# 082 <4.14> Suitable for Framing
Tentative title: Hunter's Moon.
This episode's director's cut featured as the opening scene a conversation between Julia and Gustav in his house: She tells him many details about her past. Among other things, "Dr. de Bercy" learns that Julia went on a one-week trip to Paris with her father in 1974. This scene was shot, but removed in post-production. Following the editing, all other references to that scene were removed from the final episode also. By removing that segment, ABBY DALTON no longer appeared in any scene in the current episode.
The filming location for Lance and Lorraine's hotel room at the Tuscany Valley Inn in this and the following episode is a room in the former Los Angeles Design Center (Title Exchange Building) in downtown Los Angeles, CA. This building will be used for various purposes in this episode (see below).
Deleted scene: Gustav's assistant, Renée Davenport, provides him with a dossier with Douglas Channing's itinerary for his 1974 trip to Paris (see above). This segment was filmed, but removed in post-production. Therefore, PATCH MACKENZIE was no longer part of this episode; she will only make her first appearance in the final version of the show in # 086.
The final part of the scene in which Spheeris tells Gustav about Chase and Ben's upcoming trip to Paris was kept though.
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.
Scenic art: For the first time, details of the backdrop at the entrance of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion are visible. The backdrop (background picture, also informally called backing) is a huge painting created by the art department and placed on the sound stage behind the interior set to create the illusion of exteriors in terms of a natural environment.
The set designers did a poor job, however, in creating this painting, which is supposed to resemble the grounds as seen from the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion entrance; the surroundings — obviously a lake instead of the swimming pool — did not look like this in real life at all. There was a lush row of bushes and two large palm trees that acted as a privacy fence and entryway to the pool area at the time.
A list of all episodes in which the backings of the Mansion are discussed is available in # 199.
The picture (still life) on the wall in the hallway to Richard's KRDC office is the same prop as the picture in front of the door to Julia's enology lab in the Falcon Crest Winery Building in seasons 1 and 2. The same picture was already used in the hallway in the New Globe in season 3 (see # 057) and in the California State Hospital for the Criminally Insane (# 059).
For LORIMAR's further use of this picture, check out the Beyond the Show – Props – Set Dressing – Decoration section.
Chase and Ben are on a Concorde flight from New York to Paris.
The establishing shot of the airport shows the Aéroport de Paris-Orly; it is stock footage from a movie library.
Ben and Chase stay at the Hotel George V in Paris, a real luxury hotel now owned by Four Seasons (compare Angela's stay in Paris in # 037).
The nun Chase and Ben speak with, obviously Sister Jeanette (called Corinne in earlier script drafts), has been in charge of the Convent Sainte-Marthe for eleven years. How is this possible? It is true Sister Jeanette was at Sainte Marthe in season 2 (# 037), but last season (# 056) Maggie met with her in a convent in New Orleans because Sister Jeanette had no longer been in France. So she must have been in New Orleans just for a short period of time.
The filming location for Sister Jeanette's office at the Convent Sainte-Marthe in Paris is a room in the former Los Angeles Design Center (Title Exchange Building) in downtown Los Angeles, CA.
Inaccuracy in Chase's estimation about Angela's visit to the Convent Sainte-Marthe: He tells Sister Jeanette that Angela came to see her and Sister Marie-Thérèse "several years ago". By this measure, it was clearly under two years though because # 037 (compare there) depicted the events around the end of January 1983 and the events in the current episode take place approximately in September 1984 (compare # 079 and 085 for this season's time frame).
ROBERT FOXWORTH pronounces the French names in this episode very well. This is a very nice and convincing attention to detail: Chase was educated bilingually.
Edited scene: During dinner at Cyrano's with Emma and Angela, Gustav continues his strategy to win Angela's trust: Based on the information he got from Julia and Renée (see above), he makes up a lie, saying he met Douglas and Julia at a cocktail party for the British ambassador in Paris in the spring of 1974. This part of the scene was removed in post-production. The editing is easily recognizable because, towards the end of the scene, the three characters suddenly have full wine glasses although, shortly before, the waiter was still busy opening the bottle behind Gustav. The moment of pouring the wine was part of the edited segment.
The establishing shot of Dijon / France (stock footage from a film library) actually shows Avenue du Mont d'Arbois in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains / France. It features a view in western direction to the church of town (Eglise Saint Gervais et Saint Protais).
