Season 1 Episode 15

The Enemy Within

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 12, 1986 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • MacGyver catches a shotgun cartridge in his right hand. Then the angle changes and he's holding it in his left hand.

  • Quotes

    • MacGyver: Well, there's still got to be some fluid in the power steering, right? Maybe I can pump it into the brake cylinder.
      Bannister: Are you sure that will work?
      MacGyver: No.

    • Bannister: (about MacGyver) This man's idea of black tie is a dirty shoelace. Definitely not into formality.

    • Bannister: You know Mac, he can't let a puzzle alone.

    • MacGyver: What I'm going to do here is activate a magnetic field and… turn the chemicals into nylon. Good for ladies' stockings, and, uh… clogging the arteries of a kind old man.

    • Victoria: You saved my life. The Chinese say if someone saves your life, you are in debt to them forever.
      MacGyver: Strange folk, the Chinese. They also call their beautiful children ugly for fear the gods will punish them for the sin of pride.

    • Bannister: Was he political?
      Pete: Reverend Mather? As far as we can tell, the last political stand he took was against Pontius Pilate.

    • MacGyver: What is it?
      Ed: I'll probably be able to tell you that tomorrow - unless you're in a rush.
      MacGyver: I'm in a rush.
      Ed: You're always in a rush. You realize that this is bending the regulations just a little.
      MacGyver: Ed, who rebuilt your sound system?
      Ed: Ah, you have a point. You also have a sample.

    • (Bannister and Mac are watching Ed perform an autopsy.)
      Bannister: You have to make jokes?
      Ed: What do you expect? Tap dance? (to Mac) Who's your sensitive flower?
      MacGyver: Ed, you've been down here too long.

    • Victoria: GRU. Special Operations.
      Pete: Which means?
      Victoria: He kills people.

    • Victoria: Did you finish packing, Mr. MacGyver?
      MacGyver: Actually, it defeated me completely.
      Victoria: You must learn not to be defeated so easily.

    • Pete: I need someone I can trust to stay on top of it.
      MacGyver: You have got a whole file full of people on salary who can do that.
      Pete: Yes, and any one of them could turn out to be the mole!

    • Pete: I thought we could rely on each other; I thought we were friends.
      MacGyver: We are friends, Pete. We're friends, shall be ever more - after my vacation!

    • Bannister: Ever think about making a living as a hood ornament?

    • Bannister: Yeah, we're going to the border all right--in pieces.

    • MacGyver: When you think about it, I take on a lot of jobs nobody else'd want. The question is, why do I want 'em? I find myself asking these questions more and more, and rationalizing answers with stuff like flexible hours, nice scenery, all expense paid vacations in colorful eastern European luxury resorts. But the bottom line is, I like it. I actually like getting into stuff that makes the old adrenalin pump. And I get to meet some... interesting people who've made some interesting career choices themselves.

    • Victoria: John Wayne would not have been afraid.

  • Notes

    • The German episode title is "Spitzel aus den eigenen Reihen", meaning "Inside Informant". The French episode title is "La taupe" and the Italian episode title is "La talpa", both meaning "The Mole".

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