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.
Lie Detector Test
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.
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 series finale was titled “The Stringer.” It followed Mac as he takes down a shady Chinese import company. In it, Mac and his son, Pete, wind up literally riding off into the sunset together. But before you get there, you see Mac make one last epic contraption. When he and Pete end up trapped under the deck of a sinking ship, Mac has to think quickly before the father and son duo are swallowed by the sea.
By attaching seatbelts to a power washer, Mac was able to fashion some jetpacks that enabled them to get out of there. At the end of The Stringer, before they ride away for the happily ever after, Mac also gives his son his beloved Swiss army knife.
Making a Hot Air Balloon
Hot air balloons work on literally that – hot air. The air inside of the balloon is heated to a point it’s much warmer than all that surrounds it. This causes the balloon to float like it’s a boat bobbing through the water.
When Mac finds himself trapped in the Alps, he didn’t panic. After all, it wasn’t the first time he’d been stranded at the top of a mountain with (seemingly) no way to escape before his imminent death at the hands of the bad guys. In this episode, he makes a hot air balloon out of scrap materials, in the middle of a gunfight. Of course, everything works out just fine and he’s able to evade the villains in his awesome DIY ride.