MacGyver: Season 1, Episode 3

Thief of Budapest (13 Oct. 1985)

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MacGyver obtains a watch in Budapest that contains top secret information on microfilm. However, a young Gypsy girl steals the watch from MacGyver and he must get it back.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Abbott ...
Russian agent Nikolaj Kossov
Kelly McClain ...
Sue Kiel ...
E.M. Margolese ...
Charles Raymond ...
Nikolaj Grodsky
Charles Joseph Martin ...
T. Lee Griffin ...
Magda Harout ...
Jim Gosa ...


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 KGF Vissers

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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 »


Jana: Why do they hate us?
MacGyver: Some people fear anyone who runs around free.
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Loved seeing McGyver steal the King's horse and...SPOILERS
23 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved seeing MacGyver steal the king's horse, unpack a saddle from his own back pack, and then ride right passed the shiny new gray American vehicle hidden under the canvas in the bandits' camp. * All this while out-riding the whole gang of seasoned saddle-ready bandits, doing the knight's lance trick, unseating the king of the bandits in the process. * And, then out running the bandits down the beach through the water, and all this before being helli-lifted into the sky while still astride the beautiful white horse, whinnying as MacGyver comments "I don't blame you, I hate heights, too!" as the bandits ride helplessly below

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