Knight Rider

Season 4 Episode 12

The Scent of Roses

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 03, 1986 on NBC
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When Michael sinks into depression after nearly being killed, Devon enlists Stevie to help him regain the will to live.

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  • An emotional reunion for Michael and Stevie that was a great story and would have made for a good ending for the series.

    Michael is shot and almost killed and decides to give up his job and leave KITT behind. When Michael tells KITT goodbye you almost feel the sadness in KITT. Michael rekindles his love for an old flame and plans to marry. When

    Michael's attempted killer crashes the wedding and fatally ends it for Michael's fiancee, you see Michael's will to fight injustice reborn and stronger than ever. Michael catches the murderer and you think he may actually kill him,and who would blame him but he brings him to justice.

    Michael remembers his love for Stevie with tears in his eyes. KITT and Michael have reunited and when KITT asks Michael where they are going as they leave the beach Michael

    says, "We are going home KITT. Going to the Foundation" and

    drives off.

    Perfect ending to the series if it would have been used that way. Ties up eveything.moreless
  • After getting shot, Michael decides that he's become emotionally tired of his life and he quits FLAG. After finally accepting that decision, Devon hooks him up with his old flame Stevie again. But the bad guys don't care for Michael's retirement...moreless

    This episode has to be one of the best of the whole series. When Michael lies in that hospital bed after almost getting killed, telling KITT that he isn't sure what life, if any, he wants to resume, it all seems kinda farfetched and weird at first. After all, he had gotten shot at and wounded severely many times before and that had never stopped him from jumping right back into action. But then come all those sweet emotional scenes that make you just wanna say "awwwww" all the time and make this episode so great, and you forget about the seemingly small incident causing Michael's hard decision.

    The scenes between Michael and KITT in this episode are some of the best of the show. Michael trying to say goodbye to his pal made me wanna cry and KITT, who even after Michael's goodbye just doesn't leave his partner's side shows his most human side ever. The scenes of Stevie and Michael enjoying themselves on the beach, and the marriage might be considered to be a bit cheesy (poor KITT! They attached tin-cans to his backside!), but at least they go perfectly with David Hasselhoff's acting, and at least provide some funny moments to this otherwise more sad story.

    And those who think this isn't really a true Knight Rider story up to this point, for Michael is only a shadow of his former self, get their money's worth during the last few minutes when Michael beats the living soul out of the bad guy.

    The episode ends with Michael at the beach, allowing himself to dwell in the thought of his love Stevie one more time, with KITT staying close by as always. He then runs to KITT, after whose hopefull question of where they'd be going now, he tells him they're going home again, to family, to the the Foundation.

    This could have been the perfect ending for the series. Why they chose to show it in the middle of the season is totally beyond me. It closed up the Michael/Stevie arc beautifully.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In trying to find Durant's image, Michael reviews the video of himself being shot and pauses on an angle of Durant's reflection in a briefcase. He then asks KITT to clean up the image to construct a picture of Durant. But only a few seconds earlier on the video, right after Michael pulls the beard off, Durant's face is clearly and cleanly visible straight up on the video.

    • Lighting was used in a shot of Michael and Stevie on the beach, given away by a faint tell-tale shadow behind them in addition to the darker shadow, at a different angle, from sun.

    • At the wedding, RC3 runs past Devon, who is just getting moving, yet when they come through a door, Devon has somehow passed RC3 and emerges first.

    • The footage of rockets firing at Michael and KITT in the warehouse showdown is recycled from previous episodes, including those with Goliath.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • KITT: Where are we going, Michael?
      Michael: (hesitating) We're going home, KITT. To family ... we're going to the Foundation.

    • (Michael is about to beat Durant to death)
      KITT: Michael! Michael, stop it! You wouldn't be able to live with yourself!

    • Michael: I'm going after Durant on my own.
      Devon: No, Michael, please! The Foundation is working in conjunction with every law enforcement agency in the country.
      Michael: Well, then tell them to stay out of my way!
      Devon: You can't do this! There is a judicial system!
      Michael: I don't need a judge and jury for this one.

    • (Stevie and Michael are strolling along the beach, arm in arm)
      Stevie: This is a little too perfect to be happening.
      Michael: It's the way I always wanted it to be for us.
      Stevie: There's a thing called reality, you know.
      Michael: Not yet, Stevie. Oh, not yet.

    • Devon: Michael needs the will to live, a reason to care. And I've got to find that for him. Yes, he has a right to that even though FLAG may lose him.

    • (Michael has told Devon and Bonnie that he wants to quit FLAG)
      RC3: You two look as if he's dead.
      Bonnie: No, but he's not exactly alive either.

    • Michael: I'm not sure I wanna live out my life as Michael Knight anymore.
      Devon: Oh, it won't be easy to leave, Michael. Believe me, I know. You've seen too much. You've witnessed the violence, the injustices. You've seen the good we can do. You've been part of it for too long just to walk away.

    • KITT (quietly) : Michael, are you feeling better?
      Michael (confused) : KITT? Where are you, buddy?
      KITT: In the parking lot, Michael.
      Michael (smiling) : How long have you been there?
      KITT: Since they brought you here nine days ago. You have no idea how many baby carriages and wheelchairs have bumped into me. So, if for no other reason, other than my dignity, please get out of that hospital bed!
      Michael: Soon, pal, soon.
      KITT: Michael, we both know you're strong enough to leave now. If you're going through an emotional crisis, having trouble resuming your life again, I may not be able to solve it, but I'm ready to listen.
      Michael: Problem is, I don't know what life I wanna resume again ... if any.

    • Devon: [Durant] was licensed to kill by both sides. (grim) I think he enjoyed that.

    • Stevie: You may break, you may shatter the vase, but the scent of the roses will hang 'round it still. The scent of the roses will remain forever.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music: "As Time Goes By" (instrumental); "White Bird" by It's a Beautiful Day; Bridal Chorus by Richard Wagner; The Carpenters' "For All We Know" sung by Catherine Hickland.

    • This was originally intended to be the season four finale, and a possible series finale, but "Voodoo Knight" replaced it, this episode is wildly accepted by most Knight Rider fans as being the "real final episode", as it gave Michael Knight's story arc of finding an identity in life a decent, gratifying conclusion. When the series airs in other countries, this episode sometimes airs last.


    • The title, and Stevie's last line, come from a poem by Thomas Moore entitled "Farewell! But Whenever You Welcome The Hour", which is relevant to this episode as it encourages one to keep their happy memories close to their heart, even when times are cheerless and heartbreaking, just as Michael chooses to remember Stevie.