The team heads to Hawaii and partners with the Five-0 task force in MacGyver season 1 episode 8. For a refresher on what happened last time, read my recap.
MacGyver season 1 episode 8 opens in Hawaii. Angus MacGyver, Jack Dalton, Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua get in a shoot out. Someone aims a rocket launcher at MacGyver.
36 hours earlier, the team rides on a plane together. Dalton bugs MacGyver about what they’re going to do for MacGyver’s birthday. Matty Webber calls them and tells them to head to Hawaii to help with relief after an earthquake.
MacGyver and Dalton meet Kono, who introduces them to Chin. She introduces them as volunteers. Kono and Chin ask for help rescuing people trapped under concrete.
MacGyver is able to help get one person out, but the building starts to crumble from an aftershock. Dalton tells MacGyver that if things go wrong, he doesn’t have to worry about how he’ll celebrate his next birthday.
While they work on solving the problem, MacGyver makes sure that Dalton notices Kono is wearing a wedding ring. Dalton says that doesn’t necessarily mean she’s married.
When MacGyvesr and Dalton go into the building, they discover a man who’s clearly special forces. They listen to his radio and hear people speaking Mandarin. MacGyver believes these are people inside the building, who are there to steal something.
Matty tells MacGyver that the building they’re in is a front. She says that the people inside are top government researchers.
Dalton finds the thieves and gets into a shootout. Meanwhile, MacGyver finds the remaining researchers trapped in the building. He tells them, “Hi, I’m here to save you.”
A man falls out a window. Dalton has to grab onto a rope and climb out the window to rescue him.
The team finds out that the thieves stole a box of prototype bullets that are laser-guided to have 99% accuracy even for a first time shooter. They need to get the prototypes back or the thieves will be able to replicate this technology and make as many as they want.
Riley Davis identifies an unmarked van heading for the beach. She tells them they have a boat waiting for them, so MacGyver and Dalton need to hurry.
They catch up to the thieves and MacGyver builds a laser to stop them, risking his own life in the process.
At the end of the episode, MacGyver lets Dalton throw him a party. It’s a small gathering at MacGyver’s place and the cake has a paperclip made of frosting on it.