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# 109 <5.11> Strange Bedfellows
(revised 07/18/2022)

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The episode title refers to a phrase first used in the play "The Tempest" by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (1564 – 1616).

This episode makes it very clear that parts of the sets are movable walls that can be rearranged or completely removed. Two parts of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study set are not put in their exact places this time (see yellow mark).

The restaurant where Jordan and Greg have dinner is the Vintner's Court Restaurant at the Silverado Country Club on the outskirts of Napa, CA. Whereas these restaurant interiors are featured in this episode only, the Silverado Country Club, however, will be used as the filming location for the Del Oro in season 6 (see # 130).

Product placement: Greg and Jordan are having Perrier-Jouët Champagne (Fleur de Champagne) at the restaurant.

The shot of Greg at the restaurant in this season's main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of the scene in this episode (compare the left screen grab for the version used this episode).
Greg refers to Jordan Roberts' father as "Julian J. Roberts". Harriet will also call J.J. Julian in # 110. Inconsistency: On J.J.'s gravestone in # 127, the name is John Jordan Roberts. Maybe, his name is John Jordan Roberts, but he is commonly known as "J.J." with "Julian" being a nickname (for whatever reason) — one possibility to eliminate the inconsistency caused by the lack of coordination between writers and prop masters.
Early script drafts staged the scene with Maggie and Terry speaking about "Sudden Friendship" and Chase joining them briefly in the Gioberti House kitchen. Shortly before filming, it was decided to shoot it on the veranda.
This episode features the two establishing shots of San Francisco on the left. The first one (wide angle shot) is used to introduce a scene at KBRR, the second one is presented right before a scene at the New Globe. They are both supposed to establish San Francisco in general although they are pretty much focused on the white building.
It is a view over Market Street in northeastern direction. The distinct white building in the foreground (picture 1) and in the close-up (screen grab 2) is the Bank of America Computer Center.
These segments are from one helicopter shot taken 10/05/1981 — filmed the other way round: first, the close-up, then the wide angle shot. The producers originally planned to use the white building as the San Francisco Globe. This segment was filmed for a draft of the season 1 main title; it remained unused in the final version though. The production documents for the main title described this segment as follows: "Aerial — Establish city of San Francisco. Pan over white newspaper building and other modern high-rises. Pull back to establish panoramic view of S.F. with ocean in background."
Jordan "quotes" from SHAKESPEARE's "Hamlet" when she says to Richard: "Methinks thou dost protest too much." It is not an accurate quote, though, but a common misquotation derived from the actual line in the play, which is: "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."
The KBRR transmission range is 103.1 now (compare # 074 for KRDC).
Fictional entity: Music Channel will produce and air Apollonia's rock video.
This episode originally contained a scene with Chris coaching some teenagers at a basketball court; Cass comes by to tell him about her plans to marry Richard. This scene — filmed at the basketball court of St. Helena High School in St. Helena, CA — was removed from the final version to stay within the one-hour program.
Fictional entity: Miss Jones works for Kellogue Investigations.
Cast and crew background: JILL JACOBSON, who portrays Erin Jones, was married to supervising producer and writer GREG STRANGIS during her guest appearance on the show.
Early script drafts suggested as the act 2 opener a scene with Angela giving J.J. Roberts a tour through the Falcon Crest Winery Building, trying to persuade him to help Greg establish a political career. The scene was omitted.
Richard's New Globe office is refurnished and re-designed now that he is back.

Product placement: Robin reads "The Best Baby Name Book in the whole wide world" by BRUCE LANSKY.


Walker McDowell stays in room 301 at the Riverview Hotel in San Francisco.
The filming location (exteriors and lobby) is what used to be the Fleabag Hotel in Crockett, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area. The building was demolished in the 1990's.

The vineyard scene with Miss Jones and Phil McLish is filmed at Shafer Vineyards in the Napa Valley — southeast of La Vigne Lana (compare # 041). A Shafer building can be noticed next to Angela's car.
As visible in detail for the first time in this episode, the clock on the nightstand in the master bedroom of Richard's house is not working. The prop department obviously did not put any batteries in it because there is apparently no movement of the clockwork mechanism, which is visible in the lower part of the clock through its transparent cover. This set dressing error will not be corrected, and the clock will stand still over the whole season — as clearly visible in # 122 and 126 also.
The armchair in Richard's bedroom suite is the same prop as one of the armchars in the bedroom of Richard's previous home on Hilltop Road (compare screen grab 1 from # 069). He apparently purchased the same type again after the old armchairs must have been destroyed in the explosion.
Early script drafts suggested that Richard abruptly terminate his relationship with Cass after she gave him her office building in San Francisco — before she tells him that she is pregnant. The scene was changed in the rewriting process.
Also omitted was a corresponding scene in act 4 in which Richard learns that Cass did not do him a favor signing over the Bigelow Tower to him as she "mortgaged it all the way to Mars", as his line was scripted.

