MacGyver (1985 TV series, season 4)

The fourth season of the American television series MacGyver consisting of 19 episodes. The series began on October 31, 1988 and ended on May 15, 1989 while it aired on the ABC network. The first season of the series to be broadcast in stereo. The region 1 DVD was released on December 6, 2005.[1]

Season 4
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"He Acts Fast and Thinks Faster"
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes19
Original networkABC
Original releaseOctober 31, 1988 (1988-10-31) –
May 15, 1989 (1989-05-15)
Season chronology
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List of MacGyver episodes


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
651"The Secret of Parker House"Mike VejarStory by : Gene Hanson
Teleplay by : Rick Drew & John Sheppard & Gene Hanson
October 31, 1988 (1988-10-31)18.1[2]12.5/20[2]
MacGyver is a ghostbuster in a spooky old house inherited by Penny Parker who is a dead ringer for her insane aunt, who once lived in the house. But this haunted house hide a long buried secret.
662"Blood Brothers"Charlie CorrellRick DrewNovember 21, 1988 (1988-11-21)18.6[4]12.2/20[4]

Back in his childhood home town, MacGyver is haunted by memories of his youth where a friend was killed by a gun while preventing his friend's son from suffering the same fate as a result of handling local drug dealers.[3]

Guest stars: Jason Priestley
673"The Outsiders"Mike VejarMichelle Poteet LisantiNovember 28, 1988 (1988-11-28)18.6[5]13.2/20[5]
After surviving a car accident, MacGyver is taken in by an Amish family and he must help them settle their dispute with land developers.
684"On a Wing and a Prayer"Charlie CorrellJohn WhelpleyDecember 5, 1988 (1988-12-05)16.2[6]11.7/18[6]
Thornton and a nun are taken hostage by Central American rebels, and MacGyver and Jack must rescue them.
695"Collision Course"Chuck BowmanPaul B. MargolisDecember 12, 1988 (1988-12-12)16.9[7]11.7/19[7]
An important sports car race demonstrating new engine technology is sabotaged and the lead driver is injured as a result of the accident, so MacGyver must drive the race car. The sabotage is the work of a corrupt businessman and a rival racer from Mac's past.
706"The Survivors"Michael CaffeyReed MoranJanuary 9, 1989 (1989-01-09)20.3[8]13.5/20[8]
MacGyver and Thornton discover the wreckage of a DEA plane shot down by drug smugglers during an annual wilderness survival training.[3]
717"Deadly Dreams"Les LandauStephen DowningJanuary 16, 1989 (1989-01-16)20.3[9]13.2/20[9]
MacGyver helps the police pursue an escaped psychopath, who turns out to be a puppet to Dr. Zito, a psychopathic criminal genius.
728"Ma Dalton"Rob BowmanJohn WhelpleyJanuary 23, 1989 (1989-01-23)21.9[10]14.6/22[10]
Jack Dalton and MacGyver search for Dalton's mother who is a fugitive pursued by a bounty hunter and a corrupt stock trader from her past.
739"Cleo Rocks"Chuck BowmanJohn Sheppard & Rick DrewFebruary 6, 1989 (1989-02-06)20.9[11]13.2/19[11]
A shadowy figure, Murdoc, lurks backstage to manipulate Penny Parker in a suspicious rock musical to those he failed to kill, Pete and MacGyver.
7410"Fraternity of Thieves"Michael PreeceGrant RosenbergFebruary 13, 1989 (1989-02-13)21.0[12]13.9/21[12]
Leaks from a classified Phoenix system technology suggest a double agent working within the foundation. The double agent happens to be closer than everyone could ever imagine.[3]
7511"The Battle of Tommy Giordano"Mike VejarMarianne ClarksonFebruary 20, 1989 (1989-02-20)22.9[13]14.6/22[13]
MacGyver's friend wins custody of her son, causing her ex-husband to involve his uncle, the head of a crime family.
7612"The Challenge"Dana ElcarChris HaddockFebruary 27, 1989 (1989-02-27)22.4[14]15.0/22[14]
A Challenger club youth is framed for theft by a bigot who's trying to shut the club down.
7713"Runners"Michael CaffeyJoel SchwartzMarch 13, 1989 (1989-03-13)23.0[15]15.2/23[15]
MacGyver protects a runaway girl; her bitter past reminds him of some of his own.
7814"Gold Rush"William GereghtyDavid EngelbachMarch 27, 1989 (1989-03-27)22.3[16]15.1/24[16]
An easy US-Soviet salvage operation of Russian gold in Alaska is complicated by unwanted competition.
7915"The Invisible Killer"Dana ElcarChris HaddockApril 10, 1989 (1989-04-10)23.3[17]15.5/24[17]
A wilderness stress relief outing for Phoenix employees turns to a fight for survival, when escaped convicts begin posing as members of the hike.
8016"Brainwashed"Michael CaffeyJohn SheppardApril 24, 1989 (1989-04-24)18.1[18]12.7/22[18]
Jack Dalton is brainwashed to assassinate a foreign African country's president. But when MacGyver tries to de-programs him, he realizes that Jack wasn't their only "puppet".
8117"Easy Target"Charlie CorrellRick DrewMay 1, 1989 (1989-05-01)20.2[19]13.5/22[19]
Terrorists hold MacGyver and Thornton hostage as they attempt to cripple the city with a stolen EMP generator.
8218"Renegade"Michael CaffeyStory by : Robert Bielak & Chris Haddock
Teleplay by : Chris Haddock
May 8, 1989 (1989-05-08)20.8[20]13.9/23[20]
MacGyver pursues a mentally disturbed ex-Navy SEAL who has stolen a vial of anthrax from the Phoenix Foundation. The case is personal for Mac for the same thief saved his life in the past.
8319"Unfinished Business"Charlie CorrellMarianne ClarksonMay 15, 1989 (1989-05-15)19.0[21]13.2/22[21]
MacGyver, Peter Thornton and Jack Dalton are stalked by a female former lover of MacGyver with business to finish with him.


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