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FIRST SEASON

001 {untitled} Airdate: 29 September 1985 Writer: Thackary Pallor Director: Alan Smithee Guest Cast: Michael Lerner as Gantner, Dana Elcar as Andy Colson, Paul Stewart as Dr. Steubens, Michael C. Gwynne as Dr. Burke, Olaf Pooley as Dr. Sidney Marlow, Shavar Ross as MacGyver's "little brother," Darlanne Fluegel as Barbara Spencer. Nielsen ratings: 10.9 rating, 17 share, 3rd (54th overall). Opening Gambit: MacGyver rescues a downed Air Force pilot from his Mongolian captors. When the Government has an impossible mission, it calls on MacGyver, a laid-back former special-forces agent. In the opener, MacGyver is tasked to rescue scientists trapped in an underground lab protected by a deadly security system. 002 Golden Triangle Airdate: 06 October 1985 Opening Gambit Writer: Terry Nation Opening Gambit Director: Donald Petrie Writer: Dennis Foley Director: Paul Stanley Guest Cast: Joan Chen as Lin, George Lee Cheung as General Narai, Clyde Kusatsu as Anek, Keye Luke as Prasert, Benjamin Lum as Truang, Bryan Price as Chan, James Saito as Ming. Nielsen ratings: 12.2 rating, 19 share, 3rd (51st overall). OPENING GAMBIT: In a junkyard, MacGyver uses a magnet to retrieve stolen documents, then escapes a car about to be flattened. MacGyver is mistaken for a narc when he tries to retrieve a canister filled with a deadly chemical from the site of a plane crash in the heart of Asia's opium trade, the "Golden Triangle." 003 Thief of Budapest Airdate: 13 October 1985 Opening Gambit Writers: Terry Nation & Stephen Downing Opening Gambit Director: Lee H. Katzin Writer: Joe Viola Director: John Patterson Guest Cast: Michael Constantine as Jan Messic, Bruce Abbott as Kossov, Kelly McClain as Yanna, Sue Kiel as Reena. Nielsen ratings: 13.0 rating, 19 share, 3rd (47th overall). OPENING GAMBIT: MacGyver retrieves a stolen horse and gets picked up - literally - by a helicopter. In Budapest, a young gypsy steals a watch containing microfilm that MacGyver was supposed to receive from a Russian double agent. 004 The Gauntlet Airdate: 21 October 1985 Opening Gambit Writer: Judy Burns Opening Gambit Director: Lee H. Katzin Writer: Stephen Kandel Director: Lee H. Katzin Guest Cast: Robin Curtis as Kate Connelly, John Vernon as Ryerson, Gregory Sierra as General Antonio Vasquez. Nielsen ratings: 14.3 rating, 22 share, 2nd (44th overall). OPENING GAMBIT: MacGyver retrieves a top-secret map, then uses it to escape his pursuers in the desert. MacGyver must help an investigative reporter get out of a Latin American country with incriminating evidence which links a general to an illegal arms dealer. 005 The Heist Airdate: 03 November 1985 Teleplay: James Schmerer Writers: Larry Alexander & James Schmerer Director: Alan Smithee Guest Cast: Vernon Wells as Catlin, Victoria Bass as Tiffany, John Carter as Senator Rhodes, Doran Clark as Chris Rhodes. Nielsen ratings: 14.3 rating, 20 share, 3rd (46th overall). In the Virgin Islands, MacGyver and a senator's daughter must recover $60 million in stolen diamonds earmarked for an African relief fund. 006 Trumbo's World Airdate: 10 November 1985 Opening Gambit Writer: Stephen Kandel Opening Gambit Director: Lee H. Katzin Writer: Stephen Kandel Director: Donald Petrie Guest Cast: David Ackroyd as Trumbo, Peter Jurasik as Dr. Charles Alden. Nielsen ratings: 15.6 rating, 22 share, 2nd (31st overall). OPENING GAMBIT: In the Pyrenees, MacGyver rescues a prisoner, then makes a daring escape with her by raft. In Brazil, MacGyver helps a plantation owner defend his land from an army of ants that threatens to destroy the jungle (in clips from "The Naked Jungle," a 1954 George Pal movie). 