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Posted by: MacGyverOnline 30 January 2021 - 01:46 AM
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5-13 Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer


Airdate: April 9, 2021
Written by: Alessia Costantini and Andrew Karlsruher
Directed by: Katie Eastridge


Guest Cast:
Peter Allas (Marco Vecchi)
Fabio Massimo Bonini (Franco Scuro)
Amy Dionne (Dr. Sandria)
Victoria Ric (Carla Giordano)
Matt Fowler (Broker)
Melanie Minichino (Simona Amelia Scuro)
Vincent Aleandri (Nicola)
Gianfranco Folchitto (Guido)



While Mac and the team delve into the world of Italian car culture in order to track down a crime boss-in-hiding, Mac must lean on Desi when he discovers that he losing the ability to control his hands. Also, Mac and Desi move in together and Riley reveals the truth about her secret team of hackers to Russ.



Posted by: DashboardOnFire 10 April 2021 - 04:50 AM
Too bad the effort never shows in the ratings...

via https://twitter.com/wassernixlein/status/1380865028425986050

Posted by: DashboardOnFire 10 April 2021 - 12:50 PM
Preliminary Ratings: http://www.showbuzzdaily.com/articles/the-sked-friday-network-scorecard-4-9-2021.html

Posted by: DashboardOnFire 10 April 2021 - 01:32 PM
The episode had a few flaws, but overall, I really liked it. I laughed out loud about some scenes; e.g. the Opening Gambit and Desi and Mac "co-habitating" (we predicted it would get kinda messy, no?).

Generally, I felt there was too much going on at once, but overall, there was action and character development. Still not all that happy the way they're scrambling to save Desi's character. She switches so much in between nagging and doting it's a bit of a whiplash tongue.gif

Posted by: real_ness 10 April 2021 - 09:34 PM
I agree with the things moving too fast. How you go from bumbling Tom & Jerry living together to two peas in a pod overnight. And in the opening gambit how did they find ALL that stuff that quickly. How did that cheap ass underpowered subcompact rental hold off a luxury german SUV WHILE towing a car.

The "science" felt too fast on this one, but even OG Mac had episodes like this.

I love that Riley said to her boss's face he's a loser lol

Posted by: DashboardOnFire 11 April 2021 - 01:06 AM
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I agree with the things moving too fast. How you go from bumbling Tom & Jerry living together to two peas in a pod overnight.

I guess the average viewer won't care - but while their comedic timing was great and the screnes made me laugh out loud, they also revealed the plotholes.

While I still have no clue how long Mac and Desi were dating before they broke up during S3 and 4, I can't believe Desi wouldn't know Mac's morning routine. They might have not lived together before, but we all know that Desi has stayed overnight before; even when Riley still lived in Mac's house. She also has cooked in Mac's kitchen before and would have known the cabinets are full of beakers tongue.gif

Generally, this is stuff we should have seen back in S4; and even if it was just in a flashback scene. It seems weird to me to spend time on this now. With all the time-jumps, they must have started on-and-off-dating like 3 or 4 years ago.

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I love that Riley said to her boss's face he's a loser lol

That was fun, too. I can't remember that Riley and Russ ever had scenes alone before, either? And it was nice she called him out. Though that's the 3rd boss not really trusting her while they never have problems trusting the guests star of the week tongue.gif

Posted by: DashboardOnFire 11 April 2021 - 01:43 PM
Science Notes about the MacGyverisms by Tech Consultant Rhett Allain: https://rjallain.medium.com/macgyver-science-barn-find-engine-oil-la-punzonatura-lab-rats-tachometer-7448c0378c24

Posted by: real_ness 12 April 2021 - 10:21 AM
QUOTE (DashboardOnFire @ 11 April 2021 - 04:06 AM)
QUOTE
I agree with the things moving too fast. How you go from bumbling Tom & Jerry living together to two peas in a pod overnight.

I guess the average viewer won't care - but while their comedic timing was great and the screnes made me laugh out loud, they also revealed the plotholes.

While I still have no clue how long Mac and Desi were dating before they broke up during S3 and 4, I can't believe Desi wouldn't know Mac's morning routine. They might have not lived together before, but we all know that Desi has stayed overnight before; even when Riley still lived in Mac's house. She also has cooked in Mac's kitchen before and would have known the cabinets are full of beakers tongue.gif

Generally, this is stuff we should have seen back in S4; and even if it was just in a flashback scene. It seems weird to me to spend time on this now. With all the time-jumps, they must have started on-and-off-dating like 3 or 4 years ago.

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I love that Riley said to her boss's face he's a loser lol

That was fun, too. I can't remember that Riley and Russ ever had scenes alone before, either? And it was nice she called him out. Though that's the 3rd boss not really trusting her while they never have problems trusting the guests star of the week tongue.gif

Makes me think the current showrunners and writers never went back checked the previous people's work.


Posted by: DashboardOnFire 12 April 2021 - 01:22 PM
Final Ratings: http://www.showbuzzdaily.com/articles/showbuzzdailys-top-150-friday-cable-originals-network-finals-4-9-2021.html

Posted by: Krug 12 April 2021 - 07:14 PM
Better late than never...

-Love Boat! Er, "Countdown!" I'd ask where Charlie Robinson was but he's passed in the new series too.

-I'd love an explanation as to why they were covert op'ing on that cruise ship. Couldn't have been due to the pirate attack.

-Using lab rats doesn't seem very forward-thinking for Phoenix.

-This seemed a very improvised plan from MacGyver. Like these two guys wouldn't have their suspicion aroused by quickly backing up your car into the barn.

-Yeah, I don't know about the towing power of that particular vehicle.

-What is "Spy Hunter?" Good question.

-A Phoenix Team Wanted By Local Authorities Tracker is something we should have kept for this series.

-Bozer has to be Phoenix's #1 lab guy. Always finds the answers.

-The vinyl covering for the car isn't conspicuous at all, is it?

-To say nothing of the thing rattling down the road sounding like a tank.

-Yes, San Marino is a plot point! They're going to San Marino! Love me some microstates!

-I want that San Marino Motor Club banner.

-"Lovely Day for a Car Show"..."When in Italy, What Day Isn't?"...Except you're not in Italy, you're in San Marino.

-The cigarette lighter. So Scuro did notice, contrary to what his daughter thought.

-San Marino is almost entirely located on Monte Titano...thus, this Georgia geography doesn't quite capture the terrain. biggrin.gif

-Whoa! Desi gets some narration time.

-You think Mac would have upgraded to a larger bed by now.

-Fixing it just got a wee bit tougher.

I enjoyed the action in this one, as well as the location choices. MacGyver losing the use of his hands and having to rely on Desi was a nice touch. Meh on the all the lovey-dovey-to-bickering stuff. Good episode otherwise.

Posted by: Krug 12 April 2021 - 07:21 PM
QUOTE (DashboardOnFire @ 11 April 2021 - 01:06 AM)
QUOTE
I agree with the things moving too fast. How you go from bumbling Tom & Jerry living together to two peas in a pod overnight.

I guess the average viewer won't care - but while their comedic timing was great and the screnes made me laugh out loud, they also revealed the plotholes.

While I still have no clue how long Mac and Desi were dating before they broke up during S3 and 4, I can't believe Desi wouldn't know Mac's morning routine. They might have not lived together before, but we all know that Desi has stayed overnight before; even when Riley still lived in Mac's house. She also has cooked in Mac's kitchen before and would have known the cabinets are full of beakers tongue.gif

Generally, this is stuff we should have seen back in S4; and even if it was just in a flashback scene. It seems weird to me to spend time on this now. With all the time-jumps, they must have started on-and-off-dating like 3 or 4 years ago.

Timelines and plotholes have really plagued this season. Some are understandable, most aren't. Not having some concept of what you were getting into with moving in with Mac falls in the latter specifically because of what you mention. You know him. You know his place. None of this should be that surprising.

The one positive was some of their interactions in this one were funny, which helped soften their scenes for me.

Posted by: real_ness 13 April 2021 - 10:33 AM
Them being in covert ops on the ship reminded me of the OG episode when RDA and his friend was sent to deactivate the bomb.

I thought it was funny Desi was narrating when she doesn't have the know-how just the hands, the "narration power" must be in the "doing" then.

Posted by: DashboardOnFire 13 April 2021 - 02:39 PM
QUOTE (DashboardOnFire @ 11 April 2021 - 11:43 PM)
Science Notes about the MacGyverisms by Tech Consultant Rhett Allain: https://rjallain.medium.com/macgyver-science-barn-find-engine-oil-la-punzonatura-lab-rats-tachometer-7448c0378c24

Rhett was so nice to provide a link that is "free". You don't need to sign up for an account to read the article: https://rjallain.medium.com/macgyver-science-barn-find-engine-oil-la-punzonatura-lab-rats-tachometer-7448c0378c24

(the link seems to be the same, so maybe he changed the settings)

Posted by: Dragondog 14 April 2021 - 02:37 AM
I saw one of the writers mentioning that they put the car together like three months prior to filming. It brought back a fun memory.

My sister lives near Atlanta, and does sewing and apolstrey, including car interiors. Someone she works for was approached by a guy who was impressed with my sister's work on the car interior, and said he might come back since they needed that kind of work done for a car that they were building for a MacGyver episode. She didn't actually end up working on anything for the show, but it would have been cool had he decided to come back. The timeline adds up, as does the fact that the car was a central theme this episode, so I suspect this is the car the guy meant

Posted by: DashboardOnFire 14 April 2021 - 03:01 AM
QUOTE (Dragondog @ 14 April 2021 - 12:37 PM)
She didn't actually end up working on anything for the show, but it would have been cool had he decided to come back. The timeline adds up, as does the fact that the car was a central theme this episode, so I suspect this is the car the guy meant

ooooh, that would have been pretty cool indeed. but it's still a great story!

Posted by: Dragondog 14 April 2021 - 09:52 PM
QUOTE (DashboardOnFire @ 14 April 2021 - 05:01 AM)
QUOTE (Dragondog @ 14 April 2021 - 12:37 PM)
She didn't actually end up working on anything for the show, but it would have been cool had he decided to come back. The timeline adds up, as does the fact that the car was a central theme this episode, so I suspect this is the car the guy meant

ooooh, that would have been pretty cool indeed. but it's still a great story!

Just a benefit of where she lives, I guess tongue.gif Bummer the show will be over before I end up moving down there later this year

Posted by: Dragondog 14 April 2021 - 10:13 PM
Also, remember when Pete started going blind, and Mac got burn injuries, so Mac was Pete's eyes while Pete was Mac's hands? Seems like this episode might be referencing that.

Posted by: real_ness 15 April 2021 - 03:32 AM
Funny they had her spanx at 2 diff heights for playing floor twister and for standing up lol...too much leg

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