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MacGyver: Slow Death

MacGyver is forced to hop a train after recovering some top-secret documents. However, a local tribe stops the train and demands that the person responsible for selling them tainted medicine be turned over to them, or everyone on the train will die. MacGyver must not only save the passengers but uncover the persons responsible.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x19
Production Number: 019
Airdate: Wednesday April 02nd, 1986

Director: Don Weis
Writer: Stephen Kandel

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9/10 (2 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Alan Fudge
As Paul Webster
Frances Bergen
As Eleanor Kingman
Kenneth Danziger
As Peter Kramer
Carrell Myers
As Laura Dillon
Tracy Reed (2)
As Andrea Collins
Pamela Roylance
As Diana Kingman
Warwick Sims
As Dr. James Grant
Mark Tymchyshyn
As Andy Ellis

Co-Guest Stars
Noel de Souza
As Batu Das
Tom Simmons
As Blade
Elias Zarou
As Badur
Gerald Papasyan
As Barman (as Gerald Papasian)
Xahra Maliza
As The Little Girl
Main Cast
Richard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver


A train makes its way through an Asian country while ahead, tribesmen prepare to blow up the tracks. The passengers notice that a man is approaching in a taxi:. The engineer finally agrees to slow down and MacGyver is forced to run to catch up. He finally makes it on board and the engineer speeds up...

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Episode Quotes
Andrea Collins: That was quite a stunt you pulled, after the way you, uh, broke the speed of light trying to catch this train. What's the rush?
MacGyver: Well, I'm a tourist. I didn't want to miss the scenic ride.

Andrea Collins: How come you're not scared?
MacGyver: Well, you know that old saying: "Lord, give me the strength to deal with what I can and endure what I can't?" Well, I'm enduring.
Andrea Collins: MacGyver, you know, in a weird way, you're a comfort.

Andrea Collins: I feel for that man.
MacGyver: He has a right. But he’s wrong.

MacGyver: Another day. A whole other set of fresh possibilities. I’m a sucker for mornings.

MacGyver: Well, a human being can try to lie, but the funny thing is, the body always has a way of telling the truth. All I have to do is cannibalize your medical kit, borrow an alarm clock and build us a translator.

Dr. James Grant: MacGyver, you have a remarkable flair for junk art.

Episode References
* Doll out of handkerchief, ball, and pen
* Soda water sprayed out of a seltzer bottle, into a dish of salt, to blind a man
* Moonshine sprayed across the top of a train and set on fire to prevent pursuit
* High-pitched animal whistle out of a bottle spout
* Lie detector made out of a blood pressure cuff and an alarm clock

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
EditorDavid Wages  |  Neil MacDonald
CastingPam Polifroni  |  Joanne Koehler
Line ProducerVin Di Bona
Unit Production ManagerHal Klein
First Assistant DirectorDavid Menteer
Second Assistant DirectorAlexander Ellis  |  Gary Law
MusicDennis McCarthy (2)
Music EditorSteve Danforth
Costume DesignerRudolph Garcia  |  Linda Redmon
Make-upDavid Dittmar
Set DecoratorBryan Thetford
Property MasterPeter McWade
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
Warning: MacGyver season 1 episode 19 guide may contain spoilers
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