Jack in the Box
Episode 7 of 20 within Season Three. Item 51 of 141 overall.
Production number 051.
David Rich - Writer
James L. Conway - Director
3 votes

MacGyver and Jack Dalton are arrested in Arkansas by a corrupt sheriff who arrests people to make them work in a labor camp used for mining gold. Mac wants to escape, but Jack has other ideas: He wants to find 5 million dollars his uncle Charlie left in the mines years before.

original airdate--November 09,1987 rating--14.3 million

network: abc

music--MacGyver Theme song by Randy Edelman



  1. MacGyver creates a distraction in order to escape from a mining shaft using carbide lamps, water, some flint, a rope and a rock hammer. The carbide was put in the water which creates a reaction forming acetylene (welding gas). CaC2 + 2 H2O → C2H2 + Ca(OH)2 The gas is then ignited with the flint taped to the hammer. By using the rope to swing the hammer, MacGyver and Jack Dalton had time to run away from the exploding gas.



"Oh I've heard about you! You're the guy who does the whatchamacallits, you know, MacGyverisms; turns one thing into another?"



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