Season 2 Episode 19


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 23, 1987 on ABC
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Episode Summary

When MacGyver is sent to rescue an American pilot held in Central America for supposed espionage, his wargame-trained daughter tags along, but she didn't quite come prepared for the real thing. MacGyver must now rescue the pilot while keeping his daughter safe from the soldiers.

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  • ok episode...

    Mac is sent off to rescue a pilot and the pilot's daughter decides to tag along and almost screw up the entire mission. I did not really like this episode very much. The female character got on my nerves, but I found it funny how opposite she and MacGyver were. There were plenty of interesting MacGyverisms in this episode and also plenty of action. Still, the story was not up to par and the characters, other than Mac, were annoying. . . Oh, and the pilot's limp was terrible and it got on my nerves. Overall, just an ok, average episode.moreless
  • Despite high-adventure theme and plenty of cleverness throughout, the energy level just wasn't that high on this episode.

    On paper, "Bushmaster" seems like it should have been a great episode. The adventure level in the Central American one-horse dictatorship was certainly on-point. Clever MacGyverisms, ranging from the use of a refrigerator's free-on cartridge to freeze a lock to using egg whites to plugging a radiator full of holes, also impressed. Nonetheless, the subdued tone of this episode, along with some marginal acting and a general lack of energy keep me from giving it a ringing endorsement. The opening scene with the war game didn't get things off to a great start as the acting was unconvincing by all. Also preposterous was Kelly's theory that she had to commandeer the rescue of her father so she could prove her credentials as "a son". All in all, the episode seemed rushed and kind of forced, clever at times but lacking in narrative inspiration. It would have been a good episode by the exhausted seventh season, but doesn't hold up as well as most in season two.moreless
  • Mac to the rescue... Again

    The ep was very adventurous, like almost every ep of the show. Some situations were a little predictable, like Kelly getting in the plane to rescue her father and her again screaming when the man was shot. I love Macgyver´s sense of humor. Even when he is in danger he has something funny to say. And I think that sense of humor saves him most of the time, making him stronger.

    The girl was a little bit stubborn, knowing nothing about rescue missions and being very vulnerable because her own father was taken.

    At the end, the ep was good, exciting and fun to watch.

John Schuck

John Schuck

Joe Henderson

Guest Star

Alex Colon

Alex Colon

General Salazar

Guest Star

Bert Rosario

Bert Rosario

Lt. Raoul Pera

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the opening war game sequence, MacGyver dodges an authentic explosion from incoming artillery, which is something no one would ever use in a friendly wargame as presented here.

    • Although the egg in the radiator trick theoretically could temporarily seal minor radiator leaks (but not bullet holes), the seal would soon break.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Kelly: My mom died right after I was born.
      MacGyver: Any brothers or sisters?
      Kelly: No. I guess I'm his daughter and his son.
      MacGyver: Which one of you is here to rescue him?

    • MacGyver: Egg whites are good for a lot of things. Lemon meringue pie, angel food cake, and... plugging up radiators.

    • MacGyver: I hope you didn't take what happened back at the road block personally.
      (An officer hits him in the stomach.)
      MacGyver: (in pain) Guess you did!

    • Pete: Diversion worked? We're home free.
      MacGyver: No, timer worked. We're not done yet.

    • (After Pete hands him a gun)
      MacGyver: You know how I feel about those things.
      Pete: But you're defenseless out here.
      MacGyver: No, just weaponless.

    • MacGyver: There are times you can't do a job all by yourself. What I needed was a little help from the locals—local chickens, that is.

    • Raoul: I've been told there's no real proof of his guilt.
      Salazar: The problem is being corrected as we speak.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The idea of using an egg to seal a radiator was submitted by a youth as part of the show's policy of accepting fan 'MacGyverisms' and awarding money if used in an episode.

    • This is the first of Alex Colon's two, unrelated appearances on MacGyver. He can also be seen in the season seven episode, "The Mountain of Youth".

    • The German episode title is "Die Befreiung", meaning "Liberation". The Finnish episode title is "Mestarisissi", meaning "Master Ranger". The French episode title is "L'échappée belle", meaning "Beautiful Escape". The Italian episode title is "Il campione della guerriglia", meaning "Champion of the Guerrillas".