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# 145 <6.18> A Piece of Work
 
 
(revised 10/10/2022)
 
 
The filming location for the Short Vineyards is the Guasti Villa and the surrounding vineyard of Guasti Winery (Brookside Winery) in Ontario, CA in Greater L.A. Nowadays, the property is no longer an active winery. Compare # 001 for more information on the whole property.
In particular, the exteriors of Gabrielle's house are featured this episode as they will be in the next one; also the interiors will be seen in # 147.
 

Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: When Gabrielle slaps Chase in front of her house, 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.

 
Chase tells Gabrielle he spoke to Michaelson at the First Merchants Bank. This character, however, will never be seen.
 
Season time frame:
It is one month before Maggie's due date for her baby. Giving respect to the point of time when she conceived the child (compare # 136) and a regular period of time of her pregnancy, her baby is due in second week of February 1987. So it must be the second week of January 1987 now.
A few weeks must have gone by since the previous episode because Joseph has left for Australia in the meantime.
 
Other wineries to grant Channing Inc. (previously Kibbler Beverages) distribution rights are mentioned: Oakbridge Winery, Mesterfield Winery and Crown Winery. These wineries will never be mentioned again on the show.
Early script drafts also included the Bellini Winery in that list. It was omitted in rewrites because the producing staff realized that Bellini Vineyards was established as a wine-growing estate in season 5 only, not a wine-producing facility.
 
Melissa mentions a few people from her past, who are on the guest list for the opening of the Agretti Cumson Winery. These characters remain unseen though:
Liz Bosburgh, who called Melissa a "nerd" in 8th grade and then fell off the ski lift — in earlier script drafts, this character's last name was Black;
Tommy Reina — in earlier script drafts named Renna;
Alan Manall — in earlier script drafts named Jack Wilkinson.
 

The Tuscany Land Company's van for the land surveyors is a gray Ford Club Wagon.

 
Chase mentions General Motors.
 
The piece of classical music Maggie is listening to at the Gioberti House in the evening is "String Quartet No. 15 in D minor — III. Minuetto (Alegretto)" (K. 421 / 417 b) by WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756 – 1791).
 
Deleted scene: Before Vickie and Dan's apartment viewing with Mrs. Desmond, this episode contained a first apartment viewing with a different landlord (played by LEWIS DAUBER), who became quite reserved when he recognized Dan from the New Globe reports. This scene was filmed, but removed in post-production.
 
Director's mistake: Angela wants to go from the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer into the living room to see Emma. But she first heads towards the study before she finds the correct direction in the next frame.
In the usual process of making a movie or a TV show, scenes are shot at least twice — as a wide angle shot and in close-up, which bears the risk of inconsistencies. Compare # 001 (Chase and Maggie at the Gioberti Family Cemetery) for the advantages and disadvantages of this shooting procedure.
 
Mistake: In subsequent frames, two of the children in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion appear in different places: First, the boy in the red / white T-shirt and the girl in the blue dress are sitting on the couch in the living room with Emma; but they are in the foyer in the next frame. Are they two sets of twins maybe?
As seen from the production process, this is, of course, the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique — check # 001 (Chase and Maggie at the Gioberti Family Cemetery) for details.
 
A similar mistake happens only a few moments later: When Angela is on the phone in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study and Chao-Li begins to untie Mrs. Whitaker, the subsequent frame with the reaction shots of the kids laughing about Mrs. Whitaker also includes Angela in the foyer on the right side of the frame (yellow arrow). The editors apparently used a close-up of the kids from a different moment.
 
One of the boys in Emma's kindergarten is portrayed by NICHOLAS FREILICH, executive producer JEFF FREILICH's son (also see # 154 for another rôle played by NICK) — screen grab 1.
One of the girls (screen capture 2) is ALISON LAKIN, story editor HOWARD LAKIN's daughter.
 
Inside joke: Richard says he used to ride a motorcycle when he was young. DAVID SELBY loves riding motorcycles.
 

Product placement: Maggie has a Moulinex La Machine II, a French made food processor, in her kitchen.
Script writer RICHARD GOLLANCE had suggested an American Cuisinart food processor in early script drafts.

