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FOURTH SEASON 1988

October 31, 1988

THE SECRET OF PARKER HOUSE

Episode #65 (#40194-065)

In the fourth-season opener, MacGyver must act as a ghoulish ghostbuster in a spooky old house inherited by his friend, a dead ringer for her insane aunt, who once lived in the house.

Written by: Gene Hanson, Rick Drew & John Sheppard

Directed by: Michael Vejar

Guest Starring: Teri Hatcher as Penny Parker, Gisele MacKenzie as Sylvia Lang, Ray Young as Virgil, Arlen Dean Snyder as Sheriff Cliff Howels

Nielsen Ratings: 12.5 rating / 20 share / 2nd (39th overall)




November 21, 1988

BLOOD BROTHERS

Episode #66 (#40194-066)

Back in his home town, MacGyver finds past and present overlapping as he remembers a fatal shooting accident from his youth while trying to stop his friend's son from using a gun to defend himself against drug-dealing hoodlums.

Written by: Rick Drew

Directed by: Charles Correll

Guest Starring: Dirk Blocker as Chuck, Bernie Coulson as Sean, Ramon Franco as Spider, Michael McNeilly as Neil Ryder, Jason Priestley as Danny, Sean Wohland as Young MacGyver, Marc Reid as Young Neil, Gregory Togel as Young Chuck, Dusty Hyland as Jesse, Fred Diehl as Desk Sergeant

Nielsen Ratings: 12.3 rating / 20 share / 2nd (37th overall)




November 28, 1988

THE OUTSIDERS

Episode #67 (#40194-067)

In Pennsylvania, MacGyver intervenes in a standoff between Amish who won't leave their land and a construction company waiting to bulldoze it.

Written by: Michelle Poteet Lisanti

Directed by: Michael Vejar

Guest Starring: Kaj-Erik Eriksen as Jacob Miller, Gustaf Kristjanson as John Miller, Allan Lysell as Wrightman, Ruth De Sosa as Elizabeth Miller, Vicki Wauchope as Christy Wrightman, Garry Davey as Stevens, Dan Zale as Will, Rob Morton as State Trooper

Nielsen Ratings: 13.2 rating / 20 share / 3rd (45th overall)




December 5, 1988

ON A WING AND A PRAYER

Episode #68 (#40194-068)

It appears that Thornton and a nun haven't a prayer after they're taken hostage by Central American rebels.

Written by: John Whelpley

Directed by: Charles Correll

Guest Starring: Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton, Jenny Gago as Santina, Garwin Sanford as Raphael, Susan Walden as Sister Clara

Nielsen Ratings: 11.7 rating / 18 share / 3rd (46th overall)




December 12, 1988

COLLISION COURSE

Episode #69 (#40194-069)

MacGyver returns to his racing roots to test a car engine designed by the Foundation, but a rival car owner has some dirty tricks up his sleeve.

Written by: Paul B. Margolis

Directed by: Chuck Bowman

Guest Starring: Patrick Wayne as Jeff Stone, Kai Wulff as Hans Visser, Katey Wright as Charlie Stone, G. Gordon Liddy as Carl Strickland, Donald Saunders as O'Malley, Jerry Wasserman as Falco, Peter Williams as Moe, Kymberly Sheppard as Bartender

Nielsen Ratings: 11.7 rating / 19 share / 3rd (49th overall)




January 9, 1989

THE SURVIVORS

Episode #70 (#40194-071)

During routine survival training in the woods, MacGyver and Thornton discover the wreckage of a DEA plane, which MacGyver determines was shot down by drug smugglers.

Written by: W. Reed Moran

Directed by: Michael Caffey

Guest Starring: Gerry Bean as Wilcox, Dale Wilson as Crandall, Donna Cox as Nurse

Nielsen Ratings: 13.5 rating / 20 share / 2nd (41st overall)




January 16, 1989

DEADLY DREAMS

Episode #71 (#40194-072)

MacGyver joins a police task force pursuing an escaped psychopath, a man MacGyver suspects is a pawn in a larger scheme.

Written by: Stephen Downing

Directed by: Les Landau

Guest Starring: Kim Zimmer as Lieutenant Kate Murphy, W. Morgan Sheppard as Dr. Zito, Garry Chalk as Sweeny, Brenda Crichlow as Cooper, Todd Jeffries as Wyatt, Jeff Irvine as Eric Cross, Alvin Sanders as Charles Davis, William Taylor as Captain Frank Walker

Nielsen Ratings: 13.2 rating / 20 share / 2nd (40th overall)




January 23, 1989

MA DALTON

Episode #72 (#40194-070)

Jack Dalton and MacGyver begin a search for Dalton's mother and learn that she's a fugitive being pursued by a bounty hunter.

Written by: John Whelpley

Directed by: Rob Bowman

Guest Starring: Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton, Ed Nelson as Arthur Bandel, Les Carlson as Sparky Greer, Constance Towers as Francine Leyland, Richard Lawson as Jesse Colton, Dwight McFee as Marty Ricco, Freda Perry as Dawn, Denalda Williams as Gertie

Nielsen Ratings: 14.6 rating / 22 share / 2nd (33rd overall)




February 6, 1989

CLEO ROCKS

Episode #73 (#40194-073)

A figure lurking in the backstage shadows of a rock musical wants to use the star, MacGyver's friend Penny, as a puppet in a crazed play of vengeance against MacGyver.

