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# 077 <4.09> The Trump Card
(revised 12/04/2023)

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Deleted scene: The opening night scene with Chase and Maggie returning to the Gioberti House after Jean-Louis' party and discussing Angela's introduction of her half-sister was filmed, but removed in post-production.
Mistake in the aerial view of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion: The final opening shot of the episode does not feature Melissa's Porsche on the driveway nor Lance walking from the pool to the house while the subsequent scene shows Melissa exiting the Mansion and Lance meeting her on the driveway. Post-production used an inconsistent establishing shot from season 2.

Again, LORENZO's tattoos are covered with beige shoe polish. In the pool / driveway scene, however, the lighter color of these parts can be noticed. Check out # 035 for general information on this problem.


Richard drives a burgundy 1981 Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL (type W126) now.
For LORIMAR's later use of this vehicle, check out the Beyond the Show – Props – Picture Cars section.

A well-known picture hangs on the wall in Gustav's office: It is the same prop that was previously used in various places: in Angela's bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion in season 1; after that, in Richard's Whitewood Industries office in New York City (see # 019); also in Lance and Melissa's bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion between # 030 (see there) and 068; also in Michael and Terry's bedroom in the McKay House (see # 058). Even the frame is still the same.
In act 1, the script contained a scene in Maggie's KRDC office: Lorraine brings her a telegram from Mike Harris in which he states he has a lead on Maggie's father. Sorting her own mail, Lorraine discovers another scandalous article about Richard in the New Globe and decides to confront Lance about it. This scene was omitted before filming.
Edited scene: The segment with Cole and Melissa at the Turf Club was initially longer. Before Richard and Francesca coming by, it started out with Cole and Melissa talking about the possible winner of the current horse race. On a side note, Melissa mentions her time in college. This part of the scene was actually filmed, but removed in post-production; that way, the series neither mentioned that Melissa had gone to college nor what her majors had been.

Uncredited extra DOUGLAS MAIDA appears as Dave in this episode again — as usual, as a Tuscany Downs Turf Club waiter.
Compare # 224 for biographical details about this minor rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 034.

Mistake: In the scene with Richard and Francesca at the Tuscany Downs Turf Club, he is first holding his glass in his right hand. In the subsequent frame filmed from across, however, he is gesturing with his hand, and the glass has apparently been placed on the table already.
This is a mistake caused by the particular filming technique — check # 001 (Chase and Maggie at the Gioberti Family Cemetery) for details.

Joel drives a white 1983 Chevrolet Corvette C4 Targa now.
The script originally suggested a Porsche as a picture car.

At the beginning of act 2, the positions of Joel's and Terry's cars are slightly different from what they were like at the end of act 1. Obviously, different takes of the scene were combined in post-production.

The filming locations for this scene are Conn Creek Road (first) and Oak Knoll Avenue (towards the end) in the Napa Valley.


The living room in Richard's house on Hilltop Road is portrayed by a suite at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel (nowadays Universal Hilton) in Universal City, CA. Concerning the red mark on the door, scroll down to the information about the Tate Hotel suite in this episode. For a previous use of this location, compare # 017.

In some script drafts, Richard's servant was named Ernest. In the previous season, the character played by MITCHEL EL-MAHDY was introduced as David though. The final version of this episode does not state any name.

The office of Senator Silverlake in Washington, D.C. is actually an office at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel (nowadays Universal Hilton) in Universal City, CA.

The Falcon Crest Stables are featured again. This time, it becomes obvious how close the little lake is. Compare # 025 and 043 for the filming location, the Wild Horse Valley Ranch outside Napa, CA.
Mistake: For the night scene when Mike Harris provides Maggie with the result of the research on her biological father, an old establishing shot of the Gioberti House is reused; it features Chase's 1981 GMC High Sierra on the driveway although he replaced it with the same yet facelifted model after season 2. For the differences in the models, see the entry in # 054 about a similar error. A wrong clip (shot during season 2 and first used in # 020) was selected in post-production.

Inside joke: Interesting prop photo — Maggie's biological father, Oliver Donovan, is the real-life father of producer JOHN F. PERRY.


Uncredited extra KATHRYN JANSSEN appears as the gray-haired lady from the Tuscany Valley again — this time as a patron at the Tuscany Downs Turf Club.
Compare # 227 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 021.

Mistake: In the scene when Lorraine receives the present from Lance on Richard's deck, she opens the package, and 9 balloons come flying out (3 orange, 2 pink, 1 red, 1 dark blue, 1 light blue, 1 green); Lorraine keeps 2 balloons in her hand (1 green, 1 lilac). In the subsequent frame showing the balloons in the sky, there are suddenly 12 of them (1 orange, 4 pink, 2 dark blue, 2 light blue, 1 green, 2 yellow).
This is a mistake caused by the particular filming technique — check # 001 (Chase and Maggie at the Gioberti Family Cemetery) for details.
The rooms at the Tate Hotel in San Francisco where Richard and Francesca spend the night (suite 2460 as # 079 will reveal; suite 801 in previous script drafts) are portrayed by the Sheraton Premiere Hotel (nowadays Universal Hilton) in Universal City, CA.
The bedroom and the sitting room, by the way, are part of the very same suite that also serves as the living room in Richard's Hilltop Road mansion this episode. The door to that room is marked red for identification purposes.

License plate number of Lucas' brown / white 1973 Chevrolet Suburban: Nevada H38 854.


The filming location for the phone booth near Kellogue in Central Valley, NV (Julia calls Emma) is a lawn area behind stage 4 on the backlot of CBS/FOX STUDIOS (nowadays RADFORD STUDIO CENTER).

Mistake in the scenes with Chase's biplane above the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion: The aerial views create the illusion that Chase's flying direction is from north to south (camera point of view). But Lance, Emma, Greg, Angela and Chao-Li look out east from the front veranda. Also, nobody can be seen on the veranda in the aerial views. It also seems contradictory that there are no leaves or trees blowing in any wind of any kind in the aerial shots while some pretty strong wind blows the characters' hairdos around in their close-ups.
The reason for these inconsistencies is that no specific aerial views were filmed for Chase's point of view from the biplane. Stock footage, which had originally been filmed for the season 3 and 2 main titles, was reused.
The shots of Chase's plane itself were taken at the Sonoma Valley Airport outside Sonoma, CA.
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Lance wears a suit and tie he already wore in season 2 (# 021), not the same shirt though.
Mistake: When Emma walks away from Lance on the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion veranda to go back into the house, Lance is looking straight across towards Angela in the close-up. When the scene cuts to the long shot a frame later, he is now looking down towards the stairs and driveway, and nowhere in Angela's direction.
This is a mistake caused by the particular filming technique — check # 001 (Chase and Maggie at the Gioberti Family Cemetery) for details.
Another error of the same kind happens only a moment later: Right after Lance starts walking off the veranda steps, Greg's head is still looking across the distance at the biplane, while Angela is looking in Lance's direction with her head slightly tilted downward in the wide angle shot. But in the very next frame, the close-up, Greg's body is turned more towards Angela, but his head is tilted right looking towards Lance also; Angela's chin is slightly tilted upward now.
Mistake: During Angela and Greg's conversation at the end of the episode, there is a reflection of the crew and equipment on the closed part of the double front doors. Both the boom man and the butterfly (the white lighting reflector to diffuse the sunlight) are moving in the background and reflected in the glass elements of the door.
The script suggested that the scene with Gustav realizing through the bugging device that Julia might be alive be this episode's cliffhanger (and not Chase's flight). The scene order was changed in the editing process.

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