MacGyver: Season 2, Episode 12

Family Matter (12 Jan. 1987)

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A former agent seeking revenge kidnaps a woman and her son. MacGyver is tasked with the mission of rescuing them.



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Episode cast overview:
Michael Thornton (as T. Scott Coffey)
Frank Bonner (as Donald Gordon)
Jeffrey Josephson ...
Obadiah Moss


While Pete's wife Connie, an archaeologist, and their adolescent son Michael, who resents his absentee father, are on a dig in Louisiana, they are kidnapped by the men of mercenary Frank Bonner, a former agency colleague of Pete's, whom he wrongfully blames for the death of the Bonner family in a Yemeni tribal pacification mission which went wrong after Frank embezzled agency funds. Though his accusations against Pete are false, Bonner is planning a gruesome revenge: make Pete watch his own loved-ones die. MacGyver flies ahead so that he can bug the gang's car at the meeting point. Even as they change vehicles, Mac works out where they are going, and sees through the lies of confederate-merc Obadiah Moss, whom they had planted as a redneck fisherman to point Mac into the bayou. Mac uses diversions and trickery so that he can make a surprising entry, frees Michael, and together with him, returns for Mike's parents, pulling Macgyverisms all the time. Written by KGF Vissers

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Obadiah's military-surplus motorboat is shown to be moving slowly along in all of the scenes prior to the shot of its actually being blown up, but then in this final shot of the explosion, the boat is motionless and does not sway or bounce at all when it detonates; it just sits solidly in the center of the stream, obviously indicating that it is mounted on a stationary base that is hidden under the water. See more »

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