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MacGyver: Target MacGyver

Mac decides to go on a fishing holiday with his grandfather Harry and reconcile their differences. However, things become perilous when professional hitman Axminster comes hunting for Mac with a team of mercenaries.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x10
Production Number: 010
Airdate: Sunday December 22nd, 1985

Guest Stars
John AndersonJohn Anderson
As Harry Jackson
DD'Mitch Davis
As Axminster

Co-Guest Stars
Robert MianoRobert Miano
As Black
Huck LiggettHuck Liggett
As Farmboy
Main Cast
Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver


A woman general is being held at a beach house by foreign operatives and MacGyver is sent in to rescue her. He uses his Swiss Army knife to jimmy the patio door lock and get inside to the kitchen, then goes through the refrigerator to find something to create a distraction. He takes out a bag of carrots and a tray of ice, puts the ice in a plastic bag, and balances metal pots on a tray. He uses the ice as a counterweight and then turns on the toaster oven. Grabbing a bottle of vegetable oil, he coats the floor inside the kitchen door. After eating a carrot, he slips outside and waits for the pots to fall. The agents hear the noise, run into the kitchen, and trip. MacGyver goes in to get the general only to discover she's handcuffed rather than tied. He slides her outside onto the patio then stretches a garden hose across the exit. When the agents run outside, they trip and fall onto the beach below, and he grabs their guns and calls the police...

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Episode Notes
This episode marks the first appearance of Harry Jackson (John Anderson) on the series.

Episode Quotes
MacGyver: Home. Enough is enough. I will not, under any circumstances, for any reason whatsoever answer the phone... probably... again.

MacGyver: Harry.
Harry Jackson: How'd you know?
MacGyver: I never forget a grandfather.

MacGyver: You haven't changed.
Harry Jackson: Haven't had to, and I don't plan to.

(driving along rough roads)
MacGyver: You trying to throw me or scare me?
Harry Jackson: You always did like to talk.

MacGyver: Still as tough as a dirty boot, aren't you?
Harry Jackson: Damn right.

MacGyver: You ready for some fishing?
Harry Jackson: I've already been; what do you think we're having for breakfast?
MacGyver: C'mon, Harry. You're the one who used to tell me: you don't fish for fish, you fish for fishin'.

MacGyver: Hey, Harry, remember you used to tell me about how the Indians fought this way?
Harry Jackson: Bud… a lot of that stuff I used to tell you was, uh, just stories.
MacGyver: Yeah, well a lot of it works.

Harry Jackson: You sure that'll work?
MacGyver: Nope.
Harry Jackson: Bud, you are a comfort.

MacGyver: When I was a kid, I used to chew pine pitch like it was gum. It tasted all right--but it burned a lot better

Harry Jackson: Just what is it that you do, Bud?
MacGyver: Eh, a little of this, a little of that.
Harry Jackson: That sure explains it.

Harry Jackson: Well, that was a sorry sight.
MacGyver: Hey, don't you ever bad-mouth my grandpa, you hear?

Harry Jackson: They've been falling for your foolishness; I figured I'd try some of my own.

Episode References
* Bag of ice as a counterweight on a tray full of pans, using a toaster oven to melt the ice as a timed distraction
* Vegetable oil to coat a kitchen floor and trip the bad guys
* Garden hose as a trip wire
* Hollow reeds mounted perpendicular on a piece of bark, to convince the bad guys someone is underwater using them to breathe
* Blowgun from hollow reeds and wood slivers, paralytic poison from plant sap
* Jacket filled with branches as a decoy
* Rock with an edge to cut a tree branch and drop it on the villains' jeep.
* Pine cones covered in pitch as land mines
* Iron pyrite mixed with clay to make an antibiotic
* Floating grain in an enclosed room, set off with a match to explode
* Fishing string to tug a curtain and lure in a bad guy (Harry uses this one)
* Sawing through a porch post part way to bring it down on the bad guy
* Pine nuts tossed into a fire to simulate gunshots (Harry uses this one)

Other Episode Crew

CreatorLee David Zlotoff
Executive ProducerJerry Ludwig  |  Henry Winkler  |  John Rich (1)
Supervising ProducerStephen Downing
Co-ProducerStephen Kandel
Associate ProducerSteven Milkis
Production DesignerStan Jolley
EditorPamela Malouf-Cundy
CastingPam Polifroni  |  Joanne Koehler
Line ProducerVin Di Bona
Unit Production ManagerDavid Menteer
First Assistant DirectorRobin Chamberlin
Second Assistant DirectorGary Law  |  Merri D. Howard
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)
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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