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MacGyver: Deadly Dreams

An escaped serial killer goes after a police detective, but MacGyver realizes the killer is being manipulated by a diabolical prisoner intent on revenge.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x7
Production Number: 072
Airdate: Monday January 16th, 1989

Director: Les Landau
Writer: Stephen Downing

Guest Stars
Kim ZimmerKim Zimmer
As Lieutenant Kate Murphy
W. Morgan SheppardW. Morgan Sheppard
As Dr. Zito
Gary ChalkGary Chalk
As Sweeney (as Garry Chalk)
Brenda CrichlowBrenda Crichlow
As Cooper
Jeff IrvineJeff Irvine
As Eric Cross

Co-Guest Stars
Stephen DimopoulosStephen Dimopoulos
As Arcade Manager
Gordon WhiteGordon White
As Nurse #2
Alvin SandersAlvin Sanders
As Charles Davis
William Taylor (1)William Taylor (1)
As Captain Frank Walker
Sean HoySean Hoy
As Nurse #1
Main Cast
Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver
Dana ElcarDana Elcar
As Peter Thornton


MacGyver and Pete are participating in a stakeout with the police, watching a crack house. A prostitute arrives and they wait for word from Murphy, the cop in charge. The prostitute leaves and they call in MacGyver, who goes around to the side of the house and meets with another cop, Sweeney. He sets up a series of advanced explosive charges on the gate covering door but one of them fails to activate. MacGyver and Sweeney break the gate down and another cop, Copper, breaks down the door with a battering ram. Sweeney stops one dealer while the other locks himself in the bathroom to flush the dope down the toilet. MacGyver and Cooper break in and capture the man, but they lose the dope. Fortunately, Murphy put another cop, Wyatt, beneath the toilet to grab the evidence. One more dealer tries to destroy more crack in the garbage disposal but Murphy arrives and shoots out the disposal before the evidence is destroyed...

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Episode Quotes
MacGyver: He's making the buy.
Peter: "Making the buy"?
MacGyver: Ehh, it's cop talk.

Lieutenant Kate Murphy: Listen to me, MacGriever...
MacGyver: It's MacGyver.
Lieutenant Kate Murphy: Whatever. You just don't get it. What we are doing here is police work. Now, sometimes the public—civilians like yourself—just don't understand what it takes to get the job done.
MacGyver: We don't, huh?
Lieutenant Kate Murphy: No, you don't. Now, I've heard you hate guns, abhor violence, and I'm sure my tank is very chilling to your... sense of justice and fair play. But we do live in the real world here. Guns and tanks and nasty crooks are all just a part of the big picture.

Dr. Zito: I think you'll find Mr. Cross to have anticipated most everything.
MacGyver: That so?
Dr. Zito: He's quite an unusual man, you see. It will be very difficult to stop him. To solve his deadly riddle, so to speak. His cunning is so complex, you have to be intellectually superior, exceptionally persistent, and possess an abundance of ingenuity to even get close to him. Are you all of these things, Mr. MacGyver? Yes, I know your name. Does that frighten you?
MacGyver: Should it?

Dr. Zito: Back again, Mr. MacGyver?
MacGyver: You're good.
Dr. Zito: Yes, I know.

Dr. Zito: My, my, my, my, my. It's all so brilliant, isn't it?
MacGyver: Thought you might say that.

MacGyver: You helped Eric Cross escape.
Dr. Zito: So. Now what? They could have them take away my library card?

MacGyver: See the question is, why would you help somebody escape?
Dr. Zito: I could have dozens of reasons. Humanity, for one. Did you think of that?
MacGyver: Humanity? No, I don't think that's the reason.
Dr. Zito: Oh? What makes you so sure?
MacGyver: I've seen your file. You are a self-centered egotistical psychopath who has to have control of everything.
Dr. Zito: Umm. Aren't we perceptive?

Episode References
* Piece of plastic cover from a book to create a makeshift cup (created by Zito)
* Industrial cleaner, diluted to make an alkaloid to simulate a heart attack (created by Zito)
* Piece of toilet paper to pass a chemical dosage from one cell to another across a hallway (created by Zito)
* Milk jug filled with water, containing phosphorous, hole punctured in the side to eventually ignite the phosphorous (created by Zito)
* Motor oil to render a frosted window temporarily transparent
* Soda straw and water to soak match heads used as a booby trap to ignite propane gas

Other Episode Crew

CreatorLee David Zlotoff
Executive ProducerHenry Winkler  |  John Rich (1)  |  Stephen Downing
Supervising ProducerMichael Greenburg (1)
Associate ProducerJohn B. Moranville
Production DesignerRex Raglan
EditorRick Martin (1)  |  Michael Eliot
CastingVictoria Burrows  |  Susanne McLellan
First Assistant DirectorBill Mizel
Second Assistant DirectorCraig Matheson  |  Paul Etherington
MusicDennis McCarthy (2)
Music EditorSteve Danforth
Costume DesignerThomas Welsh
HairstylistMichael Pachal
Make-upJan Newman
Key GripNick Kuchera
Set DecoratorDominique Fauquet-LeMaitre
Location ManagerTed Bauman
Property MasterPhil Gough
Construction CoordinatorCharles Leitrants
Script SupervisorCandice Field
Supervising Sound EditorWilliam H. Angarola
GafferLen Wolfe
Director of PhotographyWilliam Gereghty (1)
Story EditorJohn Sheppard  |  Marianne Clarkson
Stunt CoordinatorVince Deadrick, Jr.
Post Production CoordinatorPaul Rabwin
Coordinating ProducerHudson Hickman
Sound MixerEric Batut
Special EffectsHenry Millar (1)
Main Title ThemeRandy Edelman
Production ExecutiveRobert Frederick
Production Office CoordinatorValerie Gray
Executive Story ConsultantRick Drew
Assistant To The Executive ProducerSara Thornberg
Assistant Costume DesignerStephanie Nolin
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