plate). What a silly prop policy to have two different numbers on the same car. Besides, the one on the front of the automobile is the prop masters' favorite number, which has become a real embarrassment for the show (see # 196 for details).
 

The place where RaĂșl and his gang force Ben's car off the Tuscany Valley road is actually located in Griffith Park in Los Angeles.
Mistake: For a short moment, parts of the lighting crew's equipment can be seen at the roadside in a wide angle shot.

 
Season time frame:
Giving respect to the episode chronology up to # 199, the current episode must open on Sunday, 03/05/1989 and close on Wednesday, 03/08/1989 (night of the car crash).
 
 
# 198 <8.15> The Vigil
 
This episode's title, The Vigil, is identical with the one of # 027. As # 058 / 184 and # 047 / 204 prove, co-producers STEPHEN BLACK & HENRY STERN are fond of reusing old titles.
 
Ben and Gabriel's automobile accident happened in Tuscany Canyon. The filming location for the crash site is not Griffith Park (as towards the end of the previous episode), but the brush and berm near the heavily filmed bend behind stage 4 on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS (CBS STUDIO CENTER).
 
The ambulances driving along a Tuscany Valley road and their arrival at the crash site are filmed at the corner of Kagel Canyon Street and Eldridge Avenue near the Lake View Medical Center in Lake View Terrace, CA.
 

The Tuscany Valley Police obviously changed their logo again. The new cars no longer have the star with a caption saying "Tuscany Sheriff" (compare # 128), but a new sign with a caption saying "Tuscany Valley Police".

 

Interesting prop: Maggie's letter to Richard was hand-written by SUSAN SULLIVAN herself.

 
License plate number of the ambulance taking Gabriel to the emergency room: 1R77142.
 
Ben and Gabriel are taken to Tuscany Valley Hospital as a police officer says and as the prop sign near the emergency entrance verifies. But stock footage of the Queen of the Valley Hospital is also reused for the hospital. - As a couple of times before, this is just careless prop policy.
As far as the story is concerned, this can be explained as follows: As Calvin Thompson, the administrator of the QVH, will explain in # 204, "his" hospital is the only hospital in (the city of) Tuscany, the various names must be unofficial terms for one and the same medical facilities. Refer to # 143 for a detailed explanation.
 
In addition to the QVH (a private hospital facility), there is also a public County Hospital in the Tuscany Valley, which, however, will remain unseen and is referred to in dialog (Ms. Barnett - the QVH medical receptionist) only this episode. It must be located outside the city of Tuscany. Since season 3 implied that the Tuscany Valley Hospital a.k.a. QVH was the only hospital in the valley, the public County Hospital must have been established in the meantime.
 
The nurse at the QVH is the gray-haired Tuscany Valley socialite known from # 053, 057, 058, 062, 066, 072, 076, 078, 085, 093, 098, 122, 124, 133, 136, 141, 144, 146, 158, 159, 161, 166, 167, 170, 174, 179, 180, 181, 183, 192 and 197. In # 053 already, the audience learnt that she was a nurse. That lady is played by an uncredited extra, SHARRI ZAK.
 
Post-production mistake: The establishing shot of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion at night is one of the clips shot during the shooting of the fire scene for # 103 (compare there), which includes the false gable that was specifically built and burnt down. It is zoomed in this episode. - The shot was also used by mistake in # 115, 137, 170 and 180 already.
 

Product placement: A cardiac monitor by IVY Biomedical Systems Inc. can be seen during Ben's surgery.

 
Editing mistake: Dr. Levin's head is in different positions in subsequent frames. The editors obviously combined footage from various takes in the wrong order.
 
Mistake: Anna's cardigan is in different positions on her right shoulder / arm in subsequent frames during the conversation with Nick and Dr. Peters at the hospital. Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
From this episode on, the picture in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study will be replaced by an oil portrait of Angela. This portrait, however, is different from the one painted by Arthur Masefield, which used to be on the living room wall for a while in season 1 and then in the foyer (# 012 - 017). The current portrait was painted from a season 3 LORIMAR publicity still of JANE WYMAN.
 
Inside jokes: A hospital announcement in the background calls for Dr. Ferro - the last name of actor DAN FERRO, who plays Tommy Ortega; another announcement is for Dr. Parslow - this is the producer's last name, PHIL PARSLOW.
 
Inside joke: The QVH nurse in the ER is named Kim Novak - exactly as actress KIM NOVAK, who guest-starred as Kit Marlowe on the show two seasons before.
 
Real life allusions: Richard mentions NAPOLEON and WELLINGTON as well as their battle plans for Waterloo.
 
Besides stock footage of the Queen of the Valley Hospital main wing (with the Madonna), another annex of the hospital is shown.
The filming location for this annex, a concrete building, is a part of the building complex of the Lake View Medical Center (previously Pacoima Hospital; nowadays Phoenix House Foundation) in Lake View Terrace, CA. All the interiors for this and the following episode are shot here. This concrete building was also used as the San Francisco Metropolitan Hospital once in # 094. It was also seen on a black and white photograph in Dr. Lantry's office. A different part of the Phoenix House Foundation - built of brick - was used as the Tuscany Valley (Memorial) Hospital in seasons 2 and 3 (see # 025 and 041).
The concrete building being used for several different hospitals on the show, a logical conclusion might be that the annexes of both the QVH and the San Francisco Metropolitan Hospital were built after the same model of prefabricated building materials.
 

The QVH parking lot is portrayed by an area near office building 5 on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS.

 
Mistake: The close-ups of Lance and Pilar on the QVH parking lot are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Pilar's right arm miraculously changes its position during her embracing Lance in subsequent frames. Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Product placement: Cardiac monitors by both Critikon Dinamap and IVY Biomedical Systems Inc. can be seen during Gabriel's surgery.
 
