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MacGyver: Lost Love (1)

An old girlfriend of MacGyver's turns up and needs his help to escape the KGB, who are trying to steal a priceless Chinese dragon statue.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x1
Production Number: 045
Airdate: Monday September 21st, 1987

Director: Cliff Bole
Writer: Jerry Ludwig

Special Guest Stars
Elyssa DavalosElyssa Davalos
As Lisa Kohler

Guest Stars
Bruce McGillBruce McGill
As Jack Dalton
James HongJames Hong
As Commissioner Chu
Anthony De LongisAnthony De Longis
As Nicholai Kossov
Walter MarshWalter Marsh
As Racoubian
Leslie BevisLeslie Bevis
As Tanya Lyaschenka

Co-Guest Stars
Bill FergusonBill Ferguson
As Josef
Paul BattenPaul Batten
As Pettigrew
George JosephGeorge Joseph
As Karel
Tony MorelliTony Morelli
As Security Man
Keith GordeyKeith Gordey
As Commando (as Keith Martin Gordey)
Main Cast
Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver
Dana ElcarDana Elcar
As Peter Thornton


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...

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Episode Notes
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.

Episode Quotes
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.

Episode References
* Cleaning powder to reveal security laser beams

The incident referred to when MacGyver escaped Major Nickolai Kossov occurred in the first season's "Thief of Budapest."

Other Episode Crew

CreatorLee David Zlotoff
Executive ProducerHenry Winkler  |  John Rich (1)  |  Stephen Downing
Supervising ProducerCalvin Clements, Jr.
ProducerMichael Greenburg (1)  |  Stephen Kandel
Co-ProducerJohn Whelpley
Associate ProducerStephen Sealy  |  Hudson Hickman
EditorLarry L. Mills
CastingBarbara Hanley  |  Cathy Henderson  |  Fiona Jackson
First Assistant DirectorDavid Warry-Smith
Second Assistant DirectorDavid Markowitz
MusicRandy Edelman
Music EditorSteve Danforth
HairstylistIan C. Ballard
Make-upJan Newman
Key GripDave Gordon (1)
Set DecoratorDominique Fauquet-LeMaitre
Location ManagerBill Zaitrow
Property MasterPat O'Brien (3)
Construction CoordinatorDavid Willson
Script SupervisorSusan Weir
Production CoordinatorElaine Fleming
Post Production SupervisorBruce Williams
GafferLen Wolfe
Director of PhotographyWilliam Gereghty (1)
Story EditorMichael Berlin  |  Rick Drew  |  Eric Estrin
Stunt CoordinatorVince Deadrick, Jr.
Art DirectorRex Raglan
Production ManagerRobert Frederick
Sound MixerEric Batut
Special EffectsBilly Myatt
Costume SupervisorThomas Welsh
Main Title ThemeRandy Edelman
Assistant Costume DesignerStephanie Nolin
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