Season 6 Episode 19

Strictly Business

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 08, 1991 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Murdoc must kill MacGyver if he's to come out of retirement as a paid assassin, and MacGyver gets assistance against him from a mother and daughter.

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  • My second favorite Murdoc episode and the series' last masterpiece episode.

    MacGyver kept us waiting until April for season six's Murdoc episode (was anybody else starting to get really nervous they wouldn't have a Murdoc episode this season?), but it was definitely worth the wait. The episode's strongest parts were in the opening scenes. The scene with HIT was derivative of the opening scence of season one's "Deathlock", but it actually improved upon that episode's example with some visuals that were almost otherworldly and very much in keeping with HIT's murky reputation. Scriptwriter John Sheppard succeeded in the seemingly impossible again, convincing the viewer in "Halloween Knights" of a Murdoc/MacGyver partnership, and then credibly convincing us of Murdoc's return to supervillain status again in this outing. The scene in MacGyver's houseboat was classic and laid the stage for the remainder of the episode, which wasn't as astounding as the opening, but still very strong. I was a little taken aback by the amnesia theme, as that's an almost guaranteed cheesefest. It was to a certain extent here too (MacGyver's memory returns all at once in the mine tunnel at the very end??? Yeah right!) but it allowed for some intriguing role reversals for MacGyver and Murdoc that played out nicely. It was more than a little hard to believe that Murdoc was able to construct the masterpiece that he did in the mine tunnel in the few minutes that it took MacGyver to catch up with them, but you always have to suspend your disbelief just a little more than usual on Murdoc episodes. It was blatantly obvious from the second they entered the tunnel that Murdoc would once again fall to his death in the mine shaft, but it was fun getting to that point, and the epilogue ended in the typically eerie way that Murdoc episodes always do. A very solid episode and a badly needed dose of Murdoc.moreless
  • He's back....

    Another Murdoc episode. I don't know how anyone can get tired of these episodes. Murdoc always finds away to get under MacGyver's skin and then MacGyver always defeats Murdoc. In this episode Murdoc wants to join up with that assassin gruop called HITT again but he has to kill MacGyver first. Of course it doesn't work. macgyver suffers from amnesia, but He regains his memeory while fighting Murdoc. Well, like every episode Murdoc 'Dies'. This was a very good episode and in my opinion the best of season 6. All the actors did a very great job. I can't wait for the next Murdoc episode. later...moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Man #1: Perhaps MacGyver's too formidable, even for you.
      Murdoc: MacGyver is terribly clever, but then, so am I. You see, I do have one very definite advantage over him. He fights fair. (produces a hidden knife) I cheat.

    • Murdoc: What's the matter, MacGyver? You don't look happy to see me.
      MacGyver: Yeah, go figure.

    • MacGyver: For all I know, your dad could have sent me.
      Amy: Oh, no way. The guys he sends are flashy. You know, suits, haircuts. Not like you.
      MacGyver: Thanks. I think.

    • Murdoc: (impersonating MacGyver) Definitely Murdoc's work. I could fix it if I only had some duct tape.

    • Sheriff: We've looked all over the bottom of that shaft. You sure this fellow, Murdoc, fell in?
      MacGyver: Let me guess. No body, right?
      Sheriff: Yeah, we'll keep lookin'. He's got to be down there. No way a fella could have survived a fall like that.
      MacGyver: You don't know Murdoc.

    • Murdoc: "Better death through chemistry." That's what I always say.

    • MacGyver: Murdoc, still playing your sick games!
      Murdoc: No games, strictly business. You saved my life, I arranged this to pay off the debt. We're even.

    • Murdoc: (after thinking he's killed MacGyver) So long, MacGyver. Rest in pieces.

    • Murdoc: (talking to the video camera he has set up) The death of MacGyver: Scene 1... Action!

  • NOTES (1)

    • The German episode title is "Geschäft ist Geschäft", meaning "Business is Business". The French episode title is "Le retour de Murdoch", meaning "The Return of Murdoc".