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"Good morning Mr. Phelps."

- W.J. Flywheel, Webporium Curator



1.  The Heir Apparent

September 29, 1968

"Good morning, Mr. Phelps. In exactly five days, Archbishop Djelas, the ecclesiastic patriot of Povia, must name a regent to succeed the King, who died recently, leaving no heir. This man, General Envir Qaisette, has vowed that, unless he is named regent, he will seize the throne in a bloody coup d'état. If he succeeds, Povia, a free constitutional monarchy, will become a military dictatorship. Your mission, Jim, should you decided to accept it, is to stop Qaisette. As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

The IMF's mission is to prevent a dictator from taking over a "free" monarchy as the king has left no heir. Cinnamon plays a long lost princess to prevent a regent from taking power. Meanwhile General Qaisette plans to seize the throne in a coup if he isn't named.

Director: Alexander Singer, Writer: Robert E. Thompson

Guest starring: Charles Aidman, Torin Thatcher, Rudy Solari, Leonidas Ossetynski, Diana Bourbon, Fred Villani, Alphonse Martell, Peter Hellman, Max Klevin, Brian Wood, Joseph Tornatore, George Sawaya

2.  The Contender (Part 1)

October 6, 1968

3.  The Contender (Part 2)

October 13, 1968

"Good morning, Mr. Phelps. The man you are looking at is Charles Buckman, who is attempting to gain a stranglehold on all forms of professional and amateur sports. If he succeeds, the United States will be ostracized from world community athletics and our enemies handed a propaganda weapon of immeasurable value. Buckman's main financing comes from boxing. He works in association with this man, Dan Whelan, whose syndicate controls the betting on the fights Buckman rigs. Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to eliminate Buckman and his plans once and for all. As always, should you or any member of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. Please dispose of this recording in the usual manner. Good luck, Jim."

- voice on tape

The IMF go after a crooked fight promoter who has gained a stranglehold over boxing and wants to extend the Syndicate's influence into other sports worldwide. The promoter is ruthless, as demonstrated when he orders a boxer killed because he would not take a dive. Phelps recruits a former fighter whose hands were ruined for boxing because of his military service. Barney trains as a boxer, assuming the former fighter's identity and attracts the interest of the crooked promoter.

In part 2 Phelps narrowly avoids discovery by hoods (thanks to Rollin) and is able to complete installing special devices that will enable Barney to win his demonstration fight. Barney now becomes a contender for the title. Phelps & Co. also work to create doubt among the Syndicate backers of the crooked fight promoter being targeted by the IMF. But the job won't be easy. Before the mission is completed, Rollin's life will be endangered and Barney will be involved in a savage boxing match.

Director: Paul Stanley, Writer: Allan Balter / William Read Woodfield

Guest starring: Ron Randell, John Dehner, Sugar Ray Robinson, Robert Phillips, Ron Rich, Wayne McLaren, Thomas Geas, Joey Giambra, James Gambina, Jimmy Lennon Sr., Lee Grossman, Biff Elliott, Angus Duncan, Robert Conrad, Alex Daoud

Robert Conrad guest stars as a sparing partner helping Barney train as a boxer. In real life Conrad has been involved with boxing and martial arts, and since his name in this episode is "Bobby", one could assume he was playing himself.

4.  The Mercenaries

October 27, 1968

"Good afternoon, Mr. Phelps. You're looking at Colonel Hans Krim, the leader of a mercenary army currently ravaging Equatorial Africa. Ostensibly, Krim fights for the cause of emerging nations, but, in reality, he is nothing but a military gangster who plunders ally and enemy alike. Krim and his mercenaries have converted their loot into gold bars, which are kept within the enclave used as headquarters. Your mission, Jim, is to destroy Krim and return the gold. As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. Good luck, Jim."

- voice on tape

A mercenary army in Central Africa led by Krim is destabilizing the region, and stockpiling stolen gold. Phelps and the IMF capitalize on Krim's greed, and manipulate him into arranging the theft of his own gold bullion stored in a seemingly impenetrable vault.

Director: Paul Krasny, Writer: Laurence Heath

Guest starring: William Lucking, Bo Svenson, Skip Homeier, Beatriz Montiel, Boyd Santell, Pernell Roberts, Vic Tayback

In order to steal the gold the IMF team heats the vault hot enough to melt the gold bars (2200 degrees F). Melting the gold in the vault at over 2200°F would very likely cause severe damage to the concrete in the vault. Concrete will begin to suffer structural damage above about 600°F. Also, immediately after getting the gold, they spray paint over the walls and floor. The paint would burn, or at least blister if sprayed on the heated walls. When Krim enters the vault he doesn't notice the heat or the smell of paint. It would take at least 36 hours for the walls to cool to room temperature.