Written by: John Sheppard & Rick Drew

Directed by: Chuck Bowman

Guest Starring: Teri Hatcher as Penny Parker, Robert Donner as Benjamin Wintergreen, Michael Des Barres as Murdoc, Max Reimer as Gary Newton, James Hibbard as Jim, Susan Chapple as Helen

"Cleo Rocks" Music by Dennis McCarthy & Terry Frewer, Lyric by Michael Des Barres, Choreographed by James Hibbard

Nielsen Ratings: 13.2 rating / 19 share / 2nd (42nd overall)




February 13, 1989

FRATERNITY OF THIEVES

Episode #74 (#40194-074)

A classified Phoenix technology system could be compromised by espionage, and one of the culprits is someone in the Foundation, close to the heart of Thornton.

Written by: Grant Rosenberg

Directed by: Michael Preece

Guest Starring: James Karen as Robert Sanborn, Hank Stratton as Michael Thornton, Robert Metcalfe as Chaz Gordon, Don Galloway as John Collins, John Payne as David Edwards, Vladimir Kulich as Hans Kreese

Nielsen Ratings: 13.9 rating / 21 share / 2nd (37th overall)




February 20, 1989

THE BATTLE OF TOMMY GIORDANO

Episode #75 (#40194-075)

MacGyver's friend wins custody of her son, prompting her ex-husband to seek the help of his uncle - "the absolute, undisputed head" of a crime family.

Written by: Marianne Clarkson

Directed by: Michael Vejar

Guest Starring: Penny Peyser as Mary Ruth Giordano, Tony Dakota as Tommy Giordano, Peter Yunker as Richard Giordano, Peter Blackwood as Paul Rizzo, Joseph Wiseman as Joe Catano, Howard Storey as George Kaplan, Ian Black as Motel Clerk, Charles André as Carmine, James Crescenzo as Tom, Robert Hoogendoorn as Sturdivant

Nielsen Ratings: 14.6 rating / 22 share / 2nd (30th overall)




February 27, 1989

THE CHALLENGE

Episode #76 (#40194-076)

A youth from an inner-city club run by MacGyver's friend is framed for a theft by a racist who'll stop at nothing to shut the club down.

Written by: Chris Haddock

Directed by: Dana Elcar

Guest Starring: Michael MacRae as Larson, Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Ray Collins, Roxanne Reese as Cynthia Wilson, Michael D. Roberts as Booker Wilson, R. Nelson Brown as Smiley, Rob Roy as Detective, Charles Payne as Breeze, Sam Sarkar as Rico

Nielsen Ratings: 15.0 rating / 22 share / 2nd (31st overall)




March 13, 1989

RUNNERS

Episode #77 (#40194-077)

MacGyver offers protection to a runaway girl, and as he helps her cope with her bitter past, he unveils a tragic memory of his own.

Written by: Joel Schwartz

Directed by: Michael Caffey

Guest Starring: Holly Fields as Jennifer Reiner, Gerald Anthony as Snakeskin, Roxanne Reese as Cynthia, Jeff Pomerantz as Jim Reiner, Evon Murphy as Kandy, Ken Camroux as Jerry, Betty Phillips as Bag Lady, Byron Chief-Moon as Sammy

Nielsen Ratings: 15.2 rating / 23 share / 2nd (30th overall)




March 27, 1989

GOLD RUSH

Episode #78 (#40194-078)

MacGyver joins a US-Soviet team in Alaska trying to retrieve gold from a wrecked World War II transport plane, but they're left out in the cold when they discover someone's gotten there first.

Written by: David Engelbach

Directed by: William Gereghty

Guest Starring: Colleen Winton as Natalie, Lee Patterson as Turk West, Walter Gotell as Barenov, Peter Nicholas as Pilot

Nielsen Ratings: 15.1 rating / 24 share / 2nd (28th overall)




April 10, 1989

THE INVISIBLE KILLER

Episode #79 (#40194-079)

MacGyver leads a group of Phoenix employees into the mountains to reduce stress levels, but stress is replaced by paranoia when it's learned that murderous convicts are on the loose.

Written by: Chris Haddock

Directed by: Dana Elcar

Guest Starring: James Sloyan as Henry Colter, Adam Arkin as Tony Parisio, Jean Bruce Scott as Liz, Kevin Geer as Dr. Fred Beam, Andrew Rhodes as Chuck Laraby, Julie Downing as Officer Walker, Blu Mankuma as Sheriff Max Hubbard

Nielsen Ratings: 15.5 rating / 24 share / 2nd (23rd overall)




April 24, 1989

BRAINWASHED

Episode #80 (#40194-080)

A power-hungry couple seeking to overthrow a foreign government have "programmed" Dalton to assassinate the country's president.

Written by: John Sheppard

Directed by: Michael Caffey

Guest Starring: Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton, Roger Aaron Brown as Edward Mantu, Cyndi James Gossett as Edith Mantu, Janet Hodgkinson as Hendrix, Linda Darlow as Dr. Beatty, Raymond St. Jacques as President Dakru, Gene P. Heck as Tabur, William Mizel as Fisherman #2

Nielsen Ratings: 12.7 rating / 22 share / 2nd (39th overall)




May 1, 1989

EASY TARGET

Episode #81 (#40194-081)

MacGyver and Thornton are held hostage by terrorists bent on crippling the nearby metropolitan area with a futuristic electronic device.

