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KNIGHT RIDER: SKY KNIGHT

October 18, 1985
SEASON 4, EPISODE 4
Production #60219
Filmed: August 15-22, 1985 (5)
Reruns: June 6, 1986

Writers: .................. Carlton Hollander &
........................... Dennis Rodriguez
Director: ................. Jeffrey Hayden

SYNOPSIS:

En route to Boston for her sister's wedding, Bonnie's plane is hijacked by terrorists. Michael races to the location where she and the other passengers are being held, but finds a government installation populated by tanks, land mines and a nuclear Doomsday Device...

CAST LIST:

Charles Zurich: ........... Ron O'Neal
Holmes: ................... Macon McCalman
Steven: ................... Dennis Pratt
Nick: ..................... Robbie Rist
Sheriff Amos: ............. Jack Starrett
Mrs Swanson: .............. Barbara Townsend
Lloyd: .................... Jeffrey Alan Chandler
Mary: ..................... Susan Blu
Security Officer: ......... Will Gill, Jr.
Kurt: ..................... Brian Thompson
Ticket Agent: ............. Bob Coker
Captain Bill Rogers: ...... Pope Freeman

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TRIVIA:

Actor Brian Thompson's appearance in this episode led to a continuing friendship with David Hasselhoff. He told Empire magazine: "I still play golf with him. Although the last time he sang through every hole. That was one of the funnier rounds I've ever played." (Empire #142, April 2001)

At the airport terminal at the opening of the episode, there is a message over the P.A. system for Robert Ewing -- one of the series co-producers. He's also paged in the hotel lobby in the earlier episode KNIGHT STRIKE.

This episode makes use of stock footage from DEADLY MANEUVERS and Knight Strike as Michael and K.I.T.T. try to navigate through the deadly perimeter of the Deep Sleep installation.

Jack Starrett previously appeared in the episodes THE TOPAZ CONNECTION and K.I.T.T. THE CAT. Susan Blu and Robbie Rist were regularly employed as voice-over artistes in cartoons.

SCRIPT TO SCREEN:

Casting decisions led to some interesting changes for the characters in this script. Nick is described as "a fifteen-year-old hotshot with an eye for the ladies", although he later reveals he hasn't been on a single date. Calvin Holmes is described as "tall, thin, [with] the ascetic look of a prophet", while at one stage Zurich is said to be "a kind soul caught in a dilemma."

Flight 34 disappeared from radar after Zurich attached a futuristic jamming device to the controls.

Michael and K.I.T.T. aren't working alone in the script. It is explained that the President assembled an intragovernmental task force to aid them; they pull out when it's decided the mission is suicide.

Small cuts were made to K.I.T.T.'s interaction with Sheriff Amos during the episode and Tag.

SCRIPT - 8TH DRAFT - REV. 8/16/85

NITPICKS:

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FILMING LOCATIONS:

Airport & Airplane Interiors:
Airlines Film & TV Promotions, 13246 Weidner St., Pacoima, California 91331-2343

Rear of Airport:
Universal Studios Backlot, New Production Building

Drive-In:
Pickwick Drive-In, 1100 W. Alameda, Burbank, CA 91506

Cactus, Arizona:
Universal Studios Backlot, Courthouse Square

Harris Field:
Indian Dunes Airstrip

Harris Field Perimeter:
Indian Dunes - Behind Magic Mountain

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VEHICLES:

1976 Jeep CJ-5

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

Auto Cruise
Auto Window Left
Directional Memory Bank
Electrical Generating Mode
Electronic Pilot Override
Map Search
Microjam
Microlock
Micro-Pulse
Passive Laser Restraint System
Super Pursuit Mode
Surveillance Mode
System - Protect
Telephone Tracer
Tinted Windows
Voice Analyzer

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