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KNIGHT RIDER: SHORT NOTICE

May 6, 1983
SEASON 1, EPISODE 22
Production #57336
Filmed: March 8-16, 1983 (21)
Reruns: August 28, 1983

Writer: .................... Robert Foster
Director: .................. Robert Foster

SYNOPSIS:

Michael is charged with second-degree murder after shooting a biker in self-defense. Unable to clear his name, he pursues the only witness, an elusive young woman on the run from her criminal ex-husband. When Michael catches up with her, she agrees to help him only if he can get her young daughter back from the clutches of her ex-husband.

CAST LIST:

Nicole Turner: ............. Robin Curtis
Harold T. Turner: .......... William Smith
Arthur Wexley: ............. Sandy McPeak
Tiny: ...................... Dennis Burkley
Ferris: .................... Jordan Clarke
Natalie Turner: ............ Brittany Wilson
Manager # 1: ............... Joe Conley
Donny: ..................... Dave Hess
Manager # 2: ............... Linda L. Rand
Thelma: .................... Gail Fisher

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TRIVIA:

This episode features one of the only times a real stuntperson is shot from the ejector seat. "In the beginning it didn't work right," David recalled. "It went way too far. The first two or three stunt guys who tested it wouldn't do it again because it was so scary. They went high in the air, about half as high as a tall palm tree that was nearby. It wasn't the height that scared them so much as the fact that the ejector seat was out of control and they didn't know where they would land. Luckily, stunt people know how to land almost anywhere." (Extract from the Knight Rider Album, by Chip Lovett).

This episode includes desert footage shot by Wayne Fitzgerald that was left out of the opening titles. One other discarded shot was used in the opening titles to Knight Rider 2000.

Robin Curtis went on to play the Vulcan Saavik in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Knight Rider composer Don Peake can be seen during the bar scene.

The thirty-minute syndicated edition of this episode removes the entire plot concerning Michael's murder charge.

SCRIPT TO SCREEN:

The title comes from a scene cut from the episode; after checking into the motel for the night, Nicole goes to get some food but returns with a six-pack of beer -- the best she could do on short notice. Michael replies, "Short notice is good with me."

Other cuts include a Turbo Boost over a fallen tree, Michael and K.I.T.T. reviewing the layout of Harold T.'s home and estate, and Devon reminding Michael that the most lethal cases involve domestic disputes.

The Satan's Stompers Motorcycle Club were originally named the "Devil's Disciples," while Natalie was at first called Dana.

SCRIPT - 3RD DRAFT - REV. 3/ 4/83

NITPICKS:

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FILMING LOCATIONS:

Opening:
12625 Sierra Highway, Santa Clarita, CA 91390

Harold T. Turner's House:
1440 East Holt Avenue, Covina, CA 91724


Lake Sherwood Picnic Grounds, E. Carlisle Road, CA 91361

Arthur Wexley's House:
1725 San Vicente Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90402

Little Nashville Club:
Little Nashville Bar, 13350 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

Calamity, California:
Universal City Studios Backlot, Denver Street

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BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS:

SOUNDTRACK:

Skin Game
- John Hiatt & Ry Cooder
Sweet Home Alabama
- Lynyrd Skynyrd
Night Moves
- Bob Seger

VEHICLES:

1977 Cadillac Coupe DeVille
Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL

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

Auto Cruise
Auto Door Left
Auto Roof Right
Computer Graphics
Eject Right
Pursuit Mode
Surveillance Mode
Topographical Scans
Turbo Boost (x2)

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