|Aired:||December 4, 2020 – April 30, 2021|
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|Premiere:||Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness|
|Finale:||Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal|
Season 5 is the final season of the rebooted MacGyver series premiered on December 4, 2020 on CBS. Codex still serves as enemy force of this season, but production was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Multiple episodes were pushed back from season 4 into Season 5 and several episodes were retooled because of the pandemic. This final season concluded on April 30, 2021.
- Lucas Till as Angus MacGyver
- Tristin Mays as Riley Davis
- Justin Hires as Wilt Bozer
- Meredith Eaton as Matilda Webber
- Levy Tran as Desiree "Desi" Nguyen
- Henry Ian Cusick as Russ Taylor
- David Dastmalchian as Murdoc
- Anabelle Acosta as Paula
- Aimee Mullins as Jess Miller
- Zach McGowan as Ramon
- Tobin Bell as Leland
- Joe Pantoliano as Eric Andrews
- Peter Weller as Elliot Mason
- Bojana Novakovic as Anya Vitez
- Aly Michalka as Franklin "Frankie" Mallory
- Marcus DeAnda as Luiz
- Jorge Garcia as Jerry Ortega
- Dan Lauria as Lenny Krengel
- Camilla Arfwedson as Sofia Walker
|Title||Written by||Directed by||Original air date||Production code|
|Resort + Desi + Riley + Window Cleaner + Witness||Stephanie Hicks||Avi Youabian||December 4, 2020||501|
The Phoenix team tries to locate Paula Matos, who worked the legitimate businesses for international arms dealer Gustavo Salazar before he forced her to the criminal side. They learn she is likely being held in the Zurich Grand Hotel, which is really a front for international criminals to hide out. After Mac and Russ convince Vincent Broulee, son of the hotel's owner, to get them access, Matty sends Desi and Riley to check in under the guise of being cyber criminals. Mac and Russ eventually follow, but Vincent double-crosses them, putting the entire team in danger.
|Thief + Painting + Auction + Viro-486 + Justice||Peter M. Lenkov & Andrew Klein||Duane Clark||December 11, 2020||502|
After an MI6 agent whom Russ mentored is killed when she tries to keep a deadly bioweapon from falling into the hands of terrorists, the entire Phoenix team works on a retrieval plan with one addition: notorious cat burglar Jess Miller. Unable to pull off the heist herself due to having prosthetic legs from a past injury, Miller is asked to train Desi. Despite the timeline being moved up and cutting her training short, Desi performs flawlessly, but the vial containing the virus has been moved. This forces the team to use one of Miller's other skills while Mac improvises.
|Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma||David Straiton||Jim Adler & Stephanie Hicks||December 18, 2020||503|
After Mac and Riley successfully retrieve the plans for a suitcase nuke thought to be ordered by CODEX leader Leland, Russ is tailed on his drive home and abducted. Russ is forced to make a video, and Riley catches a glimpse of CODEX soldier Roman, thought to be dead. Russ says CODEX wants a mercenary named Eric Andrews in exchange for Russ's freedom, while off-camera, Leland gets Russ to reveal the location of a scepter that Mac's Aunt Gwen had before she perished. With the FBI refusing to help, Mac and Desi break Andrews, known in Southest Asia as "General Ma" (demon), out of the prison where he's been since 1985. With Andrews becoming an ally, Mac and Desi rescue Russ. Back home, Russ reveals he told a half-truth about the scepter's location, then reveals it to the team and shows that it contains electronic files of all of CODEX's plans.
|Banh Bao + Sterno + Drill + Burner + Mason||Peter Weller||Justin Lisson & Sophia Lopez||January 8, 2021||504|
After Mac and Desi visit Desi's parents, they discover that Desi's brother, a medical examiner, is being forced to list a murder victim's death as a suicide. The people making the request have threatened to kill his parents if he doesn't cooperate. Although Desi's true profession remains a mystery to her family, she assures her brother that she and Mac can help. Elsewhere, Russ and Matty attend an awards ceremony where they try to recruit a teenage genius. Shortly after, they notice the teen being followed by what the team is later able to identify as FBI agents. To find out what agent may have gone rogue, they reluctantly consult Elliot Mason, who turns out to have a connection to the teen.
|Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO||Ericson Core||Jim Alder||January 15, 2021||505|
Jack Dalton's body is returned to the US following him meeting his death in pursuit of international terrorist Tiberius Kovac in Zagreb, Croatia. Kovac is said to have blown up himself and Jack rather than be captured. The team has little time to mourn, as Mac receives a coded postcard that Jack ordered to be sent upon his death. The card is from Jack's alias "Ozzy Ulrich" and references the "wilderness of mirrors", which Russ recognizes as code for deception. The team heads to Zagreb, where they are double-crossed by local contact Anya Vitez, whom Russ knows from the British Consulate in Croatia. They soon learn that Tiberius Kovac never existed, and was instead created by Anya to cover her criminal enterprises.
|Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance||Andrew Ahn||Stephanie Hicks & Andrew Karlsruher||January 22, 2021||506|
As Mac, Bozer, and Riley are quarantined at Mac's house, they come across shady business at a neighbor's house. Mac is overtaken by a thug, and learns from the neighbors that their son, who runs a cleaning business currently disinfecting a closed shopping mall, has been threatened by the thug's crew. Mac deduces the criminals plan to impersonate the cleaning crew and rob a jewelry store in the mall. After getting free, he calls in Desi to assist Bozer, Riley, and himself in thwarting the robbery and ending the threat. Meanwhile, a casual fling between Russ and his former colleague Sofia turns into a 28-day quarantine. Sofia discovers research Russ is doing on an old treasure, and he later learns that Sofia took photos of the research and fled.
|Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage||David Straiton||Joshua Brown & Andrew Karlsruher||February 5, 2021||507|
Mac has been secretly working with his college friend Frankie alongside two other colleagues to develop a cure for cancer using rare snake venom. Mac gets a call from Desi, who is still having trust issues following the CODEX mission and tailed him, and he goes outside to explain to her. When the two return to the lab, they find it ransacked with the two lab assistants dead and Frankie missing, and soon learn that the snake venom could be used as a bio-weapon. What ensues is a race to beat the clock involving Phoenix, the Department of Defense, and a middleman who betrayed his country to take a higher payment from a criminal element. The rogue agent is later revealed by Matty to have been paid by CODEX.
|SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini||Yangzom Brauen||Cindy Appel||February 12, 2021||508|
Phoenix is visited by former Hawaii Five-0 member Jerry Ortega, who once helped Mac and is known for his conspiracy theories. Ortega has discovered some recruitment efforts by CODEX that he thinks may be valuable. However, Mac and Desi are pulled away by Matty for a case, and this one is personal. Her friend and former mentor, a cold war hero, has reached out about strange illnesses among his staff. Back home, Ortega learns of a bomb request from CODEX, and Russ realizes Jerry is the best person to impersonate a bomb maker. During the meet, Russ and Bozer are able to capture four CODEX members, while Ortega grabs a flash drive off one member. Russ learns from the flash drive that the CODEX recruiting efforts are more widespread than anyone thought.
|Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt||Christine Moore||Rob Pearlstein||February 19, 2021||509|
The Phoenix team learns that two U.S. soldiers transporting a hard drive containing DOD intel through Turkmenistan, but disappear and reappear in Uzbekistan, are in danger. When Mac, Riley, and Desi arrive, they are surprised to see an American leading the group trying to steal the hard drive. Mac makes a highly risky move to keep the intel from being transmitted, leading Desi and others to feel like he is trying to prevent any more friends from getting hurt after the tragedies with Jimmy, Gwen, and Jack. Russ and Bozer receive information that CODEX leader Leland may be behind the hard drive theft, but after figuring out where he is, they find his dead, burned body. Russ deduces that the reason they are seeing so many random acts from CODEX recently is because the many members and factions are fighting to fill the leadership void.
|Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower||Michael Martinez||Andrew Karlsruher & Andrew Klein||March 5, 2021||510|
Mac's plans to propose to Desi are interrupted when Matty and Russ learn a CODEX-wide communication has originated from Mexico City. When Mac, Desi, and Riley arrive, Mac learns that Murdoc is calling the shots, later discovering that Eric "General Ma" Andrews (Ep. 5.3) broke Murdoc out of the black site. When Desi and Riley are detained and Mac is cornered, the group learns the ultimate plan when a web meeting with all CODEX cell leaders begins: Ma plans to assassinate Mac on camera as a means of ensuring his election to replace Leland as CODEX leader. During the caper, Murdoc reveals some big secrets within Phoenix that he learned, such as Riley's feelings for Mac and some bad news about Leanna that Russ has kept from Bozer.
|C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games||David Straiton||Joshua Brown & Teresa Huang||March 26, 2021||511|
When the leader of a protest group in the Republic of Srpska goes missing, Mac & Riley go there to find him only to find a big underground tracking system is implemented by nanotech to track the protestors. Both must save the protestors and disable the tracking software by a code made by a former M16 professor which Russ tried to crack with his new assistant Parker. Meanwhile since Matty left in DC, Bozer became an acting director juggling between Mac's and Riley's mission, Desi's mission (with her carrying a package in the Andes). and the Minister of Defense from the UK (here because of an agreement to collaborate between DOD & British Ministry of Defense). Originally declining, since she always gets left out by Russ, changes her mind because of the performance of the whole Phoenix team. In the end, Mac found Chinese numbers in the tracking device.
|Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna||Anne Renton||Monica Macer & Andrew Klein||April 2, 2021||512|
Mac, Desi, and Russ go undercover at a royal Indian wedding to protect a princess whose causes are opposed by multiple groups. However, the real threat appears to be someone much closer. While there, Russ runs into Sofia, and presses her about why she left suddenly when they were quarantined. Sofia ultimately admits to having interest in pursuing the Incan treasure that Russ has been researching for decades. Back home, Matty and Parker work to uncover the source of the nano trackers that are still inside Mac and Riley. Also, Bozer becomes suspicious of Riley when he sees evidence that she has reconnected with her old hacking network.
|Barn Find + Engine Oil + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer||Katie Eastridge||Alessia Costantini & Andrew Karlsruher||April 9, 2021||513|
When an antique car that is connected to a former head of the Mafia is found in a barn, Mac & Desi go to Italy to find the car and prove that the head of the Mafia is not dead. But their mission goes sideways when they get accused of murder by the local police and their captain (who has history between him and the Mafia). Things get worse when soon they discover that both of Mac's hands are paralyzed because of the side effects of the nano tracker inside him and Riley. Even though Matty disagrees. Mac and Desi meet with Russ and Riley at San Marzano, and with the help of the local mechanic group, hold a car show in the city to find the head of the Mafia. Although it goes sideways, because of the Italian police captain, they did catch the head of the Mafia. At the end of the episode, while Matty is busy looking at the dealer of the nano tracker thanks to Riley hacking the dealer's front camera, she sees the dealer get murdered and the murderer cuts the transmission directly.
|H20 + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins||Christine Swanson||Teresa Huang & Joshua Brown||April 16, 2021||514|
Mac, Desi, and Bozer visit the home of Bozer's parents after learning that Bozer's Aunt Pamela passed away when her vehicle ran off the road into a river. Mac discovers that Pamela had ingested an unusual amount of chlorine, indicating she was drowned somewhere else first. Mac and Desi follow up on the possibility that Pamela was about to expose a cover-up involving the municipal water supply. Meanwhile, Bozer tries to protect his mother, Lauretta, after a chase convinces him that she is the next target. Lauretta soon learns that Pamela secretly sent her damning evidence on the culprits. Elsewhere, Riley investigates the company that manufactured the nano trackers, visiting the founder, Dr. Basco Fox, under the guise of looking for employment. She later uses her hacking group to remove evidence from the building, without permission from Matty or Russ. Security footage retrieved shows a dismissed employee stealing materials on his way out.
|Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal||David Straiton||Monica Macer, Alessia Costantini, Andrew Klein, & Stephanie Hicks||April 30, 2021||515|
The team learns that Orson Marcato is behind the theft of the nano trackers that are inside Mac and Riley. During a preliminary fact-finding excursion, Mac and Riley disappear for a day. They are later located in a corn field with no recollection of the last 24 hours. Memory exercises (and later video evidence) lead them to realize they were the subjects of experiments to see if the nano trackers can be manipulated to control their physical actions. Marcato's assistant is captured and questioned, and she reveals the U.S. government is behind the experiments. Matty confirms this during a meeting in D.C., as the team rushes to prevent nano trackers from being pushed into hundreds of U.S. soldiers and their families at a D.C. rally. After successfully thwarting this threat, Bozer proposes a way to remove the trackers using oxygen and pressure in a hyperbaric chamber. This is successful, returning Mac and Riley to normal. However, Mac soon meets with the Phoenix team to announce his resignation, stating that if his own government can conduct experiments without permission, he can't be a part of it. His colleagues follow suit in resigning, until Russ and Matty announce their plans to make Phoenix a fully private entity, which will refuse any government contracts and only work on cases of their own choosing. This brings everyone back into the fold.
- On May 6, 2020, the series was renewed for a fifth season.
- On May 19, 2020, the series was scheduled on Friday at 8:00pm/7:00c, right before Magnum P.I..
- This season is the first not to have Peter Lenkov after being fired of his creative directions and toxic work environment. Monica Macer replaced Lenkov as showrunner.
- This season premiered on December 4, 2020.
- On April 7, 2021, it was announced that the series would not move forward after five seasons to conclude on April 30, 2021.
- CBS Renews 18 Series, Including Freshmen ‘FBI: Most Wanted’, ‘Bob ♥ Abishola’, ‘All Rise’ & ‘The Unicorn’
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