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MacGyver: The Gauntlet

MacGyver comes to an aid of a photographer who has evidence linking an illegal arms dealer to a South American dictator. MacGyver must get her out of the country past the soldiers trying to capture and kill her.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x4
Production Number: 002
Airdate: Monday October 21st, 1985

Director: Lee H. Katzin
Writer: Stephen Kandel

Special Guest Stars
John VernonJohn Vernon
As Dave Ryerson

Guest Stars
Robin CurtisRobin Curtis
As Kate Connelly
Gregory SierraGregory Sierra
As General Antonio Vasquez

Co-Guest Stars
Sam VlahosSam Vlahos
As Diego Montoya
Marco LópezMarco López
As Gomez
Socrates AlafouzosSocrates Alafouzos
As Captain (as Socrates Ballis)
Abdul SalemAbdul Salem
As Camel Driver
Main Cast
Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver


At a desert command post, MacGyver comes in over the rooftop and climbs down on a rope to a second-story window. He slips in to steal a map of the U.S. with specific targets indicated. MacGyver takes the map and tries to leave, only to discover the door is locked and the key is outside in the lock. He tries to climb back up the rope instead but a camel herder spots him and alerts nearby soldiers. MacGyver slips the map under the door then pokes the key out with his knife and pulls it back under the door using the map. Once outside, he relocks the doors and the soldiers waste time breaking down the door and searching while MacGyver makes a run down the stairs...

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Episode Notes
Gregory Sierra (General Vasquez) would later play Colonel Antunnez in "Jack of Lies" and Captain Diaz in "The Treasure of Manco".

Episode Quotes
MacGyver: Great thing about a map: it can get you in and out of places a lot different ways.

MacGyver: Just goes to show you: a good map will always get you where you want to go.

Kate Connelly: So how you going to start a fire? Make lightning, or rub two sticks together?
MacGyver: Well, thought I'd use a match.
Kate Connelly: Aw, shucks, MacGyver, I was looking forward to seeing some more of your Boy Scout stuff.

Kate Connelly: You're a very... unexpected man, MacGyver. You keep me off balance.

Episode References
* Map to catch a key poked through a keyhole on the other side and pull it back
* Map rolled up as a blowgun to fire a seed and distract a woman
* Map used as a concealed club, with an iron bar rolled up inside
* Map as a sled to slide down a sand dune
* Map duct taped to a balloon to cover a bullet hole
* Camera strap with plastic clip to pull apart electrified wires
* Camera flash to set off a wad of plastic explosives
* Firecrackers taped inside a bell, with a strap to release the bell and a candle as a timed fuse
* Jeep winch fastened to the underside of a parked pursuing vehicle and anchored, so it flips over when driven
* Bus mirror and a compact as a makeshift periscope to drive the bus while keeping head down
* Dirty engine oil poured on an overheated engine block to make a chemical fog

Other Episode Crew

CreatorLee David Zlotoff
Executive ProducerJerry Ludwig  |  Henry Winkler  |  John Rich (1)
Supervising ProducerStephen Downing
ProducerTerry Nation
Co-ProducerJudy Burns
Associate ProducerSteven Milkis
Production DesignerStan Jolley
EditorPeter White (4)
CastingPam Polifroni  |  Joanne Koehler
Line ProducerVin Di Bona
Unit Production ManagerDavid Menteer  |  Bob Schneider
First Assistant DirectorRobin Chamberlin
Second Assistant DirectorGary Law
MusicRandy Edelman
Music EditorSteve Danforth
Costume DesignerRudolph Garcia
HairstylistLynn Del Kail
Make-upDee Manges
Set DecoratorBonnie Dermer
Property MasterMichael Casey (1)
Script SupervisorKathy Barrett (1)
Director of PhotographyJules Brenner
Stunt CoordinatorBuddy Joe Hooker
Sound MixerDean Hodges
Special EffectsBilly Myatt
Executive Story EditorStephen Kandel
Costume SupervisorThomas Welsh
Main Title ThemeRandy Edelman
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