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# 158 <7.03> Redemption
(revised 11/01/2022)
Melissa's nightmare comes from a scene that was originally filmed for the season 6 cliffhanger and the season 7 première. Original storyline plans suggested Melissa, desperately trying to swim ashore, would nearly make it when a mystery man would reach out as if to help her; but as she would pull him to her, he would suddenly push her away and her head under water to drown her. It was planned for Melissa to escape, but not to breathe a word about the mystery man who tried to kill her — a mystery for season 7. But these plans were revamped, and the scene was remodeled into the nightmare.
Different footage: The camera angle during the sneak preview before the main title (screen grabs 1 and 2) is slightly different from the one in the scene in this episode (screen capture 3); the scene also is sort of blurred in contrast to the preview.
Strange: Why does Dan sleep on the couch in the Agretti study instead of the guest bedroom Melissa offered him in # 157?
In early script drafts, the scene with Maggie and John at the Gioberti Winery continued as they go to the door. Dan arrives to ask Maggie for a meeting with Melissa to discuss if she might refrain from pressing charges against Melissa. This part was omitted in rewrites.
The Del Oro tennis court scene with Richard and Eric is filmed at Silverado Country Club in Napa, CA.
Product placement: Richard wears a Fila sports outfit.
Mistake: When Richard is looking at the photos of the Nevada ghost town Eric gave him, he is holding both sets of pictures quite far apart first. In the subsequent frame filmed from across, his hands and all the photos are closely together though.
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.
Eric's land in Nevada (later Channing Nevada) is worth $ 5 million.
Mary, the card dealer in Richard and Eric's poker game at the Del Oro, was named Tracie in early script drafts.
The terrace of the Del Oro Breakfast Café where Angela and Nicole dine is actually on the eastern side of the CBS-MTM administration building (nowadays CBS STUDIO CENTER). It is the same studio facility that usually portrays the Coit Café (compare especially # 074).
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 SHARRI ZAK appears as the gray-haired Tuscany Valley socialite again; this episode on the terrace of the Del Oro Breakfast Café.
Compare # 202 for biographical details about this rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 009.
Fictional entity: Courseault Chemicals is the now defunct pharmaceutical company Nicole's family used to own.
Angela mentions a few names of Courseault Chemicals board members, including Pierre Chabrier and Howard Jeffers. The latter was named Jean-Pierre Le Claire in early script drafts and Harold Jeffries in an intermediate draft.
The interior set of the Del Oro card room (poker scene with Eric and Richard) consists of the very same wall elements that were used to build the interior set of Phil Tindall's office at the Tuscany Valley Bank in # 157.
An establishing shot of Polo Road (Main Street, St. Helena, CA) is included, but the name of the street has not been mentioned yet. Compare # 162 and 175.
Toys — Oz for Kids, the Tuscany toy store where Nicole comes out, is actually the Winship-Smernes Building in Napa, CA. It housed a toy store by the same name, Oz for Kids (sign visible in the window), at the time of filming.
Early script drafts began with an interior scene at Toys — Oz for Kids in which Nicole orders a silver baby cup with an engraving saying "For Kevin, from Nicole". This scene was omitted in rewrites.
The meeting of Nicole and Vickie was different in early script drafts: Before the writers developed the coincidental meeting near Toys, a slightly different (act 2) scene was staged in the vineyard at the Gioberti Estate with Vickie sitting on the hood of her car, mourning her father all by herself, when Nicole drives up and tells her what Chase said about his daughter while he was in Viet Nam: "I named her Victoria. When I first saw her, I knew she was my victory over death. Whatever happens to me, in this child, I will live."
John quotes from a work of the French writer HONORÉ de BALZAC:
"Behind every great fortune is a crime."
The filming location for the open land in the Tuscany Valley (Melissa riding and Dan on his motorcycle) is what used to be the Bobby Brown Ranch in the Napa Valley. The ranch was sold in the 1990's. The bulk of the ranch grounds was acquired by Artesa Vineyards & Winery.
ANA-ALICIA and BRETT CULLEN are replaced by stunt doubles in the fast riding sequence.

