This was the very last acting role for Rock Hudson' who played Daniel Reese from December 1984 to April 1985. (Hudson's last appearance as "himself" was with longtime pal Doris Day on the premiere episode of her series Doris Day's Best Friends (1985).) Hudson passed away of AIDS on October 2, 1985. Incredibly, so little was known about AIDS at the time of this series that it was thought to be transmissible by casual contact, and many feared for the health of Linda Evans because she had kissed Rock Hudson in a scene on the show. Even more incredibly, a minor panic broke out in Hollywood about kissing scenes in films and TV. The "National Enquirer" gossip tabloid carried a picture of Rock Hudson kissing Linda Evans', and carried a story which further fueled the rampant paranoia at the time.