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# 175 <7.20> Channing vs. Channing
(revised 02/13/2023)

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Cameraman's mistake: In the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study, the missing ceiling of the set can be noticed on the upper edge of the screen for a short moment.


Product placement: Maggie pours herself Evian mineral water.


PETER PAUL EASTMAN (uncredited extra) plays a member of The Thirteen in this episode again.
Compare # 221 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 021.

Another member of The Thirteen is named Nordstedt.
Inside joke: The character is named after RUSS NORDSTEDT, the show's uncredited key grip.

Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: Shortly before Frank shoots the snake next to Melissa on their way to Hobart, the sneak preview shows a wide angle shot (left screen grab), but the scene itself features close-ups.

NANCY WARREN, the actress who plays Patricia Knelman, a Tuscany County Child Welfare Office emloyee, this episode, also portrayed Hilary Haldane, a social worker, in season 6.
The establishing clip of the San Francisco Federal Building that also houses offices of the Justice Department shows the real Philip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco.
Inside joke: Edward Peters, the Justice Department official, is named after the show's best boy grip ED PETERS, JR.
DAPHNE ASHBROOK, the actress who plays Kathryn Anderson, a Justice Department employee, beginning this episode, also portrayed Leslie Perkins, who did some dirty work for Richard and Pamela, in season 3 (then credited as DAPHNE LEE ASHBROOK).
The scene with Richard and the TV station seller on the basketball ground is filmed beside stage 14 on the lot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS (now RADFORD STUDIO CENTER). The same ground was used in # 155 (scene with Mike Breslin, Richard's contact to San Francisco's underworld); details there.
Inside joke: The guy Richard blackmails into selling him his TV station is named Kenny Fuller. KENN FULLER is the production sound mixer's name.
The filming location for the San Francisco lake where Lance meets with Kathryn Anderson twice in this episode is the big lake at Rancho Maria in Placerita Canyon north of Los Angeles. Compare # 168 for a previous use of this movie ranch.
Inside joke: Talking to Kathryn Anderson, Lance says he thought everybody who works in the Justice Department looked like Elliott Ness. Elliott Ness is the main character in an old TV show called "The Untouchables" portrayed by ROBERT STACK, who played the not-so-untouchable Roland Saunders last season.

The filming location for the lake near Hobart, CA (Melissa and Frank on their way to the ghost town) is a small lake across the western town set at Rancho Maria. Compare above for details about this movie ranch.

Angela mentions the "Bambi" movie.

Product placement: Richard serves Perrier mineral water to Maggie once again.

Mistake: The glass of milk in Richard's New Globe office is almost full in the first close up. When Richard goes to the bar, it seems some of the milk has gone although nobody drank it in the scene (red arrow). In the next close-up, the glass is full again. This is the typical mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique — check # 011 (Lance and Lori) for details.
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.

License plate number of Frank's blue-gray 1987 Jeep Wrangler YJ: 1RWF749 (old blue California plate with yellow lettering).


The gold mining town of Hobart is seen for the first time. The filming location for the ghost town scenes in this episode as well as # 176, 182 and 183 is the western town set at Rancho Maria in Placerita Canyon north of Los Angeles.

The southern view of the administration building of the CBS-MTM STUDIOS (now RADFORD STUDIO CENTER; compare # 074) is used as the Tuscany County Courts in this episode. This will be the case also in # 183, 187 and 206. This building must pose for almost any office building scene now due to budget constraints.
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 curly haired blonde played by uncredited extra BETTY JEANNE GLENNIE appears in front of the courthouse this episode.
This episode marks the her final appearance on the show. She was in a number of episodes; compare # 015, 026, 029, 030, 033, 034, 035, 041, 045, 053, 058, 059, 065, 066, 071, 073, 088, 091, 092, 119, 121, 127, 131, 144, 145, 147, 163, 164 and 169. # 041 and 045 revealed that she was in pre-trial detention for a while, beginning approximately in March 1983; she was also a patient at the California State Hospital for the Criminally Insane for a short time (# 058 and 059). But she must have been acquitted of whatever she may have been charged with (compare # 053 and 091). While she first was a nurse at the Tuscany Valley Memorial Hospital (# 033), she later worked in the shipping / receiving department of the New Globe (# 073).
For details about the extra, compare # 015.
Different footage of the scene in judge Ambrose's office during the hearing concerning Angela's visitation rights for Michael: Richard's dialog in his testimony in the scene in the current episode is slightly different ("She is going to pass her hatred of me down to my son.") from the one in the sneak preview before the main title ("Angela Channing is out to destroy my family.").
This season's usual bedroom set of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion is redressed to portray judge Ambrose's chambers in this episode (screen grab 2). Dressed slightly differently, it was used as Vickie and Eric's hotel room in Switzerland in the previous episode (screen capture 1).
LORIMAR's original blueprints of this set and many others are available for DFCF members in the Show – Production Office – Filming Locations – Movie Studios – Interior Sets section.
Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: When Maggie is arguing with Richard in their bedroom at the ranch, the sneak preview shows a wide angle shot (left screen grab), but the scene itself features the same part of Maggie's dialog in a close-up.

Product placement: The Justice Department's computer is made by IBM.
The Justice Department has a file about the investigations about Richard Channing's Tuscany Downs race track dated May 2, 1984.

