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# 194 <8.11> True Confessions
(revised 04/10/2023)

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MICHAEL FILERMAN was a participating writer in the original drafts of the episode. Since the script was changed heavily, however, he was not credited for it on screen.
Different footage in the recap and the scene of Emma and Daniel's wedding in the previous episode: # 193 featured a long shot (screen grab 1), but the recap before the main title of the current episode — also with the voice over of Emma reading her letter — presents an earlier moment in a wide angle that is less zoomed-in (screen capture 2).
Parts of the final scene from # 193 are unusually presented again at the beginning of act 1 (rather than in the recap). The footage in the segment in the den at the Agretti Residence when Nick demands the truth from Anna is from a different take though: In # 193, the moment when Nick asks, "Tell me the truth, Anna," was shown in a close-up (screen grab 1) while the footage in the current episode is a long shot (screen grab 2) with Nick's line being shortened to: "The truth, Anna!"
For the actual opening scene at night, a previously unused establishing shot of the Channing Ranch is presented. It was filmed during season 7 though, which is easily recognizable from Maggie's car on the driveway because the use of the golden Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL as a picture car was discontinued at the end of season 7. This clip, however, might indicate Maggie still has the car besides her current Jeep Grand Wagoneer.
The picture that has been hanging on the wall near the stairway landing in the foyer since the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion was rebuilt is the same prop that was was previously used in various places: in Angela's bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion in season 1; after that, in Lance and Melissa's bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion between # 030 (see there) and 068 as well as in Frank's guest bedroom in # 182 (see there); also in Richard's Whitewood Industries office in New York City (see # 019); also in Michael and Terry's bedroom in the McKay House (see # 058) and in Gustav's office (see # 077); and in the master bedroom in the Agretti Residence between # 116 (compare there) and the end of season 5. Even the frame is still the same.
Real-life allusion: Angela mentions the Rotary Club.

Many exterior scenes are filmed at the estate that has been used as the Agretti Residence since the previous episode. As in # 103, the pool area is used primarily for shooting.

After PETER MacLEAN played Justin Nash between # 189 and 193, LEE BERGERE takes over the rôle now.
Mistake: At the polo arena, Pilar touches the polo pony with her right hand first. In the subsequent frame, however, she touches it with her left hand. 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.
A similar mistake happens only a few seconds later: The close-ups of Pilar and Lance at the arena are also from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Lance's left hand is in different positions in subsequent frames.
The filming location for the polo arena at the Tuscany Valley Equestrian Center is the Equidome of the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA. Even the real logo can be seen in some places (red mark).
The location manager originally selected the Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades, CA for filming the scenes at the polo arena, but the location was changed shortly before filming began.

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

The arrival scenes at Chicago O'Hare International Airport (screen grab 1) are filmed in front of the Warner Center Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills, CA.
All the interior and exterior shots of Richard's hotel in Chicago (screen captures 2 and 3) are also filmed there.

License plate number of Malcolm's stretched black 1985 Lincoln Town Car limousine: Illinois EST 469.
It is, by the way, the same picture car that has been in regular use as Richard's limo since # 160.

The burgundy Jaguar XJ (Series III) parked at the entrance of Richard's hotel in Chicago is the same picture car that was used as Louella's vehicle in # 123 and for another purpose in # 078; compare there for a list of other episodes featuring this picture car.
For LORIMAR's further use of this picture car, check out the Beyond the Show – Props – Picture Cars section.
Angela's assets must have diminished rapidly most recently: Malcolm Sinclair mentions she will remove her $ 2 million from the Tuscany Interstate Bank accounts. In a previous episode, the audience learnt she has (almost) all her funds in that bank.
Reconstructing the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion and replanting the vineyards damaged in the fire might have cost a tremendous amount of money; this could also be the reason for Falcon Crest being in financial trouble and struggling to remain solvent next season. On the other hand, it is mysterious that Angela did not sue Joseph for damages because Melissa's heir would be liable.
Old establishing clips of downtown Tuscany are reused to introduce Jeeter's (details about the restaurant in # 163 and 170) this episode: a section of Main Street (Lincoln Avenue in Calistoga, CA in real life) for the first scene and Polo Road (Main Street in St. Helena, CA in real life) for the second scene. So where is the restaurant located in Tuscany?
Considering # 185 showed that the restaurant is located on the same shopping street where the Tuscany Interstate Bank is, which was Market Street in that episode (the Plaza in Sonoma, CA in real life), this will be even more mysterious.
What the hell did those film editors do here?!
The only explanation seems that Polo Road and Main Street must be parallel; Market Street might be an intersection between both of them. Between the two parallels, there might be just one row of stores so that Jeeter's can be entered from any street.

