MacGyver (S03E21) “Treason + Heartbreak + Gum”

MacGyver (Lucas Till) and the team have been through so much this season, so why should this episode pause on the chaos? The writers certainly know how to create tension, and keep viewers on the edge of their seats. When morals are challenged, can a risk outweigh the inevitable catastrophe?

All good things must come to an end?

Mama Colton ( Sheryl Lee Ralph) makes an appearance, asking Matty (Meredith Eaton) for a certain computer whiz to help them out with an international situation. They don’t have the means to go overseas, but The Phoenix Foundation certainly does. This brings Billy (Lance Gross) and Riley (Tristin Mays) into close proximity, which should be a good thing, instead, it brings unexpected realizations. Perhaps Billy isn’t quite the man Riley thought she was, especially when questionable photos are found on his phone. The mission comes first, all else will fall into (or out of) place later.

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Matty, the essential badass. (Photo: Google)

Matty has to make some questionable decisions herself, especially when Ethan (Brendan Hines) seeks her out for help. His family has been taken by S-Company, and if he wants to see them alive again, he must give in to their demands. If only it were as simple as that. August, the mastermind behind the organization wants the list of every mole inside the company, which only the director of the CIA has access to. Good thing Matty agrees to aid him in this endeavor, she’s a better person than most.

Risk has its rewards

Although there is a risk of treason and a very long prison stay in their futures, MacGyver and Bozer (Justin Hires) have no qualms with helping Matty out. She has always been there for them, and they trust her judgment and decisions. It’s Desi (Levy Tran) who initially shows resistance but goes along with it, they need someone there who will kick ass and take names. Desi is beginning to realize that they are more than just co-workers, the family dynamic is strong.

Time is not on their side, and they are all feeling the pressure. As they say, desperate times call for desperate measures, and Ethan is running out of options. Even when they know where Ethan’s family is being held, fear does something to people. It makes them careless, and it shows when he ends up subduing the director of the CIA and forcing Matty’s hand to go along with his antics. They’ve come too far, and it’s all on the line.

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Desi and Oversight. Ready to kick ass, and take names. (Photo: CBS)

It seems as though S-Company is one step ahead of them, even going as far to hold Mara (Mina Lukia) in a separate place, knowing that Ethan would stop at nothing to save his family. With a little cooperation from the CIA director, thanks to Matty, and the promise of taking down the entire S-Company operation, they are no longer on their own. It helps that they have two “MacGyver’s” at their disposal as well. Oversight (Tate Donovan) wouldn’t leave them when they need it the most.

All for one, and one for all

The family element goes a long way in this series, and it shows with the trust they have in one another. Even when the moments are touch and go, they never falter in their resolve to do the right thing. With out-of-the-box thinking and improvisation, it seems to work in their favour more often than not. This episode, is no different, although there are no happy endings for all involved. Ethan’s family may be safe, but he must pay for his illegal “ideas”, even if it all paid off in the end.

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Every ending brings a new beginning. (Photo: Screenshot By Author of Review)

Riley, who has no time for a cheat, decides to break it off with Billy. He deserves no explanation, and she isn’t going to give it to him. There has already been so much loss, and this is just one more heartbreak to add to the pile. Riley is lost without Jack, the only man who has never let her down. In an endearing and touching scene, MacGyver comforts her, reassuring her that if she is lost, they are there to help her find her way.

Next week is the season finale, and the way they have been building it up, it’s going to be a big one. The big bad is coming, and no one will escape unscathed.

In a closing note, I need to add how spectacular Meredith Eaton is in her role on this show. She brings so much strength and depth to Matty, it’s a privilege to watch her on MacGyver week after week. This is one of the many reasons why we need a fourth season! There are so many possibilities, and these actors deserve to keep telling these stories.

The season finale for MacGyver airs Friday, May 10 on CBS at 8/7c