Written by: Rick Drew

Directed by: Charles Correll

Guest Starring: Wolf Muser as Jonathan, Ruth Britt as Lisa, Tom Everett as Frank, Frank Ferrucci as Armin, Tom Heaton as Bill, Don McManus as Dr. Cromwell, Jaylene Hamilton as Marilyn Ross, Rod Menzies as Lt. Col. Chambers

Nielsen Ratings: 13.5 rating / 22 share / 2nd (34th overall)




May 8, 1989

RENEGADE

Episode #82 (#40194-082)

A mentally disturbed man steals a precious vial of deadly bacteria, and MacGyver is shocked when a confrontation with the thief reveals that he's a friend who once saved MacGyver's life.

Written by: Chris Haddock & Robert Bielak

Directed by: Michael Caffey

Guest Starring: Marshall Teague as Steve Morrison, Patrie Allen as Marie Morrison, Don Stroud as Commander Hilliard, Stephen Furst as Dr. Kozby, James Kidnie as Hans Felder, Vince Deadrick, Jr. as Woody

Nielsen Ratings: 13.9 rating / 23 share / 2nd (31st overall)




May 15, 1989

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Episode #83 (#40194-083)

An escaped convict hunts MacGyver in the woods and he could be any of a number of villains MacGyver, Thornton and Jack Dalton can recall.

Written by: Marianne Clarkson

Directed by: Charles Correll

Guest Starring: Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton, Kristian Alfonso as Deborah, Barry Greene as Man at Prison

Nielsen Ratings: 13.2 rating / 22 share / 1st (25th overall)




FIFTH SEASON 1989

September 18, 1989

LEGEND OF THE HOLY ROSE

Episode #84 (#40195-086)

In the fifth-season opener, MacGyver is exhausted after a rescue in Colombia, but an archaeologist entices him to join her quest for the Holy Grail, which someone else has designs on. Part 1 of two.

Written by: Stephen Downing

Directed by: Michael Caffey

Guest Starring: Lise Cutter as Zoe Ryan, Robin Mossley as Alexander Shannon, Michael Ensign as Professor Wycliff, Tony Perez as Escobar, Judd Omen as Shiva Luca, Christopher Neame as Erich Von Leer, Claire Brown as Eunice, Gerry Bean as Ahriman, Howard Storey as Coach Grogan, Kevin Hayes as Newscaster, Vladimir Kulich as Mammon, Christopher Gaze as Cabbie

Special Thanks to Riane Eisler Center for Partnership Studies

Nielsen Ratings: 9.8 rating / 16 share / 3rd (62nd overall)




September 25, 1989

LEGEND OF THE HOLY ROSE

Episode #85 (#40195-087)

Conclusion. MacGyver and Zoe's search for the Holy Rose may be halted permanently by Von Leer, who has stolen the artifacts they need to unlock its secrets.

Written by: Stephen Downing

Directed by: Charles Correll

Guest Starring: Lise Cutter as Zoe Ryan, Michael Ensign as Professor Wycliff, Judd Omen as Shiva Luca, Christopher Neame as Erich Von Leer, Claire Brown as Eunice, Sheila Paterson as Cleaning Lady

Nielsen Ratings: 11.7 rating / 19 share / 3rd (52nd overall)




October 2, 1989

THE BLACK CORSAGE

Episode #86 (#40195-085)

MacGyver teams with a bounty hunter to track down a Bulgarian scientist on the run from "techno-bandits" who are seeking the location of an ancient gem.

Written by: Paul Margolis

Directed by: Charles Correll

Guest Starring: Christianne Hirt as Sophia Ross, Ryan Michael as Deegan, David Hay as March, Cleavon Little as Frank Colton, David Bloom as Reynolds, Betty Phillips as Mrs. Delaney, Sharon Wahl as Waitress, Tracy Westerholm as Blonde

Nielsen Ratings: 12.1 rating / 20 share / 3rd (41st overall)




October 9, 1989

CEASE FIRE

Episode #87 (#40195-084)

In Switzerland for peace negotiations between two countries, MacGyver becomes a fugitive when he's framed for an assassination attempt on one nation's president.

Written by: Chris Haddock

Directed by: William Gereghty

Guest Starring: Mayim Bialik as Lisa Woodman, Eli Danker as Yanif, Allan Lysell as Walker, Michael Naxos as President Habad, William Samples as Headmaster Blake, Claudia Ferri as Danielle, Michael Benyaer as Sniper, Brano Goluza as Aide

Nielsen Ratings: 11.4 rating / 19 share / 3rd (50th overall)




October 16, 1989

SECOND CHANCE

Episode #88 (#40195-088)

MacGyver is heading a project that brings young Amerasians to the U.S. for medical treatment, and his companion meets a thieving youth who's the son he didn't know he had.

