Season 3 Episode 5

Fire and Ice

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 26, 1987 on ABC
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Episode Summary

While investigating a string of jewelry thefts, a long time friend of MacGyver's is murdered.

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  • Very entertaining

    I watched this episode when I was only 10 years old and to be honest, it was quite entertaining. However, now that I've watched it again after more than 20 years I still find hard to believe how Amir fell for the whole thing so easily. And how he didn't suspect anything when he was allowed to go inside the vault and see all the diamonds... anyway. Could've been the dazzling beauty of Nikki Carpenter or how greedy and ambitious he was.

    The plot is fun and interesting and we get to meet Nikki Carpenter, who, in my opinion, was a great addition to the cast and a good sidekick for MacGyver. And as a little girl back in the 80's, someone I wanted to look like when I grew up.

    I'm so happy I was able to get the DVD's and I'm having a blast watching the episodes again.moreless
  • Some clever plotting and conniving makes this one entertaining, but the convenience factor of these "sting" episodes always make them hard for me to swallow.

    I'll admit that I didn't care for this episode back in 1987 when I first watched it. The layering of the "sting" was thorough enough that my 10-year-old brain didn't have the patience to wade through it all. Having watched it multiple times since as an adult, I've grown to appreciate the complexity of the narrative and the stylish Miami Vice-esque visuals. Seeing Nikki Carpenter (introduced for the first time in this episode) repelling in a mini-skirted maid's uniform didn't hurt either. But I mentioned in my review of "Twice Stung" how these sting episodes undermine themselves with the convenience factor. That problem is very noticeable in this episode, as Amir behaved exactly as predicted every step of the way. The most preposterous example came at the end when MacGyver and Nikki allegedly predicted that Amir would choose to kill them "in their own gas chamber" during the theft rather than simply shoot them dead (in which case their entire plan would clearly have been derailed). The sheer craziness of that scene, where Mac and Nikki simply pressed a secret button and opened up the acedaline-filled jewel vault after Amir fled the scene, still manages to sour me a little on the entire story.moreless
Aharon Ipalé

Aharon Ipalé

Amir Sumal

Guest Star

Anthony Stamboulieh

Anthony Stamboulieh

Ambassador Vulnay

Guest Star

Jonathon Pallone

Jonathon Pallone

Charles Keach

Guest Star

Elyssa Davalos

Elyssa Davalos

Nikki Carpenter

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (Nikki kicks the guard and knocks him out)
      MacGyver: (surprised) Where you learn that?
      Nikki: Sunday school.

    • Nikki: Did you get the key?
      MacGyver: I didn't get it.
      Nikki: What do you mean you "didn't get it?"
      MacGyver: What do you mean what do I mean? I didn't get it. I couldn't get him away from his locker.
      Nikki: I thought you were supposed to be good at this.
      MacGyver: So did I.
      Nikki: Now what do we do?
      MacGyver: It's locker number twelve.
      Nikki: What is that supposed to mean?
      MacGyver: That means I play squash, you play find the key.

    • MacGyver: This key's gonna work out fine. You did a fair job.
      Nikki: You know, I got myself invited to the ambassador's reception. Now, I would hardly rate that a 'fair job'.
      MacGyver: Okay. Fair+.

    • MacGyver: You having a problem with my plan?
      Nikki: Just one: it's not mine.
      MacGyver: So what's the problem?

    • Nikki: I came here to apologize.
      MacGyver: You came here because you can't break the code.
      Nikki: You did?
      MacGyver: Maybe. But you're going to have to come up with more than a lame apology to find out.
      Nikki: Danny was my brother.

    • Nikki: You're not still mad about the car, are you?
      MacGyver: Oh, I don't know. I had to drag one of my best friends downtown to bail me out, and then had to explain the whole thing. Of course I'm a little ticked.

    • MacGyver: (grabbing Nikki) Easy, easy, I want to make a deal with you. You don't scream, I don't scream.

    • Valet: (about Nikki) What is she doing? That chick is a real banana boat. She pulls up in a Ferrari and leaves in a wagon.
      MacGyver: I hate when she does that.

    • MacGyver: Math and science do prove useful.

    • MacGyver: A man once said, "when you make a friend, you take on a responsibility," and I guess that describes my friend Danny Barrett. When he invited me to lunch I should've known there'd be strings attached.

  • NOTES (2)

    • After previously playing the unrelated role of Lisa Kohler in the season premiere, Elyssa Davalos begins portraying the recurring role of Nikki Carpenter.

    • The German episode title is "Wer zuletzt lacht, lacht am besten", meaning "He Who Laughs Last, Laughs Best". The French episode title is "Les diamants du Ganastan", meaning "Ganastan's Diamonds". The Italian episode title is "Diamanti rosso sangue", meaning "Bloody Diamonds".