MacGyver decides to visit his grandfather Harry. When he arrives, people want MacGyver dead. Since he is with his grandfather, Harry will need to be die as well.

Season 1, Episode 010
Target MacGyver
Airdate 22nd December 1985
Written by Mike Marvin, Stephen Kandel & James Schmerer
Guest Stars John Anderson as Harry Jackson
D'Mitch Davis as Axminster
Directed by Ernest Pintoff
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Opening GambitEdit

MacGyver finds out a general is being held captive in a house at the edge of a public beach.

Once at the house, MacGyver sneaks into the kitchen and sets up a timed distraction of crashing pots and pans to allow him to evacuate the general from the house and then set up a trap to catch the two captors.  He “traps” them under a beach chair, and then grabs one of their guns and holds them hostage until the authorities arrive.

Act One Edit

de credited cast:
[1] Richard Dean Anderson ... MacGyver
[2] John Anderson ... Harry Jackson
[3] D'Mitch Davis ... Axminster
[4] William Frankfather ... Barney
[5] Robert Miano ... Black
[6] Huck Liggett ... Farmboy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
[7] Nick Dimitri ... Kidnapper

Episode CrewEdit

Episode Crew
Produced byEdit
Vin Di Bona .... line producer
Stephen Downing .... supervising producer
Robert Hargrove .... senior producer
Stephen Kandel .... co-producer
Jerrold L. Ludwig .... executive producer (as Jerry Ludwig)
Steven Milkis .... associate producer
John Rich .... executive producer
Henry Winkler .... executive producer
Original Music byEdit
Dennis McCarthy
Cinematography byEdit
Frank Raymond (director of photography)
Film Editing byEdit
Pamela Malouf
Casting byEdit
Pam Polifroni
Production Design byEdit
Stan Jolley
Set Decoration byEdit
Bonnie Dermer
Makeup DepartmentEdit
David Dittmar .... makeup artist (as David A. Dittmar)
Lola Kemp .... hair stylist (as Lola M. Kemp)
Production ManagementEdit
David Menteer .... unit production manager
Randy Nelson .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant DirectorEdit
Robin Chamberlain .... first assistant director (as Robin Chamberlin)
Merri D. Howard .... second assistant director (as Merri Howard-Gorrin)
Gary Law .... second assistant director
Sound DepartmentEdit
Bob Bowman .... assistant sound editor
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Special Effects byEdit
Steve Galich .... special effects
Camera and Electrical DepartmentEdit
Gary Howard Baum .... assistant camera
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer
John C. Moulds .... first assistant camera: helicopter unit
Casting DepartmentEdit
Joanne Koehler .... casting associate
Music DepartmentEdit
Randy Edelman .... composer: theme music
Other crewEdit
David Abramowitz .... story editor
Lukia Czernin .... assistant production coordinator
Joanne Oboyski .... assistant to supervising producers (as Joanne Oboyski-Battelene)
James Schmerer .... story consultant
Series Crew

These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?

Directed byEdit
Cliff Bole (15 episodes 1986-1988)
Michael Caffey (16 episodes 1989-1991)
James L. Conway (7 episodes 1986-1988)
Charles Correll (19 episodes 1986-1990)
William Gereghty (19 episodes 1989-1992)
Michael Preece (11 episodes 1989-1991)
Michael Vejar (17 episodes 1987-1992)
Writing creditsEdit

(in alphabetical order)

