Synopsis in 3 sentences or less:
A white supremacist and his thugs aim to shut down the Challenger’s Club, a youth center for rehabilitating teens. When they can’t do it legally, they instead kidnap and murder the Club’s leader, Booker. An enraged MacGyver goes after them and is about to exact vengeance when Cuba Gooding talks him back from the brink.
That was luck. ~Cuba
No, that was Physics. ~MacGyver
MacGyver talking angles and physics while challenging Cuba to a game of 8-ball in the bar while the gang members quietly watch.
MacGyver discover Booker’s dead body and has a mini-breakdown as he screams in agony and punches the wall. I haven’t seen this episode since I was a kid, and I had thought that Booker’s face had gotten “scooped out”, so I was surprised when they said his throat was cut. Just different from what I remembered, but equally disturbing.
Applies rubbing alcohol on the drug package label and sees the ink rub off, proving that the label is counterfeit.
Other thoughts, observations, and questions I didn’t ask when I was in fourth grade:
- Noticed in the opening credits this was directed by Dana Elcar. How many episodes did he direct? Let me guess, two! Just kidding, I didn’t know that, I cheated and checked IMDB. The other episode? The Invisible Killer.
- I’m not a big Cynthia fan. Not sure why, she just kind of bothers me.
- Breeze, however, is the man. I didn’t remember that he and Cuba Gooding were in this episode. Both of them give good performances here.
- Speaking of Cuba, who makes his first of four appearances here, how many other MacGyver guest stars have won an Oscar? This one I don’t know and am not sure where to look up. I don’t even have a guess.
- The “street-life” scenes were never a strong point in the series. They usually end up feeling dated and and inauthentic
- I prefer the calm and collected MacGyver, but it is kind of exciting at the end to see a rare glimpse of fired-up, vigilante MacGyver.
Of all the episodes in the series, this was the one that I remembered the least before starting this project. The reason for that is because I never liked it and skipped it when it was on. If this were the Academy Awards, this episode would probably do well. It’s substantive, well-acted, dramatic, powerful, and emotional. But this isn’t the Academy Awards, it’s my rankings. And I’m not a big fan of “disturbing”, and this is by far the most disturbing episode of the series. Between Booker getting beaten by a baseball bat, having his throat cut, and then MacGyver having an emotional breakdown and vengefully going after the bad guys, this is one that you’ll want to have little fourth-grade Johnny skip over. In fact, you might just want to skip over it yourself.