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# 189 <8.06> Liars Anonymous
(revised 08/14/2023)

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Season time frame: The plot of this episode must take place a while after the previous episode. This can be derived from the fact that Angela announces she is the owner of Falcon Crest again and that she already commissioned an architect to rebuild the mansion. Signing over the property can hardly have happened over night. Lance's problems — which seem to have been going on for a while — are another hint; the charges against him were dropped only in the previous episode. Finally, Ben's injuries are no longer visible which would be quite unbelievable if it was just about one week after the previous episode. So it must be some time in December 1988 now, but definitely before 12/23/1988 (compare # 190).

Product placement: The family are having Perrier-Jouët (Fleur de Champagne) when Angela makes her announcement that Falcon Crest is hers again.

Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Angela wears the black & white suit she already wore in # 161.

Uncredited extra BARBARA SMITH appears in this episode again as the platinum blonde Tuscany Valley socialite — at the Del Oro Spa Restaurant.
For details about the extra, compare # 066.
Compare # 221 for a list of appearances throughout the series.

Uncredited extra PAUL VAN appears in his usual rôle as the mustached Tuscany Valley doctor again — first at the Del Oro Spa Restaurant. For his second appearance in this episode, see below.
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.
In the director's cut of this episode, the scene between Emma and Lance at the bar in the Del Oro Spa Restaurant was longer. Two young men from Tuscany appeared: One of them — Jeff (played by ROBERT YACKO) — showed his anger about the murder charges against Lance having been dropped; the other one, Dick (played by BENNETT LISS), an acquaintance of Lance's, was embarrassed about Jeff's remark.
That segment was omitted in the final version that went on the air.

The establishing shot of San Francisco features a little park on Vallejo Crest (Russian Hill summit) with a view towards the Bay Bridge in esatern direction. It is an unused segment from a scene in # 164 (Lance, nurse Claudia, Tony and others).

Fictional entity: Richard buys the Eureka Sun, a newspaper.
The Tuscany Herald was called Valley Star in the season 8 bible.
The street number of the Certified Market in the Tuscany Valley where Tommy, Paco and their girlfriends buy some beer is 227.
The filming location (same street number in real life) is the Certified Market in Monrovia, CA — a city in Greater Los Angeles.

Paco's sports car is a red Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z Convertible (a pimped muscle car).

The identification code of the blue Tuscany Trucking truck driven by Tommy is 162.
It is actually a customized Grumman Olson Step Van owned by LORIMAR. 162 is their actual vehicle inventory number for this truck used by the camera department. The second photo by script supervisor LEE WALKLING from the filming of season 7 depicts the exact same truck on My Three Sons Street between stages 12 and 16 at CBS-MTM STUDIOS (nowadays RADFORD STUDIO CENTER); pictured are from left to right: DAVID CALLOWAY (director of photography), WALT FRASER (first assistant camera), CRAIG ASATO (second assistant camera), who stopped working for "Falcon Crest" at the end of season 7, and WALT ANDRUS (camera operator; still on the crew at the time).

The phone number of Tuscany Trucking can be read on Miguel's truck: (707) 555-5766.
It is a gray 1989 Chevrolet Suburban 1500.

When Tommy Ortega wants to drive the truck after he had one beer, Miguel Aviles makes it very clear to him that Tuscany Trucking's policy is no drinking on the job. It is interesting to see that, contrary to the usual habits, drunk driving becomes a topic on LORIMAR shows now.
Product placement: The beer Tommy and Paco are drinking is Budweiser.

Product placement: After the Agrettis' trip to San Francisco, including Candlestick Park, Ben comes back with a lot of merchandise products of the San Francisco 49ers, the football club. He also wears a cap with their lettering.