Stephen Kandel
Lincoln Kibbee
Rick Mittleman
Lee David Zlotoff creator

Produced byEdit
Kevin Inch .... producer (3 episodes 1986)
Stephen Kronish .... co-producer (2 episodes 1987)
Terry Nation .... producer (6 episodes 1985)
Lee David Zlotoff .... producer
Original Music byEdit
Bruce Babcock
William Ross (1990-1991)
Cinematography byEdit
Frank Raymond (5 episodes 1985-1986)
Tony Westman (seasons 4-6, 1988-1991)
Jack Whitman (season 7, 1991-1992)
Film Editing byEdit
Ron Binkowski (5 episodes 1991-1992) (season 7)
Jana Fritsch (20 episodes in seasons 4-6, 1988-1991)
Robert Lederman (5 episodes season 3) (as Bob Lederman)
George Potter (5 episodes in season 3)
Brad Rines (17 episodes in seasons 4-6, 1988-1991)
David Saxon (1987-1988)
Ron Yoshida (6 episodes in season 6, 1990-1991)
Casting byEdit
Susanne McLellan (1989-1992)
Art Direction byEdit
Kim Mooney
Makeup DepartmentEdit
Lynn Del Kail .... hair stylist (10 episodes 1985)
Second Unit Director or Assistant DirectorEdit
John P. Aguirre .... assistant director
Robin Chamberlain .... first assistant director (7 episodes 1985-1986) (as Robin Chamberlin)
Paul Etherington .... first assistant director (7 episodes 1990-1991)
Merri D. Howard .... second assistant director (multiple episodes 1985-7 including "Silent World (1986)", "Phoenix Under Siege (1987)") (as Merri Howard-Gorrin)
Gary Law .... second assistant director (multiple episodes 1985-6 including "Silent World (1986)")
Mick MacKay .... second assistant director (multiple episodes 1988)
Craig Matheson .... second assistant director (seasons 4-6: 1988-1991)
Roger Mattiussi .... second unit director
Bill Mizel .... first assistant director (multiple episodes in seasons 3-6: 1987-1991)
Karen Robyn .... second assistant director
Art DepartmentEdit
Michael Casey .... property master (multiple episodes 1985)
Penny A. Chalmers .... set dresser: second unit
Chris Claridge .... construction foreman (1992)
Richard Cook .... assistant art director
James Cordeiro .... graphic artist
Adrian Dowell .... scenic carpenter (1987-1989)
Clive Edwards .... set dresser (season 3)
Dean Eilertson .... set dresser (1987)
Phil Gough .... property master (multiple episodes in seasons 3-4: 1987-1989, episode "Twenty Questions (1990)")
Peter McWade .... property master (multiple episodes 1985-1987)
Pat O'Brien .... property master (multiple episodes in seasons 3-6: 1987-1991)
Ken Rabehl .... graphic artist
Grant Swain .... property master (multiple episodes in seasons 5-6: 1989-1991)
Trinita Waller .... assistant property master
Dean Wilson .... property master (multiple episodes in seasons 5 and 7: 1989-1992)
Sound DepartmentEdit
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Marty Church .... foley mixer
David A. Cohen .... sound editor (1990-1991 season)
Wilson Dyer .... sound editor
Dean Hodges .... sound mixer (multiple episodes 1985)
Jeffrey A. Humphreys .... boom operator
James LaRue .... sound mixer (season 7: 1991-1992) (also as Jim LaRue: some episodes)
Special Effects byEdit
Ken Estes .... special effects foreman (1985-1988)
Billy Myatt .... special effects (multiple episodes 1985-1990)
Visual Effects byEdit
Steven J. Scott .... digital compositor
Steve Blalock .... stunt double: Richard Dean Anderson
Laura Dash .... stunt double
Don S. Davis .... stunt double: Dana Elcar
Andy Gill .... stunts
David Jacox .... stunts
Loren Janes .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts
Jacob Rupp .... stunts
Camera and Electrical DepartmentEdit
Dale Alexander .... key grip
Don Bixby .... gaffer
John Burnett .... director of photography: second unit, additional photography (1985-1987)
John Burnett .... first assistant camera: "a" camera second unit, additional photography (1985-1987)
William E. Hines .... camera operator
Sunny Johnson .... grip
Nick Kuchera .... key grip (seasons 3-4: 1987-1989)
John Rigg .... grip
Peter F. Woeste .... photographer: second unit
Costume and Wardrobe DepartmentEdit
Danielle Feller .... costumer (13 episodes in season 7: 1991-1992) (as Danielle Veber-Feller)
Rudolph Garcia .... costumer: men (1985-1986)
Christine Mooney .... costumer (1988-1991)
Robert Moore Jr. .... costumer (13 episodes in season 7: 1991-1992)
Bernadette O'Brien .... costumer (8 episodes in season 7: 1991-1992)
Joyce Unruh .... costumer (5 episodes 1991)
Sharlene Williams .... costumer: women (1985) (as Shirlene Williams)
Editorial DepartmentEdit
Richard Long .... post-production coordinator (1988)
Paul Rabwin .... post-production coordinator (1988-1989)
Charles Robichaud .... assistant editor
Gary Shaw .... video colorist
Music DepartmentEdit
Neil Argo .... orchestrator
Don Nemitz .... orchestrator
Transportation DepartmentEdit
Bruce Scott .... driver
Other crewEdit
Temple Anderson .... script supervisor (7 episodes in season 6: 1990-1991)
Kathy Barrett .... script supervisor (1985-1986)
Michael Berlin .... story editor (1987-1988)
Robin Chamberlain .... production executive (1987-1988) (as Robin Chamberlin)
Eric Estin .... story editor (1987-1988)
Rosa Gonzalez .... assistant to associate producer (1985)
Chris Haddock .... executive story editor (1989-1990)
Chris Haddock .... story editor (multple episodes 1989)
Scott Harper .... location manager: second unit
T.J. Healy II .... location manager
Thomas J. Healy IV .... assistant location manager
Michael Jarvis .... location manager (8 episodes in season 7: 1991-1992)
David Keiss .... location manager (1987-1989) (as David Kiess)
Lincoln Kibbee .... story editor (1990-1992)
Chris LaBarbera .... executive assistant to producers (1985)
W. Reed Moran .... executive story consultant (11 episodes 1988)
Bill Nikolai .... stand-in
Ray Quiroz .... script supervisor (1991-1992)
David Rowell .... estimator (1989-1991)
Susan Weir .... script supervisor (1987-1989)


  • Home. Enough is enough. I will not, under any circumstances, for any reason whatsoever answer the phone ... probably ... again. - MacGyver
  • I like to take care of my own messes. - MacGyver
  • Big on aliens in Alabama. - MacGyver

No lie, full of strange people. That's why I'm goin' north. Back to see my family for a while. - Guy on bus Makes sense. - MacGyver

  • I hadn't seen my grandfather since I was ten. He was all the family I had - and we were strangers. - MacGyver
  • Hi. MacGyver here. When you hear the beep, let me know what's on your mind. - Answering machine message
  • What a beautiful part of the world. It has everything but people. - MacGyver
  • I never forget a grandfather. - MacGyver
  • You haven't changed. - MacGyer

Haven't had to, and I don't plan to. - Harry

  • "Still tough as a dirty boot, aren't you." - MacGyver
  • C'mon, Harry. You're the one who used to tell me: you don't fish for fish, you fish for fishin'. - MacGyver
  • You sure that'll work? - Harry

Nope. - MacGyver Bud, you are a comfort - Harry

  • When I was a kid, I used to chew pine pitch like it was gum. It tasted alright - but it burned a lot better. - MacGyver
  • They've been falling for your foolishness; I figured I'd try some of my own. - Harry
  • I just hope it's worth losing that trout. - Harry
  • You gotta hit 'em just right! - Harry

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