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MacGyver: Lesson in Evil

Dr. Zito escapes during a court hearing, and prepares to teach MacGyver and Murphy a lesson in the true meaning of evil.

Episode Info

Episode number: 6x6
Production Number: 111
Airdate: Monday October 29th, 1990

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Guest Stars
Kim Zimmer
As Lieutenant Kate Murphy
W. Morgan Sheppard
As Dr. Zito
Jackson Davies
As Captain Michael Kelly
Lynne Moody
As Dr. Marion Skinner

Co-Guest Stars
Alvin Sanders
As Charles
J. Douglas Stewart
As Orderly (as Douglas Stewart)
Michael Rogers
As D.A. Howard
Ken Kramer
As Zito's Lawyer
William MacDonald
As Paramedic
Paul Stafford
As Security Chief
Andrea Brown
As Legal Secretary
John Kirkconnell
As Kid No. 1
Tony Ail
As Kid No. 2
Main Cast
Richard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver
Dana Elcar
As Peter Thornton


MacGyver hurries to make a court date on Halloween: character witness at the sanity hearing for Dr. Zito. Pete and Murphy are waiting for him, and note that Zito is acting perfectly sane. It's been five years since Zito was tried, and Murphy is worried the judge will dismiss the case. Psychiatrist Dr. Marion Skinner is testifying on Zito's behalf. MacGyver testifies about how he met Zito two years ago when he engineered Eric Cross' escape from the state mental hospital, then manipulated Eric into trying to murder Murphy. He states that Zito is evil and Skinner objects. The judge overrides her, then asks MacGyver if Eric ever admitted Zito was responsible. MacGyver admits that Eric hung himself in his cell before anyone could verify his story. Zito's attorney declines to cross-examine and the judge rules that Zito is more dangerous than ever and will remain incarcerated...

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Episode Quotes
D.A. Howard: Mr. MacGyver, how would you describe Zito?
MacGyver: Evil.

Dr. Marion Skinner: Well, we're going to keep fighting. You've made too much progress to give up now.
Dr. Zito: Oh, be assured, I never give up, Dr. Skinner.

Dr. Zito: Do you actually think you're qualified to judge what is evil?
MacGyver: I just call it as I see it.
Dr. Zito: I'm an expert on the subject. One day I'll educate you. A lesson in evil, you might say.

Dr. Zito: I hated to cut short our little discussion about evil. It's a subject close to my heart.

Episode References
* Ink pen cartridge to open handcuffs, then stab a man to death (Zito uses this)

Other Episode Crew

CreatorLee David Zlotoff
Executive ProducerHenry Winkler  |  John Rich (1)  |  Stephen Downing
Supervising ProducerMichael Greenburg (1)
Co-ProducerJohn B. Moranville
Associate ProducerThomas R. Polizzi
Production DesignerRex Raglan
EditorJerry Young (2)  |  Ron E. Yoshida
CastingMark Tillman  |  Victoria Burrows  |  Susanne McLellan
Line ProducerRobert Frederick
Unit Production ManagerWalter Mustapich
MusicWilliam Ross
Music EditorSteve Danforth
HairstylistMichael Pachal
Make-upJan Newman
Key GripR.K. Hill
Set DecoratorDominique Fauquet-LeMaitre
Location ManagerBruce L. Brownstein
Property MasterPat O'Brien (3)
Construction CoordinatorDave Conway
Script SupervisorKelly Moon
Supervising Sound EditorWilliam H. Angarola
GafferFred Boyd
Director of PhotographyTony Westman
Story EditorArt Washington
Stunt CoordinatorVince Deadrick, Jr.
Art DirectorCharles Leitrants
Post Production CoordinatorSara Thornberg
Creative ConsultantRick Mittleman
Sound MixerEric Batut
Special EffectsHenry Millar (1)
Executive Story EditorJohn Sheppard
Costume SupervisorThomas Welsh
Main Title ThemeRandy Edelman
Production Office CoordinatorValerie Gray
Assistant Costume DesignerStephanie Nolin
Warning: MacGyver season 6 episode 6 guide may contain spoilers
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