Season 6 Episode 17

Blind Faith

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 04, 1991 on ABC
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An old sweetheart of Pete's appeals to him for help when she tries to reveal human rights violations practiced in her Latin American homeland. While protecting her in a safe house, Pete reveals a secret he cannot keep any longer.

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  • Some decent secret agent hijinks in play and Pete's deteriorating eye condition were well played, but overall execution here was only modest.

    This episode got off to a great start with the death squad execution of Pete's courier and the slow-motion revelation of Pete's declining eye conditon (finally explaining his character's lengthy absence from the series save for a cameo bit in "High Control"). The scene in the kitchen of the safehouse where Pete finally told MacGyver about his eye situation brought to tears to my eyes. The scene with the retrieval of the tape from the trainyard was sufficiently suspenseful as well, but from there, the episode's execution was only modest. Pete and Samantha's off-and-on banter about Pete's glaucoma grew weary and overly melodramatic while Stams' tactics seemed amateurish and his motives for working with the enemy of his government unclear. And considering all of the heavy-handedness related to Pete's eye condition earlier in the episode, the "I'll be your eyes, you be my hands" gambit seemed kind of tacky. I suppose it was all in the interest of Pete proving to himself that he's still valuable, but it still left a funny taste in my mouth. I'm proud of the series for seeking a continued venue for Dana Elcar's talent rather than coldly writing him out of the show, but this episode still felt like the weary work of an aging series, and Pete's visual deterioration served as something of a metaphor for that.moreless
Ed Trotta

Ed Trotta


Guest Star

Héctor Mercado

Héctor Mercado


Guest Star

Andrew Rhodes

Andrew Rhodes

Nelson Richardson

Guest Star

Kevin Hayes

Kevin Hayes

Vince King

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Pete is crawling on the floor looking for his pills)
      Samantha: Peter, what are you doing?
      Pete: Well, what does it look like I'm doing? I'm pretending to be a dog!

    • MacGyver: Scatter a few stones, create a diversion.
      Richardson: How did you think of that?
      MacGyver: Uh, don't know, just kinda made sense.

    • MacGyver: What's goin' on with your eyes?
      Pete: What do you mean?
      MacGyver: Well, I've been watchin' you bump into things. You came out here for apple juice, and that's orange juice.
      (Pete tries to laugh it off and gets apple juice from refrigerator)
      MacGyver: Hey, what's goin' on?
      Pete: (resigned) It's my peripheral vision.
      MacGyver: How bad is it?
      Pete: Pretty bad. It's the real reason that I called you in when things fell apart at the railroad station. MacGyver, I have glaucoma.
      MacGyver: That's treatable, isn't it?
      Pete: Yeah, but mine is complicated. I have... advanced nerve damage—very advanced. It's a little bit like looking down a tunnel with very little light at the end. And I have a lot of trouble with either too much or too little light anywhere. I let it go too long.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The new recurring sub-plot of Pete Thornton's glaucoma-related blindness incorporates star Dana Elcar's own battle with the same condition, which eventually did leave him blind.