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MacGyver: A Prisoner of Conscience

To get a Russian dissident out of a mental hospital, MacGyver has to fake insanity to get in, then get both of them out.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x21
Production Number: 021
Airdate: Wednesday April 30th, 1986



 
Guest Stars
Elya BaskinElya Baskin
As Yuri Demetri
Recurring
Elya BaskinElya Baskin
As Yuri Demetri
Recurring
Lawrence DobkinLawrence Dobkin
As Alexander Karsoff (as Larry Dobkin)
Recurring
Lawrence DobkinLawrence Dobkin
As Alexander Karsoff (as Larry Dobkin)
Recurring
Dana ElcarDana Elcar
As Peter Thornton
Recurring
Tim RossovichTim Rossovich
As Lopat
Recurring
Tim RossovichTim Rossovich
As Lopat
Recurring
Marvin KaplanMarvin Kaplan
As Chess Master
Marvin KaplanMarvin Kaplan
As Chess Master
Paul KosloPaul Koslo
As Dr. Suvarin
Paul KosloPaul Koslo
As Dr. Suvarin
Sharon MaughanSharon Maughan
As Maria Karsoff
Sharon MaughanSharon Maughan
As Maria Karsoff
Jane MerrowJane Merrow
As Dr. Natalia Petrovitsh
Jane MerrowJane Merrow
As Dr. Natalia Petrovitsh

Co-Guest Stars
Harry WoolfHarry Woolf
As Supervisor
Harry WoolfHarry Woolf
As Supervisor
Austin KellyAustin Kelly
As Boris
Austin KellyAustin Kelly
As Boris
Main Cast
Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver
Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver

Recap

In Russia, MacGyver meets with Pete Thornton, who is surprised that MacGyver is there. MacGyver knows that Pete took a Soviet ID and took off from Russia on his own, and figures he's in trouble. Pete admits that Alexander Karsoff, a Nobel peace prize nominee, died three days ago during an interrogation to find out which American agent he was in contact with. Pete was the agent, but he was working with Karsoff to move letters from political prisoners to their relatives. Pete's learned that the authorities are going to arrest Alexander's daughter Maria and has come to rescue her. MacGyver insists on helping and Pete agrees, but asks MacGyver to wait while he contacts Maria alone. MacGyver agrees, but as soon as Pete has left for Karsoff's nearby cabin, MacGyver goes after him...

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Episode Quotes
MacGyver: I've never been to Leningrad before. I hear it's a real... party town.

Dr. Suvarin: Still having illusions that you're a political prisoner, Demetri?
Yuri Demetri: That's what I am, you bedbug.



Episode References
MacGyverisms:
* Jamming an exhaust pipe with a potato to stall a car
* Blanket cut into strips, rope and life jackets tied to gas cans, to jam a pursuing boat's jet intake
* Tungsten filaments from a light bulb as lock picks
* Caulking compound mixed with a hardening compound to make a glue-like substance, spread on a bucket to trap a man's hands
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Other Episode Crew

CreatorLee David Zlotoff
Executive ProducerJohn Rich (1)  |  John Mantley
Supervising ProducerStephen Downing
ProducerHal Klein
Production DesignerStan Jolley
EditorDavid Wages
CastingPam Polifroni  |  Joanne Koehler
Line ProducerVin Di Bona
Unit Production ManagerHal Klein
First Assistant DirectorDavid Menteer
Second Assistant DirectorGary Law  |  Merri D. Howard
MusicDennis McCarthy (2)
Music EditorSteve Danforth
Costume DesignerLinda Redmon
Make-upTony Lane
Set DecoratorBryan Thetford
Property MasterPeter McWade
Script SupervisorEdle Bakke
Story EditorJames Schmerer
Stunt CoordinatorVince Deadrick, Jr.
Sound MixerDean Hodges
Main Title ThemeRandy Edelman
Administrative SupervisorDelia Circelli
 
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