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Episode: 014    (#40191-013) Title:   Countdown Airdate:   February 5, 1986
Written by: David Ketchum & Tony DiMarco Director:  Stan Jolley
 

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Episode

While cleaning up from a disastrous attempt to impress his land-lady with a hi-tech breakfast MacGyver receives a phone call from Pete Thornton asking him to come into the office for an urgent assignment with an added taunt of having something MacGyver would like. Unable to resist the taunt or the opportunity to get away from his breakfast disaster MacGyver heads to the DXS offices where he finds his assignment is to work with his old army bomb disposal partner, Charlie Robinson , to disarm a bomb found on a cruise ship in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean. But when they arrive they find it is in fact 2 bombs located at opposite ends of the ship which need disarming. Things become even more complicated when a third bomb is located and Charlie's bomb explodes as they begin to disarm it, killing him and leaving MacGyver with no choice but to try and talk the captain of the ship through disarming the third bomb as MacGyver tries to disarming his own bomb.
 

Cast

Richard Dean Anderson................ 
Dana Elcar....................................
Ellen Bry.......................................
Steven Williams.............................
Michael Cavanaugh.......................
Robin Pearson Rose......................
J. Michael Flynn............................
Burke Byrnes................................
Jeff Abbott....................................
MacGyver
Peter Thornton
Carol Tanner
Charlie Robinson
Mike Donahue
Suzanne
Carlysle
Captain Howard
Officer Atkins


Data

    SAK uses:
      -
Uses small screwdriver blade to remove lids of 
         acid tube

    SAK type:
      - Executive

    Duct Tape:
      - none

     Skills used:
    
- Repelling
     - Bomb disarming
     - Chemistry
     - Electronics
         

Trivia

  • The ship seen in this episode was named the MS Vistafjord and has since been renamed twice. It's current name is MS Saga Ruby.
  • This episode is the first and only time we hear about MacGyver being in a military bomb disposal team in the Vietnam war.

Memorable quotes

  • Sure is great to start off a sunny day thinking about the people you like most. My pal Susan, for instance. She's my landlady, the building maintenance person - and the only human being who's figured out how to keep me organized. So, how do I repay her? A twenty-first century breakfast, of course. I wonder how she likes her eggs? - MacGyver
     
  • Love that modern technology. - Susan, after Roberta drops an egg on her shoe.
     
  • Mac, I need your help. - Pete Thornton
    Last time you said that to me, I ended up in Washington, wearing a pin-striped suit and a necktie. - MacGyver
     
  • I had this contract with Pete Thornton's outfit that says I take only those jobs I wanna take. Now, you'd think I'd say "no" once in a while. Especially when Pete wants to put me in the middle of the ocean to baby-sit a bomb. - MacGyver
     
  • Ignore him. He has this irrepressible paternal instinct toward me - Charlie Robinson 
     
  • Tell me, Mr. MacGyver. Would you want to know that a very good possibility exists that you could die a violent death some time during the next three hours? - Carol
    Yes, Ma'am, I would. - MacGyver 
     
  • Pick a number, Mac. - Charlie
    Oh, no . . . We played that game already. - MacGyver
     
  • Remember the routine in 'Nam: by the numbers. Slow and easy. And we'll live forever. - MacGyver
     
  •  It's not technology, it's . . . art. - MacGyver
     "Art"?! MacGyver, it's a damn bomb! - Pete
    You just lack artistic tastes. - MacGyver   

Nit-picks

  • Macs shirt changes color when he moves from his balcony to inside his apartment.

MacGyverisms

  • Turned cargo net into a rappel line and harness 
  • Uses sharpening stone to scratch through end of neon tube to break end off tube.
  • Used edge of powder dish to remove cork from tube inside the bomb
  • Used neon tube with end cut open to vacuum phosphorus powder out of bomb trap.
  • Injected a mixture of low fat milk and oven cleaner via a pastry tube to neutralize an acid mixture inside the bomb. 

Charlieisms

  • Used dental probe and petroleum jelly to pierce the seal around the bomb