Season 1 Episode 14


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 05, 1986 on ABC
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Episode Summary


A mysterious person, who calls himself "Viking", has just bombed a cruise ship. He demands six million dollars or another bomb will go off within hours. So MacGyver, with an old friend from Vietnam, Charlie Robinson, is sent to disarm it. But when they get there, they find out there's more than one bomb on the ship.


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  • An early favorite with an extensively-researched script that gives it gravitas.

    This episode was fun throughout, and was very clearly researched thoroughly given its elaborate bomb defusal narrative. The acting was competent, the story imaginative and original, and the execution was suspenseful throughout. The developing chemistry with DXS operations chief Pete Thornton was progressing steadily at this point, establishing a needed permanent ally for MacGyver....and having an excellent character actor like Dana Elcar bringing his talents to a series plagued by no shortage of cheesy acting up to that point was an additional bonus. Aside from the obvious plotholes in this episode (Viking's apparent ability to be everywhere at all times, the fact that bombs were going off on this ship and the passengers didn't seem to know without being told), the biggest problem for me with this episode was how the narrative about MacGyver's past (a Vietnam War veteran????) conflicted so badly with the narrative in place for the rest of the series' run. If the writers are gonna make things up as they go, they should at least remember the things they already established to avoid contradicting past precedent. That grievance aside, the main storyline in this episode was compelling and exciting....and actually featured a female character who wasn't a raving bimbo.moreless
  • Macgyver really rocks.

    This is another Macgyver classic episode. I really enjoyed watching this. It's so fun watching the show's setup, Macgyver gets a briefing from his boss Dana Elcar, then he is sent to the field to deal with the problem at hand. Even though he goes through the same routine each week, it's still a fun thing to watch. The stories are great, it's really entertaining, you're treated to a good drama. This is what good tv should be. The plot's really riveting, it's very engaging, you know it's fiction but you don't mind, you'll be drawn to it just by watching.moreless
  • MacGyver is called up to help diffuse a number of bombs located on a cruise ship in the North Pacific with 1100 passengers. The terrorist is named "Viking" and demands 6 million dollars. Can MacGyver and his friend from back in 'Nam Charlie, diffuse themoreless

    This episode is quite intense and exciting. MacGyver reunites with his good friend Charlie Robinson, who he used to diffuse bombs with back in 'nam - 51 bombs in total to be exact and this was going to be number 52 (54 counting all three).

    MacGyver was a little hesitant that Pete would call Charlie as he had a little one on the way... and I was very shocked when Charlie didn't make it through the mission.

    I really enjoyed the bomb diffusion sequence at the end when MacGyver and Carol had to diffuse the 3 bombs in a matter of minutes - very intense!

    Overall, the episode was a good one and highly recommend it.moreless
Ellen Bry

Ellen Bry

Carole Tanner

Guest Star

Steven Williams

Steven Williams

Charlie Robinson

Guest Star

Michael Cavanaugh

Michael Cavanaugh


Guest Star

Dana Elcar

Dana Elcar

Pete Thornton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Pete shows Charlie and MacGyver the location of the Victoria to Typhoon Harry, the silhouette of the storm is more reminiscent of a tornado rather than a tropical cyclone.

    • When moving from the balcony to his apartment's interior, MacGyver's shirt changes color.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Pete: Mac, I need your help.
      MacGyver: Last time you said that to me, I ended up in Washington, wearing a pin-striped suit and a necktie.

    • MacGyver: I had this contract with Pete Thornton's outfit that says I take only those jobs I wanna take. Now, you'd think I'd say "no" once in a while. Especially when Pete wants to put me in the middle of the ocean to babysit a bomb.

    • MacGyver: Pick a number between one and ten, quick!
      Charlie: Seven.
      MacGyver: Close, but wrong; I go first.

    • MacGyver: It's not technology, it's… art.
      Pete: Art?! MacGyver, it's a damn bomb!
      MacGyver: You just lack artistic taste.

    • Atkins: The search party found another one. In the auxiliary power room.
      MacGyver: You got two neon signs?

    • Charlie: Pick a number, Mac.
      MacGyver: Oh, no. We played that game already.
      Charlie: I guess that means it's my turn to go first.

    • MacGyver: Just hold a steady course, and think positive thoughts.

    • Carol: Tell me, Mr. MacGyver. Would you want to know that a very good possibility exists that you could die a violent death some time during the next three hours?
      MacGyver: Yes, Ma'am, I would.

    • Charlie: You're a wonder, a true wonder.
      MacGyver: Just survival, Charlie.

    • Charlie: Ignore him. He has this irrepressible paternal instinct toward me.

    • Susan: I think I'll hang loose over here in the past. Might be safer.

    • MacGyver: Okay, Susan, this is the future. Or, part of it anyway.

    • MacGyver: Sure is great to start off a sunny day thinking about the people you like most. My pal Susan, for instance. She's my landlady, the building maintenance person - and the only human being who's figured out how to keep me organized. So, how do I repay her? A twenty-first century breakfast, of course. I wonder how she likes her eggs.

    • MacGyver: Hey Pete, don't forget you and I have got a little golf match as soon as this is job is over.
      Pete: Yeah right, and I'm gonna spot you a stroke a hole, buddy!

    • (Mac and Charlie are getting ready to defuse the bombs)
      MacGyver: Charlie, remember the routine in 'nam: By the numbers. Slow and easy. And we'll live forever.

    • MacGyver: Charlie, you got a screw loose, you know that?!
      Charlie: (nonchalantly) So what else is new?

  • NOTES (1)

    • The German episode title is "Wenn Bomben ticken", meaning "When Bombs Tick". The Italian episode title is "A pochi secondi dalla fine", meaning "A Few Seconds from the End".