Season 2 Episode 11

Phoenix Under Siege

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 05, 1987 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • When Victoria prepares to shoot Phillips, there's clearly no bullets in at least three of the seven chambers of her gun. There's no reason she'd be carrying a half-empty gun in a situation where she plans to shoot people. She's only fired one shot to date, which means even if she forgot to reload there should only be one empty chamber.

  • Quotes

    • Harry: I don't think we're going to make it to that game.
      MacGyver: Come on, Harry, be positive.
      Harry: I'm positive we ain't going to make it to that game.

    • Harry: What the hell's going on? Why are they shooting at us?
      MacGyver: I guess those tickets are hotter than I thought.

    • Fred: That's the bomb? It looks like a little suitcase.
      Victoria: Yes, well I find it more convenient then a brown paper bag. What's your name, anyway?
      Fred: Fred—but you said you didn't want to know our names.
      Victoria: Yours I want to remember.

    • Fred: Why are you doing this? Just for the money?
      Victoria: No, Fred. Not just for the money. For the chance to work with pros like you.

    • Victoria: Normally I wouldn't have to tell anyone this. But stand very still.
      Fred: You mean it could go off? (Victoria glares) I'm a statue.

    • Phillips: What's the idea?
      Victoria: My agreement with the Liberation Front is that you're all expendable. Besides that, you annoy me. (shoots him)

    • MacGyver: When I was about ten, I got my first chemistry set. I've been a beaker-and-test-tube nut ever since. My mom said I was gonna come up with a formula that would either improve the world or blow up the house.

    • Harry: (Referring to the lab at the Phoenix Foundation.) Some of these gizmos look like they're straight out of Flash Gordon.
      MacGyver: Oh, we passed Flash Gordon years ago.

    • Harry: Remember when you were a kid that winter, I taught you how to skate backwards?
      MacGyver: Oh, I can't forget it! I spent the whole winter on my butt! (laughs)

  • Notes

    • Though credited, Dana Elcar does not appear in this episode.

    • The German episode title is "Phoenix in Gefahr", meaning "Phoenix in Danger". The Finnish episode title is "Hyökkäys kotikentälle", meaning "Attack on the Homefront". The French episode title is "La fondation Phoenix", meaning "The Phoenix Foundation". The Italian episode title is "Pochi secondi per morire", meaning "A Few Seconds to Die".

    • The title was misspelled in the opening credits as "Phoenix Under Seige". This was corrected for the DVD release.

  • Allusions