Season 2 Episode 6

Jack of Lies

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 03, 1986 on ABC

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  • The introduction of Jack Dalton brought needed character development to this series.

    Sticking with the adventure show theme, "Jack of Lies" is a perfectly competent episode with some cheesy one-dimensional villains, but stands out due to the presentation of a new character that would become iconic in the lore of MacGyver fandom. That character is obviously Jack Dalton. ABC programmers had it partly correct when they advised MacGyver producers to lighten its tone and put a greater emphasis on character in its second season. While the excessive use of voiceovers was a miscalculation, at least for me, MacGyver needed a character like Dalton who could triangulate as MacGyver's friend and the man who inadvertantly (or often consciously) leads him to danger. The character was well-drawn enough and so superbly played by veteran character actor Bruce McGill that it turned out to be a match made in heaven responsible for many of this series' most memorable episodes. Solid production values and a clever and emotional ending were high points in this episode, even though the plot doesn't stand out as one of the series' best.