Season 2 Episode 2

The Eraser

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 29, 1986 on ABC

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  • The addition of one of the series' better characters, Jimmy "The Eraser" Kendall, helped this one shine.

    One of my least favorite aspects of the second season was the overabundance of folksy narrative voiceovers, and this episode stands out as the most egregious offender of that faux pas. The network basically dictated the series adopt this narrative format over the objections of both producers and RDA, in attempt to make the MacGyver character less mysterious and more personable, and in my opinion the show suffered for it. With that said, the overall plot of "The Eraser" was well-crafted and holds up well, particularly the interesting character Jimmy Kendall played by character actor Joe Santos, who was always entertaining on Hardcastle and McCormick during that series' run. MacGyver faking out mob hitmen by feigning a police siren with a comb and a piece of plastic will go down as one of the all-time most improbable MacGyverisms, but nonetheless amused. This was the first episode written by Stephen Kronish, who would go on to be one of the most prolific TV writers in the business, working on series such as "Wiseguy", "The Commish", "Profiler", and "24".