Very strange: Richard tells Larry not to use specific legal terms in their conversation. - Another proof for this season's writers' incompetence because Richard has a law degree himself.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Maggie and Anna in the hospital's waiting area, Maggie's left hand is in different positions on Anna's arm / hand 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.
 

The rendering of the Tuscany Valley as seen in the current episode and # 202 is a simplified graphic image that shows only a few vineyards, Falcon Crest, the Agretti Vineyards, Seven Pines and Marty Heller in particular.

 
Mistake: When Richard comes to the Tuscany Herald, he asks the staff to leave so he can talk to Maggie. The first one to leave is a gray-haired woman. When Maggie now comes to Richard to complain about his behavior, the gray-haired woman in the background exits again.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Maggie and Richard at the Tuscany Herald, the position of Maggie's arms and hands is different in subsequent frames - depending on the direction from where she is filmed. Once again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The scene about Garth's past - his marriage and his deceased daughter, Eva, in East Berlin - was not part of the original script. As the producers believed they had not enough film for this episode, DAVID SELBY and CARL HELD did it on the spot - mostly improvisation. When the editors later realized they did have enough film, the producers finally decided to omit another scene because they felt this particular scene turned out to be so very special.
 
Season time frame:
Giving respect to time frame stated previously as well as the episode chronology in the current episode and the following ones, the current episode must open on Wednesday, 03/08/1989 and close in the night of March 9 to 10, 1989.
As this week's issue of the Tuscany Herald is published on day 2 of the current episode, this must be a Thursday.
The analysis of the time frame is also confirmed by Richard referring to the Glenbraddoch stockholders' meeting "Thursday next week" and revealing the pages around days 13 through 15 in his calendar; so the meeting must be scheduled for Thursday, 03/16/1989.
A Glenbraddoch board of directors meeting, however, is scheduled for the 4th of the following month - the month is not mentioned explicitly. The original date set for that meeting must have been 04/04/1989.
 
 
# 199 <8.16> Missing Links
 
Different camera angles: The recap for the previous episode shows a wide angle of Richard taking the boys (right screen capture) before leaving the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion; the scene in # 198 (left screen grab), however, featured a close-up.
 
The real gate and driveway to the Channing Ranch is seen for the first and only time this episode.
This episode features many location shots of Saddlerock Ranch.
 

License plate number of the white Toyota pick-up truck leaving the Channing Ranch: 3MOO844.

 

The heavily used red Volvo sedan (compare # 055 for details) is used as a prop again; this time, it is parked on the Queen of the Valley Hospital parking lot (near the two nurses in the background).

 
Tommy offers Paco a beer, but he refuses because he has to drive. - Interesting how often this topic is dealt with this season.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Kevin, Richard, Mrs. Fraser and Garth on the terrace of the Channing Ranch, Kevin looks over Richard's shoulder in the wide angle shot, but towards Mrs. Fraser in the subsequent close-up. Once again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
This is the only time the main stairway of Saddlerock Ranch is seen when Richard is looking for Michael.
 
Some of the scenes with Michael after he ran away from home and some shots of the search for him are filmed on the grounds of Saddlerock Ranch near its avocado grove (e.g. left screen grab).
The exterior scenes featuring the abandoned well covered with planks (e.g. right screen capture) is from the CBS-MTM backlot (jungle near lagoon); the interior scenes of the well are filmed on sound stage 10.
 
The storyline about the well is sort of a "trademark" of writers STEPHEN BLACK and HENRY STERN. They have used and will continue to use such a plotline on almost all of their shows.
 
The identification code of the Tuscany Valley Deputy Marcia Moore's patrol car is 7594.
 
The Channing Ranch has 700 acres of land.
 

Product placement: Anna's gift for Ben is a Sony Walkman.

 
The hillside command post for the search for Michael at the Channing Ranch grounds is actually near the stables at Saddlerock Ranch.
 
New license plate number of Lance's black Mercedes-Benz 500 SL convertible: 2CDO891.
 
Cast and crew background: This episode's director, MICHAEL PREECE, obviously likes working with actor BRAD HARRIS. When PREECE directed # 067, HARRIS joined the cast as Deputy John Duffy. Now he is back again in that rĂŽle.
 
It is quite amazing neither Michael nor Richard have any injuries after their second and third fall into the well - their faces are just covered with dirt and dust.
 

Mistake: When Ben enters Gabriel's hospital room, he refers to his scar by touching the right part of his abdomen. - The surgery, however, was performed on his spleen, which is on the left in the abdomen.

 
Mistake: When Lance opens the front door of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, a huge tree can be seen in the background, which must be directly in front of the mansion's entrance. But there is no such tree in front of the real Villa Miravalle. The pool and the vineyards, however, are missing. - This background painting is poor scenic art on the sound stage.
 
The interiors of the San Francisco International Airport are filmed in the foyer of the CBS-MTM Administration Building, which was used as the foyer of the New Globe Executive Office Annex in # 071 (see there) as well as various hotel lobbies in # 147 and 153. Compare # 074 for the heavy use of this filming location.
 
In the close-up of Angela, an 8-lane highway can be seen through the panoramic windows in the New Globe penthouse where Richard has taken her. But such a street does not exist in San Francisco's Financial District.
The filming location is a luxurious suite in the Universal City Plaza Building in Universal City, CA. The pinkish wall with the elevator, however, is not part of the real suite; these elements were put in the real room by the show's construction department to cover the real doors that grant access to the place.
 
