MacGyver (1985–1992)

Out in the Cold 

A Mob informant hides some microfilm on MacGyver, who is on a ski vacation. An avalanche that buries MacGyver prevents the Mob from getting to him, but not for long.


Cliff Bole


Lee David Zlotoff (created by), Stephen Kronish | 3 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Dean Anderson ... MacGyver
Dana Elcar ... Pete Thornton
Jonathan Goldsmith ... Jack
Deborah Wakeham ... Ski Patrolwoman
Robert Pastorelli ... Arnie
Michael Constantine ... Sam Leland
Demetre Phillips Demetre Phillips ... Willie
Michael Corbett ... Phil


A certain Phil is followed by the gang men of mob boss Sam Leland, who have orders to get hold of an incriminating microfilm and kill him, so he hides it in a ski stick which he exchanges after deliberately bumping into Mac, who took reluctant and wining boss Pete to spend their 'bonus' vacation on the ski piste. First Max and the the stick get buried in an avalanche, but he cleverly finds a way to indicate where he is trapped. After the rescue, Pete stupidly breaks his foot, so Mac has to nurse the demanding, grumpy boss 'without fussing' over him and his cask. Then the criminals try kidnapping first Mac, who gets away, and then Pete, so Mac comes to the rescue, and discovers the stick is the key... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

16 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Snow Summit, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


While holding Pete hostage, Leland's wife asks him to bring home some milk. After putting down the phone he looks at Pete and his men and says, "The sword of Socrates is hanging over me and she asks for milk!" Socrates was of course a Greek philosopher. The sword Leland is referring to is the sword of Damocles, featured in a 4th century B.C. story of the same name where Damocles, the king of Syracuse, who once had a servant sit underneath a sword suspended over him, held in place by a single strand of human hair. See more »


The mercs slam their gray van into the dumpster and send debris and a large cardboard box flying, yet when they pull away again, the pavement is clean around the dumpsters. See more »


[first lines]
MacGyver: [voice-over narration] Steppin' into a pair of skis and pointing 'em straight downhill may be as close as you can get to flying... without completely leaving the ground. Every Winter, millions of people enjoy being out on the slopes. Ya might not think Pete Thornton would be one of them.
[watching Pete take a fall]
MacGyver: And you'd be right.
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Featured in MacGyver: D. O. A.: MacGyver (1987) See more »


MacGyver Theme
Written by Randy Edelman
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