MacGyver (1985–1992)
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A man in security guard uniform, carrying a briefcase, enters a hangar alone. There is a helicopter. The man enters the code that opens a storage room door. Inside the room, he steals a ... See full summary »


Michael Caffey


Lee David Zlotoff (created by), Lincoln Kibbee

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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Dean Anderson ... MacGyver
Dana Elcar ... Pete Thornton (credit only)
Shelley Berman ... Abe Sherman
Lance LeGault ... Elliott
David Naughton ... LaManna
Ben Stein ... Major Snead
Michael Tucci ... Philip (as Michael B. Tucci)
Time Winters ... Perigot
Dan Eisenstein Dan Eisenstein ... Jeffrey
David Trim David Trim ... Duke Luke
Max Lazar ... Fritz (as Lazar)


A man in security guard uniform, carrying a briefcase, enters a hangar alone. There is a helicopter. The man enters the code that opens a storage room door. Inside the room, he steals a book that says "Stealth Helicopter Operating Manual - Top Secret" and a key-card that opens the helicopter. He replaces the fire extinguisher in the copter with one in his briefcase. Finally, he just flies away in the copter. Elsewhere, MacGyver meets his Jewish godson Jeffrey, who's bar mitzvah is going to be on the following day. Jeffrey's father isn't on the best of terms with his own father, but Jeffrey is convinced that his grandfather will attend the bar mitzvah. Jeffrey entrusts the picking up of his grandfather to MacGyver. Granpa tells MacGyver he has to pick up Jeffrey's present from the post office. He sees a man in a suit, wearing an earpiece, standing in guard outside the post office. He asks MacGyver to pick up the packet that is waiting there, addressed to an alias... There is a tracker ... Written by Toni Tapola, Finland

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Release Date:

16 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fillmore, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The MacGyver's stories often seem to borrow ideas from famous movies. In this one, Abe Sherman, while sitting in the passenger seat, covers his mouth with a mask while spraying a gas from the fake fire extinguisher to knock out Mac and steal the helicopter is rather reminiscent of Thunderball. See more »


Entering the correct code on the keypad would cause just the green and white buttons to light up, not the red or yellow buttons. See more »


[first lines]
Elliott: No, no, you'll damage the chopper.
Major Snead: ID the perp?
Elliott: It had to be that temp working security.
LaManna: The old rumpled guy?
Elliott: Right.
Major Snead: B.N. for Mr. Harding.
Elliott: B.N.?
Major Snead: Bad news.
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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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29 May 2014 | by justinbogganSee all my reviews


My goodness how this show has fallen. We used to have an American hero who went out of his way to save the lives of political prisoners and helpless people overseas, now we have episode after episode of preachy Left-wing environmentalism and plots best left for non-MacGyver series.

This episode sees MacGyver picking up a friend of a friend for, well, who cares, it's all boring crap anyway. And this friend is a little crazy. Imagine the unfunny Jerry Lewis shoved into this episode and then that he's even less funny than he already is, and with mental problems, and bingo -- you got the idea.

The episode is overwrought with boring, painfully unfunny and overdone characters, in an absurdest plot forced to be humorous. It's mentally painful to watch this.

Clichéd Jewish people, a comedic dictator with bizarre personal traits, a mockery of an F.B.I. agent, another dumb government official, and a sophisticated experimental helicopter that can be access with a flashlight (yeah, dumb, right?).

The writing is awful. It's trying SO HARD to be funny but failing in a remarkable terrible way. This is what we waited for, for a season premiere?

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