Production No.: 40191-007
Airdate: 3 November 1985
Teleplay by: James Schmerer
Story by: Larry Alexander and James Schmerer
Directed by: Alan Smithee
Nielsen Ratings: 14.3 rating / 20 share / 3rd (46th overall)
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 into the safe while Chris, the senator’s daughter, wreaks havoc in the casino.
- This is the first episode to air without an opening 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
- The footage of the car parachuting out of the plane was taken from an MG car commercial. The full clip is shown at the end of the “Worlds Greatest Stunts” documentary and can be watched here.
- Your name MacGyver? That’s amazing. So’s mine. – MacGyver
- How can you sleep? – Chris
Usually it’s no problem. – (groggy) 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 trouble – Chris
- The dice change positions from shot to shot while Mac is “polishing” them.
- When the car dives out the back of the plane a Cameraman can be seen right behind the car.
- This episode is supposed 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 Catlin’s 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.