MacGyver (1985–1992)
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The Widowmaker 

MacGyver's best friend falls to her death while mountain-climbing with him. MacGyver has no time to mourn when Murdoc shows up looking for revenge.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Pete Thornton
Lisa Bayliss ...
Antony Holland ...


While scaling the cliff face known as "The Widowmaker," Mac loses his best friend. Before he can properly grieve, he is forced to run from an old enemy who is now hunting him down. With the help of a colleague, Mac finds his way back to the Widowmaker and fighting for his life on the same ledge that took his best friend. Written by clbw

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16 November 1987 (USA)  »

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When Pete discovers that Murdoc broke into MacGyver's houseboat he phones the Phoenix Foundation and instructs them to call the "DSX," actually meaning "DXS". See more »


MacGyver says it's impossible and that Murdoc is dead, yet in the last confrontation, when we saw Murdoc supposedly die, MacGyver was singing a different tune, saying there was plenty of time for him to get out and still be alive. See more »


[first lines]
MacGyver: [voice-over narration] What are you doing up here, he asked himself. Don't you remember you hate heights. Or is it that heights hate you? I could never figure out which was which. But either way, I was determined that today I was gonna overcome it all. I had a sizable rock face called the Widowmaker to climb and an expert to show me how to do it. Wishful thinking.
[loses grip, slides down and hangs from a rope]
MacGyver: There's an old climber's saying. It's not the fall that kills you. It's ...
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The opening of this episode features some rock climbing
21 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

Do not attempt to use any of the techniques used in this episode for climbing.

The belay technique is unsafe (she should be running her the rope through her anchor), MacGyver is off belay and not safe after he completes his climb. His technique is depressingly awful, but it isn't a safety issue.

The climb featured in the shot can be found at the Smoke Bluffs, in Squamish BC.

I have not watched the rest of the episode, so I won't comment on the rest of it, which I am sure will be on par with the rest of the episodes in season 3.

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