Season 4 Episode 11

The Battle of Tommy Giordano

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 20, 1989 on ABC

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  • Even though the threat level is somewhere below fighting for freedom and justice, this modest adventure features a solid intergenerational chemistry between Uncle Joe and Tommy that at least warrants minor applause.

    Arguably the episode that ushered in the much-reviled "MacGyver: Social Worker" episode genre, I actually thought this was a decent effort to establish a young character that the series' younger male audience could connect with. The kid, Tommy, only registers at about a 3 on an annoyance level of 1-10, which isn't bad for the young actors on this series. He also has a good chemistry with "Uncle Joe", the crime-boss-with-a-heart-of-gold played very well by typecast mob boss actor Joseph Wiseman. The acting by Ruth (Tommy's mother) and the thugs working for the rival crime bosses wasn't nearly as convincing. This was hardly a groundbreaking episode of MacGyver, but the story flowed smoothly with more than a few bursts of ingenuity while avoiding the kind of cringeworthy melodrama that an episode of this nature could have spiraled into. Ratings were really to hit a stride at this point as the series rose to a season-high-tying 14.6 rating, a benchmark from which it would continue to rise in the weeks ahead.