D.O.A. MacGyver

Episode:  043 (S2.E21)

Production  No.: 40192-043

Airdate: 27 April 1987

Writer: Jaison Starkes

Director: Cliff Bole

Nielsen Ratings:   12.6 rating / 21 share / 2nd (40th for the week)



An amnesiac MacGyver is hunted by terrorists who believe he knows of their plan to assassinate U.S. military figures with a bomb planted at a funeral.



Richard Dean Anderson MacGyver
Dana ElcarPete Thornton
John Pleshette… Lancer / Benson
Clive Revill… Tony Braddock
Priscilla Morrill… Helen Wilson
Kim Miyori… Tara
Rockne Tarkington… Jules
Nana Visitor… Carol Varnay
Merritt Olsen… Minister
Ryan Rushton… Jason Varnay
Lorenzo Gaspar… Policeman



  • Used Muriatic acid & ammonia to make smoke screen.
  • Used license plate to make chain guide for bicycle.
  • Put bomb jacket into flower pot to help contain the explosion.



  • The flag we see in this episode has been the Peruvian national flag since 1950.
  • The bridge MacGyver and co cross at the end of the episode is the same bridge used in The Lost Boys.
  • The “egg whites to fix the radiator” MacGyverism used in this show was sent in by a viewer in response to a contest run by the producers. This was the only MacGyverism used from the contest.
  • Carol Varnay’s house is also seen in the funeral scene of season one’s Flames End episode.



  • MacGyver: Most people come to southern California for the sunshine. But there are others who burn easily, so they stay in the shadows.
  • Carol: I’m not in the habit of picking up hitchhikers. If we hadn’t been in the middle of the ocean, I would’ve tossed you overboard.
    MacGyver: I’m glad you didn’t. I don’t think I can swim that far.
  • Helen to Pete: I left another message five minutes ago; his machine is running out of tape.
  • Carol: How’s your head?
    MacGyver: Well . . . the outside’s sore; the inside’s a little empty.
  • Pete: His name is MacGyver; he can fix anything. He can fix a computer with a hairpin and a piece of duct tape, just like he fixed your bike.
  • Pete: Right now, I know you better than you know yourself. You don’t use guns.
    Pete: That gun doesn’t feel right in your hand. It can’t. You don’t use guns, MacGyver. You hate them.



  • When lancer is faking using the radio, he plugs the mic back into the phones jack instead of the microphone jack when he’s finished.
  • When MacGyver enters the cabin of Carol’s boat she has the inside lights on. This means she can’t see outside the boat because it’s dark outside which makes the windows act like mirrors.
  • When MacGyver made the smoke in the warehouse he wore his jacket over his mouth to stop breathing it in. But later on, when he fell through the window, he had his jacket in his hand.
  • When MacGyver fixed the kids bike, he uses a screw from another part of the bike which seems to have no purpose.



Ways Street Dock
End of Ways Street
San Pedro, CA
Lunch Under the Tree
Ways Street Wharf
End of Ways Street
San Pedro, CA
Phone Booth
Ways Street Wharf
End of Ways Street
San Pedro, CA
Parking Area
Veluzat Motion Picture Ranch
Forest Rte 5N28,
Santa Clarita, CA
Carol Varnay’s House
Point Fermin Lighthouse
807 Paseo Del Mar,
San Pedro, CA
Angelus Rosedale Cemetery
1831 W Washington Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA
Road to Warehouse
Cabrillo Way Marina
San Pedro CA


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