Ok, “Partners” is almost too good to be true. First of all, Murdoc is such a terrific villain. He’s dramatic, over-the-top, and completely out of his mind…the perfect components of a foil for MacGyver. Being insane, however, Murdoc would rather playfully torture MacGyver and watch him narrowly escape his sinister setups rather than actually kill him. After all, if MacGyver were dead the game would really be over, and that's something I suspect Murdoc can't fathom. In this episode, Murdoc lures MacGyver, Pete and Jack Dalton to an old junkyard, seemingly as an “anniversary” of the day MacGyver met Pete. Neither of them knows it is a trap until it’s too late, as MacGyver and Pete find themselves locked in the trailer of an 18-wheeler, an old taxi and Murdoc at the wheel. Wow, what a nutty extravaganza this will be!
We are treated to a lot of flashbacks to the day MacGyver and Pete met…Mac hasn’t aged a day but Pete’s wearing a toupee! It’s actually a good look for him :-). Pete (some kind of cop) follows Mac who’s following a seemingly helpless “lady” into an abandoned building. Pete draws a gun on Mac and commandeers the taxi Mac is driving for Jack Dalton (yeah, they go back a long time) and they pursue the mysterious woman. The woman turns out to be none other than Murdoc in drag (and quite successfully, I might add…he really does look like a woman). Anyway, Murdoc pens them with a bazooka (we’re still in flashback, here folks) and Pete thinks they’re toast. Well, he’s never met Mac and certainly doesn’t know what he can do with next to nothing, so he sits amazed at the prowess with which he wields a shoelace.
Anyway, back the future so to speak and Mac and Pete are still trapped in the tractor trailer, which is rigged with a bomb. Mac and Pete get out in no time at all, and believe they’ve blown up Murdoc (but we know better) along with it. At the end, Dalton shows up at the junk yard, joking that he would’ve been there earlier but it was too early for him to get up. Mac and Pete look at each other as the three buds pose for a picture…classic MacGyver fun.