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# 226 <9.21> Danny's Song
(revised 08/09/2021)
Michael Sharpe lists a few Eastern Bloc countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Albania and - strangely enough - Transylvania. - Since Transylvania is not a country, but only a region in Romania, the big question is if Michael Sharpe or the script writers of this episode are geographically incompetent.
Mistake: In Richard and Angela's conversation about Danny in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion dining room, the shots are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Angela's left arm is on her thigh first, but suddenly on the armrest of her chair 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.
Another mistake of the same kind happens right after the time jump within this scene. When Richard is sitting at the table, his close-ups feature his hands in close proximity to Angela's coffee cup. In the frames filmed from across (Angela's close-ups), however, his hands are not visible anywhere near the cup although the cup is still in the same place. Various takes were combined in the editing process here, too. In Angela's close-ups, DAVID SELBY does not lean forward that much; neither does he reach out on the table with his hands so much - all allowing the camera to catch a better glimpse of JANE WYMAN over his right shoulder.

Product placement: Lauren is having Perrier mineral water at dinner.

Deleted scene: At the Del Oro Spa Restaurant bar, Richard drowns his anger about Danny being his son in a glass of milk. A cocktail waitress (played by TAYLOR LEIGH) is trying to talk him into having something stronger like vodka, gin, whiskey or... spending the night with her. But he leaves all by himself. This scene was removed before the show went on the air.
The southern entrance of the CBS-MTM administration building poses as Sharpe Plaza. Contrary to # 222, the sign with the company name, Sharpe Capital Ventures, is nowhere to be seen this time.
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.
Whereas the Sharpe Plaza is portrayed by the CBS-MTM administration building, the scenes featuring Danny threatening to jump off the office building are filmed on the roof of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Long Beach. - An embarrassing mistake: The Queen Mary, a cruise liner which was turned into a hotel and has been docked in Long Beach since 1969, can be seen in the background (see mark) - although the city is supposed to resemble San Francisco or Sausalito on the show... The silliest choice of filming location ever!
Real-life allusion: Sharpe mentions the Betty Ford Center, the alcohol treatment center and drug rehabilitation clinic. - Inside joke: It is an open secret that GREGORY HARRISON underwent a cocaine withdrawal treatment there in 1987.

A stunt double replaces DAVID SHEINKOPF in the particularly dangerous scenes on the ledge of the roof of Sharpe Capital Ventures.

Both patrol cars at Sharpe Capital Ventures are 1981 Chevrolet Impala Series 1B vehicles.
License plate number of the second police patrol car arriving at the Sharpe Capital Ventures building: 893150.
The ambulance (in the background on the screen capture) is a 1982 Ford Econoline.
Mistake in the rescue squad's arrival at Sharpe Capital Ventures: In the various angles presented during the whole sequence, the police patrol cars, the ambulance and the TV station's van arrive at different times or multiple times. In the first close-up (screen capture 1), the first patrol car drives out of the frame to the left - as seen from the audience's POV; the second patrol car parks on the right (next to the camera), and a female police gets off this vehicle. The ambulance drives off to the left of the frame - again, as seen from the viewers' perspective - and parks behind the first police car. The TV station's broadcast van parks at an angle behind the second patrol car, which is right in front of the camera. In the long shot after the cut (screen grab 2), the right patrol car - as seen from the audiences's or camera's POV - and the ambulance arrive "again" while the TV broadcast van is missing in the shot. The TV van arrives "again" only in the background during a later close-up of Lieutenant Thayne. In the later shot from the rooftop of Sharpe Capital Ventures (screen capture 3), all the aforementioned vehicles are visible; this shot, however, gives away that both police cars are parked at the same angle whereas they were parked at different angles during their original arrival in the close-up at the beginning of the segment.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular filming technique for close-ups and long shots - check # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for details.
The shoulder patch on the uniform of Lieutenant Thayne from the fire department reads "Marina Cities Fire Department" along with a stylized Golden Gate Bridge. - One more hint Sharpe's office is somewhere around the San Francisco Bay; but it is still not made clear if in San Francisco, Sausalito or maybe even in Oakland.
Another horribly bad script: It is completely strange Lieutenant Thayne does not seem to know Richard Channing although he is such a prominent figure.
Real-life allusion: Sharpe mentions JOHN WAYNE.
The fire truck at the Sharpe Capital Ventures building is a 1987 Pierce Lance model, which was customized for the fire department in Long Beach, CA.
The fire department's official car seen on the left in the screen grab is a red 1980 Chevrolet Impala.
Season time frame:
A few days or weeks might have gone by before the plot of this episode begins.
The hints about Danny's age become more and more confusing (also compare # 222). On day 1, Danny speaks of "19 years" as his whole life. On day 2, however, he speaks of a "blood test 20 years ago" - # 224 revealed that test was done after Danny was born.

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