Macgyver s01e18 Episode Script

Ugly Duckling

Okay, hold it right there.
- Let's check out the merchandise.
- All right.
Let's see if we got what we paid for, huh? - Looks like a missile to me.
- All right.
Watch it! Inside! That's great.
Okay, I'll take it.
- Excuse me.
- Yeah, what's happening? Sure.
- Yeah! - Yeah! Yeah.
That was great, man.
This drink is from that man right there.
My favourite drink.
You remembered, Mac.
Who's he with now? Get the car.
Tell Hank we may have another one to deal with.
Mac, the answer is no.
- You don't even know what I want yet.
- Sure I do.
You want the answer to the glitch I discovered in the Army's Snake-Eye missile's guidance system.
- How to fix it.
Correct? - That's part of it.
And they sent you to me because they figure you have some pull with me.
Don't I? Yeah, you do.
Professor, they said you had one of your students work on the problem with you.
Just like we did when you were in my classes.
But I don't remember ever breaking into the Defence Department's computer.
Now, that was innocent eagerness, Mac.
Kate saw the problem, went for the solution.
Now, you do remember having that passion to find solutions, don't you? Yes, sir, I guess I do.
She is a bona fide genius, Mac.
But she's also still just a kid.
My people just wanna talk to her, professor.
Now, I will not give them anything until I get their word of honour they'll leave her alone.
See, that's what I remember about you, professor.
The student always came first.
Well good ones like Kate, they are rare.
Then there's MacGyvers, who have to have their brains rattled - just to make sure they're still in tune.
- Yes, sir.
Well, the best brain rattler was always listening to you howl away on a saxophone.
Merely an indulgence just to regenerate the mind.
Go ahead, arrange it.
Arrange a meeting.
When I get assurances from everyone that there will not be any nastiness, then we'll talk about turning over the answers to the guidance system.
- There you are.
- Oh, thank you.
Hey, hey, hey! - Get him in the car.
- Hey, what do you think you're doing? Hey! Give me that.
- Get in the car.
Let's hit it.
- Yeah, right.
You think they didn't like my music? - I'll get an ambulance.
- No, no, don't bother.
'Tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door, - but 'tis enough, 'twill serve.
- Yes, sir.
You have one of the finest minds I have ever encountered.
Young man, I expect you to He was the toughest professor I ever had.
And everybody loved him.
Sorry, Mac, I know how much he meant to you.
Listen, are you sure that they just meant to grab him? - That gunshot was an accident? - Yeah, I'm positive.
Pete, how important was that system he was working on? It was meant as an upgrade for the old Snake-Eye missile.
Extended range, variable use, pinpoint accuracy.
Well, now, the Snake-Eye is a surface-to-air heatseeker.
Are you telling me this system makes it programmable? Surface to any target? With that new guidance system, you tell it to take out a building, it'll ask you which floor and what room.
Oh, my God.
Why? - Many of these things in surplus? - Too many.
It's a real commodity among the Third World nations.
The people in the arms black market are ripping each other off for their stockpiles.
There have been some rumours of underworld hijackings.
Well, that actually kind of makes sense.
With the professor's new system, the value would triple.
- Yeah.
- Gives you some idea - of why they tried to snatch him up.
- Exactly.
And now, with Willis dead They could go after the student.
- Where are you going? - Well, I'm gonna find her.
- That kid could be in a lot of trouble.
- She already is.
Defence Intelligence wants to put their hands on her - for breaking into their computer.
- Oh, terrific.
And we all know what wonderful people they are.
Mac, now, you're not cooking around with some idea about getting in their way, are you? Pete, I owe it to professor Willis.
He wanted this girl protected, and I'm gonna do it.
- Now, wait a - So best of luck.
I'm a phone call away if you need me.
I know all that, Pete.
Stay out of trouble.
Keep expenses down.
Come back alive.
Took the words right out of my mouth.
So where do we go from here? Everybody knew the professor was working on that guidance system with one of his students.
