Ugly Duckling

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (18)

  • MacGyver: Pete, I owe it to Professor Willis; he wanted this girl protected, and I'm gonna do it. Pete: Now wait-- MacGyver: So, best of luck; I'm a phone call away if you need me - I know all of that, Pete. Thanks. (Mac leaves the room, still quoting Pete.) Stay out of trouble. Keep expenses down. Come back alive… Pete: Took the words right out of my mouth.

  • MacGyver: They said you had one of your students working the problem with you. Professor Willis: Just like we did when you were in my classes. MacGyver: Well, yeah, but I don't remember ever breaking into the Defense Department's computer.

  • Professor Willis: Good ones like Kate, they are rare. Then there's MacGyvers who have to have their brains rattled every now and then just to make sure they're still in tune.

  • Professor Willis: You have one of the finest minds I have ever encountered, young man… I expect you to… to (Professor Willis dies)

  • MacGyver: This was my desk, here in the corner. There's a heater back there; I'm no dummy.

  • Carol: Kate, why are you so rude to Mr. MacGyver? MacGyver: I think it has something to do with defense mechanisms, Mrs. Lafferty. Hers.

  • Agent: Are you a relative or something? MacGyver: Something.

  • MacGyver: It's not like she was selling the Pentagon to Gorbachev. Pete: I know, Mac, but it's not exactly like she stole an apple off a push cart, either.

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Trivia (2)

  • The computer MacGyver copies files from—as well as the table it rests on—switch between shots.

  • When Kate shuts off power to the building, she types the command in to the computer "close all circuits" when in fact it should be "open all circuits". Closing a circuit means to complete a circuit so that power flows and open means to cut a circuit so that power doesn't flow.

Allusions (1)

  • Professor Willis, in dying, quotes, "just not so deep as a well, but so wide as a church-door, but 'tis enough," from Romeo and Juliet, Scene 1, as Mercutio lies dying in Romeo's arms.