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MacGyver: The Wish Child

MacGyver helps a friend's younger brother when he discovers that a con artist is passing off the boy as a mystical "Wish Child."


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x4
Production Number: 026
Airdate: Monday October 20th, 1986



  • Currently 8/10
8/10 (2 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
James HongJames Hong
As Lee Wenying
Recurring
Tia CarrereTia Carrere
As Lisa Chan
Recurring
Clyde KusatsuClyde Kusatsu
As Sam
Recurring
Leon FanLeon Fan
As Paul Chan
James PaxJames Pax
As Ston
George TakeiGeorge Takei
As Dr. Shen Wei

Co-Guest Stars
Timothy DangTimothy Dang
As 3rd Mate
Danny WongDanny Wong
As Tong
Charles Young (1)Charles Young (1)
As Crane Operator
Main Cast
Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver

Recap

MacGyver is at his apartment sparring with a masked woman and honing his martial art skills. He ends up with his foot in a wastebasket and goes down, then surrenders. His opponent, Lisa Chan, tells him not to telegraph his moves. They're interrupted when someone calls for Lisa: a man offering to finance her marital arts studio. She asks MacGyver to pick up her brother Paul, who is at a birthday party. MacGyver willingly agrees but Lisa warns that the 14-year-old Paul is getting out of her control and is bringing up their parents' death from seven years ago. MacGyver assures her that as long as Paul still has a white streak in his hair...

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Episode Quotes
MacGyver: I grew up in Northern Minnesota, and I remember snow drifts that would bury whole parking lots, icicles longer than a hockey stick, and being stuck with three layers of clothing. My favorite, though, was when they announced "Exposed Flesh Warnings" on the radio to prevent frostbite. When I came to California, I found out it's really a small world. They had Exposed Flesh Warnings, too, called "Beach Parties." The type of party that did away with frostbite, did away with most of the clothing, too. But, the beach isn't the only place for a party, and I had some friends who really knew how to party down.

MacGyver: I remember the age when it was cool to be bad. Dumb age.

MacGyver: I used to love museums when I was a kid. You never knew what you'd find inside. I liked mysteries... back then.

MacGyver: Old Minnesota wisdom: If you don't want to be touched, look downright untouchable.



Episode References
MacGyverisms:
* RC car with a dragon head mask placed on it, to distract a guard
* Watch crystal to focus sunlight and set off fireworks
* Blade from an air vent as a chisel, a pipe faucet as a hammer, to pry up a board
* An umbrella with the cloth cut off as a grappling hook, clothesline as rope
* Gunpowder from bullets, wrapped in a bandanna, then pushed into a lock to blow it open by hitting a cartridge pin
* Handle from a fire extinguisher to jam a door
* Rope as a whip to trip a martial artist



Other Episode Crew

CreatorLee David Zlotoff
Executive ProducerHenry Winkler  |  John Rich (1)
Co-Executive ProducerStephen Downing
Supervising ProducerBill Froehlich  |  Mark Lisson
ProducerKevin Inch
Co-ProducerStephen Kandel
Associate ProducerSteven Milkis
EditorTom Benko
CastingNan Dutton
Unit Production ManagerVictor Hsu
First Assistant DirectorPatrick A. Duffy
Second Assistant DirectorMerri D. Howard  |  Gary Law (1)
MusicDennis McCarthy (2)
Music EditorSteve Danforth
Costume DesignerRudolph Garcia  |  Anne Winsor
HairstylistJo McCarthy
Make-upBron Roylance
Set DecoratorMary Swanson
Location ManagerTony Bowers
Property MasterJames A. Rathbun
Script SupervisorEdle Bakke
Director of PhotographyWilliam Gereghty (1)
Story EditorJohn J. Sakmar  |  Kerry Lenhart
Stunt CoordinatorVince Deadrick, Jr.
Art DirectorWilliam Hiney
Sound MixerAlan Bernard
Special EffectsBilly Myatt
Executive Story EditorBrian Lane  |  Stephen Kronish
Costume SupervisorThomas Welsh
Main Title ThemeRandy Edelman
 
Warning: MacGyver season 2 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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