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MacGyver: Deathlock

A foreign agent, Quayle, turns a safehouse where MacGyver and Peter are keeping a code expert into a deathtrap.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x12
Production Number: 011
Airdate: Wednesday January 22nd, 1986

Guest Stars
Christopher NeameChristopher Neame
As Quayle
Dana ElcarDana Elcar
As Peter Thornton
Wendy SchaalWendy Schaal
As Karen Blake

Co-Guest Stars
Erik HollandErik Holland
As Man #1
Tom Maier (1)Tom Maier (1)
As Man #2
Carl HeldCarl Held
As Man #3
Beulah QuoBeulah Quo
As Mrs. Chung
Frank HolmsFrank Holms
As The German
Main Cast
Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver


In East Berlin, pallbearers carry a coffin containing MacGyver. They drive him to the border checkpoint where three “mourners” are waiting for the coffin. The guards remove the coffin and put it on the bridge, then call over the mourners to collect it. They carry it toward the West Berlin side of the checkpoint, but the head soldier gets a phone call. He orders them to stop the coffin and the mourners run to the side and throw the coffin into the river below. MacGyver triggers a device which blows the coffin apart, revealing a compact jet ski. He rides it to safety as the guards fruitlessly shoot at him...

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Episode Notes
Opening Gambit: Writer Jerry Ludwig, Director Cliff Bole
Main Episode: Writer Stephen Kandel, Director Alexander Singer

Episode Quotes
MacGyver: I guess this makes me about the first guy who ever attended his own funeral and lived to tell about it.

MacGyver: No, Pete and I go way back to some pretty… funny places.
Karen Blake: Is that what the camel is about?

MacGyver: Always had to say how great you were, didn't you, Quayle? Afraid maybe people wouldn't notice.
Quayle: You'll be the last one to die.
MacGyver: That's what I figure, too… of old age, hopefully.

MacGyver: When I was a kid, I use to build model airplanes with rubber band motors. Then I discovered batteries—it sure did increase the mileage.

Karen: When I left him he was taking the motor out of a blender.
Quayle: Ah, yes, that's the handyman side of MacGyver; he likes to make clever little things out of odd bits.

Episode References
* Suit of armor to test motion-sensitive sentry guns
* A metal bowl attached to a blender spindle to create a jamming device, bouncing off electrical waves from other appliances turned on
* Batteries taped together, attached to a mixer, attached by rubber bands to wheels on a cart to propel it. A taped-together armor headpiece is placed on top as a decoy.
* Vinegar and baking soda to make a smoke screen
* Duct piping as an early-warning system
* Mirror in duct piping to make a crude periscope
* Water pipes with a release valve to fire water into a fuse box

This episode reveals that Peter Thornton (Dana Elcar) is a United States Army colonel.

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
EditorDavid Wages  |  Joe Ravetz
CastingPam Polifroni  |  Joanne Koehler
Line ProducerVin Di Bona
Unit Production ManagerDavid Menteer
First Assistant DirectorRichard Peter Schroer
Second Assistant DirectorGary Law  |  Merri D. Howard
MusicDennis McCarthy (2)
Music EditorSteve Danforth
Costume DesignerRudolph Garcia
HairstylistLynn Del Kail
Make-upDavid Dittmar
Set DecoratorBryan Thetford
Property MasterPeter McWade
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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