This episode introduces us to the character of MacGyver.
Although there are many aspects of this, and in this episode that did not last into the main run of the show (i.e. Dana Eclar playing a different part, his boss, and a few other minor character details.) However, you are introduced to the analytical problem solving skills, and survivalist nature of MacGyver. Making do with what you have, and what you can find, which may not be what you really need. But in the end he saves the day with only seconds to spare which will come to be typical in the series, in fact it happens twice in this episode, once in the opening sequence, and once in the main. All in all it is a good episode for a pilot.