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KNIGHT RIDER: CHARIOT OF GOLD

February 25, 1983
SEASON 1, EPISODE 18
WORKING TITLE: "Survival of the Fittest"
Production #57326
Filmed: January 14-24, 1983 (16)
Reruns: June 10, 1983

Writer: .................... William Schmidt
Director: .................. Bernard L. Kowalski

SYNOPSIS:

Michael and K.I.T.T. investigate the deaths of two members of a society for brilliant thinkers, of which Bonnie has just been made a member. But, during his investigation, Michael discovers that the organisation is more interested in K.I.T.T....

CAST LIST:

Graham Deauville: .......... Theodore Bikel
Peter Stark: ............... George McDaniel
Charlene Hanover: .......... Lynne Topping
Irving Farber: ............. Sandy Helberg
Dr Litton: ................. Garnett Smith
Ellen Sullivan: ............ Lorinne Vozoff

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TRIVIA:

This episode was originally scheduled to air on February 11, 1983, but was replaced with a repeat showing of Just My Bill.

This is the first episode that turns K.I.T.T. against Michael, and establishes that his programming can be changed. This theme is also explored in the later episodes Soul Survivor, Lost Knight and Killer K.I.T.T.

A scene cut from this episode can be seen in the second season premiere Goliath. In the original version, after Michael knocks the guard unconscious, a driver-less K.I.T.T. crashes through the gate to the Helios estate. Garthe Knight watches this footage on television.

The Helios videotape presentation of K.I.T.T.'s abilities is made up of clips from Knight of the Phoenix, Deadly Maneuvers, Good Day at White Rock, Slammin' Sammy's Stunt Show Spectacular and The Final Verdict.

The genius society is called Helios, named for "the Greek sun-god, the god of brilliance, who rode to his palace in a chariot of gold."

Lynne Topping worked with David Hasselhoff on daytime soap The Young and the Restless.

SCRIPT TO SCREEN:

The script describes Deauville as "A distinguished, portly man... a John Houseman look-alike, with a preoccupied, worried air."

The scene at the end of Act One in which Ellen Sullivan screens the video of K.I.T.T. was planned to be intercut with the early scene where Michael checks Dr. Litton's blood pressure.

A cut sequence saw Michael being forced to take the Helios entrance exam. Told sarcastically to use every resource at his disposal, Michael cheats and uses K.I.T.T. instead.

SCRIPT - 8TH DRAFT - REV. 1/20/83

NITPICKS:

* Nitpicks contain spoilers

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FILMING LOCATIONS:

Helios:
3431 Waverly Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

County Museum:
20525 Nordhoff St. Chatsworth, CA 91311

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VEHICLES:

1971 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu
1979 John Deere 410
1982 Renault Fuego
International Harvester Loadstar

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

Auto Cruise
Auto Door Left & Right
Auto Roof Left & Right
Blood Analyzer
Chemical Analyzer
Computer Override
Computer Printout
Eject Left
Electronic Transformer
Microwave Jammers
Security Readout
Ski Mode
Turbo Boost
X-Ray Mode

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