If we can find that student, we may have our answer.
You got a name? - I'll do what needs doing.
- Nothing useful.
But I have another edge.
His name is MacGyver.
He's one of the government's top bloodhounds.
I've seen this guy.
- He was with the professor.
- Good.
Find him.
We may have the student.
I loved him too.
This was my desk, here in the corner.
There's a heater back there.
- I'm no dummy.
- Yeah? Yeah, for two years.
I spent some of the best times of my life right here in this classroom with professor Willis.
Me too.
I got a feeling I was a little older than you, though, Kate.
- You are Kate, aren't you? - How'd you know? - He mentioned you last night.
- You were with him? Yeah.
You were waiting here for me, weren't you? - I was hoping, yeah.
- For what? We gotta talk, Kate, about that project you and the professor were working on.
I gotta go.
- I'll give you a lift.
- Why? I like hanging out with friendly people.
Let me get that for you.
You built these satellite maps? Yeah.
Telesat 5, NA VSAT, Westar 5? You follow all the communications satellites, know their positions? I do okay.
So what? Kate, why are you so rude to Mr MacGyver? I think it has something to do with defence mechanisms, Mrs Lafferty.
- Hers.
- Is all of this in honour of something? Oh, you bet it is.
For you to help solve the problem with the guidance system, you had to break into a top-secret computer net just chock-full of classified information.
Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but in this country I think that's a no-no.
- Is that true? - Take it easy, Mom.
The man is overreacting.
They think I'm gonna tell it to the Russians? Will you just knock that chip off your shoulder for a second? Just listen to me.
The government's a little embarrassed by your antics.
Office of Defence Intelligence, ma'am.
Is your daughter at home? - What's this all about? - Who are you? - Name's MacGyver.
- Are you a relative or something? Something.
- Come in.
- They're legit.
Are you Kate Lafferty? Just what do you want with her? We just wanna have a little chat with her, ma'am, downtown.
- You guys got a charge? - No, not yet.
We just wanna talk.
You push it, we'll get a warrant.
I think you better go.
They just wanna ask a few questions.
- No, I'm not gonna go anywhere.
- Take it easy, Kate.
I think your mom's right.
You should go with them.
- But don't worry, we'll get you out.
- When will she be back? Well, that all depends on her, ma'am.
It could be she'll be out right away.
Then again, it might be quite some time.
Let's go, Kate.
All right, Kate, let's try it again.
Why don't we start with how you gained access to the Snake-Eye project? Maybe we ought to get me a lawyer before we start talking.
Look, this is not an inquisition.
- You're not charged.
- Not yet.
All we want are a few serious answers to a few serious questions.
- I have nothing to say.
- Now, look, you wanna cooperate here and now, or do you wanna look at conspiracy charges and explain them to a judge? Okay.
What do you want? To start, I wanna know how you broke through the computer security system.
All right.
I'll show you.
Can I use a computer? Be my guest.
Password? It'll save time.
Data inventory.
"Pershing, Phoenix, Hawk.
" Yeah, Snake-Eye.
Okay, now I gotta get into the sub-program.
Come on, Pete, she broke security to help professor Willis help the United States government solve a problem.
It's not like she was selling the Pentagon to Gorbachev.
I know, Mac, but it's not exactly like she stole an apple off a pushcart either.
All right, all right.
I'm telling you, Kate is not gonna tell them one thing about the guidance system or anything else until they stop treating her like Qaddafi's hit man.
Mac, you are probably reading the girl right, but I Pete.
I'll make a deal with you.
I don't think I like the sound of that, but I'm listening.
I'll get both answers for us, providing you get the ODl off her back.
How she accessed their computer and what the fix on that guidance system was.
Mac, I don't know if I can keep my end of it.
Well, I'm not sure I can swing my end, but I'm willing to give it my best shot.
How about you? - Agreed.
- All right, Pete.
We're in.
Just like that.
I can't believe it.
We have got to tighten security.
