Season 2 Episode 10

Three For the Road

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 15, 1986 on ABC
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Episode Summary

A retired actor and his wife stop at a motel on the way to Hollywood. MacGyver, there to meet a mobster-turned-informant at the motel, rescues them from a drunkard who nearly makes a mark on their car. When the mob shows up and kills MacGyver's informant before he can make the delivery, the bag lands in the old couple's car, where it's discovered to be full of money.moreless

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  • An hourlong car chase with a fun couple in a hot car.

    "Three for the Road" was a charming and fun episode featuring an endearing old couple out road trippin' in a classic '59 Cadillac convertible before getting tangled up with MacGyver and pursued by a group of bickering counterfeiters. Edward Mulhare and Anne Rogers played their roles perfectly and the banter between them and with MacGyver offered some of the few genuinely funny moments over the seven seasons that this series was on the air. Bonus points for the multiple ways MacGyver decimated the car and used its various parts as weapons to fend off the bad guys. Turning the muffler and steering wheel knob into a mortar shell cannon was one of the all-time best MacGyverisms. The lighthearted tone generally fit this episode well, but my biggest grievance involved the counterfeiting bad guys, who were implausibly cartoonish even by the standards of second season villians. There was no way I could accept that these dimwitted neanderthals worked for the mob. Nonetheless, a very solid episode that holds up well.moreless
  • MacGyver meets Devon Miles! It's a shame Knight Rider got canceled on NBC, but at least Devon Miles gets to team up with ABC's MacGyver! MacGyver practically ripped up The 1959 Classic car of The old couple's to stop those goons from The mob from gettingmoreless

    I liked this episode, it was nice to see MacGyver and Devon Miles working together although he played a different character, too bad MacGyver nearly tore the old 1959 Classic car apart, but he had to do anything to keep those goons from coming after him and The old couple as all those guys were really after was the counterfeit money that was accidentally thrown in The old couple's car, I would have really liked to have seen Michael, KITT, Bonnie and RC3 along with Devon in this same episode teaming with MacGyver! or even more action with Hardcastle And McCormick!moreless
Edward Mulhare

Edward Mulhare

Guy Roberts

Guest Star

Anne Rogers

Anne Rogers

June Roberts

Guest Star

Richard Hatch

Richard Hatch

Michael Talbot

Guest Star

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When the Cadillac finally broke down, it stopped against a mound of dirt and weeds. Yet when MacGyver pushes it forward, the mound is not there.

    • When Talbot picks up the trail of the Cadillac, there's a steady stream of oil behind them, and leading ahead to the Cadillac. However, when MacGyver pushes the Cadillac downhill and hops in, there's no sign of oil leakage on the road.

    • The Cadillac that gets struck by gunfire seems to show no evidence of the attack later in the episode.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • MacGyver: Rental cars. A lot like playing Hot Potato. And I got burned by an overheated air conditioner.

    • MacGyver: A paper clip can be a wondrous thing. More times than I remember, one of these has gotten me out of a tough spot. I was sure these would be another one of those times. (the fuse blows out) So much for the wondrous paper clip.

    • MacGyver: Well, a good relationship is a lot like a car. You want it to work smoothly, you have to put a lot of work into it and have the right tools.

    • (after seeing the restored car)
      Roberts: There's a scrrrratch!
      MacGyver: (blows hard) Thrrrread!

    • MacGyver: Listen, would you have a ball point pen I could borrow?
      Guy Roberts: Sure. Who would you like me to make it out to?
      MacGyver: Well actually… um, "MacGyver".
      Guy Roberts: (signs his autograph) Well, don't be embarrassed. I get this all the time, you know. Here you are.
      MacGyver: Thank you, sir. Guy, could I borrow that pen again? I might be able to fix the fuel line with it.

    • MacGyver: Sorry about that. My jacket's always tripping people up like that, I've been meaning to have a talk with it!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Guy quotes Shakespeare's, "All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players," from As You Like It, Act II, Scene 7, as spoken by Jaques. The full quote is "All the world's a stage / And all the men and women merely players; / They have their exits and their entrances, / And one man in his time plays many parts, / His acts being seven ages." and refers to the seven "ages" of man, from childhood to old age.

    • Guy comments, "If there is any kindness I can show to any creature, let me do it now for I shall not pass this way again." He's quoting Quaker missionary Stephen Grellet (1773-1855), who is attributed to have spoken these words in The Lamp Vol. XXVI.

    • Guy comments, "Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety," quoting from Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra, Act 2, Scene 2, and referring to Cleopatra herself. The line is spoken by Enobarbus, Anthony's lieutenant, and in full reads: "Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale / Her infinite variety: other women cloy / The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry / Where most she satisfies."

    • Guy comments, "Doubt that the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt my love," quoting from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2, where Polonius reads a letter from Hamlet to Ophelia.