has circulated on the internet and been sold on Ebay in past years. We can't prove thats
its authentic, but it seems reasonable that this could have been a first draft for the
show. One copy seen on Ebay had an issue date of April 1986, which would have been around
the time season 2 was in planning.
The Name Is MacGyver
Born and raised in rural Minnesota. Learned survival, woods lore; expert fisherman and
lure maker. Amateur botanist and zoologist.
Father: James MacGyver.
Mother: Ellen Jackson MacGyver.
Maternal grandparents: Harry and Celia Jackson.
When MacGyver was 10 years old, his father and his grandmother died in a tragic accident.
After a year, his grandfather, Harry Jackson, who had been very close to the boy, left
abruptly. It was a shattering blow to the ten-year-old MacGyver; he was suddenly the male
of the house. His mother returned to school teaching; they continued with life, while
Grandfather Harry worked in Alaska, sent money regularly; sent letters almost never. When
MacGyver was nineteen, his mother died after a brief illness. Left alone, isolated, his
only living relative a remote and alienated grandfather, MacGyver sold what was saleable,
discarded the rest-and took off. He was a junior in college, majoring in Physics at the
time-and already possessed of a nomad's itch to travel, to see, to sample, to taste the
There was an additional incentive. MacGyver had had a serious love affair with a
fellow-student, Amy Austen. It broke up over his desire to take a year off from school,
and work/travel. The pain of loss seemed to symbolize the end of a period of his life-he
And drifted. Armed with protean mechanical and scientific skills, cursed or blessed with a
mind that could never pass a puzzle by, he worked, traveled, paused here and
there-accumulated experience, and began to know himself.
He learned petroleum engineering, geology, worked as a roughneck in Sumatra, Aden, off
Malmo. He fought oil-well fires in the middle east; did gold mining in Africa, was Third
Mate on a coastal freighter in the Adriatic, worked roustabout in a small traveling circus
through Spain and France. And through it all, he kept sudying-and learning. Not always the
same thing. He's a passable jack-physicist, a good kitchen chemist, knows a scattered lot
about a number of scientific disciplines. More important-he has a genius for using
whatever's to hand-and creating whatever he needs. Turning a roadmap into a sled, using an aspirin tablet as an explosives timer, making a prison cage out of two bushes; combining a
magnesium bicycle strut and a rusty can into a thermite torch. MacGyver, in other words,
changes the ordinary into the mildly miraculous.
In North Africa he met PETER THORNTON, then a field operative for a somewhat obscure US
Intelligence Agency, the DXS: Dept. of External Service. The meeting was
accidental-MacGyver was flat broke, scratching along cheerfully by driving a battered
taxicab-he'd gotten the job by repairing the cab. Thornton hailed him-got in-and MacGyver
instantly found himself the co-object of a pursuit. He got them away, but was marked as
Thornton's man-and had to hang in with Pete Thornton until the mission was over.
He did more than hang in. He joined in, and when it was over, MacGyver and Thornton made a
very personal deal. MacGyver would stay in touch-maybe do an occasional job for Thornton.
But not too officially, and always at his own discretion.
The agreement was born out of and annealed a strong friendship-a permanent thing for both
men. It's still there-modified now that Thornton is out of the Government
Peter David Thornton
Early fifties. Widowed. One child, a daughter, Laura-now a hospital administrator in San
Colonel, US Army, Special Forces.
Seconded to the State Department, in charge of a group of special couriers, three years.
Retired and became Operations Director of DXS, western group, operating out of Los
An excellent chess player, a good poker player, and a terrible tennis player. Hates cold
weather-baffled by MacGyver's love of winter sports.
Expert shot, pistol or rifle.
Often lonely, an isolated man. MacGyver may be his best friend; certainly the friend who
knows him best-something like a younger brother.
Left the DXS last year to become:
Director of Operations for the Tine Corporation.
Offices: Santa Monica, California.
TINE CORPORATION. Established in the early 1960s with considerable US
Government connivance-a think-tank, specializing in practical problem-solving. Works as a
private corporation, funds a good deal of pure research-supported by the for-hire
assignments, which include:
Work for the US Government. Such as testing a new weapon-in battlefield situations.
Auditing the security arrangements for a US Embassy abroad.
Tracing a missing load of toxic waste.
Intercepting a deep mole emerging.
Testing the claims of a scientist who has possibly invented a vest-pocket H-bomb.
Arbitrating the conflicting claims of two Service branches.
Designing an escape-proof jail.
Escaping from that jail.
Doing similar tasks for foreign governments. Private corporations. Local governments.
Wealthy individuals. Universities. Scientific associations. School districts. Or anybody
else with an intriguing problem and the ability to either (a) pay the bill, or (b) justify
a pro bono effort.
Pete Thornton is loosely in charge of field operations-oversees a corps of scientists and
MacGyver, who is paid a modest retainer for standby and
run-of-the-mill tasks. But, when there's a special mission, MacGyver's arrangement with
the Tine Corporation includes a "special bonus."
The "bonus" is provided at MacGyver's request and may include fulfillment of his
own wish list, such as a one-on-one game of ice hockey with Wayne Gretzky; or a special
gift for someone he cares about, such as a college education for an underprivileged youth
or a summer with the Cousteau Expedition in the Galapagos Islands.
MacGyver, the householder
He lives in a smallish loft over a small complex of neighborhood stores in a pleasantly
ethnic, tucked-away part of Los Angeles. Not far from the beach. Not far from the
The loft is spacious and unusually decorated. A nerf-ball basketball hoop at one end. A
hockey goal at the other-with an electronic goalie ready to defend it. A radio-controlled
miniature racing car. A table-hockey game.
Handy gadgets are spotted all over the apartment. A kitchen corner operates by microchip
out of Rube Goldberg. A small astronomy lab sits on an iron spiral staircase on the roof.
A terrific music system plays a range of tastes from Twisted Sister through electronic
harmonies to Mozart. A small chem lab, close by the kitchen-thereby making dinner guests
Downstairs: a ma-and-pa deli, operated by an Italian family. Ma clucks over MacGyver
because she likes him and because she is a mother.
In return, MacGyver repairs their freezer, adjusts their machinery, fine tunes a
world-class music system for Bel Canto opera
and is generally part of the family,
which includes a mixed breed dog, originally intended to handle security-but a hopeless
failure. He has only one discernible talent: evoking love.
When MacGyver is off somewhere-Mama and Papa will look after his place, pick up mail, keep
an eye on things
worry about him a lot when he's gone
and welcome him back like
a returning hero.
They know he works on a loose consultancy basis for the Tine Corporation-is often away-has
some very odd visitors-could be involved in some intriguing affairs
but they don't
pry, don't tattle. He's family; they trust him implicitly-they'd defend him to the death.
The Background Bible also includes synopses
for 6 stories:
The Cure (never made)
The Eraser (made, but
Labyrinth (made as The Human
Blood Money (never made)
Fire Mountain (made as Final
Approach, but modified)
The Hard Way (never made)