In the latest episode of 'Eleventh Hour', Dr. Jacob Hood and Rachel Young, the FBI agent assigned to protect him, were locked in the huge walk-in refridgerator/freezer at a La Jolla, Ca., country club. Dr. Hood needed Rachel's help in over-turning one of the counters inside the freezer.
You help me pull this out.
Don't tell me you're going to build some kind of bomb with champagne and baking soda?
Rachel, I'm a scientist. I'm not MacGyver. Shoot the lock.
It's reminiscent of Dr. McCoy's refrain of "I'm a doctor, not a _____!", isn't it?
There's no mention of MacGyver as a TV show. Hood was talking about him as a real person, all the better for Toobworld!
By this point in time, MacGyver was probably a household name. One of his exploits must have made the news, something stunning along the lines of Captain Sullenberg and his crew bringing the USAir jet down in the Hudson But it would be something in which MacGyver only had a paper clip, a potato, and some chewing gum foil to help him.
So when Hood mentioned MacGyver, he knew that Rachel would pick up on the reference.