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MacGyver: Partners

Pete and MacGyver are lured to a junkyard by an old enemy, and as they struggle to escape they remember how they first met.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x18
Production Number: 040
Airdate: Monday March 02nd, 1987

Guest Stars
Bruce McGillBruce McGill
As Jack Dalton
Michael Des BarresMichael Des Barres
As Murdoc

Co-Guest Stars
Caleb AschCaleb Asch
As Police Officer
Main Cast
Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver
Dana ElcarDana Elcar
As Peter Thornton


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...

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Episode Quotes
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.

Episode References
* 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.

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
EditorRobert Dorsett
CastingBarbara Hanley  |  Cathy Henderson
Unit Production ManagerRobin Chamberlin
First Assistant DirectorGary Law
Second Assistant DirectorSteve Hirsch  |  Bob Lewis (1)
MusicDennis McCarthy (2)
Music EditorSteve Danforth
Costume DesignerAnne Winsor  |  Rudolph Garcia
HairstylistJo McCarthy
Make-upRobert Norin
Set DecoratorMary Swanson
Location ManagerBud Aronson
Property MasterJames A. Rathbun
Script SupervisorJoyce King
Director of PhotographyWilliam Gereghty (1)
Story EditorRob Hedden  |  John J. Sakmar  |  Kerry Lenhart
Stunt CoordinatorVince Deadrick, Jr.
Art DirectorWilliam Hiney
Sound MixerAlan Bernard
Special EffectsBilly Myatt
Costume SupervisorThomas Welsh
Main Title ThemeRandy Edelman
Second Unit DirectorStephen Sealy
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