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MacGyver: Nightmares

MacGyver escapes from enemy agents who poison him in an attempt to force him to turn over stolen papers. However, he only has six hours to live unless he returns and finds the antidote, and only a girl living on the streets can help him.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x11
Production Number: 012
Airdate: Wednesday January 15th, 1986

Director: Cliff Bole
Writer: James Schmerer

Guest Stars
Dana ElcarDana Elcar
As Peter Thornton
Tammy LaurenTammy Lauren
As Lisa Allen
Robert ORobert O'Reilly
As Curt Neilson
J.P. BumsteadJ.P. Bumstead
As Barrett

Co-Guest Stars
J. Michael FlynnJ. Michael Flynn
As Carlyle
Richard McGregorRichard McGregor
As Ron
Main Cast
Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver


DXS agent Pete Thornton arrives on the docks to meet MacGyver as he returns by ship after escaping through the Iron Curtain with a list of terrorists. He's unaware that an East German agent, Curt Neilson, is watching him. As MacGyver gets off the ship, he notices a girl, Lisa Allen, having trouble fishing. She admits she doesn't have a lure so MacGyver makes one for her. She thanks him and he goes on his way as she promptly catches a fish. Pete meets with MacGyver and Curt's hired local thug Barrett goes to get his accomplice, Crisp. Pete and MacGyver spot the enemy closing in and Pete draws their fire so MacGyver can escape with the list. Barrett shoots Pete and MacGyver knocks down Crisp. With the East Germans closing in, MacGyver unfastens the base of a lamppost and hides the list inside. He then spots a policeman writing a ticket and goes to him for help. However, the policeman is Polk, one of Neilson's men in disguise, and knocks him out...

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Episode Notes
This episode marks the first appearance of Peter Thornton (Dana Elcar), who hear is a supervisor with the DXS and later becomes the Director of Operations at the Phoenix Foundation on the series. Elcar was a recurring guest star during the first season and later joined the regular cast for the second and subsequent series.

Episode Quotes
MacGyver: It's a known fact that 80 decimals of rushing water is one of the most pleasing sounds known to mankind. On other hand, ten and a half days at sea is enough water for anybody.

MacGyver: You know, seaweed's generally not considered to be the best lure for fishing.

MacGyver: Now my grandfather used to say, "you just gotta think like a fish."

MacGyver: Expecting trouble?
Pete: Well, you never can tell. The East Germans are just a little bit hot over this one.
MacGyver: Nice to know my work is appreciated.

Curt Neilson: You see, Barrett, MacGyver is a genuine patriot. They can be remarkably stubborn.

Curt Neilson: You have good veins.
MacGyver: Thank you.

MacGyver: One time, when I was a kid, I built a slingshot out of a couple of broken hockey sticks and an old inner tube. And, you know, no matter how hard I practiced, I just could never miss... my neighbor's window.

Lisa Allen: Hey, you're like me. You make do with what you got.
MacGyver: Yeah, I guess I do.

MacGyver: Like the magician said, misdirection never hurt.

Episode References
* Gum wrapper to make a fishing lure
* Bed springs fastened to a bed frame and anchored to a doorframe, to shoot it at someone coming through a door
* A belt as a crude hose to dump water into an electrical outlet and short out the fuse box below
* A TV tube hooked up to a car battery via jumper cables, jumper cables rigged to touch when someone opens the door, to overload the tube and cause an explosion
* Jamming a tire's air valve open with a nail to distract a bad guy
* Rope attached to a smoke alarm, then tied to several large water bottles, then thrown over a rafter. When MacGyver releases the rope with his foot, the bottles drop along a piece of plywood and roll into barrels to knock over the bad guys.
* Hitting an iron rod on a fire hydrant to temporarily magnetize it, then reach through a sewer grill to snag a metal capsule

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
EditorBill Parker  |  Pamela 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)
Director of PhotographyFrank Raymond
Story EditorJames 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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