For The Love Of Mike
Cut to an inexplicably long montage of Vegas scenery, although the travelogue does include a cool shot of the Sphinx at the Luxor reflected in KITT's super-shiny exterior. KITT has located Mike at the Montecito. Then a wireless communicator set comes out of the glove box; KITT tells Sarah to put the earpiece in so they can keep in contact.
Rivai pulls up at Graiman's mansion, which looks exactly like Reuben's house in Ocean's Eleven. The local police chief, Sheriff Ramsey, greets her and says his men haven't found any evidence of foul play. Rivai is dismissive and blows past him to take a look around herself, but Ramsey asks her for a favor first -- he doesn't have contact info for Sarah, and he needs someone to ID the body. Would Rivai mind? She curtly agrees and heads inside. Rather more time than would seem necessary is devoted to Ramsey fidgeting on the front steps before we head over to...
...another Vegas travelogue. Y'all, we watch CSI; we know what Vegas looks like. Air the pilot at 90 minutes if your material's that thin. Mike's at a poker table, bluffing his way to fortune, when Sarah marches up with a smart remark. He's shocked to see her, she's like, "Nice to see you too, jerk," and then she tries to convince him to leave and come with her right away and she'll explain later. He's like, there is no explanation that would work, and she tells him her father is missing and possibly dead, and she survived an abduction attempt that morning. "That's actually a pretty good start," he admits (heh), but then gets all bent when she says she hasn't gone to the cops. Cut to Smoke, reporting that he has a visual on Sarah and she's talking to some guy. The baddies fan out through the casino as Mike says he's sorry, but he's got problems of his own. Just then, KITT reports on comms that the baddies are in play. Sarah tugs Mike's arm and tells him that her would-be abductors "are here." Mike stares us stonily into the break.
Mike and Sarah hustle toward the exits, Mike figuring out that the baddies tracked her using her cell. He tells her to turn it off, and hands her his sweatshirt so she won't have the same top on as before. He can't go with her, he says, because he has a debt to earn back; she scoffs at his poor planning, but says she'll pay his debt if he helps her out. Mike's like, done, and takes the earpiece to ask KITT how he can see them and where the baddies are. The baddies realize they've been made, and start closing in. Mike and KITT get into a pissing match over how best to escape, and then KITT activates the casino fire alarm and unlocks a security door for Mike and Sarah to slip through -- but not before Pointedly Evil catches up, wastes an opportunity to just shoot him by snarking that Mike is in way over his head, and brawls with Mike. It's a stand-off until Mike looks down at Pointedly Evil's nuts; Pointedly Evil follows Mike's gaze; Mike pops a "sorry, dude" eyebrow before kicking Pointedly Evil in the slats, shoving him through the security door, and slamming it. Mike then goes back to arguing with KITT, who he still thinks is a person, over comms.