Season Two


Note:
Dana Elcar joins as a regular cast member.

023 THE HUMAN FACTOR
DVD disc: 1
Airdate:
22 September 1986
Writer: Robin Bernheim
Director: Charles Correll
Guest Cast: June Chadwick as Dr. Jill Ludlum, Peter Haskell as Col. Scott Woodward, Peter Kwong as Steven Lee.

While testing a technologically advanced security system for a military base, MacGyver’s expertise is really put to the test when he becomes trapped inside by a computer bent on destroying him.

Nielsen Ratings: 15.4 rating / 24 share / 3rd (33rd for the week)

 


024 THE ERASER
DVD disc: 1
Airdate:
29 September 1986
Writer: Stephen Kronish
Director: Paul Krasny
Guest Cast: Joe Santos as Jimmy Kendall, Morgan Stevens as
Simmons, Richard L. Jamison as Ralph, Henry Jones as Charles Banning.

Believing that he is helping a father find his son, MacGyver inadvertently leads a reluctant hitman to his target.

Nielsen Ratings: 14.0 rating / 22 share / 2nd (49th for the week)

 


025 TWICE STUNG
DVD disc: 1
Airdate:
06 October 1986
Teleplay: Mark Lisson & Bill Froehlich
Story: Phil Combest, Mark Lisson, & Bill Froehlich
Director: Paul Krasny
Guest Cast: Pamela Bowen as Joanna Remmings, Al Fann as Kelly Sutton, Richard Romanus as James Crowe, Rex Ryon as Carl, Steve Eastin as Tony.

MacGyver and Thornton devise an elaborate sting operation to get back the life savings of a friend who was swindled by a dangerous con artist.
(This episode coins the term MacGyverism).

Nielsen Ratings: 13.9 rating / 22 share / 3rd (50th for the week)

 


026 THE WISH CHILD
DVD disc: 1
Airdate:
20 October 1986
Teleplay: Stephen Kandel & Bill Froehlich
Story: Stephen Kandel, Brian Lane, & Stephen Kronish
Director: Charles Correll
Guest Cast: Leon Fan as Paul Chan, James Hong as Lee Wenying, James Paz as Ston, George Takei as Dr. Shen Wei, Tia Carrere as Lisa Chan, Clyde Kusatsu as Sam.

In Chinatown, MacGyver tries to rescue a friend’s brother from a scam in which he’s being passed off as the reincarnation of an ancient Chinese legend.

Nielsen Ratings: 13.1 rating / 20 share / 3rd (44th for the week)

 


027 FINAL APPROACH
DVD disc: 2
Airdate:
27 October 1986
Writer: Rob Hedden
Director: Alexander Singer
Guest Cast: Ramon Franco as Ramon, Pamela Gidley as Gina, Ricky Paull Goldin as Tommy, David Harris as Luther.

When a small plane carrying MacGyver and four youths crashes in the mountains. MacGyver must try and resolve the conflicts between the youths and get them to work together to get out alive.

Nielsen Ratings: 10.3 rating / 15 share / 3rd (61st for the week)

 


028 JACK OF LIES
DVD disc: 2
Airdate:
03 November 1986
Writers: Kerry Lenhart & John J. Sakmar
Director: Charles Correll
Guest Cast: Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton, Patricia McPherson as Michelle “Mike” Forester, Silvana Gallardo as Elena, Kevyn Mayor Howard as Sonny, Gregory Sierra as Colonel Antunnez.

MacGyver is asked by his adventurer friend, Jack Dalton, to help rescue a botanist being held in Central America. But once there, he realizes the botanist is really an old friend from the past.

Nielsen Ratings: 14.3 rating / 22 share / 3rd (47th for the week)  

 


029 THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
DVD disc: 2
Airdate:
10 November 1986
Teleplay: Stephen Kronish
Story: Chuck Bowman
Director: Cliff Bole
Guest Cast: Marilyn Jones as Debra Easton, Salome Jens as Sister Margaret, Patrick Gorman as Gilbert Arnaud, Dana Lee as Chanthara, Arsenio “Sonny” Trinidad as Kahn.

When MacGyver tries to rescue a nun and some orphans from murderous soldiers in Southeast Asia, even he isn’t prepared for what he discovers: his old girlfriend.

