Michael and K.I.T.T.'s pursuit of a counterfeiter leads them to Alpine Crest, a sleepy town frozen in the 1950s with the lowest crime rate in the state. There they meet a young reporter eager to find a break into big city journalism, and the corrupt cop responsible for keeping the town "Nice 'n decent."
Charles Barnswell: ......... Norman Burton
Sheriff Moore: ............. John Crawford
Jobina Bruce: .............. Jean Bruce Scott
Agent Larkin: .............. Eric Server
Martha Haberstraw: ......... Amzie Strickland
Ron Austin: ................ Luke Askew
Deputy Hanks: .............. Charles Bartlett
Deputy Cole: ............... Stacy MacGregor
Actress Jean Bruce Scott would go on to become a regular in fellow super-machine series Airwolf.
Actor Norman Burton would later appear in the episode Redemption of a Champion, while John Crawford would go on to guest in Knight Racer. Eric Server was the voice of the computerised Dr. Theopolis in Glen Larson's Buck Rogers in the Twenty-Fifth Century.
SCRIPT TO SCREEN:
The action-packed chase sequence in Act Four is missing from the earlier drafts of Frank Telford's script. Originally, Michael and K.I.T.T. drove to the Hallelujah Press offices via back-streets and alleys to avoid the police. In the episode, Aunt Martha doubles for Michael (wearing his leather jacket!) and speeds about town in K.I.T.T. to divert the police long enough for Michael to get there alone.
The Tag originally featured Michael, Devon, Bonnie, Jobina and Aunt Martha -- who reveals a little crush on Devon!
SCRIPT - 1ST DRAFT - REV. 1/19/83
SCRIPT - 2ND DRAFT - REV. 1/22/83
This episode re-uses elements of the prison-break sequence from KNIGHT OF THE PHOENIX.
* Nitpicks contain spoilers
Alpine Crest, Metro Hotel, Chasing Austin:
Universal Studios Backlot, New York Street
Courthouse, Foundation Award Ceremony:
Universal Studios Backlot, Courthouse Square
Alpine Crest Sheriff Station:
Covina Police Department, 444 N Citrus Ave, Covina, CA 91723
Alpine Crest Tribune Office:
332 N Citrus Ave, Covina, CA 91723
Martha Haberstraw's House:
6447 Tyrone Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 91401
I've Got A Rock 'N Roll Heart
- Eric Clapton
Shame On The Moon
- Bob Seger
1974 Chevrolet Camero
1940 Plymouth DeLuxe
1983 Ford F-250
1975 Plymouth Fury
Auto Door Left
Infrared Tracking Scope
Turbo Boost (x3)