007 Last Stand Airdate: 17 November 1985 Writer: Judy Burns Director: John Florea Guest Cast: Harry Caesar as Al Tennyson, Steve Franken, Jackie Earle Haley, Art Hindle as Dave Redding, Kay Lenz as Kelly Nelson, Michael McGuire as Andrews, Anthony Penya, Lewis Van Bergen as Buddy. Nielsen ratings: 15.8 rating, 22 share, 3rd (36th overall). MacGyver stumbles into a hostage crisis at a desert airstrip that armored-car robbers have taken over. 008 Hellfire Airdate: 27 November 1985 Teleplay: Stephen Kandel, James Schmerer, & Douglas Brooks West Story: Douglas Brooks West Director: Richard Colla Guest Cast: Cooper Huckabee as Bill Farren, Nana Visitor as Laura Farren, Rudy Ramos as Pete Torgut. Nielsen ratings: 13.1 rating, 21 share, 2nd (48th overall). In Wyoming, MacGyver visits a couple of old friends from his hellcatting days, and turns "hellfighter" to cap an oil-well fire that's burning out of control. 009 The Prodigal Airdate: 08 December 1985 Teleplay: David Abramowitz Story: Paul Savage & David Abramowitz Director: Alexander Singer Guest Cast: Robert Romanus as Frank Bennett, Richard Romanus as Joey Bennett, Carl Franklin as Wiley, Angela Clarke as Caterina Bennett. Nielsen ratings: 11.6 rating, 17 share, 3rd (60th overall). MacGyver is hired to arrange a new life for a protected Federal witness, who's testifying against his mobster brother, and to help him visit his sick mother before she dies. 010 Target MacGyver Airdate: 22 December 1985 Opening Gambit Writer: Terry Nation Opening Gambit Director: Lee H. Katzin Teleplay: Mike Marvin, Stephen Kandel, & James Schmerer Story: Mike Marvin Director: Ernest Pintoff Guest Cast: John Anderson as Harry Jackson, D'Mitch Davis as Axminster. Nielsen ratings: 13.2 rating, 21 share, 3rd (49th overall). OPENING GAMBIT: Mac rescues a lady general at a beachhouse, then nabs her kidnappers using common kitchen equipment. While visiting his estranged grandfather in Colorado, MacGyver is tracked and hunted down by a contract killer. 011 Nightmares Airdate: 15 January 1986 Writer: James Schmerer Director: Cliff Bole Guest Cast: Tammy Lauren as Lisa Allen, Dana Elcar as Pete Thornton, Robert O'Reilly as Curt Neilson, J.P. Bumstead as Barrett, Mike Mancini as Crisp. Nielsen ratings: 15.9 rating, 23 share, 2nd (34th overall). Returning from East Germany with information, MacGyver is captured by German agents and given a mind-disorienting drug. He has 6 hours to give up the information or die. 012 Deathlock Airdate: 22 January 1986 Opening Gambit Writer: Jerry Ludwig Opening Gambit Director: Cliff Bole Writer: Stephen Kandel Director: Alexander Singer Guest Cast: Wendy Schaal as Karen Blake, Christopher Neame as Quayle, Dana Elcar as Pete Thornton. Nielsen ratings: 17.7 rating, 26 share, 1st (27th overall). OPENING GAMBIT: Posing as a corpse, Mac escapes Berlin by coffin-turned-jet-ski. MacGyver is caught in a mansion that's been booby-trapped electronically by an old nemesis. 013 Flame's End Airdate: 29 January 1986 Teleplay: Stephen Kandel Story: Hannah Louise Shearer Director: Bruce Seth Green Guest Cast: Tannis Montgomery as Any Austin, Conlan Carter as Ed Train, Robert Englund as Tim Wexler. Nielsen ratings: 16.0 rating, 23 share, 2nd (40th overall). MacGyver's ex-college girlfriend discovers the theft of uranium at a nuclear plant and thinks someone is trying to kill her. 014 Countdown Airdate: 05 February 1986 Writers: David Ketchum & Tony DiMarco Director: Stan Jolley Guest Cast: Ellen Bry as Carole Tanner, Steven Williams as Charlie Robinson, Dana Elcar as Pete Thornton, Michael Cavanaugh as Donahue. Nielsen ratings: 15.2 rating, 23 share, 2nd (36th overall). MacGyver and an ex-Army buddy have just hours to defuse two sophisticated bombs aboard a cruise ship. 015 The Enemy Within Airdate: 12 February 1986 Writer: David Abramowitz Director: Cliff Bole Guest Cast: Victoria Fyodorova as Viktoria Tomanova, Lynn-Holly Johnson as Ingrid Bannister, Michael W. Goodwin as Craig Bannister, Dana Elcar as Pete Thornton, Beau Starr as Lem. Nielsen ratings: 14.9 rating, 22 share, 2nd (46th overall). MacGyver must protect a defector who can identify the killer of three DXS agents. 