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# 223 <9.18> Dark Streets
(revised 06/07/2020)
Similarly bad as # 211, this episode is one of the darkest hours of the series. Pilar as a bag lady in the slums of San Francisco and Lance and Richard hunting Johnny Sacco on the dark streets around the bay are enough of disgusting storylines to make the audience sick.
Considering the show was once famous for its abundant location filming in the beautiful scenery of Northern California's Wine Country, this is the ultimate downfall.
After this horrible episode, CBS takes the show off the air for a while; the series will return for the last few episodes only about six weeks later. Another half a million viewers will be lost after this disastrous episode, thus resulting in the next two episodes landing the lowest market share (only 13 % each) in the show's history.
All exterior shots for the slums in San Francisco (Mooshy Tucker's neighborhood) are from the then-deserted and dilapidated Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery in Downtown Los Angeles. This industrial site used to be the L.A. Steam Plant # 3 of the Edison Electric Company in the early 1900's. Most recently, the site was redeveloped as the Brewery Artist Complex, an arts district with lots of galleries and trendy lofts.
The black / beige Buick LeSabre (check # 013 for details), a well known picture car, is parked in front of the building where Mooshy lives.
Season time frame: There must be a short time gap between # 222 and this episode because Danny gets out of the hospital now.

The ambulance taking Danny to Michael's house is a 1978 Chevrolet G30 Van.

DAVID SHEINKOPF gets a new hairdo and gets rid of his ponytail specifically for the storyline about Danny's brain surgery. - Of course, he is not bald now under his bandage as the storyline suggests.
Mistake: Sharpe first lifts his right hand in the wide angle shot, but lifts his left hand in the subsequent close-up.
Again, this is the usual mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for details.
Mooshy Tucker lives in apartment 12 in an apartment house in the slums of San Francisco.
Real-life allusion: Mooshy mentions the Salvation Army.
The interior set of Anne's Del Oro suite is basically the same as Genele's room in the previous episode.
It is, by the way, the usual set, with wall elements rearranged and minor changes in furniture, filmed from a different angle only (compare # 217 for its previous use).
The chest of drawers in Genele's suite (# 222), by the way, is the very same prop as in Emma's Del Oro suite (# 207).
Fictional entity: Brian, Sharpe's employee, mentions a corporation, SpectraMart; one share is said to be $ 17 on the stock market.

Product placement: Anne and Sharpe drink Perrier mineral water.


Uncredited extra LARRY HUMBURGER appears in another rôle - this time as a patron at the Del Oro Spa Restaurant.
Compare # 227 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 078.

Mistake: In the scene with Sharpe and Anne at the Del Oro Spa Restaurant, Sharpe has his hands around his glass, although he did not touch the glass in the preceding frame filmed from across.
Again, this is the usual mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for details.
Real-life allusion: At the bar in the scene with Pilar and Mooshy, there is a pennant of UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles) on the wall in the background.
The filming location for the seedy bar in San Francisco 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 different restaurant). - For previous uses of this location, compare # 176 and 195.

Product placement: Danny reads the Wine Spectator magazine, a real publication.

License plate number of the rental car first used by Richard, later by Lance - a gray 1977 Ford LTD II: 2PEK462.
The filming location for this scene in the alley in the slums of San Francisco was an exterior set on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS. It was the alley behind the commissary My Three Sons Street near stage 11. For other scenes filmed in that set, refer to # 152, 165, 183 and 185. - This set was completely revamped around 2003.
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.
Both Richard and Sharpe love homemade apple pie.
Historic allusion: Mooshy mentions the Queen of Shiba.

Mooshy drives a red Volkswagen 1970 Beetle (type 1).

License plate number of Nick Massoud's black Pontiac Firebird: 2LPW905.

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