With virtually no MacGyverisms, this episode could have been just about any other nighttime drama. The story was somewhat interesting, but it wasn't what we watch MacGyver for. No Pete Thornton, no Nikki Carpenter, Phoenix Foundation nor even a Jack Dalton in sight.
If the writers were going for a simple, by-the-numbers feel-good story, they got it.
I'm re-watching the entire seven season run (in order) and so far season three has not been as exciting as the first two. I hope this episode isn't a start of a downward spiral into mediocrity.