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|Posted by: MacGyverOnline 2 November 2006 - 01:14 PM|
005 – The Heist
Airdate: 03 November 1985
Teleplay: James Schmerer
Writers: Larry Alexander & James Schmerer
Director: Alan Smithee
Guest Cast: Vernon Wells as Catlin, Victoria Bass as Tiffany, John Carter as Senator Rhodes, Doran Clark as Chris Rhodes.
In the Virgin Islands, MacGyver and a senator's daughter must recover $60 million in stolen diamonds from the crooked casino owner’s impenetrable vault.
|Posted by: victorinox 6 November 2006 - 06:10 AM|
|this is my favourite episode in season 1. and the senator's daughter was pretty too.|
|Posted by: Macs Lab Rat 7 November 2006 - 02:13 PM|
| Archived votes from 3 Oct 2006
Poor [ 0 ] [0.00%]
Average [ 0 ] [0.00%]
OK [ 0 ] [0.00%]
Good [ 2 ] [33.33%]
Excellent [ 4 ] [66.67%]
Total Votes: 6
|Posted by: Amy 17 November 2006 - 11:40 AM|
| Excellent! I loved the adventurous feel to the whole thing, tho I did think the driving the car out of the plane was...probably unrealistic. The "Bond" moment was great because MacGyver definitely lacks that 007 sophistication!
I love that scene, too Loth...I laugh every time I see it.
|Posted by: MacGyverOnline 25 March 2007 - 12:35 AM|
| I watched this episode again today..
I love the "morning after" scene. and the "how can you sleep?" line is a classic.
Didn't they use the "Usually it's not a problem" line in another later episode?
Anyway, in spite of a few nitpicks this episode gets 5 out of 5. Everything you'd expect from a MacGyver episode.
"Your name MacGyver? That's amazing, so's mine."
|Posted by: victorinox 5 April 2007 - 05:34 AM|
|in my opinion, this episode is the best of the first season, if not the entire series. a truly great episode; and so many macgyverisms!|
|Posted by: Old Fan 5 April 2007 - 08:55 AM|
| I also love the James Bond moment (damn he looks good in a tux!)... and Mac's hair, which simply will not cooperate (it sticks straight up) - something we can look forward to in many future episodes. I like his natural dark auburn hair color before it got fooled around with, but maybe with the wisps of grey starting to show on the sides, they thought it might make him look too old(?) - so the blond frosting began not too many episodes later... The paperclip in the zipper of the lady's dress made for a really good diversion.
|Posted by: Devon636 5 April 2007 - 09:42 AM|
Really agree with this! The out-of-control frosting of later shows is something I've just never been able to reconcile with the whole MacGyver mythology.
I just can't see the character of MacGyver sitting still in a salon chair with foil and chemicals all over his head. I keep trying to tell myself it's natural, and from the sun, but I just can't live in denial...they're obvious hardcore frost n' tip highlights.
If they would have been a more subtle "gently sun-kissed" type of highlight I could handle it. For anyone who may insist they're from the sun (in real life or the show), I'm not saying it's not possible, it's just not probable.
|Posted by: Tygr 12 April 2007 - 09:29 PM|
| By about 3/4 of the way through, you completely dislike the casino owner (Been a while, so I can't remember his name), and then you get the scene in the plane:
"You still got the ring?"
|Posted by: MacNymph 13 April 2007 - 05:44 AM|
Oh, what a jerk he was! I can totally see him having a little ♂ on a gold chain around his neck.
|Posted by: Lothithil 13 April 2007 - 09:35 AM|
Catlin. Played by Vernon Wells. He shows up again in 'The Odd Triple' as the completely unlikeable Paul Donnay.
