Season 5 Episode 16

Jenny's Chance

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

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  • An elaborate sting episode with Richard Dean Anderson displaying some varied acting ability.

    It is evident early on alot of time and work was put into this episode from the entire crew. The episode features a solid guest cast (including Linda Blair), a sweeping musical score, and intricate plot line. The whole story centers around the deaf race horse "Jenny's Chance" and how Henderson schemes to fix a race by setting up its jockey with a ultra high pitched gadget that would tilt the odds high enough to bet the farm on Jenny's Chance. The problem is the money Henderson puts on the horse must be laundered through hundreds of sources to not raise a red flag. This is where Mac, Pete, Jack and gang come in. Pete goes undercover as a corrupt bookie with a secret, state of the art gambling house, while Mac poses as the geeky computer guy also helping Pete create a device to exploit Jenny's chance. Jack serves as "Lucky Charlie", Henderson's secret partner in crime. The real twist comes with Macgyver playing another character later in the show that will have everyone surprised. The whole sting eventually nails Henderson as guilty (obviosuly). It works almost a little too perfectly I think, and that is my only critique for this episode. I like Legend of the Holy Rose a little better as best of season, but this is a close 2nd.