MacGyver (S02E19) "Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle"

We can have come to expect a death defying escape at the beginning of each episode, and this one is no different. There is no task that seems to be out of reach for this dynamic team, even when they are soaring above the clouds. It always makes for an entertaining hour of television.

Just when we thought we had seen the last of her, Dawn (Amy Smart) is back in the picture. Even though Jack (George Eads) should be upset with the last stunt she pulled, he cannot deny the connection and attraction he has towards her. Perhaps she isn’t so bad after-all. When they are tasked to work together, it seems that all parties aren’t as forgiving as Jack.

The CIA seems to have some dirty little secrets, and Dawn just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Trying to find validity to her claims, Matty (Meredith Eaton) chooses to take a chance on her story. If there is truth to the corruption, she will do anything in her power to bring those involved in. Being her old stomping grounds, this is one case she takes a personal interest in.

In order to uncover the potential smuggling of illegal documentation, they are split into teams. It’s nice to see Bozer (Justin Hires) and MacGyver (Lucas Till) working together again, it’s been a long time coming. While Dawn and Jack are paired together, giving them a chance to get to know each other on a more personal level. True to form, it doesn’t take either pair long to find danger. They have uncovered something bigger than they thought possible. A huge counterfeit ring.

Back at the lab Jill (Kate Bond) and MacGyver put their heads together and are able to track down the source of the millions of fraudulent dollars. The sass from Jill and her brilliant ideas make her a stand out character, she adds another depth to the team and I hope that we will be seeing more of her. She meshes so well with everyone. Dwindling down the source to Lima, Peru, the team is off yet again.

This episode has so many intense twists and turns. With the corruption seemingly to be everywhere, you don’t know who to trust. When Matty goes to the head of the CIA, Julian (Gregory Alan Williams), you can’t help but question his motives. Especially when the team “coincidently” gets arrested shortly after they arrive in Lima. The trip was on a need to know basis, so it doesn’t take much to figure out who has that type of power.

The teams stint in prison was short-lived, we all know that there is danger lurking around every corner. The closer they get to the answers, the more the conflicts seem to follow them. With every problem they face, thanks to quick thinking from MacGyver, they are able to pull through another crisis.

We see a twist in “family” dynamics in this episode. Riley (Tristin Mays) is just as over protective of Jack, as he is of her. It warms the heart to see such a strong “father/daughter” relationship. They both want whats best for each other. There’s something endearing about Riley threatening Dawn. You don’t mess with the team, and if you do, you better believe there will be consequences.

This episode was huge for the boss lady. Matty isn’t one to back down from a fight, and this one is no different. This one is personal and she will do anything to make things right again, even if it means turning in Julian who has become a dangerous foe. The attempted kidnapping of Matty doesn’t last long though, thanks to Matty’s calm resolve and a cigarette lighter. MacGyver isn’t the only one who can work miracles in a pinch.

With the season soon coming to a close, we know that there is something big on the horizon for our beloved team. Hopefully we will be hearing about a third season shortly! We want more.

You can catch a new episode of MacGyver, Friday April 13th on CBS at 8/7c.

Photo: Screen capture taken by author of review.