The Widowmaker

Season 3, Ep 8, Aired 11/16/87
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  • Episode Description
  • MacGyver grieves for his long-time friend, Mike Forester, after she dies in a tragic rock climbing accident. Nikki Carpenter comes up to the cabin where he's staying to try and cheer him up, but MacGyver is still in his slump. However, the return of an old enemy forces him back into action.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dana Elcar

    Peter Thornton

  • Richard Dean Anderson


  • John Whelpley

  • Harv Zimmel

  • Mike Vejar

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • Murdoc's back with a vengeance

    By johnjaha99, Apr 17, 2009

  • Murdoc is back...

    By OnePerCentClub, May 27, 2008

  • one of my favorites...

    By Fwirrel, Jan 13, 2008

  • Spectacular production values and Murdoc make this one the series' most memorable episodes.

    By mark_28, May 02, 2007

  • Awesome episode.

    By OBIX1, Sep 17, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • MacGyver: Come on, Nikki. Where's your spirit of adventure? Nikki: I left it back at Pete's cabin.

    • Nikki: Mines? He carries around mines with him? How on earth did you get mixed up with this guy? MacGyver: Wrong place, wrong time... It's a long story.

    • Nikki: What are you doing? I told you I'm not climbing out. MacGyver: I heard you. (ties up a rope around Nikki's waist) This will keep you from rolling off the ledge. If you happen to fall asleep tonight. Nikki: Tonight? MacGvyer, you are not going to leave me here. MacGyver: Ah, I'll be back with the chopper in the morning. Nikki: (upset) One minute you can't even look down the mountain and the minute you're a mountain goat. (MacGyver stares at her. She angrily grabs the rope and looks at him) Nikki: I'm glad that you're back among the living, really, I am. I only wish you could do it with a little balance. These extreme changes are not good. MacGyver: I'll work on it.

    • Nikki: (after seeing Mike's ripped harness) So that's what happened, isn't it, MacGyver? MacGyver: (thoughtful) Something like that. Nikki: So it wasn't your fault. MacGyver: Is that all I have to tell myself? Nikki: No. More. The truth. You were her friend, you did all that you could do. MacGyver: Wasn't enough, was it? Nikki: MacGyver, you can't bring her back. Even if you could relive the moment, Mike still would've had fallen. Please come back to the present.

    • Nikki: Mike was the expert climber, not you. Mike made the mistake, not you. MacGyver: You don't understand. Nikki: No, I don't. I don't understand how you can go on blaming yourself. You didn't push her, did you? MacGyver: (upset) Yes! Yes, I did. I pushed her away when she needed something from me. I hurt her, and she fell. Nikki: And there wasn't anything you could do to save her, was there? MacGyver: It's not as simple as that.

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    Notes (4)

    • This is the first of Anthony Holland's three, unrelated appearances on MacGyver. He can also be seen in season five's "The Madonna" and season six's "Faith, Hope & Charity".

    • The German episode title is "Schwindelnde H√∂hen", meaning "Vertiginous Heights". The Finnish episode title is "Leskentekij√§", meaning "The Survival Factor". The French episode title is "Un accident en haute montagne", meaning "High Mountain Accident". The Italian episode title is "Il fabbrica vedove", meaning "The Maker of Widows".

    • Bruce McGill's role is voice-only and uncredited.

    • Lisa Bayliss assumes the role that Patricia McPherson played in "Jack of Lies".

    Trivia (1)

    • When Pete discovers that Murdoc broke into MacGyver's houseboat he phones the Phoenix Foundation and instructs them to call the "DSX," actually meaning "DXS".

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