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KNIGHT RIDER: BIG IRON

May 27, 1984
SEASON 2, EPISODE 24
Production #57804
Filmed: June 13-21, 1983 (4)
Reruns: August 5, 1984

Writer: .................... Julie Friedgen
Director: .................. Bernard L. Kowalski

SYNOPSIS:

Michael and K.I.T.T. investigate the theft of heavy construction equipment, and find themselves being buried alive at a rock quarry.

CAST LIST:

Frank Sanderson: ........... Stuart Whitman
Lucy Sanderson: ............ Patch MacKenzie
Lloyd Newald: .............. Myron Healey
Sam: ....................... Alex Kubik
Vance Burke: ............... Michael Rider
Mary Beth Graves: .......... Kaaren Lee
Junior: .................... Gene LeSell

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TRIVIA:

To escape from being buried alive, Michael and K.I.T.T. use April's Trajectory Guide feature, described here as being "new." However, the system was previously used in the episode BLIND SPOT at the beginning of the season. The reason? Despite being the last episode screened during the second year, Big Iron was one of the first to be produced; in this case, the bad continuity was due to the episode being held back in the running schedule.

As a result of it's delayed slot in US schedules, this episode was screened first in the UK on Thursday, February 9, 1984 -- a full three months before it debuted in the States.

Stuart Whitman starred in the movie Signpost to Murder opposite Edward Mulhare. Alex Kubik also appears in the episodes JUST MY BILL and JUNK YARD DOG.

Rebecca Holden (April) celebrated her birthday during the making of this episode. She presented a K.I.T.T.-cake to the cast and crew (see Behind the Scenes).

SCRIPT TO SCREEN:

Early drafts gave Michael five hours'-worth of oxygen in K.I.T.T.'s interior after being buried alive. The episode gives him five minutes.

April appeared in early versions of the script, explaining to Michael about the new Trajectory Guide and Ultraphonic Analyzer. Michael's hatred for April's new addition to K.I.T.T. doesn't surface in the episode, and most of his banter with K.I.T.T. about it is also cut. April does not appear in the episode.

Lloyd Newald was originally named Lloyd Newell, while Frank Sanderson was originally Frank Gunderson. Joe Glover was aptly named Joe Graves in early drafts.

SCRIPT - 2ND DRAFT - REV. 6/ 6/83
SCRIPT - 3RD DRAFT - REV. 6/ 9/83

NITPICKS:

* Nitpicks contain spoilers

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FILMING LOCATIONS:

Tulley's:
Kountry Folks Restaurant, 8501 Sepulveda Blvd, North Hills, CA 91343

Newald Construction:
Northridge Equipment Rentals, 18251 Napa St., Northridge, CA 91325

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TEASER:

Teaser

BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS:

SOUNDTRACK:

Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
- Waylon Jennings

VEHICLES:

Caterpillar D6 D
Caterpillar 12-G
Cushman Truckster
Caterpillar D9
1961 Chevrolet C-30
Caterpillar 930
1982 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible

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

Auto Cruise
Auto Door Left
Chemical Detectors
Diagnostic Scanner
DMV Check
Energy System Override
Map Search
Oil Slick
Pursuit Mode
Sonar
Telephone Tracer
Trajectory Guide
Tread Pattern Scan
Turbo Boost (x2)
Ultraphonic Analyzer

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