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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.

  • Bill: You've always got an answer. MacGyver: It doesn't always work.

  • Bill: You are crazy! I mean, certifiable! MacGyver: Yeah? What does that make you?

  • Bill: You know, back in the 1920s, they used to truck nitro out to the fields. MacGyver: Yeah? Bill: Yeah. MacGyver: They used to call that the suicide run, didn't they? Bill: You scared? MacGyver: You bet. Bill: Me, too. Ain't it great? MacGyver: Yeah...

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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.