016 Every Time She Smiles Airdate: 19 February 1986 Writer: James Schmerer Director: Charles Correll Guest Cast: Teri Hatcher as Penny Parker, Kai Wulff as Stephan Frolov, Michael Fox as Burak, Milos Kirek as Petrovich. Nielsen ratings: 15.2 rating, 23 share, 2nd (42nd overall). MacGyver is in Bulgaria to obtain microfilm, but his plans for a quick getaway are stymied by an American who involves him in her lovers' quarrel with a Bulgarian security officer. 017 To Be A Man Airdate: 05 March 1986 Writer: Don Mankiewicz Director: Cliff Bole Guest Cast: Persis Khambatta as Zia, Dana Elcar as Pete Thornton, Sid Haig as Khalil, Allan Kolman as the Captain, Ajay Naidu as Ahmed. Nielsen ratings: 12.6 rating, 19 share, 2nd (47th overall). Shot down and wounded by Soviets in Afghanistan while recovering satellite, MacGyver is rescued, healed, and guided out by Afghan woman and her son. 018 Ugly Duckling Airdate: 12 March 1986 Writer: Larry Gross Director: Charles Correll Guest Cast: Darcy Marta as Kate Lafferty, Lee deBroux as Hatcher, Dana Elcar as Pete Thornton, Richard McKenzie as Willis, Ned Bellamy as Larkin. Nielsen ratings: 15.3 rating, 23 share, 2nd (35th overall). Black marketeers are after a 15-year-old genius who's the only one capable of fixing their stolen missile's guidance system. 019 Slow Death Airdate: 02 April 1986 Writer: Stephen Kandel Director: Don Weis Guest Cast: Frances Bergen as Eleanor Kingman, Kenneth Danziger as Peter Kramer, Anthony DeFonte as Hassan, Alan Fudge as Paul Webster, Carrell Myers, Tracey Reed, Pamela Roylance as Diana Kingman, Warwick Sims as James Grant, Mark Tymchyshyn as Andy Ellis. Nielsen ratings: 17.4 rating, 27 share, 2nd (23rd overall). MacGyver's train trip through India is derailed by a hijacker seeking revenge on two unidentified Westerners who sold his son, a doctor, poisonous medicine. 020 The Escape Airdate: 16 April 1986 Writers: Fred McKnight & Stephen Kandel Director: Don Chaffey Guest Cast: Kristina Wayborn as Sara Ashford, Paul Verdier as Francois, John De Lancie as Brian Ashford, Miguel Fernandes as Khan, Vic Polizos as the Commandant. Nielsen ratings: 15.7 rating, 25 share, 1st (21st overall). In North Africa MacGyver is hired by woman to spring her brother, a missionary, from prison. But the scheme turns out different than MacGyver expected. 021 A Prisoner of Conscience Airdate: 30 April 1986 Writer: Stephen Kandel Director: Cliff Bole Guest Cast: Elya Baskin as Demetri, Larry Dobkin as Alexander Karsoff, Dana Elcar as Pete Thornton, Marvin Kaplan as the Chess Master, Paul Koslo as Dr. Suvarin, Sharon Maughan, Jane Merrow, Tim Rossovich as the Political Prisoner. Nielsen ratings: 13.3 rating, 22 share, 2nd (34th overall). MacGyver and Thornton infiltrate a Soviet mental hospital to rescue a friend who's being held as a political prisoner. 022 The Assassin Airdate: 07 May 1986 Writer: James Schmerer Director: Charles Correll. Guest Cast: Corrine Bohrer as Terry Ross, Anthony DeLongis as Piedra, Richard Yniguez as Emilio, Dana Elcar as Pete Thornton. Nielsen ratings: 13.6 rating, 24 share, 2nd (30th overall). MacGyver tries to prevent the assassination of an archbishop by a killer who's a master of disguise.

