MacGyver flies in by helicopter toward a satellite reentry zone while Pete monitors him from a defense communications facility. Nine hundred sheep are dead on the ground at a sheep ranch and MacGyver feeds the image to Pete by camera. Pete assures the military man, Phelps, that MacGyver is the man for the job and knew what he was getting into. The news has picked up on the dead sheep from local farmers and Pete wonders if the person responsible, Dr. Sandra Millhouse, is watching. An organism sent into outer space on a satellite mutated and crashed, and MacGyver is there to recover the satellite before the military launches a napalm strike to cleanse the area. He has 42 minutes to recover the satellite before the military strikes. MacGyver finds other dead animals and the military start flying over. MacGyver demands that Phelps draw them back and Pete backs him. Phelps reluctantly gives the order and MacGyver continues on toward the satellite crash zone. He finds the satellite but then slips down a slope. The camera goes out and MacGyver is knocked unconscious...Read the full recap
Col. Phelps: When you pulled him out of bed in the middle of the night for this, I wondered if he really knew what he was getting in to.
Pete: He knew the same things all of us knew. I didn't hold anything back from him.
Col. Phelps: Why him, Pete? Why MacGyver?
Pete: Because he has the scientific knowledge and knows how to move fast through rough country. Aside from that he's the best person I know to deal with... whatever it is he's going to deal with out there. And he volunteered. Wouldn't have it any other way.
Dr. Millhouse: It was essential to my work, Pete.
Pete: But you had no clearance! But as usual, Dr. Millhouse knows best, right? The same stunt you pulled with that Dutch elm tree disease two years ago. Haven't you learned anything since then?
Dr. Millhouse: Yes. I've learned that progress will not wait for a bunch of bureaucrats to get off their duffs to make a decision.
Pete: MacGyver, this is Dr. Millhouse.
Dr. Millhouse: Dragon Lady, as I'm sure you've been told.
Dr. Millhouse: I suppose you think I'm a crackpot, too.
MacGyver: No, I think you're a dedicated scientist - who's gone too far.
Col. Phelps: What's he doing?
Pete: Well, he put the torch on it before to melt the casement material so it'd fill in the hole. Now freezing it locks it tight. Right?
MacGyver: That's pretty good, Pete.
MacGyver: For what it's worth, the things you're trying to do… I think they're good things.
Dr. Millhouse: Thank you. But I've decided to go into a different direction. I'm going to develop an organism that eats red tape.
* A satellite antenna to boost a portable camera signal
* Rubber tubing to extend a Bunsen burner and melt sealing compound, then a cylinder of freon gas removed from a freezer to freeze the material and lock it
* An isolation door transformer to boost an elevator's manual lift override