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The grim reaper that was FALCON CREST.

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  1. Jock Og

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    FALCON CREST was undoubtedly the 80’s prime time show with the highest death count, not just fringe characters but main roles met those dreaded Falcon claws (albeit a metaphorical sense). Which death was the most poignant and shocking?

    The show commenced with Angela’s brother / Chase’s father Jason falling to his death in the winery. Douglas then dropped dead, in the latter part of the 1st season. Jacqueline (Chase’s mother) was mowed down by crazy Julia, in the last episode of season two. Three people died; FC attorney Philip, Dr. Michael Ranson and baker Vince’s daughter Linda after the cartel sabotaged Richard’s private jet, in the season 3 finale. Then the cartel was well and truly buried in season 4 when Johann, Renee and Gustav’s greed got the better of them.

    The earth quaked closed season five, with blonde bombshell Terri and Emma’s love the trucker Dwayne as victims. Around the same time the next year champagne / sparkling wine maker Chase met a presumed watery demise. His rival Richard was supposedly dead at the hands of the 13, in mid 1988. In the autumn of ’88 another core character and thorn in Angela’s side namely Melissa succumbed to the flames and smoke, after setting FC on fire in an apparent suicide. To cap things off the most down to earth character and original ‘FC’er’ Maggie accidentally died, after her ring stuck in the grate of Richard’s swimming pool.


    After all the drama of the season 6 finale i.e. Kit goes on the run; Angela gets the shock of her life from 45 years ago, Emma threatens to commit suicide, from the mansion’s roof, Chase, Melissa, Dan and Richard are in the bay plus the ever faithful Chao-Li is sick in hospital, after he tumbled, on the mansion’s stairs (and isn’t just his balance). Angela pays her main man a visit, (a scene from season 7, 1987-’88):

    Chao-Li: “But what about Emma?”

    Angela: “Lance got her down, off the ledge. Calmed her down! Look I’m coming back in the morning. Now I don’t you to give the nurses a hard time. I want a good report!”

    Chao-Li: “Thank you Mrs. Channing!”

    Angela: “You just get well Chao-Li. That’s thanks enough for me. See ya tomorrow!”

    Chao-Li smiles at Angela, before she receives a devastating phone call from Dan Fixx about what happened in the bay.
     
  2. Zable

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    For me, it was Richard's death in Season 7. I first saw this episode on TV in the era of 48-minute episodes. In the country I watched it, news about this imported series was not easy to come by, unless you read imported US entertainment mags such as Soap Opera Digest. I read an item which said that a "major, major star" would definitely be killed off in the final episode. In my mind that was going to be either Babe Wyman or Dave Selby.

    Then came the part where Richard offered his life to The Thirteen. I was thinking, "OK, it's him, then" and the music-driven atmosphere seemed to suggest it. But a part of me kept thinking there had to be a twist somewhere -- either Richard was stalling for time, or something would happen to Angela -- so I didn't quite believe it was 'for real'. But then, Richard got into his car and Garth enquired if The Thirteen had accepted his offer.

    When Richard said yes, Garth said brokenly, "Oh, sir --" (something like that), and he choked up. That was the arrow in the heart for me. I'm mad that the few seconds of this precious reaction from Garth, and Richard's response to it, have been shaved off the episode. What jack-asses to have done that, presumably for the sake of ad time.

    It was Garth's broken voice & brush of his eye which sold it for me that he and Richard had not planned a ruse. Richard looked touched. If memory serves, he placed a hand on Garth's hand. One brief moment from both men, then it was business as usual. I was fully sold then that Richard was gonna die.

    I watched the last part of the final episode half holding my breath. (Lol, I had to keep reminding myself to breathe.) Richard tentatively asking Angela, "Are you trying to tell me that you love me, Mother?"; Father Bob's "Love is, finally, the measure of us all" sermon; and Maggie's Tale of the Two Brave Daddies plus the music were the highlights for me.

    I really believed that Richard was dead and gone.

    That Richard was the ghost who wouldn't die was a big let down.
     
