"Speed Demons"
Series Knight Rider
Season 2, Episode 17
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Air date February 12th, 1984
Writers Tom Greene; Janis Hendler
Director Bruce Seth Green
Producers George E. Crosby [1]; Robert Ewing; Robert Foster; Rob Gilmer [2]; Tom Greene; Gino Grimaldi [3]; Glen A. Larson; Joel Rogosin
Starring David Hasselhoff; Edward Mulhare; Rebecca Holden
Episode guide
"Race for Life"
"Goliath Returns (Part 1)"

"Speed Demons" is the seventeenth episode of season two of the TV action series Knight Rider and is the thirty-ninth episode of the series overall. It was directed by Bruce Seth Green with a script written by Tom Greene and Janis Hendler. It first aired on NBC on Friday, February 12th, 1984 at 9:00 pm. In this episode, Michael Knight investigates the death of a motorcycle racer who died during a charity event.

Synopsis Edit

Cast Edit

Principal Cast Edit

Actor Role
David Hasselhoff Michael Knight
Edward Mulhare Devon Miles
Rebecca Holden April Curtis

Guest Stars Edit

Actor Role
John Macchia Kelly Travis
Lydia Cornell Sabrina Travis
Bruce Bauer Lee Carstairs
Madison Mason Roger Floyd
Christine De Lisle Darlena Webster
Michael Champion Wade Fontaine
Ethan Wayne Danny Duvall
Kurt Fuller Cameraman
Larry Huffman Race announcer
Richard Basehart Narrator
William Daniels K.I.T.T.

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • This episode is production code number: 57837.
  • This is the first work in the science fiction genre for director Bruce Seth Green. It is also his only work on the Knight Rider television series.
  • This is the fourth episode of Knight Rider co-written by Tom Greene. It is his thirty-first episode as a producer.
  • This is the fourth episode of Knight Rider co-written by Janis Hendler.
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Hey! Who's that guy in the back seat?!

  • Actress Christine De Lisle is credited as Christine DeLisle in this episode.
  • This is the thirty-ninth appearance of actor David Hasselhoff in the role of Michael Knight.
  • This is the thirty-ninth appearance of actor Edward Mulhare in the role of Devon Miles.
  • This is the sixteenth appearance of actress Rebecca Holden in the role of April Curtis.
  • In this episode, we learn that Devon Miles used to be a motorcycle enthusiast and was quite the motocross racer during his "rough and tumble" years. He is seen riding a motorcycle and popping a wheelie at the end of the episode.
  • Actor Richard Basehart is uncredited in this episode as the voice of the opening narrator.
  • Script writer Janis Hendler also worked as a script consultant on this episode.
  • This is John Macchia's fifth appearance in a television episode. It is his second appearance in a sci-fi/action project.
  • This is Lydia Cornell's fourth appearance in a television episode. It is her first work in a sci-fi/action project. Lydia will go on to play the role of Sara Rush in the sitcom series Too Close for Comfort.
  • Actor Kurt Fuller, who has a minor role as a news crew cameraman in this episode, will go on to play Doctor Dale Easter on the TV series Timecop.
  • The character of Sabrina Curtis is the only one who uses the term "Speed Demons" in this episode.
  • This is the first episode featuring K.I.T.T. with high-traction drop-drowns, which makes it easier to drive and maneuver across uneven surfaces such as mud pits.

Allusions Edit

  • "Speed Demon" refers to an individual who likes to drive really fast and pays little mind to posted speed limits or safety hazards.
  • While speaking about his marketing accomplishments, Lee Carstairs brags about how he has only sold 10,000 less t-shirts than E.T. Michael quips that E.T. couldn't even ride a bike. This is a reference to the alien character from the 1982 sci-fi family film, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. In the film, E.T.'s human companion, Elliott, rides a bicycle with E.T. in a basket in the front of the bike.
  • Reporter Darlena Webster makes a pun about Quasi-motocross. She is referencing Quasimodo, who is the hunchbacked protagonist featured in the 1831 Victor Hugo story, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Bloopers Edit

  • In the scene immediately following where Michael learns how Danny Duvall's motorcycle was sabotaged, he offloads K.I.T.T. from the truck, drives for a bit then stops. As he is getting out of the car, the arm of a production crew member can be seen reaching out from the driver-side back seat.

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See also Edit

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References Edit

  1. Associate producer George E. Crosby is credited as George Crosby in this episode.
  2. Co-producer Rob Gilmer is credited as Robert W. Gilmer in this episode.
  3. Co-producer Gino Grimaldi is credited as Gian R. Grimaldi in this episode.
  4. Knight Rider Archives; "Speed Demons"
  5. Knight Rider Archives; "Speed Demons"
  6. Knight Rider Archives; "Speed Demons"

Keywords Edit

1980s; Artificial intelligence; Automobile; California; Enhanced vehicle; Motorcycle; Reporter