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# 207 <9.02> Charley
(revised 09/17/2018)
In the recap, Sharpe's line in the scene with Chalo is longer than in the previous episode where he just said: "Channing cannot testify." This episode, he adds: "Take care of it by Tuesday." - This sentence was edited in # 206 to remain in the usual time frame for the episode.

The recap features a close-up of Maggie fighting for her life in the swimming pool. That particular shot was not used in the scene in # 206.


Slight main title change compared to # 206: The falcon coat of arms with the previous lettering is now in use again. - The audience responded with shock and protest to the main title in the season première.

Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion set - inconsistency: When the family gets into the limousine, it becomes apparent that nobody has to step down from the veranda. The reason is that the current Mansion set, which has been in use on stage 10 at CBS-MTM STUDIOS (nowadays CBS STUDIO CENTER) since season 4 and which includes both the interiors and the veranda, has no stairs at all, but has been built at ground level.
This was different in the previous Mansion set, which was built at THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS) for the first three seasons; there used to be two steps (instead of three steps as in the real Villa Miravalle) up to the veranda (compare # 040). While the current set contains further details (e.g. the tile pattern in the entryway, compare # 088 in particular), the steps were dropped.
However, some rarely used other Mansion sets built outside the sound stages are different again. In # 120 (see there), parts of the veranda set were taken to the Will Rogers State Park and contained a few steps. In # 209 (compare there), 210, 213 and 215, there were also three steps in the set, which was the specifically redressed Walton House at WARNER BROS. STUDIOS. This set was not identical with the usual veranda set on the sound stage.
The gate pillars on the driveway near the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion - as # 213 will show, near the pond - are different props from the ones known from # 186.
The filming location for that driveway is the road to the Heavenly Pond in Franklin Canyon in Beverly Hills, CA.
It seems rather odd how the new writing staff turned the characters' features around. When Charley appears for the first time, Angela - as known from the old days - would rather have had Lance or Frank remove the intruder from the limo.
The identification code of the vehicle of the Security Sheriff taking Richard to the church is 2047.
TED MARKLAND, the actor who plays the guard this episode, portrayed the owner of a Tuscany Valley roadhouse in season 1.

The church in Tuscany where Maggie's funeral service takes place was already used in seasons 5 (compare # 099 and the background picture on KEN OLIN's main title card) and 6 (see # 153). - It is the Church of Our Saviour in San Gabriel, CA in real life.

Product placement: Michael Sharpe mentions the Newsweek magazine.
LORIMAR hiring too few extras for this episode, director REZA BADIYI has to have the church scene shot from different angles with the position of all the extras constantly being rearranged from the left side of the aisle to the right one over and over again to create the illusion the whole church is full of mourners.

The funeral service in the church was a much longer scene in the beginning. It also included Father Bob kissing Maggie goodbye in her open casket; the publicity photo was taken during the shooting of that scene. But the scene had to be edited as there was too much film for the one-hour program.

In contrast to what LORIMAR had published in the media and what SUSAN SULLIVAN was forced to confirm in those days, the actress did not leave the show voluntarily. It was the new producers' decision to write her off. - Although they could get three or four other cast members for the salary they had paid her, this decision was more than silly because the new crew will fail to attract viewers to the strange new characters they bring in this season.
The interiors of the building where Richard testifies against Sharpe are the same as in # 201 (SEC investigation), the foyer of Building 2 at CBS-MTM STUDIOS. The office of the general attorney is suite 204.
When Richard testifies, it is "almost midnight" in Singapore according to Brian. A few moments later, it is about 9:50 AM on Sharpe's watch. - Brian apparently misinterpreted the time zones because there is a 16-hour time gap between San Francisco and Singapore; so the Singapore time would rather have to be about 1:50 AM the next morning.
The shot of Sharpe in his office in this season's main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of the scene in the current episode (compare the left screen grab for the version used this episode).
Real life allusion: Charley mentions BRUCE LEE.
Inside joke: Angela is called "Angie-Babe" by Charley. - "Babe" is one of JANE WYMAN's nicknames on the set.
Emma's suite at the Del Oro is the same interior set as the one used for Jane Callendar's room in Betsy's Motel in # 206. Only the door and the furniture were replaced to save on production costs.

Julius Karnow drives a black Mercedes-Benz S-class.

License plate number of Sharpe's black limousine: 980 UTW (old blue California plate with yellow lettering).

The filming location for the drive in Sharpe's limousine is Arden Road in Pasadena, CA.


Product placement: The TV set in Sharpe's limousine is made by Sony.

Real life allusion: Sharpe mentions PAUL REVERE (1734 - 1818), a master craftsman, highly praised for his work in gold and silversmithing.
The shot of Richard in Michael and Kevin's room in this season's main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of the scene in this episode (compare the left screen grab for the version used this episode).
The upstairs hallways and rooms in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion have completely changed, compared with all previous seasons, as it can be seen in this episode for the first time and as it will be shown in even more detail in the following episodes (compare # 196).
Explanation: In the reconstruction of the mansion during season 8, the upper floors were designed in a complete new layout. - The weird thing about this set, however, is that the layout and the shape of the rooms do not fit into the real floor plan of Villa Miravalle. Neither do the windows (e.g. the casement window in Lance and Pilar's bedroom).
As it can be seen in this episode - and even more detailed in # 209 (compare first and second screen grabs in the second group of pictures) - the interior set of Emma's current bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion is the same as the set of Angela's current bedroom. The furniture, however, is different; besides, a fireplace was installed in Angela's bedroom in the place where the second door is in Emma's bedroom. This habit will result in the problem discussed in # 213. Also compare # 220 concerning the set.
Parts of old sets (compare Emma's Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion bedroom in # 193 and the Agretti Residence bedroom in # 200) are reused to construct this new interior set.