Dan has a 1986 Honda XL 250 R motorcycle now.

An establishing shot of what used to be the Bank of America building (nowadays called 555 California) in San Francisco is used for Gioberti Enterprises instead of the usual building (see # 131) — probably mis-edited because it is also used as an establishing shot for Emma and Adeline's Sweetheart Dating Service in the course of this episode.
Fictional entity: Sandy Patterson, the architect meeting with Richard, works for Tuckman & Overwood Architects, whose president is Mike Tuckman, a character never seen.
The Nevada ghost town (later Channing Nevada) was the Western Street exterior set on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS. In 1988, this set was demolished to make room for the new sound stages 18, 19 and 20.
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.
License plate number of Richard's blue-gray 1984 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible (rental car in the scene in Channing Nevada): 1PCE694.
It is, by the way, the same picture car as the one used as Gwen Fuller's car in # 140.
Sandy Patterson's off-road vehicle is a red Suzuki SJ413 Convertible.

The establishing shot of Washington, D.C. is stock footage from a film library. It features an aerial view of The Pentagon in northeastern direction with the Lincoln Memorial in the background.

The Pentagon hallway John walks along is the same interior set as the one used for the Tuscany County Courthouse hallway in # 154. Only minor changes were made to minimize production costs.
Early script drafts contained an act 2 scene with Angela coming to the raceway garage where Lance is working on his car. She asks him to move back to Falcon Crest; in a very early draft, she also offers him to manage the Falcon Crest Winery again, which he rejects, stating that he still holds a share in Gioberti Enterprises; in a later draft, Angela just wants him to move back to Falcon Crest after he parted with Melissa, which he also refuses. The scene was completely omitted in rewrites. Most references about Gioberti Enterprises were eliminated from this season's episodes, which made it a bit difficult to understand what happened to the company. The show simply implied that Tony and Lance left the company.
Also omitted was an act 2 scene from early script drafts with Angela and Dan on the grounds of the Del Oro: He repairs a sprinkler pipe while Angela offers him to run the Falcon Crest Winery for her. He declines her offer.
Mistake: In the scene with Melissa and Dan at the Agretti pool, the close-ups are from different takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Melissa's hair is sometimes behind her left shoulder, sometimes hangs over her shoulder. This mistake happens several times during the scene. Only two examples are pictured here.
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.
Inside joke: The list of names in the Pentagon cross reference file about Nicole Sauguet is partly a list of the show's crew members, e.g.:
JERRY AVETA (propmaker gang boss)
ROBERT ARCHER (CBS best boy electrician)
JUAN GARZA (assistant editor)
DONNA GOLDBERG (assistant to the executive producers)
SUSAN KOBATA (assistant editor)
JACK LEBER (trailer editor)
WENDI E. WOODS (production coordinator)
Nice prop!
Product placement: The grand piano at The Max is made by piano manufacturer Schafer & Sons.
When Dan introduces the new nightclub to Angela and dances with her, an instrumental version of "Sentimental Journey" is played (performed by series' composer MARK SNOW); the song was originally composed by LES BROWN and BEN HOMER in 1944 and has been sung by a number of artists since.
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Dan wears the same sports coat he already wore in season 6 (# 149).
The establishing shot of Hong Kong — the camera panning from Victoria Peak over Hong Kong Island (filmed towards northeast) — was shot by LORIMAR during location filming in Hong Kong for a "Dallas" episode entitled "Shattered Dreams" (# 182 <7.21 — original count> / <8.21 — DVD count>).
Early script drafts contained an act 2 scene on the terrace of Richard's house in the evening in which Maggie asks Richard to come to the court hearing in San Francisco on Friday to have Chase declared dead. With the omission of that scene, inconsistencies were avoided because the hearing eventually took place at the Tuscany County Courthouse (which is correct, of course).

The Hong Kong street where John investigates Nicole's past was also portrayed by the former CBS-MTM Western Street exterior set, which was redecorated for that purpose.

Original script drafts had staged the Hong Kong scenes in Bangkok / Thailand.
IAN ABERCROMBIE, the actor who plays George Latham (a.k.a. Mike Berenson) this episode, also portrayed Ross Beaton, J.J. Roberts' campaign manager, in season 5.
Original script drafts had named the George Latham character George Simons or Monsieur Desmarais.

