Jack in the Box

Season 3, Ep 7, Aired 11/9/87
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  • Episode Description
  • MacGyver and Jack Dalton are arrested in Arkansas by a corrupt sheriff who puts the convicts to work in the nearby zinc mine. MacGyver wants to escape, but Jack has other ideas: he wants to find five million dollars a bank robber left in the mine years before.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Luke Askew

    Warden Renfro

  • Richard Dean Anderson


  • Eugene Butler

    Lyle Hudson

  • Dana Elcar

    Peter Thornton

  • Daniel Faraldo

    Pepe Sanchez

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • Who wants friends like Jack?

    By OnePerCentClub, May 15, 2010

  • As with almost all episodes with Jack Dalton, you have to look past some things to enjoy this.

    By johnjaha99, Apr 21, 2009

  • good episode...

    By Fwirrel, Jan 12, 2008

  • A ridiculous plot and a stereotypical portrayal of the South are still not enough to take away from the tremendous fun of this episode.

    By mark_28, May 02, 2007

  • Good episode overall.

    By OBIX1, Sep 13, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Pete: Tell me I enjoyed myself, would you? MacGyver: You enjoyed yourself. Pete: Oh boy. Four days on a rowboat with wet pants—ugh! I've got mosquito bites on top of my mosquito bites. Thought I was going to have sunstroke. Now coming home, I smell like old bait.

    • (After listening to Jack's message) Pete: That is a ploy. You know that. MacGyver: How do I know that? Pete: Well, when hasn't it been?

    • MacGyver: My grandpa used to say that friendship was a two-sided coin. It can turn out to be the best, or the worst, investment you ever made. I guess whenever I flip the coin of friendship with Jack Dalton, he usually wound up in over his head, and I usually wound up covering his tail. To refuse Jack's call for help was useless; if I did I'd just end up feeling guilty the rest of my life if anything bad happened to him. And aside from guilt, there was always the curiosity factor, this time the question being, 'what on Earth brought a man about town like Jack Dalton to Smiley, Arkansas?'

    • Bodine: Don't you walk away from me, boy. That's resisting arrest. MacGyver: What? Bodine: Resisting arrest. Making a public nuisance of yourself, and carrying a concealed weapon! MacGyver: "Concealed weapon?" That's a Swiss Army knife!

    • MacGyver: Pete, the man is my friend.
      Pete: What kind of friend? When does he call you? When he wants to con you into some favor or he needs you to rescue him. And he's always getting you in trouble. How long are you going to babysit for this guy? Forever?
      MacGyver: All right, I get the point! And you're right. I'm not going to be sucked in by him this time. He's on his own. I'm not going.

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    Notes (1)

    • The German episode title is "Wozu sind Freunde da", meaning "That's What Friends Are For". The Finnish episode title is "Ystävän Palvelus", meaning "Favor for a Friend". The French episode title is "Jack en détresse", meaning "Jack in Distress". The Italian episode title is "Un amico nei guai", meaning "A Friend in Trouble".

    Trivia (3)

    • At the end, Louella is taken away by the state police. However, she didn't do anything illegal. The worst she could be accused of is having poor taste in boyfriends and not interfering with Lyle when he was pointing a gun at her.

    • When MacGyver arrives at the correctional facility, Bodine refers to Pepe by his last name of "Sanchez" but never mentions Pepe's first name. No one else does either. However, after the warden gives his introductory speech, MacGyver refers to Pepe by his first name despite the fact no one told him.

    • The Mustang MacGyver drives in Arkansas has a front-mounted license plate, but Arkansas actually only utilizes a back-mounted license plate.

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