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.