MacGyver (S03E02) “Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship”


The feud between MacGyver (Lucas Till) and Murdoc (David Dastmalchian) has been a long-standing theme in this series. He has taken one of their own, and there is no going back to the way things used to be. Murdoc has crossed a line, and MacGyver is going to pull all his resources to make sure he gets exactly what he deserves. Although the showdown doesn’t happen in this episode, it’s building up to something big. That being said, MacGyver is back with the Phoenix Foundation, for now. Spoilers Ahead.

Matty (Meredith Eaton) is blaming herself for the untimely death of Jill (Kate Bond). There was a greater connection between the two, a mother/daughter type bond. Even though the rest of the team is dealing with the loss in their own way, it brings something personal to their common goal. Justice for their lost colleague and friend. Her death will not be in vain, but that must be tabled for the time being, other pressing matters are at hand.

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The “Teen Titans” ready for action. (Photo: CBS)
together is better

The “training wheels” have been taken off, and Leanna (Reign Edwards), Bozer (Justin Hires) and Riley (Tristin Mays) have been entrusted to take on a task of their own. Riley is well versed with being on the field, but it’s time to see what the others are made of. The trio seems to be able to navigate through one trial after another. Fueled with pop culture references and the ability to kick ass and take names, I think they will prove to be a great asset to the foundation.

Meanwhile, Jack has intercepted an S.O.S from one of his old Delta brothers. When one is in danger, the rest of the troop will ensure he gets back alive. No one gets left behind, even if it has been 10 years since they last saw each other. The camaraderie between the Delta forces is strong, they have seen each other at their worst and have come through hell, together. Though Jack means to shoulder this burden with the rest of his troop, MacGyver won’t take no for an answer, to aid in the dangerous rescue.

Though there were two different storylines in this episode, the theme continued on between them both. There has to be a certain amount of shared trust between friends. Loyalty goes a long way and knowing that someone is always there for you makes a huge difference. It’s an emotional episode, but it shows how connected viewers become to the characters and this show.

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No one gets left behind. Friendship goes a long way. (Photo: CBS)
This is just the beginning

Matty is always one step ahead of the team, in both scenarios. She is the true hero in this story. Allowing the team to strike out on their own, growing into their individual strengths. She has developed into this strong and dynamic individual, and I swear if anything should happen to her, there will be more than a few angry MacGyver fans around. She is the real reason they are all together.

It has been a while since we had a true “happy ending”, but this episode presented us with one. No senseless deaths and everyone was able to escape in one piece. It’s a nice change of pace considering how much these characters have suffered over the past few seasons. They needed this win to fuel the fires, especially with dangerous times ahead of them.

The scene between Matty and MacGyver at the end really pulls at the heartstrings, it’s almost like a piece of closure. When she gave him the pocket knife, it was a symbolic gesture that everything is going to be okay, even if everything is going so wrong. They are stronger together.


You can catch a new episode of MacGyver on Friday, October 12 at 8/7c on CBS.