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MacGyver 1×15 Magnifying Glass preview

The team suspect that the 1970s Zodiac Killer has returned.

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On the latest episode of MacGyver, Mac (Lucas Till) and the team face their first evaluations from their new boss Matty (Meredith Eaton).

The episode opened up with Mac testing Bozer (Justin Hires). He had him tied to a chair with a hood on and was timing him to see how long it took him to escape. Bozer wanted to know if he was quicker than Riley (Tristin Mays) and wanted to improve his skills to impress Matty.

Jack (George Eads), who has a history with Matty, was first up for his evaluation. They spent most of it staring each other out. Matty called Mac and the rest of the team in for a mission briefing. A facial recognition program that Riley had written had picked up a known fugitive called Douglas Bishop (Frank Whaley). He was number six on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

Bishop was wanted for murder and Matty suspected that someone in the FBI was helping him. They had to keep their involvement secret until they worked out what was going on.


Mac and Jack headed to Georgia to the store where the video was shot. The owner Eileen thought they were there from Hollywood. The video that Bishop was identified in was posted on YouTube. He was in the background of the video, the main event was a thief getting smacked over the head with a bottle and then falling over.

She told them about Bishop who was a regular and went by the name of Charlie. He would buy the same chocolate pies each time he came in and drew sketches for her. Mac took a photo of one of the sketches which he realised was the view from a window. He was able to use a map to work out which building it was drawn from and hoped it was Bishop’s apartment. He was right.

At the apartment Mac tore the corner off a newspaper that had some numbers written on it. Suddenly the FBI raided the apartment and took Mac and Jack into custody. Under Matty’s orders they couldn’t give up their identities.

They were handcuffed and put in the back of the FBI’s car. Mac put the car into neutral and it began rolling backwards down a hill. He then managed to get his hands in front of himself and get his swiss army knife back. He steered the car around traffic as he hotwired the car and they made their escape. They decided to keep it secret from Matty but she found out straight away.


Using the numbers Mac found on the newspaper they tracked Bishop to a bus station. Bishop spotted them and ran off but they gave chase. Mac grabbed some bottles of cleaning fluid and tied them together to make a bolo which he threw to catch Bishop.

They accused him of having someone at the FBI but he explained he was being forced to work for someone at the bureau. He had to do jobs he was told or he would be killed. They evaded the FBI and kept Bishop safe while they investigated what was going on.

They hid out at a hotel overnight and Mac built a crude detection device to alert them should anyone come looking. When the FBI showed up, Mac made a key to allow them to move between adjacent rooms to escape.

Matty arranged someone to take Bishop and Mac and Jack took him to a car park. The corrupt FBI agent who was controlling Bishop arrived instead and threatened to kill him. Mac used an electric car charger with the electrics of the car park to distract him.


Elsewhere in the episode, Matty carried out performance reviews for Bozer and Riley. She crept up on them to watch them work and gave them a grilling.

She agreed to keep Riley on and gave Mac a warning over his improvisation. She said he was lucky but he said it wasn’t luck. She offered him the chance to prove it wasn’t and said he better not mess up.

Matty was most impressed with Bozer who questioned some important decisions that she made. His input helped them solve the case.

The next episode is Magnifying Glass, the official synopsis for the episode reads:

When Matty’s goddaughter and her boyfriend are killed in a San Francisco park, Mac and the team investigate the crime and start to suspect that the 1970s Zodiac Killer has returned.

Tune in to Sky 1 at 8pm Wednesday to see the episode. Preview it with our gallery below:


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