The Wish Child

Season 2, Ep 4, Aired 10/20/86
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  • Episode Description
  • While MacGyver goes to pick up Paul, his Chinese friend's brother, he witnesses something strange: Paul is being called "The Wish Child." A greedy criminal has wrapped him up in a scam, because Paul looks exactly like a boy from an old legend that owns the secret of immortality. Now, MacGyver must try to talk him out of this, because Paul is starting to believe he really is The Wish Child!moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Richard Dean Anderson


  • Stephen Kandel

  • Bill Froehlich

  • Brian Lane

  • Stephen Kronish

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Offensive Stereotyping

    By Gislef, May 11, 2009

  • Intriguing opening descends into a routine outing.

    By mark_28, Apr 27, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • MacGyver: I remember the age when it was cool to be bad. Dumb age.

    • MacGyver: I used to love museums when I was a kid. You never knew what you'd find inside. I liked mysteries... back then.

    • MacGyver: Old Minnesota wisdom: If you don't want to be touched look downright untouchable.

    • MacGyver: Nice quiet neighborhood, but not as loud as the ringing in my ears. I had no idea how I got here. Or even where here was but I had definitely run into some party animals. (smells a small parcel) It's funny, gun powder smells the same no matter how you write it. I was sitting on a pile of fireworks and some joker's outside playing shake, rattle and roll. I'd had enough of this party. It was definitely time to leave. (picks up a box of fireworks) So I figured a small directional explosive would make a door. Hopefully without blowing up the whole box. Anyway it'd just be a matter of seconds before light became a match and I'd either blow out... or up.

    • MacGyver: I grew up in Northern Minnesota, and I remember snow drifts that would bury whole parking lots, icicles longer than a hockey stick, and being stuck with three layers of clothing. My favorite, though, was when they announced "Exposed Flesh Warnings" on the radio to prevent frostbite. When I came to California, I found out it's really a small world. They had Exposed Flesh Warnings, too, called "Beach Parties". The type of party that did away with frostbite, did away with most of the clothing, too. But, the beach isn't the only place for a party, and I had some friends who really knew how to party down.

    Notes (5)

    • The Finnish episode title is "Ihmelapsi", meaning "Prodigy". The French episode title is "L'enfant désiré", meaning "Wanted Child". The Italian episode title is "Il figlio del cielo", meaning "The Son of Heaven".

    • Though credited, Dana Elcar does not appear in this episode.

    • This is the second of Clyde Kusatsu's two, unrelated appearances on MacGyver. He can also be seen in season one's "The Golden Triangle".

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

    • This is the first of Tia Carrere's two, unrelated appearances on MacGyver. She can also be seen in season three's "Murderers' Sky".

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