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MacGyver: The Spoilers

MacGyver joins forces with a reclusive Vietnam vet to track down the company responsible for toxic waste dumping in the mountains.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x16
Production Number: 060
Airdate: Monday March 14th, 1988

Director: Mike Vejar
Writer: Stephen Kandel

Guest Stars
William Taylor (1)William Taylor (1)
As Martin Farber
Randall "Tex" CobbRandall "Tex" Cobb
As Daniel "Earthquake" Toberman
Emily KurodaEmily Kuroda
As Karen Matsuga

Co-Guest Stars
Tom HeatonTom Heaton
As Tyler
Allan LysellAllan Lysell
As Dorman
Michael SicolyMichael Sicoly
As Owens
Thomas Rosales, Jr.Thomas Rosales, Jr.
As Charles LaFond

Susan ChappleSusan Chapple
As Helen Wilson
Main Cast
Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver
Dana ElcarDana Elcar
As Peter Thornton


MacGyver is checking clean water sources in the wilderness and finding signs of pollution. While he checks it out, a hermit, Daniel "Earthquake" Toberman and his dog Buddy watch as a truck travels up a road. He follows them toward a nearby stream where his dog, Buddy, drinks from the stream where they're dumping toxic waste. Earthquake watches in horror as Buddy quickly dies from the contamination. Earthquake goes after the men and attacks one of them, ripping off the man's mask, while the other one grabs a gun. He shoots Earthquake in the leg, giving his comrade time to get back to the truck. MacGyver has found the dead dog and hears the gunshot. As he goes to investigate, the wounded Earthquake sprays the waste at them and they drive off. MacGyver arrives and convinces Earthquake he's on his side and tends to his wound. Earthquake insists he doesn't need help but MacGyver gets through to him and stops the bleeding...

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Episode Quotes
MacGyver: We've got a pretty good planet here, as planets go. The trouble is, we're lettin' it go down the drain in too many places.

MacGyver: I'm sorry about your dog.
Daniel "Earthquake" Toberman: I learned a long time ago, you bury the dead and that's it.

Martin Farber: Why is it you're called Earthquake?
Daniel "Earthquake" Toberman: Used a landslide once to get out of trouble.

MacGyver: When I was a kid, my grandpa gave me two things I'll never forget: a subscription to Popular Mechanics and a chemistry set.

Episode References
* Lead from a protective suit to wrap up contaminated signs for evidence
* A spare tire jammed into the cab of a truck, inflated with an air hose to break the windshield and cause a distraction
* Chlorine mixed with a catalyst to create a smoke screen

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 ProducerJohn B. Moranville
Production DesignerRex Raglan
EditorGeorge Potter
CastingCathy Henderson  |  Barbara Hanley  |  Fiona Jackson
First Assistant DirectorPeter Dashkewytch
Second Assistant DirectorMick Mackay  |  David Markowitz
MusicDennis McCarthy (2)
Music EditorSteve Danforth
HairstylistIan C. Ballard
Make-upJan Newman
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.
Production ManagerRobert Frederick
Sound MixerEric Batut
Special EffectsBilly Myatt
Executive Story EditorReed Moran
Costume SupervisorThomas Welsh
Main Title ThemeRandy Edelman
Assistant Costume DesignerStephanie Nolin
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