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KNIGHT RIDER: K.I.T.T. Vs K.A.R.R.

November 4, 1984
SEASON 3, EPISODE 6
Production #58617
Filmed: May 31 - June 11, 1984 (1)
Reruns: January 20, 1985

Writer: ..................... Richard Okie
Director: ................... Winrich Kolbe

SYNOPSIS:

K.A.R.R. is discovered buried on the beach by John Stanton, a young treasure hunter who inadvertently reactivates him. After using John to commit a daring robbery from the Foundation semi, K.A.R.R. plans to lure Michael and K.I.T.T. into a deadly trap...

CAST LIST:

John Stanton: ............... Jeffrey Osterhage
Mandy Moran: ................ Jennifer Holmes
Eddie Dexter: ............... Ed Crick
Little Old Lady: ............ Georgia Schmidt
CHP Officer: ................ Vincent Howard
Female Rollerskater: ........ Laura Kamins
Boutique Customer: .......... Mary Ann Pascal
Voice of K.A.R.R.: .......... Paul Frees

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TRIVIA:

K.A.R.R. previously appeared in the first season episode TRUST DOESN'T RUST. Voice artist Paul Frees takes over from Peter Cullen here, and doesn't receive a credit -- like William Daniels' K.I.T.T., this trick gives the car an identity of its own.

K.A.R.R. has undergone several changes since we last saw him. Aside from the now-yellow scanner and vanity "K.A.R.R." license plate, he is also less concerned with his dominant program -- that of self-preservation. Here he is out for revenge...

Seemingly destroyed at the conclusion of this episode, this is the last we see of K.A.R.R. Sequel series TEAM KNIGHT RIDER featured a K.I.T.T. Vs. K.A.R.R.-inspired story in which F.L.A.G. developed another prototype vehicle after Michael and K.I.T.T. Called K.R.O. and built in the form of a black Ferrari, this vehicle also went wrong and had to be destroyed.

Jeffrey Osterhage was on the shortlist of actors, along with Don Johnson and Steven Bauer, to win the role of Michael Knight.

SCRIPT TO SCREEN:

K.A.R.R.'s voice is described in the script as "a Darth Vader-ish rumble."

John Stanton was originally named John Stewart, and Eddie Dexter was originally Eddie Dayton. The climax of the show originally planned for K.A.R.R. to hijack an armored train.

A little digging by Michael and K.I.T.T. would have revealed that John had a prior criminal record, serving six months for grand theft auto and trafficking stolen merchandise. K.A.R.R. mentions it to talk him into helping with the bank robbery, but it is cut from the episode.

Originally, when Michael visited Mr. D's Marina, K.A.R.R. had already left and Michael found a corroded Alpha Capacitor in his place. The scene was revised later on, placing Michael in jeopardy and bringing K.I.T.T. and K.A.R.R. face-to-face.

SCRIPT - 7TH DRAFT - REV. 6/ 5/84

NITPICKS:

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FILMING LOCATIONS:

K.A.R.R.'s Tomb:
Paradise Cove

Honking in a Tunnel:
Tunnel, Malibu Canyon Rd., Malibu, CA 90265

John "meets" K.A.R.R.:
Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

Police Impound:
Eastside Bank of America, Universal City Studios Frontlot, Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood

Mr. D's Marine/John's Marine
Burbank Marine, Victory Blvd., Burbank

Endless Summer:
Endless Summer, 124 Main Street, Seal Beach

Hospital:
909 Electric Ave, Seal Beach, CA 90740

Bank:
Bank of America, Seal Beach

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BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS:

SOUNDTRACK:

Jump (For My Love)
- The Pointer Sisters
Self Control
- Laura Branigan
Cruel Summer
- Bananarama

TIE INS:

VEHICLES:

1981 Chevrolet C-30

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

Audio/Video Record
Auto Cruise
Auto Door Left
Chemical Detectors
Chemical Scan
High-Tensile Reflectors
Map Overlay
Private Carrier Frequency
Pursuit Mode
Remote Monitors
Self-Analyzing Probe
Signal
Surveillance Mode
Tread Pattern Scan
Turbo Boost
Voice Projection

K.A.R.R.'S FUNCTIONS:

Alpha Circuits
Anharmonic Synthesizer
Audio Playback (Tape)
Auto Cruise
Auto Doors Left & Right
Auto Phone
Computer Interface
Interior Oxygenator
Interior Temp. Control
Laser
Manual Override
Medical Scan
Microwave Jammer
Point-Of-Impact Analysis
Private Carrier Frequency
Sonar
Surveillance Mode
System Condition Readout
Turbo Boost (x4)
Tinted Windows
Voice Projection

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