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MacGyver: Legend of the Holy Rose (1)

An old friend, Zoe Ryan, recruits MacGyver into helping her look for the Holy Rose, an ancient chalice.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x1
Production Number: 086
Airdate: Monday September 18th, 1989

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Guest Stars
Lise Cutter
As Zoe Ryan
Robin Mossley
As Alexander Shannon
Michael Ensign
As Professor Wycliff
Tony Perez
As Estebar
Judd Omen
As Shima Luca
Christopher Neame
As Erich Von Leer

Co-Guest Stars
Claire Brown (1)
As Eunice (as Claire Brown)
Gerry Bean
As Ahriman
Howard Storey
As Coach Grogan
Kevin Hayes
As Newscaster
Stephen Dimopoulos
As Pilot
Vladimir Kulich
As Mammon
Pedro Salvin
As Worker

Christopher Gaze
As Cabbie
Main Cast
Richard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver
Dana Elcar
As Peter Thornton


MacGyver smuggles himself into a Medellin Cartel mountain drug camp to free an American journalist, Alexander Shannon, kidnapped by mercenaries to use as a hostage to trade for another Cartel leader. As the helicopter unwittingly hauling MacGyver arrives, Shannon spots it and pauses working. Estebar, the camp foreman, fires a gun near him and warns that the Americans aren't negotiating for him. As the men haul the crate into a tent, the pilot comments that he brought up hot tubs and Estebar realizes he didn't order hot tubs. MacGyver ducks back in the otherwise empty crate. Estebar and the pilot open it and find... a hot tub. Estebar wonder why anyone would send him a hot tub and the pilot figures his bosses sent it...

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Episode Notes
MacGyver's creation of a bamboo ultra-lite was "busted" in the "MacGyver Myths" episode of Mythbusters. The guys demonstrated it was incapable of flying.

Episode Quotes
MacGyver: Alexander Shannon? Name's MacGyver.
Alexander Shannon: American?
MacGyver: Proud of it.

MacGyver: You're going to have to help me on this. I need a bunch of plastic. Something like, uh, garbage bags. Heavy-duty kind.
Alexander Shannon: Heavy-duty garbage bags?
MacGyver: Yeah. And this bamboo scaffolding. About a hundred feet should do this.
Alexander Shannon: Can we discuss this?
MacGyver: No. You don't want to know.

Alexander Shannon: Oh my god. I just figured out what you're doing. You know what I think? I think you're crazy.
MacGyver: Give me a few hours, you'll know for sure.

Alexander Shannon: It flies! It really flies!
MacGyver: (looking surprised) Of course!

MacGyver: Pete, you wanna tap into some of your other agents for the next month or two? I'm about to take a very long nap.

MacGyver: Just tell me what you want me to do!
Zoe Ryan: Help me find the Holy Grail!
MacGyver: Indiana Jones already did that, I saw the movie!

MacGyver: Well, why would this Von Leer be so interested in... whatever it is you're looking for?
Zoe Ryan: It's kind of complicated.
MacGyver: Zoe, everything about you is complicated. Try me.

Episode References
* Heavy-duty garbage bags, a hundred feet of bamboo scaffolding, an engine cylinder, and the blade from an exhaust fan. Combined with discarded seats and chairs, put together to make an ultra-lite.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorLee David Zlotoff
Executive ProducerStephen Downing  |  John Rich (1)  |  Henry Winkler
Supervising ProducerMichael Greenburg (1)
Co-ProducerHudson Hickman
Associate ProducerThomas R. Polizzi
Production DesignerRex Raglan
EditorBrad Rines
CastingSusanne McLellan  |  Victoria Burrows  |  Mark Tillman
First Assistant DirectorBill Mizel
Second Assistant DirectorPaul Etherington  |  Craig Matheson
MusicDennis McCarthy (2)
Music EditorSteve Danforth
HairstylistMichael Pachal
Make-upJan Newman
Key GripR.K. Hill
Set DecoratorDominique Fauquet-LeMaitre
Location ManagerDavid Keiss
Property MasterDean Wilson
Construction CoordinatorCharles Leitrants
Script SupervisorCandice Field
Post Production SupervisorMichael Eliot
Supervising Sound EditorWilliam H. Angarola
GafferLen Wolfe
Director of PhotographyWilliam Gereghty (1)
Story EditorPaul B. Margolis
Stunt CoordinatorVince Deadrick, Jr.
Coordinating ProducerJohn B. Moranville
Sound MixerEric Batut
Special EffectsHenry Millar (1)
Executive Story EditorJohn Sheppard  |  Chris Haddock
Costume SupervisorThomas Welsh
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
Warning: MacGyver season 5 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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