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MacGyver: The Wasteland

Land developer Andrew Bartlett plans a project which will harm the environment. While trying to stop him, MacGyver discovers that Bartlett's children plan to kill their father and inherit the business.

Episode Info

Episode number: 6x13
Production Number: 117
Airdate: Monday January 21st, 1991

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Guest Stars
Mitzi Kapture
As Laura Bartlett
Jim McMullan
As Andrew Bartlett
John Pyper-Ferguson
As Scott Bartlett

Co-Guest Stars
Bruce Harwood
As Willis
Kevin Hayes
As Reporter
Rick Pearce
As Big Hefty
Michael Gall
As Lenny
Main Cast
Richard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver


MacGyver drives out to the Phoenix Foundation's wasteland test site and finds an envelope taped to the entrance sign. Inside it is an audiotape from Foundation scientist Willis, warning that the land is heavily toxic as a result of development, and the town of Maple Ridge if Bartlett City Development becomes a reality...

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Episode Quotes
Willis: I made this audio tape to keep you company and to tell you the bad news I've been accumulating about the death of this land that was once busy with living things. God said "Let there be life" and there was life. Man said "Let me develop, use, and consume everything I can without thinking about the consequences" and this is the result. Charming, isn't it?

MacGyver: I think you're like a lot of people. You can't see the trees because you're too busy cuttin' down the forest.

Andrew Bartlett: I pushed you kids hard because life doesn't cut any breaks. I pushed you kids hard because I wanted you to be someone.
Scott Bartlett: I am someone, Dad. Always have been. Wasn't anybody you liked. Nobody you respected.

Episode References
* A winch cable, played out to its full length, and the winch turned on giving him enough time to run out and rescue someone from quicksand
* Pool chalk powder to blind an opponent
* Fan from a wind tunnel, combined with a backpack, with tent panels fastened to it with rope, to make an ultra-light propelled glider

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
EditorRon E. Yoshida
CastingVictoria Burrows  |  Susanne McLellan
Line ProducerRobert Frederick
Unit Production ManagerWalter Mustapich
First Assistant DirectorPeter Dashkewytch
Second Assistant DirectorCraig Matheson
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 SupervisorTemple Anderson
Post Production SupervisorBrad Rines
Supervising Sound EditorWilliam H. Angarola
GafferFred Boyd
Director of PhotographyTony Westman
Story EditorArt Washington
Stunt CoordinatorVince Deadrick, Jr.
Art DirectorCharles Leitrants
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 13 guide may contain spoilers
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