5.  The Execution

November 10, 1968

"Good morning, Mr. Phelps. The man you're looking at is Lewis Parma who by extortion, kidnapping, and murder, is close to taking control of the food distribution industry in the entire United States. Though his control of food prices, Parma is now moving closer to positions of power in other important areas of business, labor, and government. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to put Lewis Parma out of business. As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

- voice on tape

A local mobster has taken over control of the food distribution throughout the U.S. In order to nail him, the IMF must get to his contract killer. So, an elaborate scheme is put into place where a prison is set up in a warehouse, and the killer is made to believe that he is going to be executed within the next 2 hours unless he turns informant on his boss.

Director: Alexander Singer, Writer: Allan Balter / William Read Woodfield

Guest starring: Luke Askew, Vincent Gardenia, Val Avery, Byron Keith, Kay Kimberly, Alex Sharp

The calendar for November 1971 shows November 1st, 1971 as falling on a Friday. November 1st, 1971 actually fell on a Monday.

6.  The Cardinal

November 17, 1968

"Good morning, Mr. Phelps. The man you're looking at is General Casimir Zepke, who is plotting to make himself a dictator. One man stands between Zepke and absolute power - Stanislaus Cardinal Souchek, whose influence with the people has kept his country free. We have learned that Zepke imprisoned the Cardinal six weeks ago when he entered Zolnar Monastery for his annual retreat. Zepke intends to replace him with an exact double who will endorse Zepke, guaranteeing his final seizure of power. Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to save Cardinal Souchek and stop Zepke. As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

- voice on tape

Behind the Iron Curtain, an ambitious general has imprisoned a Cardinal who is his nation's spiritual leader. General Zepke has replaced the Cardinal with a double. All the monks and nuns at a monastery where the Cardinal is staying are really troopers commanded by the general. The plot calls for the double to make a televised speech endorsing a takeover by the general. Phelps & Co. must rescue the Cardinal. The IMF's plan includes Rollin impersonating another Cardinal and Phelps pretending to be a doctor.

Director: Sutton Roley, Writer: John T. Dugan

Guest starring: Theodore Bikel, Paul Stevens, Barbara Babcock, Michael Masters, Gary Pagett, Allen Bleiweiss

During the "tape scene," the tape recorder that Phelps is playing first has a take-up reel that has much more tape than the left-hand reel that is still to play; then in two consecutive shots, there is as much or more tape on the first reel than on the take-up reel; then just before the tape "self destructs," the take-up reel again has more tape than the other reel.

7.  The Elixir

November 24, 1968

"Good morning, Mr. Phelps. The woman you're looking at is Riva Santel, widow of the last President of San Cordova. Riva has always been the active power behind the throne and she arranged to make herself the focus of an intense personality cult. The people of San Cordova have been systematically propagandized into revering her face and name. In 22 hours, this man, Deputy Premier Tomas Avilla, plans to announce free elections. However, Riva plans to make a televised speech in which she will announce her takeover as dictator of San Cordova. Your mission, if you decided to accept it, is to stop the coup planned by Riva Santel and to make possible free elections in San Cordova. As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in ten seconds. Good luck, Jim."

- voice on tape

Riva Santel is the center of a national personality cult. She plans to suspend the upcoming elections and rule as a dictator. Craving eternal beauty even more than power, the IMF lead Santel to believe that Cinnamon is actually a woman in her late 60s. While Santel is preoccupied with the IMF rejuvenation procedure, Barney and Willy edit her national speech into a farewell address. In the end, an extremely youthful looking Riva Santel is kicked out of her own home by security personnel who don't recognize her.

