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MacGyver: Jack of Lies

MacGyver's friend Jack steals all of his furniture as the first step in convincing him to help with the rescue of an old friend.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x6
Production Number: 029
Airdate: Monday November 03rd, 1986

Guest Stars
Bruce McGillBruce McGill
As Jack Dalton
Gregory SierraGregory Sierra
As Colonel Antunnez
Patricia McPhersonPatricia McPherson
As Michelle "Mike" Forester
Main Cast
Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver
Dana ElcarDana Elcar
As Peter Thornton


MacGyver returns home and discovers that everything in his apartment is missing. The thief has left a copy of Kidnapped with a note directing him to an airport hanger and threatening his refrigerator. MacGyver knows only one person with that kind of humor: his old friend Jack Dalton. They traveled across Europe together with Mike Forrester and were friends for years. The hanger belongs to Jack, and MacGyver spots an open door. Using a cardboard tube, he pokes the door open and avoid the water bucket propped above. Inside, the lights come on revealing MacGyver's stuff. Jack is waiting in the rafters and MacGyver tells him to come down. Jack falls off... and the rope around his feet catch him. He asks MacGyver to cut him down and MacGyver reluctantly cuts him down. Jack explains he now runs an air freight and was smuggling orchids. He needed to call in a botanist, and he needs MacGyver to go with him to Dinato, Central America, to rescue the botanist. Jack claims that it's a simple abduction but his left eye twitches, and MacGyver knows that means he's lying. MacGyver starts to walk off and Jack says that he's dying. He says he wants to do one thing right before he dies, and his eye doesn't twitch...

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Episode Notes
This episode marks the first appearance of Jack Dalton (Bruce McGill) on the series.

Episode Quotes
(reading a thief's note)
MacGyver: "Dear Mac. If you ever want to see your fridge alive, meet me at the west end of the airport, Hanger 13. Come alone or the fridge fries." Some folks might see the humor in something like this. I don't happen to be one.

MacGyver: You had to give Jack one thing: he knew how to have fun. High adventure, globetrotting, no-holds-barred fun.

MacGyver: Jack Dalton. Rogue, adventurer, liar, thief.

MacGyver: (to Jack, after he took everything out of his apartment) First, you're going to come down here so I can punch you in the nose.

Jack Dalton: Look, I got my own company now. Jack Dalton, sole proprietor, Fly By Night Air Freight, at your service. The official airline for slugs, scum, and all manner of vermin. Anyway, I was, shall we say, "transporting" some very valuable orchids.
MacGyver: Shall we say "smuggling"?
Jack Dalton: That's an ugly word, Mac. But hey. At a thousand bucks a plant, I can live with it.

Jack Dalton: So, what's the deal, Papa Thornton say you can come out and play or what?
MacGyver: Yeah.
Jack Dalton: Good. Now we go to plane, kemo sabe. You follow.
MacGyver: I know I said I was going to slug him. But how do you hit a kid?

MacGyver: Jack, wouldn't you say we're running out of runway?
Jack Dalton: You worry too much, Mac.
MacGyver: Sometimes you don't worry enough!

MacGyver: They hit our fuel tank.
Jack Dalton: Not to worry.
MacGyver: Someone has to.

MacGyver: Want to level with me? I'm kinda tired of being jerked around like a big dog on a short leash.
Jack Dalton: Let it never be said of Jack Dalton that he was unkind to animals.

MacGyver: So why didn't you just tell me the whole story?
Jack Dalton: Right, sure. Drugs, blackmail, corrupt police. Sounds like a bad TV show.
MacGyver: Yeah, you want to know how it ends?
Jack Dalton: They all live happily ever after?

Colonel Antunnez: My mother taught me never to strike a lady. (slaps Mike) I never listened to my mother.

Elena: So Jack wanted to get caught? What kind of plan is that?
MacGyver: A dumb one.

Jack Dalton: The way I figure it, we take off in that plane, one of two things can happen. One, we can fly about five miles and crash into the mountains. Or two, we can fly about five miles and crash into the ocean.
MacGyver: Nice to have options.

Jack Dalton: Mike, Mike. Don't worry. I've..
MacGyver and Mike: I've got a plan.
Jack Dalton: Do I say that a lot?

MacGyver: I hope Jack doesn't object. I dug into his private stock of cheap wine.
Michelle "Mike" Forester: I don't know, Mac. I usually use a white wine to charge my dead batteries.

MacGyver: You really are dying, aren't you?
Jack Dalton: We're all dying, Mac. Some of us are just doing it a little faster than others, that's all.

MacGyver: It's been said the best gift a man could ever give another was his life. Jack Dalton was never one to settle for less than the best.

Mike: But Jack said he only had enough fuel for about five miles.
Michelle "Mike" Forester: Yeah, and when was the last time Jack didn't stretch the truth just a little?

Episode References
* Cardboard tube to unscrew a light bulb from an overhead lamp, turning it off
* Two baling hooks taped to an oxygen cylinder and fired using elastic to explode and knock a jeep off the road
* A stick to plug a fuel leak caused by a bullet
* Beer poured on a string of lights and ignited, causing the bulbs to explode and prevent pursuit
* Putting on a monk's habit backward to lure a guard close enough to punch him, and the rope-belt to tie the guard up
* Foil from a cigarette pack to carry a current and hotwire a truck
* A spring underneath a board as a trigger
* Cheap white wine to recharge a car battery
* Car battery hooked up to an airplane prop to pull a rope to pull up a tarpaulin as a trap

Other Episode Crew

CreatorLee David Zlotoff
Executive ProducerHenry Winkler  |  John Rich (1)  |  Robin Chamberlin
Co-Executive ProducerStephen Downing
Supervising ProducerBill Froehlich  |  Mark Lisson
ProducerVictor Hsu  |  Michael Greenburg (1)
Co-ProducerStephen Kandel
Associate ProducerSteven Milkis
EditorMarco Zappia
CastingNan Dutton
Unit Production ManagerSam C. Freedle
First Assistant DirectorRobin Chamberlin
Second Assistant DirectorGary Law  |  Merri D. Howard
MusicRandy Edelman
Music EditorSteve Danforth
Costume DesignerAnne Winsor  |  Rudolph Garcia
HairstylistJo McCarthy
Make-upJoe McKinney
Set DecoratorMary Swanson
Location ManagerLisa Shuart-white
Property MasterPeter McWade
Script SupervisorJoyce King
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 EditorStephen Kronish
Costume SupervisorThomas Welsh
Main Title ThemeRandy Edelman
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