#84 - The 'Hood Season
Mac's neighbor overhears a hit being planned and Mac has to figure out how to stop it.Trope(s):
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This is the episode where production has moved back to LA and Mac had to move b/c his houseboat caught on fire. We meet his new landlord and one of his neighbors.
At least when 'Molly' forgets her sunglasses and has to go back for them, it's something that could legit happen. People forget things like that all the time. They don't usually overhear a hit being planned though.
Clearly Mel - Mac's new landlord - is an old friend. They seem to know a lot about one another's lives. Ah, the days before everyone had a cell phone, when landlines were still relevant and call forwarding was a thing.
A little continuity - Mac pulls a team USA hockey jersey out of a box.
Convenient news report is convenient. Kelly learns that her roommate/friend died.
This is also our first intro to Mama Lorraine in the series, who is a voodoo priestess (the Hollywood variety - though she does say that it's her religion, which vaguely off-sets the 'Hollywood' part, but it still has it's moments). She says she had a dream about Kelly.
Mac and Mel are talking to their friend the cop who tells them that 'policy' is they have to wait 48 hours before they declare a person missing. This isn't actually a real policy. If a person is reported missing, and there is evidence that something bad happened, the police start looking into it. Even if the missing person isn't a child. Why? B/c the sooner they start looking, the better chance they have of finding the person. Of course, this doesn't play as 'dramatically' on TV and the 'heroes' can't solve the case before the cops.
Mac went to find Kelly and ends up bound to a torture rack for his trouble. He's gagged too so he can't scream for help. Though, I'm not sure who he'd scream to in an empty theater. I'll say that this prop skeleton he puts to use is made of pretty sturdy material, or it wouldn't do a damn bit of good releasing that wheel. (This is sort of reminiscent of another episode where Mac is bound to a torture rack - that episode is coming up a bit later in the countdown.)
Convenient that the hitman drove to California all the way from Texas in his beat-up pick-up truck, huh? Made it easier for Mac to find him. And, it's full of 'good luck charms'. Which will come into play later.
Victor Nesbit is kind of over-confident about his testifying gig and how it's going to fix his life and make him famous or something. Also - how did the hotel clerk not find his name, then search again and find it the second time? If she has the guy's ID, his name is right on it. Even so, he doesn't have a name that's all that unusual in the US. Also, Nesbit, dood, do you really want to testify and be 'famous'? It's probably not going to be what you think. Especially if you're a bit of an introvert, b/c people will be all up in your shit. Not that he shouldn't testify, but he shouldn't do it to get famous.
The scene where Mama convinces the newbie hitman to talk using the exaggerated 'voodoo' is pretty funny - playing into his superstitions and such.
Why are there so many scatterbrained women in MacGyver's life? Kelly is like Penny-lite. She talks all the time and is kind of stupid in the 'stay alive' department, what with following Mac and yelling at him across the damned hotel lobby. This is really more 'idiot ball' stuff in the writing for extended drama things. Though, this isn't nearly as obnoxious as some of the others, b/c people do call out to their friends and such when they want to get their attention.
I know that the red laser dot from a rifle sight is useful to show the audience what's up - and tip off the target - but that is NOT how things work! If the laser sight worked that way, snipers would be utterly useless in the field, since the whole point of sniping is to NOT be seen!
And Nesbit mentions his 'very important appointment' like he's the Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland
I like that Mac doesn't take off the bandana that was used as a gag once he frees himself from the torture rack. I don't know why he doesn't, other than not wasting time.
We meet Mel's 'pet project' Robo for the first and only time. Robo has 'decorated' one wall in Mac's new loft with some of his artwork. (Mac slaps himself in the head after Robo's explanation.) I'll have to check later episodes to see if we can still see it.
This is one of those episodes that has some good scenes in it - the escape from the torture rack - but, overall, is sort of a flat episode that introduces some characters - most of whom we never see again, despite them being Mac's neighbors.Mirrored from the original entry at Dreamwidth. Reply there using your own Dreamwidth account or OpenID!
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