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# 015 <1.15> Heir Apparent
(revised 09/06/2021)
Season time frame: According to Carl, Chase has been in the valley for six months (since # 001).
The actor playing Bill Reed was replaced on short notice. Before MICHAEL BOWEN was selected, another actor had been chosen. That artist, however, was so nervous that he needed more than 15 takes just to properly say hi when Chase welcomed him, Ann and Carl to the party. Nobody on the set wanted to take the chance of letting him recite the long poem (scene with Cole and Melissa, Vickie and Mario as well as Ann and Bill near the fireplace). After replacing the actor, the party scene at the Gioberti House had to be reshot with MICHAEL BOWEN exactly as before, which included rehiring all the extras.

Uncredited extra KEVIN G. TRACEY appears as the thick-eyebrowed Tuscany Valley gentleman again — this time as a guest at Chase's party at the Gioberti House.
Compare # 185 for a list of all his appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 001.


Gioberti House exterior set — inconsistency: As seen in this episode for the first time, there are two steps on the veranda near the turret area. These stairs, however, do not exist on the veranda of the real house.


Angela's portrait (compare # 012) is no longer in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer. It will never be seen again over the entire run of the series.

Interesting prop: The label on the Gioberti Private Reserve features a simplified design of the falcon from the Falcon Crest logo, crossed out with an "X". It was adapted by Jason.
This original of this specific prop wine label is missing in the DFCF archives unfortunately. If you have access to this prop wine label and would like to sell it to the fan club or at least scan it for documentation, please contact the Production Office.
Detailed information about most other wine labels used in the series is available in the Show – Production Office – Wine Label Gallery section. Previews are available for the general public; for DFCF members, the wine labels are available in high resolution.

Bill Reed drives a light yellow 1970 Pontiac Firebird Coupé.

There are a few pieces of new furniture in the Gioberti House living room; especially the couch was replaced.
Interesting prop: The wine cases in the Falcon Crest Winery read:
"Falcon Crest
- Wine -
Tuscany Valley — since 1824"
1824 must be the founding year of the Tuscany Valley, not the Falcon Crest property. This can be derived from the fact that Giuseppe Gioberti, who founded Falcon Crest, was not even born around 1824. Falcon Crest, in contrast, was founded somewhere around 1875. An exact date is not mentioned on the series. The original idea of 1849 as the year when Falcon Crest was founded is merely a concept in the bibles of "The Vintage Years" and season 1; it never made it to the final production.
Detailed information about the wine labels on the prop bottles in this episode and many other wine labels is available in the Show – Production Office – Wine Label Gallery section. Previews are available for the general public; for DFCF members, the wine labels are available in high resolution.
All interior shots of the Falcon Crest Winery Building in this episode are from the former Brookside Winery (previously Italian Vineyard Company / Guasti Winery) in Ontario, CA (compare # 001).

The interior set of Cole's bedroom in the Gioberti House is the same as the set of the guest bedroom and Vickie's bedroom featured in # 012 — an easy way to cut down production costs. The set is just propped with different furniture and filmed from different angles to portray the various bedrooms.


Carl Reed's cabin is identical with the one from # 005 and 006 — now just with a slightly different wooden decoration.


License plate number of the red 1981 Honda Civic (type ST) parked in front of the Tuscany Valley Protestant Church: 1BOL397.


Another mourner's car parked in front of the church is a green 1972 Volvo 145.

Mistake: When Phillip arrives at the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion to see Angela after Bill Reed and Ann Hilton's funeral, you can see LORENZO LAMAS standing still for a very short moment before beginning to run down the stairs. The actor was obviously waiting there for his stage direction. But apparently he either waited a split second too long to start down, or the camera panned to soon.
Mistake in the scene in the Gioberti House dining room: As seen in the long shot, Chase is sitting at the table with the dining room window known from previous episodes (e.g. # 003 and 004) behind him. In his close-ups, however, the window seems to be missing in the interior set since only a wall is visible behind him. This is not a set inconsistency though. For unknown reasons, Chase's close-ups were filmed in a different part of the dining room.

The filming location for the vineyard at the Gioberti Estate (scene with Chase and Vickie) is a vineyard at the former Brookside Winery (previously Italian Vineyard Company / Guasti Winery) in Ontario, CA (compare # 001).

Mistake: In the scene with Chase and Vickie in the vineyard, the workers are constantly in different places in the background in subsequent frames whenever there is a cut from the wide angle shot to a close-up and vice versa.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique — check # 001 (Chase and Maggie at the Gioberti Family Cemetery) for details.
Real-life allusion: Douglas mentions MARK TWAIN.

The establishing shot of San Francisco's Financial District is stock footage from a film library. It is filmed from a little park on Vallejo Crest (Russian Hill) towards southeast.

Season time frame: Melissa is in the sixth week of her pregnancy. In season 2, it will be revealed the baby is Cole's; as they slept together in # 014 for the first time, six weeks must have passed since then.
An art print of "Day and Night", a 1938 surrealist lithograph by Dutch artist M.C. ESCHER (1898 – 1972), hangs in Dr. Monroe's office.

The Giobertis' tractor is a white 1951 Ford 8N. It seems they have a second tractor besides the one that was first seen in # 003 (compare there).


In an exterior scene in front of Carl Reed's home, there is a reflection of one member of the filming crew in the window next to the front door.


The filming location for Carl Reed's home is a private residence in Pasadena, CA.

Mistake: In Carl Reed's farewell scene, the shots of Cole are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Chase's hand is on the jeep in one moment), but on Cole's shoulder in the next moment. Also, if you look closely, the side angle on Cole and Chase shows Cole looking composed and free of tears while, in the very next frame, his cheeks and nose are filled with tears and mucus.
In the usual process of making a movie or a TV show, scenes are often shot several times, e.g. several close-ups from different angles, which bears the risk of inconsistencies. Compare # 001 (Chase and Maggie at the Gioberti Family Cemetery) for the advantages and disadvantages of this shooting procedure.

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