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The Thief of Budapest

 

Episode: 003  (#40191-004) Title:   The Thief of Budapest
Airdate: 13 October 1985 Writer: Joe Viola Director: John Patterson

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Opening Gambit

MacGyver is sent to Northern Africa to retrieve a stolen horse. While getting to the horse is easy enough, escaping the horse’s thieves proves somewhat more difficult as the alarm is soon raised and MacGyver finds himself in a jousting duel as he waits for the chopper to arrive to airlift both him and the horse to safety.

Main story

MacGyver travels to Budapest to pick up secret information from his old spy friend ,Nikolai Grodsky; But the pickup is foiled when his friend is killed and the pocket watch containing the information is pick-pocketed from the dead agent by a young Gypsy thief. 

The Gypsy girl is soon tracked down by the agents who had Grodsky killed and her family are thrown in jail. MacGyver then embarks on a mission to free her family, not only from the prison they’re being held in, but from the country itself.

Cast

Richard Dean Anderson....... 
Michael Constantine............. 
Bruce Abbott....................... 
Kelly McClain...................... 
Sue Kiel............................... 
E.M. Margolese................... 
Charles Raymond................. 
Robert Hallak....................... 
John Prudhont......................
Sid Haig............................... 
Nicholas Kadi...................... 
Charles Joseph Martin......... 
T. Lee Griffin....................... 
Magda Harout..................... 
Jim Gosa............................. 
Tony Epper......................... 
MacGyver
Inspector Jan Messic
Nikolaj Kossov
Jana
Reena
Alex
Stephan
Bruno
Peter
Khan
Nikolaj Grodsky
Cernik
Lanko
Woman
Grosz
Bartender (uncredited)

Data

    SAK uses:
      - Picked the lock on the supply truck
      - Cut open the containers of salt and sugar
      - Cut credit card into slices

    SAK type:
      - Tinker (small)

    Duct Tape:
      - Taped together a transistor radio and a police radio

     Skills used:
    
- Horsemanship
     - Chemistry
     - Stunt driving

     
     
   

Trivia

  • The opening gambit stunt of lifting a galloping horse by helicopter earned an award   for "Best Specialist stunt" in the1986 Stuntman Awards.
  • Much of the racing footage of the Mini Coopers through Budapest used stock footage from the 1969 movie "The Italian Job."
  • MacGyver states that he doesn't drink.
  • This is the first episode we see MacGyver's brown "bomber" jacket.
  • Although spelt differently, it's speculated that we see the same Major Nikolaj Kossov in the season 3 episode Lost Love (part 1 & 2) where Kossov seeks revenge for MacGyver's escape in this episode.

Memorable quotes

  • Typical. Just when you're getting ahead, somebody always changes the odds. - MacGyver
  • I see the beautiful people just stopped in to have a quick cocktail before the ballet. - MacGyver
  • "I'm with you pal, I hate heights." - MacGyver
  • "Some people are scared of anybody who runs free." - MacGyver
  • The man who said life is just a bowl of cherries had it wrong. It's a bowl of Hungarian goulash-- hot and sticky. And I'm not that hungry. - MacGyver
  • My mom had a chili recipe that would just about blow your socks off. A shake of this, a pinch of that, and just let it cook. I changed the ingredients a little; Salt, sugar, weed killer. I wouldn't want to eat it, but the end result should be, dynamite. - MacGyver

Nit-picks

  • Yanna asks why the police brought her family to the prison and she asks MacGyver if it has something to do with the watch. When the camera is behind MacGyver and Yanna, you can see MacGyver lower his binoculars down to just in front of his chin. When the camera moves to MacGyver's right side, the binoculars that should be right in front of him are nowhere in sight.
  • Whan MacGyver encounters Yanna for the 2nd time & asks her to return his swiss army knife and the watch she stole from him. After a bit of haggling the tells him "OK MacGyver, I'll get you your watch" The problem here is that at NO point during their 1st or 2nd encounter did MacGyver tell Yanna his name
  • While trying to get across the border, MacGyver and Yanna's family are driving through buildings and outdoor restaurants. In one scene a grey security car pulls up to block the 3 cars and a guy in a white shirt and black pants can be seen slowly moving out of the way. Then, when the camera switches to the other side of the security car, the guy is gone even though he should be visible towards the center of the screen.
  • At the end of the car chase scene, when the bad guys come out of the pipe and go into the river, the car passes by the camera from right to left. In that moment, you can see that the two people inside the car are, in fact, crash test dummies
  • If you look at the number plates on the police cars, before MacGyver messes with the
    traffic lights, then you'll see that there Hungarian plates, but when they go to the
    stolen scenes from the Italian Job, the number plates become Italian, then at the border
    they're back to being Hungarian again!

 

MacGyverisms

  • Light bulbs between 2 boards faked tire blow-out
  • Used Salt, sugar & weed killer to make explosive.
  • Undid steering wheel & snapped off key of tractor so it couldn't be stopped or steered.
  • Tied razor wire to back of tractor to stop guards
  • Unknown powder thrown in air ignites with match to make a distracting explosion..
  • Made a magnifying glass using a hairpin & white wine
  • Messed up traffic signal with slices of credit card
  • Taped radio to police walkie talkie together to mess up communications
  • Stuck above radio on bunch of helium balloons to get it higher up for better transmission.


 

 

 

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