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MacGyver: Ugly Duckling

A teenage computer hacker breaks into a Defense Department database to obtain information on a missile system on behalf of her professor, MacGyver's old mentor. The FBI and black marketeers both come after her, and MacGyver has to lend a hand.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x18
Production Number: 018
Airdate: Wednesday March 12th, 1986

Director: Charlie Correll
Writer: Larry Gross

Guest Stars
Dana ElcarDana Elcar
As Peter Thornton
Ned BellamyNed Bellamy
As Larkin
Darcy MartaDarcy Marta
As Kate Lafferty
Lee De BrouxLee De Broux
As Hatcher (as Lee deBroux)

Co-Guest Stars
Melinda FeeMelinda Fee
As Carol Lafferty (as Melinda O. Fee)
Rob PaulsenRob Paulsen
As Rogers
Main Cast
Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver


At a storage facility, a USAF Snake-Eye missile is delivered to a group of black marketeers. Another group of black marketeers descends from the roof and one of them slips. A gunfight ensues and the intruders escape with the truck and the missile...

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Episode Quotes
MacGyver: They said you had one of your students working the problem with you.
Willis: Just like we did when you were in my classes.
MacGyver: Well, yeah, but I don't remember ever breaking into the Defense Department's computer.

Willis: Good ones like Kate, they are rare. Then there's MacGyvers who have to have their brains rattled every now and then just to make sure they're still in tune.

MacGyver: Pete, I owe it to Professor Willis; he wanted this girl protected, and I'm gonna do it.
Pete: Now wait...
MacGyver: So, best of luck; I'm a phone call away if you need me - I know all of that, Pete. Thanks. (strolls out) "Stay out of trouble. Keep expenses down. Come back aliveā€¦"
Pete: Took the words right out of my mouth.

MacGyver: One of the great things about satellite navigation is that they can pinpoint a location down to one hundred yards. Problem is, they still can't tell who's liable to be waiting there.

MacGyver: So, why don't you introduce him?
Kate Lafferty: He's shy, especially around strangers. But get him alone in the lab? Can he compute!

Episode References
* Sound oscillator hooked up to a speaker to immobilize the bad guys
* Jumper cables hooked up to a generator to burn through steel bars (Kate does this)
* Aerosol spray to cool down heated bars
* Jeep radio and portable radio to triangulate on a enemy's radio to track him
* Acid from a cactus to create a makeshift battery to power a radio
* Headlight reflector as a parabolic mirror, directed with binocular lenses and directed using a rear-view mirror, to ignite shotgun shells

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
EditorPamela Malouf-Cundy
CastingPam Polifroni  |  Joanne Koehler
Line ProducerVin Di Bona
Unit Production ManagerHal Klein
First Assistant DirectorRobin Chamberlin
Second Assistant DirectorAlexander Ellis  |  Gary Law
MusicDennis McCarthy (2)
Music EditorSteve Danforth
Costume DesignerThomas Welsh  |  Rudolph 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 EffectsGene Grigg
Executive Story EditorFred McKnight
Costume SupervisorThomas Welsh
Main Title ThemeRandy Edelman
Administrative SupervisorDelia Circelli
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