Knight Rider

Season 1 Episode 7

Not a Drop to Drink

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 05, 1982 on NBC
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Not a Drop to Drink
Michael has to stop a competing ranch owner from illegally diverting water from a family's ranch.

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  • Although a fierce water rights dispute has been settled in the courts, the trouble is continuing; so Devon sends in Michael and K.I.T.T. to help a group of ranchers protect their water supply. An easy-going episode hampered by a patchy plot...moreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    If the production codes are to be believed, "Not a Drop to Drink" was actually only the third regular hour-long episode of 'Knight Rider' to be filmed (after the yet-to-be shown "Inside Out", and "Good Day at White Rock"). As such, it still feels as if the show is finding its footing. This is no bad thing, as I love the "freshness" of these early instalments, though I do feel that it would have faired better if it had been broadcast prior to "Slammin' Sammy's Stunt Show Spectacular" and "Just My Bill".

    A curiosity regarding this episode is with the opening credits. Some versions have the narration, and others do not, instead using the music-only style credits of the Pilot and "Deadly Manoeuvres". The version that my (adjoining) ITV region, Meridian, broadcast in the mid-1990s did not have the narration, nor did the one shown by Channel 5 a couple of years later.

    Anyway, the plot itself... I *want* to like this one – I've always loved cowboys and range wars stories, but sadly, the plot feels rather thrown together and bitty, preventing it being anywhere as good as this episode could have been.

    The story starts off with a lot of potential, but once Michael and K.I.T.T. have got past the three tractors blocking the road and have arrived safely at the ranch, the story rather loses its way, with periods of very little really happening. The sequence of K.I.T.T. capturing the escaped bull, while impressive stunt wise, is pure padding; and the scene later, of K.I.T.T. convincing one of the bad guy hicks that he is an alien, is just plain silly (to the point of slightly embarrassing).

    More importantly though, the bad guys actually never really feel that much of a threat for most of the plot.

    The gorgeous Sondra Currie, a regular TV guest star of the era and star of several b-movies, is great as the fiery, widowed Francesca, and really brings the episode alive. She is one of those characters that I wish had come back for a return appearance later in the show's run buy sadly never did.

    Things do pick up a bit for the climax, with the dam exploding – even though most of the shots are taken from 'Superman' (1978) – but in a way, it feels like too little too late.

    It's a shame, because as I say, I *want* to like this story and it had potential. In complete fairness, it does have some reasonable moments, and is a long way from being one of the show's weakest episodes, but it just feels like it should have been better than it is. Taking the plus points into account, I give this one a reasonable 8/10... but it could have been so much better!moreless

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When KITT turbo-boosts over the bull, the bull is fake because the bull wobbles as KITT is in the air and stays in the spot until they show a clip of the real bull running around.

    • In the back of the Knight Industries truck early on in the story, when Michael crosses over to Bonnie and jokes "What have you done to the monster this time?", someone off-camera walks in front of one of the lighting rigs used to light the scene. A few seconds later, they move out of the way, and the lighting is suddenly full blast again.

    • During this episode KITT tows a digger away from the pipeline. Surely this would have damaged his Alpha circuit as it did in episode 3, "Deadly Maneuvers," but KITT doesn't complain in this episode.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (after evading bulldozers trying to ram them)
      KITT: Are you positive it was a deliberate assault on us?
      Michael: No question about it.
      KITT: How can you be so sure?
      Michael: Because earthmovers don't mate this time of year.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The German episode title is "Die große Dürre", meaning "The Big Drought". The French episode title is "Jusqu'à la dernière goutte", meaning "Until the Last Drop". The Czech episode title is "Potíže s vodou", meaning "Troubles with Water".

    • This is the first of Jason Evers' two, unrelated appearances on Knight Rider. He can also be seen in season three's "Halloween Knight."

    • The footage of the damn bursting at the climax of the episode is recycled from the movie, Superman. If you look carefully at some shots, you can see where the picture looks rather 'squeezed', due to the original wide-screen shots being crammed down.

    • Some prints of this episode have the narration on the opening credits, others do not.


    • The title from this episode is from the line, "water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink," from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" written from 1797-99 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

    • The Lincoln County War that Josh mentions in reference to their own situation with Bremen, took place from 1878 to 1879 and involved cattlemen led by Billy The Kid against business owners wanting to seize their land in Lincoln County, New Mexico.

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