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

In early script drafts, the scene with Ben and Anna outside the Agretti Residence (talking about how Anna and Nick first met) was initially longer: It started on Anna teaching Ben how to play bocce in the garden of the Agretti Residence. He is a fast learner so she considers him as a real Italian. Ben explains the land they are on belonged to his great grandfather, who — according to what Frank said — was 15 years old when he came to the U.S. and could not speak a word of English, but became a millionaire by the time he was 30. Anna asks Ben what he wants to do after finishing high school, and he says he thinks he might want to study literature at university because he loves to read. This initial part of the scene was omitted in rewrites, which was a blessing, considering Ben's "history lesson" about the Agretti ancestors would have created even more confusion in the Agretti family history.
Fictional entities: Glenbraddoch is one of the world's largest distillers and winery conglomerates. Troilus, the controlling company, is a Swiss firm.
The unusual name Troilus is inspired by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE's (1564 – 1616) drama "Troilus and Cressida". Co-producers STEPHEN BLACK & HENRY STERN already liked to add SHAKESPEARE allusions and quotes during their first stint on the show in seasons 2 and 3.

Cameraman's mistake: In the scene in Richard's hotel suite in Chicago, the boom microphone can be seen in the upper corner of the frame during the conversation with Malcolm.

Richard mentions Harrison Diggs, a major Glenbraddoch stockholder, who, however, will never appear on screen.
Deleted scene: The director's cut included Nick, Ben and Anna's arrival at the polo arena at the Tuscany Valley Equestrian Center. Nick and Ben say they wanted to show Anna the match because she has only seen some polo games in England. Besides, Nick wants to see Lance play. Anna mentions she hopes, when Nick feels more comfortable about things, he will let her take Ben on a little holiday to England. But Nick replies he will have to wait until Ben is 18 because the holiday could end in Italy, and he could not buck the Italian legal system. This scene was filmed, but removed in post-production.
Real-life allusion: Diane mentions she graduated from Miss Barclay's. This was a real private school in Virginia Beach, VA between 1921 and 1972. Considering her age, it seems impossible, however, that Diane graduated from school before or in 1972.

The establishing shot of the Chicago O'Hare International Airport features the shuttle line of the Airport Transit System. It is stock footage from a film library.

The scenes at Chicago O'Hare Airport with the airplanes in background are from the Air Sources building at Van Nuys Airport.

The company jet of the Glenbraddoch Corporation is an Israeli Aircraft Industries Westwind.

Mistake: The close-ups of Pilar and Lance in his Del Oro suite are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Pilar's left hand is in different positions on Lance's face in subsequent frames. 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.
Mistake: The close-ups of Tommy and Kelly in bed are from various takes that were combined in the editing process. This becomes apparent when Tommy's right hand is in different positions on the blanket in subsequent frames. 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 car used by Cellini's henchmen (in particular Salvatore as # 195 will reveal) is a gray 1988 Ford LTD Crown Victoria 4-Door Sedan.
Score: In the scene when Nick discovers the car of Cellini's henchmen near the Agretti Residence, composer PETER MYERS uses the same background music he already used in # 087 when Angela arrived at Riebmann's.
In # 115 of "Dynasty", for which MYERS also composed the background music, he used this piece in 1985, too.
Anna reads a fictional Italian daily newspaper named Il Giornale in her Del Oro suite.

The establishing shot of Richard's hotel in Chicago features the Metropolitan Vancouver Hotel in Vancouver, BC / Canada. It is stock footage from a film library.

Season time frame:
Giving respect to the episode chronology up to # 199, the current episode must open on Saturday, 02/18/1989 and close on Wednesday, 02/22/1989. The next to last day of the current episode is a Tuesday as Lance's statement (riding Justin's polo pony on Tuesday's match) reveals.
It seems strange that, on the same day, Maggie tells Richard "the paper is out tonight"; the weekly issues of the Tuscany Herald are known to be published Thursdays. Does Maggie probably refer to the deadline for the editing or layout before the paper goes into printing?

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