Uncredited extra KEVIN G. TRACEY appears as the thick-eyebrowed Tuscany Valley gentleman again, who works as the concierge at the Del Oro.
Compare # 185 for a list of all his appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 001.

Early script drafts contained an act 3 scene in the Del Oro lobby with Lance and Dina taking notice of Melissa's preparations — a conversation with Alden, a renowned chef, for the opening of The Max nightclub. This scene was omitted.

The filming location for the judge's chambers at the Tuscany County Courthouse (the hearing about declaring Chase dead) is a room adjacent to the former Vintner's Court Restaurant at the Silverado Country Club & Resort in Napa, CA.

STU KLITSNER, the actor who plays the official in the court hearing about declaring Chase dead, also portrayed Hawthorne, Angela's consultant, in season 4 and a realtor in season 1.
Season time frame: The day when Chase is declared dead is, as it can be derived from the number of days and nights having been depicted since # 156, not even two weeks after Chase's disappearance in the San Francisco Bay. This seems to be unusually early for a judicial decision.

The scene with Maggie, Vickie and Nicole in downtown Tuscany is filmed in downtown Napa, CA. The striking Paul R. Gore Clock Tower at the Dwight Murray Plaza near the Ristorante Allegria is visible; this clock tower was demolished in real life in 1997.

Del Oro interior set — inconsistency: The dimensions of the lobby mysteriously changed this episode, and so did the corners with the bar, the front desk and the concierge's desk. This will be seen even more clearly in # 162 and 163 (compare screen captures from those episodes with the ones from # 144, 154 and 156). The reason for the change is that the newl built set for The Max had to be squeezed into stage 16 at CBS-MTM STUDIOS (now CBS STUDIO CENTER).
A nightly establishing clip of the Del Oro decorated for the gala opening of The Max nightclub was planned, but omitted during filming.
During the opening party of The Max, the big band plays exactly the same music that was played at the party at the Gioberti Estate in # 130. It was composed by MARK SNOW specifically for the series.

The blonde woman (uncredited extra) who is best remembered as the Coit Café cash counter lady (# 154) is among the guests at The Max in this episode.
Compare # 195 for a list of appearances throughout the series.


SHAHRAD VOSSOUGHI (uncredit extra) plays a waiter at The Max in this episode (and in many more to come this season).
Compare # 181 for a list of appearances as an extra throughout the series and # 209 for his speaking rôle as Nick Massoud.

The shot of Vickie in The Max nightclub at the Del Oro in this season's main title (right screen capture) is from a scene in this episode; the scene itself, however, only contains the last part of the full sequence of Vickie used for the main title (compare the left screen grab for the part used this episode).

Uncredited extra LARRY HUMBURGER appears in another rôle — this time as a patron at The Max.
Compare # 227 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 078.

Deleted scene: Act 4 originally contained a scene with Richard and Angela at The Max: After Sandy Patterson goes off with a man to dance, Richard turns to Angela and provocatively calls her "Mom", asking her for a dance. She warns him not to embarrass her in the public, threatening she can embarrass him more. He cynically replies: "How? Send me to bed without supper?" This scene was removed in post-production.
Prop address: Emma's business card for the Sweetheart Dating Service lists its location at 138 Gramercy Place in San Francisco, CA (a fictional address). The toll-free phone number (also fictional) is (800) 555-7863.
A few scenes for the opening party of The Max nightclub at the Del Oro (foyer, stairway, elevator) were filmed inside the Silverado main house.
Original script drafts included Len Potts at the party at the Del Oro: When Maggie and John arrive, he tells them he received Chase's death certificate. This scene was omitted in rewrites, giving Richard a line that Maggie can pick up the death certificate from Len's office.
DAVID GUST, the tall, black-haired and mustached uncredited extra, who is best known for his rôle as an assistant district attorney (# 091, 092 and 154), but who also plays different characters in the series, appears in the Del Oro lobby again this episode.
Compare # 187 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 063.

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