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MacGyver: Squeeze Play

Sports legend Novus Riley is forced to sell his baseball memorabilia to pay his gambling debts. When he balks, the men take Novus' daughter as a hostage.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 6x11
Production Number: 115
Airdate: Monday December 17th, 1990



 
Special Guest Stars
Reggie JacksonReggie Jackson
As Himself

Guest Stars
Malcolm StewartMalcolm Stewart
As Bill Marsh
Recurring
Tim RossovichTim Rossovich
As Willard
Recurring
Tim RossovichTim Rossovich
As Willard
Recurring
Della ReeseDella Reese
As Ma Colton
Recurring
Della ReeseDella Reese
As Ma Colton
Recurring
Kent McCordKent McCord
As Novis Reilly
Kent McCordKent McCord
As Novis Reilly

Co-Guest Stars
William SamplesWilliam Samples
As Eli
Recurring
William SamplesWilliam Samples
As Eli
Recurring
Brock JohnsonBrock Johnson
As Store Manager
Recurring
Whitney StuartWhitney Stuart
As T.J. Mitchell
Whitney StuartWhitney Stuart
As T.J. Mitchell
Jeffrey McLeodJeffrey McLeod
As Ricky (as Jeff McLeod)
Jeffrey McLeodJeffrey McLeod
As Ricky (as Jeff McLeod)
Main Cast
Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver
Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver

Recap

Ma Colton arrives home from a one-week family reunion and MacGyver arrives with the Coltons’ dog, Frog. Frank and Jesse are on a big bail case and Billy is at his grandmother's. As they go inside, a young boy runs off with a box. He climbs beneath a fence and gives the box to a teenager, T.J. Mitchell, sitting on a bike nearby. Ma Colton and MacGyver chase after the boy and Frog tracks the boy as the teenager runs off. Frog corners the thief, Ricky, and the boy explains that he had to steal the box of Frank's baseball cards or T.J. would have beaten him up. Somebody traded Ricky bogus baseball cards that they got from T.J. and Ricky tried to trade them back to T.J. T.J. caught him and forced him to steal Frank's cards. The boy tells them they can find T.J. at the Batter's Box Card Shop...

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Episode Quotes
MacGyver: Where're the boys?
Ma Colton: Well, Frank and Jesse got called on a big-job bail case. Right in the middle of the family reunion. And my mother won't let Billy come just now. Do you know, he had nerve enough to tell her he liked her cooking better than mine?
MacGyver: Ouch.

MacGyver: So you're a baseball fan.
Wendy Reilly: I'm not a fan, I'm a product.
MacGyver: Product?
Wendy Reilly: I love baseball, and hate anything that ruins it.



Episode Goofs
When MacGyver leaps onto Marsh's car in the final showdown, the fact a stunt double (with considerably darker hair) is doing the stunt is obvious.




Cultural References
Novus hitting the scoreboard with a baseball and the resulting fireworks reference The Natural (1984), where Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) does the same thing with his lighting-blessed bat.




Episode References
MacGyverisms:
* A tape recorder to secretly record a dial tone, identify the phone number, and trace it



Other Episode Crew

CreatorLee David Zlotoff
Executive ProducerJohn Rich (1)  |  Steven Cantor (1)  |  Tony Disanto
Supervising ProducerMichael Greenburg (1)
Associate ProducerThomas R. Polizzi
Production DesignerRex Raglan
EditorPatrick Lussier
CastingSusanne McLellan  |  Mark Tillman  |  Victoria Burrows
Line ProducerRobert Frederick
Unit Production ManagerWalter Mustapich
First Assistant DirectorPeter Dashkewytch
MusicKen Harrison
Music EditorSteve Danforth
Make-upJan Newman
Key GripR.K. Hill
Set DecoratorDominique Fauquet-LeMaitre
Location ManagerBruce L. Brownstein
Construction CoordinatorDave Conway
Script SupervisorTemple Anderson
Director of PhotographyTony Westman
Story EditorArt Washington
Stunt CoordinatorVince Deadrick, Jr.
Art DirectorCharles Leitrants
Post Production CoordinatorSara Thornberg
Creative ConsultantRick Mittleman
Executive Story EditorJohn Sheppard
Costume SupervisorThomas Welsh
Main Title ThemeRandy Edelman
Production Office CoordinatorValerie Gray
Assistant Costume DesignerStephanie Nolin
 
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