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ORIGINAL AIRDATE: December 8th, 1985 —
MacGyver takes sides against the family, escorting a mafia informant to his dying mother
MISSION: MacGyver protects star witness Frank Bennett from mafia hitmen and Marshall service custody to deliver a final goodbye to Frank’s dying mother.
This week’s highlights include:
This is how Riker sits down?
Editor’s note: You can totally rent tow trucks.
Melting Lead (Chemistry)
Lead melts at approximately 600.61 K (327.46 °C, 621.43 °F). At this temperature, coffee exists only as a gas.
Check out the article on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead
Watch S1E9: “The Prodigal” on CBS’s website or check the alternative streamability of this episode here.
Nice moves from MacGyver while getting in and sneaking around in the yard – an episode when he doesn’t land terribly from the smallest heights! In the later seasons he has a spectacular and very dangerous-looking way of climbing chainlink fences that do not have barbed wire on top.
I liked that the brothers were brothers in real life though I don’t think they were as similar as Joey says. It’s good that Mac and Frank could run into the attic in Joey’s house as gunmen blocked the way to ground level on both of stairs, then they still had the dogs outside.
I remembered the epic attic escape (my most liked zipline of the three in the series) but not the tow truck one which is now my favourite part of the episode as a unique chain of MacGyverisms! Usually they are to achieve one goal, but here his next step is based on how people react to his previous one. Felony or not, it’s brilliant, more like something you see in The Mentalist! Good trick with the dry ice too instead of just pulling the fire alarm which would have required him to enter the building and get reported. And this truck driver is the best MacGyver alter ego, move over, Dexter!