Season time frame:
This episode opens on Wednesday, 03/15/1989 and closes on Friday, 03/17/1989.
Angela's visa stamps in her passport (see # 202) indicate that she was held captive between March 17 and 23, 1989. The kidnapping takes place at the end (day 3) of the current episode. On day 2, the Glenbraddoch stockholders' meeting that was referred to in the previous episode takes place (Thursday, 03/16/1989). This proves that some time must have passed between the end of # 198 and the beginning of the current episode; this is also hinted by Michael's saying he misses Maggie.
Although it is mid-March, the vegetation at the Channing Ranch looks more like winter because this episode was shot at the beginning of 1989. It is amazing, however, that it is mentioned that the night temperature is almost freezing - obviously a cold beginning of spring.
The Glenbraddoch board of directors meeting, which was scheduled for the 4th of the following month according to the previous episode, is now scheduled for "next week". It was apparently rescheduled.
 
 
# 200 <8.17> Resurrection
 

Embarrassing: The new regime at LORIMAR forgot to invite CHAO-LI CHI to the cast and crew's 200th episode party at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles!

 
Real life allusions: Besides whodunits by R.D. Young, Richard brings Angela books written by real authors: RAYMOND CHANDLER, DASHIELL HAMMETT and AGATHA CHRISTIE.
 
Yoghurt cake is Ben's favorite - exactly as Anna's.
 
Editing mistake: During the scene with Lance and Pilar in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room, Lance moves the wine glass to his mouth, but, in the subsequent frame filmed from across, moves it away while he swallows. The part of the scene when he takes the sip is missing although he obviously drank some wine.
 

The nightly establishing clip of Chicago was filmed from Olive Park towards North Lake Shore Drive (in northeastern direction). The most distinct skyscraper is the John Hancock Center. The clip is stock footage from a film library.

 
The filming location for the Chinese restaurant in Chicago where Richard has dinner with Malcolm and dicovers Samantha is the actual Fung Lum Restaurant in Universal City, CA near Universal Studios. Fung Lum was a stylish, big Chinese restaurant active between 1982 and 1998. After being abandoned, the building was demolished in 2014 to make room for a new hotel.
 
ANA-ALICIA returns as Samantha Ross, Melissa's look-alike. Her portrayal is more than convincing: Samantha has a different tone in her voice, speaks in a different register and has a different body language - all different from the previous Melissa rĂŽle.
This decision was forced by the audience's heavy protests against MICHAEL FILERMAN's decision to remove ANA-ALICIA from the show. Since her original Melissa contract had not been up yet when she was fired, the actress continued to receive payment for the rest of the season due to the pay or play clause in her contract. In addition, she now got a second paycheck for her new Samantha rĂŽle for every episode she appeared in, as the actress told SASCHA KURZ and THOMAS J. PUCHER during an interview. Click here to see a photo of this meeting.
For the first time, in an exclusive 2007 DFCF interview, MICHAEL FILERMAN expressed his apologies to the fans for his mistakes.
 
Samantha is expected by a "client" at 1400 Petticoat Lane in Chicago.
 
During her alleged trip to Greece, Angela is supposed to be staying at the Grand Bretagne Hotel in Athens, a real hotel.
 

The nightly establishing shot of Chicago - a view over the Chicago River in eastern direction with the Marshall Suloway Bridge in the foreground - is stock footage from a film library.

 

The interiors of Samantha's Chicago apartment are from the upper floor in a private mansion in Sherman Oaks, CA.

 

The establishing clip of the Glenbraddoch Corporation headquarters in Chicago - stock footage from a film library - shows the Outer Drive East high-rise on East Randolph Street.

 

While the establishing shot of the park in Chicago is stock footage of an undefined park, the actual scene is from the park at the Universal City Plaza Building in Universal City, CA.

 
This episode features a new bedroom set in the Agretti Residence (third screen capture), which is different from the previous one (# 197 - second photo). The new interior set, by the way, is the same as the one used for Emma's bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion in # 193 (first screen grab) to save on production costs; it just underwent a redecorating and refurnishing process.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Nick and Anna in the Agretti bedroom, Nick's hand cannot be seen anywhere in the part filmed towards him; in the subsequent frame filmed from across, however, his hand touches Anna's face. Once again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Deleted scene: The director's cut of act 3 contained a scene with Ben and Andrea (still played by JUDITH JONES; compare # 203) in the bedroom of the Agretti Residence. They are having tea with Anna, who is in bed, trying to conceal her pain. It is Anna's first meeting with her son's girlfriend. Andrea says she wants to be a doctor. After she leaves, Anna tells a concerned Ben that Andrea will have to get used to seeing ill people if she wants to go into medicine. Just as Nick arrives with a tray, Anna is in heavier pain. Nick takes her in his arms while she moans. Ben is frightened. - This scene was removed in post-production.
 
After the new producers thoroughly avoided any shots of the historic mansion of the Silverado Country Club in Napa, CA since the beginning of this season (compare # 184), a 1986 establishing clip of the building is now reused to establish a scene at the Del Oro; this will also be the case in # 201 through 204. This shot was first used in # 132.
 
The director's cut of this episode contained the following scenes in act 4, which were deleted:
  • In the Agretti Residence kitchen, Nick and Ben are putting the dinner dishes away. Nick tells Ben that Anna's death is getting closer and asks him to be strong for his mother. After that, Ben goes to Anna to say good night to her - for the last time (the scene in the bedroom was kept in the episode's final cut).
  • The segment with Maggie and Tommy kissing in her Del Oro suite initially culminated in a passionate love scene and an affair in the original draft of this episode. Early script drafts contained a scene, in which Maggie, having second thoughts when coming out of the bathroom after lovemaking, throws Tommy (still in bed) out of her room. While filming, this idea was changed to Maggie and Tommy, during kissing, sinking from the couch to the floor and making love. But this segment was removed in post-production so, fortunately, this not-so-Maggie-like storyline was changed.
 
