Season 1 Episode 19

Slow Death

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 02, 1986 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • The bartender during the sequence where MacGyver talks with a one-armed doctor switches sides of the bar between camera angles.

  • Quotes

    • Ms. Collins: I'm so sorry.
      Dr. Grant: Don't cluck over me, woman. I'm a cripple, you're black. Neither is a condition for sympathy.

    • Ms. Collins: I feel for that man.
      MacGyver: He has a right. But he's wrong.

    • Dr. Grant: What do you want out of life?
      Diana: To be… purposeful. To be useful. To be needed.

    • Dr. Grant: I took a step towards him, and I extended my arm. And then I said… something absolutely stupid like, "I think you'd better hand me that gun."

    • Dr. Grant: Sometimes the fingers hurt like hell.
      Diana: The fingers?
      Dr. Grant: Mmm. It's ghost pain. It's a phenomena of amputation; the body remembers what's no longer there.

    • Ms. Collins: How come you're not scared?
      MacGyver: Well, you know that old saying: "Lord, give me the strength to deal with what I can and endure what I can't?" Well, I'm enduring.
      Ms. Collins: MacGyver, you know, in a weird way, you're a comfort.

    • MacGyver: (to his fellow passengers) We're not gonna lie to each other: it'll be a good week before anybody starts to worry about us. So all we have to count on is us. But that's alright. We'll make it.

    • MacGyver: One of the interesting things about the local moonshine is it tastes a lot like kerosene - and it burns even better.

    • Dr. Grant: (apologizing to Diana) The sight of beauty invariably dizzies me.
      Eleanor The stink of liquor does the same thing for me, Mr. Grant. Come along, Diana.

    • Andy: What do I say? Trust me? Gamble on me?… Love me.
      Laura: I guess that's what we both say.

    • Ms. Collins: That was quite a stunt you pulled, after the way you, uh, broke the speed of light trying to catch this train. What's the rush?
      MacGyver: Well, I'm a tourist. I didn't want to miss the scenic ride.

    • Dr. Grant: Surely not naked, unadorned meat?
      MacGyver: Well, no… they usually slap a couple of pieces of bread on either side.

    • Dr. Grant: MacGyver, you have a remarkable flair for junk art.

    • MacGyver: Well, a human being can try to lie, but the funny thing is, the body always has a way of telling the truth. All I have to do is cannibalize your medical kit, borrow an alarm clock and build us a translator.

    • MacGyver: One of the best ways to get inside a man's mind is to go through his body.

    • MacGyver: (watching a sunrise) Another day. A whole other set of fresh possibilities. I'm a sucker for mornings.

    • MacGyver: (voiceover) A man points a gun to my head and says he's not a terrorist. I take it with a grain of salt.

  • Notes

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