ANDREA GATES

Dr. Andrea Gates, a geologist from the United States, had been traveling as a tourist in the Pyrenees region between France and Spain when she was captured by Basque mountain men and held prisoner. Although the reason for her capture was not certain, one theory was that her captors didn't know the difference between geology and physics and perhaps considered that she had the ability to build a weapon such as an atom bomb. MacGyver was sent in to rescue Dr. Gates, who was being held in a small cabin at a remote Basque camp. Disguising himself in a towel, MacGyver gained entrance to the cabin, broke out with Dr. Gates while her captors were distracted by over-heated shower water, then rappelled down a cliff and made an escape by raft through whitewater.

Portrayed by: Melinda Peterson

Cross Reference: Pyrenees

Episode Reference: Trumbo's World