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KNIGHT RIDER: MERCHANTS OF DEATH

October 16, 1983
SEASON 2, EPISODE 4
Production #57807
Filmed: June 2-10, September 7, 1983 (3)
Reruns: March 18, 1984

Writer: .................... William Schmidt
Director: .................. Alan Myerson

SYNOPSIS:

A mission to Southern California is aborted after one of Devon's former lovers disappears. Michael and K.I.T.T.'s investigation leads them to the SX-411, a deadly attack helicopter a corrupt official intends to sell on the Black Market.

CAST LIST:

Strock: .................... Dana Elcar
Jack Kragen: ............... Joe LaDue
Camela/Amelia Clarmont: .... Deborah Allison
Congressman Ebersol: ....... Lindon Chiles
Sam Richards: .............. Kurt Smildsin
U.S. Marshall: ............. John Wesley

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TRIVIA:

Here we learn more about Devon's love life -- he loved Amelia Clarmont, but she married someone else. In the episode WHITE BIRD he tells a story of how he fell in love in occupied France, although we never learn the identity of that love interest.

K.I.T.T. wonders why Michael never goes undercover as an aristocrat or a count. Michael decides to ask Devon about that.

Joe LaDue also appears in the episode KNIGHTLINES. Dana Elcar went on to co-star in MacGyver. Knight Rider stars Edward Mulhare and Patricia McPherson both went on to make guest appearances on that show.

SCRIPT TO SCREEN:

As the third script written for the second season, the writers still seemed somewhat unsure of April and her relationship with Devon and Michael. In this script Michael and April are presented flirtatiously; Michael wonders if he'll get the chance to see her in a bikini, and Devon is shocked to hear April pay Michael a compliment -- although he's not around to hear it.

Comic relief originally came from a drunk interacting with K.I.T.T. He was eventually substituted for the two bikers that K.I.T.T. attempts to reform.

The SX-411 is described as "awesome, a full-blown attack helicopter, the K.I.T.T., as it were, of helicopters."

SCRIPT - 3RD DRAFT - REV. 5/28/83
SCRIPT - 5TH DRAFT - REV. 6/ 1/83

NITPICKS:

* Nitpicks contain spoilers

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FILMING LOCATIONS:

Strock's War Surplus Yard:
14300 Davenport Road, Canyon Country, CA 91390

Rendezvous with Camela:
St. Charles Borromeo Church, 10828 Moorpark St, Los Angeles, CA, 91602

Canyon Market:
18426 Sierra Hwy, Canyon Country, CA 91351

Elmo's Garage:
16493 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91351-1460

Hillside Bar:
17514 Sierra Hwy, Canyon Country, CA 91351

Congressman Ebersol's Campaign Office:
24002 Lyons Ave # 1, Newhall, CA 91321-2441

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5 stars: stars 4 people

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TEASER:

Teaser

SOUNDTRACK:

California Girls
- The Beach Boys
Breakdown
- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

VEHICLES:

1971 Datsun 240Z
1972 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu
1980 Excalibur Series IV
1942 Pressed Steel M4 A1 'Sherman'
1982 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera
1984 Chrysler Fifth Avenue

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

Audio Playback (Tape)
Auto Cruise
Auto Phone
Auto Roof Right
Auto Window Left & Right
Image Enhancement Program
Map Search
Micro-Jam
Microwave Ignition Sensor
Point-Of-Impact Analysis
Pursuit Mode
Radar
Rocket Fire
Ski Mode
Smoke Release
Surveillance Mode
Telephone Tracer
Tread Pattern Scan
Turbo Boost
Ultra Magnesium Charges
Visuals
Voice Analyzer
X-Ray Mode

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