Season 1 Episode 18
Air Date: April 16, 1982
Recap: Douglas’ funeral (not sure what it really is) is surprisingly small, in fact it’s just the family, no one else. Chase comments to Maggie that Emma isn’t there, she tells him to leave it alone for tonight. He tells Angela how sorry they are for her loss, she is cold with them.
Angela’s lawyer tells her that the inquest will continue the next day, it’s been on hold for a week, and they can’t postpone it any longer. She asks about Douglas’ will and when she will get control of the newspaper, she plans to get Chase thrown off the board.
On the stand Angela tells the court how much she loved Jason, and tells them her story of what happened to Jason that night.
Back at Falcon Crest Melissa wants to know what they are keeping from her, Lance tells her that if Jason’s death is ruled anything other than an accident then they would lose everything to Chase.
The sheriff takes the stand, he is asked why he didn’t have an autopsy performed. The medical examiner is questioned, he says that Jason died from the explosion of the truck, the DA gets the doctor to admit that he isnt’ really a doctor, he asks why no autopsy was performed. He tells the court that Angela didn’t want one performed and Angela always gets what she wants.
Lance and Melissa go up to check up on Emma, she has them pretend to toast to the new baby. Emma asks Lance if he’s going to push Melissa down the stairs too. When they go down stairs Melissa asks him what that meant.
The DA questions Gus who tells them that he picked Jason up from the bar and that he took him back to his place for coffee, he was going to drive him home, but Jason said that he would walk since he had to get something from the winery. Gus says that he doesn’t understand how Jason could have been driving so soon after he left him. The DA wants Emma to be brought to court. Angela tells her lawyer that he needs to do something. He tells the court that Emma is unstable and he brings Dr. Banning to testify to that, but when the DA questions him he tells the court that he only spoke with her once and that as far as he knows Emma has never been institutionalized, and there is no record of Emma getting any help. The judge agrees that Emma should be brought in to testify.
Angela’s lawyer goes to Chase’s house and tells him that Angela would be willing to give him a loan so he could start his own winery, only if he drops this inquest. Chase tells him that he just doesn’t get it, he doesn’t want anything but to know what happened to his father.
Angela tells Lance that he needs to be sure that Emma takes some pills and that she isn’t to leave the house. The lawyer comes and gives Angela a letter stating that Richard Channing has inherited the newspaper. She asks about her daughters, he tells her that they own a share. She asks who Richard Channing’s mother is. He tells her that they are working on it.
Emma is called to the stand, but Angela’s lawyer brings up a statement from her doctor saying that she’s too ill to come to court.
Lance brings Emma her pill, she takes it, but once he’s gone she takes it out of her mouth and puts in the drawer with the rest of them. She gets dressed and sneaks out her bedroom window.
Chase is called to the stand, Angela is looking very smug.
Lance goes back to check up on Emma and finds her gone. Melissa takes the phone call Lance has been waiting for from his private investigator friend in New York, she takes the message for him.
Chase describes what lead him to believe that his father’s death is no accident. When Angela’s lawyer questions him he tries to make Chase admit that he is only doing this because he wants to control Falcon Crest. He asks Chase why he came back to the valley. The lawyer brings up Cole’s arrest and that Vicky is promiscuous.
Lance and Chao-Li check the cottage then go to Chase’s house to find Emma.
Chase says he isn’t bitter that he wasn’t left more in the will, he only wants the truth, he wants Emma to testify.
Emma comes over to Cole and asks him to take her to the inquest. Lance arrives and tries to get her to come home with him, but she won’t go, Cole says that he’ll take her home, Lance tells him to stay out of it. Emma tells them that she wants to go to the inquest, so Cole drives off with Emma, Lance and Chao-Li go to follow, but they need to fix a flat tire first (talk about bad luck).
Emma bursts into the court room, Angela goes to her, but the judge orders her to sit back down or she will be removed. The judge asks who she is, she introduces herself, and says that she wants to tell what happened that night. Angela’s lawyer tries to get a recess, but the judge refuses. Emma is sworn in and after the lawyer tries to stop her by saying she is under a lot of strain the judge asks how she feels. She tells the judge that is fine. She asks if she can read from her journal since she can get confused, he agrees, and Emma begins to tell the court what happened that night Jason died.
While the jury is out, Melissa comes and give Lance the message, his friend said that only two things scare him, a violent death and Richard Channing. She says that she can’t wait to meet him.
The jury return their verdict and Jason’s death is ruled as at the hands of another. Chase asks the DA if he is going to prosecute Emma, he says no, Chase asks about Angela, the DA says that there would be no point.
Emma goes over to Chase and tells him that she is sorry. He tells her that he forgives her. When Angela calls to Emma to come with her, Emma tells her mother that she will came with Cole so she will leave with him too. Chase tells Angela that he only wants what is his. A 50/50 share of Falcon Crest, she tells him that she will fight him all the way, but agrees. After he leaves she tells her lawyer that Chase thinks that he won.