In the episode titled “Slow Death,” near the end of season one, finds himself on a hijacked train full of both innocent and guilty individuals. After the first few methods of locating the criminals fails, Mac creates a makeshift polygraph test, using an alarm clock, blood pressure pump, and stethoscope.
The criminals are brought to justice and are even spared by their tribal leader thanks to Mac’s recommendation. “He has a right, but he’s wrong,” is one of the most famous quotes pulled from that particular episode. Up next: Mac versus mini Monsanto.
There are a few episodes of the show on which Mac finds himself stuck at high altitudes with no way to escape. During the show where he must create a hang glider to get off of the mountain, that’s not the only thing he’s dealing with at the time. Not only is he being chased by enemy forces, but before he can fashion his hang glider, he must disarm a bomb – one that’s set to go off in his face in less than 30 seconds.
Just as the enemies ride upon their horses, Mac has disabled the bomb and put together a hang glider that he uses to escape from the area. But no one ever doubted that he would, did we?
Three for the Road
On episode 10 of season two, Mac is waiting to meet a contact in a small, rural desert town. Before he can speak to him, however, the contact is shot, and Mac is left stranded. He’s picked up by an elderly couple who are driving a car full of stolen counterfeit money.
When the mobsters who want their money back hunt them down and pursue them on the road, Mac must create a contraption to get them off their tail. He uses different parts of the car to create a bazooka, which he uses to fire a gear shift knob at their vehicle, which stops them and allows Mac and the couple to safely escape.
In the ninth episode of season six, Mac goes up against farmers using deadly pesticides on their vegetables. In probably the most depressing part of the episode, Mac gets his butt kicked by one of the contractors on the property. Luckily, he’s able to turn things around (of course.)
When no one will fess up to spraying the crops with the poison, Mac creates a pesticide test using sunglasses, nail polish remover, and a lamp. The device is a makeshift spectroscope that he then uses to test the dirt. Up next: Remote-triggered heart attacks? Only on MacGyver.
The Enemy Within
In the 15th episode of the first season, a few famous McGeyverisms were born. For one, the famous move where he hangs out of a moving car by one foot. It was also in the episode where he created a makeshift defibrillator to save his friend. The unfortunate guy had been implanted with a device that caused him to have a heart attack from the push of a remote button.
To make the device, Mac used a few candlesticks, a rubber mat, and the cord of a microphone. If only someone’s life could really be saved using a bunch of random things you can find lying around any given room.