San Francisco Globe chairman Richard Channing (David Selby) is on a mission to bring Falcon Crest to its knees via bad press. He has promised Falcon Crest to his mysterious backer - the Denault Cartel but has the alternate motivation of getting payback on what he feels is a family who abandoned him as a child.
Chase Gioberti (Robert Foxworth), still a member of the Tuscany County Board of Supervisors confronts Richard about sensationalistic Globe headlines and articles which have all but convicted his son Cole (William Moses) of the murder of wine baron Carlo Agretti before his trial even begins.
Chase also is unhappy about Globe reports suggesting Falcon Crest, of which he is half-owner, underpays its unskilled part-time workers until Richard proves those reports to be factual. It gives Chase another reason to confront Angela and another reason for every business-minded person watching to admire him but then question his sanity.
Vickie (Jamie Rose) becomes interested in an older man (Roy Thinnes) who is a Tuscany County Supervisor colleague of her father. Cole begins a romance with an older woman (Joanna Cassidy) having taken a part-time job at her vineyard that he doesn't need which is just perfect timing given his murder charge that he should be helping his defense lawyer prepare for.
Lance continues to ignore and mistreat his pregnant wife Melissa (Ana Alicia) just as he promised he would do if he were forced to marry her. Being an irresponsible husband and father becomes one of the few commitments Lance is able to live up to during his arc on the show. He is seeing his ex-girlfriend Lori (Maggie Cooper in the role originated by Cindy Morgan in Season One).
We again see the strengths and the weaknesses of the characters playing out in their dealings with each other. Many of the decisions made are poor ones by standards of business-like professionalism but it would hardly be entertaining if this crazy family actually ran a winery the way it is supposed to be run or conducted its disputes discreetly.
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