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.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... MacGyver
... Pete Thornton
... Penny Parker
... Vince
... Lyle
... Derek Thompson
... Yuri Demetri
... Jack Larson
Andre Marquis ... Estevez
Hettie Lynne Hurtes ... Reporter
Joseph V. Perry ... Geezer
Zoaunne LeRoy ... Woman
Michael Cassidy ... Robert Julian (as Mike Cassidy)
... Guard
... 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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Release Date:

19 January 1987 (USA)  »

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Second time Penny Parker appears on the show. See more »


When Vince hurls himself at the locked door to try to smash it open, the door flexes outward in the middle to a degree far past where the door's lock/latch would be, so the door should have flown open at that point, not stayed tightly stuck at the top and bottom of the door; obviously the door was being held at the top and bottom corners from the other side. 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 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) See more »


MacGyver Theme
Written by Randy Edelman
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