MacGyver sneaks in a Middle Eastern tribal leader's camp to return a priceless thoroughbred, the theft of which was fared to start a tribal war which might sparkle a big one, is cornered, wins the duel unarmed on horseback and is picked up with the precious mount; that story ends well right there. Just back, Mac is personally asked to receive confidential information from fellow secret agent Nikolaj Grodsky in then communist Hungary's capital Budapast. He catches gypsy girl Jana picking his knife from his pocket, only to find after he lets her go she struck again already. The thief picked Nikolaj's pocket too, unnoticed, just before he's terminally hit by a car when running for Russian agent Kossov, who searches the corps in vain for his watch but sees Mac and Jana on traffic camera recordings and orders both brought in, helped by Hungarian police inspector Jan Messic. When Mac finds Jana, she tells him in tears to fear for her family as she already passed the watch to her brother ... Written by
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This episode used footage from The Italian Job
(1969). All of the shots of the three Minis racing the cops are lifted from the movie. See more
In Episode: #1.2 "Thief of Budapest" after the minis cross the weir, a British number plate is visible even though they started the chase with Hungarian number plates. This is because most of the chase footage is from The Italian Job. See more
There was a time when about the worst thing you can say about a man was that he was a horse thief. In some places, that's still true today. Particularly when the horse that gets stolen belongs to a king... and it's considered to be, maybe, the most expensive horse alive.