Written by: Robert Sherman

Directed by: Michael Caffey

Guest Starring: Richard Lawson as Jesse Colton, Kim Miyori as Dr. Triwai, Barry Bernal as Willie Tran, Channing Mitchell as Roger, Malcolm Stewart as Frank Skinner, Barry Greene as Ringe, Natasha Kimberly Kong as Suzie, Carlo Brito as Tai Boy

Nielsen Ratings: 12.6 rating / 20 share / 3rd (38th overall)




October 30, 1989

HALLOWEEN KNIGHTS

Episode #89 (#40195-089)

MacGyver's not sure whether it's a trick or a treat when his ruthless rival Murdoc asks for help to free his innocent sister, who's being held captive by the "Homicide International Trust".

Written by: John Sheppard

Directed by: Charles Correll

Guest Starring: Daniel Davis as Nicolas Helman, Frank C. Turner as Milt Bozer, Jo-Anne Bates as Sonia, Michael Des Barres as Murdoc, Debbie Podowski as Ashton Cooke, Scott J. Ateah as Hank Greggs

Nielsen Ratings: 12.8 rating / 21 share / 2nd (39th overall)




November 6, 1989

CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT

Episode #90 (#40195-090)

A Chinese student trailed by agents of the People's Republic arrives at MacGyver's home claiming to be his foster daughter, while secretly holding evidence of the bloodletting at Tiananmen Square.

Written by: Rick Mittleman

Directed by: Bill Corcoran

Guest Starring: Michele B. Chan as Mei Jan, Robert Ito as Peng Chow, Tzi Ma as Wing Lee, Keone Young as Zhao, George Chung as Toy, Russell Jung as Yang

Nielsen Ratings: 12.5 rating / 20 share / 3rd (43rd overall)




November 13, 1989

BLACK RHINO

Episode #91 (#40195-091)

In Africa, MacGyver tries to help the wildest of the Colton brothers nail a poacher who's butchering endangered black rhinos for their valuable horns.

Written by: Paul B. Margolis

Directed by: Michael Caffey

Guest Starring: Cecilia Hart as Kate Hubley, Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Billy Colton, Roger Aaron Brown as General Mabuto, Kai Wulff as Ladysmith, Alvin Sanders as Djano, Tong Lung as Chan

Black Rhino Designed by Robert Short

Nielsen Ratings: 12.6 rating / 20 share / 3rd (40th overall)




November 20, 1989

THE TEN PERCENT SOLUTION

Episode #92 (#40195-092)

MacGyver looks into a concentration-camp survivor's familial claim to a masterpiece painting, and the two uncover a neo-Nazi group that's auctioning off stolen artworks to finance its plot to create an "Aryan Nation".

Written by: Tom and Sally Drake

Directed by: Michael Preece

Guest Starring: Nehemiah Persoff as Sam Bolinski, Barbara Stock as Laura Sand, Gretchen Wyler as Mme. Brandenberg, Garry Chalk as Sergeant Gray, John Novak as Lyle Hoggart, Barry Mickelson as William Brand

Nielsen Ratings: 12.0 rating / 20 share / 3rd (41st overall)




December 11, 1989

TWO TIMES TROUBLE

Episode #93 (#40195-094)

MacGyver is put in double jeopardy by a rock-singer friend who thinks her twin sister is trying to kill her.

Written by: Robert Sherman

Directed by: Michael Preece

Guest Starring: Audrey Landers as Roxie & Carla Yates, Terry David Mulligan as Frank Rogan, Babs Chula as Eve, Dana Still as Dr. Farrell, Max Reimer as The Devil, Kymberly Sheppard as The Victim

"Higher Life" Written by Dennis McCarthy and Andrea Robinson

Nielsen Ratings: 12.1 rating / 20 share / 2nd (49th overall)




December 18, 1989

THE MADONNA

Episode #94 (#40195-093)

On Christmas Eve, MacGyver helps a priest friend search for a statue of the Madonna taken from a church near the Challenger Club, for which a homeless woman has a pocketful of minor miracles.

Written by: Cathleen Young

Directed by: Michael Caffey

Guest Starring: Jeanette Nolan as Carol, Roxanne Reese as Cynthia Wilson, Jackson Davies as Father Pat Lafferty, Antony Holland as Vincent Bataglia, Charles Payne as Breeze, Robin Mossley as Charity Santa Claus, Katie Murray as Violet, Janie Woods-Morris as Mrs. Wilson, Codie Lucas Wilbee as Casey, and The British Columbia Boys Choir

Nielsen Ratings: 11.6 rating / 19 share / 2nd (40th overall)




January 8, 1990

SERENITY

Episode #95 (#40195-095)

MacGyver dreams he's a Civil War veteran in the Old West who gains a claim to a home on the range in Montana, but he meets resistance from a neighboring rancher in the form of Thornton.

Written by: Stephen Kandel

Directed by: William Gereghty

Guest Starring: Teri Hatcher as Penny Parker, Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Billy Colton, Robin Mossley as Wilt Bozer, Robert Donner as Milt Bozer, Norman Browning as Marshall Wyatt, Michael Des Barres as Murdoc, Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton, Matthew Walker as Emmenthaler, Claire Brown as Pam, Randall Wong as Lee Sing

Nielsen Ratings: 13.7 rating / 20 share / 3rd (40th overall)




January 15, 1990

LIVE AND LEARN

Episode #96 (#40195-096)

MacGyver reaches out to a promising high-school student as part of a Phoenix mentor program, but he has to get around a cynical teacher and the youth's no-nonsense father for his message to take hold.