New access codes for the whole program.
Thanks a lot, kid.
How long is this gonna take? It took me three weeks the first time to break in.
Cool down.
Oh, terrific.
Are you getting anything yet? Right now.
- What's going on here? - I don't know.
Oh, this is crazy.
It's going berserk.
Hey! Come on.
What's all this? Hey, that's the fire alarm.
I'm getting interference.
- Call maintenance.
- I'll get right on it.
- What the hell's going on here? - All right, just take it easy.
The emergency generator will kick in in a second.
Stop worrying.
The missiles will be delivered as promised.
The delivery is not what concerns me.
There's an ugly rumour going around that the missile's guidance system doesn't work.
It doesn't.
- But it will.
- That's not good enough, Mr Hatcher.
My people want a demonstration just to be sure.
There was nothing in our deal about a demonstration.
No demonstration, no money.
What do you want us to hit? I haven't decided yet, but I'll think up something imaginative.
Hey, what are you doing in here? I could ask you the same thing.
- I thought you were being detained.
- Oh, they thought so too.
They started threatening all sorts of dumb things.
I think they thought I was some kind of dodo, so I left.
How'd you manage that? I screwed up their environmental control system.
Why don't you just give them the answers? Because they've got no right to treat me like a criminal.
And because I want some answers about professor Willis.
I don't see anybody doing anything about trying to find his murderers.
- It's being done.
- Yeah? By who? Friends of mine.
They'll find the killers.
- You're sure? - I guarantee it.
But in the meantime, why don't you help them fix this guidance system? I mean, the answer is in here, isn't it? Sure.
But you'll never get in.
That's what you're trying to do, isn't it? Break in? Yes.
You're trying to break in using these passwords? - Too easy? - Not my style.
- What's your style? - That's your problem.
I'm sure you can solve it.
Is what your mom said true? You don't have any friends? Who needs them? All they do is tease me about being an egghead.
- Kind of hurts, huh? - What do you know about it? Look, I'm not pretty, and the boys that do notice me, they run like rabbits when they find out I'm smarter than they are.
So you just decided to go it alone, is that it? - Is this some kind of shrink session? - All right, all right.
- There is a password, right? - Sure.
But you're not even close.
You know, you're a very pretty girl when you smile.
Give me a break, will you? I'm not.
And you know it.
Everybody knows it.
I know it.
I'm nowhere even close to being pretty.
I'm I'm That's mean.
Boy, you are not seeing who you really are, Kate.
You're wrong.
I know who I am and what I am, and you do too.
That's your password.
And I don't happen to believe it for a second.
Well, it's the truth.
I'm ugly, and I'm weird.
And I don't even care if anybody likes me or not.
You are not ugly.
And will you please stop putting yourself down? You are special, Kate.
And it's not so bad to be special.
You just have to learn to feel good about it, that's all.
Well, I don't, okay? Here, make the copy.
The file name is "guidance," with a .
pgm extension.
Nice shot! Come on, Kate.
Let's go.
Storeroom, quick.
Pull this out and plug it in.
A sound oscillator? Yeah, I'm gonna give them a royal pain in the ear.
- Here, protect your ears.
- There! Right.
MacGyver, stop.
The plug, it's Mac, stop.
The plug.
Hold it! Well, it was a good idea.
- Turn around.
- You know, you and I should talk.
What do you say we? They say sleep is relaxing.
Well, not all the time.
It's become apparent that Kate and I think a lot alike.
And if that's the case, I gotta believe she's left me a clue.
Boy, she's good.
"SAR-SAT, 243 megahertz.
" Very good.
Yeah, FAA.
This is MacGyver.
DXS ID number XC4479.
Yeah, right.
Yeah, I got this little problem, and I think your SAR-SAT satellite can help me with it.
Yeah, right.
Signal's probably coming from a portable radio modified to a transceiver on 243 megahertz.
Okay, I need you to scan the western United States.
You will? Well, what can I say? You guys are terrific.
