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ORIGINAL AIRDATE: January 22nd, 1986 —
Trick or treat! It’s April Fool’s! Time for some Quayle hunting in Greystone Mansion!
OPENING GAMBIT: MacGyver escapes from behind the iron curtain once again. This time with the help of the greatest MacGyverism of all-time, a coffin-turned-jetski!
MISSION: MacGyver is invited to hand over sensitive information to Pete in a DXS safe house. Unfortunately for them, the house has been infiltrated and booby-trapped by the deranged criminal Quayle.
This week’s highlights include:
Recognize any of this trailer?
The fictional Cavitt-Tingloff tower (filmed at the actual Westin-Bonaventure Hotel) is a popular LA staple that makes regular appearances in film and television.
Not to be outdone, the DXS safehouse as played by the historic Greystone Mansion is an even more iconic bit of LA architecture. Most important (at least to us) are its appearances in The Big Lebowski, the original Spiderman trilogy, There Will Be Blood (the bowling alley scene that ends the film), The Muppets (Kermit’s Mansion), Death Becomes Her, and others.
Oh, and here’s that songified Chuck Testa clip we mentioned…
Heterodyning is a radio signal processing technique invented in 1901 by Canadian inventor-engineer Reginald Fessenden, in which new frequencies are created by combining or mixing two frequencies.
Check out the article on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heterodyne
Watch S1E12: “Deathlock” on CBS’s website or check the alternative streamability of this episode here.
the leather jacket is awesome indeed!
This episode, along with the Pilot and The Human Factor, would make an awesome computer game! In fact before I started watching, I was convinced that this is where MacGyver and the woman throw flaming balls of paper at heat seeking robots to make them shoot each other!
A memorable opening gambit in spite of the stock footage and the ready-made props instead of MacGyverisms! When he says he’s the first to have attended his own funeral and lived to tell about it I always think, “and I was late from mine!” A few years ago Thorpe Park opened a new maze called The Passing. The ceiling of the first room was a large screen playing a video of people looking down, throwing handfuls of soil telling we were sinners just being buried and we were to get through the maze for redemption. It was all pretty spectacular and so popular that you had to book the time so they could let people in in small groups, and I missed mine and had to go in later!
Murdoc’s board meeting is the best of the three and so much better than this one as unlike Quayle’s miserable boot-licking, he totally owns the place!