Target MacGyver

Episode:  010

Production No.: 40191-010

Airdate: 22 December 1985

Opening Gambit Writer: Terry Nation

Opening Gambit Director: Lee H. Katzin

Teleplay: Mike Marvin, Stephen Kandel, & James Schmerer

Story: Mike Marvin

Director: Ernest Pintoff

Nielsen Ratings:  13.2 rating / 21 share / 3rd (49th overall)



MacGyver is assigned to find and rescue General Kenney who he finds is being held captive in a house at the edge of a public beach. Once there MacGyver sneaks into the kitchen and sets up a timed distraction of crashing pots and pans to allow him to evacuate the general from the house and then set up a trap to catch the two captors.



After being identified as the saboteur of a Middle Eastern nuclear plant, MacGyver has a hit ordered against him and is ordered to “lay low”. He decides to use this time to visit his estranged grandfather, whom he hasn’t seen for eighteen years and lives in the backwoods of Colorado.



Richard Dean AndersonMacGyver
John AndersonHarry Jackson
D’Mitch DavisAxminster
William FrankfatherBarney
Robert MianoBlack
Huck Liggett… Farmboy
Nick Dimitri… Kidnapper



Used SAK to pick a door lock.

Set tray with pots and pans
sitting on a bag of ice being
melted by toaster oven as a
timed distraction.

Tipped cooking oil over the
kitchen floor so bad guys would
slip over.

Used garden hose to trip bad
guys as they ran out
through door.

Used beach chair to hold both
bad guys down while
disarming them.

Used reeds stuck bark floating
on the lake to look like he and
Harry were under the water.

Made blow dart from reeds,
stick carved into darts, and
anesthetic-like sap from a plant.

Used sharp rock to cut branch.

Made “land mines” from Pine
cones and pine pitch.

Used clay and pyrite mixture to
make antibiotics for
Harry’s wound.

Poured grain dust down a
funnel into the room which
exploded when lit.

Sawed halfway through roof
support so it could be easily



  • This is the first appearance of MacGyver’s only living relative, his grandfather Harry.
  • This is the first episode where we get information about MacGyver’s past and family
  • We see that Harry also carries a Swiss Army Knife
  • MacGyver says that he hasn’t seen his grandfather since he was ten and then observes to Harry that it’s been “sixteen, seventeen, eighteen years” since they last saw each other.
  • MacGyver calls his grandfather “Harry.”
  • Harry calls MacGyver “Bud.”
  • Harry lives on a farm just out of Ouray, Colorado.
  • Harry and MacGyver hide from Axminster in a deserted town called Evermore.
  • We learn that after MacGyver’s mother died, Harry avoided seeing MacGyver because he didn’t want to be reminded of the loss.
  • MacGyver recalls that Harry would take him out to pick a tree for Christmas.
  • When he was “about ten” MacGyver made a duck call for Harry, who says it still works well for him.
  • MacGyver says that as a kid, he chewed pine pitch “like it was gum”



  • Home. Enough is enough. I will not, under any circumstances, for any reason whatsoever answer the phone … probably … again. – MacGyver
  • I like to take care of my own messes. – MacGyver
  • Big on aliens in Alabama. – MacGyver
    No lie, full of strange people. That’s why I’m goin’ north. Back to see my family for a while. – Guy on bus
    Makes sense. – MacGyver
  • I hadn’t seen my grandfather since I was ten. He was all the family I had – and we were strangers. – MacGyver
  • Hi. MacGyver here. When you hear the beep, let me know what’s on your mind. – Answering machine message
  • What a beautiful part of the world. It has everything but people. – MacGyver
  • I never forget a grandfather. – MacGyver
  • You haven’t changed. – MacGyer
    Haven’t had to, and I don’t plan to. – Harry
  • Still tough as a dirty boot, aren’t ya? – MacGyver
  • C’mon, Harry. You’re the one who used to tell me: “you don’t fish for fish, you fish for fishin'”. – MacGyver
  • You sure that’ll work? – Harry
    Nope.  – MacGyver
    Bud, you are a comfort – Harry
  • When I was a kid, I used to chew pine pitch like it was gum. It tasted alright – but it burned a lot better. – MacGyver
  • They’ve been falling for your foolishness; I figured I’d try some of my own. – Harry
  • I just hope it’s worth losing that trout. – Harry
  • You gotta hit ’em just right! – Harry



  • When MacGyver in cutting the tree branch, first he’s sitting up on the branch cutting with one hand then the next shot he is somehow standing behind the branch using both hands.
  • When you look at the outside of Harry’s cabin, the fireplace is at the right-hand end of the building, but when we see inside the cabin, the fireplace has magically moved to the opposite and of the cabin.
  • Where did MacGyver get the bag from to collect pine cones in?
  • MacGyver says he is blowing up a brand new Middle-Eastern nuclear refining plant, but one of the trucks visible in-shoot has a German emblem on it.



Beach House
Private Home
25036 Malibu Road,
Malibu, CA.
Harry’s Cabin
Building no longer exists
Century Motorway,
Malibu Creek State Park, CA
Fishing spot
Century Dam Lake,
Malibu Creek State Park,
Jeep Scene
Crags Road,
Malibu Creek State Park,
Landmine scene
Box Canyon
Box Canyon,
Ventura, CA
Evermore Town
Bell Location Ranch (no longer exists)
Box Canyon,
Ventura, CA


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