Season 4 Episode 4

On a Wing and a Prayer

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 05, 1988 on ABC

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  • A nice return to the traditional adventure show formula with a rescue attempt in Central America.

    With the first three episodes of season four charting new thematic territory, it was nice to go back to basics with an adventure episode that pulled in all of the elements that make this show work so well. MacGyverisms ensued at warp speed for much of the hour as Mac and Jack dabbled in disguises, smuggled arms, and hung out with a band of mountain guerrillas in Central America, all in an effort to rescue a nun and a wounded Pete Thornton...and to warn the nation's government of a pending terrorist attack. The suspense of the escape from the rebels' headquarters reached fever pitch when Jack's sea plane shot down and had to make an emergency landing. The explanations of resurrecting the plane got a little murky and the self-absorbed nature of the rebel leader were too painfully transparent to have much credibility, but this episode nonetheless sparkled with a great mix of action and humor. This is another of those episodes that I enjoy more with each viewing.