Season 3 Episode 10

Blow Out

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 21, 1987 on ABC
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MacGyver teams up with colleague Nikki Carpenter to find out who is behind the attempts on her life. When they find out that the man who tried to kill her is connected to two terrorists who blew up a local post office, they must find out what the terrorists' next target is before it's too late.moreless

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  • Very intense episode

    One thing that came to mind went was the similarity between the plot to bomb the builing and the one of the Oklahoma bombing several years ago. I liked that subplot of the revelation of Nikki's deceased husband. I think it gave Elyssa Davalos an opportunity to show her acting skills and I think she passed the test. Her partnership with MacGyver is doing well so far and even when I liked to see MacGvyer alone, they make a great team.

    The last scene had me on the edge of my seat. I was basically counting the seconds until MacGvyer was able to defuse the bomb, his way. One other thing that I found funny is the technology that we see in this episode was so brand new at that time, with those printers and that software that made us all very excited that they were able to identify bad guys with it.moreless
  • The third season rolls on nicely with a terrorist-themed episode and a flu-stricken MacGyver.

    Was Richard Dean Anderson really sick during the filming of this episode or did writers simply think it would be a fun quirk to see how Mac would operate with the flu? I don't know the answer to that and am curious if anyone else does. Whatever the case, the episode's best moment was the baking-soda-in-a-hot-water-bottle cocktail that was most directly connected to MacGyver's influenza, so his illness fit proved to a productive subplot either way. The main story was entertaining as well with a terrorist bomb plot that turned out eerily similar to the Oklahoma City bomb plot seven and a half years later. The action was steady and suspenseful throughout with an exciting high-speed race-against-the-clock climax in which the mail truck bomb was cleverly thwarted by drowning the explosive device in cement. I had two grievances with the execution of this episode, however, and both involved the terrorists. Here was this well-organized terrorist group who would seem capable of hiring a professional to pull off the assassination against Nikki rather than farming it out to their errand boy. Furthermore, why on Earth would they leave all the photo evidence of the target of their terrorist attack laying around in the warehouse for law enforcement to find when they already knew (due to the paint can tracking the movement of Eric Dunlap) that the authorities were onto them. These plotholes aside, this was a fun and engaging episode. Unfortunately, it had been nearly a month since another new MacGyver episode had aired, and ratings continued to suffer for it even when this episode did air, scoring a weak 11.4 rating. This was the final episode during the football season, however, so things would be on the upswing.moreless
  • Macgyver must stop terrorists from blowing up the Hall of Justice in downtown LA.

    In my opinion,this is one of the best Macgyver episodes ever made,and is one of my favorite (if not very favorite) episodes. First,the opening is one of the best ever done. Macgyver stops armed robbers inside a grocery store with homemade tear gas made from items from the store's shelves.

    The main plot starts when Macgyver's new colleague,Nikki Carpenter,is mugged outside of a post office that is bombed shortly after. Later that day after the same man tries to run her over with his car,she comes to Macgyver for help. Macgyver then finds out the man who mugged her is a local guy helping two men who want a terrorist (who Pete Thorton helped lock up a few weeks before named Marcus) out of jail. That night when the same guy again tries to kill her by breaking into her apartment,the trail leads Macgyver to the men who are behind the post office bombing. But it ends up the post office was only their first warning,and Macgyver soon finds out what they plan to blow up next: The Hall of Justice in downtown LA using a mail truck filled with explosives. The show reaches it's climax as Macgyver drives the truck away from the Hall of Justice,and has a construction worker fill it with cement to stop the explosion.

Frank Ferrucci

Frank Ferrucci


Guest Star

Don S. Davis

Don S. Davis

Cement Truck Driver

Guest Star

Bruce Harwood

Bruce Harwood


Guest Star

Elyssa Davalos

Elyssa Davalos

Nikki Carpenter

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • There is no Dunbar Postal Station in Los Angeles, CA, (Nikki's listed home address) and such a building wouldn't be referred to in the U.S. as a "postal station." There is a Dunbar Postal Station in Vancouver, where this episode of MacGyver was filmed.

    • According to Nikki's driver's license, she stands 5'10" and was born 10/5/59 (making her 28 years old). She lives at 2723 Forester Lane, Los Angeles, CA.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • MacGyver: Excuse me, could you tell me where where I could find some eucalyptus leaves?
      Box Boy: (sarcastically) Australia.
      MacGyver: Thanks for your help.

    • Pete: I thought you were going to stay home in bed and take care of that cold.
      MacGyver: I was. I am. How was I to know I was going to walk into a robbery? Police kept me tied up for hours.
      Pete: Well, the hidden cost of heroism.

    • Nikki: I don't want you involved. Do you understand me? I'll just handle this myself.
      MacGyver: Nobody gets close to Nikki Carpenter because Nikki's jinxed, is that it?
      Nikki: (MacGyver grabs her) Let me out of here!
      MacGyver: You think my involvement here is going to get me killed because it got your husband killed, right?
      Nikki: (upset) Stop it!
      MacGyver: How much longer can you go on telling people you're divorced? How much longer can you go on blaming yourself?
      Nikki: (crying) It was my fault. I should've known. It was a mob hit, and that car bomb was meant for me, not him.

    • Nikki: I'm a professional, and you make up stuff as you go along.
      MacGyver: Whatever works.

    • Nikki: How do you know about those investigations? (pauses) You have read my file, haven't you?
      MacGyver: Yeah, I have.
      Nikki: (upset) How dare you go digging into my private life?
      MacGyver: Somebody is after you; you came to me for help.
      Nikki: Well, I don't need your help.

    • Nikki: I need to talk to you.
      MacGyver: You? And me? Talk?

    • Nikki: I appreciate your help, MacGyver, but it's me this maniac is after, I can't just sit on my tail and wait for you to solve the problem.
      MacGyver: You can keep your tail from getting shot off! Will you just let me handle it?
      Nikki: How about... no.

    • Pete: You two amaze me, you know that? She comes to you for help and then won't ask for it. And then you come to me to tell me that you're worried about her. Did you two ever think of having a normal conversation?

    • Nikki: MacGyver, you could have been... What if that cement truck hadn't been there?
      MacGyver: I'd have gone to Plan B.
      Pete: What was that?
      MacGyver: I don't know. Plan A worked.

    • Nikki: (referring to Pete) What's gotten into him?
      MacGyver: He gets cranky sometimes.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The German episode title is "Das Attentat", meaning "Assassination Attempt". The Finnish episode title is "Räjähdysvaara", meaning "Risk of Explosion". The French episode title is "Rencontre explosive", meaning "Explosive Encounter". The Italian episode title is "La rapina sventata", meaning "The Foiled Robbery".