The geography of Vancouver was effectively exploited once again with the well-produced opening scenes amidst the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest forests during snowfall. The visuals alone helped sell me on this episode, but the episode did sort of peak early when Earthquake attacked the polluters responsible for poisoning his dog. The acting was not always consistent, but Randall "Tex" Cobb generally turned in a decent performance as a grizzled old Vietnam vet hiding from his past in his enclave in the woods. The execution was at times routine and the lengthy scenes of MacGyver climbing ChemCo outdoor storage structure struck me as nothing more than filler, but it was nonetheless an engaging hour featuring some dark imagery and a satisfying epilogue where Mac and Pete introduce Earthquake to a new dog they got for him. Viewers also seemed to be intrigued, delivering a tied-for-season-high 15.4 rating, good enough to tie for 24th place for its respective week in March 1988. Twenty-fourth place may not sound that great, but for MacGyver, it was one of its better overall rankings in seven years.
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