A Russian defector is helped by MacGyver to seek asylum in the U.S. Meanwhile, after Penny Parker comes to stay at MacGyver's for a few days, she accidentally uncovers an assassination plot of a foreign official.


Charles Correll


Lee David Zlotoff (created by), Joan Brooker | 4 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Dean Anderson ... MacGyver
Dana Elcar ... Pete Thornton
Teri Hatcher ... Penny Parker
Robert Donner ... Vince
Vincent Schiavelli ... Lyle
Michael Ensign ... Derek Thompson
Elya Baskin ... Yuri Demetri
Hugh Farrington ... Jack Larson
Andre Marquis Andre Marquis ... Estevez
Hettie Lynne Hurtes Hettie Lynne Hurtes ... Reporter
Joseph V. Perry Joseph V. Perry ... Geezer
Zoaunne LeRoy Zoaunne LeRoy ... Woman
Michael Cassidy Michael Cassidy ... Robert Julian (as Mike Cassidy)
John Lafayette ... Guard
Andrew Divoff ... Russian Guard


Mac goes to a nuclear plant in Siberia to spring Yuri Demetri, a Soviet Russian political prisoner on account of his father's defection. Back in the States, Mac is not amused to find penniless Penny Parker invited herself to stay in his Californian home, but allows her to house-sit a few days. At her new job, as singing telegram, airhead Penny accidentally bursts into the wrong house, where Columbian drugs cartel-employed killers are decibel-torturing federal agent Robert Julian, a potential witness to their next hit by voice recognition-triggered bomb in Jack Larson's wheelchair to kill politician Javier Estevez in Phoenix Foundation-secured city-hall; she escapes and tells Mac. Later Penny recognizes on TV Derek Thompson, Estevez's corrupt aid who she saw at the torture, but the goons kidnap her and Yuri, planning to eliminate all embarrassing witnesses. Mac tails them to a warehouse, where he starts pulling his tricks to save his two friends who were left in a cooling cell (walk-in... Written by KGF Vissers

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19 January 1987 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Second time for actor Elya Baskin in the show in a different role, first time was on episode "A prisoner of Consience" in season 1. See more »


When MacGyver is trying to free his friends from the industrial freezer, the tight shots of MacGyver using his invented blow torch on the freezer door show at the bottom of the frame that there is a key inserted in the lock. (The wide shots show no key. And the storyline at this point assumes there is no key as MacGyver is trying to break the lock to get his friends out.) See more »


[first lines]
MacGyver: [voice-over narration] Ah, Siberia. Not known for its tourist trade or over-population. That's exactly why its such a popular place for political prisoners... and nuclear facilities.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


MacGyver Theme
Written by Randy Edelman
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