It's seven years since MacGyver and Pete Thornton first met, and MacGyver is on a scavenger hunt set up by Pete. He's supposed to get a bar magnifying glass and meet Pete at a wrecking yard. Pete is inside a cab and has no idea why MacGyver thinks he wants a bar magnifier. He's looking on the floorboards and finds a newspaper article. When MacGyver gets in and says he came in response to Pete's note, Pete says that he didn't send a note and he's there because of MacGyver's note. They figure that Jack Dalton is responsible for setting them both up. The newspaper article has an obituary listing for Pete Thornton, Jack Dalton, and MacGyver. Suddenly a forklift picks up the cab they're in and crushes the roof in, trapping them. The driver then loads them into the back of a semi and locks the doors, then drives the semi away...Read the full recap
Murdoc: I hope it's not too uncomfortable for you back there, gentlemen.
Pete: Don't worry. We'll live.
Murdoc: I seriously doubt that, Thornton.
MacGyver: Why didn't you tell me?
Pete: I operate on a need-to-know basis. I guess you need to know.
Pete: What's that?
MacGyver: Duct tape. Real handy stuff. Carry it with me all the time.
Pete: Just in case you run into a bazooka or two?
MacGyver: Or whatever.
Jack Dalton: They blew up my cab with a bazooka?
MacGyver: Two bazookas. But I can explain.
Jack Dalton: Bazookas? You can explain bazookas? You cannot explain bazookas!
Pete: You are a do-gooder, MacGyver. Ninety percent of the people in the world are smart: they see trouble coming, they duck and run. Ten percent are like you. Can't resist cleaning up the mess.
Pete: Probably a low-power charge, specially designed. It's only going to destroy the bed.
MacGyver: What about the guy on it?
Pete: Yeah, that too.
Pete: Listen, MacGyver. Anybody who can use a paper clip, a pair of shoelaces, and a rusty monkey wrench to take out two bazookas could be very useful in taking Murdoc. Help me.
MacGyver: Why are you smiling like that?
Pete: I know that look. I've never been able to figure out how your mind works, but I know when it works.
Pete: Ah, the old duct tape, huh?
MacGyver: Never leave home without it.
* Shoelaces tied together to make a lasso, and rope the gas pedal to accelerate a cab, using a wrench and a paper clip to guide the shoelace and reverse the direction of the pull after tying it to the door handle
* Acid from a car battery, rust from an exhaust pipe, aluminum from an oil can, and panty hose soaked in oil. The rust and aluminum make thermite, setting off the battery when triggered by the panty hose used as a fuse.