Season 1, Ep 8, Aired 11/27/85
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  • Episode Description
  • During a trip to visit friends, an accident starts a fire in an oil well owned by MacGyver's friends.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Henry Winkler

  • John Rich (II)

  • Jerry Ludwig

  • Randy Edelman

  • Stephen Downing

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • Lame, lame

    By geoellis2, Mar 27, 2014

  • Lightbulb....

    By robertorphane, Jun 04, 2013

  • Mac visits some old friends who are drilling for oil, but an out of control well fire puts the whole place in danger. Mac must use all of his resources to save the day. A decent enough plot, but this one didn't pull me in as much as some episodes...

    By Jay-Spacedust, Mar 22, 2011

  • Well made.

    By sfviewer, Aug 23, 2006

  • Great pyrotechnics and an original storyline help this episode overcome its flaws.

    By mark_28, Apr 26, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • MacGyver: (needing to straight Torgut's broken leg) Of course, you know we're going to have to give it a pretty good yank to straighten it, get a splint on it. Torgut: Well, what are you waiting, Doc? Let's do it! MacGyver: Oh, I was just wondering... Torgut: Do you have any doubts you can do it? MacGyver: Oh, no, that's no problem. It has to do with Curie's Law. Torgut: Curie's what? Curie's Law? MacGyver: Yeah. You know, the one that say the magnetic susceptibility of a paramagnetic substance is inversely proportional to the absolute temperature. You know. Torgut: The magnetic susceptibility of the... (MacGyver abruptly straightens his broken leg) MacGyver: On the other hand... don't think about it. Torgut: Oh... whew. You're real slick, MacGyver. MacGyver: Well, naked dancing girls might have been a little better, but... you know.

    • Bill: (carrying unstable dynamite) You ever drop one of these? MacGyver: Not recently. You? Bill: Well, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a guy once bet me that I couldn't balance a stick of burning dynamite on my forehead. MacGyver: Yeah, what happened? Bill: Blew my head off.

    • MacGyver: Uh, wait a minute, here. Bill: He's thinking. I can hear the gears grinding away.

    • MacGyver: Well, I guess I'm going to have to entertain a couple of theories a few of my buddies came up with a while ago. Archimedes and Euclid, you may have heard of them.

    • MacGyver: I've been wanting to take a nice long vacation, a little rest and relaxation. Spend some time with friends, party down.

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    Notes (2)

    • The German episode title is "Fackeln", meaning "Torches". The Finnish episode title is "Tulipatsi", meaning "Fiery Furnace". The French episode title is "Situation explosive".

    • This is the first of Nana Visitor's two, unrelated appearances on MacGyver. She can also be seen in season two's "D.O.A.: MacGyver".

    Trivia (4)

    • When MacGyver and Bill are driving the truck to the abandoned strip mine to look for dynamite, Mac is wearing sunglasses. Then suddenly, in close-up shots, the sunglasses are gone. As the truck arrives at the mine and Mac gets out, he suddenly has the sunglasses back on again.

    • In the scene where MacGyver and Bill are entering the shack to get the dynamite boxes, right after Bill steps off the board onto the shack's floor, there's a shot of him walking towards the dynamite boxes. The gloved hand of one of the production crew clearly comes into the right side of the shot to steady a dynamite box.

    • MacGyver's hands are shown to be dirty in long shots, but clean in close-ups, when he works on the truck engine.

    • The bit where MacGyver fixes the fuse box by wrapping the burnt-out fuse with a chewing gum wrapper does actually work as confirmed by Mythbusters.

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