I like him... he is so eeeeEVIL!
|Posted by: Old Fan 13 April 2007 - 12:15 PM|
| I can't place his (Vernon Wells) accent. It SOUNDS British, but I'm thinking South African or Australian?? Anyone know for sure???
|Posted by: MacNymph 13 April 2007 - 12:46 PM|
|Posted by: MacGyverOnline 13 April 2007 - 04:49 PM|
| Is this the only episode the "How can you sleep?" line was ever used?
I'm having vague memory flashbacks of hearing it in another episode?
Of course it could just be a sugar rush.
|Posted by: abacab 5 July 2007 - 09:14 AM|
| This episode significantly betters "The Gauntlet" in many ways: the script is excellent, the tension is high, the MacGyverisms are more interesting and entertaining (with one exception), and the pace is quicker despite having the potential to be slower. (Car chase versus roulette table. What's gonna win?)
The performances are about on par with the earlier episode, especially Vernon Wells as Catlin. He's nicely evil, with an aura of sophistication that makes him fun to watch. Doran Clark isn't always quite as good as Chris Rhodes, but she's enjoyable and good nonetheless. I quite enjoyed seeing Mac sneak around the upper halls and into Catlin's private suite. The script is decent, with solid writing and good character development. (Those of us who've had poor dealings with them before will be glad to see the accountant killed off early on.)
Sadly, there is one MacGyverism that nearly ruins the entire show, and is perhaps the least believable of the entire series (there's one about equal in "The Coltons"). I'm no physicist, but it seems to me that regardless of a parachute, a car driven out the back end of an airplane that's in the air at the time will say "Screw this air!" and hit the ground at the fastest rate of speed possible. I could be wrong here, but it seems unbelievable and strange (and I could have done without the obligatory kiss between Rhodes and Mac). Solid episode overall.
My rating: 7.5/10
|Posted by: MacGyverOnline 5 July 2007 - 01:18 PM|
And yet the military use that very method for air dropping supplies and equipment.
|Posted by: abacab 5 July 2007 - 03:34 PM|
Well then I screwed up very much bad. Of course, I think the army probably carefully controls and orchestrates their drops, wherease Mac just drove the car out with about half a minute to think it up and actually do it.
|Posted by: MacGyverOnline 5 July 2007 - 03:41 PM|
|This is entertainment... not reality TV.|
|Posted by: MacGyverGrrl 5 July 2007 - 05:55 PM|
|If the parachute is large enough, it will slow the descent of large objects, however, attaching the parachute only to the back end of the car will result in the thing landing on its nose, thereby likely injuring the occupants.|
|Posted by: abacab 5 July 2007 - 06:27 PM|
Ah. Thanks for the advice.
|Posted by: Astra 5 July 2007 - 11:54 PM|
If they haven't fallen out already when the car was head down. Nobody can tell me it is possible to hold that fast.
|Posted by: MacGyverOnline 6 July 2007 - 02:36 AM|
| yeah it looked like the car Mac was in nearly tipped upside down.
I never understood why he told the women to get down on the floor. sitting on the seat with a seatbelt on seems far more practical to me.
|Posted by: MacsChick 6 July 2007 - 06:09 PM|
|I know! That part always bothers me, too.|
|Posted by: Tygr 8 July 2007 - 08:19 PM|
Maybe he knew if she was in the seat she would freak out. She couldn't see much in the floorboard.
|Posted by: j12752 9 July 2007 - 04:45 AM|
|"Bond, James Bond" just loved it!!!!!!!!!!|
|Posted by: MacsChick 9 July 2007 - 06:23 PM|
|And that adorable hair of his that just won't flatten when he's looking at his reflection! I love that scene.|
|Posted by: Old Fan 5 August 2007 - 12:21 PM|
| It STILL won't...
|Posted by: MacsChick 5 August 2007 - 01:57 PM|
|Posted by: Lothithil 5 August 2007 - 03:40 PM|
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|Posted by: MacGyver 5 August 2007 - 04:22 PM|
This whole scene reminded me some of the scene from "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" when Indy uses an inflatable raft as a makeshift parachute and to safely land him, Short Round and Willie Scott on the ground. That probably wasn't terribly believeable either- but come on! Who cares? It's great entertainment and that's why they do it. The point of it is not really if this would work in real life- but if anyone could do it- it would be Indiana Jones! Or, in our case, MacGyver!
|Posted by: MacNancy 7 August 2007 - 08:11 AM|
| Hi All!
