Falcon Crest: Season 2, Episode 6

Home Away from Home (12 Nov. 1982)

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Angela demands Lance play the dutiful husband to ensure the survival of Melissa's difficult pregnancy. Jacqueline visits her son, but Chase is suspicious when she leaves abruptly. Cole moves in with Katherine.

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Angela demands Lance play the dutiful husband to ensure the survival of Melissa's difficult pregnancy. Jacqueline visits her son, but Chase is suspicious when she leaves abruptly. Cole moves in with Katherine.

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Giobertis: Movin' On Up
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Chase's affluent, jet-set mother Jacqueline Perrault (Lana Turner) arrives from France to support Cole (William Moses) as he goes on trial for the murder of wine baron Carlo Agretti.

Jacqueline also lavishes her grand-daughter Vickie (Jamie Rose) with a new wardrobe. Yet the mere sight of Richard in a chance meeting at Chase's office at Falcon Crest appears to get Jacqueline perturbed enough to leave town as mysteriously as she arrived.

The San Francisco Globe continues to hound Cole boldly insinuating he murdered Carlo Agretti and publishing photographs of his romance with his widow/vintner girlfriend (Joanna Cassidy). A scuffle between Cole and Globe publisher Richard at the offices of the newspaper further entrenches their emnity.

Lance (Lorenzo Lamas) continues to ignore and mistreat his pregnant wife Melissa (Ana Alicia). She has a complication (breach) and could lose the baby or her very life. The stress of her jealousy over his time with his mistress is purely out of ego. She never liked Lance but how dare he carry on with another woman whilst married to the daughter of Carlo Agretti!? While the narrative in this episode doesn't necessarily stand out alongside others in the series a stylistic change is seen to be slowly creeping in.

Chase Gioberti (Robert Foxworth) usually seen in Season One in plaid shirts, blue jeans and suede jackets in keeping with the virile ex-airline pilot turned vineyardist who worked in the fields as hard as any of his pickers has a new image. To go with his term as a member of the Tuscany County Board of Supervisors and half-owner of Falcon Crest he is seldom seen in anything but impeccable haberdashery.

Maggie Gioberti (Susan Sullivan), while still supervising housework with the rest of her family is seen to be snubbing the winery her son Cole is working at. The luxury seen on the show and other night-time soaps was less visible before this point in the series at least in Chase and Maggie's household. Susan Sullivan became so synonymous with that type of luxury it typecast her.

Maggie, her husband Chase and their two grown children are still acting like they are middle-class while Chase has become half-owner of Falcon Crest and revealed that his mother Jacqueline is worth $50,000,000. To TV audiences the thinking was that wealthy people in sympathetic roles shouldn't be able to enjoy the good life unless they could have ready proof on hand that they'd worked long and hard for it first.

Falcon Crest began to get sexier by the end of the first season. Earl Hamner Jr. who also created such TV series as The Waltons and Apple's Way saw his more wholesome take on the genre of night-time soap evolve into a racier, more extravagant show stylistically similar to that seen on competing series like Dallas and Dynasty.

Here we see Jane Wyman, Lana Turner and Mel Ferrer adding a type of sophistication that didn't come cheap for episodic television back then and if it were seen on the small-screen at all was generally in mini-series and TV movies - productions which could quite easily afford such actors.


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