Season 2 Episode 7

The Road Not Taken

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 10, 1986 on ABC
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MacGyver and Pete head to Asia to rescue a nun (who is an old friend of Pete's) and the orphaned children she takes care of from aggressive regime troops. While there, MacGyver runs into someone he never expected—his former fiancée, Debra. Now MacGyver must complete his mission, work out his differences with Debra, and escape from the troops.moreless

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  • Well-crafted adventure episode that improves with time like a fine wine.

    The early seasons of MacGyver featured far too many idiotic villains completely unworthy of facing off against our hero. On the bright side, those buffoons help make the wry and sly villains such as the Cambodian general who engaged in an hourlong cat-and-mouse with Mac and Deborah in "The Road Not Taken" that much easier to appreciate. The MacGyverisms in this episode were all very clever and to see the general figure them out one by one made for one of this series' most impressive good guy/bad guy chess matches. I wasn't completely sold on the idea of MacGyver and Deborah as an item, but at least she was a semi-intelligent character who was given some credible dialogue to work with rather than one of the assembly line bimbos featured on this series. Pete's love interest seemed a little forced, but decent acting helped pull it off to some extent. Nielsen numbers improved to a 14.9 rating for this well-crafted episode that for whatever reason took a long for me to appreciate its solid craftsmanship.moreless
Marilyn Jones

Marilyn Jones

Debra Easton

Guest Star

Salome Jens

Salome Jens

Sister Margaret

Guest Star

Patrick Gorman

Patrick Gorman

Gilbert Arnaud

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • MacGyver: Hey, um, I'm sorry about that tackle out there.
      Debra: Second time I've fallen for you.
      MacGyver: Your hair's longer than it used to be.
      Debra: Yours is shorter.

    • MacGyver: Now I'm going to need some empty cans, some fuel, noisemaker, and some form of grease. Animal fat will do. Open that, will you, Pete?
      Sister Margaret: What's he doing?
      Pete: I haven't got a clue. But I'm used to it.

    • Pete: Well, Maggie, I guess I'll see you the next time you're in trouble.
      Sister Margaret: I'll be looking forward to it.
      Pete: Yeah, me, too.

    • Debra: I've never been able to figure out how your mind works. How do you think of these things?
      MacGyver: Well, when it comes down to me against the situation, I don't like the situation to win.

    • Pete: Mac, I have just one question about rappeling. What do you do if the line breaks?
      MacGyver: You fall.
      Pete: Oh.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The German episode title is "Ein Rosenkranz für alle Fälle", meaning "A Rosary for all Occasions". The Finnish episode title is "Sydämen Valinta", meaning "Choice of the Heart". The French episode title is "Route dangereuse", meaning "Dangerous Path".