Lance learns of the pact between Angela and Melissa, Maggie's need for an operation grows critical even as questions remain about Michael's surgical skill, and Julia gets an unwitting friend to teach her how to shoot.
Richard's furious when he learns what Chase has done with his $50 million trust fund. Maggie goes into a coma after complications arise during her surgery. Pamela is kidnapped by the cartel, shocking Richard into a realization of his priorities.
The cartel plans to make the grand opening of the racetrack into Richard's public execution. Melissa learns she can no longer have children. Terry and Michael announce their marriage, and Angela agrees to marry Phillip.
Maggie is angry that her father never told her she was adopted. Terry's husband arrives, jeopardizing her inheritance from Michael. Cole moves back to his parents' home with baby Joseph. Gustav, masquerading as Jean-Louis de Bercy, "bugs" Falcon Crest.Richard is ousted from the newspaper and shot twice by Padgett. Chase's pilot license is revoked.
Padgett did not succeed in killing Richard. Lance becomes publisher of the newspaper. Joel mugs Maggie for drug money and is later hired by Cole as transportation foreman for the vineyards. Emma learns that Julia is alive.
Gustav tries to acquire the Giannini land adjoining Falcon Crest. Richard acquires a radio station and makes Frank Taggart its new general manager. Chase and Maggie travel to New York to uncover her past. Richard's stepdaughter, Lorraine Prescott, reenters his life. Julia appears to Emma again.
After Sam Giannini is murdered, Gustav threatens Sam's widow. Maggie takes a job at Richard's radio station. Stephanie's mother warns her daughter about Richard. Francesca Gioberti arrives from Italy seeking help from her American cousins.
Francesca can prove that she is Angela's half-sister and heir to one third of Falcon Crest. Julia surrenders to skeptical police. Emma helps Chase obtain evidence of bribery in the crash investigation. Cole and Melissa rekindle their love, which Greg vows to destroy.
Chase is absolved of all blame for the plane crash. Lance tries to seduce Lorraine. Richard and Gustav romance Francesca, who signs over her share of Falcon Crest to Angela. Melissa tries to end her relationship with Greg.
Chase hears that Jasper's case is being reopened, he's very doubtful of Angela's motives, and confronts her, who also learns that Francesca is selling her third of Falcon Crest to Angela to save her vineyards in Italy. Confused, Francesca had listened to Angela, telling her that Chase would be very pleased. Cole wants to love Melissa enough to move in with her, especially against his parents' wishes. Richard, unsuccessfully attempts to prevent Lance from seeing Lorraine, and cautions his nephew not to hurt his stepdaughter. Francesca wants to throw a farewell party, ...
Richard and Terry strike a bargain. Gustav and Spheeris torment Julia. With her divorce from Lance final, Melissa agrees to marry Cole. Maggie meets her biological mother, Charlotte Pershing, a compulsive gambler.
Angela cuts Melissa out of her will and makes Lance her sole heir. Gustav gains Julia's trust. Greg's romantic advances toward Melissa threaten her relationship with Cole. Terry's estranged husband, Joel, asks Terry to remarry him. Angela encourages Charlotte to gamble.
Paid by Melissa to discredit Lance, Joel masquerades as Lance and uses his car to run Angela off the road. Lance is arrested for Angela's attempted murder. Spheeris follows Chase and Ben to Paris, where, searching for clues to Gustav's father's whereabouts, Ben is killed.