Deleted scene: The original act 2 opener was the continuation of the night scene with Libby, Frank, Nick and Ben at the Agretti Residence after Libby's arrival. She tells about her recent adventures as a mineral geologist in a gold mine on the island of Palawan in the Philippines and about a summer with Frank in Cameroon where he was three months in bed with a fever in quarantine. The scene ends with Libby's expression that it came as a total surprise to her that Frank has a son and a grandson. This segment was filmed, but removed in post-production.
Agretti Residence exterior set — inconsistency: The layout of the patio is different from the previous episodes again:
Whenever anyone enters the den from the patio this episode, a half-timbered wall can be noticed across the French doors. In # 187, there was a short wall there (Frank leaned against it and had a view over Falcon Crest from there). In # 188 (compare there), it seemed there was nothing there but just the backyard. From this episode on, however, a short wall (sort of a railing) is now on the right hand side of the patio (as seen from the French doors).
As the patio now appears to be sort of an inner court with no access to the yard again, it seems very mysterious how visitors (e.g. Lance in this episode) are able to get to the French doors from outside. The set's floor plan gives away that there is actually another door leading out of the patio diagonally across from the living room's French doors, which is rarely visible in the angles filmed throughout this season; it is hardly recognizeable because it is also half-timbered just like the walls. By the way, it seems as if the Agrettis have no front door anymore because everyone enters the house from the patio at this time.
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.
Mistake: In the close-up of Libby in the Agretti patio, she reaches out her right hand to touch Frank's arm. In the subsequent frame filmed from across, however, it is her left hand that touches Frank's arm.
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.
Miguel says he has an appointment in Sutterville. This is obviously a small town near Tuscany, which will be mentioned several times in the course of this season, especially regarding to the gang led by Raúl; the gang is from there (as mentioned in # 192).
Ramsey Bottling is mentioned for the first time — a Sutterville based bottling company, which is for sale now.
Product placement: The necklace Maggie wears in this episode was designed by CHRISTIAN DIOR. Earrings that are not worn by her in the current episode are part of that particular jewelry set, too.
The heavily used red Volvo 242 DL sedan (compare # 055 for details) is used again; this time, it drives past the Tuscany Interstate Bank building. The driver is the vehicle's owner, actress MELODY McCORD (Melody); although she is only seen very briefly, this segment gives evidence that maid Melody also owns the car in the show's plotline.
As this episode shows in detail, the stores on Market Street in downtown Tuscany from # 185 (compare there) are opposite the Tuscany Interstate Bank. Also refer to # 190.
This actually does not match the real situation on the lot of CBS-MTM STUDIOS (now RADFORD STUDIO CENTER) though. The front of the bank (CBS-MTM office building 5) is on Mary Tyler Moore Avenue whereas the storefronts (in particular Al's Bakery, which will be the Tuscany Herald from the next episode on) are on My Three Sons Street, a cross-street to Mary Tyler Moore Avenue — so the stores are actually facing the western side of office building 5. The scene with Maggie and Lance was filmed in various takes and from various angles; a montage in editing created the illusion that the buildings are facing each other.
LORIMAR's original blueprints of this set and many others are available for DFCF members in the Show – Production Office – Filming Locations – Movie Studios – Exterior Sets section.

Maggie now drives a light beige 1984 Jeep Grand Wagoneer with exterior wood trim.

Uncredited extra SHIRLEY ANTHONY appears as Dr. Lee Walkling again — this time on Market Street in Tuscany with another lady gossiping about Lance.
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 KATHRYN JANSSEN appears as a gray-haired Tuscany Valley lady again — this time on Market Street in Tuscany with Dr. Walkling gossiping about Lance.
Compare # 227 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 021.

The picture on the easel behind the desk in the study of R.D. Young's house (a scenery with a steeple) is the same prop that was used in the fur store where "Monica" wanted to shop in # 119.
R.D. Young's recording of his playing the flute is a part from the Flute Sonata in E minor (BWV 1034) — III. Andante by JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 – 1750).
Richard mentions Chase left Maggie quite a lot of money. This is quite strange because she inherited so many debts. A typical example of the new writers' incompetence!
Minelli Cork, a Tuscany Valley cork factory, is also mentioned for the first time.
The original choice of name for the character of Justin Nash was Jordan Phillips according to early script drafts.
After his earlier apperarance in this episode (see above), uncredited extra PAUL VAN appears in his usual rôle as the mustached Tuscany Valley doctor again — now at the Tuscany Interstate Bank.
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.

Whereas LORENZO's tattoos were covered better than ever in the previous season, the make-up artists seem to have problems again in this episode. The skin on his right shoulder is slightly darker where his tattoo is.


Gussie's Pizzeria, the Tuscany restaurant where Nick, Ben, Gabriel and Pilar meet, is actually located at the corner of East Foothill Boulevard and May Avenue in Monrovia, CA — in the same building as the Certified Market (see above). It is a Japanese restaurant nowadays.

The establishing shot for the Mill Valley Boarding House where Emma rented a furnished room features the Victorian style Miller & Herriott Tract House, a historic landmark in downtown Los Angeles. This shot was not specifically filmed for "Falcon Crest", but comes from the filming of # 12 of LORIMAR's "Flamingo Road" (1981) where the home was used as the filming location for the house Fielding Carlyle inherited from his father.
The prop masters prepared another R.D. Young novel for the scene, in which Emma and Daniel made love for the first time: "The Corpse Said 'Yes'". Due to the close-up filming, the book was not featured in the final version though. For more titles of R.D. Young's novels, see # 184, 186, 188 and 201.
Deleted scene: The original episode cliffhanger was a scene at the Del Oro Tennis Club — Lance and Pilar run into Richard and Maggie. Pilar suggests a game of doubles, she and Richard playing against Maggie and Lance. While they are moving to the opposite end of the tennis court, Richard criticizes Pilar's seeing too much of Lance lately because he is not on their agenda; Pilar dryly replies he is on hers though. Richard warns her not to cross him.
The scene was originally filmed on the exterior tennis courts at Mulholland Tennis Club, which will be used as the Tuscany Valley Tennis Club in # 208. For unknown reasons, the film was not usable. The scene was reshot at the Toluca Lake Tennis Club (compare # 188). In post-production, however, it was removed from the episode.

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