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011 - Nightmares




Episode: 011    (#40191-012) Title:   Nightmares Airdate:   January 15, 1986
Writer:  James Schmerer Director: Cliff Bole

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After arriving back from an East German mission to retrieve a list of information for the DXS, MacGyver and Pete are ambushed by East German agents. Pete is wounded and MacGyver is kidnapped and injected with serum which will kill him in 6 hours time unless he tells his captures where he hid the stolen list in return for which they will give him the antidote. MacGyver promptly escapes from them and as the serum begins to take its painful and hallucinogenic hold on him, is helped by Lisa Allen, a run-away he’d helped earlier to catch a fish at the docks. Lisa takes him back to her make-do shelter in an old abandoned building, but they are soon found by the Germans and after escaping once again from them, MacGyver begins to realize that with time ticking away his only hope is to try and confront and outsmart his would be captures all while fighting the effects of the drug as it slowly kills him.



Richard Dean Anderson............
Tammy Lauren..........................
Dana Elcar................................
Robert O'Reilly.........................
J.P. Bumstead...........................
Michael Mancini........................
   (as Mike Mancini)
Tommy Lamey..........................
J. Michael Flynn........................
Kimberley Pistone.....................
Richard McGregor....................
Walter Robles...........................
Lisa Allen
Pete Thornton
Curt Neilson

Various characters (uncredited)


    SAK uses:
Cuts something while fixing Lisa's line
Uses screwdriver blade to open hatch in lamp post (x2)

    SAK type:
      - Victorinox Tinker

    Duct Tape:
      - none

     Skills used:
- Fishing
     - Physics


  • MacGyver arrives in the San Pedro harbor on a ship called the Gemstone
  • This is the first episode where we see MacGyver working for Pete Thornton.
  • This episode is the first time we hear about the "bonus" MacGyver gets for completing assignments.
  • MacGyver's "bonus" for this episode was a government scholarship for Lisa.
  • At the start of this episode we hear a bad guy refer to Pete as what sounds like Colton instead of Thornton. Colton was the character Dana Elcar played in the pilot episode. There is, however, some debate over weather he actually says Colton or Thornton.

Memorable quotes

  • "It's a known fact that eighty decibels of rushing water is one of the most pleasing sounds known to mankind. On the other hand, ten and a half days at sea is enough water for anybody." - MacGyver
  • You know, seaweed's not considered to be the best lure for fishing. - MacGyver
  • "My grandfather use to say "You just gotta think like a fish."" - MacGyver
    "Yeah but does it work?" - Lisa
    "Ultimatly it's up to the fish I think". - MacGyver
  • "The East Germans are just a little bit hot over this one" - Pete
    "Nice to know my works appreciated." - MacGyver
  • "I don't believe it. You are an officer of the law. I can tell." - MacGyver
  • Hey, look guys . . . I've got this thing about needles . . . Here's an idea: why don't you just try dripping water on my forehead? . . . The old rubber hose and bright light trick? - MacGyver
    The list. - Nielson
    Hypnotism - it's been known to work - MacGyver
  • Bein' told when you're gonna die kinda puts a little pressure on you. - MacGyver
  • One time, when I was a kid, I built a slingshot out of a couple of broken hockey sticks and an old inner tube. And you know, no matter how hard I practiced I just could never miss . . my neighbor's window. - MacGyver
  • I got school books; I'm gonna get a diploma. I'm gonna make something of myself . . . I don't know exactly what - Lisa
    How about a success?  - MacGyver
  • I hope you know what you're doing. - Lisa
    Me too. - MacGyver
  • Like the magician said: a little misdirection never hurt. - MacGyver


  • The alarm reset button is on the top in one scene and on the bottom in the next scene.
  • The bundle of money being counted by the bad guys is blank on one side
  • As Mac falls after being hit by the bad policeman, his eyes are red, the same as they are when he's drugged. Then in the next scene they are clear again. (scene is a cut from the later scene when Mac falls and is found by the girl)
  • At the beginning the two Germans say "Colson is here personally for the pick up" referring to Pete Thornton.. Colson was the character Dana Elca played in the pilot episode.
  • Pete is shot in his left arm; however, later he is shown with his right arm in a sling


  • Used gum wrapper as fishing tackle
  • Used edge of metal basin to sharpen knife
  • Piped water down belt into electrical outlet to short it out
  • Set up old TV tube and car batteries on chairs behind door to overload as the door opens.
  • Cot springs & cot used to ram the door open
  • Hung fire hose out window to make bad guys think he had escaped out the window.
  • Used old nail to open car tire valve and let air out.
  • Set fire to piece of rope hanging under smoke alarm to set alarm off as distraction.
  • Dropped water bottles onto a board leaning against a wall of barrels which made the barrels fall onto the bad guys.
  • Hit iron bar on fire hydrant to make long magnet
  • Used long magnet to pick up metal capsule of antidote from water drain.