Jenny's Chance

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  • 9.5

    An elaborate sting episode with Richard Dean Anderson displaying some varied acting ability.

    By johnjaha99, Jul 01, 2009

    It is evident early on alot of time and work was put into this episode from the entire crew. The episode features a solid guest cast (including Linda Blair), a sweeping musical score, and intricate plot line. The whole story centers around the deaf race horse "Jenny's Chance" and how Henderson schemes to fix a race by setting up its jockey with a ultra high pitched gadget that would tilt the odds high enough to bet the farm on Jenny's Chance. The problem is the money Henderson puts on the horse must be laundered through hundreds of sources to not raise a red flag. This is where Mac, Pete, Jack and gang come in. Pete goes undercover as a corrupt bookie with a secret, state of the art gambling house, while Mac poses as the geeky computer guy also helping Pete create a device to exploit Jenny's chance. Jack serves as "Lucky Charlie", Henderson's secret partner in crime. The real twist comes with Macgyver playing another character later in the show that will have everyone surprised. The whole sting eventually nails Henderson as guilty (obviosuly). It works almost a little too perfectly I think, and that is my only critique for this episode. I like Legend of the Holy Rose a little better as best of season, but this is a close 2nd.moreless

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  • 10

    The Sting

    By sh811a, Apr 11, 2008

    This is another favorate episode of mine. This one reminds me in fact is formated like a "Mission Impossible" episode. One of the things I like about the episode is this is the first where Macgyver is not making gagdets or doing something inventive to get out of a jam for once, I thought it was a good break. Another was the fact that are three heroes Pete, Jack, and Mac all had a participator role in the opperation. Even though I don't feel that accents are Dana Eccar and Everitt Mcgill's strong suit in acting you have to at least admire them for trying despite not that convincing, but that's not important at least they did a good job in the opperation. But of course this episode is most famous for Mac producing his alter ego Dexter Fillmore who is defenately a dynamic opposite for MacGyver much like Dwane Dibbly is for Kat in "Red Dwarf". Real smart but not very smooth due to how geeky he is, that just made me laugh.



    But this episode has a high suspense level, like with "Mission Impossible" were always one step ahead of both the good and bad guys, the suspense is in hoping that everything goes right because when the sittuation constantly changes we know that there is that looming danger that one thing can go wrong which will compromise the mission. But like in that show things are not always what they seem because there is always a plan within a plan.moreless

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  • 10

    A Mission: Impossible like episode!

    By carnival19, Mar 25, 2008

    This show reminds me of the great Mission: Impossible TV show that aired from 66 to 73. Mac along with Pete and Jack are setting a trap to the bad guy and hope he confess the murder of their friend. Everything is used a la Mission: Impossible, 3 trustable individuals, advance computer technology (they're all exited to show the computer with the capabiliy of 1 go...but that was back in 1990!!), a great set up with a lot of people involved and of course the mask wore by MacGyver. The pace of this episode is great, it's really well written and acted. It was a different episode from the one we're used with Jack Dalton.moreless

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  • 9.1

    The best of the three "sting" episodes featured in this series, the role-playing of the main characters elevates "Jenny's Chance" above its peers.

    By mark_28, May 11, 2007

    Jack Dalton's appearances started to become fewer and fewer in season five, but he continued to leave a mark on the show when he did show up, as was the case in this, the last of the three "sting" episodes featured on MacGyver...and the best of the three. The story was rich and complex, the role-playing of the major characters was both clever and humorous, and the twists and turns were nicely executed. The birth of MacGyver's nerdy alter ego Dexter Fillmore was a nice touch that added some amusing atmosphere to this episode and the two subsequent episodes featuring Dexter. As with all sting episodes, my major grievance was the fact that the bad guys always do the exact things that the sting planners expected them to do, however far-fetched the logic. What would have happened, for instance, if George Henderson hadn't told his associate to follow Harry Boyle to the Derby Grill and stumble right into the snare? The whole plan would have instantly fallen apart. That's what makes it even harder for me to suspend my disbelief on these sting episodes than it is when Murdoc comes back to life for the umptieth time. Minor grievances though, as this was a fun episode that audiences took a definite interest in, generating a season-high 14.7 rating and easily winning its timeslot.moreless

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