MacGyver (S04E07) “Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey”

The latest episode of MacGyver gives viewers a much-needed distraction. It has become painfully clear that their line of work comes with, complexities. No matter how hard they try to maintain a semblance of order, it never ends up working to their advantage. Life, love and a secret organization, just don’t mix. (Spoilers Ahead)

Double Date, Double Trouble

Normality isn’t for everyone. It’s something that Desi (Levy Tran) and MacGyver (Lucas Till) have never taken to. Their relationship has always been based on death-defying tactics, adrenalin rushes and a fiery passion that ignites in dire situations. Maybe, for one night, they can put on an act and pretend to be an “average” couple. The intentions are there, but their hearts want something more.

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Now, Don’t screw this up! (MacGyver S04E07) (Photo: IMDB)

Russ (Henry Ian Cusick) does his best to prepare Desi and MacGyver for the evening ahead, but as we know, nothing quite goes as planned. Riley (Tristin Mays) is counting on them to remain in control, for the sake of her own relationship with Aubrey (Leonardo Nam). Secrets always have a way of making their way to the surface, and it’s only a matter of time before it’s out in the open. Riley has a good thing going, but her life is full of danger, and there is no escaping the threat.

Too much of a good thing?

The Impractical Jokers (Joe Gatto, James Murray, Sal Vulcano, Brian Quinn) guest star on this episode, bringing some comedic relief to the tension and nerves. It isn’t easy putting up a guise, and old habits die hard. MacGyver and his perceptive nature pick up on some questionable motives, he can’t turn it off, even for a night, but neither can Desi. They try so hard to keep up the charade, but the temptation of trouble is too appealing.

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Advice and a chocolate bar. (MacGyver S04E07) (Photo: IMDB)

Something is simmering below the surface, and Chad (David Shae), who just so happens to be Aubrey’s business partner in this restaurant endeavor is hiding something. The subtle shift in the atmosphere peaks MacGyver and Desi’s interest, who are not overreacting like they first thought. The excitement of the unknown drags them in and takes hold.

Riley is skilled at hiding her true identity, but soon, even that is tested. Money is forever the motivator for the corrupt, and it seems that Chad owes some very bad people a significant amount of money. Which puts Aubrey and Riley directly into harm’s way. This is where we meet Donovan (Devon Sawa), the big bad of the moment. A kidnapping dashes the hopes of a good date night. Trouble follows them all.

Secrets and Lies

We get a lot of fantastic back and forth between MacGyver and Desi in this episode. They mesh well together, even if it’s in a rather unconventional way. Of course, they can’t help but follow their inquisitive nature, revealing a very dead Chad. If only the pesky LAPD would let them be. Although the dynamic duo always has something up their sleeves. Leading them down an action-packed road, and some ass-kicking. Igniting their spark.

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What comes next? (MacGyver S04E07) (Photo: IMDB)

Meanwhile, Riley and Aubrey have a cozy spot in the trunk of Donovan’s car. This is when Riley’s specialized skills are needed, and Aubrey’s eyes are opened to a different side of her he’s never seen before. With an S.O.S sent out to MacGyver, it’s only a matter of time before her cover is blown. The team is engaged, with Russ (who had a change of heart about Sparky) and Bozer (Justin Hires) on the research end of the spectrum. As always, a well-oiled machine.

Aubrey gets to see the real Riley in action when it comes to light his so-called business partner cleaned out their finances. She takes a risk, in order to save their lives. Revealing her hacker background and ability to get them out of a deadly situation. It comes with a price, of course, but she would never be able to forgive herself if anything happened to Aubrey.

Shut Up, Dr. Phil

The team works so well together, able to pinpoint each other’s moves. Distractions are MacGyver’s specialties, which leads to the inevitable ass-kicking from Desi. She can hold her own, and look fantastic doing it. Aubrey isn’t buying their stories anymore, but those questions can wait. The threat isn’t over, as the real villainess makes her appearance. The disgruntled, and powerful soon-to-be ex-wife of Donovon, Jennifer Kwok (Angela Zhou), who also happens to be the heiress of the triad organization.

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Crime doesn’t pay? (MacGyver S04E07) (Photo: Screen Capture)

These situations are never as distressing as they seem, there is always a well thought out plan being put into motion, even with the clock ticking down. MacGyver, forever the risk-taker, tries to diffuse the situation by speaking from his heart. Relationships aren’t always easy, and no matter how hard one tries, some people are just not meant to be. It’s just a lead into a bold, musically themed plan (80’s music is great for fight montages!). Asses kicked, bad guys subdued and the LAPD interrupting their victory, thankfully Russ is in tow, pulling the strings that he does.

No happy endings here

The day may be saved, but the same can’t be said for Riley’s relationship with Aubrey. This is the life she has chosen, the life that she loves, but that’s not what he signed up for. It comes as no surprise when he ends it. At least she can fall back on her friends in times like these, finding herself at MacGyver’s place, looking for a shoulder and refuge.

Although things may be rocky between Desi and MacGyver, that is just how they are. They don’t need to be perfect, that has never been them. Maybe what they both need is the messiness, excitement and unpredictable nature of the beast. Will they rekindle the spark? It’s undeniably there. There is chaos coming, and it’s going to test all their relationships.

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She’s Back. (MacGyver S04E07) (Photo: Twitter)

Where the hell is Matty (Meredith Eaton)? She is dealing with the storm to come. We finally get to see just how bad off Oversight (Tate Donovan) is. His life is fleeting right before their very eyes, but he may have one last fight left in him. What is File 47?  Could this be the end of the world as they know it? 

Closing Thoughts

This episode was so well written, touching on so many topics (and hearts) and keeping us engaged as viewers. The light-hearted nature isn’t going to last. There is a darkness coming, and it is going to touch every, single one of them. Some may not make it out of this alive, but that won’t stop them from trying to save the day.

A new episode of MacGyver airs Friday, April 3 on CBS at 8/7c.

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