MacGyver (1985–1992)
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An enemy of MacGyver's fills a supposed safe house with several deadly booby traps to exact his revenge on MacGyver.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Karen Blake
Beulah Quo ...
Mrs. Chung
Erik Holland ...
Tom Maier ...
Karl Held ...
Man #2 (as Carl Held)
Frank Holms ...
The German


After returning from a dangerous mission in East Germany, MacGyver is sent to a safe house by his friend Pete Thornton. Unknown to the two men, an agent who is after MacGyver knows about their hiding place and will stop at nothing to finish the two of them off. Written by Lindsay Duke

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22 January 1986 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The pall bearer in the opening is played by Wolfgang Völz, the German voice actor for Dana Elcar's character. See more »


When Quayle leaves his room to confront MacGyver after the power is shut down by MacGyver, he walks through a corridor well lit by lights. See more »


[first lines]
MacGyver: [voice-over narration] There are some places in this world that are a lot easier to get into then out of. Like East Berlin, for instance. I mean, look at me... I'm dying to leave.
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Featured in MacGyver: Friends (1987) See more »


MacGyver Theme
Written by Randy Edelman
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13 August 2008 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

The biggest problem here is the character of Quayle. "The Tribunal" says he's been embarrassed by Macgyver in the past, but it is impossible for the viewer to relate to him since it has never been shown to us and as told by MacGyver it just sounds so plain. So Quayle is reduced to a cardboard Mad Hit-man character who, rather than act professionally and kill MacGyver in a simple way, has to start playing games with him. No wonder MacGyver embarrassed him! The traps he has set vary from good (the doorknob, the rigged suitcase) to hilariously overblown. How come MacGyver and Pete did not see the auto-guns outside the building when they arrived just ten minutes earlier? And passing the guns would be incredibly easy: just wave something in front of them until they run out of bullets! MacGyver opts to distract the guns, but it is not in his character to try an escape alone. So why does he try it? Because we need some filler in this episode! The character of Karen is also a problem. First she tells MacGyver that Quayle did not hire her, she was assigned to him, even though her usual task is to gather intelligence. Why was she chosen to assist Quayle on a hit and told that no one would be killed? Yes, they are actually coercing her by holding his brother hostage and threatening to kill him, but she is still a huge risk to the success of the mission! Why didn't Quayle get a professional assistant? Are "The Tribunal" or their underlings complete idiots? Well, back to Quayle and his traps: he ambushes MacGyver and Karen in the lobby, where moving spots of light act as means of targeting for more auto-guns. Triumphantly, Quayle declares, "I could hit you at any time." To quote Marco from Die Hard: "Next time you have a chance to kill someone, don't hesitate." Quayle has plenty of time to shoot them before MacGyver gets the smoke screen up. Besides, it is not much of a smoke screen: we can easily see Mac and Karen on the monitor even through the smoke... Ironically, when MacGyver takes the lights out, Quayle finally sees the light and decides to just shoot MacGyver. Yet, when he gets the chance, he doesn't. At that point, it would not matter what Karen tries to say to Quayle, he should pull the trigger. But he listens, like all the fools in countless movies and TV series. And loses. Rare is the villain who does not act like an idiot. Minor notes: The use of the theme from Psycho (when Mrs. Chung is stabbed by the doorknob) is incredibly silly. Also, MacGyver makes out with a woman again – he was quite the ladies man in the first season!

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