Samantha's apartment in San Francisco is in a modern townhouse on Hyde Street.
The establishing shot was filmed during season 2 already.
 
The interiors of Samantha's apartment featured in this episode and in # 201 through 203 as well as the exterior shot of the jacuzzi in the back yard in # 201 are from a private mansion in Sherman Oaks, CA. It is the same place that was used for Samantha's Chicago apartment. While her apartment Chicago was portrayed by an upper room, the place in San Francicso is filmed downstairs.
 
Season time frame: At the beginning of this episode (identical with the last day of the previous one, i.e. 03/17/1989), Richard moves the Glenbraddoch board meeting to "tomorrow" (Saturday, 03/18/1989). The episode closes on Monday, 03/20/1989.
 
 
# 201 <8.18> Enquiring Minds
 
Pilar mentions the Tuscany Limousine Service, a Pullman rental business.
 
Mysterious: How can Lance know which one the genuine deed is when he burns one of those documents from Angela's safe?
The script's stage directions explain it without giving any advice how to put this on film: Lance recognizes the original by a trace of dried blood, which he remembers is his from a cut he got in the mine, which, however, was not part of any scene in # 182 and 183. It is exactly that deed he burns.
 

The Agretti coat of arms, which has been on the fireplace since the beginning of this season, can be seen in detail for the first time.

 
50 % of Malcolm's Glenbraddoch stock is 2.5 million shares.
 
Mistake: In the lunch scene with Maggie and Cynthia at the Del Oro Spa Restaurant, the position of Maggie's hands is different in subsequent frames (wide angle and close-up shots). Once again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Talking to Samantha, Angela refers to Henri Denault as Richard's stepfather. But he was his adoptive father. - Another writing mistake or another one of Angela's tricks to confuse the Melissa look-alike? The writers, by the way, confused the term in # 041 and 101 already.
 

Agretti Residence exterior set: The patio is accessible from the kitchen as well, as it can be seen this episode. Although the patio seems to be in the same place in the layout of the house as in # 189, it seems to be much longer.

 

The San Francisco office of the State Department is in the same building where Gioberti Enterprises used to be housed. Refer to # 131 for the filming location.

 
License plate number of Maggie's white Jeep Wagoneer: 2NCI671.
 
The filming location for the construction site of the new Glenbraddoch Winery, previously the grounds of Heller Vineyards, is actually the building site for the new sound stages 18, 19 and 20 at CBS-MTM STUDIOS. In the wide angle shot, the eastern border of the lot (adjacent to the Los Angeles River) is on the left of the frame. # 204 and 205 will also feature that same construction site.
 
The filming location for Harris Rare Books - Fine Used Books Bought & Sold is Bargain Books in Van Nuys, CA again. In this and the following episodes, exterior shots are featured, too.
 
Mistake: In the bookstore scene with Christopher Harris and Nick, Harris holds the deed with his right hand at the bottom at first; in the subsequent frame filmed from across, however, his hand is on the top of the deed. Once again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
The interiors of the San Francisco International Airport are filmed in the foyer of the CBS-MTM Administration Building, which was used as the foyer of the New Globe Executive Office Annex in # 071 (see there) as well as various hotel lobbies in # 147 and 153. Compare # 074 for the heavy use of this filming location.
 
Another mystery novel by R.D. Young is called "Efrem Babcock: Rhapsody in Black".
For more titles of his novels, see # 184, 186, 188 and 189. Another book title the script writers created, but never got to use on the show was "The Reluctant Murderer".
 
The interiors of the San Francisco Federal Building where Pilar, Willi and Malcolm testify before the SEC (Security & Exchange Commission) are the same as the foyer of the KRDC building - the foyer of building 2 at CBS-MTM STUDIOS.
The establishing shot is the same exterior footage as in # 175 (see there).
 
As it strikes the audience this episode, KRISTIAN ALFONSO, who is 5' 1", usually stands on a little platform in close-ups with taller people - DAVID SELBY (6' 3") in this scene - to make her look taller. This technique becomes obvious in this episode because her real height is seen just the next moment.
 
Pilar gets 3 million shares of Richard's Glenbraddoch stock.
 

Amazingly good prop: When Garth and Richard are monitoring Angela and Samantha, the right screen features an interior view of the main entrance of the New Globe Executive Office building (stock footage of The MacArthur, formerly known as Park Plaza Hotel, in Los Angeles). - The only question to remain unanswered is why Angela and Samantha are expected to leave through this door of the building complex because Angela was kept in the penthouse of the Channing Enterprises Headquarters building (compare photo on the left).

 
Season time frame:
This episode opens Monday, 03/20/1989 although Angela, at the beginning of the episode, says she had "been locked up for four days" (since the 17th). Obviously, she counts the current day in as well because the episode chronology makes it very clear that the episode closes on Friday, 03/24/1989 (with no unseen days or nights).
On day 4, Lance turns to the State Department in his search for Angela - the sixth day after "she entered Greece", i.e. Thursday, 03/23/1989. It is also mentioned in that context that Angela called Lance "four days ago". All this is correct because she phoned him on Sunday, 03/19/1989 (night 3 of # 200).
On evening 4, Claudia - impersonating Angela - comes back from Greece. This matches with the data in Angela's passport (# 202). One evening later, Samantha sets Angela free.
Strange: Taking Anna's body to Italy and burying her there happened in an extreme rush. Given Anna died in night 3 of # 200 (03/19/1989) when she asked Nick for an overdose of morphine, Nick's return from the funeral in Italy on day 2 of the current episode (03/21/1989) seems to be very early.
Frank's chronological order of events is incorrect in the current episode. On day 1 (March 20), he says Angie phoned Lance "three days ago" although she called him on March 19. On day 3, Frank tells Nick he had seen three of the deeds at Falcon Crest "yesterday" although that happened on day 1 (i.e. "the day before yesterday"). It seems Frank (or rather the writing staff) does not care a great deal about dates.
 
