Season 3 Episode 19

The Endangered

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 02, 1988 on ABC

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  • Mac is unlucky in love, but in his fumbling attempts to rekindle an old flame, he manages to fell some deadly poachers who are a hunting in a national park.

    "The Endangered" is another example of MacGyver at his best (or worst) with the ladies. After a close-call on assignment, MacGyver begins to re-examine some of his major life decisions, such as (apparently) dumping his former girlfriend Karen when she so much as hints at the possibility of commitment. Having both been tree huggers, MacGyver went off to do his MacGyver thing and Karen (naturally?) became a park ranger. In an attempt to rekindle an old flame, MacGyver flies off to see her, not knowing she has replaced him with another.

    What ensues is a lot of whimsical, melancholy looks in his old girlfriend's direction, some poachers killing a bear on park property, and a lot of MacGyver antics as they escape some crazy hunter. With Karen wounded, Mulder basically lugs her through the woods and fells the criminals one by one, using a variety of survivalist and MacGyver-ish skills. The episode ends bittersweet, as Karen falls back into the arms of her boyfriend and MacGyver is left with egg on his face--business as usual for Mac in the relationship department. While MacGyver is they’re either would-be assassins, jilted former loves or simply unattainable women who realized long ago that MacGygver has a lot of growing up to do.
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