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Episode: 001    (#40191-001) Title:   Pilot Airdate: 29 September 1985 
Writer: Thackary Pallo Director: Alan Smithee

  

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Opening Gambit

MacGyver is sent to retrieve the firing mechanism of a captured missile being held at the crash site of a downed US fighter plane in Mongolia. As he infiltrates the camp, MacGyver finds the plane's pilot is alive and being held captive, presenting an unexpected second objective.

Main story

MacGyver is recruited as a last hope when a mysterious explosion rips through the KIVA Laboratories complex, a top secret underground research facility, in Bannon, New Mexico trapping two Nobel candidate scientists. Upon arriving MacGyver finds that he is in a race against time to rescue the two scientists before the whole complex is flooded with sodium hydroxide to neutralize an acid leak caused by the explosion.

As MacGyver works his way through the labyrinth of obstacles (some man made, others damage related) he finds a group of survivors, one of which, Barbara Spencer, knows where the scientists were when the explosion occurred and insists on helping MacGyver with the rescue.

As the two continue to work their way towards the trapped scientists, their time is cut short as the military prepares to fire a missile into the complex to fuse the lower rock strata and insure the acid can’t leak into the aquifer beneath the lab.

Cast

   

Richard Dean Anderson..........
Dana Elcar..............................
Paul Stewart............................
Michael C. Gwynne................. 
Michael Fairman...................... 
Shavar Ross............................ 
Darlanne Fluegel...................... 
Olaf Pooley.............................
MacGyver
Andy Colson
Dr. Carl Steubens
Dr. Burke
Gen. Relkwin
Reggie
Barbara Spencer
Dr. Sidney Marlowe

     Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
     
    

 Charles Bouvier......................
 Lawrence Casey..................... 
 Jerry DeWilde........................ 
 Michael Johnson..................... 
 Charles Lanyer....................... 
 Michael Lerner....................... 
 JoAnna Linn........................... 
 Richard Partlow..................... 
 Howard Schecter................... 
 Larry Watson......................... 
 Al White................................ 
Technician #1
Colonel Keel
Jerry
Captain Taylor
Major Dennis
Gantner
Mary
Pilot
Technician #2
Technician #3
Sergeant


   
 

Data

    SAK uses:
      - Lent his knife to captured pilot in the cage
      - Cut off  fire hose nozzle
      - Used the blade to collect a sample of sodium metal

    SAK type:
      - Tinker small

    Skills used:
    
- Rock climbing
     -
Chemistry
     - Metallurgy
     - Electronics
     - Morse Code

   

Trivia

  • The Helicopter MacGyver arrives at the lab in was one of the 2 helicopters used to make the Blue Thunder movie.
  • While walking through the ruins of the underground lab, Mac is whistling a tune called "The Streets of Laredo".
  • This is the only episode we see MacGyver living in the observatory.
  • This is the only episode where we see MacGyver's "little brother" Reggie.
  • Dana Elcar appears in this episode as Andy Colson. He returns in later episodes as Pete Thornton.
  • In some of the promotional information for MacGyver, his first name were supposed to be Stace, but it was cut from the pilot episode before the premiere. Later, his first name is revealed in Good Knight MacGyver part 2, and is mentioned again in The Stringer.
  • Lee David Zlotoff�s contribution to the pilot episode was a 90 minute script. This was rewritten and shortened to fit into a one-hour slot by Thackary Pallor.
  • The director, Alan Smithee, is a cover name for a director that doesn't want his/her name associated with the finished work.
  • Mythbusters disproved the sodium metal macgyverism in this episode
  • Mythbusters confirmed that chocolate will indeed clog a sulfuric acid leak as seen in this episode.
  • In the Italian version of this episode, Andy Colson, the character played by Dana Elcar, has be changed to Pete Thornton.

Memorable remarks

  • I do wish I'd known you had a cold before I kissed you - MacGyver
  • People a lot taller than yourself have said the exact same thing - MacGyver
  • That 10 hours can't be getting any longer - MacGyver
  • You Colson? - MacGyver
    That's right, you must be the screwball. - Andy Colson
  • What are you doing? - Gantner
    Praying my back doesn't give out - MacGyver
  • Don't tell me you know how to make a bomb out of chewing gum. - Spencer
    why you got some? - MacGyver
  • That was dumb Spencer. Very very dumb! - MacGyver
    Yeah, it also hurts like hell. - Spencer
  • A phenomenal shot by a short kid! - MacGyver

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