MacGyver (1985–1992)
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A surprise birthday party is thrown for MacGyver at the Phoenix Foundation, causing him to reflect on old friends and memories, and to consider resigning from his job.


Cliff Bole


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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Dean Anderson ... MacGyver
Dana Elcar ... Pete Thornton
John Anderson ... Harry Jackson
Robin Curtis ... Kate Connelly
Michael Goodwin ... Craig Bannister
Teri Hatcher ... Penny Parker
Bruce McGill ... Jack Dalton
Tim Rossovich ... Mike Desmond


Mac is home after surviving three murder attempts while he found proof in Central America about dealer Fernando Marin's part in the U.S. cocaine market, only to be forced at machete-point to bring another accomplice to the Phoenix Foundation- oops, that's just Jack Dalton 'inviting' him to a surprise birthday party, the rare guests like Grandpa and Penny are his presents. They and some objects remind Mac of foreign adventures he had the last seven years around the world. Now Mac tells Pete at fifty he's too old to rely on luck and announces his resignation, so he can start having a private life rather then run away from every potential love. Is his mind really set? Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

6 April 1987 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Here MacGyver's birthday is revealed to be March 23rd, though other episodes state a different date, like January 23rd for example. See more »


Pete says he was thinking about the first assignment he ever gave MacGyver, and references part of an episode from the first season, but it's been previously established that MacGyver met Pete seven years ago and started working for the Phoenix Foundation shortly thereafter and that he and Pete had been on a number of wild assignments all over the world in those seven years. And it was clear MacGyver was seasoned by then. See more »


[first lines]
MacGyver: [voice-over narration] There's no place like home. That's especially true if you spent twelve hours on a flight from Central America that gave new meaning to the word turbulence. Pete Thornton sent me to find a piece of evidence that would like Fernando Marin, a major drug dealer, to the flow of cocaine into the United States. And I'd found it. Hidden in the jungle and guarded by some tribesmen who are on Marin's payroll. They weren't too happy I'd gotten away with it. Three times ...
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Features MacGyver: Every Time She Smiles (1986) See more »


MacGyver Theme
Written by Randy Edelman
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Clip Show
17 September 2015 | by EightiesseekerSee all my reviews

Macguyver was on an assignment to "steal" back an item, but that is not shown in this episode. Arriving at his apartment he mentions he was almost killed three time, and it was just sheer luck he is still alive.

Suddenly a person enters his apartment and says he wants the item back. Macgyver says it would be located at the Phoenix Foundation and thus they drive there.

When he enters a dark room suddenly the light go on and he sees all his friends, throwing a surprise birthday party for him.

He uses this opportunity to reflect on his past assignments and because of his close death in the past assignment ponders to resign.

Well this is a clip show. The frame events is the birthday party, but apart from this clips of previous shows are shown.

Usually a clip show is made when the production company tries to save money by re-using material from previous episodes. But in this episode about all actors are there whom he had to deal with before.

Well I don't like clip shows. But because it was well made and show Mac thinking about the dangers he is always involved I give it more than the usual 1/10.

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