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KNIGHT RIDER: CUSTOM K.I.T.T.

November 13, 1983
SEASON 2, EPISODE 8
Production #57821
Filmed: September 27 - October 5, 1983 (9)
Reruns: April 1, 1984

Teleplay: .................. William Schmidt
Story: ..................... William Schmidt &
............................ Robert Specht
Director: .................. Georg Fenady

SYNOPSIS:

After Devon loses a friend's valuable classic car in a bump-and-run robbery, Michael and K.I.T.T. follow the trail to a custom car show and K.I.T.T. becomes the bait in Michael's plan to trap the thieves...

CAST LIST:

Carrie Haver: .............. Denise Miller
Suzanne Westen: ............ Melinda O. Fee
Nora Rayburn: .............. Angel Tompkins
Cmdr. Smythe: .............. Bernard Fox
Hector: .................... Michael Huddleston
Buck Rayburn: .............. Albert Salmi
Dobie: ..................... Brian Cutler
Leroy: ..................... Robert Pastorelli

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TRIVIA:

This was director Georg Fenady's first episode of Knight Rider. He would go on to direct many more episodes of the series, including the fourth season premiere KNIGHT OF THE JUGGERNAUT.

Angel Tompkins previously appeared in the episode NOBODY DOES IT BETTER. Melinda O. Fee starred in the 1970s adventure series The Invisible Man opposite David McCallum, who played the evil Mobius in TEAM KNIGHT RIDER.

SCRIPT TO SCREEN:

The script specifies that when Carrie's car "disappears" it actually boards one of the boxcars in the train that blocks K.I.T.T.'s path.

Early drafts featured a couple of surfer-types named Jan and Dean who have entered their custom van in the show. They fail to make the episode.

Early drafts also had Carrie framed for the thefts when the real criminals planted an identical wig in her motel room.

A hobo was originally written in to witness K.I.T.T.'s Turbo Boost over the train.

Suzanne originally disturbed Michael as he searched her room. She assumed he was there in response to her invite, and her presence gives Carrie's jealousy some foundation.

SCRIPT - 2ND DRAFT - REV. 9/19/83

NITPICKS:

* Nitpicks contain spoilers

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FILMING LOCATIONS:

Barton Springs Custom & Classic Car Show:
Universal Studios, Barham Parking Lot, 3800 Barham Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Barton Springs Motel:
Beverley Garland Holiday Inn, 4222 Vineland Ave. Hollywood, CA 91602

Rayburn's Warehouse:
Chandler Blvd and Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Chasing Longhorn:
Whipple Street, Los Angeles, CA 91505

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TEASER:

Teaser

BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS:

SOUNDTRACK:

One Thing Leads To Another
- The Fixx
Promises, Promises
- Naked Eyes

VEHICLES:

1979 Duesenberg II SJ
1984 Mazda 626 Coupe
Lincoln Continental Stretched-Limousine
1970 Chevrolet Corvette Custom
1983 Ford LTD Country Squire
1982 Dodge 400

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

Auto Cruise
Auto Door Left & Right
Chemical Analyzer
Photo Scan
Pursuit Mode
Radar
Turbo Boost (x2)
Voice Projection

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