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# 087 <4.19> Retribution
(revised 02/07/2022)
A completely different location is used as the Gianinni House (exteriors and interiors); compare # 075. The estate used this episode is newspaper publisher HARRY CHANDLER's former residence in the Los Feliz neighborhood in Los Angeles.
Gustav's limo (screen grab 1 above) in which Angela arrives at his home (different from his usual limousine; compare # 069) is a stretched black 1981 Cadillac Fleetwood.

The filming location for the street where Richard's limo (with Richard, Chase and Greg) drives along is the street where HARRY CHANDLER's former home is located in Los Feliz (Los Angeles).

The establishing shot of San Francisco is a southeastern aerial view over Fisherman's Wharf with the Hyde Street Pier in the foreground and Financial District in the background. It is footage taken during the filming of season 3; the helicopter flight continues from the footage presented in # 053 (an aerial view of piers 47 and 45).
Mistake: In the scene with Maggie and Lorraine, the close-ups are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Maggie's left hand is in different positions in the subsequent frames.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique — check # 001 (Chase and Maggie at the Gioberti Family Cemetery) for details.
Father Bob's office at the St. Timothy Church's rectory is actually also one of the rooms in HARRY CHANDLER's former home.
The Virgin Mary statue in the background is a prop LORIMAR brought in to dress the rectory. It is the same prop used in three different places at the convent in New Orleans in # 056 (see there). It is actually a fiberglass item made to look like stone. It is still in use by WARNER BROS. who "inherited" it from LORIMAR.
For further use of this prop, check out the Beyond the Show – Props – Set Dressing – Decoration section.
DAVID GUST, the tall, black-haired and mustached uncredited extra, who will be best remembered for his rôle as an assistant district attorney in # 091, 092 and 154, but who also plays different characters in the series, is at the Turf Club in this episode.
Compare # 187 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 063.

Uncredited extra ROBERT HITCHCOCK appears in this episode again as Mr. Winslow — this time as a patron at the Tuscany Downs Turf Club.
Compare # 193 for biographical details about this minor rôle and for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 032.


Uncredited extra SHIRLEY ANTHONY appears as Dr. Lee Walkling again — this time as a patron at the Tuscany Downs Turf Club.
Compare # 207 for biographical details about this minor rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 016.

This episode's director's cut included another scene with Gustav and Renée: After he questioned Angela and Julia about the Myrna Mine, he enters the observation room where Renée is waiting and says they will explore the mining shafts and tunnels while Julia and Angela will be left well-guarded in the house. The segment's part in the observation room was removed in post-production.
The Myrna Mine, where the Riebmann Treasure is hidden, is located near route 8 on the north side of the Falcon Crest property.
The filming location for the mine is the caves at Bronson Canyon in Hollywood, CA.

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


Inconsistency: In a living room scene at the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, there are several photos to be seen on a sideboard in the background. One photo is a picture of Julia — the outdoor photo taken during # 076. How can a photo taken at that time be at Falcon Crest if no one besides Emma knew Julia was alive?! — The set decorators were not careful enough.

Early script drafts called for more details of Chase and Greg's way through Riebmann's house. After breaking into it, they move through the cavernous cellar, which is well-stocked with bottles of wine. This segment was omitted during the script revisions.
As in the previous episode, BUCK McDANCER portrays Neil, one of Gustav's henchmen. For more information about this actor and stuntman, refer to # 083.
The scene when he guards the upstairs hall in Gustav's house in this episode is awkward though because it is pretty obvious that the player is listening for the door to open with ROBERT FOXWORTH and SIMON MacCORKINDALE on the other side. When they appear, it seems as if he is anticipating ROBERT FOXWORTH grabbing him.

MICHAEL PREECE, who, as many other times, directed the previous episode, plays one of Riebmann's henchmen, Arnold, in this episode.

License plate number of Richard's burgundy 1981 Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL (type W126): 2HAI362.
Funny: When Richard, Pamela and Chao-Li arrive in Richard's Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL at the Myrna Mine, Richard is driving, Pamela is in the passenger seat and Chao-Li is sitting in the back. It is the only time in the series that Chao-Li rides in a car with someone else without being the driver.
Edited scene: The scene with Gustav and Renée in the mine shaft, when they are packing the gems shortly before Richard arrives, was initially longer: Gustav explains that, on their way to Geneva, they will have a stopover in the Cayman Islands where the gems will be deposited safely. The final part of this scene was shortened in post-production.

Odd: The two deputies at the Myrna Mine are just standing in the background, showing no action at all. It seems there was no stage direction for these extras.

Mistake: In the scene with Pamela, Chao-Li and Chase in front of the mine shaft when it collapses: In the frontal view, Pamela is holding Chao-Li's arm with her left hand crossed over; her position is far enough away that her right side is nowhere near his back or left shoulder, and her head is looking straight. In the subsequent frame filmed from behind them, however, she is standing almost directly behind Chao-Li with her head tilted down slightly to the left. Although a few cuts are in between, the later frontal close-up shows Pamela in her original position again.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique — check # 001 (Chase and Maggie at the Gioberti Family Cemetery) for details.
The Gustav Riebmann / Nazi treasure storyline was not very popular with the audience during the series' original run. CBS received letters from viewers who were turned off by a Nazi character being a part of the main cast. EARL HAMNER, however, never intended Gustav to be a Nazi. He was supposed to be a later generation that inherited those Nazi-like qualities.
A lady executive at CBS forced the producers to wrap up this story at very short notice. From that perspective, it is clear for everybody to understand why things happened so fast in this episode and why writers ROD PETERSON and ERNIE WALLENGREN had to end that storyline that abruptly within two episodes. Unfortunately, some very interesting plans for all the characters involved in the cartel got lost that way, too.
Odd: In the final scene of the episode, Angela hangs up the phone on her desk in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study and immediately exits towards the foyer, walking to the living room where Emma and Julia are. The time passing between Angela's finishing the call with Chase and her appearance in the foyer and living room is way too short. From the standpoint of the production process, it seems likely that JANE WYMAN was waiting for her stage direction behind the sliding doors to the study and rushed into the picture too early.
The ending of the episode was different in earlier script drafts, by the way, as the two final scenes were switched, making Cole and Melissa's announcement the cliffhanger. In the next to last scene in the script, Angela enters from outside the Victorian Mansion where she said goodbye to Maggie and Chase (both unseen in the segment) and comes into the living room, telling Julia and Emma about Chase's agreeing not to tell the sheriff about Julia that night. The idea of Angela's unseen conversation with Chase and Maggie was changed to the phone call for the final version.

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