MacGyver (1985–1992)

The Prometheus Syndrome 

There is an arsonist, called Prometheus, loose in MacGyver's neighborhood. Naturally, the Fire Inspector and the police are clueless, and have enlisted MacGyver has to do all the real work to catch the arsonist.


William Gereghty


Lee David Zlotoff (created by), Robert Sherman


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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Dean Anderson ... MacGyver
Dana Elcar ... Pete Thornton (credit only)
Jenette Goldstein ... Rachel Bradley
Jack McGee ... Joe Roswell
Dave Florek Dave Florek ... Ralph Boardman
Kimberly Scott ... Mama Lorraine
Randolph Mantooth ... Earl Stringer
Misty Rowe ... Betty
Robert Ackerman ... Chief
Sebastian White ... Andy
Eric Close ... Guard


MacGyver is helping his friend, the head of the Fire Department's Arson Squad, locate an arsonist who calls himself Prometheus. Now his friend's number two has her own ideas which he doesn't think is right. Eventually they find another device Prometheus planted. Mac tries to disarm it but something goes wrong and his friend is killed. His friend's number two is placed in charge of the unit and informs Mac his services are no longer needed. But, after talking to his friend's wife, Mac thinks he knows where to find Prometheus. Written by

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fire | bomb | arson | explosion | See All (4) »


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Release Date:

7 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The part of the chief of the Arson department Earl Stringer was played by Randolph Mantooth. Mantooth is most famous for playing the fireman / paramedic John Gage in the TV show Emergency! (1972). See more »


There wasn't much thought put into the list of newspaper employees as the first of three entries gives "Santa Luisa" as the town, then the second entry also has Santa Luisa and lists "1117" in the street address, and then the third address says "2117" in the street address. See more »


[first lines]
Mama Lorraine: Here you go, MacGyver. I brought you some batteries, some plums, and some fresh corn. On sale.
MacGyver: Black plums! All right.
Mama Lorraine: Yes, the inside as red as your sweetheart's lips. I need to fatten you up.
MacGyver: Mama, you are obsessed with taking care of the whole world.
Mama Lorraine: I'll tell you a secret. A person who takes care of everybody else don't never end up alone and pitiful and old.
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MacGyver Theme
Written by Randy Edelman
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