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The Ten Percent Solution 

A massive neo-Nazi movement within the American political system is uncovered by MacGyver after investigating the claims by a Holocaust survivor.

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Sam Bolinski
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Dr. Laura Sand
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Mme. Brandenberg
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Sgt. Harold Gray
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"Third Park Attack - Streets Declared Unsafe", reads The Observer headline. A Mr Brand, who is running for Congress, is giving a speech on TV, claiming that his goal is to make the streets safe for the people. Meanwhile, at Carlyle Auction House, Pete is makes the winning bid on a valuable Rubens painting The Phoenix Foundation is planning to donate to a museum, to prevent it from being hidden from the public in some private vault. Just at that very moment, a distraught man rushes in, claiming the painting belongs to his family. The man claims the ERR (Einsatzstab Rosenberg Reichminister, WWII Nazi art looters) stole the painting. There is a villainous-looking man observing and reporting to someone over a mobile phone. Something is going on... *****SPOILER WARNING***** Yep, those damn Neo-Nazis are at it again, planning to overtake five states, which equals 10% of The USA (hence the title), funding their election campaigns with paintings stolen from the Jewish people during WWII. Written by Toni Tapola, Finland

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20 November 1989 (USA)  »

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When Sam reads to Mac what is written on the sheet of paper the date is written "40.10.11" which is not usual in German language. The correct date would be "DD.MM.(YY)YY" and if there should be a painting by that name it would not be "die Hügeln von Antwerp", it would be correctly "Die Hügel von Antwerp/Antwerpen". Antwerpen is german, Antwerp is flamish/dutch. Maybe the title at that time would use the flamish/dutch name Antwerp. Also in the 1940's the style to write the letters was quite different from the way they are written on the paper. Also the quotation mark before "Die Hügel.." would look like ",," not like "''", since in German they are in a low position at the start of a quote. See more »

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[first lines]
MacGyver: Hi, Pete.
Pete Thornton: MacGyver, you look terrific. You should wear a tux more often.
MacGyver: Strictly camouflage. Long as I have to be here, I might as well blend in.
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References The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976) See more »

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11 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sam was from Israel-he was an Israeli Jew and the actor himself was born in Israel, so he was not supposed to be German, but a Jewish man from Israel whose painting was stolen by the Nazis during WWII.

This was a great episode with awesome casting--always some humor thrown in by MacGyver even during tense situations. The recreating of the gas chamber caused chills because I had some relatives who were in concentration camps.

All in all a really good episode, and one that could actually play out even in present day America. Hatred runs rampant and there are those who think they are superior to others.


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