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# 101 <5.03> Blood Brothers
(revised 10/10/2022)

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Tentative title: Vanishing Act.
Season time frame: This episode depicts the events of four days immediately after the end of the previous episode. So the episode opens on 03/22/1985 and closes on 03/25/1985.
Deleted scene: The original episode opener was a scene in the living room of the Gioberti House with Sheriff Gilmore asking Chase, Cole and Terry about the details of Maggie's disappearance and telling them that, legally, he cannot do anything about it since Maggie is a grown woman and free to choose where she goes. This scene was removed in post-production.
The laborers' truck in the Agretti Vineyards is a light blue 1956 Ford Pickup F-100 (first screen grab on the left).
Vineyards on either side of the boundary between the Shafer Vineyards and Stags' Leap in the Napa Valley pose as the Agretti lands again (scene with Melissa and Chris). When Chris goes off, the tree-lined driveway to Stags' Leap can be noticed; it poses as the main driveway to Falcon Crest in the series. For topographical information about the vineyards, refer to # 100.
This time, a part of the grounds near a little lake can be seen. In real life, the lake used to be a part of Stags' Leap. Nowadays, this particular parcel of land belongs to Quixote Winery.
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Melissa wears a blouse she already wore in season 4 (# 087).
As it can be seen clearly in this episode, the stained glass window in the front door of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion has been changed for this season: The "TP" initials (for Tiburcio Parrott, the man who built Villa Miravalle in real life) are gone. There are grapes in the center of the upper part of the entrance window now.
Peter's yacht is docked at the Forbes Island mole in San Francisco.
Early script drafts suggested the docks in Tiburon, CA as the filming location.
It was also suggested that the first scene of Angela and Peter's reunion — before their dinner on the yacht — be Angela walking past several fishermen, who dangle their lines in the water, at first not recognizing Peter, whose face is bearded and general appearance very bedraggled.
Peter's yacht is portrayed by the Cyrene, a vessel built by the BURGER BOAT COMPANY in 1964. The yacht's current name is Bonaparte, and it was fully renovated by SPARKMAN & STEPHENS in 2013. The yacht is 70 feet long and can be rented on the Bahamas nowadays.
Cyrene was an ancient Greek city in the north of what is now Libya.

Product placement: On Peter's yacht, Perrier-Jouët Champagne (Fleur de Champagne) is poured.

The shot of San Francisco — an aerial view over Financial District and the Oakland Bay Bridge in the background (filmed in eastern direction) — is an earlier part of the same helicopter flight that delivered footage of San Francisco in the second main title version of season 2 before DAVID SELBY's card (compare # 028) and in # 071. It is stock footage from a film library though and from an earlier time than 1982 because the 101 California Building has not been built yet.
Edited scene: Maggie's visit with Richard at his KRDC office was shortened towards the end of the scene. The director's cut included some more dialog with Richard asking Maggie how Chase was taking the situation and her reply that Chase is a stranger to her. After that, Richard suggests having dinner together (which explains their later dinner scene); the audience also learns from the dialog that Maggie is staying at the Tate Hotel in San Francisco. Richard kisses Maggie on the cheek before she leaves.
It remains a mystery why this part was cut in post-production. Maybe the producers felt it was a bit too early to build more of a romantic relationship between Richard and Maggie although the chemistry between them had been there for quite a long time already.
Maggie and Richard have dinner at a restaurant on Ghirardelli Square. The name is not mentioned; only "Chez ..." is legible on the menu. It is not Cyrano's (refer to # 079 and compare screen capture 3 from # 091) because the glass dividers behind the table are slightly different.
The restaurant interior set, by the way, is the same set as the one that has been in use as the Tuscany Downs Turf Club (refer to screen capture 4 from # 104). Different set dressing (the glass elements here in frosted glass in particular) is an easy way to cut down production costs.

Uncredited extra KEVIN G. TRACEY appears in this episode again — this time as a waiter at the restaurant on Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco.
Compare # 185 for a list of all his appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 001.


Product placement: Richard and Maggie are having Perrier-Jouët Champagne (Fleur de Champagne) during dinner.


