Season 3 Episode 10

Blow Out

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 21, 1987 on ABC

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  • 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.
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