# 110 <5.12> False Hope
While studio filming for the show has been done at CBS-MTM STUDIOS (nowadays CBS STUDIO CENTER) in Studio City, CA since season 4, some scenes for the current episode and the following one are, as an exception, shot at MGM STUDIOS (from 1986 on, LORIMAR STUDIOS; from 1990 on, COLUMBIA PICTURES STUDIOS; nowadays SONY PICTURES STUDIOS) in Culver City, CA. For budgetary reasons, interior sets built for other productions on MGM sound stage 8 are "borrowed" for all interior shots of the Queen of the Valley Hospital and Hope's nursery in the Agretti Residence. LORIMAR was the main tenant of MGM STUDIOS at the time already and bought the whole MGM lot the following year.
Dr. Marion Sanders, the QVH resident pediatrician, was called Marlene Sanders in early script drafts.
Like the previous episode, this one 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).
Mistake: After Jack Steubling has left the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study, Angela picks up three envelopes from her desk in the wide shot. Right before the scene cuts to the close-up of Angela, she is about to put the third envelope down on top of the other two in her left hand. But, when the frame cuts to the close-up of her, Angela is picking up one envelope from the others in her left hand. As the close-up progresses (screen capture 3), it can be seen that she is now holding four envelopes instead of three (three in her left hand, one in her right hand).
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique — check # 001 (Chase and Maggie at the Gioberti Family Cemetery) for details.
Historic allusion: Richard mentions Cleopatra.
Another one of Apollonia's songs is entitled "Fame and Fortune".
Like "Red Light Romeo", it was written by U.S. songwriter JON LIND, who later created MADONNA's "Crazy for You".
The sound stage where Apollonia's music video is filmed is part of sound stage 16 at CBS-MTM STUDIOS where many of the interior sets for the series are built. The equipment in the background is real production equipment.
Inside jokes: The guy (marked yellow) at the sound mixing desk in the San Francisco recording studio where Apollonia's music video is shot is DAVID BARR YAFFE, who is actually a "Falcon Crest" crew member — the sound department's utility man.
The chair in the background (red arrow) is inscribed "RUSS NORDSTEDT", which is the name of the actual key grip in the "Falcon Crest" camera department. Shortly after, RUSS himself is visible in the scene (red mark on screen grab 2).
The shot of Emma on the veranda of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion 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).
The sign on Chase's winery building still says Gianinni Winery. So Connie must still own 50 % at that time.
Mistake: When Angela and Chase are talking by her car in front of the Gianinni Winery, Angela is looking straight at Chase with her head level in the wide shot. In the very next frame (her close-up), however, her head is tilted, and she is looking upward at him.
Again, this is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique — check # 001 (Chase and Maggie at the Gioberti Family Cemetery) for details.
Season time frame: Chase says it is late in the season. Apparently, he refers to the upcoming grape harvest and makes sense because it is September 1985 now.
Early script drafts suggested a scene with Terry running into Richard at the Tuscany Downs Turf Club late at night. She makes a pass at him, but he rejects her flirtatious offer, telling her that he is not interested and suggesting that she better keep going out with Floyd Gilmore. This scene was omitted in rewrites and replaced with the scene when Terry overhears the conversation between Al and his accomplice about the skimming operation at the race track.
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 will also play different characters in the series, appears as a Queen of the Valley Hospital doctor in this episode.
Compare # 187 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 063.
A poster with an artwork by American artist SUSAN PEAR MEISEL (born 1947) — "The Washington Monument" — can be seen in the hallway (an interior set) at the Queen of the Valley Hospital.
The same prop was already used in different areas of the Tuscany Valley Hospital in # 041, 048, 059 and 064, in Melissa's gynecologist's practice in # 088 and in a different QVH hallway in # 102 and 103 as well as in a hallway at the San Francisco Metropolitan Hospital in # 096.
Uncredited extra SHARRI ZAK appears as the gray-haired Tuscany Valley socialite with the pony tail again; this episode at the Tuscany Downs Turf Club while Terry's audit takes place. The socialite seems to be even part of the team doing the audit, which brings up the question how that fits into her biography. Or is this a case of negligent extras casting?
Compare # 202 for biographical details about the socialite's rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 009.
Inside joke: Terry's attorney, Mr. Waxman, is named after JULIE WAXMAN, the former LORIMAR Vice President — Business Affairs.
Once again, the Carlyle of Nob Hill is featured (compare # 026). This time, the street number (1360) can be noticed. This is, by the way, the real-life street number of Bently Nob Hill in San Francsico.
MARIAN McCARGO BELL (Harriet Roberts from this episode on — Helen in early script drafts), WILLIAM R. MOSES' real-life mother, tried to win a rôle on "Falcon Crest" twice before.
The character of Maggie Gioberti being recast after the predecessor, "The Vintage Years", she first auditioned for that rôle. But the producers felt she looked too old for that character.
In 1984, she applied for the rôle of Charlotte Pershing, Maggie's mother. But this time, the producers thought she was too young.
Emma mentions ROBERT REDFORD and his movie "The Candidate".
Greg mentions French pantomime MARCEL MARCEAU.
Early script drafts staged the scene with Apollonia telling Lance about her upcoming tour in Lance's KBRR office. Shortly before the filming, the scene was moved to the terrace of the Blainfield's restaurant.
Early script drafts suggested an additional scene in the KBRR broadcast booth when Lance tells Apollonia that he will not join her on her tour. The scene also featured Mark Greene, the radio program host known from # 107. This scene was omitted.
Inside joke: Richard is seen with a little bonsai tree this episode as he will be in the following one. A bonsai tree will also be in his New Globe office for the rest of the season — an allusion to EARL HAMNER's love of bonsai trees.
Early script drafts suggested that the episode cliffhanger be a shot of Hope in the neo-natal ICU with the camera zooming in on her name tag.
This is the last episode to be filmed in the Wine Country this season. The rest of the season will be entirely filmed in and around Los Angeles.
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