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MacGyver: Kill Zone

A lethal space organism gets loose in a Phoenix Foundation laboratory, and MacGyver must make sure it isn't released into the outside world.


Episode Info


Episode number: 3x11
Production Number: 055
Airdate: Monday January 04th, 1988



  • Currently 10/10
10/10 (2 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Jay Brazeau
As Col. Phelps
Recurring
Judith Chapman
As Dr. Sandra Millhouse

Co-Guest Stars
Bill Dow
As White Suited Man
Recurring
Pamela Martin
As Nancy Bartlett
Recurring
John Novak
As PR Officer
Recurring
Barney O'Sullivan
As Rancher Hoggins
Main Cast
Richard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver
Dana Elcar
As Peter Thornton

Recap

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...

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Episode Notes
Richard Dean Anderson and Bill Dow work together here. They would work together often on Stargate: SG-1.



Episode Quotes
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.



Episode References
MacGyverisms:
* 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



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 ProducerHudson Hickman
EditorRobert Lederman
CastingFiona Jackson  |  Barbara Hanley  |  Cathy Henderson
First Assistant DirectorBill Mizel
Second Assistant DirectorDavid Markowitz
MusicKen Harrison
Music EditorSteve Danforth
Costume DesignerThomas Welsh
HairstylistIan C. Ballard
Make-upMichael Westmore  |  Jamie Brown (2)
Key GripNick Kuchera
Set DecoratorDominique Fauquet-LeMaitre
Location ManagerTed Bauman
Property MasterPat O'Brien (3)
Construction CoordinatorCharles Leitrants
Script SupervisorSusan Weir
Production CoordinatorElaine Fleming
Post Production SupervisorBruce Williams
Supervising Sound EditorWilliam H. Angarola
GafferLen Wolfe
Director of PhotographyWilliam Gereghty (1)
Story EditorRick Drew
Stunt CoordinatorVince Deadrick, Jr.
Art DirectorRex Raglan
Production ManagerRobert Frederick
Sound MixerEric Batut
Executive Story EditorReed Moran
Main Title ThemeRandy Edelman
Assistant Costume DesignerStephanie Nolin
 
Warning: MacGyver season 3 episode 11 guide may contain spoilers
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