Season 7 Episode 9

Deadly Silents

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 18, 1991 on ABC
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Episode Summary

MacGyver tries to help an old silent film star retrieve the only existing prints of his work from a pair who come up with some special effects of their own to try and trap MacGyver.

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  • A clever episode that channels Batman with creative traps and escapes.

    Scriptwriter Brad Radnitz could always be counted on for a clever script even though his tenure with the series paralleled its creative nadir. This episode was not without flaws, ranging from the overly lighthearted tone to the cartoonish villains, but given the context (a special effects artist trying to force a heart attack upon an old man through the use of FX), the episode generally did its job. From the charming old movie footage in the episode's early scenes that foreshadowed the climactic scene to the surprise sabotage of the tires on MacGyver's jeep, it was clear this was gonna be a fun old-school episode featuring hokey MacGyverisms aplenty. On that front, the episode did disappoint a little. MacGyver ended up escaping the pool (filled up with some of the cleanest river water I've ever seen) by using his boot AGAIN...and it seems like they could have come up with a better escape from the catwalk than the strange knife-through-wallet-through paper wall bit. I guess it was the excitement of the "death traps" themselves that I found most entertaining about this episode....along with the tumbling wall from the studio set at the episode's end. The epilogue was very strange and underscored some of the more grating elements of this episode, but overall, it was still one of the best efforts from season seven.moreless

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • MacGyver: Now, give me your wallet.
      Pinky: What are you going to do, rob me or save me?
      MacGyver: Just give me the wallet!

    • Neil: (watching MacGyver escape a death trap) Whoa! Oh whoa! This dude is like so fully awesome.
      Karl: Don't start a fan club just yet, Neil.

    • MacGyver: Now's not the time to panic, Pinky.
      Pinky: Oh, you kidding? Now's the perfect time to panic.

    • Karl: (setting a trap for MacGyver and Pinky) No one will ever know that you drowned on my father's old lot.
      Neil: I like it.
      Karl: Gee, that means the world to me, Neil.

    • Neil: Hey, what are you going to do with your share of the film profits?
      Karl: I don't know. Maybe start a special effects house.
      Neil: I hope it comes out better than the stunts you rigged here.
      Karl: I will not be laughed at by a man whose chief ambition in life is to produce slasher films.
      Neil: Chill out, dude. You're losing your sense of humor.

    • Pinky: MacGyver, I gotta stop. One of these days I'm going to tell you how old I am, and it's going to scare you to death.

    • MacGyver: You did it, Pinky!
      Pinky: No, it wasn't me. Nuh-uh. It was you and me. As a team, a great team, that's what it was. It was, well it was like Laurel and Hardy. Or the Marx Brothers. Or Abbott & Costello. Oh yeah, they're here, they're all here. Can't you hear them? It's movie magic. Oh god, I love this business.

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