I haven't got time to play games, young lady.
I will find out about the guidance system.
Sodium Pentothal.
Your choice.
With or without.
Be sensible.
Tell Mr Walker what to do.
One of the great things about satellite navigation is that they can pinpoint a location down to 100 yards.
The problem is, they still can't tell who's liable to be waiting there.
So where's this baby gonna go? Anyplace between Canada and the Mexican border.
Get the missile in place.
You're gonna use it here, in the United States? Just a little test to make sure everything works the way it should.
When do I get to go? After the test.
Lock her up.
Move it.
Come on, get.
Couple hours, you'll be okay.
- Kate.
- MacGyver.
Don't touch that bar.
It's hot.
Hey, nice job.
Real nice.
Sure, but I'm gonna get fried trying to squeeze through.
All right, hang on.
Spray cans use hydrocarbons.
Ought to cool the bars down.
Stand back.
They were gonna give me Sodium Pentothal, and they made me fix the guidance system.
I had no choice.
That truck I saw leaving, had a tarp on it, was the missile under that? Yes, only they don't know the target yet.
The head honcho said he'd radio the coordinates as soon as he got them.
- So they're staying in touch by radio? - I guess.
This is all my fault, isn't it? I mean, if I hadn't broken into that stupid - Hey.
- I never did anything like this.
Believe me, I only did it to help professor Willis.
Look, everybody makes mistakes once in a while.
The trick is learning to live with it.
Like we all do.
Even if you are special.
- MacGyver? - Yeah? You're the first real - What? - Forget it.
Friend? - I guess.
- I am honoured.
- Now you're making fun of me.
- No way.
Friendship is something I don't take lightly.
It's too hard to come by.
You mean it? Yes, ma'am.
Why are we stopping? The more time we take, the further away they get.
Yeah, but they are staying in contact by radio, right? Yeah.
Come on, Kate.
If you don't get it, you're not as smart as I think you are.
I'll get it.
I'll get it.
- Triangulation, right? - Good girl.
- We can use the radio in the jeep.
- And the one in your pocket.
And we can use the coils from the speakers.
- And the battery from the jeep for one.
- Oh, no.
The battery is dead.
I had it on the whole time for SAR-SAT.
All right.
We use the acid from the cactus.
It's got electrolytes.
And we've got two different kinds of wire from the jeep.
- So we have power for the radio.
- We'll use our watches and the sun To get the direction.
- Is right! - Great! - All for one.
- And one for all.
I can't believe you said that.
The liquid in the cactus will give us a low-level current.
That ought to be all we need.
Eagle to Nest, Eagle to Nest.
I'm in position.
Nest to Eagle, stand by.
Be with you in a minute.
Everything's ready.
All we need are the coordinates.
These loops will form a directional antenna.
Our antennas will form two points of the triangle.
The third point is where they are.
And if we're lucky, we'll pick up their voices.
We got them.
Yeah, but do we have them in time? Sounds like they're getting ready to fire.
Listen, point your watch to the north and align the antenna with it.
So we can calibrate directionally.
Yes, ma'am.
Have you compensated for gradient, Eagle? I've compensated.
Circuitry check in progress.
Any anomalies? - Zero-zero.
- They're coming in at 2 o'clock.
Mine's coming in at 11.
And where they cross is where the missile is.
Commence check, Eagle.
Stand by.
Well, I trust the baby is well.
She is.
She's been checked and rechecked.
All we need now are the coordinates.
Then she'll be off like a hungry vulture.
program the guidance control to 37 degrees, 47 minutes north, - Somewhere in the South Bay, isn't it? - Very good, Mr Hatcher.
What's the specific target? The Clinton Narrows Bridge.
I contacted the buyers and told them they'd be hearing about the demonstration around 1:30 this afternoon.
Traffic count is lowest then.
Have a good day.
- Did you get that? - Got it.
Why does he wanna take out the Clinton Narrows Bridge? It's part of the marketing plan.
