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KNIGHT RIDER: BLIND SPOT

October 23, 1983
SEASON 2, EPISODE 5
WORKING TITLE: "Insights"
Production #57809
Filmed: August 26 - September 7, 1983 (7)
Reruns: January 1, 1984

Writer: .................... Jackson Gillis
Director: .................. Bernard L. Kowalski

SYNOPSIS:

After an evidence drop goes badly wrong and an innocent bystander is critically wounded, Michael finds himself protecting the only witness -- a blind artist who is struggling to be independent.

CAST LIST:

Julie Robinson: ............ Elyssa Davalos
Alfredo Diaz: .............. Sam Vlahos
Louis R. Gastner: .......... John Milford
David Dudley: .............. Michael J. London
Mel: ....................... Arthur Taxier
John Murray: ............... Christopher Coffey
Ramon: ..................... Javier Grajeda
Officer Gray: .............. David J. Partington
Nurse: ..................... Akosua Busia

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TRIVIA:

Sam Vlahos previously appeared in the episode HEARTS OF STONE.

Jackson Gillis co-wrote one of Knight Rider creator Glen Larson's first teleplays, an episode of The Fugitive called In a Plain Paper Wrapper. Gillis would write one more episode of Knight Rider, the fourth season story HILLS OF FIRE.

Some ideas from this segment are recycled in the fourth season story KNIGHT SONG.

SCRIPT TO SCREEN:

This episode was originally entitled Insights, after the central theme to the story; Michael is taught by Julie not to judge everything by looks alone, and in turn gives her an insight into how her stubbornly independent behavior "looks" to others.

Julie refers to her problem -- overlooking John in an attempt to be independent -- as her "Blind Spot," although that line is cut from the episode.

The crusher originally fell apart, unable to crush K.I.T.T.'s Molecular Bonded Shell.

K.I.T.T.'s uncharacteristic grouchiness here was to have been paid off much more dramatically in earlier versions of the script. Cornering Gastner in a dead-end alley in his wreckers' yard, K.I.T.T. edges menacingly forward as if to crush him. He relents however, leaving a court of law to administer justice for Gastner's crimes against humans and automobiles.

SCRIPT - 3RD DRAFT - REV. 8/18/83
SCRIPT - 4TH DRAFT - REV. 8/25/83
SCRIPT - 5TH DRAFT - REV. 8/27/83

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* Nitpicks contain spoilers

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FILMING LOCATIONS:

Evidence Drop:
Laurel Canyon Oxnard Plaza, 6000 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606

Chase; Schoolbus blocks intersection:
12321-12349 Van Nuys Blvd, San Fernando Valley, CA 91342

Hospital:
Lake View Medical Center, 11600 Eldridge Ave, Sylmar, CA 91342

Julie's Condo:
4816 Ranchito Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91423

Gastner's Wrecking Yard:
555 N Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Park:
Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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TEASER:

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BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS:

SOUNDTRACK:

Oye Como Va
- Santana
Maniac
- Michael Sembello

VEHICLES:

Allis-Chalmers 545
1975 Pontiac Ventura
Porsche 911 Turbo
Ford F-600
International Harvester Loadstar 1700
1984 Chrysler New Yorker

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

Audio/Video Record
Auto Cruise
Auto Door Left & Right
Auto Window Right
DMV Check
Pursuit Mode
Radar
Trajectory Guide
Turbo Boost (x2)
Video Camera
X-Ray Mode

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