  3. Willie Oleson

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    My Falcon Crest Deaths top 10 would be:

    1. Maggie Gioberti
    Shocking, in the way it was filmed, and completely unexpected. Not to mention the irony that it was Richard who had *indirectly* caused her death.

    2. Julia Cumson
    Just when I thought that "it was all over", there's a final twist. And it happened because a minor character misinterpreted the situation. Excellent drama, even better than the plane crash cliffhanger.

    3. Dina Wells
    First she got crippled in an accident, and then killed by an evil nurse. Talk about a double whammy.

    4. Jason Gioberti
    Because he died twice, and it was all so deliciously gothic.

    5. Chase Gioberti
    I'm not sure if it was shocking and/or surprising, but I really hated to see him die. Falcon Crest without Chase is like Dallas without Bobby.
    I'm not saying that it hurt the show (there were more significant reasons) but that's just how I felt at that time.

    6. Richard Channing
    For the reasons mentioned by @Zable

    7. Henri Denault
    Killed by the "boy" he had bought from Jacqueline Perrault. It was self-defence, but still there was a strong sense of justice.

    8. Walker Daniels
    Boom!

    9. The Falcon
    Apparently something horrible has happened. And then they're all staring at a dead bird. I guess the show couldn't afford its fees anymore.

    10. Lorraine Prescott
    Because I didn't think they would kill off Richard Channing's daughter.
     
  4. Arlene Halloran

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    Wille did you mean Jacqueline as your second option? Julia never died in the show. The killing of any main character who was there from the start or shortly after is always going to be a shocker and FC done this with gutso. For me the most poignant was Melissa. After finally getting the most successful American wine business everything took a turn for the worst and instead of securing her future having Angela's company lead to her death. I would like to have seen Season 8 with Melissa on top and all the karma for Angela but FC was always going to be Mrs. Channing's property, sooner or later. Angela always won the grape battles.
     
  5. Willie Oleson

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    But I didn't know that because there was no indication or hints that she had escaped. So, at that particular time in the story she was dead. And then they intended to take her ashes to Italy and then two other characters died because of that.
     
  6. Jock Og

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    Yeah there was of course Julia’s presumed death, towards the end of season 3. Although Angela’s oldest daughter being burned to death was very sad and the scene with mother plus daughter emotionally charged, her return in the vines overshadowed events of that traumatic day in the woods. Thus IMHO Julia seemingly dying in the fire was slightly anti climax.

    Had Robert McCullough (supervising producer of season 1 – 3) not left after ‘Ashes to Ashes’ then the creative differences he had with Abby Dalton (Julia) would have ensured that Julia stayed dead. I suppose in a way it was karma for Julia that she be locked up in season 4, by the very people responsible for the 3rd season cliff-hanger. They got their just deserts too and rightfully so, among all the emeralds and jewels sought by them, after the tunnel caved in.


    Julia has kidnapped Joseph, in the springhouse. This happened after her return to the mansion, dressed as a nun and prior to this being pursued by Chase in the chapel. Julia will release Joseph (Melissa and Cole’s son), if Angela takes his place, (a scene from season 3, 1983 – ‘84):

    Julia: “Come in mother.”

    Angela: “Are you just going to stand there? I thought the idea was to shoot me. Julia give me the gun.”

    Julia: “Don’t come any closer. I’m not afraid of you. Not after being in prison. Not after being on the run.”

    Angela: “Perhaps we can become friends.”

    Julia: “Never!”

    Angela: “I’m worried sick, about you Julia.”

    Julia: “You should be!”

    Angela: “Look we don’t really know each other very well. I have always had a difficulty expressing my feelings. I’m so much like my father. He was stubborn and so am I. Ambitious.”

    Julia: “And controlling and devious.”

    Angela: “If the circumstances called for it, yes.”

    Julia: “And the circumstances always called for it were I was concerned. You controlled every minute of my life but I’m in control now and you’re not going to steal this moment from me.”

    Angela: “If you kill me Falcon Crest will go to Melissa and Lance will be cut off this land forever. Julia I want you to come with me. I want to take you to a hospital, where you can be treated.”

