MacGyver (1985–1992)
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The Invisible Killer 

MacGyver takes a group of Phoenix Foundation employees for a recreational trip into the wilderness but learns that someone of the group might be an escaped criminal.


Dana Elcar


Lee David Zlotoff (created by), Chris Haddock | 3 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Dean Anderson ... MacGyver
Dana Elcar ... Pete Thornton
James Sloyan ... Henry Colter
Adam Arkin ... Tony Parisio
Jean Bruce Scott ... Forest Ranger Liz
Kevin Geer ... Dr. Fred Beam
Andrew Rhodes Andrew Rhodes ... Charles 'Chuck' Larabee
Julie Downing Julie Downing ... Deputy Walker
Blu Mankuma ... Sheriff Max Hubbard


MacGyver takes a group of Phoenix Foundation employees for a recreational trip into the wilderness but learns that someone of the group might be an escaped criminal.

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Release Date:

10 April 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Tony Parisio suspiciously questions the two other group-members who have remained up in the fire-tower after Liz, Mac, and Beam have descended to the foot of the tower, asking which of them is the escaped convict (he has no idea that there are actually **two** escapees in the group); little does Tony know that he's actually talking to them. See more »


Escaped convict Mark Fulton (posing as Henry Colter, and wearing Colter's fishing-lure-decorated blue denim hat) uses a stolen prison-guard's revolver to shoot Colter inside the park restroom, and then he later murders Dr. Fred Beam in the tent when Beam tries to retrieve his own concealed handgun from his backpack. So Fulton would have had two revolvers with him during his hike through the woods with Ranger Liz, not just the one he stole from the guard. See more »


[first lines]
MacGyver: When Pete Thornton established a stress-relief program for Phoenix Foundation employees, I thought it was a pretty good idea. The four men I was going to meet worked in high-pressure Phoenix positions throughout the country. My job was to take them over Mount Cascade on a 5-day hike. They'd have a chance to blow-off some steam and just forget about their jobs. And me? Well it was just something I liked to do.
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References Shoot to Kill (1988) See more »


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One of my favourite episodes. Simple, but exiting episode.
13 February 2010 | by joshi_3592See all my reviews

The story couldn't really be simpler. An escaped convict is in the forest. MacGyver and some co-workers are on a stress relieve program out in the forest. no one knows each other, and any of them could be the killer.

What I like about this episode is how everyone (except MacGyver of course) could be the killer. We have no idea how he looks, and every character has this little feature that could mean he's not who he's supposed to be. Everyone fits the description to some degree. But throughout the episode one after one is proved to be the real thing, and that eventually only leaves us with one guy.

It's a realistic episode, MacGyvers inventions are believable, and the episode is neither to grim nor to light hearted. I just thinks it's a great mixture of suspension, drama, humour and simple MacGyver adventure. "Invisble Killer" has always been one of my favourite episodes, I give it a 9/10.

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