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KNIGHT RIDER: RACE FOR LIFE

February 5, 1984
SEASON 2, EPISODE 16
Production #57826
Filmed: December 8-16, 1983 (16)
Reruns: June 17. 1984

Writers: ................... Bruce Belland &
............................ Roy M. Rogosin
Director: .................. Georg Fenady

SYNOPSIS:

Michael and K.I.T.T. race to find the only compatible donor for April's niece, who is seriously ill in hospital. Matters are complicated when they find that their target is a murder suspect on the run from a rival gang, and may not be willing to donate his bone marrow in the first place...

CAST LIST:

Laura Phillips: ............ Lynne Marta
Ric: ....................... Scott Getlin
Tony: ...................... James Arone
Dr. Carney: ................ Hank Brandt
Becky Phillips: ............ Robyn Lively
Julio Rodriquez: ........... Mario Marcelino
Santos: .................... Jesse Aragon
Terri: ..................... Toni Nero
Conqueror: ................. Vincent Barbour
Shop Keeper: ............... Frank Lugo
Trooper: ................... William Harlow

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TRIVIA:

This episode carries a dedication at its conclusion: "This Knight Rider is dedicated to the memory of Marcel Rafael Marcelino, who died while his father, Mario, was filming this episode. Mario played the role of Julio."

K.I.T.T. communicates with another talking computer during this episode: I.R.M.A. (Interstate Research and Medical Assistance -- Version 5.6). It has a female robotic voice, causing K.I.T.T. to wonder why they couldn't make 'her' voice a little more human; Michael states that she just wasn't K.I.T.T.'s type.

Co-writer Bruce Belland was co-founder of The Four Preps music act, which also featured a young Glen A. Larson.

Robyn Lively was nominated for a Young Artist Award (Best Young Actress - Guest in a Television Series) for her performance in this episode.

SCRIPT TO SCREEN:

In the script, K.I.T.T. interfaces with I.R.M.A. a second time for details of Julio's injury. Michael states that she's not very friendly, but K.I.T.T. tells him he's just spoiled.

A small scene in which Michael visits the local police for information on Julio's whereabouts never made it to the episode.

The script has K.I.T.T. perform a unique "double" Turbo Boost. While cornered by the Conquerors' van, they use the first to lift K.I.T.T. up onto his back wheels, and the second to clear the obstruction (essentially the purpose behind the Trajectory Guide feature). In the episode, one Turbo is enough.

Julio originally bolted from K.I.T.T. with no knowledge of Terri's kidnapping. A chase would have followed, but Julio escaped thanks to the electrical storm's interference with K.I.T.T.'s scanners.

SCRIPT - 2ND DRAFT - REV. 12/ 5/83
SCRIPT - 4TH DRAFT - REV. 12/ 8/83

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FILMING LOCATIONS:

Taco Stand:
3500 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Newsstand; Michael captures Santos:
2409 Eastlake Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Conquerors' Territory:
Meadow Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Sacred Heart Church
2210 Sichel St., Los Angeles, CA 90031-3097

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TEASER:

Teaser

VEHICLES:

1978 Chevrolet G-30
1963 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
1971 GMC Vandura
1976 Chevrolet Caprice Classic

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

Auto Cruise
Auto Door Left & Right
Auto Phone
Auto Roof Right
Computer Interface
Computer Printout
Map Search
Medical Scan
Polyphonic Synthesizer
Radar
Turbo Boost (x2)
Vital Signs Scanner
Voice Projection

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