 
Odd: During Gabrielle and Chase's dinner in her wine cellar, a picture is leaning against some other items in the background. In the later scene after dinner, Gabrielle and Chase are sitting on a sofa in front of said picture, and Chase's arm is resting on a nearby wine barrel. But both the sofa and the barrel were nowhere around in the previous scene (yellow arrow on screen grab 1).
 
In the scene with Tony, Chase and Kolinski at the vending site for agricultural machinery, a yellow Trojan 1500 wheel loader and, right next to it, a blue Ford 1710 tractor are visible (screen grab 1). Also, a fictional blue Fori 1210 tractor is on display (screen grab 2); the latter is actually a Ford 1210, but the "D" in "Ford" was partially covered by the property department, changing it to an "I", and the Ford logo on the front of the vehicle was also covered in order to avoid commercial identification. The property master did not bother to obscure the brand name on the Ford 1710 farther back in the distance, in contrast.
 

The scene at that business, New and Used Vineyard Equipment, is filmed on the premises of the Guasti Winery (Brookside Winery) in Ontario, CA, which poses as Short Vineyards (see above). The buildings behind Tony and Chase are part of the winery complex.

 
Uncredited extra PAUL VAN appears in his usual rôle as the mustached Tuscany Valley doctor again — this time in the lobby at the Del Oro again (also a second time in this episode).
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.
 
The filming location for the Tuscany Valley country road — first, Dan and Vickie on his motorcycle; later, Maggie in her Mercedes-Benz S-class — is North Archibald Avenue near East Guasti Road in Ontario, CA — close to the Guasti Villa (Short Vineyards — see above). Since filming, this street has been widened and altered in the course of the nearby airport's enlargement.
 
Chase and Gabrielle have lunch at Blainfield's; the name can be read on the menu. It is the northern terrace of the CBS-MTM Administration Building in real life (compare # 096 and concerning the use of this location for other purposes # 074). From # 154 on, that restaurant will be called Coit Café (see there).
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.
 

Uncredited extra KEVIN G. TRACEY appears as the thick-eyebrowed Tuscany Valley gentleman again — this time as a patron at the Blainfield's.
Compare # 185 for a list of all his appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 001.

 

Uncredited stand-in MARTHA MANOR appears as an extra again — this time as a patron on the terrace of Blainfield's.
Compare # 202 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about MARTHA MANOR, compare # 001.

 
Uncredited stand-in GORDON HODGINS appears as an extra again — this time in his usual rôle as a Tuscany Valley gentleman on the terrace of Blainfield's.
Compare # 182 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about GORDON HODGINS, compare # 001.
 
Mistake: When Chase and Gabrielle say goodbye to Maggie at the Blainfield's, Chase grabs at Gabrielle's hip first; in the subsequent wide angle shot, however, Chase's left arm is in front of Gabrielle.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique — check # 001 (Chase and Maggie at the Gioberti Family Cemetery) for details.
 

The red Volvo 242 DL sedan (compare # 055 for details) is used as a prop again; this time, it is parked in front of the Blainfield's.

 
The county board of supervisors' assembly hall is no longer portrayed by the same location as in the previous season (compare # 105). As filming in the Napa Valley had been wrapped up for this season, the current hall is not a real room, but merely an interior set.
A very similar sign as known from the Tuscany County Courthouse (see # 045 and 092) is in the assembly room: It reads "Tuscany County". It is the same prop and pretty obvious that the lettering "County Court" at the bottom was covered with another wooden element saying "County" only.
 
Mistake: Before Jay Spence's second meeting with Angela in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion in this episode (in daylight), an old establishing shot is reused; it features Angela's black Mercedes-Benz 600 on the driveway although she gave up this car after season 4. A wrong clip was selected in post-production.
 

The curly haired blonde played by uncredited extra BETTY JEANNE GLENNIE is in the Del Oro lobby in this episode.
Compare # 175 for biographical details about this minor rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 026.

 
Actress ROBIN GREER (Dina Wells) was not photographed for this episode, but had to be paid because she was originally hired for a scene in this episode that was omitted in rewrites.
 
 


 
 
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