 
# 202 <8.19> Grand Delusions
 
Fictional entity: Angela is at Whitney's Grill, a posh restaurant in San Francisco, at the beginning of this episode.
Original script drafts named it Messina's Restaurant (inside joke: PATRICE MESSINA is one of this year's assistants to the co-producers), but the name was changed for the final version.
 
The exterior shot is stock footage from LORIMAR's archives and features French Street on the backlot of WARNER BROS. STUDIOS in Burbank. Whitney's Grill with the red awnings and entryway canopy is the second building from the northern corner at Midwest Street.
The filming location for the interiors is what used to be Perino's, a former restaurant at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and South Norton Avenue in Los Angeles; the restaurant had already closed down in the mid-1980's, but the building was still used as a part location and filming site until its demolition in 2004. For the location's previous use as the Opera Café, see # 044.
 
Strange: Looking at his map of the Tuscany Valley (compare # 198), Richard claims he is in control of all the vineyards except Falcon Crest, Tuscany Hill and the Agretti Vineyards. The way the new writing staff depicts the Tuscany Valley (also with the prop map) creates the idea the valley might have been downsized.
 
An establishing clip of 611 Place skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles is used to introduce the building where the law office of Maggie's divorce lawyer, Cynthia Wallace, is located in downtown San Francisco - in contrast to the establishing shot in # 197 (compare there).
This building was featured in # 169 already (compare there).
 
The San Francisco Financial District high-rise Nick and Frank pass by is actually the Metroplex Wilshire on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.
 
Real life allusions: Richard mentions magician HARRY HOUDINI.
 
Mysterious: Why would Lance have to sign the adoption papers for Lisa? - From a legal point of view, he is not her father because her father is "unknown" according to her birth certificate.
It also remains a mystery how Lisa's last name could have been Vargas before the adoption. - But it obviously was as she was said to be Mercédes and Steve's child.
 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set: As it can be seen for the first time after the house was rebuilt, the dining room window has changed. It no longer resembles the real Villa's three-casement window. The current set has a two-casement French door divided in many more panes with the wooden shades missing. - Compare # 030 for the window in the previous set.
 

The street number of Mercédes and Steve Vargas' home in San Jose is 666.
 
It is actually the real house number. The filming location is in a middle-class residential neighborhood in Hancock Park in Los Angeles.

 
Mistake: The close-ups of Pilar and Lance in front of the Vargas house are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Pilar's right hand suddenly touches Lance's shoulder although it was nowhere to be seen in the precedent frame. Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 

All the buildings Samantha takes photos of are not in San Francisco in real life. - The scenes are filmed in the neighborhood of the Paramount Plaza on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles with St. Basil's, a church, nearby.

 
The gray-haired Tuscany Valley socialite known from # 053, 057, 058, 062, 066, 072, 076, 078, 085, 093, 098, 122, 124, 133, 136, 141, 144, 146, 158, 159, 161, 166, 167, 170, 174, 179, 180, 181, 183, 192, 197 and 198 is in San Francisco in this episode - and almost discovers Samantha in the Financial District! That lady is played by an uncredited extra, SHARRI ZAK.
 

Judge Stratton's chambers at the Tuscany County Courthouse was a permanent interior set at LINDSEY STUDIOS (now VALENCIA STUDIOS) in Santa Clarita, CA, which was leased to movie companies on a regular basis.

 
According to Christopher Harris' address book, the phone number of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion is (707) 555-7311. This is Angela's extension in her study; also compare # 094.
 

The courtroom for the custody suit (Michael and Kevin) is a heavily filmed courtroom in Greater Los Angeles. It was a permanent interior set at LINDSEY STUDIOS (now VALENCIA STUDIOS; see above), which was leased to movie companies on a regular basis.

 
Inconsistency: A male psychiatrist is called as a witness in the custody suit about Michael and Kevin. He is supposed to be the doctor who treated Maggie's recovery from her addiction to alcohol. - But last season, only Dr. Beth Everdene was seen as Maggie's doctor in that respect.
BILL STRIGLOS, the actor who plays the psychiatrist in this episode, portrayed various other supporting rĂŽles in seasons 4 and 6 (compare # 132).
 
As it can be seen in detail for the first time in this episode, there is a sign with the estate's name on the wooden paneling of the entrance of the newly built Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion now.
Compare the left screen grab from # 125.
 
Two actors, who played various supporting rĂŽles in previous seasons, appear as new characters this episode: JOHN ZENDA (left) as a state marshal (compare # 181); MARK VOLAND (right) as Dr. Fraser Preston (compare # 061).
The character Dr. Fraser Preston was named Dr. John Fisher in early script drafts.
 
Season time frame:
Mysterious: The visa stamps in Angela's passport are in English although they actually would have to be in Greek language.
 
Angela's visa stamps in her passport (March 17 and 23, 1989) prove the time frame as stated in this analysis.
This episode continues on the same night where # 201 left off, i.e. Friday, 03/24/1989. In the night of March 24 to 25, 1989, Richard says the custody hearing (re: Michael and Kevin) "has been set for Friday this week". Apparently, this is an inaccurate statement because he obviously refers to the next Friday, i.e. 03/31/1989 (3rd and final day of the episode). So a few days must have gone by between day 2 and day 3 of the current episode, most likely right before the scene when Pilar and Lance try to pick up Lisa.
 
