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# 080 <4.12> The Triumvirate
(revised 11/08/2021)
In the opening credits, the letter "M" has a strange shape in the episode title — in contrast to the regular design of the "M" in the Benguiat Book italics (e.g. compare the end credits).
The limousine picking up Francesca is a stretched white 1981 Cadillac Sedan DeVille.
The shot of Pamela on the terrace of Richard's house on Hilltop Road in this season's main title (right screen capture) is from an unused part of the scene in this episode (compare the left screen grab for the version used this episode).
When Pamela is giving Richard information on Terry's background, she tells him since Terry's divorce with Joel did not go through, "She wouldn't be eligible to inherit Dr. Ransom's estate if she's still married to McCarthy." Of, course, Pamela meant "Dr. Ranson", but the "m" at the end of "Ransom", as she pronounced it, was apparently a slip of the tongue.
Inside joke: J. Benson Landale, is named after JEFF BENSON, the LORIMAR Vice President — Television.
Mistake: When Chase stands across from J. Benson Landale for the first time between the barrels in the Falcon Crest Cooperage, he is facing straight down the aisle with the barrels on the shelves right next to him. When he slowly moves off to the right of the frame in the same shot, the barrels are still close to the same perspective. In the next frame, a long shot, Chase is now facing directly towards the barrels and Landale though. Parts of his turn to the 90-degree angle got lost in the editing.
In the usual process of making a movie or a TV show, scenes are shot at least twice — as a wide angle shot and in close-up, 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.

Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set — inconsistency: It becomes obvious this episode that the dining room window parapet is too high compared to the window in the real Villa Miravalle.


The gas station at Falcon Crest is situated right next to the Winery Building. That crew installed prop gasoline pumps on the Spring Mountain grounds for that purpose.


Cast and crew background: In this episode, the KRDC studio engineer is portrayed by TANIA HARLEY, the girlfriend and future wife of director REZA BADIYI.

Rumor has it that early choices for Charlotte Pershing — before JANE GREER was finally selected — were GINGER ROGERS and ALICE FAYE. But these ideas did not materialize. Another actress auditioning for the part was MARIAN McCARGO BELL, WILLIAM R. MOSES' real-life mother. But producers thought MARIAN was too young; in 1985, she won the rôle of Harriet Roberts (compare # 110).
For the first time, the wall next to the fireplace in the new Gioberti House master bedroom is visible in detail. An art print of the painting "Love Letter" by contemporary Californian artist LYNN GERTENBACH hangs on that wall. The prop is a numbered limited edition art print with an original pencil signature of the artist and was already used in a hallway at the Tuscany Valley Hospital in the previous season (see # 060).
Deleted scene: Act 3 contained a scene with Spheeris and Gustav in his communications room in which they listen to a taped conversation between Angela and Greg and also realize that there is a problem with the surveillance at the Gioberti House — since the bugs were discovered by Chase. This scene was filmed, but removed in post-production.
Inside joke: J. Benson Landale is waiting for Chase in front of Earl's Liquor Store (re: EARL HAMNER) on Skyler Road; this road was already mentioned in # 013. Inside joke: Schuyler (pronounced exactly like Skyler), VA is EARL HAMNER's home town in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The scene with Terry and Richard in his KRDC office was originally staged at the Turf Club in the script.
Early script drafts suggested the scene with Richard and Terry at the KRDC culminating in his wish to sleep with her. A later scene was to feature Richard with Terry in the bedroom at her house the next morning. These ideas were dropped during the rewriting of the script.
Deleted scene: Lance and Lorraine enter Richard's bedroom in his house. Lorraine explains that it is pure luxury; it includes a refrigerator with Beluga caviar, for example. This scene was filmed, but removed in post-production.

The filming location for the living room at the Reardon Ranch in this episode is what used to be the Villa St. Helena in St. Helena, CA.

On their way to Richard's house on Hilltop Road, Ben and Chase drive along a road with a bend. It is located on the CBS-MTM backlot (behind stage 4). It was used for a different purpose in # 073 (see there) and will be used for various other purposes in future episodes; see # 089, 113, 121, 135, 137, 148, 172, 174, 176, 180, 191, 192, 196, 207 and 213.

Compared to episodes # 072, 073 and 086, yet another prop gate to Richard's Tuscany Valley home on Hilltop Road is used. Check # 072 for details.


Fictional entity: The phone number of the Tuscany Valley Cable T.V. company is (707) 555-3110.
The cable company's van is a 1983 Ford Econoline.

DICK DUROCK, who plays the gate guard at Richard's home on Hilltop Road this episode, was the first actor to play Spheeris in # 039 and 040 before the part of Spheeris became well-known in season 3 when the character was portrayed by KEN LETNER.
Also compare # 078 and 079 for DICK DUROCK's acting assignment in the current season.
Original script drafts staged the scene with Chase and Ben almost being discovered by Lance and Lorraine outside Richard's house near the entrance (and not inside the house).
Early script drafts included Julia waking up at de Bercy's house and his posing as a psychiatrist in this episode. In the series' final version, this will be featured in # 081. A significant difference in the current episode's script, however, was that Gustav is sure that Julia knows the Gianinni House so he plans to tell her that he recently moved into it. This part of the original idea will not make it to # 081.
The conference chairs at the Turf Club, which are brought in for Richard's presentation of his table wine project, are the same props as the ones usually used for Cyrano's.
Mistake: During Richard's presentation of his table wine project at the Tuscany Downs Turf Club, Cole leans forward in his chair and looks to his left at Melissa. But in the very next frame, Cole is sitting back in his seat, with his legs crossed, and is now looking right at Richard.
This is a mistake caused by the particular filming technique — check # 001 (Chase and Maggie at the Gioberti Family Cemetery) for details.
Basically the same mistake happens only a few seconds later when Greg tips his head forward and rubs his nose. In the very next frame, shot from the back of his head, he is looking straight ahead now. His head never moves back to that position on camera.

Uncredited extra LARRY HUMBURGER appears in another rôle — this time as a cashier at the betting window in Tuscany Downs.
Compare # 227 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 078.

This is the last episode to be filmed in the Wine Country this season. The rest of the season will be entirely filmed in and around Los Angeles.

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