The interiors of the small restaurant in Dijon / France are portrayed by the former St. Moritz Restaurant (nowadays Firefly) on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, CA, which already posed as the Tuscany Valley Inn (see # 075).
Real-life allusion: Lydia Boulanger works for Interpol.
Historic allusion: Ben mentions France's Vichy regime of the 1940's.
Uncredited extra PAUL VAN appears in this episode again — not in his usual rôle though, but as a patron at the restaurant in Dijon / France where Chase and Ben meet Lydia.
Compare # 227 for biographical details about PAUL VAN's primary minor rôle and a list of all his appearances throughout the series.
Zu Details über den Darsteller vergleiche # 014.
Mistake: In the long shot, PAUL VAN sits at a table farther away in the backrgound. In the close-ups of Ben filmed from a different direction, however, PAUL VAN sits at a table set against the wall directly behind Ben.
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. In this particular segment, there were obviously not enough atmosphere persons hired for the scene so the director had them rotate in the restaurant, depending on the camera angle, which is a usual procedure in such cases.
Deleted scene: When Chase, Ben and Lydia leave the restaurant in Dijon, a "guest" by the name of Claude (marked yellow in the screen capture) grabs at a nearby phone and calls Spheeris. He tells him that, all according to plan, Lydia planted the false information that Richard is the current head of the cartel. This scene was filmed, but removed in post-production.
Also edited was a part of Lydia's dialog in the preceding chat at the restaurant when she mentioned that misleading information to Ben and Chase.
The Tuscany Wine Growers Association is mentioned. Angela is the president.
Product placement: Joel mentions the Daily Express, the conservative British tabloid newspaper.
Edited scene: Joel calls — after phoning Lance — Marty, his accomplice, to set up the trap for Lance. This part of the scene was removed in post-production.
The establishing clip of Geneva showing the famous Jet d'eau (filmed towards west) is stock footage from a movie library.
Klaus Weller (played by JAN-IVAN DORIN), the head of the Banque de Crédit Standard Suisse (original name of the Standard Credit Bank of Switzerland according to the door sign), the cartel's bank in Geneva, speaks impeccable German with no accent in the scene with J. Benson Landale in the foyer of the bank: "Schmeißt ihn 'raus! Los!" ["Throw him out. Go on!"]
The filming location for the Banque de Crédit Standard Suisse in Geneva / Switzerland is the counter area on the second floor of the former Los Angeles Design Center (Title Exchange Building) in downtown Los Angeles, CA.
The Café Métropole in Geneva / Switzerland (interiors) is portrayed by a different corner of the former St. Moritz Restaurant (nowadays Firefly) on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, CA, which already posed as a different restaurant this episode (see above).
The interior set of the garage near the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion is the same as the interior set of one of the rooms in Falcon Crest Winery Building. An easy way to cut down production costs. Only minor changes are made, such as the removal of the stairway, and different props are brought in to make the same set look different.
Stock footage from Spring Mountain in St. Helena, CA is used to establish a scene at the Falcon Crest Winery Building.
Post-production mistake: The old lettering, "Falcon Crest Winery", on the stained glass window in the front entrance gives away that this footage is from 1981 because the prop sign was changed after season 1 to "Falcon Crest" only. The same stock shot was mistakenly used in # 063. For details about the change of the lettering in the stained glass window, refer to # 046.
Tuscany Jewelry Exchange, a Tuscany pawn shop, can be seen when Charlotte sells her jewelry.
The filming location is an office on the second floor of the former Los Angeles Design Center (Title Exchange Building) — just in the same area of the filming location for the Standard Credit Bank of Switzerland.
The abandoned B & G gas station in the Tuscany Valley Lance is told to come to (by Joel) is located near highway 8 behind the race track and near a spur line of the railroad. Since there has been only one new highway (29) and the old Tuscany Highway (compare # 067), highway 8 must have been built in the meantime. This is not a big surprise considering the recent real estate investments in the valley (race track, condominium complexes according to the presentation of Carter St. John in # 060, etc.).
The exterior set used for the gas station in this episode and # 084 was located on the backlot of CBS/FOX STUDIOS (now RADFORD STUDIO CENTER). It was the eastern side of the Duchess Ranch.
