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# 148 <6.21> Battle Lines
(revised 06/17/2024)

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Different takes: The moment when Eric sees Melissa with the ax in the Del Oro hallway and starts running towards her is presented in the recap in a different take (wide angle; screen grab 2) from the one featured in the scene in the previous episode (a close-up of Eric; screen capture 1).
Richard apparently had a safe installed in the exterior wall of the sitting room in his house. This is the reason why the picture (now hiding the safe) and the art-deco style lamp switched their places.
License plate number of Kolinski's black 1981 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit I: 2EBD453.
The bend and berm near the Gioberti Winery 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, 121, 135 and 137 (see there) and will be used for various purposes in future episodes (# 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.

From this episode on, Tony drives a beige 1983 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon with exterior wood trim. Maybe a Gioberti Enterprises company car?
The license plate number is 1EPC819.

Confusing: The Tuscany Land Company is not called Corporation, but Company again. Compare # 147. Maybe the characters do not know the exact name and correct legal use of these terms.
When Peter and Tony are followed by Kolinski, they drive through a business park on the outskirts of Tuscany where tall office buildings are located, including the Bank of Tuscany Valley. Tuscany seems to have grown quite a lot since season 1, which appears to be a logical development: In # 053, Chase was already worried that establishing Tuscany Downs might result in hotel high-rises being built; in # 060, Carter St. John presented the plans for a huge condominium complex, which might have been the groundwork for a change of the once-rural area.
In real life, the street used for filming the current episode is Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, CA. The bank high-rise actually is the National Bank of California. The street number (14724), by the way, is the actual number of the building.
Each of the taxis in front of the Bank of Tuscany Valley is a 1980 Chevrolet Impala Series 1B.
Uncredited extra WALTER M. SPEAR appears as the bald and bearded Tuscany Valley gentleman again — first in front of the Bank of Tuscany Valley. For his second appearance in this episode, see below.
Also compare below for a complete list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 048.
The phone number of the independent owner-operated radio dispatched cab in Tuscany is (707) 555-7252.

License plate number of Saunders' henchmen's black 1984 Chrysler Fifth Avenue: 1SMD387.


Uncredited extra ARLENA HOLLARMAN APISA appears in this episode again as Helen, the Del Oro Spa & Country Club chief receptionist.
Compare # 223 for a list of appearances throughout the series.

Real-life allusion: Maggie mentions PAUL REVERE (1735 — 1818), a master craftsman, highly praised for his work in gold and silversmithing.
Richard to Maggie: "I did not even know who my own father was until I was 35 years old." — Inconsistency: This is hardly possible because it was mentioned in # 019 that he was 12 when he found out about his adoption and took the Channing name.
Explanation: Maybe Richard exaggerates a bit in his efforts to convince Maggie not to give Kevin up for adoption. Also compare # 141.

The establishing shot of San Francisco features a view of Aquatic Park. It is filmed from Municipal Pier in southeastern direction.


Kit's hiding place in San Francisco is actually the Holiday Manor, a holiday apartment complex in Studio City, CA.
Inside joke: Location manager JEFF SPELLMAN, who lived outside California, had rented apartment 16 in that complex while filming the show's L.A. segments.

The hotel suite where Kit was hiding last before she went to Carmel is the same interior set as the one used for Gabrielle's room at the Tuscany Valley Inn^. Only the walls were repainted, the doors exchanged and the furniture replaced to save production costs.
The front of the CBS-MTM (now RADFORD STUDIO CENTER) Administration Building is used as another entrance to the New Globe in this episode and # 153. This time, the prop masters and location managers have been more careful: The sign says "The San Francisco New Globe Executive Office Annex", making it clear it is a part of a large building complex. The company's name, however, is incorrect; it would rather have to read "The New San Francisco Globe".
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.
After his first appearance in this episode (see above), uncredited extra WALTER M. SPEAR participates as the bald and bearded Tuscany Valley gentleman again — now in front of the New Globe annex.
It is his last appearance on the show. He was featured on various occasions in previous episodes (compare # 048, 053, 083, 088, 093, 096, 098, 112, 113 and 124).
For details about the extra, compare # 048.
The establishing clip of the San Francisco apartment complex where Melissa secretly buys a condo is stock footage of the Golden Gateway Commons near The Embarcadero in San Francisco.
Also see Angela's statement in # 154.
Inconsistencies in the interior set of Melissa's apartment in San Francisco:
As visible from the outside, the living room has two windows separated by a narrow wall. The bottom quarters of these windows are separated by horizontal muntins; these glass panes are divided in half by vertical muntins (red circle in the exterior view). In the interior set, however, the muntins are missing completely. There is a balustrade in front of the windows instead while the exterior view shows that flower boxes are attached to the window sills.
The walls on either side of the windows in the interior set are too wide (just compare the green mark in the exterior view as an example for that side).
The building's exterior has an oriel with a bay window (yellow circle in the exterior view), which is missing in the interior set where it would have to be to the left of the window.
The fireplace presented later in the scene is in the wrong place in the interior set (marked blue in the exterior view); it would have to be in the opposite wall next to the sliding glass door leading to the balcony as the exterior view shows.
The glass sliding door behind the realtor actually leads to the balcony that is shown in the exterior shots (compare the area to the left of the green mark in the exterior view). It is recessed too far from the façade in the set though.
Lance and Tony have coffee and cake at the same restaurant as Chase and Vickie in # 144. Whereas Henri's was written on the menus in # 144, the current menus feature a different restaurant name this time, Blainfield's. The prop guys accidentally used the standard prop menu from the usual restaurant with the big terrace (compare # 145).
However, this might indicate that Henri's was taken over by Blainfield's in the meantime.
Chase's house — inconsistency: The living room interior set does not exactly match the exteriors of the real house. There ought to be a window next to the front door (in the area where Maggie is standing in the current episode). The mailbox on the wall in the corner next to the front door (to be seen in all exterior shots) is also missing in the scene shot on the sound stage.
The stair landing of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion stairway interior set is different from the one in Spring Mountain's Villa Miravalle as this episode shows in detail: There is a step to the landing which does not exist in the real house.
Inside joke: GREG STRANGIS, the current episode's writer, named Greco Winery in the Tuscany Valley, which was already mentioned in # 057, after his own first name.
Early script drafts spoke of Bisutti Winery instead.
The DiGioia Winery in the Tuscany Valley is also mentioned. It will never be referred to in the series again.
Music score: Composers JESSE FREDERICK & BENNETT SALVAY use MARK SNOW's "Maggie's Theme" (compare # 137) in the scene with Maggie and Richard in the Gioberti House bedroom shortly before Maggie hands Kevin over to the adoption attorney in this episode.
The log house used as Kit's Carmel hiding place is the same location used as Lauren and Walker's home in season 9 (see # 208). The private residence and its surroundings, which are also utilized for the series, is located in Topanga Canyon in Greater Los Angeles in real life.
Early script drafts suggested Eureka instead of Carmel for Kit's hideout.

The car used by Kit in Carmel (parked in front of the log home) is a blue-gray Mazda 626 Coupé.

Season time frame: This episode depicts the events of five days. It begins on Tuesday, 02/17/1987 (compare # 147) and ends on Saturday, 02/21/1987 (also see # 149).

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