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The Golden Triangle

  

Episode: 002  (#40191-003) Title:   The Golden Triangle
Airdate: 06 October 1985 Writer: Dennis Foley Director: Paul Stanley

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Opening Gambit

While trying to retrieve stolen top secret pentagon missle launch codes, MacGyver is caught and tied up in a car about to be crushed. After making a hasty escape from the car he uses the wreckers magnet to get the briefcase and pins the thieves car against a phone pole, with the thieves inside.

Main story

MacGyver is sent into the heart of opium country in Burma, to retrieve a poison filled canister from a crashed plane. His mission is made considerably more complex when he is mistaken for a DEA agent by local opium producers who are holding the local villagers as slaves to harvest their opium fields for them. 

The villagers decide to help MacGyver escape the drug lords "sun rack" and in return MacGyver helps the villages gain their freedom from the drug lords once and for all.
 

Cast

Richard Dean Anderson............. 
Joan Chen................................. 
George Cheung......................... 
  (as George Kee Cheung)
Clyde Kusatsu...........................
Keye Luke................................
Benjamin Lum...........................
Bryan Price..............................
James Saito.............................. 
Angus Duncan.......................... 
MacGyver
Lin
General Narai

Anek
Prasert
Truang
Chan
Ming
General Hawkins
 

 

Data

    SAK uses:
       - Used the knife one-handed to cut himself free
       - Cut the rope to the pigpen to release the pigs

    SAK type:
      - Tinker small

     Skills used:
    
- Hand to hand combat
     -
Chemistry
     - Gorilla warfare

 
   

Trivia

  • The canister MacGyver retrieves is labeled "Controlled Materials SFT-42 Danger."
  • The general who gives MacGyver his mission brief on the beach has a name tag of Hawkins.
  • MacGyver refers to his cousin Allie, but this contradicts the later story line of MacGyver having no living family or relatives.
  • In the close up of MacGyver holding his SAK we can see the tweezers are missing.

Memorable remarks

  • Now, you may find this hard to believe, but there have been times when I've had a lot more fun in the back seat of a car. - MacGyver
  • Missiles come in all shapes and sizes. I've always been partial to round. - MacGyver
  • My mom used to make a great broiled chicken. One of my favorites. Funny, I'm starting to feel real sympathetic towards them chickens. - MacGyver
  • It's my humble opinion that old Alexadra Graham bell has a lot to answer for. - MacGyver

Nit-picks

  • When guard comes to check on MacGyver tied on the rack we can see Macs belt on his pants. The camera then cuts to show his SAK on the ground, when it cuts back to Mac his belt is missing.
  • In the opening gambit, MacGyver suspends the bad guys in mid-air inside their car, the driver has a clear shot at him out the driver's side window but doesn't shoot.

 

MacGyverisms

  • Used tire wrench to pop open trunk
  • Inflating raft pulls string on Signal flare to create explosion
  • Log hanging on ropes swings down to knock solders out of jeep.
  • Used Mirror and whistle as signals
  • Alcohol & fire ash in bamboo pipes made tear gas
  • Branch laying across road connected to string which pulls triggers on guns  (when branch is moved) to shoot tires of jeep.
  • Giant Bambo "flute" is connected to jeeps exhaust to blow home made tear gas out.
  • Attached jeep winch to Helicopter to "wind in" the chopper