Written by: Rick Mittleman

Directed by: Harry Harris

Guest Starring: James Sloyan as George Fraley, Glenn Scarpelli as Tony Milani, Linda Darlow as Mrs. Juarez, Jerry Wasserman as Nick Milani, Ken Camroux as Neil, Christine Anton as Sophie Milani, Michael Sicoly as Buck Clovis, Robert Thurston as Gus, Doug Judge as Deron, Garry Davey as Building Inspector, Deryl Hayes as Blake, Mitchell Kosterman as Security Guard

Nielsen Ratings: 13.9 rating / 21 share / 2nd (36th overall)




February 5, 1990

LOG JAM

Episode #97 (#40195-097)

MacGyver infiltrates a logging company on behalf of an environmentalist friend who believes that a company whistle-blower was cut down before he could expose the management's illegal activity.

Written by: Lee Maddux

Directed by: William Gereghty

Guest Starring: Nancy Everhard as Amy Chandler, John Considine as Foxworth, Patrick Bishop as Glass, Kim Kondrashoff as Braddock, French Tickner as Sheriff Bill Delany, Doug Sheehan as Jack Chandler

Nielsen Ratings: 13.7 rating / 21 share / 1st (35th overall)




February 12, 1990

THE TREASURE OF MANCO

Episode #98 (#40195-098)

MacGyver helps a friend search for a lost Inca treasure that's also sought by greedy guerrillas looking for a way to finance a bloody revolution.

Written by: Chris Haddock

Directed by: Michael Preece

Guest Starring: Theresa Saldana as Maria, Michael Bays as Ramon, Richard Chaves as Enrique, Gregory Sierra as Captain Diaz

Nielsen Ratings: 12.9 rating / 20 share / 2nd (41st overall)




February 19, 1990

JENNY'S CHANCE

Episode #99 (#40195-099)

MacGyver, Jack Dalton, and Thornton go undercover as a computer geek, a drug lord, and a dirty big-time bookie to make a murderous money launderer come clean.

Written by: Rick Drew & John Sheppard

Directed by: Michael Caffey

Guest Starring: Vic Tayback as George Henderson, Dale Wilson as Colin Yarborough, Simon Webb as Underwood, Linda Blair as Jenny Larson, Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton, Ed Trotta as Lucky Charlie, Steve Blalock as Steve, R. Nelson Brown as Kyle Larson

Nielsen Ratings: 14.7 rating / 22 share / 1st (28th overall)




February 26, 1990

DEEP COVER

Episode #100 (#40195-100)

A spy for the drug cartel steals a prototype stealth submarine by turning his seductive powers on its main engineer.

Written by: Robert Sherman

Directed by: Charles Correll

Guest Starring: Rosemary Dunsmore as Gwen Carpenter, Mitchell Laurance as Nick Landis, Madison Mason as Dan Stringer, Marco Rodriguez as Sanchez, Bill Croft as Donally, Timothy Webber as Joe Banniker, Scott Ateah as Crocker, Dan Shea as Van Driver

Nielsen Ratings: 13.0 rating / 20 share / 3rd (39th overall)




March 19, 1990

THE LOST AMADEUS

Episode #101 (#40195-101)

A slightly off-key woman leads MacGyver on a wild chase to save a priceless violin - and the virtuoso who owns it - from hoods.

Written by: Paul B. Margolis

Directed by: Michael Caffey

Guest Starring: Tamsin Kelsey as Lulu, Herbert Edelman as Arnold Tubbs, Milton Selzer as Izzy, Robin Mossley as Wilt, Denis Simpson as Ginko, Joe Maffei as Customs Inspector

Nielsen Ratings: 13.1 rating / 21 share / 1st (31st overall)




April 9, 1990

HEARTS OF STEEL

Episode #102 (#40195-102)

A steel executive whose mill has been shut down seeks vengeance by kidnapping the daughter of the corporate raider responsible for the closure.

Written by: Rick Mittleman

Directed by: Charles Correll

Guest Starring: Mayim Bialik as Lisa Woodman, Ron Hale as Mike Travers, Joseph Lambie as Eric Woodman, Blu Mankuma as Lieutenant Rhome, Merrilyn Gann as Greta Goldberg, Charles Andre as Delaney, Jon Cuthbert as Molenski, Angela Costain as Ingrid Goldberg, Russell Ferrier as Neil, Bill Crivello as Vinnie

Nielsen Ratings: 12.4 rating / 21 share / 1st (33rd overall)




April 16, 1990

RUSH TO JUDGEMENT

Episode #103 (#40195-104)

As a juror in a racially charged murder trial, MacGyver can't resist digging up more facts on his own, which courts the wrath of the judge, even though he may be on to the truth.

