MacGyver and his grandfather have plans to go to a hockey game. However, when they stop by the Phoenix Foundation to get the tickets, they discover terrorists attempting to blow up a bomb.


(as Gilbert Shilton)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Pete Thornton (credit only)
Susan Murphy / Victoria James
Harry Beer ...
John Davey ...
State Trooper
Shawn Donahue ...
Jan Jorden ...
Harry's Wife
Kenneth Lloyd ...
Warner Loughlin ...
Phil Redrow ...
MacGyver's Father


To Mac's surprise, for the first time in 20 years his grandpa Harry, who raised the genius after his parents's untimely death in a car accident, accepted on that anniversary to join him for a hockey game. However Mac forgot the tickets, so they look for them in Pete's office, just when the Phoenix Foundation building is penetrated by ruthless killer Victoria James alias Susan Murphy, who was hired by the terrorist Liberation Front to plant a bomb which Mac disarmed in Kuwait and now wants to destroy it with its record before it's traced to her. After noticing Mac, she negotiates the front to pay her $100,000 extra to kill him and uses the Front stooges she planned to kill anyhow, but a few Macgyverisms overcome their clumsy attempts to imprison and kill Mac, while she deletes the bomb's inventory file and holds Harry hostage. The duel to the death is on... Written by KGF Vissers

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5 January 1987 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


MacGyver's first name changed several times over the years. Series creator Lee David Zlotoff says that the character he created was named Stace MacGyver. (The script for the series pilot also gave MacGyver's first name as Stace). In the 11th episode of season two, the episode titled "Phoenix Under Siege", MacGyver's grandfather's son-in-law's (MacGyver's dad's) first name is mentioned as "James" in a flashback to his youth. In the last season, his first name was given as "Angus". See more »


An electromagnet powered by DC current would not emit an audible hum the way an AC-powered unit would, so Mac's battery-operated electromagnet would not make any sound. See more »


[first lines]
MacGyver: When I was about ten I got my first chemistry set. I've been a beaker and test-tube nut ever since. My mom said I was gonna come up with a formula that would either improve the world... or blow up the house.
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