Season 7 Episode 8

Good Knight MacGyver (2)

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 11, 1991 on ABC
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Episode Summary

With the honor of his family name at stake, MacGyver and Merlin seek to free Cecilia and stop Morgana's rise to the throne.

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  • Very few MacGyver episodes matched the cleverness of this episode, making it the highlight of season seven.

    I still can't understand why DVD reviewers singled out this episode from the seventh season to pan when it had such a tight and clever script. It's very hard to make a dream sequence/fantasy episode work, but "Good Knight, MacGyver" overcome very long odds and pulled it off, with the high bar set in part one actually getting surpassed in part two. Every logistical element from part one was shrewdly deployed as a mechanism for escape in part two, ranging from the king's amulet to Merlin's wine bottle to the use of the term "pivot point". The opening escape scene from above the molten pit was both exciting and comical, raising the stakes of Merlin's rivalry with MacGyver. Turning the king's amulet into a dog whistle and using the gunpowder from Morgana's lab to unveil Ian M'Iver's coded message in the dungeon walls all helped to contribute to this creative masterpiece. Even the Scottish origin of MacGyver's long-hidden first name was worth seven seasons of hype and the uber-dramatic context in which it was revealed.

    Robin Strasser's performance as Morgana was as deliciously over-the-top as anyone could dream for, and her execution of the snoozing guard was darkly hilarious. Of course, the episode's creative peak came at the climax with the ingenius recreation of Benjamin Franklin's lightning trick that ultimately blew up Morgana's gunpowder lab. This may well go down as my favorite MacGyverism of all-time. Even the closing scene, where MacGyver awoke to find the real-life characters paralleling those from his King Arthur fantasy. The only weak point for me, aside from the fact that it's kind of hard for me to take dream/fantasy episodes as seriously as I do regular episodes, was the special effects. Whether it was the ridiculous animated castle footage or the old-school depiction of electricity, the FX were so cheesy that the forced the viewer to cringe even amidst the impressively clever story they were watching.moreless
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Lynne Harbaugh

Lynne Harbaugh


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Mark Holton

Mark Holton

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Morganna is mixing her gunpowder, and uses proportions of 20 to 7 to 1. The proportions typically have to be 7.5 sulfur to 1.5 charcoal to 1 sulfur. Also, the substance she has marked as 7 is white, but charcoal wouldn't be white. And the substance she has marked as 1 is black, but sulfur isn't black.

    • The slat that MacGyver is holding onto with both hands is shown to splinter in the middle at the end of the previous episode, and in the recap at the beginning of this episode. However, when the episode actually starts, it is undamaged.

    • This episode finally reveals MacGyver's first name: Angus.

    • There is not enough volume in the wineskin to contain sufficient hydrogen to lift it off the ground, much less bear the weight of the kite and cloth.

    • The guard calls Morgana "Your Highness", but since she is a queen, she should be addressed as "Your Majesty".

  • QUOTES (10)

    • MacGyver: Merlin, follow me. I'm going to swivel around and allow you across the pivot point.
      Merlin: "Swivel"? "Pivot point'? Speak English!
      MacGyver: Just work with me on this, will you?

    • Merlin: I find you despicable.
      MacGyver: I just saved your life!
      Merlin: Of course you did. Show-off! You're always grabbing attention.

    • Merlin: This ploy will repel any creature on Earth.
      MacGyver: You can say that again.
      Merlin: This ploy will repel any creature on Earth.
      MacGyver: Never mind. Never mind.

    • Merlin: What are you doing with the king's amulet?
      MacGyver: Just hang on, I think this will work.
      Merlin: Naturally. It's your idea. It must be superior.

    • Merlin: I was thinking. As a gesture of good will and camaraderie, you go first.
      MacGyver: Whatta guy.

    • MacGyver: It smells like gunpowder.
      Merlin: What's gunpowder?
      MacGyver: Nothing you'll ever miss.

    • Merlin: I have an ancient potion which will deliver him to deepest asleep.
      MacGyver: Are you sure?
      Merlin: A fool could administer it. Centuries old. Have no fear. (hits the man with a blackjack) I told you, centuries old.

    • MacGyver: Malcolm was right about everything. We have the same first name.
      Cecilia: Oh, it's a beautiful name.
      MacGyver: Maybe in your time. Where I come from...

    • MacGyver: All right, keep your fingers crossed.
      Merlin: He says strange things like that all the time.

    • MacGyver: Uh, Morganna, you're standing in a very dangerous spot. The best you can do right now is run.
      Morganna: Yes. The McIver defiance. I knew there was something about you I despised.
      MacGyver: Well, wouldn't have it any other way.

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