Season 4 Episode 5

Collision Course

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 12, 1988 on ABC
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Episode Summary

A reluctant MacGyver is forced to drive an experimental environmentally-efficient race car in a championship competition after the designer, an old college friend, is blinded in a crash caused by sabotage.

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  • The cliched and predictable race in the finale keeps the episode stuck in marginal gear by this series' standards.

    Ah yes....another revelation of one of MacGyver's hidden skills. It now seems that he used to dabble on the stock car racing circuit in Europe as a young man (what didn't this guy do before he became the ultimate houseboat-dwelling loner/couch potato?). Clearly, this latest character revelation was a cheap ploy to establish a racecar-themed episode. The episode was entertaining, but below average for this series. G. Gordon Liddy and Kai Wulff were entertaining villains, and the hold they had over O'Malley was put to good effect. Nonetheless, the convenient way in which Pete stumbled upon the evidence that ultimately condemned Strickland and Visser was a fairly lazy resolution to the criminal plot.....and the booster that Visser had attached to his fuel line, while entertaining, was silly as a plot device considering racing inspectors would have caught that in a second. And the last-to-first race in the episode's finale (with a car driven by a guy who's been out of the circuit for more than a decade) was cheesy and predictable. This was a modest effort and generally good fun, but not quite up to the MacGyver standards.

    This was the final episode of 1988, meaning the competition with the football season was about to end. Ultimately, the arrangement worked out for the series as the majority of the new season would take place after the football season. "Collision Course" was the lowest-rated episode of the season with an 11.7 rating, but the numbers went nowhere but up with the 1989 episodes.moreless
Patrick Wayne

Patrick Wayne

Jeff Stone

Guest Star

Kai Wulff

Kai Wulff

Hans Visser

Guest Star

Katey Wright

Katey Wright

Charlie Stone

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (10)

    • Reporter: Which means you have to beat Stone on Sunday and you have to win the race to take the championship. What makes you think you can do it?
      Visser: I don't know how to lose.
      MacGyver: How do you respond to that, Jeff?
      Jeff: I'll respond during the race.

    • MacGyver: Needs work. Engine, fresh rubber, new brakes, drive train, heats, everything.
      Pete: Well, actually, I've seen you do a lot more... with a lot less.

    • Pete: It's like you said. "Good ole clever MacGyver, he can fix anything." Maybe it's time he fixed himself.

    • MacGyver: Eight years ago in Europe, I was leading a race. A car clipped me from behind. I spun into another car. The driver was killed.
      Pete: It wasn't your fault.
      MacGyver: Pete, the car that clipped me—the driver was Hans Visser.
      Pete: Okay. So, now you'll know what to expect. You'll be ready for him.

    • Charlie: He told me that what he did for a living was dangerous, but... if you let yourself be afraid of dying, you're just gonna end up being afraid of living.

    • Charlie: Listen, why did MacGyver ever quit racing?
      Pete: Actually, he never talks about it.

    • MacGyver: You're a glory hound, Visser. And you're still dangerous.
      Visser: It takes nerves to win, MacGyver. You lost yours, remember?

    • MacGyver: Heard from Meg?
      Jeff: Charlie got a birthday card from Wisconsin.
      MacGyver: You still miss her?
      Jeff: I guess she's happy. Being married to a dentist, she doesn't have to worry about him buying it in a crash.

    • Pete: How's our, uh, investment doing?
      MacGyver: Worth every penny the Phoenix Foundation's put into it. Emissions are down 18%, engine's running ten degrees cooler than we expected.

    • MacGyver: For my eighth birthday, my grandpa Harry drove me in his old blue pickup to the straightaway behind the Clemens farm, put my hands on the steering wheel, and slammed his foot into the gas. I'll never forget the sound of the wind rushing past my ears, how the red needle trembled past ninety, the wheel shakin' in my hands. Scared me to death, and I thought nothing in the world could be more exciting.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The German episode title is "Sabotage auf der Rennbahn", meaning "Sabotage on the Race Track". The French episode title is "Grand prix à Westwood".