Been awhile since I've posted anything here. Just thought I would pop in and ad my 50 cents to this episode. LOL I voted Good! I really thought this was a good episode. I agree about them going out the back of that airplane in the car with the parachute. Even though it may be unrealistic, it was still a Great stunt! Can you imagine how thrilling that would be parachuting out of an airplane in a car?? AWESOME! That rates better than any roller coster ride! LOL As for his other MacGyverisms in this episode those were cool too. Especially where he opened the doors to that vault with those wine glasses filled with wine. That was pretty creative! And I had no problem with him drinking that wine to change the pitch of the sound. It wasn't like he was going to get drunk on just one sip of wine! I probably would have done the same thing. Plus, he had all the other glasses set with the right pitch, and he didn't want to mess them up, so that's why he took a drink of that glass. That's just my thoughts on that. I thought that was pretty funny when he unzipped that woman's dress with that paper clip and string as a distraction. LOL That cracked me up! I have to say, she probably deserved it. She was pretty mean to that waitress, so Mac picked her for the distraction. ;-)
And I too thought that was really cute when he was standing in front of the mirror trying to flatten his cowlick. That was funny too! And him saying "Bond, James Bond!" Cute! Even though Mac lacked the suave sophistication of the real James Bond, I thought he played the part really well! And I agree, he did look really Great in a tuxedo. He wore another tuxedo in that episode, "The Enemy Within" where this man's wife had brainwashed him into killing that Russian woman. He had to wear a tuxedo when he attended this symposium and the Russian woman was the guest of honor. He looked great in that too even though he didn't want to wear it. LOL Of course I'm a sucker for guys in tuxedos or uniforms for that matter! LOL
All in all I really liked this episode too. I agree, there were a lot of "MacGyverisms" in this episode. Him "fixing" those dice with that powder and shoe shiner, using those tubes to bypass that light beam to get into Caitlin's room, etc. They really outdid themselves in this episode! COOL!
Anyway, just thought I would pop in and post some comments on this episode. Thanks Rocky for keeping us posted on these episode discussions. These are great!
|Posted by: MacGyverfan717 7 August 2007 - 10:47 AM|
| This was one of my favorite episodes of the first season! I really like the actor who plays the main villian. The MacGyerisms were pretty good here and the whole James Bond thing was really funny. I also thought the part where Mac is looking in the mirror and trys to flatten his hair was great! Overall this episode was great with the execpion of a really cheesy ending! LOL
This episode was awesome! I really liked the villian, his accent makes him sound cool. The Part where Mac Has the mirrior reflectinog the camera back to itself was awesome. It kept me on the edge of my seat when the guard came down to check it out and Mac got inside JUST in time! Great episode!
Yea ive always liked Macs hairstyle. Season 7's is my favorite! And a sculpture would be really cool! That'd be funny if they made a Chia pet of MacGyver!
|Posted by: MacGyver 8 August 2007 - 11:58 AM|
| Oh yeah- Chia pets!
A really stupid thing sold (and given) from pharamacies and other such unlikely places as really lame last minute Christmas gifts!
