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KNIGHT RIDER: HILLS OF FIRE

February 14, 1986
SEASON 4, EPISODE 18
Production #60220
Filmed: (14)

Writer: .................. Jackson Gillis
Director: ................ Robert Bralver

SYNOPSIS:

While patrolling a national park, Michael and K.I.T.T. discover an arsonist who drives a modified A.T.V. (All-Terrain Vehicle), and attempt to clear the name of a teenage boy who is being framed to take the fall.

CAST LIST:

Tess Hubbard: ............ Zohra Lampert
Darryl Staples: .......... David Raynr
Sandra Rusk: ............. Nana Visitor
Wilson: .................. Vernon Wells
Deputy Clark: ............ Tom Simcox
Manuel Gomez: ............ Garret Pearson
Paxton: .................. Jock Gaynor
Bum: ..................... Jim Levebvre
Ted Flanders: ............ Tim Wise

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TRIVIA:

This is the only episode in which Michael and K.I.T.T. utilize S.I.D. (the Satellite Infiltration Drone), a flying radio-controlled robot designed to scan places where K.I.T.T. can't go. Normally seen in the form of a metallic box, here S.I.D. is disguised as a soccer ball. Bonnie is able to camouflage the device as virtually anything. It's also equipped with Audio, Video, Heat Sensors and a Homing Pulse.

Nana Visitor went on to star in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, along with fellow Knight Rider guest star Marc Alaimo (SLAMMIN' SAMMY'S STUNT SHOW SPECTACULAR).

SCRIPT TO SCREEN:

Tess Hubbard was written as "fifty-five, a heavyset, backwoods type; a gruff manner that covers a heart of gold." Sandra Rusk was envisaged as "a chic and yuppie-sexy brunette in a three-piece-suit." Wilson is described as "tough, leathery, an ex-soldier of fortune." He and Sandra Rusk are more than friends  -- a fact that doesn't make it to the episode.

S.I.D. was conceived much more ambitiously than we see him on-screen. Tiny rods telescope out of S.I.D.'s equator and converge to form a gyrostablizing ring. Three metal probes pop up and out of him. He hovers a feet few above the ground. As written, he is slightly more bearable than he is on-screen, although there is still no real motivation for the main characters' love for him.

SCRIPT - 8TH DRAFT - REV. 11/25/85

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FILMING LOCATIONS:

Benedict & Associates:
27211 Henry Mayo Dr., Castaic, CA 91384

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TEASER:

Teaser

VEHICLES:

1979 Chevrolet K-30
Seagrave K
1981 Spartan
1985 Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park

K.I.T.T.'S FUNCTIONS:

Audio/Video Record
Auto Door Left & Right
Auto Roof Right
Chemical Detectors
CO2
Damage Report
Homing Pulse
Infrared Tracking Scope
Map Search
Micro Jam
Microlock
Passive Laser Restraint System
Police Frequency
Pursuit Mode
Satellite Infiltration Drone (S.I.D.)
Super Pursuit Mode
Traction Spikes
Voice Projection

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