Season 2 Episode 1

The Human Factor

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 22, 1986 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • MacGyver and Jill dangle over an acid bath and breathe the fumes for an extended period, in a confined space. They're totally unaffected despite the fact acid fumes are highly toxic.

    • When MacGyver and Dr. Jill Ludlum are figuring out how to escape from the receding floor, MacGyver takes off his shoes and then takes off his pants. He uses his pants to hang from a pipe that runs across the room. However, when MacGyver and Dr. Jill Ludlum are hanging from the pipe, MacGyver has his shoes back on.

    • MacGyver weighs 175 pounds and wears boxers, not briefs.

  • Quotes

    • MacGyver: Well, old Sandy sure has a mind of her own, doesn't she?
      Jill: Yes, but she thinks like me. So I should be able to think it through and find her pattern, logically and rationally.
      MacGyver: Without the emotion, right?
      Jill: That's what gives her the edge. People and emotion can't get in her way.
      MacGyver: Well, I say we trust our instincts—go with our gut. You can't program that. That's our edge.

    • Jill: (while MacGyver is taking off his pants) Why are you taking your pants off?
      MacGyver: You got a better idea?
      Jill: I'm still trying to figure out what yours is.

    • MacGyver: Enough plaster dust and I could pick up the pattern of the last hand print. Kind of like dusting for fingerprints.

    • MacGyver: A little problem here. I forgotten to bring along a card key. But you can't let something like that throw ya. Just because of a... laser trap. One of the things I used to love about the circus was the way they worked without a safety net. Scared me then, still does.... especially with a 20,000 volt laser ready to zap me.

    • (While MacGyver is making a telescope)
      MacGyver: A map light...that's a start. Comes with it's own magnifying lens, nice. It took the human race 3 million years to invent a telescope. I figure I had about 35 seconds. On the other hand, I knew it could be done. Take the magnifying lens. Add a watch crystal. Roll them up in the ever useful sports pages and it oughta work. Besides I .. didn't have much choice.

    • MacGyver: (While reading the sports pages) Calgary lost again

    • Jill: You're alright for a camel smuggler.
      MacGyver: I returned that camel.

    • Pete: We don't "roll the dice," we make a calculated choice. It's time we tried to think like MacGyver. His mind doesn't work like yours - or mine. We've got to put our gut to work, Woody.
      Colonel Woodward: Instinct doesn't cut it, Pete. We've got plans.

    • Jill: MacGyver. Sometime consultant for the Phoenix Foundation. Alleged hockey player. Camel smuggler. Jack of all trades.
      MacGyver: Jill Melissa Ludlum. Born in London. PhD, System Design, Oxford University, 1980. 1980-82, designed the Ludlum cybernetic circuit. 82-83... took a year off, for personal reasons. 83-86, immersed in the SRDA project. Hasn't come up for air yet. Reported to be a premiere technocrat.

    • Colonel Woodward: So this is your main guy? What makes him so special? He doesn't even have any gear.
      Pete: That's what makes him so special.

    • MacGyver: When James Bond gets an assignment, it's on the Riviera, up to his double-o seven in bikinis. Me, I end up eighty miles past nowhere courtesy of my good buddy, Pete Thornton, new operations director of the Phoenix Foundation.

    • Dr. Jill Ludlum: 30,000 watts of laser is a whole lot more than a peck on the cheek.

    • Jill: This was a bad idea. This garbage chute is programmed to send everything into an acid bath. It can only hold 280 pounds.
      MacGyver: I weigh 175. That means if you weigh any more than 105, we're in trouble.
      Jill: I think we're OK.
      (Garbage chute begins to activate)
      Jill: I lied, I'm 108!

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