The Stringer

Season 7, Ep 13, Aired 4/25/92
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  • Episode Description
  • MacGyver learns that a young photojournalist named Sam is his son while investigating Chinese smugglers who are illegally importing goods manufactured in dissident labor camps.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dana Elcar

    Peter Thornton

  • Richard Dean Anderson


  • John Sheppard

  • Mike Vejar

  • Jerry Fleck

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Macgyver leaves the Pheonix foundation at the end of this show to catch up with his long lost son.

    By couchpotato446, Sep 03, 2006

  • After 7 years, MacGyver leaves........with his son!!

    By carnival19, May 03, 2008

  • An emotionally satisfying final chapter to the MacGyver series, but fell short of expectations for those hoping for greatest adventure ever.

    By mark_28, May 22, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Pete: MacGyver, I thought your grandfather Harry was your last living relative. MacGyver: Yeah, me, too. Pete: Well, then what line of the family is Sam from? MacGyver: Well, I guess you could say he's from my side. He's my son. Pete: Your what? MacGyver: He's my son, Pete. I, uh, I knew his mother a long time ago. Like I said, it's a long story. Pete: Yeah, bet it is.

    • MacGyver: Oh, have 'em run a spectrograph on this. Sam: Yeah! Steel smelted in China would have a high ratio of iron isotopes. Pete: Yeah. Sure.

    • Sam: I always could take care of myself. Mom said it runs in the family.

    • Sam: Tofu? Wheat germ? Don't you have anything that's even a little bad for you? MacGyver: Harry used to say, 'Eating healthy never hurt anybody.' Sam: Who's Harry? MacGyver: He was your great-grandfather. I think you would have liked him.

    • Sam: I'm going to go with. MacGyver: I don't think so. There could be some trouble. Sam: Look. We just found out you're my father. That's father, not boss. I've been on my own a long time, and I'm old enough to vote, I'm old enough to fight for my country, not to mention the fact that I am a professional photojournalist and I'm looking at one hell of a story. So back off. I'm going with you. MacGyver: Pete... Pete: Nope. Sorry. I make it a point never to get involved in family arguments. MacGyver: Thanks. Well what do you know? My first son-father lecture. Sam: How was it? MacGyver: Kinda hard to take. But okay.

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    Notes (5)

    • This is the second of Keone Young's two, unrelated appearances on MacGyver. He can also be seen in season five's "Children of Light".

    • Though it never came to fruition, execs at ABC and Paramount liked Dalton James so much that a Young MacGyver spin-off was briefly considered.

    • In a closing voice-over, Richard Dean Anderson says, "on behalf of all of us at MacGyver, I'd like to thank you, our audience, for seven great seasons."

    • The credits note "Introducing Dalton James." However, he had appeared in an episode of Sisters two months before this episode aired.

    • The German episode title is "Tod in China", meaning "Death in China". The Finnish episode title is "Etusivun uutinen", meaning "Front Page News". The French episode title is "Envoyé spécial", meaning "Special Envoy". The Italian episode title is "Tutto può cambiare", meaning "Everything Can Change".

    Trivia (2)

    • As MacGyver and Sam prepare to ride off, Pete waves to them, the blind Dana Elcar being unaware that their backs are turned.

    • The motorbike Sam rides through a window loses and regains its rack during the sequence.

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