MacGyver (1985–1992)
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MacGyver visits some friends who are are drilling for oil. Their oil well catches fire and burns out of control. MacGyver is the only one who can stop the fire and save his friends' oil strike.


Richard A. Colla (as Richard Colla)


Lee David Zlotoff (created by), Stephen Kandel (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Dean Anderson ... MacGyver
Cooper Huckabee ... Bill Farren
Nana Visitor ... Laura Farren
Rudy Ramos ... Pete Torgut


During a trip to visit some friends, an accident starts a fire in an oil-well owned by MacGyver's friends. MacGyver and his buddy then go to fetch dynamite in an abandoned mine at great peril to themselves after they decide the dynamite is the only feasible way the fire can be put out. However, when they use it, the fire only becomes more intense. Can MacGyver and his Hellfire friend survive the incredible heat to put out the fire and save the oil buried underneath the well...? Written by adnyuk

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27 November 1985 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The windscreen of the truck they transport the dynamite in is either very dirty or mostly clear in different shots during the trip. Mac's windshield wiper is also either up or down in different shots. See more »


[first lines]
MacGyver: [voice-over narration] Some people say there are no more frontiers left for us to conquer. But, then again, some people still go out into the wilderness in search of their dream.
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MacGyver Theme
Written by Randy Edelman
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MacGyver's charisma carries a weak episode
10 September 2016 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

MacGyver goes to visit some friends that are trying to find oil in the middle of the desert. Soon after he arrives, the oil appears, but also an accident happens, and a fire starts in the well. MacGyver and his friends will try to stop it.

It is refreshing to see a show that tries to bring adventure and thrilling moments without violence (almost). MacGyver's threat this time is a fire, not your bad-guys-of-the-week, which could offer many opportunities. Sadly, the episode fails in taking advantage of it, and it just pads its way through the almost 50 minutes of its running time, with too many empty moments and over-stretched situations. It is a pity (and a shame) that MacGyver's resourcefulness is lost, and he just has a couple of little invents to add to the repertoire seen till now in the series. There are some nice moments of character development, but taking into account that we will not see these characters anymore, it all feels a little bit empty.

In the end, it is just Richard Dean Anderson's charisma what brings this episode through. His MacGyver is as good as ever, and it makes an even not very original or interesting episode fun enough.

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