SECOND SEASON

(Note: Dana Elcar joins Richard Dean Anderson among regular cast members.) 023 The Human Factor Airdate: 22 September 1986 Writer: Robin Bernheim Director: Charles Correll Guest Cast: June Chadwick as Dr. Jill Ludlum, Peter Haskell as Col. Scott Woodward, Peter Kwong as Steven Lee. Nielsen ratings: 15.4 rating, 24 share, 3rd (33rd overall). A malfunctioning computer interprets MacGyver's test of its security system as the real thing, trapping MacGyver and the computer's designer inside a top-secret lab with only 30 minutes of air. 024 The Eraser Airdate: 29 September 1986 Writer: Stephen Kronish Director: Paul Krasny Guest Cast: Joe Santos as Jimmy Kendall, Morgan Stevens as Simmons, Richard L. Jamison as Ralph, Henry Jones as Charles Banning. Nielsen ratings: 14.0 rating, 22 share, 2nd (49th overall). MacGyver inadvertently leads a hit man to his target, a man the Government wants alive for selling information to the East Germans, and the mob wants dead for double-crossing some foreign clients. 025 Twice Stung Airdate: 06 October 1986 Teleplay: Mark Lisson & Bill Froehlich Story: Phil Combest, Mark Lisson, & Bill Froehlich Director: Paul Krasny Guest Cast: Pamela Bowen as Joanna Remmings, Al Fann as Kelly Sutton, Richard Romanus as James Crowe, Rex Ryon as Carl, Steve Eastin as Tony. Nielsen ratings: 13.9 rating, 22 share, 3rd (50th overall). MacGyver and Thornton operate a private sting to get back the life savings of a friend who was swindled by a dangerous con artist. (First clear evidence MacGyver is now working for Phoenix Foundation). 026 The Wish Child Airdate: 20 October 1986 Teleplay: Stephen Kandel & Bill Froehlich Story: Stephen Kandel, Brian Lane, & Stephen Kronish Director: Charles Correll Guest Cast: Leon Fan as Paul Chan, James Hong as Lee Wenying, James Paz as Ston, George Takei as Dr. Shen Wei, Tia Carrere as Lisa Chan, Clyde Kusatsu as Sam. Nielsen ratings: 13.1 rating, 20 share, 3rd (44th overall). In Chinatown, MacGyver tries to rescue a friend's brother from a scam in which he's being passed off as the reincarnation of an ancient Chinese legend. 027 Final Approach Airdate: 27 October 1986 Writer: Rob Hedden Director: Alexander Singer Guest Cast: Ramon Franco as Ramon, Pamela Gidley as Gina, Ricky Paull Goldin as Tommy, David Harris as Luther. Nielsen ratings: 10.3 rating, 15 share, 3rd (61st overall). MacGyver and four street youths on a rehab program that he's bringing home from a camping trip struggle for survival after their plane crashes in the mountains. 028 Jack of Lies Airdate: 03 November 1986 Writers: Kerry Lenhart & John J. Sakmar Director: Charles Correll Guest Cast: Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton, Patricia McPherson as Michelle "Mike" Forester, Silvana Gallardo as Elena, Kevyn Mayor Howard as Sonny, Gregory Sierra as Colonel Antunnez. Nielsen ratings: 14.3 rating, 22 share, 3rd (47th overall). Jack Dalton needs MacGyver's help to free a "botanist" who's being held hostage in Central America by drug smugglers. (Introduces Jack Dalton. Some commentary on MacGyver's years right after college with Jack and Mike.) 029 The Road Not Taken Airdate: 10 November 1986 Teleplay: Stephen Kronish Story: Chuck Bowman Director: Cliff Bole Guest Cast: Marilyn Jones as Debra Easton, Salome Jens as Sister Margaret, Patrick Gorman as Gilbert Arnaud, Dana Lee as Chanthara, Arsenio "Sonny" Trinidad as Kahn. Nielsen ratings: 14.9 rating, 23 share, 3rd (41st overall). MacGyver meets up with his former love on a job in Southeast Asia, where they're being pursued by government troops after a plan to rescue a nun and some orphans. 030 Eagles Airdate: 17 November 1986 Writer: George Lee Marshall Director: Paul Krasny Guest Cast: Julie Cobb as Susan Cooper, Chris Stone as Curry, Michael MacRae as Ghant, Peter MacLean as Mr. Nistrum, Danny Cooksey as Darin Cooper. Nielsen ratings: 14.6 rating, 22 share, 3rd (40th overall). While on assignment, MacGyver runs afoul of an escaped felon who's shot and wounded a rare golden eagle. 