Lost Love (1)

Season 3, Ep 1, Aired 9/21/87
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  • Episode Description
  • While helping the People's Republic of China secure a priceless national treasure—The Ming Dragon—in a San Diego museum, MacGyver runs into a Lisa, a woman that he had loved and thought was long dead. MacGyver learns that Lisa has been alive all these years and needs his help escaping the KGB.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dana Elcar

    Peter Thornton

  • Richard Dean Anderson


  • Jerry Ludwig

  • Cliff Bole

  • Paul Batten


  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • A final hurrah of late Cold War era spyjinks.

    By mark_28, May 01, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Pete: Chu. I mean Commissioner Chu. Chu: Don't be inscrutable with me, Peter. It's good to see you again.

    • MacGyver: What's it gonna take? What's the price? Racoubian: You know what trade I deal in. What could you possibly offer me? I know you won't betray your country's security. MacGyver: You got that straight.

    • Racoubian: I like you, MacGyver, but I can't let them go. As for glasnost, I don't agree with the current Soviet administration, this new openness. Weak. Foolish. Impractical. MacGyver: And you think killing three people is more practical. That's amazing.

    • Jack: You know, friends, I come from a long line of magicians. My father used to walk down the street and turn into a saloon.

    • MacGyver: Why do you want out? Kossov: I was two years in a prison camp. I learned one thing, MacGyver: to cherish freedom.

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    Notes (8)

    • This is the first of Paul Batten's three, unrelated appearances on MacGyver. He can also be seen later this season in "Early Retirement" and in season five's "Passages".

    • This is the second of James Hong's three, unrelated appearances on MacGyver. He can also be seen in season two's "The Wish Child" and season seven's "The Coltons".

    • Previously played by Bruce Abbott in "Thief of Budapest", the role of Major Kossov is now played by Anthony De Longis.

    • This and part two are the second of Anthony De Longis' two, unrelated appearances on MacGyver. He can also be seen in season one's "The Assassin".

    • The German episode title is "Eine tödliche Liebe", meaning "Deadly Love". The Finnish episode title is "Nainen menneisyydestä", meaning "A Woman's Past". The French episode title is "À la recherche de l'amour perdu", meaning "In Search of Lost Love".

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    Trivia (1)

    • At the exhibit hall, Pete says that there's no evidence of foul play in the security guard's death in the teaser. Three roundhouse kicks to the face would show up in any competent autopsy, much less one conducted by the Phoenix Foundation. A three-story fall wouldn't cover up the injuries.

    Allusions (1)

    • Jack's comment "This is supposed to be magic, not 'Who's on first?'" references the classic vaudeville Abbott & Costello comedy routine. The comedy duo first performed the routine during a tour in 1937, went on to do it on radio on The Kate Smith Hour in March 1938, and performed it in their movie debut in One Night in the Tropics (1940). They also performed the routine in The Naughty Nineties (1945) in what is considered their finest recorded rendition. The routine is based off the confusion caused by a baseball team where all of the players have names that are questions (Who, What, I Don't Know, Why, Because, Tomorrow, Today). Abbott tries to explain that Who is the first baseman, confusing Costello who keeps asking "Who's on first?" and being told "Yes."

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