Season 4 Episode 1

The Secret of Parker House

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 31, 1988 on ABC
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MacGyver takes Penny to see the house she's inherited from her Aunt Betty, who mysteriously disappeared 30 years ago. When strange things start happening, Penny is sure that the house is haunted. However, MacGyver tries to convince her that there's no such thing as ghosts, but then he starts witnessing the strange events, too.moreless

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Gisele MacKenzie

Gisele MacKenzie

Sylvia Lang

Guest Star

Ray Young

Ray Young


Guest Star

Arlen Dean Snyder

Arlen Dean Snyder

Sheriff Cliff Howels

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Teri Hatcher

Teri Hatcher

Penny Parker

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (16)

    • Sheriff Howels: The last thing I need is a couple of amateurs getting in the way of police work.
      Penny: MacGyver's not an amateur.
      MacGyver: Well, actually I am.

    • MacGyver: Whatever's going on around here has got nothing to do with ghosts, or goblins, or the supernatural. There is a purely logical explanation for everything.
      Penny: Really? Well, that would sound a lot more reassuring if you weren't holding a human skull.

    • Penny: Don't tell me that you didn't hear them.
      MacGyver: Oh... it's probably the plumbing.
      Penny: The plumbing does not bang on walls and drag things around and moan.

    • Penny: MacGyver, you nearly scared me to death!
      MacGyver: Well, we nearly went together.

    • Penny: The house is alive, I can feel it. It watches me, follows my every move. I'm doomed to wander here. Alone for all eternity. Alone with the monster.

    • Sheriff Howels: You an archaeologist, Mr. MacGyver?
      MacGyver: No, not professionally.

    • Sheriff Howels: Growing up, used to hear stories about an old Indian burial ground around here. First time anybody's ever found part of it, though.
      MacGyver: Well, I don't think the Indians had dentists. At least, none that used gold crowns.

    • Penny: I found it hidden in my Aunt Betty's music box. By the way, are you any good at fixing music boxes?

    • Penny: Chocolate mint and banana icing—you even remembered my favorite.
      MacGyver: Yeah. Who could forget a combination like that?

    • MacGyver: You can see where the lime seeped into the rock here. That means the upper part of this wall is above ground.
      Penny: MacGyver, we're all going to die, and you're giving us geology lessons!

    • Penny: Did you know my Aunt Betty?
      Sylvia: Oh, everybody in town knew Crazy Betty.
      Penny: "Crazy"? You mean like, fun-loving and carefree?
      Sylvia: I mean crazy. Loopy as a loon.

    • MacGyver: Penny, I'm sorry, the supernatural is just an easy way to explain what we can't understand.

    • Penny: Anyway, he told me how Aunt Betty's estate goes to the nearest female relative on her 25th birthday. And today is my 25th birthday, and I'm the closest female relative, and before I know it, I'm an heiress! Isn't that wild?

    • MacGyver: There was a long story behind the way Penny came into her inheritance, and she was in no hurry to shorten it. In high school geometry, I learned the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but when telling a story, Penny always takes the scenic route. Hold it. I hear a point coming up.

    • MacGyver: You never know where life is gonna take you. This is especially true when you've got a friend like Penny Parker.

    • MacGyver: See? Told you. Nothing to be afraid of.
      Penny: That's easy for you to say. I'm the one that found out that I'm related to a gangster and a madwoman.
      MacGyver: Well, you know, that doesn't surprise me.
      Penny: What?!?
      MacGyver: Uhh, what I mean is every family's got a black sheep in the pack.
      Penny: Any black sheep in your family?
      MacGyver: You're looking at him.

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