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# 180 <7.25> King's Gambit
(revised 02/13/2023)

The four identical unmarked FBI cars arriving at the Channing Ranch are gray 1983 Ford LTD Crown Victoria models.


The interiors of the plane Vickie uses to travel from Switzerland to the USA is the same set as the one used for # 156 (see there), except for some minor changes in props and set dressing.


Product placement: Madame Malec and Eric have a bottle of Perrier-Jouët (Fleur de Champagne). Also, Eric and Vickie as well as Eric and Madame — again — will drink the same brand towards the end of this episode.


The residential area where the FBI agents interrogate Richard is near the heavily filmed park (see # 135) on the CBS-MTM backlot. Bungalow 7 was previously used for other purposes in # 147 and 150 (see there).


Uncredited extra GAYLE FRANK plays the court stenographer again — this time at the FBI safe house, transcribing Richard's statement.
Compare # 215 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 017.

License plate number of the blue 1987 Ford Mustang III Convertible Carly "borrowed": 2GFY349. Also see # 191.
The scenes involving Dan in his truck and Carly in the convertible are filmed on a road near the Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, CA. The same part of that road had already been used for # 126 and 127 (see there — Jordan and Greg).

Red's henchmen's car is a 1986 white Chrysler Fifth Avenue.

The score in the scene with Dan driving his truck is co-composed by MARK SNOW and JEFF FREILICH. Parts of it were used in # 130 and 134 (see there). Elements of the score will be re-used in the theme of the "Dark Justice" TV series in 1991, another LORIMAR show with JEFF FREILICH as the executive producer and MARK SNOW as the music composer.
Mistake: When Melissa enters the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion dining room during the Frank Agretti Cancer Unit charity gala for the QVH, a man, a woman and a maid are standing in the background. In the subsequent frame (filmed from across), however, the man and the woman switched their places and are standing much closer to the foyer.
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.
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 charity party for the Frank Agretti Cancer Unit.
Compare # 202 for biographical details about this rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 009.
Uncredited extra PAUL VAN appears in his usual rôle as the mustached Tuscany Valley doctor again — this time at Angela's fundraising party for the QVH's Frank Agretti Cancer Unit. He escorts the gray-haired socialite, his colleague from the hospital (SHARRI ZAK, see above).
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.
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, is also a guest at Angie's fundraiser this episode.
Compare # 187 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 063.

In the clip to establish Madame Malec's apartment in Paris, the camera pans from the Arc de Triomphe (photographed in northwestern direction) to the number 146 — 150 building on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées (photographed towards northeast). The shot is stock footage from a film library.


The truck parked at the 24 Hour Mini Mart (details of the filming location below) is a white Ford F-Series Medium Duty Stake. By the way, it is the same picture car that was used at the Gioberti Winery in # 144 and on the Agretti land in # 179 (compare there).

Post-production mistake: The establishing shot of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion at night is one of the clips shot during the filming of the fire scene for # 103 (compare there), which includes the false gable that was specifically built and burnt down. The same mistake occurred in # 115, 125, 137 and 170 already.
Deleted scene: The director's cut contained a scene shortly before the end of act 2 in which Chao-Li, in robe, opens the front door of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion for some unseen persons with a look of surprise. Only the later scenes (kept in the episode) would reveal that they are Richard and the FBI agents. The scene with Chao-Li was removed in post-production.
The CBS-MTM STUDIOS transportation department used as Chase and Tony's additional winery space (compare # 144) and for various purposes in # 176 and 179 is now used as another gas station (24 Hour Mini Mart).
The location manager originally planned to shoot these scenes at the Rock Store in Cornell, CA (compare # 061 for this location). But filming near Paramount Ranch (see above) on the same day took too long so the scenes in front of and inside the 24 Hour Mini Mart had to be postponed to a later day on the studio lot.
The State Police patrol car at the 24 Hour Mini Mart is a 1980 Chevrolet Impala.
Real-life allusion: Angela mentions ATTILA, the Hun.
The serial number of the "key to Angela" is 8CT4068. It belongs to an old vault Wells Fargo used on their stage coach line.
The Wells Fargo archives is the same interior set as the one used for the rooms in the Falcon Crest Winery Building and the Gioberti Winery (compare # 171, for example). Only minor changes were made to minimize production costs.
Product placement: Archive boxes by Acorn Office Products are shown.
The establishing shot of Paris, which is stock footage from a film library, was photographed in southern direction, featuring a view of the Eiffel Tower (camera facing south). The distinct building with the mansard roof on the lower right frame is located on the southwestern corner of the intersection Avenue des Portugais / Rue la Pérouse.
Richard tells the FBI agents that he met with Rosemont on a Thursday, the 18th and on a Wednesday, the 3rd. February being the only month in 1988 (up to now in the season) with the days and dates matching, they must have met on Wednesday, 02/03/1988 and Thursday, 02/18/1988. Rosemont, however, had no on-screen appearance at that time (around # 170 and 171). Richard must have met him off screen around that time.
Time inconsistency: When Dan looks at the timer of the bomb, 24 seconds are left until it goes off. The real time until it explodes, however, is 27 seconds (clocked with an electronic time clock).
Peter Ryder mentions that Maggie, who is now living in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, and Richard, who is still at the ranch, live 20 miles apart. This means the ranch has to be somewhere on the outskirts of the Tuscany Valley, where no grapes are grown (as Maggie stated in # 170).
The interior set portraying the hallway to The Thirteen's previous conference room in New York City is identical with the one used as the hallways in the Justice Department and in the San Francisco Metropolitan Hospital in # 175, as the airport waiting area in # 176 and as the hallway in the California Museum of Science and Industry in # 179 — with only minor redecoration to minimize production costs.
SANDRA J. MARSHALL, the actress who plays Karen, who does a sales presentation in the Thirteen's former New York conference room this episode (right screen grab; blue suit), also portrayed Sophie, a teacher at Play Mountain Day Care Center in San Francisco in season 6.
Both patrol cars when Red and Amos are arrested are 1984 Plymouth Gran Fury models. The license plate number on Sheriff Buckman's patrol car is still 639405 — the same as in # 165 when Sheriff North drove it. This number, however, was also used on an unmarked S.F.P.D. car in # 164, which is a result of the low budget for these prop plates.

Amos' car is a burgundy 1985 Buick Electra.

The colorful abstract with antelopes hanging in the suite the FBI rented at the Del Oro is the same prop that was previously used in Cassandra Wilder's office at Wilder Advertising in seasons 4 and 5 and across from the door to Kit's suite in the hallway at the Del Oro in season 6 (compare # 132). It was also used in Frank's Del Oro suite (compare # 174) and in Kathryn Anderson's apartment (compare # 176).
For LORIMAR's further use of this picture, check out the Beyond the Show – Props – Set Dressing – Decoration section.
The interior set portraying the FBI suite is the usual interior set used for any suite at the spa (compare # 132, 141, 151, 157 and 174). The entranceway, however, was changed this time. Both Eric and Vickie's current suite at the spa and Madame Malec's Del Oro suite are identical, too, with only minor changes in the furniture and decoration — cutting down production costs.
The picture in the entryway of Eric and Vickie's Del Oro suite is the same prop that also hangs in the hallway to Madame Malec's suite. The picture was just rotated 180 degrees. This is particularly striking because it is in the very same scene that Eric leaves the room and, right after the cut, appears in this hallway.
Uncredited stand-in GORDON HODGINS appears as an extra again — this time in his usual rôle as a Tuscany Valley gentleman in a hallway at the Del Oro.
Compare # 182 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about GORDON HODGINS, compare # 001.

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