The Human Factor

Season 2, Ep 1, Aired 9/22/86
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  • Episode Description
  • MacGyver and Pete are testing a new security system at the Strategic Research Development Administration. MacGyver successfully bypasses the security and meets Dr. Jill Ludlum, the system's designer. She tries to turn off the security system, but it doesn't realize that it was just a test. MacGyver and Dr. Ludlum are then forced to find a way out, as the security system, named Sandy, tries to destroy the "intruders."

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dana Elcar

    Peter Thornton

  • Richard Dean Anderson


  • Robin Bernheim

  • Charlie Correll

  • June Chadwick

    Dr. Jill Ludlum

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • The second season that was never supposed to happen opens in style.

    By mark_28, Apr 27, 2007

  • Macgyver against the Machine

    By sh811a, Aug 24, 2006

  • MacGyvr is called in to test the security at STRADA (Strategic Research Development Administration) which is a top secret project. A state of the art computer system is used as security and suddenly malfunctions....can MacGyver escape in time?

    By the80sKNIGHT, Oct 23, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • MacGyver: Well, old Sandy sure has a mind of her own, doesn't she? Jill: Yes, but she thinks like me. So I should be able to think it through and find her pattern, logically and rationally. MacGyver: Without the emotion, right? Jill: That's what gives her the edge. People and emotion can't get in her way. MacGyver: Well, I say we trust our instincts—go with our gut. You can't program that. That's our edge.

    • Jill: (while MacGyver is taking off his pants) Why are you taking your pants off? MacGyver: You got a better idea? Jill: I'm still trying to figure out what yours is.

    • MacGyver: Enough plaster dust and I could pick up the pattern of the last hand print. Kind of like dusting for fingerprints.

    • MacGyver: A little problem here. I forgotten to bring along a card key. But you can't let something like that throw ya. Just because of a... laser trap. One of the things I used to love about the circus was the way they worked without a safety net. Scared me then, still does.... especially with a 20,000 volt laser ready to zap me.

    • (While MacGyver is making a telescope) MacGyver: A map light...that's a start. Comes with it's own magnifying lens, nice. It took the human race 3 million years to invent a telescope. I figure I had about 35 seconds. On the other hand, I knew it could be done. Take the magnifying lens. Add a watch crystal. Roll them up in the ever useful sports pages and it oughta work. Besides I .. didn't have much choice.

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    Notes (2)

    • With the season two premiere, Dana Elcar is listed in the opening credits as a star.

    • The German episode title is "Der tödliche Computer", meaning "The Deadly Computer". The French episode title is "L'élément humain", meaning "The Human Element".

    Trivia (3)

    • MacGyver and Jill dangle over an acid bath and breathe the fumes for an extended period, in a confined space. They're totally unaffected despite the fact acid forms are highly toxic.

    • When MacGyver and Dr. Jill Ludlum are figuring out how to escape from the receding floor, MacGyver takes off his shoes and then takes off his pants. He uses his pants to hang from a pipe that runs across the room. However, when MacGyver and Dr. Jill Ludlum are hanging from the pipe, MacGyver has his shoes back on.

    • MacGyver weighs 175 pounds and wears boxers, not briefs.

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