MacGyver (1985–1992)
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The Widowmaker 

MacGyver's best friend falls to her death while mountain-climbing with him. MacGyver has no time to mourn when Murdoc shows up looking for revenge.


Michael Vejar


Lee David Zlotoff (created by), John Whelpley (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Dean Anderson ... MacGyver
Dana Elcar ... Pete Thornton
Michael Des Barres ... Murdoc
Lisa Bayliss Lisa Bayliss ... Michelle 'Mike' Forrester
Elyssa Davalos ... Nikki Carpenter
Antony Holland Antony Holland ... Ellard


While scaling the cliff face known as "The Widowmaker," Mac loses his best friend. Before he can properly grieve, he is forced to run from an old enemy who is now hunting him down. With the help of a colleague, Mac finds his way back to the Widowmaker and fighting for his life on the same ledge that took his best friend. Written by clbw

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16 November 1987 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When Pete discovers that Murdoc broke into MacGyver's houseboat he phones the Phoenix Foundation and instructs them to call the "DSX," actually meaning "DXS". See more »


Murdoc informs Nikki that some of her truck's spark plug wires are frayed, but if that were the case, it would not have caused the starter motor to jerk and bind as if the battery was low; the engine would still have been able to crank, even if it couldn't have started. See more »


[first lines]
MacGyver: [voice-over narration] What are you doing up here, he asked himself. Don't you remember you hate heights. Or is it that heights hate you? I could never figure out which was which. But either way, I was determined that today I was gonna overcome it all. I had a sizable rock face called the Widowmaker to climb and an expert to show me how to do it. Wishful thinking.
[loses grip, slides down and hangs from a rope]
MacGyver: There's an old climber's saying. It's not the fall that kills you. It's ...
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Features MacGyver: Partners (1987) See more »


MacGyver Theme
Written by Randy Edelman
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The opening of this episode features some rock climbing
21 November 2013 | by michapringleSee all my reviews

Do not attempt to use any of the techniques used in this episode for climbing.

The belay technique is unsafe (she should be running her the rope through her anchor), MacGyver is off belay and not safe after he completes his climb. His technique is depressingly awful, but it isn't a safety issue.

The climb featured in the shot can be found at the Smoke Bluffs, in Squamish BC.

I have not watched the rest of the episode, so I won't comment on the rest of it, which I am sure will be on par with the rest of the episodes in season 3.

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