Nielsen Ratings: 14.9 rating / 23 share / 3rd (41st for the week)  

 


030 EAGLES
DVD disc: 2
Airdate:
17 November 1986
Writer: George Lee Marshall
Director: Paul Krasny
Guest Cast: Julie Cobb as Susan Cooper, Chris Stone as Curry, Michael MacRae as Ghant, Peter MacLean as Mr. Nistrum, Danny Cooksey as Darin Cooper.

MacGyver heads to the mountains to find two rare golden eagles on the verge of extinction. But he also finds an escaped felon who wants him dead.

Nielsen Ratings: 14.6 rating / 22 share / 3rd (40th for the week)  

 


031 SILENT WORLD
DVD disc: 3
Airdate:
24 November 1986
Writer: Stephen Kandel
Director: James L. Conway
Guest Cast: Mary Beth Barber as Carrie Linden, Jack Colvin as Abel Makepeace, Geoffrey Lewis as David Crane.

MacGyver is convinced the reoccurring dreams of his deaf teacher friend contain clues to an ingenious plot to steal a missile-guidance system.

Nielsen Ratings: 14.4 rating / 22 share / 2nd (36th for the week)  

 


032 THREE FOR THE ROAD
DVD disc: 3
Airdate:
15 December 1986
Teleplay: Kerry Lenhart & John J. Sakmar
Story: Rob Hedden & Mark Lisson
Director: Alan Crosland
Guest Cast: Edward Mulhare as Guy Roberts, Anne Rogers as June Roberts, Richard Hatch as Michael Talbot, Dennis Stewart as Tom, Michael Rider as Phil.

A stranded MacGyver may regret hitching a ride with a retired movie actor and his wife. They are unknowingly in possession of stolen counterfeit money, with the mob close behind.

Nielsen Ratings: 13.7 rating / 21 share / 3rd (44th for the week)

 


033 PHOENIX UNDER SIEGE
DVD disc: 3
Airdate:
05 January 1987
Teleplay: Stephen Kronish
Story: John I. Koivula
Director: Gilbert Shilton
Guest Cast: John Anderson as Harry Jackson, Tricia O’Neil as Victoria Charles, Richard Lineback as Phillips, Harry Beer as Fred.

When MacGyver and his Grandfather stop by the Foundation to retrieve some hockey tickets, they stumble upon terrorists attempting to detonate a time bomb.

Nielsen Ratings: 12.9 rating / 18 share / 3rd (52nd for the week)

 


034 FAMILY MATTER
DVD disc: 3
Airdate:
12 January 1987
Writer: Paul A. Magistretti
Director: Alexander Singer
Guest Cast: T. Scott Coffey as Michael Thornton, Penelope Windust as Connie Thornton, Donald Gordon as Frank Bonner, Beau Billingslea as Boone, Jeffrey Josephson as Obadiah Moss.

MacGyver must travel to Cajon country to rescue a woman and her son: Who turn out to be Pete’s ex-wife and their son.

Nielsen Ratings:  16.1 rating / 23 share / 3rd (31st for the week) 

 


035 SOFT TOUCH
DVD disc: 4
Airdate:
19 January 1987
Writers: Joan Brooker & Nancy Eddo
Director: Charles Correll
Guest Cast: Teri Hatcher as Penny Parker, Robert Donner as Vince, Vincent Schiavelli as Lyle, Michael Ensign as Derek, Elya Baskin as Yuri Demetri.

Just when MacGyver has his hands full helping a Russian seek asylum in the U.S. his scatterbrained friend, Penny Parker uncovers a plot to assassinate a Colombian official.

Nielsen Ratings: 16.7 rating / 23 share / 3rd (34th for the week)  

 


036 BIRTHDAY
DVD disc: 4
Airdate:
02 February 1987
Writer: Rob Hedden
Director: James L. Conway
Guest Cast: Toni Kalem as Elaine Harryman, Joseph Lambie as Andrew Harryman, David Crowley as Eric, Paul Drake as Mitch, J.E. Freeman as Karl.

MacGyver is trapped inside an abandoned factory with a pregnant woman who’s being chased by her murderous husband.

Nielsen Ratings: 14.8 rating / 22 share / 3rd (42nd for the week) 

 


037 PIRATES
DVD disc: 4
Airdate:
09 February 1987
Writer: Stephen Kandel
Director: Bruce Kessler
Guest Cast: Marta Dubois as Dr. Barbara Ortega, Stephen M. Gagnon as Commander Nelson, Cliff Potts as Gar Manning.

