Production No.: 40191-003
Airdate: 06 October 1985
Director: Paul Stanley
Writer: Dennis Foley
Gambit Director: Donald Petrie
Gambit Writer: Terry Nation
Nielsen Ratings: 12.2 rating / 19 share / 3rd (51st overall)
While trying to retrieve stolen top-secret pentagon missile 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.
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 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 backstory of MacGyver having no living family or relatives.
- In the close-up of MacGyver holding his SAK, we can see the tweezers and key-ring are missing.
- 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 Alexandra Graham Bell has a lot to answer for. – MacGyver
- When the guard comes to check on MacGyver tied on the rack we can see Mac’s 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.