10 Novemeber 1985
Gambit Writer: Stephen
Gambit Director: Lee H. Katzin
Episode Writers: Stephen
Director: Donald Petrie
In the Pyrenees Mountains, MacGyver sneaks
into a camp where a US scientist is being held captive. Using an overheated shower as a
distraction MacGyver and the scientist make their escape, however they are spotted by the
captures and chased over a cliff and onto white water, where they eventually escape thinks
to a line of razor wire.
MacGyver heads into the Amazon jungle with
his anthropologist friend on an expedition to find out whats scaring all the animals
out of their habitat. Unable to find a guide they seek help from Lucien Trumbo, a local Cocoa
plantation owner, who offers to guide them himself. As they travel deeper into the jungle,
they find the source of the animal disruptions to be an army of solder ants cutting a path
through the jungle directly toward Trumbos plantation. With Charlies death
from the ants fresh in their minds, Trumbo and MacGyver set about trying to stop the ants
from destroying the plantation.
Richard Dean Anderson..........
(as Maurice Sherbanée)
(as Enzo Gagliardi)
(as Ranscombe Richmon)
(as Simone Boisserée)
Hal John Norman...................
(as Hal Jon Norman)
Dr. Charles Alden
Dr. Andrea Gates
The Old Man
- Used SAK to hook towel off clothes line
- Chopped up plant stems while making explosive
Golfer Original / Wenger Pocketmate
- Taped ant suit together
- Ab sailing
- River Rafting
- Arc Wielding
- Mechanical Engineering
- This episode borrows its plot from the Carl Stephenson
short story "Leningen vs.
- Much of the killer ant, plantation, and flooding footage in
this episode is from the movie The Naked
Jungle, starring Charlton Heston.
- The filming location for Trumbo's cocoa plantation was also
used as the orphanage in the season 2 episode"The Road Not Taken"
- Although this episode only identifies it's location as the
Amazon jungle, the TV Guide specified the location as Brazil.
- My mom was one of the great kitchen experimenters. Japanese
soup,Italian pasta, a terrific bask stew. This one didn't even come close. - MacGyver
- That's usually when I get a call, when somebody's in
trouble and needs rescuing. - MacGyver
- Here be tigers and unknown beasts - MacGyver
- You know you're the only person in the world who calls me
Charlie? - Charles Alden
- Last time I saw Trumbo, he took a shot at me. - Governor
- You got that one Trumbo. Trouble is, a couple of billion of
his relatives are coming to his funeral. - MacGyver
- Power of the American dollar; Half dollar actually. - MacGyver
- I don't know how good ants are at swimming, but I'd be
willing to bet a good fire would get their attention. - MacGyver
- Personally I like a little variety and some good people to
share it with - MacGyver
- It's a shame to see a nice piece of machinery like that
just ruin itself - MacGyver
- When MacGyver starts using his makeshift flamethrower, his
position on the wall changes back and fourth with the camara angles.
- In the opening gambit, MacGyver covers the rope with
kerosene, splashing some on his hands. Then later he climbs down the kerosene-covered
rope. At the bottom, he lights the rope on fire and the flames cover his left hand
momentarily, and yet the kerosene doesn't set him on fire.
- Used knife on a string to hook a towel
- Moved shower pipe on fire, "hot water"
- Used log to lift door off it's hinges
- Lit Kerosene soaked rope so bad guys wouldn't follow
- Ran barbed wire across river to puncture bad guys boat
- Twisted rope with bamboo to lift canoe off of trapped women
- Jumper cable, generator, two half-dollars made arc welder
- Turned hose, metal pipe, gasoline into flame thrower
- Used Nitrate, cellulose, acid to make nitromannite
- Melted garden hose spread on net and sealed with duct tape
to make ant-repellent suit.