Product placement: The grand piano at the Del Oro Spa Restaurant is made by piano manufacturer Schafer & Sons.


The filming location for the Tuscany Valley High School playing field and bleachers is the Balboa Sports Center in Encino, CA.

Judge Connor Stewart was named Connor Walker or Tom Stewart in early script drafts.
The northern terrace of the CBS-MTM administration building - mostly used as Coit Café - poses as the terrace of the Tuscany Valley Tennis Club in this episode. - Especially compare # 074 for this filming location.
LORIMAR's original map of this part of the studio lot is available for DFCF members in the Show - Production Office - Filming Locations - Movie Studios - Exterior Sets section.

The cemetery where Maggie is buried is actually a park-like area with a pond and fountain in the southern garden of the Arden Villa in Pasadena, CA (compare # 070: the location was used as Riebmann's house then).

Inside joke: This location is very familiar to DAVID SELBY because the Arden Villa used to be Michael Tyrone's (his character's) home on the LORIMAR series "Flamingo Road".
Inconsistency: Concerning the Gioberti Family Cemetery, it seems a mystery where are all the graves usually featured in previous scenes (compare # 183, e.g.) are now. The cemetery in this episode can only be regarded as the - maybe renovated - Gioberti cemetery because there is absolutely no reason why Maggie should not have been buried at that private cemetery. The producers might have intended to hint the main part of the Gioberti cemetery be situated behind the white banisters (closer screen capture from the following episode). - Apparently the result of a disastrous prop and location policy this season!
Click here for sketches of how the Gioberti Family Cemetery changed over the years.
Richard and Maggie's bedroom still looks pretty much the same as in season 8 - another hint this set might be supposed to portray the ranch.
The kitchen, however, looks totally different, and when the corridor is seen for the first time, it becomes obvious this set is hardly more than a two-bedroom cottage. The exterior scene (Mrs. Deutsch from the Department of Social Services takes the boys), however, looks more like the ranch again because of the long wing of the house behind the trees.
Despite the note in the bible (see # 206), it seems odd that this interior set is supposed to be a part of the ranch.
ALAN GRAF, the actor who plays one of the Tuscany Valley County deputies this episode, portrayed one of the hijackers of Chase's wine shipment in season 5 (credited as ALLAN GRAF then).

New offices in the Falcon Crest Winery Building (interior sets) are featured for the first time.


The small road where Charley walks along is the same location as the bend seen in # 073, 084, 089, 113, 121, 135, 137, 148, 172, 174, 176, 180, 191, 192, 196, 197, 199 and 203 (see there) - 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.

The shot of Angela at the doorway of the study in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion in this season's current 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 in the current episode).

Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Angela wears the blue dress she already wore in season 7.

The shot of Emma in her Del Oro suite in this season's main title (right screen capture) is from a scene in this episode; the scene itself, however, only contains the first part of the full sequence of Emma used for the main title (compare the left screen grab for the part used this episode - ending with the rose much closer to the chin).
Various takes of the scene when Charley tries to kill Angela are shot from different angles. An extraordinarily brutal shot of just the silhouettes of both people will not be used for the final version of this episode. This particular shot, however, will be seen for a short moment in the revamped main titles of this season (beginning in # 212).
The reason for Angela being written off the show is primarily JANE WYMAN's frail state of health; doctors advised her to quit working. Besides, the new producers consider this as the perfect opportunity to enhance their idea to lead the program into a new direction - another bad decision, as the rest of the season will prove.
Before LORIMAR and JANE WYMAN mutually decided Angela would be going into a coma for the major part of the season, the new producing and writing staff had even crazier ideas for season 9. According to a crew member, who wants to remain unnamed, JANE WYMAN was so shocked about the first draft of the seasonal bible that she angrily demanded her character rather be killed in order not to have to play what she felt was disgusting. The idea about the coma was the final compromise.
A stunt double replaces JANE WYMAN when Charley presses the pillow on Angela's face. Her hands can be seen only - but they are younger and less wrinkled than JANE WYMAN's.
Episode time frame: The current episode opens on the day of Maggie's funeral, i.e. a few days after the end of # 206. The final night of the episode when Charley attempts to kill Angela is a full moon night. Giving respect to the time of the year (# 206: before the grape harvest), the tight time frame of the events in the following episode and Halloween being celebrated in # 210, the phase of the moon leads to the conclusion the current episode closes on Friday 09/15/1989.

The end credits list SIERRA PECHEUR as Mr. Deutsch although it would have to be Mrs. Deutsch because the employee of the Department of Social Services is a woman.

HARVEY J. GOLDENBERG receives credit as Martin, Savanna Sharpe's lawyer, but has no on-screen appearance in this episode. According to an early script draft, this episode originally included a scene in front of Sharpe's house (filming location: Arden Villa again) with Sharpe, Savanna and Martin; this scene, however, was taken out in the editing process and will be put into # 212. This original draft is obviously the reason for the credit the crew failed to change.

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