Season 7 Episode 2

The 'Hood

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 23, 1991 on ABC
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After his houseboat was destroyed in a fire, MacGyver moves into a new part of town and helps rescue one of his new neighbors after she overhears two hitmen discussing a job.

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  • Another potentially strong episode mangled by cartoonish characters.

    The previous week, "Honest Abe" was mucked up by ridiculous and cartoonish characters. The follow-up episode was only marginally better, despite a plotline that at least starts out with alot of potential. The Texas theme was cheesy and cliched, particularly the effort to pass off buffoonish "Cousin Will" as hitman material. Kelly was another dumb bimbo and Mama Lorain was this series' most horrific recurring character. All these criticisms aside, this episode had some narrative momentum going until the point when MacGyver evaded the falling studio lights. From that point on, mind-numbing silliness took hold, including but not limited to Mama Lorain's idiotic confession-by-voodoo, Kelly screaming "MacGyver!!" at the hotel when she knew MacGyver was tracking down a hit man, and the sloppy set-up from which Bobby Lee positioned himself within, never once getting a clear shot at Nesbit. I also wasn't buying this sudden transformation of MacGyver into a big neighborhood man. Sure, socialization was pretty much forced upon him, but this lifelong loner being thrust into a lifestyle of endless neighborhood parties didn't seem in character. A notch or two better than "Honest Abe" but with far too many unforgivable flaws to recommend.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When the police sergeant calls Mama Lorraine to tell her that Kelly is at the theater, he clearly identifies himself as "Sergeant Lee". However, he is identified in the end credits as "Sergeant Rudley."

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  • NOTES (2)

    • Though credited, Dana Elcar does not appear in this episode.

    • The German episode title is "Mörderische Absichten", meaning "Homicidal Intentions". The Finnish episode title is "Uusilla kulmilla", meaning "A New Angle". The French episode title is "Quiproquo", meaning "Misunderstanding". The Italian episode title is "Il nuovo vicinato", meaning "The New Neighborhood".


    • When Bobbie Lee thinks Kelly's name is Molly, he says, "Good golly, Miss Molly," referring to the 1956 song made popular by Little Richard and rated #94 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.