Season 1 Episode 20

The Escape

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 16, 1986 on ABC
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When a mother superior at a religious mission in North Africa asks MacGyver to help a young woman with something, he is glad to help. However, when he finds out the young woman wants him to break her brother out of jail, he may have taken on more than he expected.moreless

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  • A prelude to network TV's current gem "Prison Break"....MacGyver-style.

    It took me several viewings to appreciate this masterfully crafted episode, but I have definitely become impressed with the elaborate script, far-fetched as it was that everything he needed to escape was within close proximity (why would Kahn have a random tape recorder on top of his stereo?). Even the danger of the lawless North African prison world was successfully conveyed on PG-rated MacGyver. Nonetheless, I lost some respect for the episode after the escape. The double cross wasn't so bad, but MacGyver's willingness to swallow Sarah's story and collaborate with her once again was kind of silly...and the final scenes with the Looney Tunes-esque gun powder trail was uninspired. Still, the main crux of the episode was the prison break, and it delivered big time.moreless
  • MacGyver has to rescue a beautiful woman's brother from jail in North Africa. As soon as Mac enters the jail by assaulting two police officers his challenge is met. But, as soon as Mac rescues the woman's brother and gets away from jail, can they be trumoreless

    I enjoyed this episode, as I do with all MacGyver episodes... some good action scenes and a well written episode.

    Mac quickly falls inlove with the beautiful woman, Sara, and basically will do anything for her! The funny thing is that he attacks two police officers by squirting soda pop in their faces... and Mac isn't even phased... knowing he will get out of the jail with no problems, beacause he is the man.

    The MacGyver skill inside the prison was quite good, with the creation of the chopper noise and the PCP explosion to create a diversion for his escape. It was great when Brian and Sara turned on Mac, as a happy ending would of been very boring and added that bit of spice.

    Overall, a great episode and enjoyed watching it.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When MacGyver finds Brian's car he reaches in the window to take the keys. When Sara comes back for the car the windows are up.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Sister Ann: But MacGyver, how?
      MacGyver: Oh, I don't know… Call it a small miracle.

    • Buyer: Some of these weapons are quite old—antiques.
      Brian: They still kill people, and I presume that's what you want.

    • Sara: Nothing personal.
      MacGyver: Everything's personal.

    • MacGyver: I get it. And he's not your brother, and he's not a medical missionary. And I've got egg all over my face.
      Brian: Blind faith tends to do that to people, now doesn't it?

    • MacGyver: It sounds like you think I'm gonna make it.
      François: I have my doubts… but some men aren't designed to be caged.

    • MacGyver: I must admit, you're not quite what I expected in a medical missionary.
      Brian: Oh, well, never be taken in by surface appearances. Actually I raised a little hell before I came to believe in heaven.

    • Kahn: I could have Fuad ask you.
      MacGyver: Yeah, you sure could. But it'd be kinda tough for me to fix up your PCP lab if I was dead.
      Kahn: I think we have an understanding, MacGyver.

    • MacGyver: It just might work. You want to come along?
      François: Yes . . . but no. I have been here five years, mon ami, for the crime of not bribing a judge. I have a wife, five children and six more months to go.

    • François: You can look, but you can't touch. That little tint of blue which prisoners call the sky.
      MacGyver: You may be right, François, but they can only lock me up, not my mind.

    • François: You play soccer?
      MacGyver: Badly.

    • MacGyver: I don't plan to be here that long.
      François: Escape? Every new man talks about escape. Nobody succeeds.
      MacGyver: Well, maybe it's about time I expanded the realm of possibilities around here.

    • François: Relax. He gives that same speech to every foreigner who comes in here. It's only eighty percent true.
      MacGyver: That's comforting.

    • MacGyver: I think it's about time we got him out.
      Sarah: He's in a maximum-security military prison.
      MacGyver: Kinda makes it interesting, doesn't it?

    • MacGyver: Well, like the man said: no good deed goes unpunished.

    • MacGyver: Sometimes, when they're after you… when you're just about surrounded… you realize just how seriously North African kids take soccer.

    • MacGyver: The problem isn't how to blow up PCP, the problem is timing it... just right. Any spark will do it, all you need is an electrical circuit that'll close when you want it too… which better happen when your out of the room. Now the thing about ice, at a given temperature, it'll melt at a given rate. Just about as good as a clock, especially if you don't have a clock…

    • MacGyver: The one useful thing about PCP is… it explodes. Add a volatile liquid and you've got a bomb you can wear any place.

    • Commandant: You assaulted two police officers?
      MacGyver: It seemed like a good idea at the time.

    • MacGyver: (to Sara) Let me tell you something, comrade, I've never hit a woman before, but you come darn close.

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