I'm guessing Axminster is high on that list but who were some others? The girls I've had over have liked it and I don't have to pretend to be a romcom-lover to get the thumbs-up. Definitely a story ahead centered around an episode ahead on both our lists and my most MacGyver-friendly ex-girlfriend. In my top 15. And Pietra sort of rubs me the wrong way. No wonder only his luck in the form of Pete saved him!So, I don’t know if I should see this scene as a high or a low point. Another advice was that the last thing you do when being strangled from behind is to, again reflexively, grab the rope or wire, with the only exception being a wire with blades specifically to cut throat very quickly, and even then you’re only supposed to use one hand so you can get your attacker’s face with the other, taking advantage of that he’s got both his hands full. Great escape from the cell by Piedra using a pea, styrofoam cup, and needles hidden in his scar and moustache. You took him! MacGyver impersonates Piedra to ascertain his target, but then Piedra escapes from his cell in the safehouse. Nevertheless, while some girls may like Bond, I wouldn't expect most to like it to the same degree that I did, so it wasn't really the most sensitive choice on my part, but still a good learning experience. Piedra has a needle in the chapel and stabs at MacGyver, but somehow the needle doesn't factor in when he pushes MacGyver backwards. This is an exceptional episode....one of the best. I feared this one would be next when you mentioned a "memorable villain". Episode: “The Assassin,” season 1, ep. He is a lethal assassin who works for the Homicide International Trust group (HIT, get it?) After failing to scare MacGyver off, she met and romanced him, ultimately attempting to kill him by blowing up his boat. MacGyver S01E10 Target MacGyver DVDRip. And yeah, I would highly recommend "Breakdown". MacGyver ran for seven action-packed seasons and two TV movies, and even earned a 2016 reboot and an SNL parody character. The Assassin is the 22nd episode of Season 1 in the original version of MacGyver. Its also cool that he knows its curare. I just finished this episode. They shouldn't have even made it a discussion with the Archbishop and given him a chance to insist on going out to speak. stabbed in her hotel/apartment room in cold blood. Murdoc is a master of disguise, an amazing pianist, and has a love for heavy artillery, … Deborah was a hitwoman/assassin hired by a businessman named Knapp to deal with MacGyver, whose environmental study threatened Knapp's marina development project. Now I guess there wasn't much for MacGyverisms in this episode, which she was probably looking for and disappointed when they didn't transpire, but from that point forward all I could think about when I was with this girl was "How could you not like "The Assassin"!??!?! His identity remained hidden until Murdoc enters MacGyver's home under the persona of a work friend of MacGyver's to wait and kill him, tricking Wilt Bozerinto letting him in. He is seen at least once in every season except for season 1. MacGyver attempted to pull her up, but she drew a knife and tried to stab him. We never got serious as a couple but I'm still friends with her. A minor nitpick here but wouldn't MacGyver use the NATO alphabet when calling in their car registration. You speculated how "most people would like this one" and that was my exact mindset when I selected it back in 2003 for viewing with a girl I was dating who had only dabbled mildly in MacGyver up to that point and knew of my passion for the show. Of the episodes you've reviewed so far, which villains were you most disappointed in? Picks up the phone and puts it down on a ruler, then pushes hard on the ruler to pop the phone up and distract the Archbishop's head of security. Then once they move outside, Piedra trips and falls with his hand pushing through another needle that he fired at MacGyver. He prefers non-unhappy conflict resolution whenever possible and refuses to carry or use a gun. pushing the hair back, and offering to listen, followed by a hug. She is the estranged wife of notorious assassin Murdoc, and the mother of their son, Cassian. An infamous assassin, Piedra, is in town to do a job, and MacGyver and Pete capture him in a clock shop. The Assassin. Like Murdoc, Amber worked as an assassin; in fact, Murdoc himself revealed that they first met when they were after the same target. The target is an archbishop, and MacGyver attempts to find Piedra in the crowd of worshippers before it is too late. ~Terry, who then hangs up the phone. It really stands out from the other season 1 episodes - it has a very different feel. Bildir. Its often used in murder mysteries and I'm pretty sure it turns up in Sherlock Holmes. Interesting to know - thanks for sharing! How did the girl respond to "Goldeneye"? MacGyver is an introvert, normally keeping his feelings to himself and compartmentalizing to stay focused on the mission at hand. If I was doing a more objective ranking and removing my feelings from the equation, like what episodes would stand up the best to a random group of 100 people, I'd likely put this one in the top 20 or maybe even the top 10 - I'd throw The Madonna in there too (well, I wouldn't actually "throw" her). I'm pretty sure that the episode I have as my #3, my random group of 100 people would pan and say that there's nothing at all special about it, but for whatever reason it just resonates with me perfectly. De Longis' cocksure demeanor made it clear he had more dirty tricks up his sleeve and you just knew he was gonna escape from that cell, but never knew exactly how. Bozer appears to realize that something isn't right with Murdoc's introduction and contacts MacGyver, who warns him about who Murdoc is. I also loved the unearthing of his secret weapon stash at the motel room leading up to MacGyver taking his place. He nearly gets killed every week so why should this particular occasion be any different!I liked the simple MacGyverism of escaping from what he thinks are villains by driving over the spikes with a plank. This is a good time to mention that Piedra is played with exceptional skill by Anthony De Longis, who we just saw in, "Well, it’s just that I’ll never know for sure." Where does he get 'Peter, Jackson, Peter' from instead of Papa, Juliet, Papa?' Back to this episode, I do remember as a kid that his escape from the cell was really a powerful scene and made an