MacGyver (1985–1992)
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The Invisible Killer 

MacGyver takes a group of Phoenix Foundation employees for a recreational trip into the wilderness but learns that someone of the group might be an escaped criminal.


Dana Elcar


Lee David Zlotoff (created by), Chris Haddock | 3 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Dean Anderson ... MacGyver
Dana Elcar ... Pete Thornton
James Sloyan ... Henry Colter
Adam Arkin ... Tony Parisio
Jean Bruce Scott ... Forest Ranger Liz
Kevin Geer ... Dr. Fred Beam
Andrew Rhodes Andrew Rhodes ... Charles 'Chuck' Larabee
Julie Downing Julie Downing ... Deputy Walker
Blu Mankuma ... Sheriff Max Hubbard


MacGyver takes a group of Phoenix Foundation employees for a recreational trip into the wilderness but learns that someone of the group might be an escaped criminal.

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10 April 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the Park Ranger asks to see the men's identity cards, most of them hold them up with their fingers covering up the photos on the cards. In order to not give away the escapee to the audience, even the the good guys do the same thing. See more »


Mac states that the holly-berry-laced coffee would have killed anyone who drank the brew, yet the convict Mark Fulton tells fellow cell-mate Frank --- correctly, according to the encyclopedia --- that holly-berries are not usually fatal to adults, and thus they "would just have put him to sleep for a while". As an experienced camper/survivalist, Mac would have known this, as well. See more »


[first lines]
MacGyver: When Pete Thornton established a stress-relief program for Phoenix Foundation employees, I thought it was a pretty good idea. The four men I was going to meet worked in high-pressure Phoenix positions throughout the country. My job was to take them over Mount Cascade on a 5-day hike. They'd have a chance to blow-off some steam and just forget about their jobs. And me? Well it was just something I liked to do.
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References Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) See more »


MacGyver Theme
Written by Randy Edelman
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basic premise is from the movie "Shoot to Kill" (1988)
3 January 2007 | by bluez24See all my reviews

I remember watching this episode and realizing quickly into it that the premise was clearly inspired by a movie that had been released the year before. The movie was "Shoot to Kill" and was about an FBI agent tracking a hiking, camping group (being led by a guide) that contained a recently escaped criminal. The viewer did not know who the criminal was until later in the movie. Part of what made the movie interesting was trying to figure out who the criminal might be.

This episode of MacGyver was similar. You do not know who the criminal is and you find out towards the end. But as soon as the first 5 minutes went by, I knew it was going to be drawing some plot points from the movie.

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