MacGyver

Season 3 Episode 1

Lost Love (1)

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 21, 1987 on ABC
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While helping the People's Republic of China secure a priceless national treasure—The Ming Dragon—in a San Diego museum, MacGyver runs into a Lisa, a woman that he had loved and thought was long dead. MacGyver learns that Lisa has been alive all these years and needs his help escaping the KGB.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A final hurrah of late Cold War era spyjinks.

    9.3
    MacGyver kicked off his third season with a bang in this intricately weaved Cold War-era political thriller. The "mullet" was starting to take form by this point and the series move to Vancouver was immediately evident in the lush green backgrounds featured in the motorcycle chase scene. The change in filming location was definitely a masterstroke for this series as it allowed writer/producers to do a number of ambitious outdoor episodes that the LA market would not have accommodated. This episode took a fair amount of time to set up, given its elaborate plot structure, but the setup is entertaining in itself and pays off handsomely. Bonus points for some particularly ominous and engaging villains in this episode, such as the actor who played General Recubian and especially Kossov, played by the fine actor Anthony DeLongis (Piedra from season one's "The Assassin"). The action is smooth and flowing for much of the hour, but the ultimate climactic payoff doesn't occur until the impressive conclusion episode.



    Ratingswise, MacGyver once again struggled early in the season, competing with tough sitcom competition on CBS and NBC, Monday Night Football on its own network in the West Coast, and having spent the entire summer broadcast on Wednesday nights and thus losing momentum in its time slot. The season premiere pulled in a weak 11.9 rating, putting MacGyver in a distant third place in its time slot. 1987-88 was one of those seasons where network TV saw a significant across-the-board decline in ratings. MacGyver was no exception to that trend, but luckily didn't lose any more or less of its audience than most other shows that year.moreless
Paul Batten

Paul Batten

Pettigrew

Guest Star

James Hong

James Hong

Commissioner Chu

Guest Star

Anthony De Longis

Anthony De Longis

Major Nickolai Kossov

Guest Star

Bruce McGill

Bruce McGill

Jack Dalton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • At the exhibit hall, Pete says that there's no evidence of foul play in the security guard's death in the teaser. Three roundhouse kicks to the face would show up in any competent autopsy, much less one conducted by the Phoenix Foundation. A three-story fall wouldn't cover up the injuries.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Pete: Chu. I mean Commissioner Chu.
      Chu: Don't be inscrutable with me, Peter. It's good to see you again.

    • MacGyver: What's it gonna take? What's the price?
      Racoubian: You know what trade I deal in. What could you possibly offer me? I know you won't betray your country's security.
      MacGyver: You got that straight.

    • Racoubian: I like you, MacGyver, but I can't let them go. As for glasnost, I don't agree with the current Soviet administration, this new openness. Weak. Foolish. Impractical.
      MacGyver: And you think killing three people is more practical. That's amazing.

    • Jack: You know, friends, I come from a long line of magicians. My father used to walk down the street and turn into a saloon.

    • MacGyver: Why do you want out?
      Kossov: I was two years in a prison camp. I learned one thing, MacGyver: to cherish freedom.

    • MacGyver: People change. Kossov is here with the Soviet delegation to the exposition. He's not KGB, and maybe not the guy I tangled with in Budapest.
      Pete: You love her, so you're buying him. Is that it?

    • Lisa: My husband's name is… Nicholai Kossov.
      MacGyver: Kossov? Major Nicholai Kossov? I know him. I escaped from him in Hungary.

    • Jack: It's a lousy piece of fate, but you're not responsible. Come on, Mac. We all have our ghosts.
      MacGyver: Yeah, but we don't all see 'em walkin' by.

    • MacGyver: She was my contact to an underground resistance group - all very official, all very proper... and then it got very personal.

    • Jack: You wouldn't step on an ant; what do you mean "I killed her"?

    • Jack: Maybe she's alive.
      MacGyver: No. I saw her die... I killed her.

    • Pete: Since when are you a magician?
      Jack: When? I have studied at the feet of Hindu mystics! Climbed the hidden mountains of Tibet to learn the lost secrets of that unknown kingdom. I have delved into…
      MacGyver: … a magic course he got selling magazines in the tenth grade.

    • Jack: Excuse me. This is a closed rehearsal.
      MacGyver: Oh, like the time you tried to pull a silk scarf out of the principal's ear and got his toupée instead?

    • Pete: MacGyver is kind of a... troubleshooter.

    • MacGyver: When I was a little kid, I used to think ships were like magic, sailing in from strange places, carrying mysterious cargo.

  • NOTES (8)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Jack's comment "This is supposed to be magic, not 'Who's on first?'" references the classic vaudeville Abbott & Costello comedy routine. The comedy duo first performed the routine during a tour in 1937, went on to do it on radio on The Kate Smith Hour in March 1938, and performed it in their movie debut in One Night in the Tropics (1940). They also performed the routine in The Naughty Nineties (1945) in what is considered their finest recorded rendition. The routine is based off the confusion caused by a baseball team where all of the players have names that are questions (Who, What, I Don't Know, Why, Because, Tomorrow, Today). Abbott tries to explain that Who is the first baseman, confusing Costello who keeps asking "Who's on first?" and being told "Yes."

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