MacGyver (1985–1992)

Twice Stung 

A friend of MacGyver's becomes suicidal after being swindled out of his life savings. MacGyver orchestrates a reverse scam to get the money back.


Paul Krasny


Lee David Zlotoff (created by), Mark Lisson (teleplay by) | 7 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Dean Anderson ... MacGyver
Dana Elcar ... Pete Thornton
Richard Romanus ... James Crowe
Al Fann ... Kelly Sutton
Pamela Bowen ... Joanne Remmings
Rex Ryon ... Carl
Steve Eastin ... Tony
Shawn Michaels Shawn Michaels ... Benny
Joe Bonny Joe Bonny ... Man
Steve Susskind ... Tilly
Michael Francis Kelly Michael Francis Kelly ... Cop (as Michael F. Kelly)
Julie Moran ... USAF Pilot (as Juile Bryan)


MacGyver is shocked to find Kelly Sutton, a Phoenix Foundation worker bee, trying to commit suicide, saying it's to put his three kids through college after losing his life savings in a land swindle pulled by never convicted con artist James Crowe. Mac convinces Pete, who couldn't possibly involve the Foundation in such a murky business, to set up a scam to outsmart the crook and win $400,000 back; greenhorn analyst Joanne Remmings, who researches such plots, is grudgingly admitted to take part. First they hook Crowe by pretending Pete is a dirty cop, and lure him into putting up the cash for a cocaine transaction, which they deliberately make go wrong, and ultimately promise to go steal a fortune in cash from police evidence custody. However, everything is complicated by Joanne... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

6 October 1986 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Joanne Remmings first meets Mac, she refers to him as the guy who does the "macgyverisms - turns one thing into another". See more »


MacGyver refers to the plane in which he begins the episode as a "T-38 Ace". In actual fact, the NATO reporting name of the Northrop T-38 shown was the "Talon", not the "Ace". The "T" at the start of its name indicated its role as a Trainer aircraft. No manned aircraft could have been given the name "Ace", as the letter "A" is used to indicate the start of the NATO reporting name for an air-to-air missile. See more »


[first lines]
MacGyver: [voice-over narration] I don't care what anybody says, birthdays are important. So, when a good friend's turning sixty and I'm returning from another government mission, there isn't a much faster way to get home then to catch a ride on a T-38 ace flight. It's a good thing they didn't serve a meal on this flight... 'cause my heart was already in my mouth
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MacGyver Theme
Written by Randy Edelman
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