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MacGyver: Out in the Cold

A mob informant slips a microfilm into MacGyver's ski pole while he and Pete are on a skiing trip. MacGyver is caught in an avalanche and while Pete tries to convince the park rangers to search for his friend, mobster wait to recover MacGyver and get the microfilm.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x16
Production Number: 038
Airdate: Monday February 16th, 1987

Director: Cliff Bole
Writer: Stephen Kronish

Guest Stars
Michael ConstantineMichael Constantine
As Sam Leland
Deborah WakehamDeborah Wakeham
As Ski Patrolwoman

Co-Guest Stars
Main Cast
Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver
Dana ElcarDana Elcar
As Peter Thornton


MacGyver and Pete are on a skiing vacation to get away from it all while Pete's place is fumigated, and Pete isn't doing well. Despite going down repeatedly, he insists on getting up. Meanwhile, a mob informant, Phil, arrives uphill from them. He's unaware that Arnie, another mobster, is watching him. Arnie checks in with Jack, who is in the car in the parking lot with their boss Sam Leland. They need a microfilm that Phil has and order Arnie to get it before he makes contact with the Feds. Meanwhile, Phil puts the microfilm in the hollow interior of his ski pole. He skis downhill and "accidentally" slams into MacGyver. Leland knows that Phil is an expert skier and suspects something is up. Phil collects his gear and switches his ski pole for MacGyver's. MacGyver heads up the mountain for the last run of the day while Pete heads back to the lodge. Arnie confronts Phil and demands the microfilm from him. Phil denies knowing anything about Arnie and tries to make a break for it. Arnie shoots him down and the gunshot starts an avalanche...

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Episode Quotes
MacGyver: Steppin' into a pair of skis and pointing them straight downhill may be as close as you can get to flying... without completely leaving the ground. Every winter, millions of people enjoy being out on the slopes. You might not think Pete Thornton would be one of them... and you'd be right.

Pete: You know, if you want to stay up here the rest of the week, that's fine. But I think I'm going to go home.
MacGyver: I thought your house was being fumigated.
Pete: Well, it is. But if I'm going to die anyway, I might as well be comfortable when I go.

MacGyver: There's something special about the last run of the day. The slopes aren't so crowded, the shadows are longer, and it's sort of peaceful out there.

Ski Patrolwoman: I hate to have to tell you this, but only one out of 25 survive an avalanche.
Pete: MacGyver will be the one!

Pete: Boy, don't you ever dust this place?
MacGyver: Twice a year, like clockwork.

Pete: I don't understand why you would want to run a clock on potatoes.
MacGyver: I tried tomatoes, but it ran fast.

MacGyver: Tofu casserole.
Pete: Tofu? Look, I cannot eat 1,200 beans that have been battered beyond recognition.

Willie: That's twice you let him get away.
Jack: What are you, a scorekeeper?!?

MacGyver: If you don't have the right equipment for the job, you just have to make it yourself.

Pete: Boy, am I glad to see you. They were going to put me in that spin dryer.
MacGyver: Well, we couldn't let 'em do that. You might shrink.

Episode References
* A ski pole to drill up through snow, a bandanna attached to a zipper pull blown out through the pole to signal for help
* An alarm clock running off of the current generated by two potatoes
* Blinding two men by squirting them in the eyes with packages of soy sauce
* A microfilm placed between two clear slides, water added to magnify the images
* Closing a cage and hooking up wires from a generator to the fencing when the door won't lock

Other Episode Crew

CreatorLee David Zlotoff
Executive ProducerHenry Winkler  |  John Rich (1)
Co-Executive ProducerStephen Downing
ProducerMichael Greenburg (1)
Co-ProducerStephen Kandel  |  Stephen Kronish
Associate ProducerSteven Milkis
EditorLarry L. Mills
CastingBarbara Hanley  |  Cathy Henderson
Unit Production ManagerRobin Chamberlin
First Assistant DirectorPatrick A. Duffy
Second Assistant DirectorGary Law  |  Bob Lewis (1)
MusicRandy Edelman
Music EditorSteve Danforth
Costume DesignerAnne Winsor  |  Rudolph Garcia
HairstylistJo McCarthy
Make-upTom Ellingwood
Set DecoratorMary Swanson
Location ManagerBud Aronson
Property MasterJames A. Rathbun
Script SupervisorJoyce King
Director of PhotographyWilliam Gereghty (1)
Story EditorJohn J. Sakmar  |  Kerry Lenhart  |  Rob Hedden
Stunt CoordinatorVince Deadrick, Jr.
Art DirectorWilliam Hiney
Sound MixerAlan Bernard
Special EffectsBilly Myatt
Costume SupervisorThomas Welsh
Main Title ThemeRandy Edelman
Second Unit DirectorPeter Burrell
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