# 133 <6.06> Flash Point
The establishing shot of the Pacific coast near Monterey, CA (stock footage from a film library) actually features Malibu, CA just north of the Dan Blocker County Beach. The single house on the left is located on Malibu Cove Colony Drive. There are many more buildings along the coastline nowadays.
The establishing clip is licensed footage from the TV series "The Colbys". In 1985, the Colby Enterprises helicopter flying along the coast was filmed from another chopper for that show's main title. At the same time, shots without the Colby Enterprises helicopter were photographed. This particular footage was used in # 16 of "The Colbys".
License plate number of Chase's golden Porsche 928 S: 2ALE185 — the same number Angie's former Mercedes-Benz 600 (season 4) and Cassandra's Lincoln (season 5) used to have!
The vineyard scene with Tony and Chase at Keys Creek (the name of Tony's vineyard will be mentioned in # 135) is filmed at Flora Springs outside St. Helena, CA. The same characteristic slope is usually used as part of the Agretti Vineyards (compare # 129).
Tony's pickup truck in the vineyard is a brown 1979 Chevrolet C-10.
Inside joke: Richard hesitates to call Miss Jones by her first name, Erin, because that would remind him of "The Waltons" as one of their children was named Erin. ERNIE WALLENGREN, this episode's writer, also wrote episodes of "The Waltons", the show based on EARL HAMNER's life story.
The interiors of the wine cave at the Gioberti Winery are filmed at Stags' Leap.
The same location was used as the cave in the Falcon Crest Winery Building in # 001 (see there).
License plate number of Vickie's gray 1986 Jeep Wrangler YJ Convertible: 2CNI908. This is the same number as on Melissa's Chevrolet Corvette C4 Targa in # 127 — not an appropriate prop policy.
The filming location for the riding grounds near Monterey is the driveway near the entrance and Cricket Field of the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA.
Not only exterior shots on the veranda, but also spa interiors (stairway, hallway and concierge's desk) are filmed on location at Silverado.
Inside joke: The scene with Richard and an extremely nervous Kit at Fort Point near the Golden Gate Bridge was deliberately set there — it reminds of a similar scene with KIM NOVAK and JAMES STEWART down at the Presidio in HITCHCOCK's "Vertigo".
License plate number of Kit's gold-colored 1978 BMW 635 CSi Coupé: 1EZO148 (old blue license plate).
For LORIMAR's further use of this picture car, check out the Beyond the Show – Props – Picture Cars section.
Mistake: In the scene at the Presidio in San Francisco, Kit's hairdo looks strikingly different in subsequent close-ups. First, her hair is disheveled by the wind. After a close-up of Richard, her hair is perfectly styled again although the time that passed while Richard's close-up was featured was too short for her to use her hands to get her hairdo in order, let alone to comb her hair.
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.
Mistake: In the scene with Angela, Lance and Dan at the Del Oro entrance, a limousine is making its way around the corner of the driveway. It is quite near the steps to the Country Club Mansion already in the close-up of Angela and Dan. In the subsequent long shot, however, the same limo comes around the corner again, but is still farther away.
Once 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.
Tony sells KBRR because it was Julia's — or at least it was paid for with her money. This appears strange at first sight because Lance and Richard traded their companies in season 5: Lance got the radio station, Richard got Lance's shares of the New Globe (# 105). The only explanation might be that those New Globe shares were also Julia's because Lance might have bought them with the money he "inherited" from Julia (at the end of season 3) or was given power of attorney for.
JOHN HOWARD SWAIN, who portrays Haskell, the actor playing the impostrous minister marrying Richard and Erin in this episode, also portrayed Devon, Lance's attorney, in season 4.
The "wedding" scene had to be refilmed because the original shot was not usable for unknown reasons.
The gas station where Jeff and Vickie get some fuel was also featured in # 082, 084 and 113. This exterior set (the eastern side of the Duchess Ranch) used to be located on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS.
Click here for a sketch of the multi-purpose use of this exterior set and its surroundings. LORIMAR's original map of this part of the studio lot is available for DFCF members in the Show – Production Office – Filming Locations – Movie Studios – Exterior Sets section.
