MacGyver (1985–1992)
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The Heist 

An American senator has $60 million in diamonds stolen from him by a Virgin Islands casino owner. MacGyver goes with the senator's daughter to steal the diamonds back from his high-security vault.


Alan Smithee


Lee David Zlotoff (created by), James Schmerer (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Dean Anderson ... MacGyver
Vernon Wells ... Catlin
Victoria Bass Victoria Bass ... Tiffany
John Carter John Carter ... U.S. Senator Rhodes
Doran Clark Doran Clark ... Chris Rhodes
Larry D. Mann ... Daniel Sims
Gary Pagett Gary Pagett ... Croupier
Richard Jamison Richard Jamison ... Wilson
Christopher Kriesa ... Player
Michael Francis Kelly Michael Francis Kelly ... Thomas (as Michael F. Kelly)
Frank Miller Frank Miller ... Pilot
Jacqui Evans Jacqui Evans ... Woman Gambler
Diane Adair ... Waitress (as Diane Diefendorf)
Lloyd Bremseth Lloyd Bremseth ... Guard
Patrick Francis Flannery Patrick Francis Flannery ... Nelson


U.S. Senator Rhodes asks Mac to help his daughter Chris on the Virgin Islands to get back the diamonds which got stolen by Daniel Sims, the accountant he hired for his African famine charity and got shot himself by his accomplice Catlin, a former mercenary, who runs a hotel and casino on the Virgin Islands. Mac decides to steal the rocks back from his casino's top-security vault, which he plans to infiltrate, for once in Bond style (tuxedo), by cheating and asking his considerable winnings to be stored there. Catlin was warned and spots his tricked dice, but after a daring escape they return by the back-door with an elaborate diversion, at least Mac has learned the stones are not in the official vault but the private one in Catlin's office. However there are more surprises on both sides.. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

3 November 1985 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


MacGyver's MGB car parachuting out of the back of a cargo plane was actually from a mid 80's TV commercial for the British Leyland Motors MG Car Company. See more »


One can't pick a door lock one handed; two prongs (one in each hand) are needed to manipulate the lock's tumbler to get it to open. See more »


[first lines]
Catlin: Welcome to paradise!
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MacGyver Theme
Written by Randy Edelman
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Saved by MacGyver's charisma

In the fifth episode of MacGyver, he has to go and steal some diamonds back from a shady casino owner. And even though the episode shows all the traits of a typical MacGyver episode, it is sub-par and just saved by Richard Dean Anderson's acting and charisma.

It is not that the episode is bad per se. MacGyver doing a little bit of a James Bond impersonation in a casino, stealing some diamonds, and giving a lesson to the shady casino owner makes for a fun enough episode. But the invents are not very interesting, and just seem to be there to fill time, as we have seen them all before, and MacGyver doesn't stretch his mental muscles at all. It is also strangely paced, slow and on little bursts of action. On top of that, the bad-guy-of-the-week is not especially interesting or menacing.

A good enough episode, but not as good as one should expect from MacGyver.

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