Whats The Connection Between McGyver And Desperate Housewives?


As I mentioned, MacGyver is coming back on SABC 3 later this month. Question: What connection does Desperate Housewives have with MacGyver? Clue: Susan Mayer!!

Teri Hatcher who plays Susan Mayer on Desperate Housewives made her television debut on Love Boat but its this show that saw her get her first recurring role. She went on to star in Lois & Clark then  films such as 2 Days In The Valley with Charlize Theron (awful movie but do you remember the fight scene between them?) and Tomorrow Never Dies.



  • Michael Des Barres, who plays Murdoc, MacGyver's archenemy, actually composed the song "Cleo Rocks" for the same-named episode.
  • Angus MacGyver's birthday is January 23, 1951. Richard Dean Anderson's birthday is January 23, 1950.
  • MacGyver's Swiss Army Knife went through a few changes over the early episodes. His first and most often used knife was a "Spartan" model from Victorinox. The knife seen in the opening credits of each episode was a Wenger, as noted by its long keychain.
  • When the onset of glaucoma began robbing co-star Dana Elcar of his sight in real life, his TV character was given the same condition.
  • The "MacGyverisims" shown in the series are all based on scientific fact, but not all of the steps needed to create the experiment were shown. This was done to prevent children who were watching the show from duplicating the experiments themselves and possibly getting injured.

  • In the late '80s, two teenage boys made a bomb in their garage which went off, killing one of them. The surviving boy said they learned how to make the bomb from an episode of the show. However, the show was quickly exonerated after it was discovered no such episode existed.

  • Kai Wulff played 4 different characters in 4 different episodes

  • Richard Dean Anderson won the role of MacGyver when the casting director noticed he was unafraid to use his glasses during his audition, showing a lack of pretension that the creative team wanted in their lead.

  • Throughout the entire run of the series, MacGyver states many times his opposition to using guns because of a childhood event. However, in the pilot episode, "Pilot", he does in fact fire a gun, an AK-47, and then quickly hands it to the pilot he's rescuing to provide cover fire. This aspect of his character was probably added after the pilot as he makes no mention of his distaste for guns.
  • MacGyver grew up in Minnesota.


  • Several episodes (including the pilot episode) were directed by Alan Smithee, a pseudonym commonly used by directors who don't want their real names associated with a project.


  • The surname "MacGyver" is of Scottish origin, first found in early times in Dumbarton. The clan motto, "Numquam obliviscar" translates as "I will never forget."


  • At the end of the final episode of the series' original run, Richard Dean Anderson did a voice over telling the audience "Thank you, for seven great seasons". This voice over was omitted during its rebroadcasts in syndication.


  • Dana Elcar's Stunt Double was Don S. Davis. Don S. Davis became "Gen. George Hammond", Richard Dean Anderson's superior officer on Stargate SG-1.

  • MacGyver's favorite sport was always ice hockey. He is often seen wearing a Calgary Flames hat. There was even an episode where MacGyver coached a young high school hockey prospect.

  • The first season of the show was shot entirely in the Los Angeles area. However, as an adventure series, ABC was ready to cancel after one year due to the price of location filming and time spent moving the production crew over a 6-day shoot schedule. With threat of cancellation, the Producers, including Henry Winkler decided to send the show to Vancouver where location moves could be made within an hour. In one day an episode could move from an ocean scene to a forest scene to a metropolitan scene. It allowed writers to put the character of MacGyver into a faster paced action/adventure series.

  • Early in the first season it is implied that MacGyver lives in the Griffiths Observatory. Later in the season it is obvious he lives above the Coney island stand in Venice Beach.
  • This episode used footage from The Italian Job. All of the shots of the three Minis racing the cops are lifted from the movie.


  • Episode 106 "Trumbo's World" uses footage from The Naked Jungle (1954). The footage of Christopher Leiningen (Charlton Heston) flooding the ants was used.


  • It is implied that MacGyver works for, or takes assignments from, Department of Defense, since his internal monologue reveals he went to Middle East because Washington asked him to. Also, a suit called Barney pays him a visit and says, "The department is grateful", and "I'm not offering you an assignment."


  • It is revealed that MacGyver has no family left except his grandfather.


  • First direct mention of MacGyver working for Pete Thornton at DXS, which is some Federal agency.
  • At the start of the episode, at the shot of people exiting the landing pad, the helicopter can be seen wobbling and then taking off with its door open. Although innocuous in appearance that was a case of "ground resonance", a dangerous condition where a helicopter standing on the ground may start to shake increasingly violently and eventually suffer a catastrophic failure wrecking the helicopter. The pilot took off to prevent this from happening, and the footage was left in the episode.
  • MacGuyver's passport lists his Date of Birth as "23 JAN 51", exactly one year later than Richard Dean Anderson's actual birthdate; Penny's passport lists her Date of Birth as "20 FEB 62", nearly 3 years earlier than Teri Hatcher's actual birthdate.

  • Second time that actor Richard Romanus appeared on the show. Both times with a different character.
  • First appearance of Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton.

  • MacGyver is called 'Bud' by his grandfather.

  • MacGyver's first name changed several times over the years. Series creator Lee David Zlotoff says that the character he created was named Stace MacGyver. (The script for the series pilot also gave MacGyver's first name as Stace). In the 11th episode of season two, the episode titled "Phoenix Under Siege", MacGyver's grandfather's son-in-law's (MacGyver's dad's) first name is mentioned as "James" in a flashback to his youth. In the last season, his first name was given as "Angus".

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Gosh i loved MacGyver,i remember i used to cry when my family wanted to watch news mina wanted to watch only him but since now i got my own TV....can't wait:)

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