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Season 6 Episode 15

High Control

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

MacGyver tries to help an acquaintance just out of prison stay on the straight and narrow despite the efforts of his old biker gang to blackmail him into rejoining them.

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  • A good, but not great, second act to the Earl Dent saga.

    It was probably worth bringing Dick Butkus back to reprise his role as the dimwitted con Earl Dent from "Harry's Will" and this episode generally entertained. The chemistry between Earl and gruff parole representative Montana was strong in most of the scenes, and perhaps even had the potential to make for an entertaining spinoff series. It was amusing to see Earl sent to work at the Chicken Habit given his history there and the setup by biker gang leader Klug was decent. The episode lost some steam in the second half when MacGyver, operating purely on faith, was able to convince Klug to let him ride with his gang to the meth lab where he could help clear Dent. Montana's reckless attempts to follow them also defied belief (how many parole agents would personally hunt down their clients in attempt to catch them in the act of a crime?). And the episode also featured the weakest MacGyverism in the series' history.....where MacGyver concocted a generic bomb by "mixing stuff" that was supposed to explode on impact, but didn't. Thankfully, the "mixed stuff" did explode on impact when attached to Dent's trike. Perhaps the writers didn't want to reveal some of the chemicals that went into making meth.....but more than likely they were too lazy to do the research necessary to explain the makeshift explosive device beyond "mixing stuff". Either way, it was incredibly weak and further signs of creeping weariness setting into this six-year-old show.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Earl: I got a little nervous when I heard the sirens. I'm trying to stay out of trouble.
      MacGyver: Yeah. How's it going?
      Earl: I'm clean.
      MacGyver: That's good.
      Earl: Of course, I've only been out of the joint two days.

    • Pete: It's the Handle Bar. 3217 Oakdale. That's a biker hangout, isn't it?
      MacGyver: Yeah, I think so.
      Pete: Well, what are you going to do?
      MacGyver: Hang out.

    • MacGyver: I need some noise so I can break that beaker.
      Earl: What kind of noise?
      MacGyver: Uh, talk louder.
      Earl: What do we talk about?
      MacGyver: Anything. I just need time to cut these ropes.
      Earl: Let Montana cut them. She has the fangs for it.

    • Montana: Do you want this job or not?
      Earl: Well, I think I might be overqualified for the job.
      Montana: Overqualified of what? Making license plates?
      Earl: I can make a lot of numbers out of them, and they're pretty darn good, too.
      Montana: Oh, yeah, I bet the lowest one is your IQ.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The German episode title is "Schöne Freunde", meaning "Beautiful Friends". The Finnish episode title is "Valvontatehtävä", meaning "Supervising". The French episode title is "Libéré sur parole", meaning "Free on Parole". The Italian episode title is "Sorvegliato speciale", meaning "Special Supervision".