Season 5 Episode 5

Second Chance

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 16, 1989 on ABC

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  • There was plenty to like about this episode, but the melodrama factor was a little higher than it needed to be.

    Apparently actor Richard Lawson, scheduled to reprise his role as Jesse Colton on "The Black Corsage", took a rain check and instead reprised his role in this episode. The result was a rather sketchy narrative about how MacGyver not only became good friends with the shady bounty hunter from "Ma Dalton", but also knew his brother Frank even before the butted heads on "The Black Corsage". Whatever the case, the story in "Second Chance" was pretty well-constructed, with Jesse learning he has an impoverished and recently-orphaned Amerasian son in Bangkok, and the boy's desperation leads MacGyver to a group of black market bandits operating locally and preying off of local kids. Willie and Jesse were in many ways an unconvincing father and son, but the acting between the two was pretty strong. The multiple layers of over-the-top melodrama, particularly that involving the sweetheart teenage girl in need of a dialysis machine (if she was a boy they could have named her Timmy based on that cliched sob story!). Overall, the episode was pretty well done, with a pretty decent job of recreating the streets of Bangkok, but didn't jump out and grab me the way that most episodes of this series do.
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