impression on me. I'm interested to hear more about the "more fruitful bond" - will that story have to wait until I get to a particular episode?! Henry Winkler and John Rich were the executive producers. I never disliked this one, but for whatever reason it didn't stand out to me as a kid, but I enjoy it much more as an adult. Not well I'm assuming since you look back at it as a miscalculation. Offhand I would say he is the best villain of the series in terms of efficiency which Murdoc sometimes trades off for the sake of showing off and playing games (which of course is a large part of the fun of his character). Lots of questions about needles today. While lying is part of the job, Mac does not like it when he has to lie to his friend… Great old school clock and watch shop where MacGyver goes undercover. Hi, I have just watched the assassin and there is a scene with Macgyver and Emilio try to convince the archbishop after they learn Piedra escaped and killed Connors. But I'd think most people would like this one - it holds up very well. MacGyver dresses up as a priest in order to capture a villain. MacGyver impersonates Piedra to ascertain his target, but then Piedra escapes from his cell in the safehouse. Fortunately, I'd eventually have a much more fruitful MacGyver bond with a future girlfriend a few years later. I loved this episode when I first watched it in 1986 but ABC never re-ran this one in the summer for whatever reason, so I was blown away again when I finally got to watch it again on cable in 1992 at how first-rate it was.There was a lot going on early on with the killing of Terry's sister, MacGyver posing as the clock shop owner to entrap Piedra, the archbishop's (rather incompetent) security team keeping tabs on the threat, and Terry immersing herself in the flesh trade to find her sister's last contact and exact revenge, but it all weaved together like a fine movie script. MacGyver follows the adventures of the laid-back, extremely resourceful secret agent Angus MacGyver. Maybe that's the trick is to make sure that the villain seems untouchable due to his overwhelming talent, thus making the hero's path that much more challenging and ultimately rewarding. It's even better than I remembered - a great plot, solid acting, memorable villain, and end-to-end excitement. Murdoc is the primary antagonist in the American nostalgic action-adventure TV series MacGyver. That's scary! 22 Original air date: May 7, 1986 Mullet Status: Present and accounted for. I’m not sure why I didn’t tape it all, perhaps because of how inept MacGyver looked fighting in the clock shop, unfortunately through some of his own wrong moves and not just because Piedra was awesome. After failing to scare MacGyver off, she met and romanced him, ultimately attempting to kill him by blowing up his boat. Watching the scene Macgyver as the archbishop all of the nuns keep their heads down only Piedra raises his head, the reason the poison needle doesn't kill Macgyver is because it hits the cross he is wearing. Several of my higher-ranked episodes are ones that are meaningful to me, yet I can understand why they wouldn't appeal to others. Like you I didn't get why Piedra doesn't use the needle when he pushes MacGyver as the Archbishop, backwards. Murdoc is introduced as Suspect 218, an international assassin, presumably hired by Nikki Carpenter to kill Angus MacGyver and the rest of MacGyver's team. "Please hurry." Murdoc is MacGyver’s long running arch nemesis throughout the series. For some reason I just thought of Jet Li's character in Lethal Weapon 4 as an example of a great villain who was exceptionally talented in martial arts, much more so than the heroes, so it feels like an underdog story. ~Pete. Summary: Posing as a watchmaker who manufactures bomb timers, MacGyver manages to catch a master killer—Piedra—before he attempts an assassination on a high-profile target. One problem I have with this episode is the fact that the man who hired Piedra still out there and no one knows his identity. His disguises are good, but his arrogance is a bit to 'over the top' for my tastes. Always nice to see someone who loves this one....and especially Piedra's spectacular jail break scene, one of this series' shining creative moments. The remainder of the hour was pretty violent for an early season MacGyver episode, but still executed with all cylinders firing and generally good acting by everyone which was no sure thing in season 1. Of course it required two people running interference for you to get the job done! I'm assuming it was poisoned with curare as they had already discussed this in the gadgets scene which brings on another minor nitpick; if that was the case ;a) would it really have worked that quickly and b) MacGyver would have known that they could have kept Piedra alive with artificial respiration but perhaps I'm over-complicating things!I actually enjoyed the joke at the end about whether MacGyver could have 'taken him' or not. It was pretty easy to tell it was MacGyver straight away as he is so much slimmer than the real thing and his hands are quite distinctive.MacGyver is up for anything here, as he goes straight for Piedra even though he know how dangerous he is and we have suspenseful moment as Piedra is pointing the gun at MacGyver but the poisoned needle finishes him off first. Interesting story - I would theorize that while it wouldn't be a deal breaker if a girl didn't like a favorite MacGyver episode, it would be an awesome sign if she did. Catching the knife with the mallet was a very cool move (evoking a facepalm from my above mentioned friend), but not standing idly twice until Piedra come up to kick him! Deborah was a hitwoman/assassin hired by a businessman named Knapp to deal with MacGyver, whose environmental study threatened Knapp's marina development project. Are we talking 1 on 1 combat? A lot of the MacGyver villains aren't necessarily bad per se, but they often just seem kind of ordinary and end up blending together in my memory. Posing as a watchmaker who manufactures bomb timers, MacGyver manages to catch a master killer - Piedra - before he attempts an assassination on a high-profile target. I remember in college watching a "Goldeneye" video with a girl which was a movie I loved at the time, and in retrospect it was kind of stupid of me - would have been better off going with a romcom or something of that nature. Character. 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