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# 210 <9.05> Soul Sacrifice
(revised 09/17/2018)
The heavily filmed courtroom known from # 202 is used as a filming location again. It was a permanent interior set at LINDSEY STUDIOS (now VALENCIA STUDIOS) in Santa Clarita, CA.
The exterior shots are from the Embassy Courthouse on the backlot of THE BURBANK STUDIOS - not from the real Napa Valley Courthouse as in the previous years.
Explanation: The family and probate court might have moved from the main wing into a new building because they needed more office space.
According to earlier script drafts, a male judge in the civil suit about administrating Angela's holdings, was named Phllip Bobbins, in later script drafts Robbins. The writers eventually decided to have a female judge, Nora Milbourn.
Richard mentions he has been CEO of four different public companies (probably referring to Tuscany Downs, Channing Inc., New Globe / Channing Enterprises and Channing & Sampson) and he has sat on the board of at least a dozen others (probably including Whitewood Industries, Van Enger Shipping Offices, Hoffman Industries, Falcon Crest when he owned a third, etc.). - A rough estimation, but basically correct.
An early script draft contained a scene with Richard and Genele on the courthouse steps after the first hearing in the suit concerning the administration of Angela's assets. The scene features a photo journalist named Stu trying to take photos of them, but Richard tells him to take a hike. Interestingly enough, Stu tells Richard he has no more right to order him around because he does not own the paper anymore. It is quite mysterious why that scene with this essential reference about the New Globe was edited before the episode went on the air.
Fictional entities: Tom Diodati, the SEC prosecutor, mentions some companies Sharpe has invested in: Alvanation Industries (Sunwood Industries in early script drafts), Overdyne and Novo Micro (Northern Dicron in early script drafts).
The settlement with the SEC costs Sharpe $ 300 million as Ed mentioned in # 209.
Fictional entity: Carl's Delivery Service delivers the miniature Mercedes-Benz SL convertible for Michael and Kevin to the Daniels home. The company's phone number is 555-7783.
Walker says Michael is eight years old. - This is just ridiculous because Michael was born in 1986 and, therefore, should be three now.
The shot of Lauren in the Daniels House front yard 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 scenes on Town Square in Tuscany (Lauren and the boys meeting Richard) are filmed at the gazebo on THE BURBANK STUDIOS' (WARNER BROS.) Midwest Street. - The street and the house where Cole and Linda used to live in season 3 (yellow arrow) is in the background.


Lauren drives an old green-white Volkswagen Bully.
When Lauren arrives on Town Square, the red Volvo sedan, the most famous old LORIMAR prop (see # 055 for details), drives along in the background.

Mistake: In the scene in front of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, the close-ups of Emma and Charley are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Charley's left hand is out of the camera angle in the first frame, but around Emma's neck in the subsequent one (filmed from across).
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
Richard managed to take over Forrest Murdy's shares of Murdy & Sampson in just two weeks as Jace says.
How can that be if Richard was bankrupt (compare # 208)? Did he personally make so much money when he made the Overdyne deal with Sharpe? In that deal, the company made a profit of $ 40 million.

The filming location for the San Francisco restaurant where Richard and Genele have lunch is - again - another part of the Registry Hotel (nowadays Universal Hilton) in Universal City, CA (compare # 209).

The filming location for the scene with Richard, Lauren, Michael and Kevin in the residential area on Halloween is My Three Sons Street on the CBS-MTM STUDIOS backlot (the part of the street right across the heavily filmed park; compare # 135).
The first house seen in the background is bungalow 10. The second one, by the way, was Michael Steadman's (played by KEN OLIN) house on "Thirtysomething".
LORIMAR's original blueprints of this set and many others are available for DFCF members in the Show - Production Office - Filming Locations - Movie Studios - Exterior Sets section.
Sharpe's nickname for Lauren is "Little Miss Honesty and Incense".

License plate number of Emma's blue-gray BMW 3 convertible: 2EAK258.


The gas station in this episode is portrayed by the warehouse on the lot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS, which posed as a part of the Gioberti Winery (see # 144) and as Fixx Trucking (see # 176).
The red Volvo is parked in the background again (compare # 055 for details).


The headstones seen in Frank's nightmare are identical with the props used for the Gioberti Family Cemetery in the previous years.

Original script drafts included that the official version about Renée Agretti's death was that she drowned in a boating accident and was lost at sea while she, Frank and Genele were briefly visiting the Tuscany Valley ten years ago. - In the final version of the previous episode, the Blue Angel sailboat is mentioned, but it is not explained in detail what Frank and Genele told the police about Renée's death.
The shot of Lauren in the Daniels House living room 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 this episode).
DONALD NARDINI, the actor who is introduced as Officer Kuvic this episode, also portrayed a reporter in season 7.
This episode, Angela is not seen either, just her hospital room is seen.
Mysterious: Where does Genele know from that Angela would leave $ 300,000 to Frank? - This can only be stated in Angela's last will, which she does not have! - This season's scripts are a disaster!
Illogical: Judge Milbourn ignores Charley and Emma's ridiculous behavior in the courtroom. But no judge in real life would tolerate that. - This underlines that this season's writers are incompetent.
Season time frame:
This episode opens a few days after # 209 as it can be concluded from the fact that the lawsuit was scheduled in the meantime. On day 1, Lauren says she saw Richard "yesterday"; this must refer to another unseen meeting as their first meeting had already taken place on Richard's first day of work at Murdy & Sampson in # 209. Day 1 of the current episode when Sharpe is suspended from trading by the SEC for a period of 30 days must be one day or a few days before day 2 of this episode.
The Halloween scenes (night 2) take place in the night of 10/31-11/01/1989. - Mistake: A full moon clip is featured that night, which is wrong because the new moon phase only began on 10/29/1989 according to the moon phase calendar.
As stated on day 2 (Tuesday, 10/31/1989), Richard has been working at Murdy & Sampson for two weeks, i.e. since Tuesday, 10/17/1989 (day 1 of # 209). As Emma learns about Daniel's death on day 2, he must have been murdered before the end of October 1989.
Day 4, the final day of the episode, which apparently opens with Genele and Frank's champagne breakfast in the Agretti bedroom, must be a while after the preceding scene when they visited Angela in the hospital because it is the day of the ruling in the lawsuit now; it is quite obvious that the decision of the probate court must have taken some time to be prepared. It must be November 1989 now.

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