Season 1 Episode 17

To Be a Man

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 05, 1986 on ABC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • MacGyver: One of the problems of flying a jet is that you don't have a lot of time to admire the scenery.

    • MacGyver: (after his plane blows up) I could just hear old Pete Thornton saying, "Why does he always have to wait until the last possible second?"
      Pete: (back at Phoenix Foundation) He always waits until the last possible second.

    • MacGyver: Is your mother aware of all this?
      Ahmed: She's a woman. She doesn't know about man's business.
      MacGyver: So where is she now?
      Ahmed: Milking the goat.
      MacGyver: Isn't that your job?
      Ahmed: It's not a man's work. (looks sheepish) The goat doesn't like me.

    • MacGyver: It's all too easy, maybe for once it is really gonna work out the way it was planned.

    • Ahmed: (after MacGyver refuses to shoot a soldier) Why?
      MacGyver: Because I didn't have to. That should be reason enough for anybody.

    • Ahmed: If you had shot him like I asked, there would be another one in his place, and he would have killed us for sure.
      MacGyver: Something to think about, isn't it?

  • Notes

    • Filming location: Vasquez Rocks, California

    • The German episode title is "Ein einfacher Auftrag", meaning "A Simple Order". The Finnish episode title is "Miehen Mitta", meaning "The Measure of a Man". The French episode title is "Mission Afghanistan". The Italian episode title is "Crescere in un attimo", meaning "Instantly Growing Up".

  • Allusions