J.J. Roberts' limousine is a black stretched 1983 Cadillac Sedan DeVille; it is a custom extended limousine by Dillinger Coachworks / Dillinger-Gaines.
It is, by the way, the same picture car that was used as Peter's rental limo in # 104 and 108.

Amazing: Richard had a vasectomy years ago — according to # 058, long before he came to California. In the current episode, he says Dr. Lloyd did perform the vasectomy. That doctor now works in San Francisco. Coincidence?
The luxurious apartment house Jordan lives in (screen capture from # 110) is located at the southwest corner of Jones and Washington Street on Nob Hill in San Francisco. It is called The Comstock in real life.
The nightly establishing shot used in the current episode (unpictured here) is reused footage, which was first presented in # 033. All establishing shots of the building in this seasons are stock footage from the season 2 filming (1982).
The floor vase next to the stairway on the lower level of Jordan's apartment (in sufficient focus for the first time in this episode) is the same prop as the one from the bedroom of Richard's previous home on Hilltop Road (compare screen grab 1 from # 069).

The car used by Erin Jones when she places the mealy moths in the vineyards is a light gray Ford 1983 LTD Crown Victoria.


Phil McLish's official car is a white 1980 Chevrolet Malibu.


The Tuscany Valley Agricultural Bureau pickup (in the center of the screen grab) is a black / white 1973 Chevrolet C-10.


The filming location for Chase's particular vineyard in this episode is one of the vineyards at Stags' Leap in the Napa Valley — behind the stone bridge leading to the driveways to the Gioberti Estate and to the Gianinni Winery.

Early script drafts suggested as the act 3 opener a scene with Lance and Apollonia in front of the Falcon Crest Guest House when they hop into Lance's car to drive to the Riverview Hotel. Then, the Porsche speeds by the Victorian Mansion. This scene was omitted.
Deleted scene: In the Agretti Residence den, Doris tells Melissa she will take Joseph to the county fair — shortly before Melissa goes riding where she will happen to see Chris at the lake. This scene was filmed, but cut in post-production.

An old establishing clip of the Falcon Crest Winery Building is reused. The stained glass window above the main entrance still reads "Falcon Crest Winery" although it was redone with the letters "Falcon Crest" in season 3 (compare # 046 in particular, but also # 082 and 094). The editors were negligent.

Mistake: In the scene with Emma and Dwayne, the close-ups are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Emma's left hand is 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.
Early script drafts suggested that Jordan and Greg make love in this episode already, but that Jordan throws Greg out of her apartment when he tells her about his political collaboration with her father. Their scenes were completely rewritten to develop their relationship more slowly, particularly without having an intimate relationship so soon.
For the scene with Melissa and Chris, the lake known from # 073 (details there), 076 and 105 — located at the former Inglewood Estate Winery (nowadays Sinegal Estate) in St. Helena, CA — is reused. Also refer to # 137 for the lake. For general information about this filming location, see # 027.
Season time frame:
Robin is in labor at the end of this episode and will have her baby at the beginning of the next one (same day as the last one of the current episode). Giving respect to the time frame interpretation in # 108, Hope's birthday must be in the first week of September 1985. It is the same day when Chase's vineyards are inspected by Phil McLish — a Tuesday, as it will be stated in # 110 by Chase saying that the mealy moth must have been planted in his vineyard on Monday, the night before the inspection. Therefore, Hope's birthday must be Tuesday, 09/03/1985.
This makes it clear that there must be a time gap in the course of the current episode because the beginning of the episode is identical with the last day of the previous one (08/11/1985). It is most likely that some unpictured events took place after the day for which Angela's wedding was scheduled and before the night of Greg and Jordan's dinner.
Series time frame: It is a mistake that, according to Greg, Angela promised him to help him start a political career exactly 379 days ago. Her promise was in # 070, i.e. at the end of March 1984 (see there). But it is September 1985 now. Apparently, she must have made a serious and concrete promise approximately half a year after their first talk about Greg's political career.

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