Director: John Florea, Writer: Max Hodge

Guest starring: Ruth Roman, Morgan Sterne, George Gaynes, Ivor Barry, Richard Angarola, Arthur Eisner, Cosmo Sardo, Marco Lopez, Charles Picerni, Irene Kelly, Victor Paul, Alfred Shelly

After Willy re-wires the electrical outlet, you can see it is upside down as he is putting the faceplate back on. When he goes to plug in the extension cord, the outlet is now right-side-up

8.  The Diplomat

December 1, 1968

"Good morning, Mr. Phelps. The day before yesterday, information pinpointing the locations of America's four missile control centers was stolen. A Major Barrett and several other enemy agents involved were arrested but not before the information was delivered to this man, Valentin Yetrov, military attaché at the Embassy in Washington. As usual with vital information, it must be verified before it can be acted upon. Yetkov has given that assignment to Roger Toland, his top agent in diplomatic circles. Jim, if this information is confirmed, this country will be vulnerable to a pre-emptive missile strike. Your mission, should you decided to accept it, is to prevent this. As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

- voice on tape

Information vital to the defense of the U.S. has fallen into the hands of an enemy power. With no hope of retrieving it, the IMF stages an elaborate plot to try to make the foreign country's diplomats believe that the information is true - hoping that if they discover that the U.S. is behind this plan, this knowledge will ironically cause them to disbelieve the information.

Director: Don Richardson, Writer: Jerry Ludwig

Guest starring: Lee Grant, Alfred Ryder, Fernando Lamas, Allen Pinson, Larry Barton, Lou Robb, Allen Bleiweiss, Harry Basch, Russ Conway, Donald Randolph, Sid Haig

The payoff money is given out in $1,000 bills. Assuming that the events are contemporaneous with the air date, this was about six months before all bills greater than $100 were withdrawn from circulation. This was done to foil counterfeiters and to make illegal transactions involving large sums of cash more difficult.

9.  The Play

December 8, 1968

"Good morning, Mr. Phelps. This man, Miklos Kuro, Minister of Culture and Director of the Theater of the UCR, has been bombarding his people with vicious, anti-American propaganda to discredit the UCR's Premier, Leon Vados. Considered a progressive behind the Iron Curtain, Vados is attempting to negotiate a non-aggression agreement behind his country and ours. Your mission is to stop Kuro before he destroys all hopes for peace between our two countries. As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. Please dispose of this recording in the usual manner. Good luck, Jim."

- voice on tape

Milos Kuro, the Minister of Culture of the UCR, a country behind the Iron Curtain, bombards his country with anti-American propaganda, hoping to undermine the pro-Western Premier Leon Vados. The IMF tries to discredit Kuro by enticing him with an anti-American play that they hope he will stage in his home country - then using some classic IMF techniques to make a few carefully calculated changes to the text of the play.

Director: Lee H. Katzin, Writer: Lou Shaw

Guest starring: John Colicos, Barry Atwater, John McLiam, Michael Tolan, Charles Maxwell, Jason Wingreen, Clete Roberts, Ed McCready, Socrates Ballis, Essence Alexander, Bruno Vesota, Dave Armstrong, Charles Napier, Joe Prete

Jerry Reed (not credited) plays the guard with the dog outside the theatre, when the truck pulls up to deliver the conference table.

When the limousine carrying "Vitol Enzor" (who is wearing a Rollin mask) is allowed to drive across the border, the camera operator and the background are mirrored in the reflective black paint of the car, and a boom crane with a spotlight is also visible in the side window glass.

10.  The Bargain

December 15, 1968

"There's no way we van break in?"

- Willy Armitage

A former dictator, now in exile in Miami, plans to make a deal with the Syndicate to finance a coup that will return him to rule his homeland in exchange for his promise to legalize gambling in the country once he regains power. The IMF agents use the dictator's fondness for gourmet food to gain entry to his house in order to make sure that the bargain never takes place.

Director: Richard Benedict, Writer: Robert E. Thompson

Guest starring: Albert Paulsen, Warren Stevens, Nata Esformes, Phillip Pine, Phil Posner, James Wellman, Gregg Martell, Jay Jostyn, Richard Karie, Ken Strange

A California state flag can be seen hanging outside of the hotel, which is supposed to be set in Miami.

The IMF wants gangster Frank Layton (Warren Stevens) to believe that Gen. Neyron (Albert Paulsen) has signed a contract with a reclusive billionaire to double-cross the Syndicate. To do this, they forge Neyron's signature on a substitute contract that supposedly deals with gambling rights in the General's home country. The creators apparently borrowed a standard form entertainment agreement as a prop, however; the text immediately above the signature line, which is visible in a couple of shots even without freeze-framing the picture, deals with television and production rights.

When Gen. Neyron is playing Solitaire, he lays the 7 of diamonds on the 8 of spades. When the shot returns to his hand and his vision fades in and out, there is nothing on the 8 of spades and the 7 of diamonds is still in his hand.