Real-life allusion: Melissa mentions AL CAPONE.
The post card allegedly mailed from London by Vickie from her and Eric's trip through Europe, features a photo of the cathedral in Milan / Italy. This implies she might have bought the post card in Milan, but sent out from London.
Scenic art: In contrast to the previous ones (compare # 082, 099, 116, 164 and 168), a new painted backdrop at the entrance of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion is visible for the first time (the third one in this season alone).
This one is by far the best background painting used for this interior set although it still does not depict an accurate representation of the Mansion's surroundings either. The palm trees, hedges and swimming pool from the real Villa Miravalle are conspicuously missing from the painting. Compare # 199 — where a wider angle of this backdrop is featured in much more detail — for a description and for a list of all episodes in which the backings of the Mansion are discussed.
Early script drafts called for Alma Miller as Maggie and Richard's housekeeper at the ranch, who previously worked for Maggie and Chase at the Gioberti House. This rôle would have been a nice element from the past, but actress LESLEY WOODS was unavailable, so the writers had to create a new motherly type housekeeper, Mrs. Raynor.
Maggie mentions "Sesame Street", the TV show for children.
Frank and Melissa mention the adventure book series "Hardy Boys" and "Nancy Drew". Later in this episode, Melissa reads to Frank from the book "Nancy Drew Mystery Stories: The Quest of the Missing Map".
Frank mentions "Betty Boop" cartoons.

When the falling ceiling beam hits Frank in Hobart, ROD TAYLOR is replaced by stunt double RANDY PETERS.


Kathryn Anderson drives a light blue 1986 Mazda RX7 GXL.
For LORIMAR's further use of this picture car, check out the Beyond the Show – Props – Picture Cars section.

When Lance is on his way to Laban's Delicatessen, the restaurant where he wants to meet with Kathryn, he is chased by a car — a black 1984 Chrysler New Yorker.
By the way, it is the same picture car that was previously used as Frank Ryan's (compare # 128) car and as the vehicle of Saunders' henchmen (# 148) as well as Wilkinson's car (# 155 and 160), Petko's vehicle (# 166) and The Thirteen's Bald Man's automobile (# 171).
This scene is filmed on an alley between the lot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS (now RADFORD STUDIO CENTER) lot and Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, CA.
Inside jokes: Laban's Deli is named after crew member LABAN FREEMAN (craft service — set). It is situated at the corner of Hansen and Calloway. The names of the streets are "borrowed" from MIKE HANSEN, the show's assistant property master, and DAVID CALLOWAY, the director of photography.
Mistake: In the scene with comatose Frank in his hospital room, the close-ups and wide angle shots are from different takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent because Frank's head is turned in various directions — always towards the camera.
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.
The interior set portraying the hallways at the San Francisco Metropolitan Hospital is identical with the one used as the Justice Department hallway earlier in this episode — with only minor redecoration to minimize production costs.
MARTHA MANOR appears again in this episode — as the clerk at The Toy Shoppe. She is only filmed from behind, but since it is a small speaking rôle, she receives billing in the end credits of this episode.
Compare # 202 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about MARTHA MANOR, compare # 001.

Product placement: The scene at The Toy Shoppe features Pipeworks, a click-lock locking system (kids' toy) by the Playskool company. This particular model is the Deluxe Set 3000 consisting of 130 pieces.


The patrol car of the Tuscany Valley Sheriff's Department in front of The Toy Shoppe is a 1980 Chevrolet Malibu with a 9C1 patrol car package.

Polo Road is first mentioned as the Tuscany street where The Toy Shoppe, the fancy store for toys, is. In previous episodes (e.g. # 162), the establishing shot for the toy store was Main Street, St. Helena in the Napa Valley. So this must be Polo Road on the show.
In the close-ups of this episode, however, the toy store itself is portrayed by the front of bungalow 9 facing St. Elsewhere Street on the backlot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS (nowadays RADFORD STUDIO CENTER). This part of the structure was used by the wardrobe department as fitting rooms. The bungalow's "other" front facing My Three Sons Street was utilized for other purposes in # 124, 142, 143, 155 and 161 (compare there). In the background, another store next door (the rear of bungalow 10), Western Wear, is visible. This part of the backlot was remodeled in the 1990's.
Angela mentions to the police that Maggie is Michael's mother. She does not use the term stepmother. This indicates the cross adoptions of Michael and Kevin by Maggie and Richard we will learn about in # 197 must have taken place recently.
Uncredited extra SHIRLEY ANTHONY appears as Dr. Lee Walkling again — this time at the birthday party Carly is throwing for Ange and herself.
Compare # 207 for biographical details about this minor rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 016.
Uncredited extra SHARRI ZAK appears as the gray-haired Tuscany Valley socialite with the pony tail again; this episode as a guest at Angela's birthday party.
Compare # 202 for biographical details about this rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 009.
Different camera angles in the sneak preview and the scene itself: In the conversation between Rosemont and Kathryn, the sneak preview shows a wide angle shot (left screen grab), but the scene itself features Rosemont in a close-up.
Season time frame:
This episode opens Wednesday, 03/02/1988 and closes Saturday, 03/05/1988. Compare # 173 and 178 for details on how to find out these dates.
Maggie says it was about a year ago that Richard found out Angela was his mother. Considering that happened in April 1987 (see # 156 and 157), this is a rough, but close estimation.
It is Angela and Carly's birthday (same day) in the finale of the current episode. As the characters confirm the last day depicted in this episode is a Saturday, the correctness of the interpretation given on this website is obvious. So Angela's birthday is March 5. Despite making sense for the season 7 time frame, this is in contrast to Julia's statement in # 013 where she said to Emma that Angela's birthday "was three months ago"; but that episode depicted the events around the beginning of 1982, thus hinting that Angela's birthday might be in October.

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