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# 135 <6.08> Nepotism
(revised 06/17/2024)

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Score: Although, in this and the following season, the mandate for each episode usually was to use a new music score (with the exception of certain recurring character themes), MARK SNOW reuses the music cue from this season première's teaser trailer for the current episode's recap and sneak preview before the main title.
Season time frame: Some time must have gone by since the end of the previous episode because Vickie gets rid of her cast now; Cole must have been on a trip with Joseph (as he thought about at the end of # 134) and bought the sailboat in the meantime.
The opening scene with Cole and Joseph on the sailboat was filmed for # 134, but moved to the current episode in post-production.

The freight truck with Cole's boat, a Kenworth K100, is owned by the Alviso Boat company. It is a real entity based in Alviso, CA, a town near San Jose.

Early script drafts staged the scene with Angela and Dan's discussion about the effects of his prison record on the Del Oro outside near the spa's pool area. The scene was moved to the Del Oro lobby shortly before filming.
This episode marks the first appearance of uncredited extra ARLENA HOLLARMAN APISA, an American background actress and stuntwoman.
In this episode, she is introduced as Helen, the chief receptionist at the Del Oro Spa & Country Club. She will continue to play that part in many episodes in this and the following season. Her first name will be revealed in # 149.
Compare # 223 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
The Lake View Professional Center in Lake View Terrace, CA is used as the Tuscany Valley Medical Center in this episode as well as in # 136 and 140; it is supposed to be a part of the building complex of the Queen of the Valley Hospital in Tuscany.
The red Volvo 242 DL sedan (compare # 055 for details) is used again; this time, it is parked in front of the entrance of the Tuscany Valley Medical Center.
Dr. Kern, Vickie's physician at the Tuscany Valley Medical Center (referenced in dialog only), was originally called Dr. Halpern in early script drafts.
The pillars of the prop gate to Keys Creek are the same as the ones usually installed on the main driveway to Falcon Crest. Only the upper part is slightly altered.
The original name for Keys Creek was Geyser Creek Vineyard or Geyser Vineyards according to early script drafts.
The Keys Creek Vineyard prop gate was installed at the rear gate of Flora Springs Winery outside St. Helena, CA. The Tuscany Valley road Chase and Tony drive along on their way to the vineyard is Inglewood Avenue.
Chase has a black Jeep CJ-7 now besides his sports car — obviously for his wine business (probably a substitute for the GMC destroyed in # 134).
The vineyard scene with Chase and Tony is filmed at Stags' Leap in the Napa Valley.

Keys Creek Vineyard from Tony and Chase's point of view (when toasting to their new partnership) is a stock shot from earlier filming at Galleano Winery in Mira Loma, CA (compare # 054 and 112).

Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Cole wears the same shirt he already wore in season 5 (# 125).

LORENZO LAMAS' tattoos are covered with camouflage quite well in this episode. Compare # 047 for general information about this problem.

Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: In the conversation between Angela and Meredith in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study, the sneak preview shows close-ups of the actors (first and second photos); the scene, however, features a wide angle shot of this very moment.
Mistake: At the Del Oro Spa & Country Club entrance, the employee next to Dan holds the clipboard first, but Dan holds it in the subsequent close-up.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique — check # 001 (Chase and Maggie at the Gioberti Family Cemetery) for details.

License plate number of Kit's taxi, a 1978 Ford Granada: 2T14332.
It is the same picture car as in # 132 (Yellow Cab company).

