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# 217 <9.12> Madness Descending
 
 
(revised 08/09/2021)
 
 
Season time frame:
In night 1 of the current episode, Frank comes back after three weeks looking for Chris. Since he did not appear in the two previous episodes and apparently started his search on 12/25 or 12/26/1989, this episode must open on Tuesday, 01/16 or Wednesday, 01/17/1990.
A few days must have gone by since the end of the previous episode. This becomes apparent because Danny has been working at Falcon Crest for some time and Sharpe's black eye (Walker hit him with the gun) is back to normal again now.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Frank, Genele and Sharpe in the Agretti Residence bedroom, the close-ups of Frank and Genele are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Genele wears her bathrobe in one moment, but has it just wrapped around her body in the subsequent frame.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for details.
 
Lance mentions the song "We Are the World" by USA FOR AFRICA.
 
Lance enters the Del Oro Spa Restaurant via the mezzanine. There is obviously a side entrance there.
 
The interior set for the Del Oro suite where Lance and Frank play strip poker with Alice and her friend consists of the same elements as the one used for Jovan's Del Oro suite (compare # 216 for details). The wall elements are arranged differently this time and the element with the fireplace is removed again.
 

Product placement: Sharpe wears a Nike sports shirt.

 
Fictional entity: Lauren's move is taken care of by Mancini Bros. Moving Company.
 

As in # 208, the hospital scene is filmed so closely to Angela's bed that she cannot be seen - because JANE WYMAN is no longer on the set.

 
Uncredited extra PAUL VAN appears in his usual rôle as the mustached Tuscany Valley doctor again - this time as a patron at the Del Oro Spa Restaurant. He will also be a patron at Rudolpho's in Tuscany towards the end of this episode.
Compare # 227 for biographical details about this minor rôle and a list of all his appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 014.
 
Product placement: Lance mentions two real magazines to Sydney: Cosmo (i.e. Cosmopolitan) and Teen Beat (a pop scene youth magazine).
 
Cameraman's mistake: In the bedroom in Richard's house, a studio light hung above the set on the sound stage can be noticed on the upper edge of the screen for a short moment.
This bedroom, by the way, looks totally different from the set featured at the beginning of this season (compare # 207). This definitely has nothing in common with the ranch anymore. The gray wall opposite the bed is the one with the fireplace and the corner with the desk (compare # 208 and 211).
 

An art print by American artist JEFFREY JONES (later CATHERINE JONES; 1944 -2011) hangs in a corridor at the Queen of the Valley Hospital.

 
Sale sign at the Daniels house: "Custom log home. For sale by owner. Contact 555-7869." - This is probably Richard's phone number at home. As there is no area code listed, the Daniels home must also be located in the Tuscany Valley.
 
At the Mercedes-Benz of Tuscany Valley dealership, Sharpe, Danny and Genele are looking at a red Mercedes-Benz SL Convertible (type R107; center in the screen capture). The exact same model in black color is right next to it (on the right in the screen grab).
The other Mercedes-Benz models visible in the scene are (clockwise as pictured on the screen capture): a white E-Class (type W124), a black 560 SEL (type W126) and a white E-Class Station Wagon (type S124).
 

Why does Sharpe ask Otto, the Mercedes-Benz dealer, for a black convertible - such a car is right next to him and cannot be overlooked. - Another proof for the incompetence of the current crew! It is equally bad that not even GREGORY HARRISON seems to realize the trashy line in his character's dialog.

 
According to original script drafts, this episode's cliffhanger was supposed to be Sharpe informing Genele that Frank hanged himself in his jail cell. The writers wanted to use Frank's suicide as the only way for him to overcome his obsession with sexually manipulative Genele. - In the end, however, the writing staff decided to leave the possibility for Frank's return open.
 
 


 
 
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