In an episode of MacGyver awesomely titled “Pirates”, MacGyver has a little run in with a landmine. He hears the click of the button on the landmine being pushed down and knows that once that button comes up again it will be followed by a rather large explosion. Now you or I might start freaking out in this situation, but not MacGyver. He simply uses a piece of string to make sure the mine doesn’t go off and manages to run away a bit before it explodes. The ensuing explosion knocks MacGyver to the ground where he lands on top of, you guessed it, another landmine. Luckily for MacGyver, this one turns out to be a dud.
4) Hey Mr. Postman
MacGyver’s solutions to problems are not always as complex as turning a pencil, a rubber band, and a paperclip into a helicopter. In the episode “Blow Out”, MacGyver discovers that there is a bomb in a car disguised as a mail truck. Normally this is no problem for MacGyver, he sees a bomb and he can disarm just as the countdown reaches zero. Unfortunately this bomb was too complicated for even MacGyver to disarm. Or maybe he just really wanted a challenge. MacGyver ends up driving the fake mail truck until he sees a cement mixer, and then proceeds to fill the mail truck with cement, thereby muffling the blast. When asked what he would have done if that idea hadn’t worked MacGyver replies that he would have gone to Plan B. And what was Plan B? “I don’t know. Plan A worked.”
3) Keep It Simple Stupid
In the episode “Phoenix Siege”, MacGyver is simply trying to go to a hockey game with his beloved grandfather. Of course MacGyver has to forget the tickets and go by the Phoenix Foundation to pick them. This is where we learn MacGyver has the luck of John McLane and runs into a terrorist plot. MacGyver gets captured, but nobody can hold him for long and he quickly makes his escape and knocks out one of the terrorist goons. He doesn’t want this terrorist to have his hands free when he wakes up so he quickly cuts a length of lampcord and ties up the terrorist’s hands. That is when MacGyver looks down and sees the pair of handcuffs hanging from the terrorist’s pants. It’s OK MacGyver, nobody’s perfect.
2) Your Reputation Proceeds You
In the episode “Humanity”, MacGyver finds himself in quite the sticky situation. He is locked in a building with a firebomb, scared people, and his friend Pete. MacGyver scrambles to see what random crap he can use to create an escape device. After he spots a telephone, MacGyver gets an idea and says to a man, “Microphone”. This man, who is not familiar with the genius that is MacGyver, simply stands around looking dumb and confused. Luckily Pete, who is quite familiar with what MacGyver is capable of, is there to tell the man to get MacGyver the damn microphone.
1) Bond. James Bond
It is not often the MacGyver wears suits, he is more of a jeans and flannel shirt type of guy. In “The Heist” however, MacGyver decides to go the extra mile and put on a tuxedo. Of course he has to look in the mirror when he does this and pose, referring to himself as “James Bond”. MacGyver then realizes that his poofy mullet doesn’t exactly fit the James Bond image. MacGyver attacks his hair with a vengeance trying to smooth it out and give him more of a secret agent appearance, but we learn that not even the Mighty MacGyver can tame the mullet.