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# 227 <9.22> Home Again
(revised 08/09/2021)
Mistake: In the scene in Sharpe's office, the close-ups and wide angle shots of Angela and Sharpe are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Angela's hands are in different positions in subsequent frames.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for details.
Vineyardist Phil Lentino from Lentino Vineyards (originally called Phil Pastorini from Pastorini Vineyards in early script drafts) claims to be the biggest and best grower in the Tuscany Valley. His grapes are $ 200,000 this year. - Is this a joke, or has this episode's writer really no idea of the show's history? The Agretti harvest seems to be forgotten?!
Danny mentions the ABC sitcom "Ozzie and Harriet".

Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Lance wears the lilac pullover he already wore in season 8 again - just like in # 211 (compare there).

Richard wants to build another extension to the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion (again). - Typical author's negligence: BOB COCHRAN seems to have forgotten the mansion is not Richard's, but Angela's.
Tom Sharff is the Falcon Crest distributor in California. - The worse the scripts are, the more mysterious the distribution companies become (also compare # 208 for this problem).
The extension number of Richard's phone at the Falcon Crest Winery is 2728.
Illogical: Why does Richard not manage to get along with his work at Falcon Crest? He obviously had much more to do in the past when he was running Channing Enterprises, an international media group. - Another ridiculous script!
The way DAVID SELBY plays the scene on the phones is all Richard again.

Product placement: Richard brings Lauren a bottle of Perrier-Jouët (Fleur de Champagne).

Lauren's favorite ice cream is macadamia fudge.
Richard borrows three movies starring CARY GRANT from a video library.

The playground at the park (scene with Richard and Lauren) is the small park on the CBS-MTM backlot again (compare especially # 135).

As visible for the first time in detail now, "Houses of Parliament", a 1903 version of one of many similar pictures from a series of Impressionist style paintings (oil on canvas) by CLAUDE MONET (1840 - 1926), has been hanging in Lance and Pilar's bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion since the beginning of this season. For details about the artwork, see # 139; the exact same prop used to hang in Melissa's bedroom in the Agretti Residence.
As with most artwork in the series, it remains unanswered throughout the series if they are originals or if they are meant to be reproductions. The original of the aforementioned artwork is located at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Cameraman's mistake: One of the studio lights in the greenbeds above the interior set of Lance and Pilar's bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion is visible for a short moment during the scene between Lance and Angela.

Mistake: When the contracts are signed in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion dining room, the close-ups and wide angle shots are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Richard first leans back in his chair in the close-up, but leans on the table 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.
Season time frame:
This episode opens a few days after the end of # 226, as it can be concluded from Angela's conversation with Sharpe on day 1 (about Danny's threat to commit suicide).
On day 4 of the current episode, Angela tells the family the news about Emma's baby, a daughter named Angela. Provided she was born after a regular pregnancy term and giving respect to the point of time when Emma became pregnant (mid-October 1989; compare # 214), it must be around mid-July 1990 now. - It remains a mystery, however, how such a long period of time went by since March 1990, the last more or less reliable point of time to be concluded from # 222 (see there). One possibility, however, might be that the baby was born prematurely, making it May or June 1990 now. Also some unseen period of time might have gone by right before Richard and Lauren's wedding at the end of the episode.
The suggestion to create a montage of visuals in slow motion for the finale of the episode (and the series) comes from director REZA BADIYI.
The original draft of the script did not contain any dialog during the wedding scene. Father Bob's words are written by FATHER BOB CURTIS himself.
As Richard and Lauren are married by Father Bob whereas Richard and Maggie were married by judge Pat Ambrose, it can be concluded that a marriage blessed by the church was not possible for Richard and Maggie because he was still married to Stephanie Hoffman from the Roman-Catholic perspective. This also indicates that Stephanie must have died in the meantime - otherwise, this problem would have also prevented a church wedding of Richard and Lauren.
Uncredited extra PAUL VAN appears in his usual rôle as the mustached Tuscany Valley doctor again - this time at Richard and Lauren's wedding.
He was featured on various occasions in previous episodes in the same rôle (compare # 014, 030, 037, 042, 043, 044, 062, 065, 066, 084, 092, 093, 097, 098, 113, 116, 117, 120, 121, 133, 134, 136, 137, 138, 145, 146, 164, 167, 170, 176, 177, 179, 180, 183, 185, 186, 189, 191, 193, 201, 207, 209, 217 and 221). # 037, 042 through 044 and 186 reveal that he works as a doctor at the Tuscany Valley (Memorial) Hospital / Queen of the Valley Hospital; his outfit - oftentimes scrubs - establishes him as a surgeon. He is a networked person with an interest in local politics, as his presence at political events and presentations reveals. He is a guest at almost any social event in the valley's high society where he practically always escorts one of his colleagues from the hospital (particularly Dr. Walkling or the gray-haired socialite).
In just a few episodes (compare # 073, 082, 107 and 170), PAUL VAN played some other minor rôles.
For details about the extra, compare # 014.
When Lauren walks down the aisle, RICHARD WAGNER's "Bridal Chorus" from "Lohengrin" is played.
After Lauren and Richard's exchanging the wedding vows, FELIX MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY's wedding march from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is played.
Both pieces are performed by PATRICK O'HEARN in a synthesizer version.
Uncredited extra LARRY HUMBURGER appears in another rôle - this time as a photographer at Richard and Lauren's wedding.
It is his last appearance on the show. He was featured on various occasions in different rôles in previous episodes (compare # 078, 080, 116, 142, 144, 156, 158, 161, 164, 167, 171, 177, 182, 194, 203, 223 and 224).
For details about the extra, compare # 078.
Editing mistake: In the wedding scene, Richard grabs at Michael to hug him in one moment, but he hugs Kevin in the subsequent frame. - A part of the scene is missing.
Edited scene: During the reception after exchanging the wedding vows, Melody serves champagne to the guests. Although a few segments were filmed with her, they were all removed in post-production.
Mistake: Angela has a look over the veranda of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion and the driveway during her soliloquy. For that purpose, a 1987 clip was reused, which was actually filmed for # 156 where, however, only a shorter part of this clip was used. - Inconsistency: As the driveway is supposed to have changed, as seen quite often this season (compare # 209), this part from Angela's point of view rather should have been filmed on the new exterior set of the mansion.
The aerial view of these vineyards during Angela's soliloquy is from Stolpman Vineyards on Ballard Canyon Road in Solvang, CA. The footage comes from filming this season's end credits. It features the northern part of the vineyard (filmed in northeastern direction), which was already used in segments 3, 2 and 5 of the end credits (see # 206). The footage in this episode is a continuation of the same helicopter flight, just a little more to the west. The way it is presented here is a reverse playback of that section of the flight though.
Angela's soliloquy is written by JANE WYMAN herself - the idea of at least mentioning all the important people from the past is an appropriate way to finish the program and a little compensation for this disastrous final season:

