Season 5 Episode 16

Jenny's Chance

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 19, 1990 on ABC

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  • The best of the three "sting" episodes featured in this series, the role-playing of the main characters elevates "Jenny's Chance" above its peers.

    Jack Dalton's appearances started to become fewer and fewer in season five, but he continued to leave a mark on the show when he did show up, as was the case in this, the last of the three "sting" episodes featured on MacGyver...and the best of the three. The story was rich and complex, the role-playing of the major characters was both clever and humorous, and the twists and turns were nicely executed. The birth of MacGyver's nerdy alter ego Dexter Fillmore was a nice touch that added some amusing atmosphere to this episode and the two subsequent episodes featuring Dexter. As with all sting episodes, my major grievance was the fact that the bad guys always do the exact things that the sting planners expected them to do, however far-fetched the logic. What would have happened, for instance, if George Henderson hadn't told his associate to follow Harry Boyle to the Derby Grill and stumble right into the snare? The whole plan would have instantly fallen apart. That's what makes it even harder for me to suspend my disbelief on these sting episodes than it is when Murdoc comes back to life for the umptieth time. Minor grievances though, as this was a fun episode that audiences took a definite interest in, generating a season-high 14.7 rating and easily winning its timeslot.
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