Angus MacGyver and Jack Dalton are in a helicopter crash in MacGyver season 1 episode 13. For a refresher on what happened last week, read my recap of episode 12.
MacGyver season 1 episode 13 opens with MacGyver and Dalton working hard to physically restrain a dangerous war criminal named Victor. MacGyver complains that they don’t have enough restraints, but they’re finally able to force the man into a helicopter.
A missile heads towards their helicopter. MacGyver quickly throws materials out the helicopter to throw off the missiles sensors and Cynthia, the helicopter pilot, steers them away, but they still get caught in the blowback of its explosion. They start to fall in a remote part of Kazakhstan.
Cynthia is serious injured in the crash. Dalton works to put out the fire caused by the helicopter crash while MacGyver treats Cynthia’s injuries.
They realize that Victor has gotten away and has Dalton’s gun. While they’re searching for him, they see a group of the war criminals he worked with. They realize that if the group is searching for Victor, they’re also looking for MacGyver and the team.
The team has one emergency phone, but the circuitry is still too wet for it to work. Dalton says that he can use his tracking skills to find Victor. MacGyver assures Cynthia, “He might actually know what he’s talking about.” As Dalton leads them, he pulls MacGyver aside. He whispers to MacGyver, “Do you think she’s impressed with my skills?” MacGyver replies, “No, I think she’s married.”
MacGyver realizes that Cynthia’s body temperature has dropped dangerously low. He tells Dalton that they need to light a fire to save her, even if it means Victor’s men will spot them.
MacGyver uses tree sap and the phone battery to light a fire. He asks Cynthia if she feels better and she tells him that she does. MacGyver tells Dalton he’s going after Victor, but that Dalton needs to stay and protect Cynthia.
MacGyver returns with Victor, tied up and gagged. MacGyver says that the emergency phone is dry, but that the battery shorted out when they started the fire. Victor’s group finds them and Dalton discovers that there’s only two rounds left in his gun. MacGyver says he may know a way to call for help. He says, “The best part is, we won’t have to worry about Victor’s friends if it doesn’t work because it will kill us all instantly.”
MacGyver shows them a knife that he’s going to use to charge the phone so they can call for help. He builds a lightning rod and uses the electricity from a nearby lightning storm to charge the phone. As they approach the storm, MacGyver asks Dalton if he has any last words. Dalton says, “I’m not gonna say I love you or anything.”
Once they’re safely back at Phoenix Foundation headquarters, the team finally meets their new boss, Maddie Webber. She tells them, “Whatever Jack told you about me, it’s all true. So suck it up because I’m here and this is happening.”