Updates from Frederick Smith, former Detroiter living in Los Angeles, and author of Down For Whatever (July2005) and Right Side of the Wrong Bed (December 2007).
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Another Falcon Crest Moment
So another classic television moment that some friends and I reminisced on this Sunday evening at The Abbey. Funny what a few mojitos and berry martinis can bring up in conversation. Books. Blogs. Celebrity sightings. Politics. Soap opera cliffhangers.
Picture it. Falcon Crest. 2nd season cliffhanger. They discover Lana Turner is Richard Channing's mother. Angela calls Lana the "B" word, a first for television. They discover who the murderer is/was of the season-long murder mystery. It's the innocent Julia. Pan out to the exterior of the Falcon Crest house. We hear four gunshots. Next scene, everyone's dressed in black, backs turned to the camera. We see casket lower into the ground. And we're left to wonder. Who's being laid to rest?
And then we skipped to the way Maggie died in a later season cliffhanger. The irony. An on again/off again romance that brought nothing but heartache and pain to Maggie. She finally accepts Richard's proposal and puts on the giant diamond ring she's admired in the jewelry box she carried with her everywhere. She's playing with their kids around the pool. Kids toys fall in the pool. Maggie swims down to get them. Braces her hand in the pool drain and the ring gets stuck. She can't get it unstuck. The scene ends with her struggling to get her hand out the drain. The relationship, which was dysfunctional and bad all along, eventually kills her. Another great cliffhanger. Sad, though.(And in our mojito-driven states, came to the conclusion: don't let a bad relationship kill you -- physically or mentally or spiritually!)
Falcon Crest gave us good stories and writing in the 80s and 90s. Even if it was a little dramatic, but never campy. OK, maybe the Appolonia year. Time for a reunion, CBS, while all or most of the stars are still with us. fs