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KNIGHT RIDER: DEAD OF KNIGHT

December 2, 1984
SEASON 3, EPISODE 9
Production #58607
Filmed: (9)
Reruns: June 9, 1985

Teleplay: ................... Peter Baloff &
............................. David W. Wollert
Story: ...................... Janis Hendler &
............................. Tom Greene
Director: ................... Bernard L. Kowalski

SYNOPSIS:

Michael pursues the traffickers of deadly chemicals after a bust goes wrong and a young dancer is killed. Matters are complicated when another attempt on Michael's life sees his new date poisoned and time running out...

CAST LIST:

Paul Renard: ................ Tony Young
Cindy Morgan: ............... Karen Kopins
Ava Bennett: ................ Aarika Wells
Sonny Martin: ............... Stanley Kamel
Col. Faisur: ................ Victor Campos
Rosemary: ................... Jean Hasselhoff
Jennings: ................... Bob Larkin
Security Guard: ............. Richard Peabody
Michelle: ................... Guylaine Sanford
Lori Meadows: ............... Joanie Allen
Arnold: ..................... Richard Brose
Tourista: ................... Ed McReady
Pilot: ...................... Clay Lacy

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TRIVIA:

David Hasselhoff's sister Jean plays Rosemary the receptionist in this episode.

The poison is derived from the exceptionally rare Hybrid Jantilius orchid. Paul Renard is the only horticulturalist in the Los Angeles area with any success growing them. One fluid ounce of Hybrid Jantilius poison has the killing power of 25 gallons of Cyanide.

K.I.T.T. describes himself as "a Knight Industries Two Thousand, with 1000 Mega Bits of memory, and a 1 nano-second access time."

This episode reuses footage from the climax of the pilot episode KNIGHT OF THE PHOENIX, right down to the name of the airport.

SCRIPT TO SCREEN:

Michael was originally poisoned by the glass of orange juice that Cindy drinks. His condition worsened slowly throughout the early drafts, instead of being given the concentrated injection he receives in the episode.

The hastily re-written second draft immediately takes the shape of the finished episode. The final sequence remains the same as in the first draft, however; as soon as Michael retrieves the antidote, K.I.T.T. rushes him to emergency hospital, where the doctors administer the cure to Michael and Cindy. In the show, this all takes place at the airport.

SCRIPT - 1ST DRAFT - REV. 9/10/84
SCRIPT - 2ND DRAFT - REV. 9/11/84

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* Nitpicks contain spoilers

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LOCATIONS:

The Sidewalk Cafe:
1401 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

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TEASER:

Teaser

SOUNDTRACK:

Rebel Yell
- Billy Idol
Torture
- The Jacksons
When Doves Cry
- Prince

VEHICLES:

1983 Yamaha XT 250
1979 Ford Granada

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

Anharmonic Synthesizer
Auto Cruise
Auto Door Left
Auto Window Left
Chemical Scan
Computer Interface
Computer Printout
DMV Check
Humor Mode
Image Data Bank
Infrared Tracking Scope
Medical Scan
Microjam
Microlock
Pursuit Mode
Tinted Windows
Vital Signs Scanner
X-Ray Mode

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