11.  The Freeze

December 23, 1968

"I can freeze you but..."

- James Phelps

Albert Jenkins, who robbed an armored car five years ago, double-crossed his associates and hid the $10 million. He gets himself arrested as Raymond Barret on a burglary charge he did not commit so he can wait out the statute of limitations on the armored car robbery from the safety of his cell. The IMF must bring him to justice with an elaborate scam-within-a-scam faking a fatal disease and making Jenkins believe he has been in cryogenic sleep for 12 years.

Director: Alexander Singer, Writer: Paul Playdon

Guest starring: Pat Newby, Carol Andreson, Walter Mathews, Vince Howard, Milt Kogan, Lucetta Jenison, John Zaremba, Donnelly Rhodes

Rollin Hand, posing as a Doctor, orders "5 cc's of Cordrazine" for Raymond Barrett. This is the same fictional drug with which Dr. McCoy is accidentally injected in the episode "City on the Edge of Forever".

When Barney is creating the fake human-freezing machine he begins to test out its refrigeration capabilities. The camera moves to a gage that reads "Chamber Temperature Centigrade" and we first see it at approximately 51 degrees, already rapidly moving down. The problem is that 51 degrees centigrade is 124 degrees Fahrenheit, and with this fake machine it would have started roughly at room temperature.

12.  The Exchange

January 4, 1969

"How do you feel?"

- James Phelps


- Cinnamon Carter

The episode opens with a mission already underway in a foreign country. But an unforeseeable accident causes Cinnamon Carter to be captured by the foreign government just as she completes the original mission successfully. With time running out as she's being interrogated by her captors, the rest of the IMF hatches a desperate plan to regain her freedom: break the other country's top spy out of prison in the West, try to trick him out of the information he's holding, and then offer to exchange him for Cinnamon.

Director: Alexander Singer, Writer: Laurence Heath

Guest starring: John Vernon, Curt Lowens, Will Kuluva, Michael Bell, Robert Ellenstein, Bob Homel, Dick Ziker, Kenneth Karols, Katey Barrett

When her captors try to interrogate Cinnamon Carter they try to break her after finding out that she is claustrophobic and she is locked up in a series of smaller and smaller rooms. This was kind of a mischievous trick on Bain by the producers and writers, knowing Bain was claustrophobic in real life. "Fortunately," says Bain, "there were only three walls because of the cameras."

As soon as Rudolf Kurtz has finished being debriefed Rollin leaps out of the wheelchair and dashes out of the fake office the IMF team created on an elevated platform. Willy leads a bewildered Kurtz out of the office - clearly walking around the wheelchair - where he can see they are still in the warehouse. Rollin's wheelchair has magically transported itself to the warehouse floor.

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13 The Mind of Stefan Miklos

January 12, 1969

"This is quite an honor sir..."

- George Simpson

Walter Townsend is discovered to be a double-agent and the U.S. government has leaked false information to him. However, Townsend's contact Simpson has discovered the information is false and reported to his superiors who send another agent, Stefan Miklos, to determine the truth. The IMF's job is to "assist" Miklos in reaching the "correct" conclusion, while letting him believe that he has determined for himself that the information is true.

Director: Robert Butler, Writer: Paul Playdon

Guest starring: Arland Schubert, Joe Breen, Vic Perrin, Jason Evers, Steve Ihnat, Edward Asner

14 The Test Case

January 19, 1969

"The subject is dead."

- Dr. Oswald Beck

A scientist of an enemy power, Dr. Oswald Beck, has developed a bacteria which causes cerebral spinal meningitis and mutated it into a form that kills and then becomes inert after a few hours. The IMF must destroy the preliminary culture and stop Beck.

Director: Sutton Roley, Writer: Laurence Heath

Guest starring: Bob Bralver, Michael Masters, Larry Vincent, Bart La Rue, Laurence Haddon, Paul Carr, Richard Bull, Noah Keen, David Hurst

Jim Phelps (Peter Graves) describes Cinnamon Carter (Barbara Bain) to Captain Olni (Noah Keen) as "in her late 20's". Bain was in fact 37 at the time. Editors note: Wait, what? Really? 37?

Rolland is posing as a prisoner being tested for a virus in a foreign country. During the experiment his heartbeat is monitored and the result printed on a paper by a computer. In two different scenes on the paper printout we can read "Rockville Center, NY". Our nitpickers figure the only explanation for this is that maybe this foreign country bought this equipment surplus from the Rockville Center. Or maybe they just stole it?