Early script drafts contained a scene in act 2 in which Dan, after Kit gets into the cab, calls the New Globe switchboard to find out where Skylar (Kit) went. He learns about her meeting with Richard that way. This scene was omitted.
From now on, the Matson Building on Market Street in San Francisco is used for the establishing shots of Richard's company headquarters more and more often. The company, however, will be called Channing Enterprises only beginning in # 184.
Strange: This year (1986) is an election year again. This was also the case with the two previous years according to # 079 and 107.
A small park area near office building 5 on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS (now RADFORD STUDIO CENTER) is used over the seasons whenever a park in Tuscany or San Francisco is needed: This episode, it is the park where Peter and Kit have a walk.
It is the very same area where Angela and Meredith meet (# 136), Meredith puts an envelope addressed to the New Globe in a post box (# 138), Richard gets Michael back after he was kidnapped (# 143), Kit's son, Nick, is in the day care center (# 149), Emma and Vince talk about their wedding (# 151), Angela and Chase argue (# 155; in San Francisco), Emma and Curtis meet (# 169; in San Francisco), Maggie and Lance meet (# 174), Maggie and Michael meet Angela (# 176), Maggie, Emma, Michael and Kevin meet Angela (# 179), Richard, Lauren and the boys spend some time (# 221) and where Richard and Lauren meet (# 227).
Early script drafts staged that scene with Peter and Kit on a street in San Francisco. The original location choice was the famous lagoon at the Palace of Fine Arts. This was changed before filming.
Channing House interior set — inconsistency: The training area (compare this screen capture from # 099) and the back doors in the sitting room (compare the screen grabs from # 116 and 118) are gone. The room is now smaller and has a French door opposite the bed. Maybe a renovation after the earthquake.
New license plate number of Angela's white Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II: 2DHO435 (but compare # 132).
Fictional entity: Franklin Waste Disposers is mentioned.
Ronald Castle, the owner of Franklin Waste Disposers, was originally called Ronald Garner in early script drafts.
The chemical waste deposited at the race track site will get into the soil of the northern section of Chase's property. This means Tuscany Downs must be north of Chase's lands.
The filming location for the scene with Richard and Castle is Moore Road east of the Golden Gate Bridge with a view over foggy San Francisco.
Mistake: In the interior scene in the limo, Ronald's red sports car is missing. The interior scene was filmed in a different place — on stage 16 at CBS-MTM (nowadays RADFORD STUDIO CENTER).
Ronald Castle's sports car is a red 1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28.
Tony and Chase decide to harvest next week. This matches with Cole's statement in # 129 that there will be an early harvest this year. The harvest itself, however, will not be seen.
The built-in cabinets in the kitchenette of Kit's Del Oro suite are the same as the ones used at the medical lab in # 114 (Cole's paternity test) and as the ones used in the interior set of the enology lab at the Falcon Crest Winery Building in season 4.
The home of Eve Reynolds, Kit's sister, in Yellow Springs, OH is portrayed by the same house in this episode and # 139 as Vince Caproni's home in season 3.
It was a private residence on Chiquita Street in North Hollywood, CA. It was demolished in 1997 when the cul-de-sac was redeveloped with the building of new smaller homes. The same location was also used in # 112 (Lomax Halfway House for Abused Girls), but cleverly filmed from an angle that did not give away its identity.
The establishing shot of the house was not specifically filmed for this episode and # 139. It is reused footage from "Eight Is Enough", a previous LORIMAR series (1977 – 1981) where it served as the major filming location.
The original name in the season 6 bible for Nick Cameron was Jim. JEFF FREILICH changed the first name as an allusion to his own son, NICK.

Product placement: During breakfast on the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion veranda, Peter reads The Wall Street Journal.


The Del Oro conference room is the real conference room at the Silverado Country Club on the outskirts of Napa, CA.

Early script drafts staged the scene with Lance and his broker, Hendricks, at a restaurant. The scene was moved to Lance's New Globe office in script revisions.
Although the photo of Dwayne that Emma hands to Vince Karlotti is hardly recognizable, the use of this previous season's promo picture in the current episode leads to a payment for DANIEL GREENE.
It is a standard procedure in TV productions to pay a cast member for the use of a still photo in an episode for which no principal photography has been taken of that cast member. It is quite surprising in this case though that the photo is hardly visible in the final version of the episode.
County Supervisor Ann Brixie is no longer played by RAMONA SCOTT (a screen capture from season 5 on the left), but is now portrayed by SUSAN DAMANTE-SHAW.
Early script drafts staged Richard's nanny interviews in his home, with Garth escorting the applicants in and out. The final version moved the scene to Richard's New Globe office and replaced Garth with Cindy.
Early script drafts suggested for Meredith's job interview that she ensnare Richard by making up a pitiable story about her own fate. She tells him a story about her childhood love, Ernest Braxton, how she married him at age 18 and that they divorced only a year later because she was diagnosed unable to conceive. In the final version, the writers decided to give the scene a completely different dynamic by presenting an extremely self-confident Meredith.
The bend near Tuscany Downs is actually located behind stage 4 on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS (now RADFORD STUDIO CENTER). It was also seen in # 073, 084, 089, 113 and 121 (see there) and will be used for various purposes in future episodes (# 137, 148, 172, 174, 176, 180, 191, 192, 196, 207 and 213). Click here for a sketch of the multi-purpose use of this part of the studio grounds.
The filming location for the chemical waste dump site on the grounds of Tuscany Downs is the heavily filmed lagoon on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS (now RADFORD STUDIO CENTER), which was used for other purposes in # 089 (details see there in particular), 113, 124 and 131.
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.
The sedan Ronald Castle and his cohorts use at the Tuscany Downs dump site is a golden 1985 Chrysler LeBaron GTS.
The silver / blue Franklin Waste Disposers vehicles dumping the toxic waste are an International Harvester Fleetstar (first tanker truck), a 1973 GMC Medium Duty C-Series (second truck) and another 1973 GMC Medium Duty C-Series (third tanker truck; this screen grab from # 137).

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