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002 - The Golden Triangle




Season:  1
Episode:  002    (#40191-003)

Airdate:   06 october 1985
Director:  Paul Stanley
Writer:     Dennis Foley

Gambit Director:  Donald Petrie
Gambit Writer:     Terry Nation

  Episode   Nit-picks
Nielsen Ratings: 12.2 rating / 19 share / 3rd (51st overall)

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.

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



  • 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.
Used electromagnet to pick up briefcase. Used tire wrench to pop open car trunk. Used forklift to trap thieves in car.
Inflating raft pulls string on Signal flare to create explosion Used a signal flare to blow up jeep.
Used mirror and whistle as a signal.
Dropped snakes into jeep to scare away passengers. Leaves on ground looked like a covered hole so jeeps would drive around and fall into hidden pit.
Branch laying across road connected to string which pulls triggers on guns (when branch is moved) to shoot tires of jeep.
Log hanging on ropes swings down to knock solders out of jeep. Giant Bambo "flute" is connected to jeeps exhaust to blow home made tear gas made of fire-ash and rice alcohol.
Attached jeep winch to Helicopter to "wind in" the chopper.


SAK uses  Skills used:
 - Used the knife one-handed to cut himself
 - Cut the rope on a pig pen to release the pigs
 - Hand to hand combat
 - Gorilla warfare
 - Woodmenship
SAK type  SAK blades/tools used
- Tinker small   - Main blade

  • 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


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