Season 5 of MacGyver
opens with an elaborate Indiana Jones takeoff, the two-part "The Legend of the Holy Rose." Once this is settled, the resourceful MacGyver (Richard Dean Anderson
) resumes his normal duties as special op for the vast crime-fighting concern, the Phoenix Organization, where he still takes his marching orders from field-operations director Peter Thornton (Dana Elcar
). Mayim Bialik makes her first series appearance as Lisa Woodman, a teenage runaway whom MacGyver hopes to put on the right track, in the episode "Cease Fire". Mac also meets his Chinese foster daughter Mei Jan (Michele Chan in "Children of Light"). The wild and wooly western fantasy "Serenity" features virtually all of the series' familiar characters as 19th century frontier types, with special emphasis on the troublesome Penny Parker (Teri Hatcher
), not to mention guest star Cuba Gooding Jr.). In "Jenny's Chance", MacGyver uses the alternate identity of computer geek Dexter Filmore for the first time, while in "Passages" he has a surrealistc "reunion" with his deceased parents. And speaking of deceased, Mac's perennial antagonist Murdoc (Michael Des Barres
) returns from the grave once more, only to go right back after failing to bump off the protagonist for the umpteenth time.