Michael is called in to keep the peace after Eric Whitby, an angry lumberjack, takes a chainsaw to the possessions of Jonathan Dutton, one of Devon's friends. Matters are complicated when Michael takes the Whitbys' side -- they can't compete against the Duttons' larger organisation which is undercutting them. His investigation reveals that someone within the Duttons' organisation is pirating timber stolen from national parks.
Sam Dutton: .............. Nancy Everhard
Erik Whitby: ............. J. Eddie Peck
Ellen Whitby: ............ P.J. Soles
Gerry Nash: .............. M.C. Gainey
Jonathan Dutton: ......... Peter MacLean
Dave Nash: ............... Curtis Taylor
Log Grappler: ............ Marty Arkelian
Party Guest: ............. Michael Grayson
This is the only episode in the season in which RC3 does not appear.
K.I.T.T. is having problems with his voice synthesizer throughout this episode. Every time he hits a bump in the road he talks like a Bronx cabbie!
Devon tells a story about how he danced on a table at the last Dutton party. It took him two days to recover.
M.C. Gainey previously appeared in the first season episode A PLUSH RIDE. Nancy Everhard went on to co-star in The Family Man, a situation comedy in which Knight Rider co-star Peter Parros had a recurring role.
SCRIPT TO SCREEN:
Jonathan Dutton is described as "fifty-three, handsome, board chairman." Samantha Dutton, "twenty-four -- beautiful, intelligent; everyone calls her "Sam." Our first meeting with Whitby is as follows: "Erik Whitby, twenty-two, six feet three inches, 225 pounds of muscle, mackinaw, jeans and unbridled anger, gets out and blows past the parking valet."
At the end of Act Two, after the logs have buried K.I.T.T., we were to hear him say (in his Bronx Cabbie voice) "Hey, who turned out the lights?!" before going to commercials; the line was moved to the beginning of Act Three. After the break, he points out to Michael that there is enough lumber on top of them to make 10,658 hot tubs.
* Nitpicks contain spoilers
Workin' Man Blues
- Merle Haggard
1975 Dodge Power Wagon
1974 Mercedes-Benz 450 SL
1977 GMC Sierra Classic
Auto Door Right
Auto Roof Left & Right
Emergency Braking System
Passive Laser Restraint System
Speech Synthesis Module
Super Pursuit Mode
Turbo Boost (x2)
Voice Synthesizer & Accent Board