031 Silent World Airdate: 24 November 1986 Writer: Stephen Kandel Director: James L. Conway Guest Cast: Mary Beth Barber as Carrie Linden, Jack Colvin as Abel Makepeace, Geoffrey Lewis as David Crane. Nielsen ratings: 14.4 rating, 22 share, 2nd (36th overall). The recurring nightmares of MacGyver's deaf friend may be the clue to finding arms dealers who have stolen a missile-guidance system, piece by piece. 032 Three for the Road Airdate: 15 December 1986 Teleplay: Kerry Lenhart & John J. Sakmar Story: Rob Hedden & Mark Lisson Director: Alan Crosland Guest Cast: Edward Mulhare as Guy Roberts, Anne Rogers as June Roberts, Richard Hatch as Michael Talbot, Dennis Stewart as Tom, Michael Rider as Phil. Nielsen ratings: 13.7 rating, 21 share, 3rd (44th overall). MacGyver gets involved with an aging actor and his wife when his contact is shot and dumps the evidence for a counterfeiting group (a satchel of phony $20's) in the couple's `56 Caddy convertible. 033 Phoenix Under Seige (sic) Airdate: 05 January 1987 Teleplay: Stephen Kronish Story: John I. Koivula Director: Gilbert Shilton Guest Cast: John Anderson as Harry Jackson, Tricia O'Neil as Victoria Charles, Richard Lineback as Phillips, Harry Beer as Fred. Nielsen ratings: 12.9 rating, 18 share, 3rd (52nd overall). MacGyver and his grandfather are hunted by terrorists while trapped at the Phoenix Foundation building. Flashbacks reveal deaths of MacGyver's father and grandmother. 034 Family Matter Airdate: 12 January 1987 Writer: Paul A. Magistretti Director: Alexander Singer Guest Cast: T. Scott Coffey as Michael Thornton, Penelope Windust as Connie Thornton, Donald Gordon as Frank Bonner, Beau Billingslea as Boone, Jeffrey Josephson as Obadiah Moss. Nielsen ratings: 16.1 rating, 23 share, 3rd (31st overall). Thornton's ex-wife and son are kidnapped and held hostage by old DXS colleague who wants Thornton in exchange for their release. 035 Soft Touch Airdate: 19 January 1987 Writers: Joan Brooker & Nancy Eddo Director: Charles Correll Guest Cast: Teri Hatcher as Penny Parker, Robert Donner as Vince, Vincent Schiavelli as Lyle, Michael Ensign as Derek, Elya Baskin as Yuri Demetri. Nielsen ratings: 16.7 rating, 23 share, 3rd (34th overall). MacGyver becomes embroiled in an assassination plot when his scatterbrained friend Penny Parker sees thugs torturing a Federal agent. 036 Birth Day Airdate: 02 February 1987 Writer: Rob Hedden Director: James L. Conway Guest Cast: Toni Kalem as Elaine Harryman, Joseph Lambie as Andrew Harryman, David Crowley as Eric, Paul Drake as Mitch, J.E. Freeman as Karl. Nielsen ratings: 14.8 rating, 22 share, 3rd (42nd overall). MacGyver is trapped inside an abandoned factory with a pregnant woman who's being chased by her husband because she has evidence that could send him back to prison. 037 Pirates Airdate: 09 February 1987 Writer: Stephen Kandel Director: Bruce Kessler Guest Cast: Marta Dubois as Dr. Barbara Ortega, Stephen M. Gagnon as Commander Nelson, Cliff Potts as Gar Manning. Nielsen ratings: 16.3 rating, 23 share, 3rd (31st overall). Modern-day pirates, using Navy SEAL tactics, steal an 18th century Spanish captain's log that could lead them to a sunken treasure fleet. 038 Out in the Cold Airdate: 16 February 1987 Writer: Stephen Kronish Director: Cliff Bole Guest Cast: Jonathan Goldsmith as Jack, Deborah Wakeman as the Ski Patrolwoman, Robert Pastorelli as Arnie, Michael Constantine as Sam Leland. Nielsen ratings: 17.5 rating, 24 share, 3rd (27th overall). On a skiing trip, MacGyver is targeted by the mob after a man secretly slips him some microfilm. 039 Dalton, Jack of Spies Airdate: 23 February 1987 Writers: Kerry Lenhart & John J. Sakmar Director: Bob Sweeney Guest Cast: Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton, Lee Purcell as Shadow, Alan Fudge as Jay Michaels, Curt Lowens as Stanley Berrenger, Duane Tucker as Al, Frank L. Annese. Nielsen ratings: 15.8 rating, 23 share, 3rd (35th overall). Jack Dalton fakes his death to duck a CIA operation that was supposed to ferret out a mole in the agency, but things get complicated when he and MacGyver are framed for murder. 