 
# 203 <8.20> Ties That Bind
 
In the sneak preview for this episode (at the end of # 201), there is a close-up of Angela, which is not used again in this episode - neither in the current sneak preview (before the main title) nor in the respective scene in the current episode itself. There is no close-up shot towards Angela's back.
 
When Irene attacks Angela, JANE WYMAN is replaced by a photo double only in this close-up from behind: It is MELODY McCORD, who usually plays the maid at Falcon Crest, in a wig.
 
Stock footage of the former building 3 of the Veteran Affairs Sepulveda OPC and Nursing Home in North Hills, CA establishes the State Mental Hospital in San Francisco in this and the following episode. That particular building had to be demolished after major damage in the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
 
The interiors of the State Mental Hospital - except the visiting room and the observation room, which are sets - are actually the Rehearsal and Audition Facilities of the Immanuel Presbyterian Church on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.
 
Cast and crew background: Executive producer CAMILLE MARCHETTA apparently likes working with actor JOEL FABIANI (Dr. Quentin King). They previously worked together on "Dallas", where he portrayed Alex Ward, and on "Dynasty", where he played King Galen of Moldavia.
Inside joke: JOEL FABIANI's character name, Dr. King, is an allusion to his character name on "Dynasty", King Galen.
 

Product placement: Richard opens a bottle of Perrier mineral water.

 
Mistake: The close-ups of Dr. King and Angela in the State Mental Hospital are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Dr. King's right hand is on his chin in the first frame, but on his cheek in the subsequent frame. 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 San Francisco street - Richard and Garth are followed by Lone's investigators - is Cedros Avenue in Sherman Oaks in the beginning and end of the segment (screen captures 1 and 4). These parts are filmed in southern direction, first approximately from the intersection with Benefit Street; the corner where the limo makes a sharp right just before the bus is Dickens Street.
But the frames in between - close-ups of Garth and his point of view from the driver's seat (screen grabs 2 and 3) - are from Hoffman Street in Studio City, very close to the CBS-MTM STUDIOS (nowadays CBS STUDIO CENTER).
 
Editing mistake: During Amos and Maggie's meeting with Mrs. Lopez at the Del Oro Spa Restaurant, Amos and the nurse are served cocktails, Maggie gets bottled water. First, there is quite some distance between Mrs. Lopez's glass and Maggie. When Mrs. Lopez has left, her glass, however, is right in front of Maggie although the nurse has not touched the glass during the scene - at least not in the scene as it was edited for being aired. Once again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 

Product placement: Richard and Samantha are having Perrier-Jouët (Fleur de Champagne).

 

No time can be seen on the display of the radio alarm clock in Maggie's Del Oro suite (no. 202).

 
Real life allusion: Nathan Farley, Nick's private investigator, asks Christopher Harris for "The Education" by HENRY ADAMS, a real book.
 
The filming location for the mall in San Francisco where Lance sees the Melissa look-alike is a mall close to the building that portrayed the Bank of Tuscany Valley in # 148 (see there). That mall on Ventura Boulevard at the corner of Cedros Avenue in Sherman Oaks, CA was rebuilt in the 1990's and looks totally different nowadays. The current name is La Reina Shopping Center.
 
License plate number of Andrea Thompson's silver Volkswagen Rabbit convertible: 2BCO976.
 
The filming location for the Tuscany Valley hillside road is the berm near the heavily filmed bend seen in # 073, 084, 089, 113, 121, 135, 137, 148, 172, 174, 176, 180, 191, 192, 196, 197 and 199 - on the CBS-MTM backlot behind stage 4. Click here for a sketch of the multi-purpose use of this part of the studio grounds.
 
Andrea Thompson, Ben's girlfriend, is no longer played by JUDITH JONES (# 188 through 197 and - in a deleted scene - in # 200), but now portrayed by PIERRETTE GRACE.
 
As so many times before this season, drunk driving is the topic again in the scene with Ben and Andrea in her car and later with Nick.
It is amazing how fast Ben's can of beer is empty after just three sips.
 
Ben leaves the Agretti kitchen through the French door to go to school. But the door only leads to the patio with no exit to the yard. The Agrettis have a very strange way entering and leaving their home! Also refer to # 189.
 
The establishing shot of Samantha's Paris hotel, which is stock footage from a film library, features the HÎtel Plaza Athénée in Paris / France. The nightly establishing clip later in the episode is from a different building though.
The producers initially planned to use stock footage of a different Parisian hotel, Le Bristol.
 
Samantha's hotel suite in Paris (no. 26) is the same interior set as Lance and Pilar's bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion - with different furniture, curtains and wallpapers.
 

Product placement: Samantha's baggage are Louis Vuitton products.

 

The establishing shot of the Channing Ranch is from a scene with Maggie and Senator Ryder from # 186. - The beginning of the segment without any people on the terrace remained previously unused and, thus, became available as an establishing clip.

 
Early script drafts suggested a lunch scene with Maggie and Cynthia at the Del Oro Spa Restaurant in act 3: Maggie says that, after she lost the custody suit, she actually contemplated kidnapping Kevin and Michael and taking them to Australia. - This scene was omitted before shooting began.
 
GILLES SAVARD, the actor who plays the second French officer in Samantha's hotel room this episode, also portrayed a waiter at Cyrano's in season 4.
 
The filming location for the exteriors of San Francisco Municipal Court in this and the following episode is the Auditorium of the Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale, CA.
 
