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Last Stand
Last Stand
Season
1
Episode number
007
First broadcast
17th November 1985
Written by
Directed by
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Opening gambit directed by
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Armed robbers make the mistake of accidentally taking MacGyver hostage. Now, their inadvertent captive uses his extraordinary skills to thwart the gang and free the other hostages.

SummaryEdit

Act OneEdit

MacGyver is driving through the mountains in what looks like an early, wood-panelled SUV with a brown license plate bearing 000 937 in white. He is looking for Sparrow Lake, a place where his father used to enjoy fishing. Noting that he never remembers the correct route to the out-of-the-way lake, MacGyver takes the wrong path at a fork in the road, heading toward Sparrow Ridge Airport. Upon realising this, he pulls into a small diner at the Airport, part of Nielsons's Flying School.

As MacGyver approaches the diner, he gives a friendly "How you doing?" to a man standing outside the diner, but unbeknownst to MacGyver, he is holding a large rifle behind his back. MacGyver enters the diner to ask for directions, and though a man standing at a pinball machine tells MacGyver that they're closed, the waitress behind the counter gives him directions while a man sitting near the register with a large contusion on his head looks on. Seemingly sensing something, MacGyver asks if he can have a cup of coffee anyway. The man tries to refuse, but the waitress quickly answers yes, and MacGyver sits down at the counter as the man from outside enters the diner, propping himself on the end of the counter.

The man sits down next to MacGyver and asks where his breakfast is. Taking his first sip of coffee, MacGyver sees the word "HELP" written on the inside of the mug. MacGyver confirms this with a look from the waitress, but the man from outside demands to see the cup. When MacGyver refuses, the man pulls out the gun from behind his back, and takes the cup from him. Seeing the message, the man from the pinball machine introduces himself as Terry Anderson and tells the cook, Tennyson, to make him breakfast while the armed man empties MacGyver's pockets, taking his Swiss Army Knife and money.

The armed man caresses the waitress, getting threatened by both Tennyson and the injured man, Dave. As 18-Wheeler from Trans-Allied Van Lines pulls into the parking lot, and the robbers demand the everyone go outside to meet them. Two more men emerge from the truck, 40 minutes late after driving overnight from Dallas. They open up the back of the truck to reveal a van with Texas license plate EG 6348. Bring it down on ramps, we discover that it is an armored van with a guard still inside. An explosive charge is placed on the locked door of the van, which will likely kill the guard as well as destroy the money, so MacGyver uses this fact to convince the robbers to let him make a thermite torch to open the lock.

Taking flammable filings from a magnesium bike frame and scraped off rust from an old paint can, MacGyver loads them into a thin metal pipe and uses an emergency highway flare to ignite the materials, creating a torch that easily cuts the lock out of the van. The doors are opened, and the guard comes running out gasping for air. As he regains his breath and stands up holding his gun, he is shot and killed by the man MacGyver originally met outside the diner.

Act TwoEdit

Act ThreeEdit

Act FourEdit

Memorable QuotesEdit

MacGyverismsEdit

A complete list of problems solved by MacGyver is also available.


Notes and TriviaEdit

BloopersEdit

Helicopter has blades spinning slowly when the pilot is preparing to get out, but in the very next shot, the blades are still going full speed.

Cast & CreditsEdit

A complete list of Cast & Credits is also available.

Starring Edit

Actor Character
Richard Dean Anderson MacGyver

Guest StarsEdit

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Special Guest StarEdit

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Co-StarringEdit

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Other Credited CrewEdit

Credited Name Position
Judy Burns Writer - Opening Gambit
Lee H. Katzin Director - Opening Gambit
Stephen Downing Supervising Producer
Jerry Ludwig Executive Producer
Terry Nation Producer
Vin Di Bona Line Producer
Lee David Zlotoff Creator
Stephen Kandel Writer
Lee H. Katzin Director
Henry Winkler
John Rich
Executive Producers
Judy Burns Co-Producer
Steven Milkis Associate Producer
Stephen Kandel Executive Story Consultant
Randy Edelman Music
Pam Polifroni Casting
Joanne Koehler Casting Associate
Jules Brenner Director of Photography
Stan Jolley Production Designer
Peter White Editor
David Menteer
Bob Schneider
Unit Production Managers
Robin Chamberlin First Assistant Director
Gary Law Second Assistant Director
Bonnie Dermer Set Decorator
Tommy Welsh Wardrobe Supervisor
Rudolph Garcia Men's Costumer
Shirlene Williams Women's Costumer
Dee Manges Make-Up Artist
Lynn Del Kail Hair Stylist
Kathy Barrett Script Supervisor
Billy Myatt Special Effects
Dean Hodges Sound Mixer
Steve Danforth Music Editor
T.A.V. Sound Sound Editing
Rosa Gonzalez Assistant to Mr. Milkis
Buddy Joe Hooker Stunt Coordinator
Michael Casey Property Master
Modern Videofilm Video Post-Production
Glen Glenn Sound Recording

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