A friend of MacGyver's becomes suicidal after being swindled out of his life savings. MacGyver orchestrates a reverse scam to get the money back.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Al Fann ...
Kelly Sutton
Joanne Remmings
Rex Ryon ...
Shawn Michaels ...
Joe Bonny ...
Steve Susskind ...
Michael Francis Kelly ...
Cop (as Michael F. Kelly)
USAF Pilot (as Juile Bryan)


MacGyver is shocked to find Kelly Sutton, a Phoenix Foundation worker bee, trying to commit suicide, saying it's to put his three kids through college after losing his life savings in a land swindle pulled by never convicted con artist James Crowe. Mac convinces Pete, who couldn't possibly involve the Foundation in such a murky business, to set up a scam to outsmart the crook and win $400,000 back; greenhorn analyst Joanne Remmings, who researches such plots, is grudgingly admitted to take part. First they hook Crowe by pretending Pete is a dirty cop, and lure him into putting up the cash for a cocaine transaction, which they deliberately make go wrong, and ultimately promise to go steal a fortune in cash from police evidence custody. However, everything is complicated by Joanne... Written by KGF Vissers

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6 October 1986 (USA)  »

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Second time that actor Richard Romanus appeared on the show. Both times with a different character. See more »


As often happens in MacGyver, this episode relies on stock footage, including shots of the aircraft at the start of the program. Perhaps because it wasn't shot specifically for the show, the aircraft's serial number changes multiple times, indicating that we're actually seeing several different planes. The serial number of the aircraft shown performing acrobatic maneuvers is 23639; the serial of that shown landing is 88205; and the serial of that shown taxiing is 68379. Finally, the crew climb out of a fourth plane whose serial starts with 643. (The final two digits are obscured by a fade at the end of the scene.) See more »


[first lines]
MacGyver: [voice-over narration] I don't care what anybody says, birthdays are important. So, when a good friend's turning sixty and I'm returning from another government mission, there isn't a much faster way to get home then to catch a ride on a T-38 ace flight. It's a good thing they didn't serve a meal on this flight... 'cause my heart was already in my mouth
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