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# 100 <5.02> Unfinished Business
(revised 05/02/2022)
While the season 5 première had a special show logo in the main title (screen capture 1; also compare # 099), the main title features the regular falcon coat of arms in the show logo from this episode again (screen grab 2). The whole falcon coat of arms is now in red color while, in sesaons 1 through 4, the shield used to be white.

Angela's rental limousine in Marysville, CT is a stretched white Lincoln Town Car.


Product placement: The speaker in Richard's KRDC office is made by Sony.

A radio talk show on KRDC is hosted by Miss LaFortune. Inside joke: This is an allusion to the series' associate producer, VICTORIA LaFORTUNE.
Series time frame:
It is the anniversary of the plane crash. So the episode opens on 03/18/1985 (compare # 069 and 098). Melissa is released from jail after two months of imprisonment the next morning, i.e. 03/19/1985.
Terry says she and Michael were married only a couple of months when he died. Their wedding was during an unpictured time gap between # 064 and 065. # 065 depicted the events around the beginning of February 1984 (see there). As Michael died in the night between March 18 and 19, 1984, her rough estimation is correct.
When Maggie tastes a "sour" Agretti grape and Chase states it is early in the growing season, this is also in accordance with the period of time depicted in the current episode.
This episode depicts the events of four days. So the episode closes on 03/21/1985.
DAVID GUST, the tall, black-haired and mustached uncredited extra, who is best known for his rôle as an assistant district attorney (# 091, 092 and 154), but who also plays different characters in the series, is at the Turf Club again in this episode, this time behind Terry.
Compare # 187 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 063.
Mistake: For the night scene before Emma comes to the Gioberti House, an old establishing shot 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.
In the night scene when Emma comes to the Gioberti House to see Maggie, Chase and Maggie are in the dining room. When Chase answers the doorbell, the camera cuts away from the dining table and finds him walking directly towards the front door from the angle of the staircase. Heading to the door from the dining room, however, he should actually have his right side to the camera, not his back.
Production documents do not indicate whether a misleading stage direction or an awkward curve the actor might have made led to this continuity oddity.
The backdrop in the set of the den at the Agretti Residence has changed: In the previous season (compare the left screen capture from # 093), there was practically just one tree on a painting visible behind the movable bushes behind the patio. In contrast, the new backing is a matte painting with hills in the background.
Fictional organization: Melissa has to do her community service at the Barkley Halfway House for Girls.
Inside joke: The organization is named after DEANNE BARKLEY, one of this season's writers.
The filming location for the Tuscany River where Lance and Terry wake up after spending the night together is the Napa River — not far from the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Silverado Trail in downtown Napa, CA.
The Tuscany River runs, at least partly, parallel to the highway — just like the real Napa River.
Chase and Maggie stroll through the Agretti Vineyards when they meet Riley. These parts of the Agretti Vineyards (actually Shafer Vineyards in the Napa Valley) are located southeast of Jacqueline Perrault's grave (see # 041). This makes it very clear again that the walnut-tree-lined main driveway to Falcon Crest is surrounded by the vineyards of various wine growers; for details, check out # 021 and 046 (Agretti), # 041 and 043 (Falcon Crest — Gioberti Estate), # 035, 049 and 051 (Visconti and McKay / Ranson) as well as # 003 and 074 (Stone Briar / Gianinni). Also see # 101. A map of the original 50-acre founder's vineyard of Falcon Crest, the Gioberti Estate, and its neighbors is available for members here.
Although listed as "D." Riley Wicker in the script, Riley is introduced as "B." Riley Wicker. The character's name was obviously changed at very short notice.

Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Chase wears a shirt he already wore in season 4 (# 097).

License plate number of B. Riley Wicker's "woodie", a red / brown 1940 Plymouth De Luxe P-10 Station Wagon: BAK 629 (a black vintage California plate with yellow lettering).
The pickup of the land surveying team Cassandra hired is a yellow 1985 Chevrolet C30 Custom Deluxe (in the background of the screen grab).
License plate number of Greg's blue 1981 Mercedes-Benz 500 SEC (type C126): 2BLA629 — the same number as on his BMW in the previous season.
For LORIMAR's further use of this picture car, check out the Beyond the Show – Props – Picture Cars section.
The scene with Angela and Greg on the Falcon Crest driveway is filmed on the real Spring Mountain driveway.
The inconsistency in that scene, as comparatively shown on the aerial photo, can hardly be noticed: On her way to the Guest House (marked blue), Angela actually goes away from it (her direction marked red); the pickup truck's position is marked green for better orientation.

License plate number of Cassandra's blue 1984 Lincoln Continental Mark VII: 2ALE185 — the same number Angela's former black Mercedes-Benz 600 used to have last season.

Fictional entity: An issue of another newspaper, Oakland Register, is featured.
Father Bob's counseling session for Melissa is filmed in front of the parsonage of the Church of Our Saviour in San Gabriel, CA — the filming location used as the Marysville convent in the previous episode and at the beginning of the current episode.
There is a brown sign on the right pillar of the veranda to the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion now. The owner of Spring Mountain, MIKE ROBBINS, had it installed, which upset the producers because he had failed to let them know. The crew noticed the change only after a couple of scenes had already been shot. The producers would have preferred to have the set decorators cover or blur the sign.

Angela does not yet have her new white Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, which is known from the main title. To get to Stavros Shipping Lines in San Francisco, she uses another — probably rented — limousine; it is a white Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit I.


