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MacGyver: The Eraser

Mac befriends Jimmy Kendall, a man who claims to be looking for his long-lost son. Mac isn't aware that Jimmy is a hitman who's been hired to dispose of the man.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x2
Production Number: 023
Airdate: Monday September 29th, 1986

Director: Paul Krasny
Writer: Stephen Kronish

Guest Stars
Richard JamisonRichard Jamison
As Ralph (as Richard L. Jamison)
Morgan StevensMorgan Stevens
As Michael Simmons
Henry Jones (1)Henry Jones (1)
As Charles Banning

Co-Guest Stars
Michael Francis KellyMichael Francis Kelly
As Hockey Player (as Michael F. Kelly)
April WayneApril Wayne
As Bartender
Scott Wilkinson (1)Scott Wilkinson (1)
As East German
Lenny HicksLenny Hicks
As Ballplayer
Burt MarshallBurt Marshall
As Banning's Guard
Lindsay ParkerLindsay Parker
As Little Girl
Thomas BabsonThomas Babson
As Referee
Main Cast
Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver
Dana ElcarDana Elcar
As Peter Thornton


Michael Simmons meets with some East German buyers and collects three-quarters of a million for a top-secret navigation system. He tells the buyers that it's ready for them to pick up, and then leaves with his money. His partner, Linda, picks him up, and Simmons tells her that he's successfully scammed the buyers and sold them phony crates. He tells Linda to buy tickets to Rio, then pick him up the next day...

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Episode Quotes
MacGyver: A man once said he went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.

MacGyver: Put twelve guys carrying sticks in an enclosed area and sooner or later… men will be boys.

MacGyver: The penalty box is hockey's version of solitary confinement. Except you serve your time in front of a rink full of people.

Jimmy Kendall: Take my advice, stay young.
MacGyver: I'll try.

MacGyver: I've never minded checking out bars or car lots. That's because they're usually not ten stories up.

Jimmy Kendall: I lived by the beach when I was a kid in Jersey City. Well, it really wasn't a beach, it was a drainage ditch. But my mother said it was a beach and I believed.

Jimmy Kendall: Well, like I used to tell Mikey, dreams are important, otherwise sleep is just eight hours of nothing.

MacGyver: I like alfalfa sprouts for two reasons. Lots of minerals, and they don't stain your clothes.

MacGyver: If Simmons picked this neighborhood because of its low profile, he made a great choice. Everything you always wanted in a slum, and less.

MacGyver: You know, I bought your whole story. Boston Braves.
Jimmy Kendall: True.
MacGyver: Bad knees.
Jimmy Kendall: Critical.
MacGyver: Being a friend.

Pete: Mmm, this is great. Did you make this?
MacGyver: You're supposed to heat it.
Pete: Mmm, I like it cold.
MacGyver: I didn't think you'd go in for whipped bean curd.

Jimmy Kendall: Our Ralph is so dumb, he'd study for a blood test.

Jimmy Kendall: I owe you one, MacGyver.
MacGyver: How can you owe a friend?

Ballplayer: Hey, Louie, I need some oil for my glove.
Jimmy Kendall: You don't need oil, you need glue. Two errors on one play yesterday.
Ballplayer: I lost it in the sun!
Jimmy Kendall: It was a ground ball!

Episode References
* Fixing a bar spray hose valve with a martini skewer
* Cutting a lamp cord loose, plugging it into an outlet, and feeding a power surge through an electrical lock to open it
* Wiring a car phone into a car's electrical system so a call can tap into the car's security system, lock the doors, and shut down the ignition
* Filling a pipe with gas, triggering it with a flaming rag, and firing a second pipe to burst through a door
* A sheet of mylar to create a reflection of a man, convincing someone they apparently shot him, with red paint as fake blood

Other Episode Crew

CreatorLee David Zlotoff
Executive ProducerJohn Rich (1)
Co-Executive ProducerStephen Downing
Supervising ProducerBill Froehlich  |  Mark Lisson
ProducerKevin Inch
Co-ProducerStephen Kandel
Associate ProducerSteven Milkis
EditorTom Benko
CastingRamsay King  |  Maureen A. Arata
Unit Production ManagerVictor Hsu
First Assistant DirectorRobin Chamberlin
Second Assistant DirectorMerri D. Howard
MusicDennis McCarthy (2)
Music EditorSteve Danforth
Costume DesignerAnne Winsor  |  Michael Abbott (2)
HairstylistJo McCarthy
Make-upBron Roylance
Set DecoratorMary Swanson
Location ManagerLisa Shuart-white
Property MasterPeter McWade
Script SupervisorEdle Bakke
Art DirectorWilliam Hiney
Sound MixerAlan Bernard
Special EffectsBilly Myatt
Executive Story EditorBrian Lane  |  Stephen Kronish
Costume SupervisorThomas Welsh
Main Title ThemeRandy Edelman
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