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# 025 <2.07> The Namesake
(revised 05/06/2024)

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This episode starts with an aerial view over Tuscany Valley vineyards. The filming location for this sequence is the Newton Vineyard in St. Helena, CA. The often used view from the top of a hill down to the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion (first seen in # 019) is also from there; it is a later segment from the same helicopter flight.
Earlier footage from that same flight, beginning over the vineyards of La Perla, was used in the episode intro of # 011 (compare there).
Newton Vineyard, by the way, sustained significant damage in the Boyson and Glass Fires (Napa Valley wildfires) towards the end of September 2020. In particular, their pagoda building burnt to the ground.
Richard mentions county supervisors Anderson and Costello are influenced by Angela. But there is no supervisor by the name Anderson (compare # 020). Angela's supporters in the Tuscany Valley County Board of Supervisors are Herrera and Costello.
This mistake comes from the fact that Herrera was originally named Anderson in early script drafts. In the revision process, most of the scripts were changed, but this particular scene slipped through the writers' fingers.
Richard wants to establish the Douglas Channing Memorial Garden on the county's site near Cross Creek.
The filming location is Lake Madigan, a Vallejo Water Protection Reservoir on Wild Horse Valley Road outside Napa, CA. This reservoir will also be featured in # 041, 071, 101 and 102. In # 028, there will be a different filming location for Cross Creek though.

Edited scene: In the director's cut, the scene with Richard and Diana at Cross Creek originally started on Diana arriving in a red Chrysler LeBaron — different from her white Chrysler LeBaron Convertible known from # 021 and 026 — at the proposed building site. This part of the scene was cut from the final version in order to stay in the one-hour timeslot on CBS (including commercials). The red car remained unvisible in the episode. The only thing that is left from that part of the scene is the publicity still on the left.

The filming location for the track at the Tuscany Valley sports grounds where Vickie and Nick are running is actually the Calistoga High School track in Calistoga, CA.
Original script drafts called for this scene to be longer with additional dialog to Nick's compliments on Vickie's red hair. The original lines included memories of Nick's crush on a red-haired girl named Amy Morrison when he was Vickie's age; Vickie says her great-great grandmother had red hair. These lines were deleted from the final shooting script.

On Phillip's letter head, the correct spelling of his name can be seen: Phillip Erickson. The spelling in the credits is wrong: "Philip Erikson" (season 1), "Phillip Erikson" (season 2).

Lori arrives in Tuscany on the number 520 bus of Transway Bus Lines, an entity that will be used during the show's various season from time to time (also see # 113 and 131).
The bus is a 1966 GMC PD 4107 ("Buffalo Bus"). It is registered in three states; the license plates (from left to right on the front) read 1R37698 (CA), JN 348... (NM; final figures or letters not legible) and 53971 (AZ).
The filming location for the bus station on Main Street in Tuscany is actually in front of the former Calistoga Depot on Lincoln Avenue in Calistoga, CA.
Cutting costs: DAVID SELBY, as Richard, wears wardrobe from "Flamingo Road" again in this episode — this time, the exact same white double-breasted sports coat that he wore as Michael Tyrone / Edwards in # 35 of "Flamingo Road" (1981-82 season; screen capture 1).
In that LORIMAR series, YON DeLINDEN also served as the men's costume supervisor, and PAUL DAFELMAIR as the set costumer for men.
Chase mentions a vineyardist by the name of Adrian Martoni, who sells his crop to Falcon Crest. That character will never be mentioned again, let alone make an on-screen appearance.
In early script drafts, that character was named Martinelli instead of Martoni.
The filming location for the Falcon Crest Stables is the smaller one of two stables at the Wild Horse Winery outside Napa, CA.
Compare # 020 for the multiple use of that property.

Poor prop: The logo for Falcon Crest stables contains a rough sketch of the falcon coat of arms, which seems like a negligent work of the art department.

License plate number of Richard's blue-gray Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit I: 247 PCE — the same number Lance's black sports car (compare # 003) and — for a short time also — his red Corvette (compare # 008) used to have in season 1. The very same license plate was also on Paul Salinger's rental car in # 002 — not an appropriate way to save production cost.