Written by: Robert Sherman

Directed by: Charles Correll
Guest Starring: Steven Keats as Baron, Deborah Van Valkenburgh as Sandra Masters, Henry Beckman as Judge, Beau Billingslea as Rev. Roy Thatcher, Tim Haldeman as Monroe, Lillian Lehman as Mrs. Bigelow, Betty McGuire as Bird Lady, Rob Roy as Wyatt Robbins, Bari K. Willerford as Lawrence Groden, Michael A. Jackson as Curtis Danby

Nielsen Ratings: 12.7 rating / 21 share / 1st (33rd overall)




April 30, 1990

PASSAGES

Episode #104 (#40195-103)

While waiting to fly home to his ailing grandfather, MacGyver pursues a thief who's stolen an Egyptian artifact tied to ancient beliefs about the afterlife.

Written by: John Sheppard & Anthony Rich

Directed by: William Gereghty

Guest Starring: John Anderson as Harry Jackson, Antony Stamboulieh as Hakim, Leslie Carlson as Doctor, Sheila Moore as Ellen MacGyver, Martin Milner as James MacGyver, Paul Batten as Clerk, Frank Ferrucci as Tarik, Shane Meier as Boy

Nielsen Ratings: 12.2 rating / 21 share / 1st (42nd overall)




SIXTH SEASON 1990

September 17, 1990

TOUGH BOYS

Episode #105 (#40196-106)

In the sixth-season opener, MacGyver is on the trail of a group of youth vigilantes and their leader, who are taking explosive measures to blow away the crack ring gripping their neighborhood.

Written by: Art Washington

Directed by: Michael Vejar

Guest Starring: Richard Chaves as Manny Lopez, Garvin Funches as Coco Hubbard, Dale Wilson as Dennis, Jason Scott as Angel, Richard Roundtree as R.T. Hines, Gerry Bean as Harris

"Tough Boys" Rap performed by G Love E

Nielsen Ratings: 11.4 rating / 19 share / 3rd (51st overall)




September 24, 1990

HUMANITY

Episode #106 (#40196-105)

An elite corps still loyal to Romania's dead tyrant Ceausescu sabotages a plan to uncover his secret files and, in the chaotic aftermath of their assault, MacGyver tries to appeal to one agent's sense of humanity.

Written by: Lincoln Kibbee

Directed by: William Gereghty

Guest Starring: Brooks Gardner as Victor, Larry D. Mann as Captain Cuzo, Alan Scarfe as Major Krik, Andrew Kavadas as K-Man, Jonathan Sedman as Young Victor, Jonathan Pedlow as Young Nicolae

Nielsen Ratings: 10.5 rating / 18 share / 3rd (52nd overall)




October 1, 1990

THE GUN

Episode #107 (#40196-107)

A gun used in an assassination 20 years ago and in a present-day cop killing is sought by both a crazed anarchist and MacGyver, who needs it to clear a friend accused of the shooting.

Written by: Robert Sherman

Directed by: William Gereghty

Guest Starring: Charles Andrew Payne as Breeze, Zachary Ansley as Todd Fowler, Julie Downing as Laura Fowler, Jerry Wasserman as J.D. Maddox, Jay Brazeau as Rachid Zamora, Dan Muldoon as Wyatt, Anthony Ulc as Evers, Peter Blackwood as Sergeant Crawley, Cambell Lane as Chief Cooke, Troy Christopher Mallory as Rudy Gibbs

Nielsen Ratings: 12.1 rating / 21 share / 2nd (43rd overall)




October 8, 1990

TWENTY QUESTIONS

Episode #108 (#40196-108)

MacGyver tries to get a teenage friend to admit she has a drinking problem that's already led to her involvement in a string of burglaries.

Written by: Rick Mittleman

Directed by: Michael Caffey

Guest Starring: Mayim Bialik as Lisa Woodman, Joseph Lambie as Eric Woodman, Patrie Allen as Catherine Woodman, Linden Ashby as Brett Reynolds, Kimberly Neville as Holly, Jackson Davies as Detective Michael Kiley, Cavan Cunningham as Jonathan, Allan Grant as Adam, Claire Brown as Betty, Dawn Stofer-Rupp as Maid

Nielsen Ratings: 13.4 rating / 22 share / 2nd (35th overall)




October 22, 1990

THE WALL

Episode #109 (#40196-110)

MacGyver seeks to reunite an East German expatriate with his granddaughter, who may be in cahoots with two ex-Stasi agents who want a stash of gold in the old man's possession.

Written by: Rick Drew

Directed by: Michael Preece

Guest Starring: Brigitta Stenberg as Maria Romburg, John Horn as Huber, Reiner Schoene as Weise, Jackson Davies as Michael Kiley, Milton Selzer as Otto Romburg, Bruce Harwood as Willis, Oliver Becker as Kurt, Brent Chapman as German Border Guard, Johanna Stange as Young Maria, Vince Deadrick, Jr. as Eric Romburg

Nielsen Ratings: 11.5 rating / 19 share / 3rd (49th overall)




October 29, 1990

LESSON IN EVIL

Episode #110 (#40196-111)

MacGyver's murderous nemesis Dr. Zito escapes after a sanity hearing and leaves a trail of clues intended to give MacGyver a crash course in evil.

