MacGyver heads back from a mission a day early, taking a USAF jet so he can be back in time for a surprise 60th birthday party for his friend Kelly Sutton. MacGyver arrives at the Phoenix Foundation and walks into the surprise party that Pete has planned. As they set up, Pete wonders where Kelly is. He's unaware that Kelly is at home and has the gas turned on. Kelly continues drinking heavily and considers photo of his children. Pete tries to call him but Kelly ignores the ring. MacGyver notices that Kelly has left him his favorite pool cue. Figuring something is wrong, MacGyver goes to Kelly's apartment and smells gas. Kelly has passed out from the gas. MacGyver uses a fire hose and an elevator to get the door open and turns off the gas. He gets Kelly to the window for fresh air. They go back to MacGyver's apartment and Kelly initially refuses to discuss the matter. He finally admits he's broke and figured his insurance would have paid off enough to pay his kids' college bills. Kelly explains that he invested the money in land development and was ripped off, but warns that the guy is dangerous. MacGyver insists on getting the con artist's name...Read the full recap
MacGyver: I don't care what anybody says, Birthdays are important. So when a good friend's turning sixty and I'm returning from another government mission, there isn't a much faster way to get home than to catch a ride on a T-38 Ace Flight. It's a good thing they didn't serve a meal on this flight 'cause my heart was already in my mouth.
MacGyver: Kelly, you could've come to me or Pete.
Kelly Sutton: I don't like going to people with my problems.
MacGyver: You don't go to people with your problems. You come to your friends.
Kelly Sutton: Well, you don't always remember that.
Joanne Remmings: Hi, Joanne Remmings.
Joanne Remmings: Oh, I heard about you! You're the guy that does the whatcha-ma-call-it's, you know MacGyverisms, turns one thing into another.
Pete: Mac, help me pick up this money, will ya? I wanna get it back to the Foundation vault.
Kelly Sutton: You mean all this money is real? But you said it was fake.
MacGyver: I didn't want you to get nervous.
Pete: Are you telling me you let this man carry around three hundred thousand dollars in cash and he thought it was fake money?
MacGyver: I didn't want to affect his performance.
* Fire hose attached to a descending elevator and a doorknob, to rip a door open
* A letter opener on two matchbooks, as a tripwire fuse to connect a battery to photography floodlights to blind the bad guys
* Piece of paper to hold a jail cell door open