Falcon Crest

Season 1 Episode 1

The Vintage Years

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Unknown on CBS
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The Vintage Years
Angela Channing, powerful matriarch of the Channing clan, tries to take back total control of Falcon Crest, her family vineyard. Angie's nephew, Chase, is new to the valley, having moved there six months ago with his wife and children after he inherited a small parcel of the land from his father, who died mysteriously. Disappointed in her grandson, Lance, Angie tries to recruit Chase's son, Cole, to be her next heir. Lance, meanwhile, tries to work his way back into his grandmother's favor by disrupting Chase's harvest of his grapes, but, in the end, Chase plays hardball with Angie and gets to harvest his grapes, with Angie vowing she'll get Chase's land someday.moreless

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    Jane Wyman

    Jane Wyman

    Angela Channing

    Lorenzo Lamas

    Lorenzo Lamas

    Lance Cumson

    William R. Moses

    William R. Moses

    Cole Gioberti (1981-1986)

    Jamie Rose

    Jamie Rose

    Victoria "Vicki" Gioberti Hogan (1981-1983)

    Abby Dalton

    Abby Dalton

    Julia Cumson (1981-1986)

    Clu Gulager

    Clu Gulager

    Chase Gioberti

    Guest Star

    Michael Swan

    Michael Swan

    Richard Channing

    Guest Star

    Samantha Eggar

    Samantha Eggar

    Maggie Gioberti

    Guest Star

    Chao-Li Chi

    Chao-Li Chi

    Chao Li

    Recurring Role

    Nick Ramus

    Nick Ramus

    Gus Nunoz

    Recurring Role

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      • The character of Emma Channing is heard, but not seen.

      • Several characters were played by different actors in the original unaired pilot. Chase was played by Clu Gulager, Maggie was played by British actress Samantha Eggar, Richard was played by Michael Swan (best known from As the World Turns) and Mario was played by David Lambiosa.

      • Jane Wyman has a different hairstyle in the pilot than she would have in the entire series. In the pilot, Jane's hair is completely white and is permed.

      • There are several plot differences between this unaired pilot and the actual series. First of all, in the first episode of the series that aired, it shows how Jason Gioberti is killed, which then prompts Chase and his family to move from New York to Tuscany Valley. However, in the pilot, the circumstances surrounding Jason's death are a mystery and Chase and his family have lived in Tuscany for six months.

        Secondly, the episode begins with the blowing up of Chase's pumphouse by Richard Channing. This event actually didn't happen in the series until episode four when Lance blew it up. Also, Angela eyeing Cole as a potential heir substitute for Lance also didn't happen until the fourth episode.

        Third, in the pilot, Angela introduces her son, Richard Channing. However, in the series, Richard wasn't introduced until the second season, as the illegitimate son of Angela's late ex-husband (later revealed to be Angela's son too in season 6).

        Next, in the pilot, "Dorcas" (known as "Julia" in the series) mentions to Lance that she is still married to Lance's father, who is pretty much a lackey to Angela. Although Lance's father is not seen in the pilot, it is explained that he is in Europe on an errand for Angela buying expensive cork for her wines. While in the series, Julia and Tony, Lance's father, have been estranged for several years.

        Fourth, in the pilot, Vickie and Mario are already a couple, however, in the series, it took a while for this plot to develop.

        Finally, in the first episode of the series, Emma is seen being hidden away in Angela's attic after she killed Jason, while in the pilot, Emma is not seen, but a mysterios unseen (but heard) woman is being held in Angela's attic (which Lance explains to Cole are ghosts).

      • In the pilot episode, Chao-Li Chi appears as Angela's butler, but his character's name is "Lee Fong," later changed to "Chao-Li."

      • In the original pilot, Abby Dalton's character was named, "Dorcas Cumson," later changed to "Julia" when the show aired.

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