It remains unanswered why the hearing about Angela's competency takes place in San Francisco although Tuscany Valley County has county courts of its own. Although the nearest State Hospital to Tuscany is situated in San Francisco, this is strange considering that judge Stratton from the Tuscany County Courts ordered her to be examined in the State Mental Hospital.
 
The San Francisco courtroom where Angela's competency hearing takes place in this and the following episode is a permanent standing set at GMT STUDIOS in Culver City, CA (the same studio where Julia's prison block in Fairlawn was filmed in season 3). The same courtroom was seen in # 151 as a courtroom in the Tuscany County Courthouse also. It was heavily used on various other TV shows, too, including "Dallas" and "Dynasty".
 
Actress VALERIE REDDING was the original choice for the character of the woman in the courtroom who Angela, at first glance, believes to be Melissa or Samantha. In the end, however, CLAUDIA RUSSELL won the rĂŽle.
 
The original name for judge Robbins was Roberts in early script drafts.
 
Episode time frame: This episode continues on the same day where # 202 left off, i.e. Friday, 03/31/1989. It closes on Tuesday, 04/04/1989.
 
 
# 204 <8.21> The Last Laugh
 
This episode's title, The Last Laugh, is identical with the one of # 047. Refer to # 198 for details about the reuse of episode titles.
 

The San Francisco Municipal Court stenographer in Angela's competency hearing (played by an uncredited extra) is the same court reporter known from various Tuscany County Court proceedings and an FBI investigation (see # 054, 057, 078, 091, 098, 122, 154 and 180).

 
Parker's Hardware is another store in Tuscany.
 
Chao-Li testifies in the competency hearing he has been working for Angela for 40 years. So he must have started in 1949.
 

Product placement: A Bunn coffee brewer can be seen in the diner where Kelly works.

 
The Agretti family plot at the Tuscany Valley Public Cemetery was constructed at the Grand View Memorial Park, a cemetery in Glendale, CA. While the graves in the background are real ones, the prop department specifically built the whole parcel surrounded by a low fence. They used the usual props. In particular, Melissa's headstone is the one that used to be Jasper Gioberti's at the Gioberti Family Cemetery in the previous two seasons (compare the red mark on the screen grab from # 183). The headstone behind Franco Agretti's grave (whose inscription is not legible unfortuntately) was dressed differently in the previous two years - as Jasper Gioberti's headstone at the Gioberti Family Cemetery (yellow mark).
 

Hard to be seen: On the headstone of Melissa's grave, her date of birth can be read: September 17, 1960.

 

Product placement: A Bragg crane can be seen on the building site of the future Glenbraddoch Winery.

 
Lance buys Glenbraddoch stock from Pilar for $ 4 million.
 
The Ortega Trauma Center will be established at the QVH (referred to as "Tuscany Hospital" again).
 
RONAN O'CASEY, the actor who plays QVH board president Elroy Higgins this episode, also portrayed an ambassador, a friend of Angela's, in season 7.
 
The street number of Harris Rare Books in San Francisco is 14426.
 
The phone number of the San Francisco real estate agency leasing Harris' store is (415) 555-5623.
 

Product placement: A box of Bekins, the nationwide U.S. moving company, is in Harris' store.

 
Mysterious: It will never be solved how Christopher Harris died. Accident, suicide or even murder? - Besides this storyline, the following season will abandon many more plotlines.
 
The street number of the boarding house where Kelly's single room apartment in Tuscany is located is 1231.
This is the filming location's real street number. It is a private home in Glendale, CA.
 
Season time frame:
This episode continues on the same day where # 203 left off, i.e. Tuesday, 04/04/1989. After the first hearing in Angela's competency case, Lone says the hearing will be continued "Monday", i.e. 04/10/1989, the final day of the episode. This makes it clear that a few days remain unseen in this episode - most likely after day 2 because the next to last day (day 3) of the episode is a Sunday as Richard mentions while he explains that he is paying extra money for the construction of the Glenbraddoch Winery.
At the beginning of the episode, prosecuting attorney Loomis quotes Angela saying she had been held captive by Richard "for seven days". - This matches the time frame as explained in this analysis.
 
 
# 205 <8.22> Decline and Fall
 

The CBS-MTM administration building poses as a Chicago O'Hare Airport building this episode. Prop signs are installed for that purpose.

 
Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: The moment when Emma enters the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room from the foyer does not contain a short sequence that was featured in the sneak preview: the frames when Emma says "Hi everybody" and a wide angle shot of the family sitting in the living room is missing in the scene.
 

The bedroom in Samantha's apartment in Chicago is actually the master bedroom at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu Canyon, the usual filming location for Maggie and Richard's ranch.

 
Mistake: The close-ups of Kelly during the dinner celebrating Gabriel's receving damages from the QVH for the negligence in his treatment are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when, in various frames (intercut with short close-ups of Maggie), Kelly first holds the salad bowl, then has obviously put it away somewhere and finally holds it again to pass it along. Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Mistake: During Angela and Samantha's conversation in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study, Angela pulls her left hand away from the clipboard on her desk first. In the subsequent frame filmed from across, however, her hand is still on the clipboard. Once again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
There is a phone number in Lance's clipboard on his desk in the Falcon Crest Winery Building, which is most likely his phone: (707) 555-7823.
 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study safe combination: L 3 - 28, R 2 - 13, L 1 - 10; "L" indicating "left", "R" indicating "right". - Mistake: KRISTIAN ALFONSO turns the numerical lock of the safe in the wrong directions in the following scene: she first turns it to the right, then to the left and finally to right again.
 
