Season 5 Episode 19

Hearts of Steel

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 09, 1990 on ABC

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  • An uninspired kidnapping plot is hampered further by a silly resolution.

    This was my least favorite episode of season five. Mayim Bialik was an effervescent presence, but her character was more sanctimoniously annoying than entertaining in this particular episode. Lisa's only moments to shine in this episode were in the opening scenes with Ingrid at the mall. The kidnapping portion was okay, but not exactly memorable, although I did like the revelation that the kidnappers had taken the wrong girl. From there though, the idea that three lone kidnappers could successfully stage that bait-and-switch to "re-kidnap" Lisa from her heavily guarded palace was far from credible. As for the social views portrayed in the episode, I'm about as strong of an economic populist as you'll ever find, but even I found the dynamic between corporate shark Eric Woodman and bankrupted steel mill owner Trevors to be one-dimensional, leaving me very disappointed at the silly ending where all of Trevors' festering rage was instantly quelled by Lisa convincing her dad to re-open the steel mill (which would never happen in the real world even if the new owner was being held at gunpoint). It's a good thing that CBS and NBC were in ratings freefall in this timeslot in the spring of 1990, because MacGyver certainly wasn't winning any viewers with mediocre episodes like this even though it was winning its time slot by this point.
  • Macgyver tries to stop a kidnapping plot.

    Macgyver tries to stop a kidnapping plot.

    Two girls Ingrid, and Lisa are approached and attacked by a couple of men. One of them gets kidnapped, the other locked in a room.

    The kidnappers, apparently have a reason for this. One of the girl's father is a rich lowlife who is closing down a plant laying off many workers.

    In fact, in one scene the bastard clearly states he doesn't care about this people and that it's business.

    Well this is pretty routine plot but falls short for many reasons.

    The "victims" aren't really victims. They aren't even likable. The father in the story the main guy whose the cause of this is an arrogant piece of crap.

    This episodes holds no surprises either which yes is part of the show but more so here. You know the girls
    will get rescued.

    Then again the Dad being a cold heart bastard businessman was realistic.