MacGyver (1985–1992)

Trail of Tears 

MacGyver and the Phoenix Foundation are trying to help a Native American lawyer who's going to court to prevent a power company from building just outside their sacred land. When he loses, ... See full summary »


Michael Preece


Lee David Zlotoff (created by), Lincoln Kibbee | 3 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Dean Anderson ... MacGyver
Dana Elcar ... Pete Thornton (credit only)
Michael Gregory ... Larry Whitecloud
Nick Ramus ... Standing Wolf
Jack Bannon ... Johnson
Gerry Bean ... Dick Russell
R. Nelson Brown ... Russell's Partner
Bruce Harwood ... Willis
Joe Norman Shaw ... Samuels (as Joe-Norman Shaw)
Gordon Tootoosis ... Phil Crow
Gordon Patrick White Gordon Patrick White ... Plant Manager (as Gordon White)
Cory Douglas Cory Douglas ... Indian Boy
William B. Davis ... Judge
Sandra Ferens Sandra Ferens ... Jury Foreman


MacGyver and the Phoenix Foundation are trying to help a Native American lawyer who's going to court to prevent a power company from building just outside their sacred land. When he loses, MacGyver decides to have some research done via satellite. When the company's rep hears of this, he worries what they might find. In the meantime, the lawyer was about to throw in the towel when an old tribesman talks to him. MacGyver goes to the reservation and discovers that the lawyer has taken arms and is doing what he has to to stop the company. Later, the rep shoots MacGyver in an attempt to frame the lawyer. While the rep chases the lawyer, MacGyver escapes and holes up in an old mine where the old man comes to him. He helps MacGyver and tries to show him what he showed the lawyer. MacGyver, upon seeing it, wonders the vision caused the lawyer to go on a rampage. He tells MacGyver, he probably misinterpreted what he showed him. And he gives MacGyver some information he needs. Written by

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Release Date:

29 April 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jack Bannon, who plays Johnson, is completely bald and wears a thick mustache. He looks a lot like G. Gordon Liddy, one of the people involved in the infamous Watergate break-in. This connection is probably lost on viewers now but would have been a lot more obvious to people in 1991. See more »


One of the plot points is the issue of a moving river's effect on a property boundary. Even though it is a common practice for a river to be used as a boundary line, the likelihood that a river may move has been known for a long time, and land surveys are *never* tied strictly to the presence of a body of water. Steams or rivers may move, completely change course, or even dry up, but this has no effect on a boundary line, as surveyors mark the property line based on the water's location at the time of the survey. Assuming the original survey was properly done, there should be no question of the correct location of a property line, regardless of the river's current location. See more »


[first lines]
Judge: This court in now in session. Please be seated. We've heard all the evidence in the case of the Lakota tribe versus New Plains Electric. I'll now call on both counsels for their summations. Closing argument, Mr. Samuels.
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MacGyver Theme
Written by Randy Edelman
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