MacGyver

Season 6 Episode 13

The Wasteland

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 21, 1991 on ABC
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MacGyver seeks to stop a shortsighted developer whose latest project will create an environmental ruin and could result in his premature death at the hands of his greedy children.

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  • An episode that started strong progressively lost steam, but the quicksand escape that starts the episode is reason enough to recommend this one.

    8.2
    There was a steady trajectory downaward for this episode, which burst out of the starting gate with an awesome quicksand rescue of Phoenix environmental whiz Willis (perhaps the blandest recurring character featured on this series). From there, the episode still goes strong through its first half, with the Machiavellian son and daughter of the Andrew Bartlett empire scheming to hijack the company from him....and tipping off construction workers to shanghai MacGyver in the middle of his dinner presentation to Laura Bartlett about the ecological damage her company's project would befall the region. The episode goes downhill after the bomb goes off in MacGyver and Andrew's van out in the wasteland boondocks, when it's revealed that the Bartlett children's motivation is not about blind ambition and greed, but petty grievances from their childhood when their father "pushed them too hard". I just couldn't fathom the idea that these children of privilege were killing their father because he had the audacity to request they wear suits at business meetings in his company. Furthermore, MacGyver's landlocked parasailing configuration was clever enough, but the execution of the final scene where he swoops in to disarm Scott and pick up Andrew with his legs was inexcusably hokey. Still a solid hour of television, but again, the show was starting to feel old.moreless
Mitzi Kapture

Mitzi Kapture

Laura Bartlett

Guest Star

Jim McMullan

Jim McMullan

Andrew Bartlett

Guest Star

Rick Pearce

Rick Pearce

Big Hefty

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Bruce Harwood

Bruce Harwood

Willis

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Kevin Hayes

Kevin Hayes

Reporter

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Willis: I made this audio tape to keep you company and to tell you the bad news I've been accumulating about the death of this land that was once busy with living things. God said, "Let there be life," and there was life. Man said "Let me develop, use, and consume everything I can without thinking about the consequences," and this is the result. Charming, isn't it?

    • Andrew Bartlett: I pushed you kids hard because life doesn't cut any breaks. I pushed you kids hard because I wanted you to be someone.
      Scott Bartlett: I am someone, Dad. Always have been. Wasn't anybody you liked. Nobody you respected.

    • MacGyver: I think you're like a lot of people. You can't see the trees because you're too busy cuttin' down the forest.

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