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MacGyver: Hellfire

MacGyver helps out two friends who have sunk their life's savings into a private oil rig. But when an accident sets the rig on fire, MacGyver has to lend a hand.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x8
Production Number: 008
Airdate: Wednesday November 27th, 1985

Guest Stars
Nana VisitorNana Visitor
As Laura Farren
Cooper HuckabeeCooper Huckabee
As Bill Farren
Rudy RamosRudy Ramos
As Pete Torgut
Main Cast
Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver


MacGyver travels out into the wilderness to meet with his childhood friends Bill Farren and Bill’s wife Laura. The couple is working on developing a wildcat oil rig. Bill is working with their assistant Pete Torgut. They hit a gas pocket, indicating that they’re close to oil. Laura greets MacGyver, and then takes her to see her husband. MacGyver has geographical reports for Bill which indicates they should hit oil any time. A fuse blows and MacGyver rigs a replacement with a chewing gum wrapper. MacGyver then asks about what happened when Bill got hurt during his hellfighting days. Laura tells MacGyver that her husband spent three months in the burn ward. She asked him to quit and Bill agreed. She admits that if they run out of money and don’t bring the oil in, Bill will have to go back to hellfighting...

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Episode Quotes
MacGyver: Some people say that there are no more frontiers left for us to conquer, but then again, some people still go out into the wilderness in search of their dream.

MacGyver: Laura, look, look.
Laura Farren: Oh, you're just amazing.
MacGyver: Man of many, many, many, many, many, many talents.

MacGyver: Got a spare fuse?
Laura Farren: You're holding it.

Laura Farren: And I asked him to make a choice: hellfighting... or us.
MacGyver: He chose right.

(preparing to straight Pete's broken leg)
MacGyver: Of course, you know we're going to have to give it a pretty good yank to straighten it, get a splint on it.
Pete Torgut: Well, what are you waiting, Doc? Let's do it!
MacGyver: Oh, I was just wondering...
Pete Torgut: Do you have any doubts you can do it?
MacGyver: Oh, no, that's no problem. It has to do with Curie's Law.
Pete Torgut: Curie's what? Curie's Law?
MacGyver: Yeah. You know, the one that say the magnetic susceptibility of a paramagnetic substance is inversely proportional to the absolute temperature. You know.
Pete Torgut: The magnetic susceptibility of the...
(MacGyver straights his broken leg)
MacGyver: On the other hand... don't think about it.
Pete Torgut: Oh... whew. You're real slick, MacGyver.
MacGyver: Well, naked dancing girls might have been a little better, but... you know.

MacGyver: Maybe we oughta consider puttin' it out ourselves.
Bill Farren: With what?
MacGyver: Know-how, ingenuity… dynamite wouldn't hurt.

MacGyver: You know this building is coming down with the first strong wind?
Bill Farren: Hey, you want to live forever?
MacGyver: Thinking about it.

Bill Farren: Pure nitro—that stuff will go off if you sneeze.
MacGyver: Let's try not to sneeze.

Bill Farren: You know, back in the 1920s, they used to truck nitro out to the fields.
MacGyver: Yeah?
Bill Farren: Yeah.
MacGyver: They used to call that the suicide run, didn't they?
Bill Farren: You scared?
MacGyver: You bet.
Bill Farren: Me, too. Ain't it great?
MacGyver: Yeah...

(moving dynamite)
Bill Farren: You ever drop one of these?
MacGyver: Not recently. You?
Bill Farren: Well, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a guy once bet me that I couldn't balance a stick of burning dynamite on my forehead.
MacGyver: Yeah, what happened?
Bill Farren: Blew my head off.

Bill Farren: You are crazy! I mean, certifiable!
MacGyver: Yeah? What does that make you?

Bill Farren: You've always got an answer.
MacGyver: It doesn't always work.

MacGyver: Uh, wait a minute, here.
Bill Farren: He's thinking. I can hear the gears grinding away.

MacGyver: Well, I guess I'm going to have to entertain a couple of theories a few of my buddies came up with a while ago. Archimedes and Euclid, you may have heard of them.

Episode References
* Chewing gum wrapper wrapped around a defective fuse to carry a charge
* Wagon springs to support a sand-covered platform holding nitro transported by truck
* Spring from a ballpoint pen to repair a truck's linkage spring
* Old refrigerator as a heat shield, abandoned jeep as a vehicle, and piping as track to create a makeshfit firefighting device to drop an explosive into an oil well

Other Episode Crew

CreatorLee David Zlotoff
Executive ProducerJerry Ludwig  |  Henry Winkler  |  John Rich (1)  |  John Mantley
Supervising ProducerStephen Downing
Co-ProducerStephen Kandel
Associate ProducerSteven Milkis
Production DesignerStan Jolley
EditorPamela Malouf-Cundy  |  Bill Parker
CastingPam Polifroni  |  Joanne Koehler
Line ProducerVin Di Bona
Unit Production ManagerDavid Menteer
First Assistant DirectorRobin Chamberlin
Second Assistant DirectorMerri D. Howard  |  Gary Law
MusicDennis McCarthy (2)
Music EditorSteve Danforth
Costume DesignerRudolph Garcia
HairstylistLynn Del Kail
Make-upDavid Dittmar
Set DecoratorBonnie Dermer
Property MasterMichael Casey (1)
Script SupervisorKathy Barrett (1)
Director of PhotographyFrank Raymond
Story EditorDavid Abramowitz  |  James Schmerer
Stunt CoordinatorVince Deadrick, Jr.
Sound MixerDean Hodges
Special EffectsSteve Galich
Costume SupervisorThomas Welsh
Main Title ThemeRandy Edelman
Senior ProducerRobert Hargrove
Administrative SupervisorDelia Circelli
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