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MacGyver: Live and Learn

MacGyver tries to motivate a high school student he's mentoring. However, when the boy drops out to work on a construction site, he discovers that it's unsafe because of a bribed inspection official.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x13
Production Number: 096
Airdate: Monday January 15th, 1990

Director: Harry Harris
Writer: Rick Mittleman

Guest Stars
James SloyanJames Sloyan
As George Fraley
Linda DarlowLinda Darlow
As Mrs. Juarez
Jerry WassermanJerry Wasserman
As Nick Milani
Glenn ScarpelliGlenn Scarpelli
As Tony Milani

Co-Guest Stars
Ken Camroux-TaylorKen Camroux-Taylor
As Neil
Michael SicolyMichael Sicoly
As Buck Clovis
Garry DaveyGarry Davey
As Building Inspector
Deryl HayesDeryl Hayes
As Blake
Lossen ChambersLossen Chambers
As Doreen
Mitchell KostermanMitchell Kosterman
As Security Guard
Christine AntonChristine Anton
As Sophie Milani
Christopher JudgeChristopher Judge
As Deron (as Doug Judge)
Main Cast
Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver
Dana ElcarDana Elcar
As Peter Thornton


MacGyver is giving a class at Dillard High School a demonstration on equilibrium to a less than enthused remedial class. He tries to convince one student, Deron, that equilibrium is important in football. MacGyver has Deron come up and provides a demonstration of how he can topple Devon using his lower center of gravity. Deron is impressed despite himself. After the bell rings, the regular teacher, Gus, congratulates MacGyver but one student, Tony, Milani, says the entire thing was dumb. The teacher admits that Tony is on his way to becoming a dropout...

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Episode Notes
Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver) and Christopher Judge (Deron) would later star in Stargate SG-1 together from 1997 to 2005. They play Colonel/Brigadier General Jack O'Neill and Teal'c respectively.

Episode Quotes
MacGyver: Archimides said, "Give me a place to stand and I will move the world."
Deron: Archimides, huh? Sounds like a cool dude, but, uh, who did he play for?

Pete: Now quite simply, the Mentor Program pinpoints the potential dropout before it's too late, and then assigns two positive role models who take a very active and personal interest in his or her scholastic career.
George Fraley: Wouldn't higher fences be a lot cheaper?
MacGyver: Well, not really. The Mentor Program doesn't cost anything.
Pete: Just a little time and a lot of old-fashioned caring.

Tony Milani: What if I'm not interested?
MacGyver: Than that's your choice. If this is really what you want for yourself, great, that's no crime. But if it isn't, if you wake up thirty years from now and all you are is thirty years older, that is a crime.

MacGyver: Sometimes things are hidden under the surface. You just gotta know how to bring 'em out.

Episode References
* Glycerol to soften burnt paper reduced to ash, and a lamp to bring out phosphorescent properties in the link so the writing can be captured by a camera with infra-red film
* A beam fed through rebar fastened to a concrete slab trapping a man, and used as a lever to raise the concrete

Other Episode Crew

CreatorLee David Zlotoff
Executive ProducerHenry Winkler  |  John Rich (1)  |  Stephen Downing
Supervising ProducerMichael Greenburg (1)
Co-ProducerHudson Hickman
Associate ProducerThomas R. Polizzi
Production DesignerRex Raglan
EditorJana Fritsch
CastingMark Tillman  |  Susanne McLellan  |  Victoria Burrows
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 MasterGrant Swain
Construction CoordinatorDave Conway
Script SupervisorCandice Field
Post Production SupervisorMichael Eliot
Supervising Sound EditorWilliam H. Angarola
GafferLen Wolfe
Director of PhotographyTony Westman
Story EditorPaul B. Margolis
Stunt CoordinatorVince Deadrick, Jr.
Art DirectorCharles Leitrants
Sound MixerEric Batut
Special EffectsHenry Millar (1)
Executive Story EditorChris Haddock  |  John Sheppard
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
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