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# 129 <6.02> Living Nightmare
(revised 10/16/2023)

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Tentative title: The Living Nightmare.
Mistake: When "Skylar" arrives at Falcon Crest, the far shot of Kit and Peter's embrace and the subsequent close-up are from different takes. This becomes apparent because Kit's right hand is on Peter's left shoulder first, but suddenly out of the camera angle in the very next frame; also, the craftsman on the veranda in the background (yellow arrow) is much farther away from them first, but all of a sudden on his way past them in the background after the cut.
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.

When "Skylar" arrives, a painter — as part of the repairs after the quake — is busy repainting the pillars of the Mansion's veranda. There is no white paint on the black brush at all though.


Product placement: Eric wears a Fila sports outfit as he will do in # 131.


Product placement: Eric has a Wilson tennis racket; Lance has a MacGregor tennis racket.

Richard's inmate number at the Tuscany County Jail is 7459.
Bradford, Richard's lawyer, was originally called Brewster in early script drafts.
The phone number of Kit Marlowe's sister, Eve Reynolds, in Yellow Springs, OH is (513) 555-3975.
Early script drafts contained Chase's being discharged from the hospital in act 1 with a scene on the hospital parking lot (to be shot on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS, nowadays RADFORD STUDIO CENTER). The script called for Maggie to have a horrifying vision of Jeff there. This scene was omitted in rewrites.
The filming location for the driveway to the Gioberti Winery is the driveway to Far Niente, a winery in Oakville, CA.
Inside joke: Heber City, UT where Jordan and Greg got away from Jeff is supervising producer ERNIE WALLENGREN's birthplace.
Series time frame: Angela says Vickie was absent for three years, which is — roughly — correct.
Mistake: When Angela turns round to leave the Gioberti House, Chase's facial expression is one of jovial laughter; he even arches his back and leans back in that moment as if laughing very hard. Yet, in the very next frame filmed from across, he has a serious look as Angela is walking out.
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.
The location used as the office of Terry's lawyer, Lewis Presser, is the white building next to the Sonoma Cheese Factory in downtown Sonoma.
Original storyline plans: The season 6 bible planned for Terry's legacy to contain incriminating papers proving Richard's bribing of Erin Jones into her ridiculous testimony in court in the previous season. This idea was dropped though.
Angela mentions SHAKESPEARE's "Romeo and Juliet".
Interesting prop: A new picture hangs in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion dining room (on the wall adjacent to the stairway) after the renovation necessitated by the earthquake. It is a prop that apparently relates specifically to Peter because it is a painting of his private island, Kallos / Greece. The view is pretty similar to the establishing shot that will be featured in # 143 (compare there — Hydra / Greece), the structures and landscape appearing not realistic though, but rather stylized. It is odd that this picture will disappear immediately again after this episode. It will be replaced by a different painting in # 130 (compare there).
The truck stop and gas station — according to the script in Utah — where Jeff shaves is what used to be the Texaco gas station at the corner of Redwood Road and Solano Avenue in Napa, CA (night shot only). It is nowadays a Chevron gas station and has been remodeled beyond recognition. The day shots, in contrast, show a different truck stop and are stock footage from a film library.
The bathroom at the truck stop is actually the bathroom of stage 10 at CBS-MTM STUDIOS (now RADFORD STUDIO CENTER).
Confusing: The scene when Jeff shaves in the bathroom of the gas station seems to be in broad daylight at first glance. The preceding scene is a night scene (dinner at Falcon Crest); the subsequent scene is a night scene with Jeff getting a ride to California. It would be a contradiction to the chronology if the shaving segment was a daylight scene. What appears to be a window on the side and in the background is probably just backlit frosted glass.

The truck giving Jeff a ride from Utah is a silver 1983 Ford CLT-9000.

Real-life allusion: Richard mentions THE OSMONDS, the country band.

Mrs. Walker from the Tuscany County Child Welfare Office drives a brown Chevrolet Caprice Station Wagon with exterior wood trim.

The establishing shot of San Francisco — a helicopter view over Financial District (filmed in northern direction) — is a previously unused earlier segment of the flight first used before DAVID SELBY's main title card in season 3 (compare # 041).
The other establishing shot of San Francisco is shot from the yacht harbor on Marina Boulevard in southeastern direction with the Coit Tower in the background.
The scene with Richard and his secretary, Cindy, in front of the carousel was filmed at Pier 39 in San Francisco.
Early script drafts suggested Telegraph Hill with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background as the filming location.
The store in the background, Aca Joe, was a real fashion house at that location back then. The company still exists although this retail location is occupied by a different company now.
Real-life allusion: Vickie mentions CLINT EASTWOOD and his "Dirty Harry" movie.
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Angela wears a dress she already wore in season 5 (# 106).
The hot air balloon scene with Peter and Kit was filmed in a basket placed on a hill at Wild Horse Valley Ranch outside Napa, CA, which had been used for various scenes in earlier seasons (compare # 020, for example). However, they were never up in the air.
The original choice of filming location for the scene was the balcony of Auberge du Soleil, a posh restaurant in Rutherford, CA. The Auberge was already used as a filming location in # 023 (see there).
Early script drafts staged the scene with Floyd informing Chase and Maggie about the current developments in the search for Wainwright in the Gioberti House kitchen. The scene was moved to the veranda shortly before shooting.

