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MacGyver: Every Time She Smiles

While trying to escape Bulgaria with a top secret microfilm, MacGyver encounters Penny Parker, an American woman with a penchant for bad love affairs... and stolen jewels that she slips onto MacGyver in the hopes he'll get them out of the country while her ex-lover searches for her.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x16
Production Number: 016
Airdate: Wednesday February 19th, 1986

Guest Stars
Teri HatcherTeri Hatcher
As Penny Parker
Kai WulffKai Wulff
As Major Stefan Frolov
Michael FoxMichael Fox
As Burak
Milos KirekMilos Kirek
As Petrovich

Co-Guest Stars
Anthony CaldarellaAnthony Caldarella
As The Border Guard
Peggy ReaPeggy Rea
As Woman
Main Cast
Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver


MacGyver travels to Bulgaria to run an errand. He meets with Burak, a chess player in the park, exchanges sign and countersign, and his contact slips him the microfilm on a postcard. MacGyver places a stamp over it and takes it with him to the airport to leave the country. As he waits in line, a young woman waits with him and is glad to see another American. She introduces herself as Penny Parker, a dancer who fell in love with Stefan and decided to stay. Penny admits Stefan started to become possessive, they fought, and she left him. She spots Stefan, a soldier, come in with two soldiers and hides a pouch in MacGyver's jacket pocket. Penny then excuses herself for a few minutes and goes to see Stefan. One of the soldiers smiles at her and Stefan orders them away. He admits he can't hold her but asks for the jewelry she took from him as a gift. He searches her bag but doesn't find anything. At the gate, MacGyver goes through the metal detector, it goes off, and Stefan realizes he has the jewels. MacGyver tries to proclaim his innocence, but Stefan doesn't believe him. MacGyver tries to make a run for it but is quickly caught...

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Episode Notes
This episode marks the first appearance of Penny Parker (Teri Hatcher) on the series.

Episode Quotes
MacGyver: The first time I got to ride on a merry-go-round, I was about six or seven. I'd never seen anything like it. There was a kind of magic. Go to a merry-go-round anywhere in the world and you can see the same look in the kids' eyes. It's magic. It's a shame we have to grow up... and lose it.

Penny Parker: American?
MacGyver: Yeah.
Penny Parker: Oh, you don't know how good it is to see someone from back home. They're all foreigners here.

Penny: I'm Penny Parker. You can remember that 'cause it's got the same letter at the front of each name. That's important theatrically, you know.
MacGyver: Oh yeah?
Penny: Sure! Just think of it. Farrah Fawcett. Tina Turner. Marilyn Monroe.
MacGyver: (nodding) Penny Parker.
Penny: (excitedly) Yeah! You catch on quick.

Major Stefan Frolov: Penny, I love you to distraction.
Penny Parker: Oh, really. And just yesterday morning you were ready to kill me, just because I smiled at that nice young officer.
Major Stefan Frolov: Penny, when you smile at the man, it is already the beginning of the end. For the man, I mean.
Penny Parker: Well, I'm certainly not going to give up smiling just so you won't get upset.

MacGyver: I know you're not going to believe this, but I haven't the slightest idea where those came from.
Major Stefan Frolov: You're right. I don't believe you.

Penny Parker: Are you mad at me?
MacGyver: Why would I be mad at you?
Penny Parker: Well, you missed your plane.
MacGyver: Right.
Penny Parker: They took your luggage. And they think you stole the jewels.
MacGyver: Yeah, that's right.
Penny Parker: And they have your passport.
MacGyver: I almost forgot that one.
Penny Parker: Well, see, then you should be mad at me.
MacGyver: All right, I'm mad at you.
Penny Parker: Well, you didn't have to tell me that.

MacGyver: All right, bend these out. we're going to make them into a figure 8.
Penny Parker: Well, what are you going to do with a figure 8?
MacGyver: You ever been to a rodeo?
Penny Parker: Sorta. I was Queen of the Future Farmers once...
MacGyver: Later, later.

MacGyver: Bouncing around Bulgaria with Penny Parker reminded me of playing dominoes: with every move, something else might fall.

MacGyver: I'll tell you what's simple. Me! For getting into that first conversation with Penny Parker... But what else could I do? I mean, a guy just can't be... rude.

MacGyver: How did you get out of the place?
Penny Parker: Well, I went to the ladies room and climbed out the window.
MacGyver: Of course you did. Why do I ask those questions?

Penny Parker: You know, I really like you. You understand me. We're on the same wavelength.
MacGyver: Well, that worries me.

Penny Parker: Wait a minute. There's that machine, that they use to plow with.
MacGyver: A "tractor"?
Penny Parker: Yeah. They keep it in the shed on the other side of the hill. Don't tractors run on gas?
MacGyver: They've been known to.

Penny Parker: You're not gonna shoot us, are you?
Major Stefan Frolov: Shoot you? Why? For stealing my car? Destroying my career? Collaborating with a spy? Stealing state secrets?
MacGyver: Oh, come on, Stefan. You and I both know this has nothing to do with state secrets.

Episode References
* Coat hangers attached to a chair, hooked on a luggage rack to burst through chicken wire in a wall
* Trapping men on a carousel, turning it to high speed, then tossing brass rings into the gears to bring it to a stop and throw them off
* Mixing rat poison, soap flakes, and tile cleaner, which combines to give off smoke and fumes
* Lard covered with newspaper and crystallized oven cleaner, exposed to natural gas until it ignites
* Exhaust fumes from a water tanker, mixed in with the water through a hose, then mixed with diesel fuel to make an oil slick

Other Episode Crew

CreatorLee David Zlotoff
Executive ProducerHenry Winkler  |  John Rich (1)  |  John Mantley
Supervising ProducerStephen Downing
ProducerHal Klein
Co-ProducerStephen Kandel
Associate ProducerSteven Milkis
Production DesignerStan Jolley
EditorBill Parker  |  Pamela Malouf-Cundy
CastingPam Polifroni  |  Joanne Koehler
Line ProducerVin Di Bona
Unit Production ManagerHal Klein
First Assistant DirectorRobin Chamberlin
Second Assistant DirectorMerri D. Howard  |  Gary Law
MusicDennis McCarthy (2)
Music EditorSteve Danforth
Costume DesignerRudolph Garcia
HairstylistAlfreda Phillips
Make-upDavid Dittmar
Set DecoratorBryan Thetford
Property MasterJames A. Rathbun
Script SupervisorEdle Bakke
Director of PhotographyFrank Raymond
Story EditorJames Schmerer
Stunt CoordinatorVince Deadrick, Jr.
Sound MixerDean Hodges
Special EffectsSteve Galich
Costume SupervisorThomas Welsh
Main Title ThemeRandy Edelman
Administrative SupervisorDelia Circelli
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