    Julia: “You just want me to be locked up and forgotten.”

    Angela: “No. No. I want to become a mother to you. Something I have never been.”

    Julia: “It’s too late! It’s too late, for both of us.”

    Angela: “I love you! I want you to believe that. No matter what happens I always will. I love you Julia! Now please give me the gun.”

    Julia: “You always win.”

    Just as Julia is about to give Angela the gun, a shot is fired from another gun, through the window. Angela falls into one of the chairs. Julia is knocked to the ground. A lamp catches a curtain and sets it alight.

    Sheriff Robbins says to his deputies: “Find out who fired those shots.”

    Lance: “Mom!”

    Angela starts shaking Julia and shouts, “Julia. Julia. Julia get up!”

    Lance runs to the springhouse.

    Sheriff Robbins: “Hey Lance.”

    Lance pushes him aside.

    Sheriff Robbins: “Lance.”

    Chase then joins Lance to rescue the trapped pair, as the springhouse begins to engulf in flames.

    Maggie: “Chase.”

    Lance: “Mom! Mom!”

    Chase rescues Angela. Lance attempts to carry his mother out of the springhouse but the roof collapses.

    Chase realizes they haven’t got out yet so runs in again.

    Maggie: “Chase!”

    Sheriff Robbins: “Don’t Maggie. I’ll get him.”

    Chase manages to get Lance out of the inferno.

    Lance: “Mom! Mom!”

    Sheriff Robbins: “Get a paramedic over here. What about Julia?”

    Chase: “I couldn’t see her.”

    Sheriff Robbins: “It’s too late now.”

    The camera moves to each dejected looking character and then freeze frame on the springhouse, as the fire overcomes it.
     
  7. Gioberti84

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    This is difficult, as my top 3 would be Maggie, Melissa and Julia. Each of their passings were poignant. Probably Maggie because she died attempting to get Richard's toy soldiers out of the pool, for her two boys. Richard's present of the ring sealed her fate. Soul at rest dear Maggie.
     
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    Maggie's death was probably the most shocking because she was a one of the main characters and the manner and timing of her death came as a total surprise. However, her death came towards the end of the run of the show and so had less significance. In terms of being poignant, for me it has to be Julia presumed death in the fire a the spring house after Angela told her that she loved her and Julia appeared to be coming around to believing that.
     
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    My top ten deaths -

    1) Maggie in the pool.
    2) Melissa in the burning mansion.
    3) Jason in the winery (the kick off).
    4) Julia in the spring house (but there was a tunnel).
    5) Jacqueline in the mansion during Vickie's wedding.
    6) Terri in the earthquake (Richard discovers her body).
    7) Gustav buried with the treasure in the FC tunnel.
    8) The trio dead in the planecrash.
    9) Chase (his body never found).
    10) Richard (who was in the church).
     
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    Lance was easily the most in mourning, three of his gals met Tuscany's grim reaper - Lorraine, Dina and Melissa. An omen by any standards eh?
     
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    I dunno
    Maggie is by far the most shocking and one I actually remember from the original run - it's like @Pamela_E once pointed out that it's just so nasty and absolutely merciless. I guess the fact that it happened in the second episode of season nine and wasn't a season finale cliffhanger just made it more shocking. It would be like actually killing off Krystle on Dynasty instead of putting her in a coma - it's the blonde haired heroine!

    Melissa was significant in the way the show probably breathed its last breath with it, but she was a mentally unstable villain so you could expect an eventual awful ending for her.
     
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    Julia's presumed death in Season 3 was shocking because she was my favorite character after Angela and I didn't understand why they would kill off such a great character. The underground tunnel though wasn't bad explaining it away.

    Unfortunately, after season 3, no deaths were shocking anymore because the damn rags in the grocery store would blare out the character's deaths on the cover. There was one that blared "Maggie dies in the swimming pool!" and I remember they had a picture of Melissa surrounded by flames "Ana-Alicia dies surrounded in fire in cliffhanger!" And then they added she wasn't returning, etc. It was hard to be surprised anymore about anything.
     

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