Well, here's Wikipedia's definition
I don't care much about them (obviously)- but a MacGyver one would be really funny!
|Posted by: MacGyver_92 8 August 2007 - 12:22 PM|
|omg those things are UGLY ill bet a MacGyver would be as scary-looking, if they all have grass coming out of their cranial area *shudder*|
|Posted by: MacGyverOnline 8 August 2007 - 01:15 PM|
| looks like Elma Fudd
|Posted by: The True MacGyver 18 March 2008 - 04:40 PM|
|A prime example of the great early episodes. The plot was unique, the MacGyverisms were packed in and great ones period, some excellent quotes. One of my favorite episodes. The tuxedo part is hilarious to see Mac in. My hair sticks up the same way.|
|Posted by: Murdoc12 25 March 2009 - 12:51 PM|
| I really like this ep. It has great MacGyverisms and very good one-liners. The whole way he got in and stole the diamonds; AMAZING. I love this episode
|Posted by: Beachbead 19 April 2009 - 09:18 AM|
|one of my favorite episodes.|
|Posted by: lucsch 28 May 2009 - 11:52 AM|
| Love this one! Classic.
Of course, I love them all.
As far as RDA's hair, I like all the styles, including SG-1 gray days. He looks so young in this 1st season!
|Posted by: Shiloh 28 September 2009 - 01:31 AM|
| This is one of my all time favourites.
Mac in a tux.
The whole episode is great from start to finish.
I've always thought that it would've been a great movie or two part episode,
it just always felt to me it could've gone on a bit longer.
One of the best I think!!
|Posted by: Dennman 16 March 2010 - 04:48 PM|
|Another favorite episode of mine. Mac's Bond impression is classic. I think he favors Connery.|
|Posted by: Miasma 20 January 2011 - 11:52 AM|
| Wow... I just realized that I've had the DVD set of season 1 for several years now, and I STILL never watched this episode! I'll have to try to remember to watch it one of these days. The last time I saw it was probably in the 80s.
|Posted by: no_giggling 3 October 2011 - 06:12 AM|
| Well everyone seems to love this episode (including me I might add).
Which leads me to the question: Why is the direction credited to "Alan Smithee"? Alan Smithee is a made-up name that is used in place of the real director's name when they don't want to be credited with the direction.
I wonder what happened here.
|Posted by: Beachbead 3 October 2011 - 03:38 PM|
| I like the part where MacGver just got off the plane and this woman is standing there with a Sign that says "MacGyver." he walks over to her takeing off his sunglasses and says"Your name MacGyver? That's amazing, so's mine is too."
she just stands there for a few mintutes before lowering the sign and looking at MacGyver.
|Posted by: Makedde 3 October 2011 - 06:19 PM|
I remember that scene! Mac has a great sense of humor, I like how they inject a little of that into a lot of episodes.
|Posted by: Mary-Kate 22 July 2012 - 10:51 AM|
| One of my favorite episodes. He did a MacGyverism I'll never forget: brushing the dice in order to get 7 every time he throws them. Wondering in which take did he throw 3 and 4 so they could use that shot for an episode.
I liked James Bond reference. And Mac in tuxedo looks really hot.
And that ''Your name MacGyver? So is mine!'' is just hilarious.
The ending parachute-car scene seemed too cheesy even for me and I'm female. Haha, I'm probably just jealous.
|Posted by: NightTinkerer 30 July 2012 - 05:04 PM|
| Most of the things I noticed/liked/disliked about this episode have already been discussed here, so I don't have too much to say, really.
I think it was a very humorous "homage" to James Bond--and I, too, love the part where Mac's trying to flatten his hair. It would have been even funnier if he'd already had the mullet... wonder what he'd do with that one?
Lots of funny lines in this one too. The "Usually, it's not a problem" and "Your name is MacGyver too?" are two of my absolute favorites.
"Chris" was a pretty independent girl, but I think her acting was a little bit over the top at times. Not a female character I would remember for long. The last scene was more than a little cheesy--but then again, what would a James Bond inspired episode be without a little kissing?