040 Partners Airdate: 02 March 1987 Writers: Bill Froehlich & Mark Lisson Director: Cliff Bole Guest Cast: Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton, Iris Alhanti as Sara, Michael Dea Barres as Murdoc. Nielsen ratings: 15.1 rating, 22 share, 3rd (35th overall). On the 7th anniversary of their mutual meeting, MacGyver and Thornton are lured into a trap by an assassin they thought had been killed on the first case they worked on together. (This account of Mac & Pete's first meeting conflicts with the story presented in "Deathlock.") First appearance of arch-nemesis Murdoc. 041 Bushmaster Airdate: 23 March 1987 Writer: Rob Hedden Director: Don Chaffey Guest Cast: Sandy McPeak as Moore, John Shuck as Joe Henderson, Rene Estevez as Kelly Henderson, Bert Rosario as Lt. Paul Para, Alex Colon as General Salazar. Nielsen ratings: 15.5 rating, 23 share, 3rd (35th overall). The daughter of an American cargo pilot being held prisoner in Latin America tags along on MacGyver's rescue mission. 042 Friends Airdate: 06 April 1987 Writer: Stephen Kronish Director: Cliff Bole Guest Cast: John Anderson as Harry Jackson, Robin Curtis as Kate Connelly, Michael W. Goodwin as Craig Bannister, Teri Hatcher as Penny Parker, Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton, Tim Rossovich as Mike Desmond. Nielsen ratings: 15.4 rating, 24 share, 3rd (29th overall). At a surprise birthday party thrown for MacGyver by Pete Thornton & his friends, MacGyver reviews his life-threatening career and ponders resignation. 043 D.O.A.: MacGyver Airdate: 27 April 1987 Writer: Jaison Starkes Director: Cliff Bole Guest Cast: Joh Pleshette as Lancer, Clive Revill as Braddock, Priscilla Morrill as Helen, Kim Miyori as Tara, Rockne Tarkington as Jules, Nana Visitor as Carol Varnay. Nielsen ratings: 12.6 rating, 21 share, 2nd (40th overall). An amnesiac MacGyver is hunted by terrorists who believe he knows of their plan to assassinate U.S. military figures with an explosive device. 044 For Love or Money Airdate: 04 May 1987 Writer: Doug Heyes, Jr. Director: James L. Conway Guest Cast: Deborah Adair as Diana Rogers, Walter Addison as Anton Dubcek, Oksana Olijar as Viera Dubcek, Reuven Bar Yotam as Krug. Nielsen ratings: 12.3 rating, 20 share, 3rd (39th overall). MacGyver and a ruthless, free-lance mercenary pose as honeymooners in Czechoslovakia to free a political prisoner from asylum.

THIRD SEASON

(Note: Filming moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, a popular choice for TV and movie locations.) 045 Lost Love (two-parter) and Airdates: 21 September 1987 (Part 1); 28 September 1987 (Part 2) 046 Writer: Jerry Ludwig Director: Cliff Bole Guest Cast: Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton, James Hong as Commissioner Chu, Anthony De Longis as Kosoff, Walter Marsh as Racoubian, Leslie Bevis as Tanya Lyaschenka, Elyssa Davalos as Lisa. Nielsen ratings: (Part 1) 11.9 rating, 20 share, 3rd (53rd overall). (Part 2) 12.2 rating, 19 share, 3rd (47th overall). [Part 1] MacGyver is assigned to protect China's national treasure, when a former love he thought dead appears, needing his help to escape from Soviet agents who want her and the artifact. [Part 2] Risking a diplomatic crisis to save Lisa, MacGyver has less than 24 hours to break his own security system to steal the Ming Dragon, then finds out it was all a set-up to catch him. 047 Back From the Dead Airdate: 05 October 1987 Writer: Stephen Kronish Director: James L.Conway Guest Cast: Joe Santos as Jimmy Kendall, Al Ruscio as Dave, Rebecca Balding as Susan, Richard Jamison as Ralph, Alex Bruhanski as Sal, Henry "Hank" Aaron as himself. Nielsen ratings: 12.2 rating, 20 share, 3rd (43rd overall). Jimmy "The Eraser" Kendall returns in his new identity as a minor-league baseball coach, but his appearance in a sports magazine draws the attention of his former employer's thugs. 