MacGyver returns to his apartment after a trip to Central America to find evidence on a major drug lord. He notes that he came close to getting killed three times and wonders if he's getting a message. However, when he goes into the bathroom, a bearded man wielding a machete slips into the apartment. When MacGyver emerges, the intruder hides briefly, then ambushes MacGyver and demands the evidence. MacGyver denies having it so the man insists on taking him to the Phoenix Foundation to get it. They arrive... and everyone greets MacGyver with a surprise party for his birthday. The machete man reveals that he's Jack Dalton in disguise. Pete explains that he knew MacGyver wouldn't come if he told him, so they left it up to Jack to get him there...Read the full recap
This is the only episode in which Teri Hatcher (Penny Parker), John Anderson (Harry Jackson) and Bruce McGill (Jack Dalton) all appear.
The episode is dedicated at the end to key grip Wes Tansey
Clips: "Every Time She Smiles", "The Gauntlet" (opening gambit), "Thief of Budapest" (opening gambit), "The Gauntlet" (main episode), "The Enemy Within", "Deathlock" (opening gambit), "Pilot" (opening gambit)
MacGyver: There's no place like home. That's especially true if you spent 12 hours on a flight from Central America that gave new meaning to the word "turbulence."
MacGyver: Three times in one day I came as close to getting killed as I ever have. It can make you start to think real hard. Your first brush with death can be an accident. The second could be a coincidence, the third could be a message. And I don't like the sound of it at all.
Penny Parker: What's the matter with him?
Jack Dalton: Birthday blues. I've seen it before. What's the meaning of life, what's the grand plan, what's to drink?
Harry Jackson: I guess it just proves that a good map will always getcha where you want to go.
MacGyver: Yeah, provided you want to get there in the first place.
Harry Jackson: Never quite thought of it that way.
MacGyver: I'm starting to, Harry.
MacGyver: For the past seven years I have done nothing but travel around the world getting shot up, locked up, blown up… and all I've got to show for it are a couple of empty rolls of duct tape.
Penny Parker: There's a memo on the wall in the ladies' lounge, and it says that when Jack Dalton's left eye is twitching, he's lying like a cheap rug.
MacGyver: Truth hurts, huh, Jack.
Jack: Especially when you're not used to it.
MacGyver: When I was a kid, my grandfather used to say to me that a fellow's life wasn't worth mentioning if he hadn't shared it with some folks along the way. That is what you said, isn't it, Harry?
Harry Jackson: Yeah, only I said it shorter.