Pete and MacGyver are at the docks to take over the handling of a rare Chinese artifact, the Ming Dragon, from Commissioner Chu of the government. Pete assures Chu that MacGyver is a troubleshooter but they're not expecting trouble. They're unaware that a blonde woman, Tanya Lyaschenka, is watching them via binoculars from a distance. Chu shows them the Ming Dragon as a security guard approaches the woman. She knocks the man out with a few martial art kicks, and then pries open an elevator door and shoves him to his death. She then removes a homing pigeon from her bag and releases it. It flies to a coop at the home of Nicholai Kossov, who has encountered MacGyver in the past. He reads the message, which confirms the Ming Dragon has arrived. Kossov's superior, General Racoubian, assures Kossov that MacGyver will be dead by the time they leave...Read the full recap
With the start of this season, filming moved from Los Angeles to Vancouver for the rest of the series' run.
Filming Location: San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA
Anthony De Longis plays the character previously portrayed by Bruce Abbott.
MacGyver: When I was a little kid, I used to think ships were like magic, sailing in from strange places, carrying mysterious cargo.
Pete: Chu. I mean Commissioner Chu.
Commissioner Chu: Don't be inscrutable with me, Peter. It's good to see you again.
Pete: MacGyver is kind of a... troubleshooter.
Jack Dalton: Excuse me. This is a closed rehearsal.
MacGyver: Oh, like the time you tried to pull a silk scarf out of the principal's ear and got his toupée instead?
Pete: Since when are you a magician?
Jack Dalton: When? I have studied at the feet of Hindu mystics! Climbed the hidden mountains of Tibet to learn the lost secrets of that unknown kingdom. I have delved into…
MacGyver: … a magic course he got selling magazines in the tenth grade.
MacGyver: She was my contact to an underground resistance group - all very official, all very proper... and then it got very personal.
Jack: It's a lousy piece of fate, but you're not responsible. Come on, Mac. We all have our ghosts.
MacGyver: Yeah, but we don't all see ‘em walkin' by.
MacGyver: Why do you want out?
Nicholai Kossov: I was two years in a prison camp. I learned one thing, MacGyver: to cherish freedom.
Jack Dalton: You know, friends, I come from a long line of magicians. My father used to walk down the street and turn into a saloon.
Racoubian: I like you, MacGyver, but I can't let them go. As for glasnost, I don't agree with the current Soviet administration, this new openness. Weak. Foolish. Impractical.
MacGyver: And you think killing three people is more practical. That's amazing.
MacGyver: What's it gonna take? What's the price?
Racoubian: You know what trade I deal in. What could you possibly offer me? I know you won't betray your country's security.
MacGyver: You got that straight.