Written by: John Sheppard

Directed by: William Gereghty

Guest Starring: Kim Zimmer as Lieutenant Kate Murphy, W. Morgan Sheppard as Dr. Zito, Jackson Davies as Captain Michael Kiley, Lynne Moody as Dr. Marion Skinner, Karen Elizabeth Austin as Judge, Alvin Sanders as Charles

Nielsen Ratings: 11.9 rating / 20 share / 3rd (43rd overall)




November 5, 1990

HARRY'S WILL

Episode #111 (#40196-109)

Rich Little, Lyle Alzado, and James Doohan are among the familiar faces that pop up in this mad, mad, mad, mad episode in which MacGyver tangles with crazy crooks and an elderly ex-con in pursuit of a treasure thought hidden in a station wagon willed to MacGyver by his grandfather.

Written by: Lincoln Kibbee

Directed by: William Gereghty

Guest Starring: Lyle Alzado as Tiny, John Anderson as Harry Jackson, Dick Butkus as Earl Dent, James Doohan as Speedy, Henry Gibson as Chicken Habit Customer, Sandra Gould as Woman at the Soup Kitchen, Rich Little as Biff Arnold, Marion Ramsey as Police Officer, Marion Ross as Sister Robin, Jesse White as Mel, Wendy O. Williams as Big Mama, Abe Vigoda as Bill Cody, Shane Meier as Young MacGyver, Henry Winkler as Wilton Newberry

Nielsen Ratings: 14.0 rating / 23 share / 1st (33rd overall)




November 12, 1990

MACGYVER'S WOMEN

Episode #112 (#40196-112)

MacGyver dreams he's in the Old West, where he defends three frontierswomen from some ornery outlaws.

Written by: Stephen Kandel & Lincoln Kibbee

Directed by: Michael Preece

Guest Starring: Kim Zimmer as Kate Murphy, Brigitta Stenberg as Maria Romburg, Traci Lords as Jenny, Robert Donner as Milt Bozer, Robin Mossley as Wilt Bozer, Marshall Teague as Kid Curry, Frank C. Turner as News, Dale Wilson as Sundance, Wil Calhoun as Jesse James, Russell Hamilton as Billy the Kid, John Bear Curtis as Butterfield, Bill Croft as Tansey

Nielsen Ratings: 12.0 rating / 19 share / 2nd (47th overall)




November 19, 1990

BITTER HARVEST

Episode #113 (#40196-113)

MacGyver picks up where a murdered farm-worker organizer left off by investigating a grower's possible use of illegal pesticides.

Written by: Michael Kane

Directed by: Michael Vejar

Guest Starring: James Medina as Alex Silva, Richard Sarafian as Caspar Kasabian, Joey Aresco as Nick Kasabian, Yvette Cruise as Carmen Garcia, Anthony Penya as Hector Lopez, Allan Lysell as Sheriff Davis, Bill Ontiveros as Tony Garcia, Giann Goncalves as Natalie Garcia

Nielsen Ratings: 12.8 rating / 21 share / 3rd (29th overall)




December 3, 1990

THE VISITOR

Episode #114 (#40196-114)

MacGyver believes he's seeing a close encounter of the con kind when a couple of "extraterrestrials" promise to transport a desperate rural family to a trouble-free planet, for a price.

Written by: Brad Radnitz

Directed by: William Gereghty

Guest Starring: Ken Pogue as Sheriff, Beth Toussaint as Dawn Rigel, Christopher Gaze as Phil Sternweis, Ryan Michael as Ray Rigel, Larry Musser as John Wiley, Kaj-Erik Eriksen as Tommy Wiley, Suzie Payne as Sarah Wiley, Bruce Harwood as Willis

Optical Effects by Gastown Post, Vancouver

Nielsen Ratings: 13.9 rating / 21 share / 2nd (29th overall)




December 17, 1990

SQUEEZE PLAY

Episode #115 (#40196-115)

MacGyver goes to bat for a former baseball player's daughter who's being blackmailed by a counterfeit-memorabilia ring. Reggie Jackson has a cameo.

Written by: Art Washington

Directed by: Michael Preece

Guest Starring: Kent McCord as Novus Riley, Malcolm Stewart as Bill Marsh, Tim Rossovich as Willard, Catherine Zak as Wendy Riley, Reggie Jackson as Himself, Della Reese as Mama Colton, William Samples as Eli, Brock Johnson as Store Manager

Nielsen Ratings: 11.9 rating / 20 share / 3rd (42nd overall)




January 7, 1991

JERICO GAMES

Episode #116 (#40196-116)

MacGyver happily reunites with his high-school sweetheart, who's now the embittered wife of a media mogul sponsoring an international sports competition.

Written by: Robert Sherman

Directed by: William Gereghty
Guest Starring: Mary Ann Pascal as Ellen Stewart Jerico, Paul Haddad as Nikolai Rostov, Madison Mason as Reese, Adam Gregor as Coach Sergei Litminov, Robert Pine as Ralph Jerico, Kevin Hayes as Vince King, Kymberly Sheppard as Lorraine, Ken Kirzinger as Bodyguard

Nielsen Ratings: 13.3 rating / 20 share / 3rd (39th overall)




January 21, 1991

THE WASTELAND

Episode #117 (#40196-117)

MacGyver seeks to halt a land developer who's on the verge of creating an environmental ruin, while the man's son and daughter have a more malicious plan to run him out of the family business.