"Grandfather, how long has it been since you came to the valley and planted your first vine from Italy? I remember how you used to hold me on the saddle, riding through the fields and teaching me about the land and the vineyards and how precious they are together. Seems like only yesterday.
I think of all the people who've passed through these vineyards. There's Chase, Maggie, Cole, Vickie, and that feisty Melissa Agretti. And Erickson, killed in the plane crash that almost killed all of us. But I was spared to carry on your heritage.
Julia is safe and happy in the convent, and Emma and Frank will both be coming home soon. Oh, and Stavros. Oh, it was tempting, Grandfather, but in the end you knew I couldn't follow him and live in Greece, I couldn't leave Falcon Crest.
Training Lance to take over has been a challenge, but I think he's coming around, and for the first time I think Richard and I are beginning to understand each other.
Meanwhile, I'm going to do everything I can to keep the vineyards and the winery the jewel of the valley, just as you always dreamed they would be.
Yes, the past has its place, but I'll keep looking to the future. After all, there's a wedding today. Children are playing, more children are on the way... and of course the land. Always the land. People come and go, but the land endures.
I toast to you, Falcon Crest, and long may you live."

Cast & crew background: Angie's soliloquy is also JANE WYMAN's special tribute to the show's creator and executive producer for the first five seasons, EARL HAMNER, because the lines are reminiscent of EARL's concluding narration in the "Founder's Day" episode of "The Waltons".
Before the writers came to realize that CBS would definitely cancel the series, they planned to have a seasonal cliffhanger in order to lay the groundwork for a tenth season. Their plans included the following ideas:
  • The question might arise if Pilar's baby is really Lance's or possibly Jovan's.
  • Falcon Crest was still supposed to belong to Michael Sharpe, who had plans to pave it over to turn it into an industrial park. Angela's attempts to get the property back with the help of her family were supposed to be supported by Sydney. Angela and Sydney were to come up with a plan to publicly destroy Michael Sharpe - at the wedding of Sydney and Danny. While Danny was supposed to really love Sydney and have turned against Sharpe, Sydney was supposed to marry him out of convenience only. Although Danny was to know she is not in love with him, he was to agree to the wedding. The ceremony was to be Sharpe's final victory, however as Angela's plan was supposed to backfire. The writers' ideas called for final scenes in the style of "The Godfather" movie where Sharpe was to orchestrate the demise of all of his enemies during the sacred event of the wedding. He was supposed to destroy them all - to quote the season 9 bible, "whether financially, emotionally, or physically - leaving all of our 'Falcon Crest' characters to pick up the pieces of their lives next season."

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