Jean Bentley
June 30, 2009 AT 10:50 PM EDT

I got locked in my bedroom last night. A potentially hilarious situation, made even more ridiculous by the fact that the door locks from the inside (and I sure as hell didn’t lock myself in). It was 1:30 in the morning, and after spending 15 minutes deluding myself by thinking, ”If I twist the handle hard enough it’ll totally open this time!” I finally woke up my roommate, who couldn’t free me from the outside either. My brand-new Ikea tool set was safely stored…in the living room.

So I asked myself, like any self-respecting TV fan left with minimal resources and the pressing need to free herself from impending danger, ”What would MacGyver do?” In my case, he would use purple-handled scissors and a key chain to pry open the door lock, then duct tape the lock down so he couldn’t get trapped again. I’m not the only one who’s used the brains-over-brawn approach to emulate everyone’s favorite resourceful secret agent. On last week’s Nurse Jackie, Edie Falco stuck a piece of gum on the end of a pen to retrieve a pill from her sink drain (hey, anything goes when you have to feed that under-the-radar prescription drug addiction).

Have you ever MacGyvered yourself out of a sticky situation? In the absence of a Swiss Army knife, what normal household items did you use to solve your problem? And how much fun is it to use MacGyver as a verb?

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