After a renowned explorer (and friend of Devon's) is killed in the Foundation guest house, Michael is sent to protect his brattish daughter from her guardian -- who is obsessed with recovering a lost treasure discovered by her father.
Katherine Granger: ......... Daphne Lee Ashbrook
Charlie Granger: ........... Art Lund
Christopher Stone: ......... Lance LeGault
Scott: ..................... David Cowgill
Chip: ...................... Thomas F. Wilson
Stacey: .................... Julie Ronnie
In the episode KNIGHTMARES Michael names the comic book character Swamp Fox as his child-hood hero. Here he names explorer Charlie Granger.
Michael's use of the ejector seat comes courtesy of the first season episode CHARIOT OF GOLD.
Lance LeGault previously appeared in the feature-length pilot episode KNIGHT OF THE PHOENIX; Julie Ronnie appears again in the final season as the rebellious Erika in THE WRONG CROWD, while David Cowgill joins George Murdock and Kabir Bedi as one of the only Knight Rider guest stars to reappear in sequel series TEAM KNIGHT RIDER; he appears in the episode Choctaw L-9. Thomas F. Wilson went on to costar as Biff Tannen in the Back to the Future film trilogy.
Daphne Lee Ashbrook co-starred with Lance LeGault again later in the 1983-'84 season in the Road Games episode of The A-Team.
SCRIPT TO SCREEN:
A large sequence at the beginning of the episode was removed. Devon and April are surprised by the arrival of Devon's old friend Charlie Granger, who tells them of his treasure and plans to surprise his daughter Katherine for her 21st birthday.
Michael tells K.I.T.T. a story of how Charlie discovered "the most fantastic sarcophagus ever seen by modern man." At first K.I.T.T. can't understand the thrill of treasure-hunting, but later becomes fascinated by it.
An amusing moment sees Michael saying the "You've got a talking car!" line for a sulking (but still rather surprised) Katherine. It is cut from the episode.
Earlier drafts saw the show end quite differently. Originally the cavern didn't collapse around Michael and Katherine, and the sequence ended happily with her realization that she really was loved by her father.
The Tag also had a brief scene after Michael and K.I.T.T. race away from Scott. K.I.T.T. tells Michael if he ever decides to leave him a treasure, "Just leave it on the backseat."
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