Knight Rider

Season 1 Episode 16

The Topaz Connection

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 28, 1983 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Though the airport sequences are implied to be at Las Vegas' McCarren Airport, they obviously were not shot there. The airport is adjacent to the main casino area of town and none of the shots show any casino buildings in the background.

    • The shot of Michael and KITT doing a 180° to rescue Lauren is recycled from Michael and KITT doing a 180° to rescue Liberty in the previous episode.

    • Michael is climbing on the plane trying to jam his jacket in the rudder, he slips and K.I.T.T. catches him, but he loses consciousness. In the next scene you see him in the black rig, and he regains consciousness, but he is wearing the jacket!

    • When Michael was recovering from getting knocked out he walked over to KITT, who was facing the door of the truck so he could drive out straight forward. But in the next seen you see him backing out of the truck.

  • Quotes

    • Devon: (on comm) Michael, this is Devon.
      Michael: Yeah, Devon?
      Devon: To use your expression, do a one-eighty.

    • KITT: This is highly unorthodox, Michael.
      Michael: Thanks for reminding me.

    • Lauren: Okay, there's the smile. Let's see, what else do we have? Ah, the cake, champagne... anything else?
      Michael: I'll tell ya what; you do the cake, I'll do the champagne, and then we'll see what else comes to mind.

    • Lauren: Are you sure you can handle me?
      Michael: No. Are you sure you can handle me?
      Lauren: No.

    • Photographer: I hardly recognized you with your clothes on!
      Bonnie: What did you say?
      Photographer: Didn't I shoot you last year—Miss June?
      Devon: I think you've got the wrong young lady... or the wrong month.

    • Bonnie: I've programmed KITT with everything imaginable on Royce's publishing empire, along with all the past issues of Escape magazine.
      Michael: Including the centerfolds?
      Bonnie: I anticipated your every need.

    • KITT: Michael, I'm picking up some unusual vibrations.
      Michael: That's probably just the one-armed bandits.
      KITT: Shall we pursue them?

  • Notes

    • The German episode title is "Geheimcode Topaz", meaning "Topaz Code". The French episode title is "Opération Topaze". The Czech episode title is "Akce Topaz" meaning "Topaz Action".

    • This episode is the first of Jack Starrett's three, unrelated appearances on Knight Rider. He can also be seen in season two's "K.I.T.T. the Cat" and season four's "Sky Knight"

    • Music: Cover versions of Fleetwood Mac's "Hold Me", Men At Work's "Down Under" and Juice Newton's "Love's Been A Little Bit Hard On Me"

    • We learn here that Bonnie's birthday is November 24th, just days from Patricia McPherson's own birthday.

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