048 Ghost Ship Airdate: 19 October 1987 Writer: Stephen Kandel Director: Michael Vejar Guest Cast: Katey Wright as Karin Graff, Michele Goodger as Joanna, Nicholas Rice as Bench, Byron Chief-Moon as Joe Wales, Len George, Chief Khotlacha as Len, Ken Kirzinger as Bigfoot. Nielsen ratings: 13.1 rating, 21 share, 3rd (40th overall). Setting survey markers in Alaska, MacGyver comes upon a seemingly abandoned ship with a stowaway Russian girl aboard, and a Sasquatch. 049 Fire and Ice Airdate: 26 October 1987 Writer: Rick Husky Director: Alan Simmonds Guest Cast: Aharon Ipale as Amir Sumal, Johnathon Pallone, Anthony Stamboulieh as Ambassador Vulnay, Terry David Mulligan, Elyssa Davalos as Nikki Carpenter. Nielsen ratings: 13.7 rating, 22 share, 2nd (35th overall). A thief kills MacGyver's old friend, leaving a trail of stolen jewels that leads straight to a foreign consulate. 050 GX-1 Airdate: 02 November 1987 Writer: Calvin Clements, Jr. Director: Michael Vejar Guest Cast: Walter Gotell as Starkoss, Morris Panych as Colonel Markov, Peter Nicholas as the Lieutenant, Elyssa Davalos as Nikki Carpenter. Nielsen ratings: 11.2 rating, 17 sdhare, 3rd (46th overall). A secret high-tech plane goes down in the Alps, and MacGyver reluctantly allows Nikki to accompany him across the East German border - racing to beat the Soviets to the wreckage. 051 Jack in the Box Airdate: 09 November 1987 Writer: David Rich Director: James L. Conway Guest Cast: Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton, Luke Askew as Warden Renfro, Eugene Butler, Daniel Faraldo as Pepe, Diane Robin as Louella, Lance LeGault as "Bull" Bodine. Nielsen ratings: 14.3 rating, 23 share, 2nd (32nd overall). MacGyver gets a taste of redneck justice when he gets tossed into a prison labor camp during a mission to the rural South. 052 The Widowmaker Airdate: 16 November 1987 Teleplay: John Whelpley Story: Harv Zimmel Director: Michael Vejar Guest Cast: Michael Des Barres as Murdoc, Lisa Bayliss as Mike Forester, Elyssa Davalos as Nikki Carpenter, Anthony Holland as Mr. Ellard. Nielsen ratings: 13.7 rating, 22 share, 2nd (37th overall). MacGyver goes into mourning when long-time friend Mike Forester dies in a mountaineering accident, but a pyromaniac with a score to settle forces MacGyver to concentrate on matters at hand. 053 Hell Week Airdate: 23 November 1987 Teleplay: Leonard Mlodinow & Scott Rubinstein Story: Joseph Gunn, Leonard Mlodinow, & Scott Rubinstein Director: James L. Conway Guest Cast: Larry Dobkin as Professor Ryman, Lisa Wilcox as Janet, John Cameron Mitchell as Aaron, Ted Cole as Jeffery Kramer, Andrew Sabiston as David Ryman. Nielsen ratings: 13.2 rating, 21 share, 2nd (40th overall). A frustrated physics student at MacGyver's alma mater becomes a ticking time bomb when a school contest turns into a family war. 054 Blow Out Airdate: 21 December 1987 Writer: W. Reed Moran Director: Cliff Bole Guest Cast: Dale Wilson as Erik, Frank Ferrucci as Major, Bruce Harwood as Juice, Elyssa Davalos as Nikki Carpenter. Nielsen ratings: 11.4 rating, 19 share, 3rd (38th overall). Political terrorism hits close to home when Nikki, who accidentally witnessed a terrorist bombing, is targeted by the bomber, who fears she can identify him. 055 Kill Zone Airdate: 04 January 1988 Writer: Calvin Clements, Jr. Director: Chuck Bowman Guest Cast: Judith Chapman as Sandra Milhouse, Jay Brazeau as Phelps. Nielsen ratings: 15.4 rating, 22 share, 3rd (36th overall). Wildlife begins to perish mysteriously, and MacGyver discovers the culprit: an uncontrollably mutating organism that speeds up the aging process. 056 Early Retirement Airdate: 18 January 1988 Writer: John Whelpley Director: Cliff Bole Guest Cast: Madison Mason as Matt Webber, Ted Stidder as Chairman Farrell, Rob Roy as DXS Agent, Paul Batten as Reese, Doug Abrahams, Elyssa Davalos as Nikki Carpenter, Richard Newman as Prime Minister Amunde. Nielsen ratings: 13.9 rating, 20 share, 3rd (35th overall). Thornton mediates the Phoenix Foundation's talks between the UN and a rabidly anti-American subversive, until a suspicious explosion forces him to resign - and the man who takes his job could be connected to murder and sabotage. 