He'll get a lot of press.
Customers will see - that they've got a good product.
- Roger, Nest.
They're gonna take out the Clinton Narrows Bridge.
Yeah, in 27 minutes.
- Oh, my God.
- What? The South Bay Marathon's today.
There will be thousands of runners on that bridge.
- How do you know that? - Because I've run it twice.
MacGyver, there's gotta be something we can do.
The question is what and how.
Larkin, come here.
If we could get our hands on that shotgun No, it's a little too wide open down there.
I've never had much use for guns anyway.
- Well, then what are we gonna do? - We're going to assess the problem, then come up with a solution.
That's usually how it's done.
Yes, if you have enough time.
And we've only got 12 minutes.
You know, maybe that shotgun could be useful.
Harness a little of the power from the sun, heat it up a tad.
If we had a harness.
What do you think the jeep's got? - Energy.
- Yeah.
We can use the headlight as a parabolic mirror.
- And we got the side-view mirrors.
- To beam it in.
We could use the lens from the binoculars to modify the reflector to give it a little more distance.
Yeah, but we still have to get closer.
But we got a plan.
Let's go.
Nest to Eagle.
This is Eagle.
Go ahead, Nest.
I'm indicating six minutes to launch.
You in sync? We're all set, ready to go.
I want the countdown on the radio to confirm launch.
You got it.
We're gonna use the parabolic mirror as a solar collector and focus the sunlight through the binocular lens in position over it.
Concentrating it.
Now, it comes off the sun at about 6,000 degrees centigrade.
It'll still be plenty hot by the time we bounce it.
Can you aim accurately with a flat mirror? I'll check it out.
It looks about right.
We just have to position our collector now.
We're getting a beam.
The trick is to heat up the ejector port, then the shell inside.
The gun oil's already smoking.
When that powder gets hot enough, it's gonna blow.
And hopefully take the gas tank with it.
All right.
I can't believe this worked.
Come on, it worked.
Are they dead? No, they're just out for a while.
That was close.
Another two minutes, this thing would've been airborne.
Nest to Eagle.
Why haven't you started countdown? Eagle, do you copy? I don't hear your countdown.
Nest to Eagle.
If you're having trouble, I'll fly the second bird.
Commencing countdown.
Larkin, is that you? Continuing countdown from 20, 19, 18, 17 You're not Larkin.
Nice try, whoever you are.
- Elevate the missile.
- Yes, sir.
- Can he fire this by remote control? - No, but he doesn't have to.
He's gonna fire the other missile.
All right, settle down.
Don't give up yet.
Listen, how well do you know that guidance system? Well, to start with, it overrides the surface-to-air configuration.
So without it, it becomes a heatseeker? Yes, exactly.
That's the way it was originally designed.
We have to get it within a half a mile of the other target.
We can vector into that kind of window.
You can, and it'll blow them both to smithereens.
Provided we fire it within seconds of their launch.
Go to work.
Come on, Kate, gotta move.
If I could just pop this chip out.
Five, four, three, two, one.
- Got it.
- Stand clear.
Come on, Kate.
MacGyver, we did it! Yeah.
Yeah, I'd say.
Me too.
Les, listen, I'll be right back, okay? Go ahead.
Excuse me.
- Hi.
- Hi.
I see some changes have been made.
Yeah, sort of, I guess.
- You look great.
- Yeah? Thank you.
Listen, I wanted to tell you, they busted Hatcher and his friends and the wacko behind the whole thing.
- Good.
- Yeah.
And the Defence Department's gonna be clamouring for your services right around graduation time.
I got a feeling they're gonna spring for your own lab.
Oh, that's pretty all right.
That's good.
- So why don't you introduce him? - He's shy.
Especially around strangers.
But get him alone in a lab, - can he compute.
- Figures.
Thanks for everything.
You bet.
Well Will I see you again? Count on it.
- I will.
- Okay.
Come on, Les.
Let's dance.
All right.
Your dancing is great.