Season 1 Episode 20

The Escape

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 16, 1986 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Notes

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