Product placement: An issue of the Time magazine with Peter Stavros on the cover is featured. That way, CESAR ROMERO is introduced as the owner of Stavros Shipping Lines one episode before he appears in person. There will be another subtle promotion of the Time magazine in season 8 (see # 205).

A bunch of great movie stars was taken into consideration to portray the character of Peter Stavros: DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, Jr., LOUIS JOURDAN and GREGORY PECK. But all of these actors were not chosen in the end; the producers finally cast CESAR ROMERO in the rôle of one of the wealthiest men in the world. In case the viewers did not like him, producers planned to write him off before getting married with Angela and introduce another love interest to become her husband; cast suggestions for that new rôle included KIRK DOUGLAS and RICARDO MONTALBÁN (who later became Zach Powers on "Dynasty II: The Colbys"). But the audience loved CESAR ROMERO; this resulted in his becoming a regular the following season.
The filming location for the interiors of Stavros Shipping Lines is in building A of the Fort Mason Center at the marina in San Francisco.
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Melissa wears a dress she already wore in season 4 (# 071).
Agretti Residence set — inconsistency: There are now book shelves on the wall next to the door in the den. The fireplace is no longer in the left corner next to the French doors leading to the patio / terrace (as it used to be in season 4). It is in the right corner this season (compare the screen capture from # 101 and 113 where this can be seen even better than in the current episode).
The reason for moving the fireplace to the other side is this season's newly established sun room in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion: The Agretti Residence den set was built next to the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study on stage 10 at CBS-MTM STUDIOS (nowadays CBS STUDIO CENTER) for the final few episodes of season 4; the practical fireplace, in its original position, was facing the Mansion set. When the sun room was added to the Victorian Mansion during the hiatus between seasons 4 and 5, the distance between both sets became too small. As a practical fireplace, its close proximity to the Mansion set would have been unsafe and a possible fire hazard so it had to be moved to the opposite side (facing the stage wall).
LORIMAR's original blueprints of this set and many others as well as the layout of CBS-MTM stage 10 are available for DFCF members in the Show - Production Office – Filming Locations – Movie Studios – Interior Sets section.
The Agretti Residence den was partly refurnished at the beginning of this season.
One of the new pieces is the sideboard along the wall next to the door. In seasons 6 and 7, by the way, it will be placed in the hallway across from the study entrance. This sideboard is the same prop that was used as Dr. Michael Ranson's sideboard in the chief of staff's office at the Tuscany Valley Hospital in season 3.
Along with refurnishing the study in the Agretti Residence came a new desk, matching the design of the aforementioned sideboard. The new desk is visible for the first time in the current episode. As future episodes will reveal in even more detail (screen capture 3 from # 125 shows the den after remodeling), this new desk is the same prop that was used as Gustav Riebmann's desk in his office at De Bercy Land Development in season 4 and as Dr. Michael Ranson's desk in his office at the Tuscany Valley Hospital in season 3. Previously, the same prop was used as Ms. Smith's desk in her office at Smith, Plenn and Hogstedt in # 049.
For LORIMAR's further use of this desk, check out the Beyond the Show – Props – Set Dressing – Tables & Desks section.
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Angela wears the blue gown she already wore in the season 4 main title. JANE WYMAN also wore this gown in the season 4 cast group portrait. She never wore it in an actual scene during season 4. The necklace in the current episode is different, by the way.
The interiors of the wine cave at the Gianinni Winery are filmed at Stags' Leap for this and the following episode.

Fictional entity: Parkview Bank is one of the banks to foreclose on Richard. Their offices are in the Transamerica Pyramid — the real pyramid skyscraper — in San Francisco.


The filming location for Richard's driveway is not the driveway to the private residence portraying his third Tuscany Valley home, but the driveway of what is nowadays PlumpJack Estate Winery (Villa Mt. Eden Winery at the time of filming) in Oakville, CA.

The filming location for the car chase (the black Ford Bronco following Richard's limo) is Oakville Cross Road in Oakville, CA, one of the east-west roads between Highway 29 and Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley. The segments are filmed on various stretches of the road and combined in the editing process. Some parts of the scene are multiplied to make it appear longer.
License plate number of the black 1981 Ford Bronco following Richard (Pamela's car as it will be discovered later): 1CZO923.
This number was on various other cars before; on Spheeris' white Imperial in # 057, on the Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Avenue used by Spheeris and Intlekofer in # 064, and on the pickup giving Julia a ride to the Tuscany Valley in # 065. Not an appropriate way to trim down production costs!

The tractor in the vineyard that becomes an obstacle in Pamela's chase of Richard's limo is a white Case 990.

Mistake: When Fathers Christopher and Bob leave the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study, Greg and Angela are standing shoulder to shoulder behind her desk (screen capture 1). During their conversation, Greg's position changes. After he says he is surprised she never told Father Bob about Christopher, the scene cuts to Angela's close-up, but Greg is nowhere nearby (screen grab 2). After the cut back to both of them, he is beside her again though (screen capture 3). As she sits down, her head is hardly tilted, and Greg is pretty close to her (screen grab 4); in the subsequent close-up, however, she is looking at the top of her desk, and Greg seems to have vanished from the frame (screen capture 5). Again, Greg is nowhere near her, but reaches to touch her shoulder from out of frame, rather than being right next to her (screen grab 6).
In the usual process of making a movie or a TV show, scenes are shot at least twice from different angles, 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.

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