Nick's dark green / black vintage car, which Richard has blown up this episode, is a 1936 Chevrolet ½-Ton Pickup.
License plate number (old black California plate with yellow lettering): EDB 940.


Product placement: Tyler Demery wears a Lacoste (Izod) polo shirt.

Tyler mentions a fellow student by the name of Bobby Edwards, who will never have an on-screen appearance in the series.

The establishing shot of San Francisco features a southeastern view towards the Royal Towers (apartment high-rise) and the Financial District with the Transamerica Pyramid. It is shot from a balcony in the house with the apartment that has been in use as Lori Stevens' home (compare # 023).

Whereas the Tuscany Valley Hospital seemed to be quite small in season 1 and at the beginning of this season, the new building is much bigger. The sign now reads Tuscany Valley Memorial Hospital (previously Tuscany Valley Hospital).
In real life, it was part of the building complex of the former Pacoima Hospital north of Pacoima, CA. This part of the city is now called Lake View Terrace, CA. The building later became part of the Phoenix House Foundation, which still maintains the neighboring concrete building on the site. The brick building was vacated due to heavy damage sustained in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and was demolished in 2018.
Series time frame: Joseph was born prematurely. According to Maggie, Melissa would have been due in a few weeks. Giving respect to Melissa becoming pregnant around the beginning of the year (compare # 015 and 018), # 024 depicting the beginning of August and Lance mentioning Melissa would be due in two months (see there), the baby must have been almost two months early.
According to the official LORIMAR and CBS program synopses, Melissa's son is named Joseph Angelo Cumson. These press releases are wrong and based on early script drafts. He is merely baptized Joseph on the show.
Original script drafts planned for Woody Murdoch, who calls Nick shortly before the explosion at Hogan's Home Center, to be named Woody Myers.
Mistake in the scene when Nick's truck explodes: The counter of Hogan's Home Center is right behind the glass door. Although Nick is standing behind the counter, speaking with Murdoch on the phone, he is nowhere to be seen through the glass door in the exterior shots right before and after the car is blown up.
Strange: When Cole leaves Katherine, he does not take his belongings with him.

The vintage car Richard gives to Nick is a gray / dark blue 1936 Packard Twelve.

The establishing shot of the Tuscany County Building is a later part of the footage first presented in # 020 — in contrast to an earlier part of the clip that was shown in # 022 (compare there). This time, the black / beige Buick LeSabre drives by — the car that has been known from # 021 (see there).
For the other background cars (Ford Pinto Runabout and Volkswagen Rabbit), compare the note on this footage in # 020.
Uncredited extra NICK STEVENS appears in this episode again as Reuben Corsair — this time in the Tuscany County Board of Supervisors Hall, doing administrative work as an official.
Compare # 182 for biographical information about this minor rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 008.
Uncredited extra JULIE SALLES participates again as the brunette Tuscany Valley socialite in her 20's — this episode as an official during the County Board of Supervisors meeting at the Tuscany County Building again.
Compare # 167 for biographical details about this minor rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 020.
As it can be seen for the first time in this episode, a new picture has been hanging on the wall in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion dining room since the previous episode — looking from inside the room towards the foyer, to the right of the pocket doors. The artwork is "A Girl with a Watering Can", an 1876 Impressionist style painting (oil on canvas) by PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR (1841 — 1919). This painting used to hang in the hallway to Julia's bedroom (compare # 005). The other RENOIR picture entitled "Two Sisters" a.k.a. "On the Terrace", which used to hang on this dining room wall at the beginning of this season (see # 022 and # 024), changed places with this new one; and their positions will keep changing in this room from and to either side of the sliding doors until "A Girl with a Watering Can" will finally disappear from the Mansion after season 4.
As with all artwork in the Victorian Mansion, it remains unanswered throughout the series if they are originals or if they are meant to be reproductions. The original of the aforementioned new artwork is located at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

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