MacGyver 4.5 – Collision Course

In 1990, Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy brought his lecture tour to the University of Georgia. Naturally, I attended, and an acquaintance of mine decided to use the Q&A opportunity to pester Mr. Liddy as to whether Nixon really knew what he was up to. And I mean pester. How Liddy kept his cool under that barrage of obnoxiousness, I’ve no idea.

Since I was even more of an immature schmuck at age 18 than I am now, and since I was being egged on, I joined my buddy at the mic, but not to ask whether Nixon knew. I just decided to tease our distinguished guest about his Hollywood career playing villains in shows like MacGyver. Well, Liddy swatted me like a forgettable fly and I’ve sniggered about what a little jerk I was ever since. Compounding my assholery, the terrible truth is that I’d never actually seen any of Liddy’s roles before. But now that I have, I can safely say that as an actor, Liddy made a good Plumber. (Thank you, thank you, ladies and germs, thank you.)

Of actual note this time, for those of you trying to piece together MacGyver’s unusual past of bomb disposal, military service, longtime girlfriends, and star of the ITC action show that shoulda been with Jack and Mike, he apparently spent most of the late seventies as a professional race car driver in Europe. He is haunted by the experience and never talks about it. Plus, among all the very best friends forever that nobody ever heard of before the plot required them to pop in (a problem endemic to television adventure heroes), MacGyver has one called Jeff who is played by Patrick Wayne in a blisteringly obnoxious ’80s haircut. As is the way of these things, we apparently never see or hear of this best friend again after this story, but at least Jeff doesn’t die as these best friends so often do in stories like this.

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2 responses to “MacGyver 4.5 – Collision Course

  1. G. Gordon Liddy is a creep, so he probably deserved to be pestered by you and your friend.

    The phenomenon of “very best friends forever that nobody ever heard of before the plot required them to pop in” was especially prevalent on Bonanza. Often someone would show up at the beginning of an episode who we had never seen before but who we were assured by the dialogue was a very close friend and longtime neighbor of the Cartwrights, and inevitably by the end of that episode that person would A) turn out to be the story’s villain, B) get killed, or C) turn out to be the story’s villain and then get killed.

    • Ha ha! Well, put it this way: I can simultaneously be horrified at how disrespectful and rude I was when I was eighteen without losing even a moment’s sleep about our activities that evening!

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