Season 6 Episode 19

Strictly Business

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

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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.
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