15 The System

January 26, 1969

"Sooner of later you are going to believe me."

- James Phelps

A gangster, Constantine Victor (aka "Mr. V") has had the last witness against him on a murder indictment killed. Johnny Costa, Victor's associate and a casino owner, is the only one with enough evidence to get Victor convicted. The IMF have 24 hours to convince Costa that he's the next name on Mr. V's hit list.

Director: Robert Gist, Writer: Robert Hamner

Guest starring: James Patterson, Robert Yuro, Peter Marko, Art Lewis, Tony Giorgio, Joel Lawrence, Val Avery, George Washburn, Joseph D'Angelo

Because the script required so much overdubbing of the voice of Constantine Victor, such as: a recording Rollin studies to perfect his impression of the syndicate boss, dubbing of Martin Landau as Rollin does his impression and a recording of Rollin's impression played back so the IMFer appears to talk to Victor over a telephone, voice-over artist Vic Perrin rather than the role's credited but only briefly seen actor Val Avery is heard throughout.

16 The Glass Cage

February 2, 1969

"Now, Major Zelinko is suave and charming and totally dedicated to his escape-proof prison. And that's exactly what it is: escape-proof. So, since we can't get Reisner out, we'll get them to hand him to us."

- James Phelps

Anton Reisner, a reistance leader in a tyrannical country, has been imprisoned in the automated Trast Prison and is being tortured by Major Zelinko in order to get the names of the other resistance leaders. The IMF must get him out of the prison.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey / Alf Harris, Writer: Paul Playdon

Guest starring: Lloyd Bochner, Larry Linville, Richard Garland, Lou Robb, George Perina, Alfred Shelly, Max Klevin

At around the 46-52 minute mark, Barbara Bain's character is looking in the file drawer for Reisner's file, the file she originally found and the one she pulled are not the same. The name "Reisner" is clearly written in two different handwriting styles.

When Cinnamon releases the towel-wrapped package from the secret briefcase compartment onto the bed in the jail cell, the package is flat and rectangular and fitted nicely in the secret compartment. When Willy and Barney return to their cell, the package is big and lumpy and could not have fit into the secret briefcase compartment.

17 Doomsday

February 16, 1969

"Good morning, Jim. The man you're looking at is Carl Vandaam, the European tycoon whose overextended industrial empire is on the verge of financial collapse. To raise ready cash, Vandaam has masterminded the theft of enough plutonium-240 to manufacture a hydrogen bomb, which he intends to sell to the highest bidder. If an aggressive, small nation should purchase and use this weapon, it could lead to World War III. Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to recover the plutonium and put Vandaam out of business. As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

- voice on tape

Carl Vandaam, a bankrupt European tycoon, is masterminding the theft of plutonium to make a hydrogen bomb and sell to the highest bidder. To keep such a bomb from falling into the wrong hands the IMF must stop Vandaam.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey, Writer: Laurence Heath

Guest starring: Alf Kjellin, Arthur Batanides, Sid Haig, Philip Ahn, Khigh Dhiegh, Wesley Lau, Arthur Peterson, Scott Walker, Josh Adams, Tony Mancini, Craig Chudy, Chuck Couch, Lee Duncan, George Wilbur

Jim's photo of General Castillo is a reuse of a picture of General Dominguez from the pilot. When Rollin later shows up in disguise, he looks nothing like the man in the photo. This is something that may have gone unnoticed watching the episode on a 1969 TV set but can be easily spotted on todays big screen TVs.

18 Live Bait

February 23, 1969

"How can you be sure?"

- Rollin Hand

Selby, a double-agent for the U.S. within an enemy country's intelligence service, is suspected by his superior, Kellerman. The IMF must keep Selby in the clear and eliminate Kellerman.

Director: Meyer Dolinsky / Stuart Hagmann, Writer: Ronald Austin / Meyer Dolinsky

Guest starring: Anthony Zerbe, Martin Sheen, John Crawford, Diana Ewing, Ed Gilbert, Bert Holland, Dick Dial, Dick Ziker, Stephanie Epper

Although the episode is set in a Soviet bloc country, the opening establishing shot is clearly Switzerland, with a Swiss flag flying on one of the buildings.

19 The Bunker (Part 1)

March 2, 1969

20 The Bunker (Part 2)

March 9, 1969

"Can I be of any assistance, Dr. Rojak?"

- Dr. Dromm

"Certainly, Dromm. You may get me some coffee."

- Dr. