Production No.: 40191-011
Airdate: 22 January 1986
Opening Gambit Writer: Jerry Ludwig
Opening Gambit Director: Cliff Bole
Writer: Stephen Kandel
Director: Alexander Singer
Nielsen Ratings: 15.9 rating / 23 share / 2nd (34th overall)
MacGyver is sent to East Berlin to retrieve microfilm evidence for the DXS and hides in a coffin being delivered across a bridge checkpoint to make his escape by turning his coffin into a jet-ski.
After returning from his East Berlin mission, MacGyver is unexpectedly picked up by government employee Karen Blake and whisked away to a secret DXS “Safe House” where he finds his friend Pete Thornton waiting for him with Crypt-analyst expert, Mrs. Chung ready to start decoding the microfilm from Berlin. Pete explains that they are meeting in the unused safe house because there’s a security leak in the DXS. They quickly find, however, that the house has been booby-trapped by an old enemy of MacGyver’s named Quayle, who has his heart set on revenge.
- The opening gambit includes clips from the 1966 film”Funeral in Berlin” starring Michael Caine.
- Pete mentions in his explanation of how he and MacGyver first met, that MacGyver saved him from quicksand in the “Wadi Nafud” desert. We assume that he was referring to the An-Nafud desert area in Saudi Arabia. Wadi is the Arabic word meaning dry river bed.
- Pete’s explanation of how he and MacGyver first met is contradicted in the episode Partners when a whole new story is revealed which involves Murdoc.
- At the start of this episode, we see Quayle standing before 3 nameless men who appear to be his boss. We see these 3 men again in later episodes, which leads to the question of – Are these 3 men the forerunners of what will later become HIT? Or are they in fact HIT?
- Pete Thornton is a Colonel, which suggests that the DXS is a military intelligence agency like the CIA.
- In the scene showing MacGyver exiting the helicopter at the beginning of the episode, the helicopter can be seen shaking uncontrollably as it experiences ‘Ground resonance‘ forcing the pilot to lift off immediately to avoid crashing the chopper.
- The scene where MacGyver is picked up by Karen was shot in two completely different locations and edited together. We see him walk out of the Cavitt-Tinglof Tower but then they drive out onto Sunset Boulevard which is 6.5 miles away.
- There are some places in this world that are a lot easier to get into than out of. Like East Berlin, for instance. I mean look at me… I’m dying to leave. – MacGyver
- I guess this makes me about the first guy who ever attended his own funeral and lived to tell about it. – MacGyver
- The first time I met this fellow, he pulled me out of the quicksand in the Wadu Naboot – deep desert. Then he put me on a camel and gave it this gigantic swat. – Pete
- Congratulations yourself. I heard: Deputy Chief of the Department. Big deal. – MacGyver
You can call me “Sir.” – Pete
- He used the name, Quayle. Sold the British out to the Russians. Double-crossed the Russians for the Ayatollah. – MacGyver
Ah, those dear, fun days… – Quayle
- Always had to say how great you were, didn’t you, Quayle? Afraid maybe people wouldn’t notice. – MacGyver
You’ll be the last one to die. – MacGyver
That’s what I figure, too . . . of old age, hopefully – MacGyver
- Stay low, move fast, think smart… – MacGyver
…and if you go… – MacGyver and Pete together
…take company along. – Pete
- When I was a kid, I use to build model airplanes with rubber band motors. Then I discovered batteries – it sure did increase the mileage. – MacGyver
- Ah, yes, that’s the handyman side of MacGyver; he likes to make clever little things out of odd bits. – Quayle
- So, how’s the General? – MacGyver
Generally good, except he’s a Colonel. – Karen
- I’m a geometric rarity my dear. There’s only one side, myself. – Quayle
- When MacGyver pulls the suit of armor back in after it gets shot by the machine gun outside there are no bullet holes in it.
- The automatic sentry guns Quayle uses are ordinary MP5s with ordinary 30 or 50-round magazines mounted on some sort of automatic aiming mechanism. This means the guns should have run out of amunition fairly quickly instead of having a seemingly endless supply of bullets.
- When Quayle is flipping through the security cameras he looks at the room where Mrs. Chong and Pete are. Pete disappears then reappears when he flips back to the room again.