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Season 6 Episode 12

Jerico Games

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 07, 1991 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

MacGyver is reunited with a high school sweetheart whose wealthy husband is sponsoring an international ice hockey tournament.

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  • The entertainment value was still high, but the MacGyver series was starting to feel like an old man by this point in the series run, and this episode exemplifies the series' hastening maturity.moreless

    Unlike the numerous episodes that I like more each time I view it, here's an episode I like less as I watch it further. Introducing yet another ex-girlfriend with serious mental health issues, I had a hard time buying the entire premise being sold here, where the scheming Ellen waits in the wings for 20 years to exact revenge on the guy who dumped her in high school. I'm sure such a thing could happen, but I don't think the cold-blooded perpetrator of what unfolded on MacGyver could spend a full day playing kissy-face with him and successfully disguise her unbridled rage and hatred. With all that said, the story unfolded intriguingly in the episode's first half before Ellen's intentions were revealed, with MacGyver watching himself on live TV at a studio across town being the episode's high point (at least until the writers fell back on the whole Scooby Doo mask bit). Nikolai was charismatic and entertaining, if a little too juvenile, and added some spunk to the episode. I even enjoyed the incinerator scene, as logistically improbable as it may be for metal rods to be randomly laying around inside an incinerator as well as a plexiglass window that somehow avoids melting even though its only inches away from the incinerator flame. The final scene was torturous though as Ellen has her emotional breakdown at the episode's end. I wasn't buying it all. And what does it say about our hero that he proceeds to look through his yearbook in the epilogue, longing for the glory days and wondering "what could have been if only...." when viewing the pics of the ex-girlfriend who just tried to fry him in an incinerator. And I thought I let women walk all over me??!?!moreless
Madison Mason

Madison Mason


Guest Star

Robert Pine

Robert Pine

Ralph Jerico

Guest Star

Kymberly Sheppard

Kymberly Sheppard


Guest Star

Kevin Hayes

Kevin Hayes

Vince King

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • After the security guards arrest MacGyver, they put him in the back seat of what is clearly a police car. However, there is no cage separating the front from the rear, and the rear doors have easily-accessible push locks.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Ellen: What? Look at your face. Have I changed that much?
      MacGyver: Well, just for the better.
      Ellen: Good answer.

    • Nikolai: What they told us about American before glasnost, about how all of you are selfish monsters, is totally bogus.
      MacGyver: Well, I guess dudes are dudes all over the world.

    • MacGyver: Are you okay?
      Nikolai: Is that American sense of humor? Sure, I'm not bad, for a guy who's going to be toast.

    • Ellen: So tell me what you do at the Phoenix Foundation.
      MacGyver: Oh, I'm kind of a troubleshooter, I guess. They ask me to go somewhere, I do what I can to help.
      Ellen: MacGyver, I have never know anyone who could make such a mystery of everything.
      MacGyver: No, no, I'm not trying to be mysterious about it, it's just that what I do is tough to explain.

    • MacGyver: Nikolai, do you have any idea what's in those [hot dogs]?
      Nikolai: No.
      MacGyver: Neither does anyone else.

  • NOTES (2)