A "Good" rating from me.
|Posted by: Lazyking 6 November 2012 - 06:26 PM|
|A really good episode this was. I missed having a gambit sequence though|
|Posted by: Mela_007 7 November 2012 - 09:25 AM|
|I liked this episode, but my favorite part was when MacGyver met Chris at the airport. Loved that line!! I am actually a bit jealous of you all. The TV versions that I am watching cut the part with MacGyver trying to get his hair to cooperate. It went straight to him in the Tux in the casino. I am so going to have to get my own DVD set!!!! I liked the "Bond, James Bond" line too.|
|Posted by: MacGyverisms 7 February 2013 - 06:44 PM|
| One of my favorite episodes of season one. I liked the James Bond reference. The dice MacGyverism is very cool. The car parachuting out airplane MacGyverism is somewhat unrealistic, but a cool stunt. Very entertaining episode. Always one of my favorites.
Overall Rating: 8/10
|Posted by: Scwilson 31 July 2013 - 10:08 PM|
|this one is great, Mac had to crack a safe and get out of the casino undetected.|
|Posted by: Harry1982 5 August 2014 - 02:11 PM|
|There are 2 episodes that I absolutely love from first season, Nightmares and The Heist. This episode is full of funny stuff and lots of MacGyverism. It cracks me up every time to hear Mac say the James Bond line or things like, Chris: How can you sleep? MacGyver: Usually, it's no problem or the Sign lady. It's just hilarious. To me this episode has pretty much everything you could hope for. While RDA being great, Australian Vernon Wells is also great add to the cast. I remember him from Mad Max 2, Innerspace, Commando no name a few.|
|Posted by: denizen 5 August 2014 - 09:35 PM|
He reminds me of Freddy Mercury.
|Posted by: Harry1982 6 August 2014 - 04:30 AM|
| Den, you're absolutely right. I never really thought about it until now
|Posted by: denizen 6 August 2014 - 04:36 AM|
|Every time I saw Vern in a scene, I always expected him to turn around and go, "I want to break free"|
|Posted by: Harry1982 6 August 2014 - 05:23 AM|
| Vernon has the ability to look several things. Here's other example
|Posted by: denizen 6 August 2014 - 05:51 AM|
|Yup! Vern's image below sure looks like that rooster on top!|
|Posted by: Fly_airdalton 7 September 2014 - 01:26 PM|
|I love this episode. A simple and straightforward concept: rip back off, what's already been ripped off!|
|Posted by: Hannibal_Smith 2 December 2014 - 03:49 AM|
| A small moment I liked in this episode: the scene at the beginning where Catlin wipes the floor with two sparring buddies in quarterstaff combat while Mac casually watches from the audience. In a Bond movie, it’s the sort of scene that screams Bond will have to fight him with that same weapon later in the movie. Here, it’s a red herring – the staffs never reappear.
It means MacGyver lives in the same world as James Bond, but he doesn’t play by its rules – his skillset is completely different, therefore his approach to the villains is too, and that’s why so many of them end up blindsided. Catlin is a guy who expects to have to face the James Bonds and Rambos and John Matrixes of the world and keeps himself trained accordingly, but ultimately they’re not what he should be worried about.
|Posted by: zoeryan 9 November 2018 - 08:51 PM|
I really like this episode but that ending drives me nuts - of course he would normally have told her to strap in and not take the helmet for himself - but I have a feeling the stock footage they used of the car parachute had one person in the car wearing a helmet, so that's why he tells her to hide and puts the helmet on himself... Also they go from the tropics to parachuting over the desert lol. Definitely felt not quite resolved at the end. Also during the riot what made the bad guy all of a sudden suspect her enough to run out after the brunette?
I love the exchange when she wakes him up - adrenaline and attraction makes sense, lol - she puts her hand on his, gets embarrassed and then takes his coffee to get him more when he hasn't even sipped it yet
|Posted by: MacGyverOnline 16 March 2019 - 11:17 PM|
| Some interesting trivia for this episode....
Doren Clark (Chris Rhodes in this episode) was also a co-star of the Emerald Point N.A.S. with RDA... along with Sala Ward whom RDA was dating when MacGyver started.