Season 1 Episode 4

The Gauntlet

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



  • Trivia

    • When MacGyver and Kate escape in the old bus, Mac is wearing sunglasses, but in the external shots of the bus, no sunglasses can be seen.

    • Though he previously been seen firing a gun, this episode introduces MacGyver's aversion to firearms.

    • Kate knocks out a soldier with her camera, at which point his hat comes off. However, in the next shot his hat is back on.

    • MacGyver's watch switches from black to silver when he's waiting for the fireworks to go off.

    • In this episode MacGyver detonates a piece of plastic explosive with the aid of a camera with an electric trigger and a delay timer. The problem is that plastic is so stable it needs a blastic cap to detonate, and blastic caps contain a small piece of explosive that is detonated by a fuse. Just putting an electric charge into a piece of plastic won't detonate it.

  • Quotes

    • MacGyver: Great thing about a map—it can get you in and out of places a lot different ways.

    • (after MacGyver catches a lizard for supper)
      Kate: MacGyver, you don't eat things like that; you call pest control.

    • Kate: So how you going to start a fire? Make lightning, or rub two sticks together?
      MacGyver: Well, thought I'd use a match.
      Kate: Aw, shucks, MacGyver, I was looking forward to seeing some more of your Boy Scout stuff.

    • Kate Connelly: You're a very unexpected man, MacGyver. You keep me off balance.

    • MacGyver: I've been here and there, in this and that place. Mostly I like to see how the world works. Meet people. Learn how they're different—and the same.

    • MacGyver: Just goes to show you: a good map will always get you where you want to go.

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