The filming location for the scene with Maggie practicing to shoot with a gun is Oakville Grade Road in Oakville, CA. She is pointing at Doak Road.

The establishing shots of Acapulco / Mexico are stock footage from a film library. The first one is a view over the city (filmed towards west). The second one features the Fairmont Acapulco Princess Hotel.
The swimming pool of the hotel in Acapulco / Mexico where Erin Jones is lying is actually the outdoor pool of the Holiday Inn in Napa, CA (nowadays the Napa Valley Marriott). During location filming in the Napa Valley, by the way, most members of the cast and the producing staff as well as all of the crew stayed in that hotel; the production office was located in suite 1011.
LAUREL SCHAEFER's first scene as Mrs. Whitaker was actually filmed for # 130, but this footage was lifted to the current episode in post-production.
Inside joke: The last name for Angela's new personal assistant, Mrs. Whitaker, was "borrowed" from CLAIRE WHITAKER, mother of supervising producer ERNIE WALLENGREN, who stopped working for the series after the previous season.
Real-life allusions: Mrs. Whitaker's biographical background includes a job in the Royal Dutch Court and later working for Princess Diana at Sandringham in Norfolk / UK.
Mistake: When Chase and Vickie embrace in the Gioberti House living room in the scene that also includes Maggie and Cole, Vickie's left arm during their hug is in different positions in subsequent frames.
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.
Early script drafts staged the scene with Cole and Vickie as well as — later — Chase and Maggie in which the details of Vickie's life in the last three years are discussed on the veranda of the Gioberti House. The scene was moved to the kitchen and foyer / living room shortly before shooting.
Fictional entity: Vickie danced for the New York based Alexis Dance Company for some time.
The Agretti Vineyards are portrayed by the vineyards at Flora Springs outside St. Helena, CA again. The characteristic slope is situated near the lake at the borderline to Inglewood Vineyards (see # 131 for that location).
ANA-ALICIA's speaking Spanish fluently is used for her Melissa rôle for the first time this episode. # 149 will feature another scene making use of that advantage.
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Peter wears the light gray suit he already wore in season 5 (# 106).
The script did not include Kit's (Skylar's) interest for the diamond pin Angela receives as a gift from Peter. The final script only contained Skylar's request for some scissors. Her apparent interest in the jewelry was added per stage direction to make it more plausible why Angela becomes more and more suspicious of her and warns Peter of his alleged stepdaughter.
Different camera angles: In the episode itself, the segment when Angela warns Peter of Skylar begins as a far shot, followed by a short close-up of Peter, and then stays on Angela's close-up until she finishes her warning (screen captures 3 through 5). In the sneak preview before the main title (screen grabs 1 and 2), in contrast, a close-up of Peter was seen from the beginning of Angela's warning, and her close-up was featured a bit later during her line.
The scene with Maggie and Chase in the Gioberti House when Maggie watches the 2:00 AM changing of the guard was different in early script drafts: The writer originally planned for Maggie to have another nightmare, and for Chase to unload and reload the gun he gave Maggie after she went back to sleep.
The Tuscany Valley road where Jeff arrives is actually Solano Avenue in Napa, CA immediately near the Holiday Inn in Napa, CA (nowadays Napa Valley Marriott; see above). A specific prop sign saying "Tuscany Valley — Next 3 Exits" was installed there.
The pickup truck giving Jeff a ride to the Tuscany Valley is a white 1981 Dodge Ram Crew Cab.
Series time frame:
This information given in this episode and in # 126 and 127 reveal the date of the earthquake. The current episode opens on the same day as the previous one closed (Saturday, 05/10/1986). The conversation between Richard and his attorney takes place on Sunday, as mentioned explicitly; this must be Sunday, 05/11/1986 (compare # 127). This episode depicts the events of three days only and, therefore, closes on Tuesday, 05/13/1986.
Chase was taken to the hospital after being shot on Tuesday, 05/06/1986 and released on Sunday, 05/11/1986. This seems to be a very fast recovery considering how severely injured he was.
Julia says on the third day of the current episode (Monday, 05/12/1986), there is still no explanation for her blindness after a week's tests. She was blinded, however, in the quake (Thursday, 05/08/1986). She probably exaggerates because, due to her blindness, she cannot tell anymore what time it is and how much time went by as she explained to Lance in # 128.

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