The Gauntlet

Season 1, Ep 4, Aired 10/21/85
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  • Episode Description
  • MacGyver is asked to get a reporter out of a Central American country, but she won't leave without getting evidence linking a general to an illegal arms dealer first.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Henry Winkler

  • Michael Casey

  • Gary Law

  • Robin Chamberlain

  • Bob Schneider (III)

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • MacGyver must get a journalist safely out of a South American country, but when she insists on first getting photographic evidence tying the corrupt dictator to an illegal arms dealer, they end up with an entire army after them. A much better episode...

    By Jay-Spacedust, Feb 16, 2011

  • This episode holds up very well.

    By mark_28, Apr 26, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • MacGyver: Great thing about a map—it can get you in and out of places a lot different ways.

    • (after MacGyver catches a lizard for supper) Kate: MacGyver, you don't eat things like that; you call pest control.

    • Kate: So how you going to start a fire? Make lightning, or rub two sticks together? MacGyver: Well, thought I'd use a match. Kate: Aw, shucks, MacGyver, I was looking forward to seeing some more of your Boy Scout stuff.

    • Kate Connelly: You're a very unexpected man, MacGyver. You keep me off balance.

    • MacGyver: I've been here and there, in this and that place. Mostly I like to see how the world works. Meet people. Learn how they're different—and the same.

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    Notes (3)

    • The scene from the opening gambit where MacGyver is climbing up to patch the balloon with the map can be seen among Ozymandias' video screens in Watchmen, as Nite Owl and Rorschach sneak into the room.

    • The German episode title is "Schnappschüsse mit Folgen", meaning "Snapshots with Consequences". The Italian episode title is "La sfida", meaning "The Challenge".

    • This is the first of Gregory Sierra's three, unrelated appearances on MacGyver. He can also be seen in season two's "Jack of Lies" and season five's "The Treasure of Manco".

    Trivia (5)

    • When MacGyver and Kate escape in the old bus, Mac is wearing sunglasses, but in the external shots of the bus, no sunglasses can be seen.

    • Though he previously been seen firing a gun, this episode introduces MacGyver's aversion to firearms.

    • Kate knocks out a soldier with her camera, at which point his hat comes off. However, in the next shot his hat is back on.

    • MacGyver's watch switches from black to silver when he's waiting for the fireworks to go off.

    • In this episode MacGyver detonates a piece of plastic explosive with the aid of a camera with an electric trigger and a delay timer. The problem is that plastic is so stable it needs a blastic cap to detonate, and blastic caps contain a small piece of explosive that is detonated by a fuse. Just putting an electric charge into a piece of plastic won't detonate it.

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