Knight Rider

Season 1 Episode 6

Just My Bill

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 29, 1982 on NBC
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Just My Bill
When an old friend of Devon's, a Foundation board member and state senator opposing a controversial water bill, is in danger, he assigns Michael and KITT to keep her safe until the bill comes to vote.

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  • When a state senator friend of Devon's has threats on her life over her opposition to the construction of a proposed new power plant, Devon assigns Michael to safeguard her until the bill comes to vote. Nothing special in this one...moreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    As I commented on my review of the previous episode, "Slammin' Sammy's Stunt Show Spectacular", after a great Pilot and first couple of episodes, it is around this point that the more standard "template" and slightly production-line feel starts to become apparent in the episodes. It's nothing too severe, but it is noticeable.

    "Just My Bill" isn't the weakest episode of 'Knight Rider', there are far worse (particularly in the final season), but to me, this one has never really stood out, and has little of real interest.

    TV veteran Carole Cook puts in a good performance as Maggie Flynn, the endangered Senator, and she is probably the best thing about this episode – she breathes real life into her character.

    Sadly, after a strong introduction, Maggie disappears for much of the story (even though the idea of the story is that Michael is supposed to protect her), seemingly so Michael can spend more screen time with the younger, more attractive Jane Adams (Nancy Lee Grahn)! Maggie does return for the climax of the story, but is not even present in the final tag, instead we just hear her voice – it felt to me like this was filmed afterwards and Cook was not available.

    One thing that really stood out to me was the hilariously bad computer images on K.I.T.T.'s monitor showing himself and Michael chasing a fleeing suspect. Computer graphics were very limited back in 1982, I have no problem with that (and I am a big vintage computing fan), but as K.I.T.T. is supposed to be a high-tech supercar, I would have thought that some better-looking in-house imagery would have been prepared in post-production; as it is, the image looks like it is adapted from some ancient Atari game! This would also be the case in several other first season instalments.

    The bulk of this plot is nothing really special, and I didn't really find it all that interesting. Things do pick up a bit at the end, with an enjoyable duel with the episode's hired bad guy - although I did feel that, seeing as it was supposedly Maggie and a whole bunch of other important national diplomats cut off and in danger, having just a couple of generic thugs parked across the road doesn't feel all that threatening. But there are some good action sequences, with the pursuit between the would-be-killer, and Michael and Maggie in K.I.T.T., and the climatic helicopter sequence is great (and image of the helicopter flying over K.I.T.T. would make its way onto many tie-in merchandise items, especially in the United Kingdom). Sadly, this enjoyable climax feels a bit too late after the bulk of the story feels pretty limp.

    Here in the U.K., when my (adjoining) ITV region, Meridian (which I could receive), re-ran the first three seasons on Saturday afternoons in the mid-1990s, I had seen all of the episodes as a kid, but it was the first time that they had been run in correct broadcast sequence, and that I had recorded all of them. So, as I say at the top of this review, after really enjoying the first couple of episodes, it is about this point that I felt the slightly more 'routine' nature creeping into the series, and something that is evident in quite a few first season stories.

    Not outstandingly bad, but definitely not one of my favourites, and not one that I come back to watch again all that often. I was going to give this one a 7, but the enjoyable climatic sequence nudges it up slightly to a 7.5.moreless
Bruce Gray

Bruce Gray

Senator Forbes

Guest Star

Carole Cook

Carole Cook

Senator Flynn

Guest Star

Nancy Lee Grahn

Nancy Lee Grahn

Jane Adams

Guest Star

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