Season 1 Episode 4

The Gauntlet

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 21, 1985 on ABC

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  • This episode holds up very well.

    ABC really seemed to be proud of this episode back in October 1985, advertising it incessantly during the World Series (they even planned to air it following a World Series game to help the endangered series find an audience....but the game ran long so ABC held it over to Monday night, its future home). In retrospect, I can understand ABC's willingness to hype this very well made episode. From the opening gambit to the humorous duct-taped camera freeze frame ending, "The Gauntlet" was wall-to-wall fun with stellar production values and non-stop adventure, perfectly representing the over-the-top man vs. army conflicts of the early episodes. Even the acting wasn't too bad in this episode. The only weak point...the logic of his barrel-rolling escape across the border into Mexico still escapes me. How could a guy as smart as MacGyver ever believe something so far-fetched (the one barrel they didn't shoot was the one he was in) could work?