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# 026 <2.08> Choices
(revised 07/08/2024)

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Tentative titles:
  • Suitable For Framing
  • Lover Come Home
This episode marks the first appearance of uncredited extra GEORGE "GABBY" SASAKI. He is an American actor of Japanese descent, who appeared as an extra in many TV series and movies between the 1950's and 1980's.
He portrays Dr. Fong at the Tuscany Valley Memorial Hospital in this episode and will continue to play the same part in many following episodes (with the exception of one of his two appearances in # 032). Compare # 222 for biographical details about this minor rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
Joseph was born prematurely. The baby playing him, however, does not seem to be that small and frail.
The final version of the episode does not give many medical details about Joseph's condition. Detailed lines about his respiratory ailment, complicated with a hyaline membrane, plus viral colonic symptoms and fever, were deleted from the episode in the editing process because the producers felt that too many medical terms would be confusing for the audience.
Season time frame: Joseph was born a few days ago, i.e. less than one week ago. This was in # 025.

Richard is seen playing with his seven toy soldiers for the first time. One or two of them break apart at the end of this show, but will be repaired in later episodes. According to Richard, they are over 100 years old. # 041 will reveal they are a gift from Henri Denault. There will be more little soldiers in later seasons, their number varying from scene to scene between five and approximately 10.

Tony Cumson (portrayed by JOHN SAXON in seasons 1, 6 and 7) is played by ROBERT LOGGIA in this episode.
Tony tells Richard he worked the last 15 years (1967 – 82) on off-shore oil rigs in Alaska. Inconsistency: According to # 005, however, Tony left Tuscany in 1969. Tony's statement in the current episode is probably a rough estimation.
Fictional entity: Tony works for the Optoco oil company.
Uncredited stand-in MARTHA MANOR appears as an extra again — this time, in a dark curly wig again, as a Tuscany Valley Memorial Hospital nurse.
Compare # 213 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about MARTHA MANOR, compare # 001.

The curly haired blonde played by uncredited extra BETTY JEANNE GLENNIE is on a payphone in a hallway at the Tuscany Valley Memorial Hospital in this episode.
Compare # 175 for biographical details about this minor rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 015.

The scene featuring Lance and Lori with San Francisco's Ghirardelli Square in background is shot on Municipal Pier.
Mistake: In the scene featuring Richard playing with his toy soldiers, the soldier he holds in his hand is not placed on the table at first, but it is in the subsequent close-up.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique — check # 001 (Chase and Maggie at the Gioberti Family Cemetery) for details.

Interesting prop: The photo on the upper left of the pin board in Cole's bedroom at the Gioberti House shows the Maserati Merak Angie had given him in # 004.

The camera features a close-up of Cole's passport: the number is 0736280. It was issued 09/17/1982, it expires 09/16/1987 (right screen capture).
Cole's date of birth can be seen in a fraction of a second before BILLY R. MOSES covers it with his thumb: According to the passport, he was born November 17, 1959 (left picture). Inside joke: This is BILLY's real-life date of birth. The prop guys, however, made a bad joke here because Cole — in contrast to BILLY — was born in 1962 according to the show. This can be derived from the fact that he is two years older than Vickie, which was mentioned on various occasions, e.g. in # 033 and 041; Vickie was born in 1964 as known from # 016 (her 18th birthday — 1982). Furthermore, his age (20 years) was mentioned in # 022 also. Another prop mistake is that Cole's middle name, Hartford, is not listed in the passport.
Compare # 075 for a different prop with Cole's date of birth.

The filming location for the scene with Julia and Diana in one of the vineyards of Falcon Crest is the vineyard south of Spring Mountain's Villa Miravalle.

The Palace of Fine Arts is the filming location for Julia and Tony's meeting in San Francisco.
The filming location for the scene with Chase in the phone booth on Main Street in downtown Tuscany is on Lincoln Avenue in Calistoga, CA (between Washington Street and Cedar Street).
Tony lodges at the Carlyle of Nob Hill. The filming location for this hotel, which will occasionally return in later episodes, is at the southeast corner of Jones and Washington Street in San Francisco. In real life, it is an apartment building called Bently Nob Hill.

Uncredited extra KEVIN G. TRACEY appears as the thick-eyebrowed Tuscany Valley gentleman again — this time in front of the Tuscany Valley Memorial Hospital.
Compare # 185 for a list of all his appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 001.

This episode marks the first appearance of tall, white-haired and mustached uncredited extra JAMES MOHLMANN. He is an American background actor, who was primarily active in the 1980's.
In this episode, he is introduced as a nurse at the Tuscany Valley Memorial Hospital. He will occasionally appear in the series.
Compare # 174 for biographical details about this minor rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
Joseph is usually portrayed by two babies in this season, the HERSHBERGER twins; this is also the case in most of the scenes in the current episode.
In this segment, however, in which he is hardly visible, a baby doll (a rubber baby as a prop) ist used. In some scenes or parts of scenes in the upcoming episodes, Joseph will be portrayed by a rubber baby also.

The cargo ship Cole wants to board in order to flee the country is a vessel built by WALTER BUTLER SHIPBUILDERS Inc. in Duluth, MN under the name Mainsheet Eye in 1945. Her name changed several times, and she was finally renamed Ciudad de Turbo in 1964. She was scrapped in 1994.


The scene with Chase and Cole at the docks is filmed on pier 19 at The Embarcadero in San Francisco.

The autopsy report in the Carlo Agretti case stated that the deceased was killed by a crashing blow to the right temple, as quoted by Steve Barton. Inconsistency: When Carlo's body was found in # 021, blood was all over the left temple. The inconsistency, however, does not result from the script where Barton's line was correct, referring to the "left tempula" (Latin for "temple"). Actor MICHAEL C. GWYNNE obviously mixed up right and left in his line, creating the error.

License plate number of Tony's taxi (Bay Cab Co.), a 1970 Dodge Coronet: 2B63900. The identification of the taxi company for this cab is 2377.

Just one single scene features the entrance to the Tuscany Valley County Courthouse. It is not the building that will become a major part of the series from season 3 on (compare # 042), but a façade on THE BURBANK STUDIOS backlot; this exterior set is widely known among producers as the Midwest Street City Hall — adjacent to the façade posing as the Tuscany County Building, by the way.

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