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