Season 3 Episode 18

Rock the Cradle

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 18, 1988 on ABC

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  • Good lighthearted fun, with some character development for Jack Dalton and some genuinely funny banter with MacGyver. Unfortunately, the primary story doesn't stand among the series' best.

    Writer John Whelpley seemed to have a flair for above-average dialogue, whether it be dramatic such as in the episode "Early Retirement" or lighthearted/comedic as is the case with this "Three Men and a Baby" takeoff. The opening scene with MacGyver making midair repairs on Jack's bargain-basement cargo plane was exciting and wonderfully filmed, and the banter among the characters once the baby was introduced holds up well. Jack's restrained disappointment upon learning that the baby is not his stands out as one of Bruce McGill's best acting performances on this series. What doesn't work so well on this episode, aside from the occasional crossing of the line from lightheartedness to goofiness, is the primary crime drama storyline involving counterfeiters held up at some random bar in the city (anyone else notice that this is the same bar where Jack meets his mother in season four's "Ma Dalton"?). The counterfeiters are thinly-drawn are their ultimate capture seems to be little more than a distraction from the "Three Men and a Baby" theme. This is a fun episode and I think the series was better for having made it, but at least for me, MacGyver works better as an adventure show than a quasi-comedy.