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Goliath: Part 1 

Wilton Knight's estranged son Garthe has returned from Africa where he had been sentenced to three lifetime imprisonments. Together with his mother Elizabeth (Wilton's fourth wife) he ... See full summary »


Winrich Kolbe


Glen A. Larson (created by), Robert Foster | 1 more credit »




Episode credited cast:
David Hasselhoff ... Michael Knight / Garthe Knight
Edward Mulhare ... Devon Miles
Rebecca Holden ... April Curtis
Barbara Rush ... Elizabeth Knight
Zakes Mokae ... Tsombe Kuna
Paul Lambert ... General Maddox
Shawn Ora Engemann ... Rita Wilcox (as Shawn Southwick)
Pepper Davis Pepper Davis ... Gambler
Petrus Antonius ... Hotel Clerk
Ivan Naranjo Ivan Naranjo ... Chief Car Salesman
Murray Westgate Murray Westgate ... Technician
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Bellomo Joe Bellomo ... Garthe's Henchman


Wilton Knight's estranged son Garthe has returned from Africa where he had been sentenced to three lifetime imprisonments. Together with his mother Elizabeth (Wilton's fourth wife) he manages to steal the formula to Kitt's Molecular Bonded Shell and applies it to a monster truck he calls Goliath. Garthe then sets out to destroy Michael Knight, the man he feels his father gave everything to that was rightfully his. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Release Date:

2 October 1983 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


April Curtis, Bonnie Barstow's replacement, is introduced in this episode but is not explained why she is there. In reality, Patricia McPhearson, who played Bonnie, was written out due to disagreements with the producers but with lobbying by fans, David Hasselhoff (Michael Knight) and Edward Mulhare (Devon Miles), Bonnie was written back in. While April's departure wasn't explained, Bonnie's return appeared as returning from a university where she had been studying although this isn't exactly explained in the episode (Knight of the Drones Part 1 from season 3) where she was persuaded by Michael to return to the Foundation. See more »


After KITT collides with Goliath KITT's undercarriage is completely flat with no drivetrain or other components suggesting a completely empty shell was used for the wreck. See more »


Devon Miles: Red Bluff is going to be attacked. I can guarantee that.
General Maddox: Just prove it. Give me a shred of evidence, Devon, anything.
Devon Miles: I've told you all I know.
General Maddox: African messiases, Las Vegas plots? Some crazy formula, my God, do you have any idea what that sounds like?
Devon Miles: Yes. An international crisis!
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Edited from The Car (1977) See more »


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Goliath: Part 1
4 May 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The first of a two parter sees Rebecca Holden join as Devon's assistant, April Curtis. Bonnie is not in the title sequence but she will appear in later episodes.

This is a case of two Knights as Hasselhoff also plays Garthe, Wilton Knight's estranged evil son who was jailed in an African country.

Michael is on his way to Vegas playing Blackjack with KITT when Devon sends him on a mission to meet a lady called Rita whose brother has disappeared. Rita is astonished by Michael's resemblance to someone she knows.

However Michael's mission is cut short as Devon has been poisoned by Wilton Knight's widow Elizabeth who wants the formula for KITT's molecular structure. Devon is one of three people who knows the formula.

Garthe and his mother want the formula to Kitt's molecular bonded shell to create a super truck called Goliath. Garthe wants to destroy Michael Knight, as his father gave Michael what should rightfully be his.

The opener for the second season has shots of Las Vegas and Rio de Janeiro. Hasselhoff is suitably wooden and nasty as Garthe. Director Winrich Kolbe was always good value for his television work but he struggles to make Goliath the truck suitably Herculean.

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