MacGyver (1985–1992)
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MacGyver must stop an ex-Navy SEAL, who once saved his life, from using a stolen vial of anthrax.


Michael Caffey


Lee David Zlotoff (created by), Chris Haddock (teleplay by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Dean Anderson ... MacGyver
Dana Elcar ... Pete Thornton
Marshall R. Teague ... Steve Morrison (as Marshall Teague)
Patrie Allen Patrie Allen ... Marie Morrison
Don Stroud ... Commander Hilliard
Stephen Furst ... Dr. Kozby
James Kidnie ... Hans Felder
John Novak ... Max Muller
Darcia Carnie Darcia Carnie ... Veronica
Vince Deadrick Jr. Vince Deadrick Jr. ... Woody
Rod Crawford Rod Crawford ... Phoenix Guard
Dan Shea ... Biker


Someone steals a vial of anthrax from a Phoenix Foundation lab and MacGyver recognizes him as a Navy SEAL whom he worked with and saved his life. Mac is told that the vial he took is only meant to be use in the lab and if the seal is broken, it could be the start of a plague. Mac learns that the Navy washed him out after the mission he and Mac were on, because they tried to make him come back too soon. He later calls his former C.O., the man who washed him out and tells him to come to his house which he booby trapped. Mac goes with him. Written by

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8 May 1989 (USA) See more »

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[first lines]
Phoenix Guard: Mr. MacGyver. Got you working the night shift, have they?
MacGyver: Well, not exactly. I got a message from Dr. Kozby to met him in the Research Lab.
Phoenix Guard: Yeah, we never know with him, do you?
MacGyver: Yeah.
Phoenix Guard: Go right on through, sir.
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MacGyver Theme
Written by Randy Edelman
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18 August 2015 | by kemper-keithSee all my reviews

I find it interesting that this Episode introduced the world to Anthrax for the very first time and no one really knew that considering we heard about Anthrax in 1993 from the first ever terrorist attack on US soil on the news. During 1993 the World got a taste of just dangerous this Chemical really was. In this episode of Macgyver it is finally explained and its interesting that the News didn't know anything about it. Back in the late 80's TV was very different then today's generation of TV. I love How Hollywood always has our future written in fiction. Now that we live in 2015 Things are not so Black and White anymore. We now have Hollywood to keep us on our toes. In a politically correct world we now can't even talk about anything that even relates to today's TV.

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