Click here for a sketch of the multi-purpose use of this exterior set and its surroundings. LORIMAR's original map of this part of the studio lot is available for DFCF members in the Show – Production Office – Filming Locations – Movie Studios – Exterior Sets section.
It is no longer there nowadays because most of the backlot buildings were demolished by the late 1990's to build more sound stages and office bungalows.
The director's cut of this episode contained the following scenes in Riebmann's office building, which were deleted in post-production:
- Towards the end of act 4, Spheeris returns: In Gustav's communications room, he reports about his mission in Europe. Gustav is not happy about having lost his friend, Klaus Weller. Spheeris says his death was an accident.
- After that, they go into Gustav's studio: Lydia is waiting there, her face filled with guilt and anguish. Sie takes the $ 200,000 bribe from Gustav — she was assigned to make Chase believe that Richard is the cartel head in order to have the Falcon Crest owners at war with each other in the near future. She confronts Gustav because he had promised nothing would happen to Ben, whom she loved. After she exits, Gustav wants Spheeris to see to it that she is escorted back to France so she cannot bump into Chase on some local street corner in Tuscany.
In the car chase between Angela and Joel, the same section of the road is filmed twice; first with the cars driving to one direction, then with the cars driving to the opposite direction — a simple way to prevent the filming equipment from being moved in too many different places and to save on production costs.
The filming location is at the corner of Griffith Park Road and Mount Hollywood Drive in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, CA.
New license plate number of Angela's light beige Mercedes-Benz 380 SL: 2ABM740.
Where Angela is forced off the road and where the patrol car arrives later is actually Zoo Drive in Griffith Park, just east of the Riverside Drive junction. The very same spot was used for Julia's faked car crash in # 036 (compare there).
The identification code of the Tuscany Valley patrol car following Angela and Joel is 4078; its license plate number is 58632. Up to now, Sheriff Robbins has usually driven the vehicle with this license plate. This patrol car is the same picture car (1982 Dodge Diplomat) that was used as one of the Truro County Sheriff's Department patrol cars in # 069.
When Lance is arrested towards the end of the episode, the ID plate on the first patrol car arriving near the phone booth (last screen capture from this episode below) says 4078 again although its license plate number is 908529. This means that two patrol cars — falsely — have the same identification code — the prop master did not alter these plates by mistake.
License plate of Lance's red 1981 Porsche 928 S: 2AQO518.
Contrary to # 081 (compare there), Lance's Porsche 928 is the usual prop again in the scene in front of the gas station. During the assassination attempt and later near the phone booth, however, it is the prop from # 081 again. Apparently, the prop used for the stunt scenes was an old second-class car to be demolished. This is also the reason why not very much damage to the car can be seen in the scene at the gas station compared to the later scene near the phone booth; the damage is only painted on the vehicle in front of the gas station.
When Lance is arrested on a parking lot near a park in Tuscany, a part of the backlot of CBS/FOX STUDIOS (now RADFORD STUDIO CENTER) with a small park between bungalow 8 and the back of office building 5 is featured for the first time in the series. There is also a characteristic fence in the background. In the episodes to come, this part of the backlot will be used for a vast variety of purposes in various episodes — filmed from different angles.
The fence will be used on a prop photo in # 086; near Dina Wells' house in # 147; on the Del Oro grounds in # 155; during the fire at the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion in # 186; when Cookie and Lance talk about their baby in # 195; near Richard's house in # 218.
The small park — portraying both a park in Tuscany and a park in San Francisco — will be featured in # 135, 138, 151, 155, 169, 174, 176, 179, 208, 221 and 227.
The back of office building 5 will be used as the office and laboratory complex of the Falcon Crest Winery Building in # 091, 094 and 095; the parking lot behind the building will portray a street in Tuscany in # 160 and 174 and the Del Oro Spa & Country Club parking lot in # 179.
Bungalow 8 (on the left as seen from the phone booth in the current episode) will pose as the Tuscany Valley Vintners Club in # 143 and as Play Mountain Day Care Center in San Francisco in # 149.
Refer to the episodes listed above for details.
Episode time frame: This episode depicts the events of at least five days: Chase's trip to Europe started in Monday with his flight to Paris (according to # 081) and was over on Friday after his stay in Geneva.
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