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# 096 <4.28> Cold Comfort
(revised 12/04/2023)

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The establishing clip of the Golden Gate Bridge with the city in the background (filmed towards southeast) is previously unused footage, which was taken while filming season 1 in San Francisco. An earlier part of this helicopter flight was used in # 058 (see there).

The name of the frighter that was supposed to take Lance to Italy is California Rose.

The San Francisco street where Lance makes the phone call to the hospital at night is actually the section of West 8th Street in San Pedro, CA near street number 1447.

The San Francisco Metropolitan Hospital is featured for the first time. In real life, it is part of the building complex of the Pacoima Hospital (nowadays Phoenix House Foundation) in Lake View Terrace, CA (previously a northern part of Pacoima, CA). This concrete building will later also be used as Tuscany Valley Hospital (compare # 198). A different part of the institution — built of brick — was used as the Tuscany Valley (Memorial) Hospital in seasons 2 and 3 (see especially # 025 and 041). A photo of an aerial view of the part of the building complex used in the current episode was seen in Dr. Lantry's office in # 042 (compare there).
The clips later shown in this episode, however, are filmed at different medical facilities in Greater Los Angeles, the San Pedro Peninsula Hospital (nowadays Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro) in San Pedro.
WARREN MUNSON, who played Glasser (a banker) in season 3, now guest-stars as Dr. Shratter.
Early script drafts contained a scene in act 1, which did not make it to the final version: Late at night, Chase tells Connie in the Falcon Crest Winery Building that he is concerned that the Helios Food deal might fail. When Maggie enters to pick up Chase, she does not become aware how disappointed Connie is that her evening with Chase is over.
A poster with an artwork by American artist SUSAN PEAR MEISEL (born 1947) — "The Washington Monument" — can be seen in the hallway to Lorraine's room (an interior set) at the San Francisco Metropolitan Hospital.
The same prop was already used in different areas at the Tuscany Valley Hospital in # 041, 048, 059 and 064 as well as in Melissa's gynecologist's practice in # 088.

Joseph's bedroom at the Agretti residence is portrayed by a room in HARRY CHANDLER's old house in Los Feliz. It is the same house which was used for various purposes in # 087, 090 and 094 (compare there; best known as the Gianinni home).

When Melissa is tucking Joseph in for the night in his bedroom at the Agretti Residence, she sings "Mares Eat Oats", an old nursery rhyme.
He is not really happy with it though and asks for another song: "Beat It" by MICHAEL JACKSON (1982).

Uncredited extra WALTER M. SPEAR appears as the bald and bearded Tuscany Valley gentleman again — this time in front of the San Francisco Metropolitan Hospital.
Compare # 148 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 048.

The San Francisco restaurant yard where Maggie and Pamela have lunch is actually the northern terrace of the CBS-MTM (now RADFORD STUDIO CENTER) Administration Building. In # 145, the name of the restaurant can be seen on a menu: It is Blainfield's whose interiors were seen in # 084 (see there); from # 155 on, that restaurant will be called Coit Café (compare there).
Refer to the information on # 074 about the extensive use of this filming site.
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.
Original script drafts staged the scene at a public park in San Francisco.
Uncredited extra SHARRI ZAK appears as the gray-haired Tuscany Valley socialite with the pony tail again (yellow mark on the screen capture above); this episode as a patron on the terrace of the Blainfield's restaurant.
Compare # 202 for biographical details about this rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 009.
Other actresses considered for the rôle of the San Francisco Metropolitan Hospital nurse (portrayed by FRAN BENNETT) were LINDA HOY and MARY BETTEN; the latter was finally cast as nurse Novak for # 198 (see there for details) and 199 (season 8).
Mysterious: Greg calls the Tuscany Downs Turf Club bartender (played by SAM VINCENT) Lee although he was called Sam by Melissa in # 082.

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.

Series time frame: Maggie and Chase celebrate their anniversary in this episode. With the interpretation in # 095 in mind, it must be still December 1984. In season 2, however, they celebrated their anniversary in # 038, i.e. January 1983. Maybe one anniversary refers to the day they first met or started their relationship, and the other one could be their wedding anniversary; another possibility might be that both days are their wedding anniversaries, the one referring to their legal wedding, the other referring to the day when their marriage was blessed by the church.
Maggie mentions the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Without the name being mentioned, it was seen for the first time in # 019 (see there).

Prop mistake in the enology lab at the Falcon Crest Winery Building: In the scene with Connie and Chase, time stands still on the clock on the wall. The minute hand and the second hand do not move, and it is perpetually 9:07 PM although the scene lasts a couple of minutes.

The bedroom in Cass' apartment in San Francisco is the same interior set that has been in use as Richard's master bedroom in his house on Hilltop Road in the Tuscany Valley since the beginning of this season (compare screen grab 1 from # 097). Cass' room was just refurnished and redressed.
Early script drafts suggested different elements in the storylines:
  • Greg secretly searches bank employee Carl Warren's (RYAN MacDONALD; known from # 079) file cabinet at the Tuscany Bank for the records of deposits and withdrawals of Melissa's account (act 3). Later script revisions replaced the character of Carl Warren with a different banker by the name of Phil Davis. In the final version of the episode, Greg only mentions his investigation in dialog.
    Production documents indicate that producers thought about an actor by the name of BRIAN CUNNINGHAM to be cast as Phil Davis.
  • Also removed from the final shooting script was a scene with Damon at his father's grave at the Tuscany Valley Public Cemetery (act 4).
Mistake: Towards the end of Richard and Pamela's conversation in the corridor outside Lorraine's room at the San Francisco Metropolitan Hospital, his eyes are looking at her in the close-up shot filmed from the side. In the subsequent long shot, however, he is looking towards the floor and his head is pointed slightly downward.
In the usual process of making a movie or a TV show, scenes are oftentimes shot from different angles, e.g. from opposite angles like in the present scene, 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.
Lance's inmate number at the Tuscany County Jail is 534.
Mistake: In the embrace between Angela and Lance at the Tuscany County Jail, Lance is looking over Angela's shoulder in the shot from behind Angela, but in the subsequent frame filmed from across, almost his whole face is suddenly on her lapel, and his right arm is no longer around her shoulder.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the close-up filming technique; compare # 001 (Chase and Maggie at the Gioberti Family Cemetery) for the advantages and disadvantages of this shooting procedure.

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