The clocks above the New Globe logo in Richard's reception area have always shown exactly the same time - a couple of minutes past 6 AM or PM / 9 AM or PM / 8 AM or PM / 10 AM or PM / 3 AM or PM - for almost the whole season (since # 189), no matter what time it really is. - What a poor work of the set department and prop masters!
 
One more strange aspect with these clocks: When the newly renovated office and reception area was introduced in # 184, these clocks showed exactly 5 AM or PM / 9 AM or PM / 8 AM or PM / 11 AM or PM / last clock invisible. What time does each clock really refer to? Time zones? Deadlines for the working schedule of various newspaper departments? Release hours of the paper? Are certain time gaps caused by changing from or to daylight saving time?
 
Deleted scene: After the opening scene of act 3 (Lance and Pilar in bed in the morning), Angela and Frank, having breakfast in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion sun room, talk about their friendship; Angie says she wants to avoid having the same feud with Nick as she had with Melissa. - This scene was removed in post-production.
 

Tommy and Kelly have lunch at Duke's Diner near Lake Tahoe. The filming location is a small building on the parking lot of Malibou Lake Mountain Club in Agoura Hills, CA. - For the use of the club house as another filming location, see below.

 
Allusion to the entertainment industry: Kelly mentions she wants to see a show with SUZANNE SOMERS and WAYNE NEWTON in Tahoe.
 
More downtown Tuscany stores on Polo Road are featured this episode: The Tropical Fish restaurant and Bicycle Shack among others.
The street is portrayed by Ventura Place in Studio City, CA, a short street very close to CBS-MTM STUDIOS. The stores, by the way, are real-life businesses.
 
Deleted scene after Maggie's desperation in her car: Samantha is taken to the Agretti Residence by Frank at night, looks at old photos of Melissa and tries to get the feel of her look-alike there. Nick appears and is speechless when he sees Samantha. When she flirts with him and walks out, he is charmed, curious and intrigued though. - This scene was deleted to stay in the one-hour program time frame.
 
Post-production mistake: The establishing shot of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion at night is one of the clips shot during the shooting of the fire scene for # 103 (compare there), which includes the false gable that was specifically built and burnt down. It is zoomed in this episode. - The shot was also used by mistake in # 115, 137, 170, 180 and 198 already.
 
Mistake: In the scene at the piano in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room, the close-ups of Lance and Emma are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Lance's right hand is on Emma's shoulder in one moment, but is no longer there in the next frame filmed from across. Again, this is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
 
Post-production mistake: Richard has an appointment with Samantha in Golden Gate Park. But an establishing shot of Washington Square in San Francisco is used. It is not Moscone Park either, which was the writers' original choice in early script drafts.
 
The filming location is not Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, of course, but a private park area at Malibou Lake in Agoura Hills, CA across the street from Malibou Lake Mountain Club.
 
Having Richard tell everything to Samantha although he is sure she is wired and wants to get his confession, is an absolute nonsense the writers created. - No one would ever believe scheming Richard would be that stupid to believe Samantha would just record their little chat on tape without transmitting it directly to the police.
 
Product placement: The Time magazine (compare # 100) is presented again - this time with Richard Channing on the cover.
This is also an inside joke: TIME, Inc. had merged with WARNER COMMUNICATIONS and acquired LORIMAR-TELEPICTURES a few weeks before this episode was produced.
 
The back of the Time magazine is propped with an advert for Wade's Wintergreen, a fictional chewing gum brand. For more details about this typical 1980's prop, refer to the respective entry in # 056.
 

The filming location for the Lake Tahoe resort where Tommy and Kelly are staying is the Malibou Lake Mountain Club in Agoura Hills, CA. - A different part of this location was used as the funeral home where the memorial service for Skylar was held in # 141.

 

Product placement: Lance serves Perrier mineral water to Samantha.

 

The filming location for Lake Tahoe is Malibou Lake in Agoura Hills, CA. The little island where Tommy and Kelly are right before the boating accident is actually in that lake.

 
Season time frame:
As Angela's return to Falcon Crest is celebrated at the beginning of this episode, this must be the evening of the same day when # 204 closed (Monday, 04/10/1989). This is confirmed when, on the same evening, Samantha states she had been arrested in the phony French prison for one week (since 04/03/1989; # 203).
On day 3 of this episode, i.e. Wednesday, 04/12/1989, Richard receives the written indictment from the SEC. After this scene, one unseen day must go by because Richard mentions on the next day featured on the show that he was indicted two days ago. This also makes it clear that Tommy and Kelly are on their way to their weekend trip to Tahoe on Friday, 04/14/1989 (next to last day of the episode). So the episode finale takes place on Saturday, 04/15/1989.
 
In early script drafts, the cliffhanger scene was staged in the living room of Richard and Maggie's ranch house; Richard only walks out of the house when Maggie and the kids leave, then goes back into the house, walks through the empty home, then exits onto the patio; he sees Maggie's car and two police cars. - These original plans were changed to include more exterior shots.
 
After location filming in the Napa and Sonoma Valley was stopped in the last season, Saddlerock Ranch - as the last remaining major filming location outside the studios - is featured the last time this episode.
 

JOANNE BROUGH quits her duties as a regular staff member. She will be back as a consulting producer in name for season 9, but will no longer have any real influence on the show.

 
This season's executive producers, especially MICHAEL FILERMAN and CAMILLE MARCHETTA, failed to keep up the show's high standards. After their unsuccessful season, LORIMAR revives their revolving door policy again and will bring in yet another new crew for the next season. MICHAEL FILERMAN, however, will be paid a full exec's salary next season again due to a particular clause in his contract, which cannot be invalidated as long as the program is still in production.