For The Love Of Mike
At the motel, the teenaged desk clerk is engrossed in a copy of Wheels (heh); Pointedly Evil lowers the magazine with his gun barrel. Clerk: "Uh. Checkin' in?" Hee. It takes approximately a week of misdirection and gun-cocking before the clerk finally reveals that he's not sure exactly which room Graiman is in, as he's rented four of them. Meanwhile, Anthony Crapp has "a lock on" KITT, which is close. "Initiate the program," Pointedly Evil snaps. "This ends now." If only. Pointedly Evil's bloviating alone has cost us 12 minutes so far.
Cue KITT entering the motel parking area. In the front seat, Mike ties up the investor/loan-shark subplot by telling Sarah that Spindly got the money she wired, just before KITT reports that thermal imaging is picking up three heat sources. The viewscreen shows shapes that look like guys with guns, so Mike's like, "They're already here. Stay with KITT, I'll fetch your pops," and takes off. Have to object again to the "girls stay in the car" thing; I know she's not a Ranger, but come on. KITT directs Mike as the Blackriverdances fan out to the various rooms reserved by Graiman. Sarah worries. Smoke lurks. Mike finds the clerk's body. Pointedly Evil lurks. The doorknob in Graiman's room rattles; Jenny trains a pistol on the door. Lurking. Pistol. Lurking. Pistol. Commercials.
Lurking. Door slowly opening. Pistol. Lurking. Smoke finds no one in his assigned room, just a phone off the hook. Pistol. Door. Asian Henchman enters a room. Pointedly Evil enters a room. Jenny fires the pistol at last, hitting the fire-safety instructions sign instead of the intruder -- who turns out, of course, to be Mike. The sound attracts Smoke, who heads toward it as, inside the room, Jenny asks if Mike's okay and Graiman asks where Sarah is and Jenny bitches that Graiman "built another one" and blah blah. Mike's like, "another" one? Graiman thinks it's time Mike learned the truth, but before anyone can spit it out, KITT reports that the three "heat sources" are headed their way.
While Anthony Crapp is methodically proceeding through KITT's firewalls, Mike, Graiman, and Jenny are hopping out the window of their room, and Graiman is explaining that, after he finished the first KITT, he got relocated so that nobody would ever know who built it. Over comms, KITT suggests avoiding visual contact; Mike skips "duh"-ing this advice to ask his mother how she fits in. They were relocated there too, she says, when Mike was a baby -- "at [his] father's request." I thought on first viewing that the big reveal would be that Graiman is Mike's father, which means Mike and Sarah are actually siblings, which means ew, but then I remembered that there's a Hasselcameo still to come. The three of them scuttle across the suspiciously deserted motel outbuildings as Mike bitches that his father left them, and Graiman says his father "had obligations he couldn't abandon, even for you." Yeah, somebody had to buy those Members Only jackets. Jenny concurs, and ends the "suspense" by telling Mike that his father's name is Michael Knight, the driver of the first KITT. Jenny and Graiman gaze at him fondly. Mike gazes back all, "You two are freaks." Heh. Then Graiman shrugs, "He'll get over it" (hee), and Mike rounds the corner and runs smack into...