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The Heist

 

Episode: 005  (#40191-007) Title:   The Heist  
Airdate: 3 Novemeber 1985 Teleplay: James Schmerer
Writers: Larry Alexander & James Schmerer Director: Alan Smithee

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Plot

MacGyver travels to the Virgin Islands to assist a US Senators daughter to recover $60 million worth of diamonds stolen from a famine relief charity by a crooked casino owner. Once there MacGyver decides the best way to get them back is to simply steal them back. So he sets about being invited to see the owner’s private safe by winning big at the casino by way of cheating and having his winnings stored in the safe and then later breaking in to the safe while Chris, the senator’s daughter, wreaks havoc in the casino.

Cast

Richard Dean Anderson........
Vernon Wells........................
John Carter...........................
Doran Clark..........................
Victoria Bass.........................
Larry D. Mann......................
Gary Pagett...........................
Richard Jamison....................
Christopher Kriesa................
Michael Francis Kelly............
  (as Michael F. Kelly)
Frank Miller..........................
Jacqui Evans.........................
Diane Adair..........................
  (as Diane Diefendorf)
Lloyd Bremseth.....................
Patrick Francis Flannery........
Gavin Buhr............................
   (uncredited)
MacGyver
Jack Catlin
U.S. Senator Rhodes
Chris Rhodes
Tiffany
Daniel Sims
Croupier
Wilson
Player
Thomas 

Pilot
Woman Gambler
Waitress 

Guard
Nelson
Security Guard 

  

Data

    SAK uses:
      -
Removed the stone from Chris's ring
      - Cut, trimmed, and screwed in the wires to short
         circuit the electrical panel
      - Pried open the front of the alarm clock

    SAK type:
        Victorinox Executive

    Duct Tape:
      - Taped the mirror to the hanger to fool the
         security camera 

     Skills used:
    
- Gambling
     - Casino fixing
     - Absolute (perfect) pitch (recalling notes)

         

Trivia

  • This is the first episode to air without an openeing gambit
  • This is the second episode to be directed under the Alan Smithee pseudonym (which is used when the director doesn't want to be associated with the production)
  • The license plate of the red MG car is T-597S3

Memorable quotes

  • Your name MacGyver? That's amazing. So's mine. - MacGyver
  • How can you sleep? - Chris
    Usually it's no problem. - MacGyver
  • What if I were to go in and just, take the diamonds from Catlin? - MacGyver
    My God, you're a thief. - Chris
  • We fake it. - MacGyver
    Oh great, great. We are in deep troble - Chris

Nit-picks

  • The dice change positions from shot to shot while Mac is "polishing" them.
  • When the car dives out the back of the plane a Camera man can be seen right behind the car.
  • This episode is suppose to be in the US virgin islands, yet all the scenes of the car in the air have endless desert below.
  • When Mac is opening the safe he tells the bird "It's an octave too high." He then drinks some of the wine out of the glass. This would actually raise the octave rather than lower it.
  • When MacGyver puts the first end of the plastic tube into the light beam alarm in Catlins office, wouldn't that have broken the beam of light and set off the alarm? 
  • As MacGyver drives the car out of the back of the plane you can see a film camera set up in the car.

MacGyverisms

  • Disabled camera to trick staff into opening door
  • Wired fuse box lights to alarm clock hands
  • Rerouted light beam with tube
  • Faked musical notes with wine-filled crystal goblets to open lock
  • Piece of glass lamp funneled diamonds down drainpipe
  • Parachuted out of plane in a car
  • Removed stone from ring to use as a card marker
  • Broke tops off of gas cyclendars to rocket-power
    beverage cart
  • Used magnet from phone to "sabotage" the
    roulette wheel
  • Used cigar ashes to make security light beam visible


 

 

 

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