This episode, LORENZO's first pool scene was done with him wearing a bathrobe — even in the pool. When he gets out and changes the bathrobe, he turns aside so his tattoos cannot be seen. The make-up artists obviously did not want to cover them this time (see # 047 in particular).

The filming location for the Barkley Halfway House for Girls is former Grandview in St. Helena, CA. Originally a mansion, Grandview was an apartment house at the time of filming, but has been converted into a luxury hitel since.
Lake Madigan (the Vallejo Water Protection Reservoir) on Wild Horse Valley Road outside Napa, CA can be seen from the Whitaker cabin, which is obviously located nearby.
Compare # 025 for more information about the use of the reservoir in other episodes.
The filming location for Simon Whitaker's cabin, now owned by Chase, is a little house on the grounds of a privately owned ranch in the Napa Valley.
The stairs to the deck of the cabin, as seen in the scene, were built by LORIMAR because the real entrance to the cabin, which is located at the side, was not a suitable perspective for shooting. The cabin's owners are still appreciative for the expansion of their deck.
Inside joke: As visible for the first time in this episode, an interesting prop has been placed between the door and the fireplace in the sitting room of Richard's bedroom suite in his new home. It is a bust of PLATO, the Greek philosopher (428/427 or 424/423 – 348/347 BC). Not only does this carefully chosen prop reflect Richard's European education and that he is a cultured person, but it is also an allusion to DAVID SELBY since he spent three years at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale as an assistant professor of classical rhetoric and is a great admirer of PLATO.
Inaccuracy: Richard refers to Henri as his stepfather, as he did in # 041. Denault, however, was his adoptive father. This mistake will be made again in # 201.

The establishing shot of San Francisco — a view from the 2400 block of Hyde Street in northern direction, Alcatraz in the background — is stock footage from a film library.


Since the beginning of this season, a brass sculpture of a roe deer (screen grab 2; better visible on screen capture 3 from # 119) has been on the shelves in the Agretti den. LORIMAR used the same prop in the bedroom of Richard's Hilltop Road home in the previous season (compare screen grab 1 from # 078).

Cast and crew background: ELLEN GEER, who plays Doris, Melissa's maid, from this episode on, is the daughter of WILL GEER (grandpa Zeb Walton on EARL HAMNER's previous series, "The Waltons"). She also had a guest rôle on "The Waltons".

Product placement: During Angela and Peter's dinner on the veranda of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, a bottle of Grand Marnier orange liqueur can be seen.

The small lake at Wild Horse Valley Ranch outside Napa, CA, which usually portrays the lake near the Falcon Crest Stables (compare # 025, 043 and 077), is used as a little lake behind the Whitaker cabin in this and the following episode.
Frank O'Neill, the former member of the Tuscany Fire Department, was called Frank Powers in early script drafts.
Mistake: When Angela and Greg are talking in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study after Frank O'Neill has left, Angela's head is facing straight ahead towards the study doors in the far shot. In the very next frame, however, she is suddenly looking upward at Greg, who is seated on the edge of her desk.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique — check # 001 (Chase and Maggie at the Gioberti Family Cemetery) for details.
Edited scene: The segment with Chao-Li in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion at the beginning of act 3 was initially longer: At the beginning of the scene, his conversation with Angela in the dining room about the food for the dinner with Father Christopher evolves into a discussion if she is really certain that she is doing the right thing with Chris. This part of the scene was filmed, but edited in post-production so, in the final version, it starts with Chao-Li going through the foyer and opening the door for Richard.
As it can be noticed in this episode for the first time, the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion dining room is now a bit smaller due to the conversion of a part of the northwestern wing of the house into the sun room (as introduced in # 099) plus the hallway between the sun room and the dining room.
After learning Christopher is his half-brother, Lance asks Angela provocatively if she had any bastards herself. This line will get a really ironic meaning considering it will be revealed in the season 6 cliffhanger that Richard is her son.
Mistake: In the dinner scene in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion dining room, Angela's and Emma's hands are in different positions in 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.
The entry to the chapel — a chapel on the grounds of St. Timothy, as # 108 will show (see there) — is portrayed by the entry of the St. Helena Catholic Church in downtown St. Helena, CA.

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