It is no longer there nowadays because most of the backlot buildings were demolished by the late 1990's to build more sound stages and office bungalows.
The location manager originally intended to film the scene at the 76 Gas Station at the corner of Redwood Road and Solano Avenue in Napa, CA.
Product placement: Signs at the gas station read Exide (the company manufacturing batteries; red arrow) and Halvoline Motor Oil (yellow mark).
The gas station attendant's car (parked next to the gas station building) is a white 1964 Ford Falcon.
The clothes store on Main Street in Tuscany where Vickie and Jeff are shopping is actually a shop in the commercial building near the Equidome at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA. In # 067 (compare there), the exteriors of this building portrayed a post office in the Tuscany Valley.
Flora Springs Winery in St. Helena, CA is used as the location for the winery to be sold at auction.
In the scene with Emma at the veranda bar of the Del Oro, the picture car that usually portrays Angela's white Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II is parked in the background. Since Angela is not in this scene at the Del Oro, the producers' placing this picture car most likely implies that it portrays an identical automobile owned by some hotel guest in this scene.
This episode makes it very again that parts of the sets are movable walls that can be rearranged or completely removed. Once again, two parts of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study set are not put in their exact places this time (see yellow mark).
Richard's assets have a value of only $ 60 million according to Erin. This is hard to believe since his Tuscany Downs share already had a value of $ 30 million (see # 105) — Explanation: She underestimates his assets as he says.
The establishing shot of the Paradise Motel (Vickie and Jeff) is exterior stock footage of the motel with the same name in real life on West Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Agretti Residence interior set: Melissa's bedroom was repainted (pastel rose), redecorated and refurnished; compare the furniture from the time towards the end of season 5 (screen capture from # 124) and the current one (screen capture from # 135).
Peter acquired a new tanker in Hong Kong and named it The Angela Channing.
Different camera angles: The camera angle during Peter's dialog in the argument with Angela in the scene in the current episode is different from the one in the seasonal sneak preview before the main title of # 128 — where a close-up of Peter (left screen grab) was featured.
Uncredited extra KEVIN G. TRACEY appears as the thick-eyebrowed Tuscany Valley gentleman again — this time as a guest at Melissa and Lance's wedding reception.
Compare # 185 for a list of all his appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 001.
Different footage: Chase's dialog in the argument with Richard in the scene in the current episode is slightly different ("anguish") from the one in the seasonal sneak preview before the main title of # 128 ("agony"). The scene is also featured from a different angle. The footage comes from various takes of the scene.
Uncredited extra SHARRI ZAK appears as the gray-haired Tuscany Valley socialite with the pony tail again; this episode as a guest at Lance and Melissa's wedding reception in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion.
Compare # 202 for biographical details about this rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 009.
Uncredited extra PAUL VAN appears in his usual rôle as the mustached Tuscany Valley doctor again — this time as a guest at Melissa and Lance's wedding reception in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion. He is in the company of his colleague from the hospital, the gray-haired socialite (SHARRI ZAK, see above).
Compare # 227 for biographical details about this minor rôle and a list of all his appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 014.
Mysterious: The route of Jeff and Vickie's trip remains a mystery. They are in Monterey, CA at the beginning of the episode. After Vickie tries to call the police, they are back in the Wine Country (vineyard rows to be seen during their drive; first and second screen grabs above — the driveby on screen grab 1 filmed in eastern direction on Oakville Grade Road at the intersection of Doak Road and Acacia Drive in Oakville, CA; the drive in northern direction on screen grab 2 filmed on Oakville Grade Road). They later go shopping on Main Street in Tuscany (Lincoln Avenue in Calistoga, CA in real life; third screen capture). The location of the Paradise Motel where they stay later is unknown. At the end of this episode, a view of the valley (from Hilltop Road where Richard's house that was blown up used to be) is featured (screen capture 5). Vickie, however, will be taken to Carmel Community Hospital at the beginning of the following episode. It remains a mystery why this far away place was chosen.
The filming location for the rural road near the canyon (fourth screen grab) is Oakville Grade Road in Oakville, CA, the camera facing primarily east. The same location was previously used in # 102 (compare there).
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