MacGyver was riding pretty high late in the third season, finishing a strong second place in its time slot every week and scoring some of its best overall rankings in the weekly Nielsens chart that it ever accomplished (it routinely finished in the top-30 in the spring of 1988). Quality material as was seen in this episode certainly played a role in the success. I always thought it was kind of sloppy on the part of the writers to keep introducing these "old girlfriends", nearly all of whom were allegedly so close to being "the one" for Mac, but Karen was given enough of a personality and strong enough dialogue to help me overcome my misgivings. The cat-and-mouse through the woods with the experienced game hunters always entertained, and the poachers themselves were each memorable in their own way without spiraling into cartoonishness. MacGyver had alot of emotional disappointments in the third season, and turning the wounded Karen over to the waiting arms of Sam at the episode's end certainly stood out as one of the biggest heartbreaks. I always enjoyed this episode, but it never stood out as one my all-time favorites. It's interesting to hear from so many others who do consider it to be one of the series' best.
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