MacGyver (1985–1992)
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Slow Death 

MacGyver finds himself on a train that gets hijacked by Indian tribesmen. He tries to help them find the Westerners who sold tainted medicine to their tribe and resolve the situation peacefully.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eleanor Kingman
Kenneth Danziger ...
Peter Kramer
Anthony De Fonte ...
Hassan (as Anthony DeFonte)
Paul Webster
Laura Dillon
Andrea Collins
Diana Kingman
Warwick Sims ...
James Grant
Mark Tymchyshyn ...
Andy Ellis
Noel De Souza ...
Batu Das (as Noël de Souza)
Tom Simmons ...
Thomas H. Middleton ...
Gerald Papasian ...


Mac dashes out of a taxi to run and jump onto the rain to Rashmir with proof about illegal arms trade in the Indian subcontinent. Alas the train is hijacked in tribal 'bandit country' by local men who consider it a matter of justice to find and execute two criminals. Mac gets the train out, but they catch up at the bridge Hassan's other band of villagers blows up. In order to prevent fellow Western passenger-hostages starving, Mac and the others must identify the two Anglo-Saxon businessmen who sold the village dispensary poison instead of medicines; an escape attempt and a luggage search fail, but Mac improvises a lie-detector. Meanwhile some of them deal with their halted lives and reconsider their past and future... Written by KGF Vissers

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2 April 1986 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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In episode: #1.18 "Slow Death". When James Grant gives Diana Kingman the soda streamer, the level of liquid in the bottle raises, it goes from ¾ to full. See more »


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happy to see this show on again
4 March 2016 | by (new jersey) – See all my reviews

I rarely get to see MacGyver, i only saw one back in July on a day off and it was my favorite with penny parker and an old house and Macgyver recreating a skull with lead poisoning and pencil erasers. Normally i review Fantasy island and no one reads these or cares so here i go. I was really happy to see an episode that had a train. I got a two year old boy who loves them so he was busy playing and i thought he would freak out i changed the channel from cartoons. But he likes trains. He spent the first 15 minutes head butting me so i missed a lot but got the gist of the episode. So Macgyver is in some country where they wear turbans and is in a taxi and riding along side a train begging them to slow down so he can get on. Some little girl is always watching from the train. i expected her to get kidnapped or something. So he gets on, there is this nice white couple i got the impression he knew but thanks to my kid , i'm not sure. So he asks if he can find a place to eat and the conductor is like , go to the first car and i m like "all right food" ( i cant watch shows like say "Everyone loves Raymond" where they have food involved and are just sitting there ignoring it and I'm yelling "eat the food". So that said, it bothered me when he stopped to see that little girl and draw her a doll on a cloth over a ball or something. All the while you see glimpses of Indian guys wrapping dynamite and rigging a train bridge, enough to blow Mount Rushmore to bits (spoiler alert, explosions are really lame and tame). so eventually the two terrorist hijackers on the train are alerted by the outside Indians to proceed and take over the train and shoot a conductor, but it was totally by accident so okay. Macgyver does this gin and salt thing that blinds them like a clown spraying seltzer, runs on the roof of the train, and pours Indian flammable or inflammable booze all over it and then my kid hits me in the head and i miss it. My wife was watching for some reason when i said i had to rewind to see what happened when Macgyver lit it on fire but she was like it was pretty lame and i re winded and she was right. So the other Indians must have known these two guys were idiots and had the back up plan for blowing up the bridge. Somehow i think those two guys somehow made it to the bridge, that they were still outfitting with explosives. Like real last minute. Then the train goes faster but has to stop as little tiny explosions occur on the bridge from a crap load of dynamite. They are taken over, the head terrorist guy, who looks like the bad guy riding the mine cart chasing Indiana Jones in the temple of doom separates the westerners from the locals, and brings the locals somewhere nearby i guess and says hes looking for 2 westerners who sold his village crappy medicine that killed his son and a bunch of kids. So now he s a good terrorist, and not a good one and hes nice with everyone and besides wanting to execute the bad guys when he finds them is talkative and nice and one guy tries to escape cause his dumb girlfriend is scared and he is not shot but rather just rounded up by Macgyver who also isn't shot in the whole ordeal. So Macgyver makes a lie detector out of crap and an alarm clock. That flushes out the bad guys and this was after Macgyver convinced the head terrorist not to execute them but put them on trial ( which is dumb cause they were caught by a kidnapper which might have some effect on the trail) and then the bad guys run and one tried to run the train backwards but was electrocuted by a trap macgyver did to catch terrorists who may steal the train (before realized they are good terrorists) and i think the bad guy was dead. He looked like that picture of a dead Ted Bundy. so then the terrorist brings all the locals back wit hthat girl with the macgyver doll he made and gives it to him, the one armed guy i just metnioned now who is a doctor agrees to help the terrorists village, and some chic says "bye mom have fun , I'm sticking with him.". what a great episode.

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