057 Thin Ice Airdate: 01 February 1988 Writer: Rick Drew Director: Cliff Bole Guest Cast: Martin Milner as Turk, Jeff Schultz as Derek Kirby, Ken Camroux as Thompson, Clu Gulager as Walt Kirby. Nielsen ratings: 12.9 rating, 19 share, 3rd (48th overall). A high-school hockey player has a chance to go pro - if he plays dirty enough. But when a fight on the ice lands an opposing player in the hospital, MacGyver tries to teach the youth about sportsmanship. 058 The Odd Triple Airdate: 29 February 1988 Writer: Stephen Kandel Director: James L. Conway Guest Cast: Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton, Judy Geeson as Elena, Ian Ruskin as Andres, Martin Evans as Robert, Alan Robertson, Vernon Wells as Paul Donnay. Nielsen ratings: 14.0 rating, 21 share, 2nd (35th overall). Jack Dalton sucks MacGyver into his latest scheme to pilot an heiress back to France after she purchases a fortune in jewels. But when MacGyver and Jack Dalton accomplish the mission, they're arrested. 059 The Negotiator Airdate: 07 March 1988 Writer: Calvin Clements, Jr. Director: Charles Correll Guest Cast: Kristian Alfonso as Deborah, David Ackroyd as Knapp, Ned Bellamy as Remick, Elyssa Davalos as Nikki Carpenter. Nielsen ratings: 13.0 rating, 20 share, 2nd (33rd overall). MacGyver is tasked to do an environmental-impact study before builders can start a project, and when bribery fails, the devloper hires a beautiful woman to get rid of him. 060 The Spoilers (AKA Earthquake) Airdate: 14 March 1988 Writer: Stephen Kandel Director: Michael Vejar Guest Cast: Randall "Tex" Cobb as Earthquake, Emily Kuroda as Karen, William Taylor. Nielsen ratings: 15.4 rating, 23 share, 2nd (24th overall). MacGyver enlists a reclusive, troubled Vietnam veteran to help track whoever is dumping toxic waste in mountain streams. 061 Mask of the Wolf Airdate: 28 March 1988 Teleplay: Calvin Clements, Jr. & W. Reed Moran Story: John J. Sakmar, Kerry Lenhart, Calvin Clements, Jr., & W. Reed Moran Director: Cliff Bole Guest Cast: Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton, Gary Lockwood as Grant, Floyd Westerman as Two Eagles, Gordon Tootoosis as Perry, Marianne Jones as Anna. Nielsen ratings: 13.5 rating, 21 share, 3rd (36th overall). Jack Dalton talks MacGyver into accompanying an elderly Native American on a search for a legendary wolf mask, but two mercenaries have plans of their own for the artifact. 062 Rock the Cradle Airdate: 18 April 1988 Writer: John Whelpley Director: Michael Vejar Guest Cast: Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton, Mitzi Kapture as Katie, Don Thompson as Cutler, Garwin Sanford as Durst, Peter Yunker as Carlo, Malcolm & Frasier Fairweather as Jack, Jr. Nielsen ratings: 13.0 rating, 21 share, 2nd (30th overall). Jack Dalton nearly kills MacGyver in a plane ride and later, in the hangar, finds a baby tagged "Jack Jr." strapped into the cockpit, and a fortune in counterfeit bills in the bassinet. 063 The Endangered Airdate: 02 May 1988 Writer: Peter Filardi Director: Charles Correll Guest Cast: Moira Walley as Karen, John Dennis Johnston as Ed, Don Davis as Wyatt, Robin Mossley as Earl, Stephen E. Miller, Steve Blalock as Sam. Nielsen ratings: 13.3 rating, 22 share, 2nd (30th overall). MacGyver visits an ex-girl friend, a ranger at a wildlife reserve, only to have his vacation turned into a bloody confrontation by poachers who are killing off endangered species. 064 Murderer's Sky Airdate: 09 May 1988 Writer: Herman Miller Director: Michael Vejar Guest Cast: Roderick Cook as Alasdair, Soon-Teck Oh as Raymond, Tia Carrere as Tiu, Keye Luke as Adam Chen, Ernie Reyes, Jr., as Luke Chen. Nielsen ratings: 14.3 rating, 23 share, 2nd (21st overall). The takemver of a Chinese mogul's company involves a deadly ninja, and it's up to MacGyver and the mogul's young heir, his grandson, to halt the escalating bloodshed.