Written by: Robert Hamner & Grant Rosenberg

Directed by: Michael Caffey

Guest Starring: Jim McMullan as Andrew Bartlett, Mitzi Kapture as Laura Bartlett, John Pyper-Ferguson as Scott Bartlett, Bruce Harwood as Willis, Kevin Hayes as Reporter, Rick Pearce as Big Hefty

Nielsen Ratings: 12.1 rating / 18 share / 3rd (37th overall)




February 4, 1991

EYE OF OSIRIS

Episode #118 (#40196-118)

MacGyver helps a cranky archaeologist and his adventuresome assistant search for the tomb of Alexander the Great, but their work's cursed by a vengeful villain.

Written by: John Sheppard

Directed by: Michael Vejar

Guest Starring: Deborah Foreman as Beth Webb, Kai Wulff as Nicholas Von Leer, Antony Stamboulieh as Hakim, Peter Haworth as Axford, Mark Acheson as Kurush, Raimund Stamm as Worker

Nielsen Ratings: 12.3 rating / 19 share / 3rd (45th overall)




February 11, 1991

HIGH CONTROL

Episode #119 (#40196-119)

A parolee with the will to go straight nevertheless needs the aid of MacGyver to battle his old biker gang seeking to blackmail him.

Written by: Lincoln Kibbee

Directed by: Michael Caffey

Guest Starring: Dick Butkus as Earl Dent, Gwynyth Walsh as Montana, Don Stroud as Jerry Kluge, Bill Croft as Rote, Howard Storey as Travis, Tony Dakota as Boy

Nielsen Ratings: 12.6 rating / 19 share / 3rd (43rd overall)




February 18, 1991

THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE

Episode #120 (#40196-120)

MacGyver takes to the streets to investigate the murder of a priest who dedicated himself to the plight of the homeless.

Written by: John Considine

Directed by: William Gereghty

Guest Starring: Nicolas Coster as Doc, Marie Stillin as Rachel, John Considine as Aaron Sandler, Scott Bellis as Danny, Todd Duckworth as Riker, Blu Mankuma as Lieutenant Rhome, David McLeod as Mooney, Laurie Murdoch as Father Jim, Randall Wong as Doctor, Becky Maynes as Allison

Nielsen Ratings: 12.8 rating / 19 share / 3rd (35th overall)




March 4, 1991

BLIND FAITH

Episode #121 (#40196-121)

Thornton copes with the onset of glaucoma, while MacGyver helps Thornton's long-ago love, a political dissident who wants to bring the atrocities in her Latin American country to light.

Written by: John Considine

Directed by: Michael Caffey

Guest Starring: Irene DeBari as Samantha Lorra, Michael MacRae as Paul Stams, Ed Trotta as Cardosa, Hector Mercado as Ramos, Andrew Rhodes as Nelson Richardson, Kevin Hayes as Vince King

Nielsen Ratings: 10.3 rating / 16 share / 3rd (44th overall)




March 18, 1991

FAITH, HOPE, & CHARITY

Episode #122 (#40196-122)

While tracking the endangered gray wolf, MacGyver is sidetracked by murderous mobsters prowling for stolen loot, but he gets help from two charitable women named Faith and Hope.

Written by: Brad Radnitz

Directed by: William Gereghty

Guest Starring: Natalie Core as Faith Lacey, Helen Page Camp as Hope Lacey, Antony Holland as Leo Burns, Paul Boretski as Bobby, Barry Greene as Abe, Herb Edelman as Gorman

Nielsen Ratings: 12.3 rating / 19 share / 3rd (40th overall)




April 8, 1991

STRICTLY BUSINESS

Episode #123 (#40196-123)

Murderous Murdoc decides to come out of "retirement" and hit the one target that's always eluded him: MacGyver.

Written by: John Sheppard

Directed by: Michael Vejar

Guest Starring: Kristen Meadows as Suzanne Walker, Rochelle Greenwood as Amy Walker, Michael Des Barres as Murdoc, Larry Hill as Sheriff

Nielsen Ratings: 11.5 rating / 20 share / 3rd (43rd overall)




April 29, 1991

TRAIL OF TEARS

Episode #124 (#40196-124)

A land dispute pits a native American advocate, willing to use explosive measures, against electric-company representatives, willing to kill.

Written by: Lincoln Kibbee

Directed by: Michael Preece

Guest Starring: Michael Gregory as Barry Whitecloud, Nick Ramus as Standing Wolf, Jack Bannon as Johnson, Gerry Bean as Dick Russell, R. Nelson Brown as Broom, Bruce Harwood as Willis, Joe-Norman Shaw as Samuels, Gordon Tootoosis as Phil Crow, Cory Douglas as Indian Boy, William B. Davis as Judge

Nielsen Ratings: 11.0 rating / 18 share / 3rd (47th overall)




May 6, 1991

HIND-SIGHT

Episode #125 (#40196-126)

Awaiting the operation to treat Thornton's glaucoma, MacGyver and Thornton look back on many of the adversities they've overcome in the past.

Written by: Rick Mittleman

Directed by: Michael Preece

Guest Starring: Linda Darlow as Connie Thornton, Bruce Harwood as Willis, Barbara E. Russell as Nurse Krandall, Forbes Angus as Surgeon

Nielsen Ratings: 10.2 rating / 17 share / 3rd (50th overall)

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