Modern-day pirates, using Navy SEAL tactics, steal an 18th-century Spanish captain’s log that could lead them to a sunken treasure fleet.

Nielsen Ratings: 16.3 rating / 23 share / 3rd (31st for the week)  

 


038 OUT IN THE COLD
DVD disc: 4
Airdate:
16 February 1987
Writer: Stephen Kronish
Director: Cliff Bole
Guest Cast: Jonathan Goldsmith as Jack, Deborah Wakeman as the Ski Patrolwoman, Robert Pastorelli as Arnie, Michael Constantine as Sam Leland.

After a skiing trip, MacGyver is targeted by the mob after a man secretly plants microfilm on him at the ski field.

Nielsen Ratings: 17.5 rating / 24 share / 3rd (27th for the week)

 


039 DALTON, JACK OF SPIES
DVD disc: 5
Airdate:
23 February 1987
Writers: Kerry Lenhart & John J. Sakmar
Director: Bob Sweeney
Guest Cast: Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton, Lee Purcell as Shadow, Alan Fudge as Jay Michaels, Curt Lowens as Stanley Berrenger, Duane Tucker as Al, Frank L. Annese.

While paying his last respect to a friend, two double-crossing CIA agents show up, and suddenly his friend his very much alive and being blamed for the murder of his contact.

Nielsen Ratings: 15.8 rating / 23 share / 3rd (35th for the week)

 


040 PARTNERS
DVD disc: 5
Airdate:
02 March 1987
Writers: Bill Froehlich & Mark Lisson
Director: Cliff Bole
Guest Cast: Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton, Iris Alhanti as Sara, Michael Dea Barres as Murdoc.

On the 7th anniversary of their mutual meeting, MacGyver and Thornton are lured into a trap by a master-of-disguise hitman they both thought long dead.

Notes:
This account of Mac & Pete’s first meeting conflicts with the story presented in “Deathlock.”
First appearance of arch-nemesis Murdoc.

Nielsen Ratings: 15.1 rating / 22 share / 3rd (35th for the week)

 


041 BUSHMASTER
DVD disc: 5
Airdate:
23 March 1987
Writer: Rob Hedden
Director: Don Chaffey
Guest Cast: Sandy McPeak as Moore, John Shuck as Joe Henderson, Rene Estevez as Kelly Henderson, Bert Rosario as Lt. Paul ,Para, Alex Colon as General Salazar.

When MacGyver is sent to Latin America to rescue a pilot on trial for being a spy, he learns too late that the pilot’s daughter has followed him there.

Nielsen Ratings: 15.5 rating / 23 share / 3rd (35th for the week)

 


042 FRIENDS
DVD disc: 5
Airdate:
06 April 1987
Writer: Stephen Kronish
Director: Cliff Bole
Guest Cast: John Anderson as Harry Jackson, Robin Curtis as Kate Connelly, Michael W. Goodwin as Craig Bannister, Teri Hatcher as Penny Parker, Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton, Tim Rossovich as Mike Desmond.

At a surprise birthday party thrown for MacGyver by Pete Thornton & his friends, MacGyver reviews his life-threatening career and ponders resignation.

Nielsen Ratings: 15.4 rating / 24 share / 3rd (29th for the week)

 


043 D.O.A.: MacGYVER
DVD disc: 6
Airdate:
27 April 1987
Writer: Jaison Starkes
Director: Cliff Bole
Guest Cast: Joh Pleshette as Lancer, Clive Revill as Braddock, Priscilla Morrill as Helen, Kim Miyori as Tara, Rockne Tarkington as Jules, Nana Visitor as Carol Varnay.

An amnesiac MacGyver is hunted by terrorists who believe he knows of their plan to assassinate U.S. military figures with an explosive device.

Nielsen Ratings: 12.6 rating / 21 share / 2nd (40th for the week)  

 


044 FOR LOVE OR MONEY
DVD disc: 6
Airdate:
04 May 1987
Writer: Doug Heyes, Jr.
Director: James L. Conway
Guest Cast: Deborah Adair as Diana Rogers, Walter Addison as Anton Dubcek, Oksana Olijar as Viera Dubcek, Reuven Bar Yotam as Krug.

In order to free a human rights activist in Czechoslovakia MacGyver and a female agent he despises must pose as a honeymooning couple.

Nielsen Ratings: 12.3 rating / 20 share / 3rd (39th for the week)     

 

 

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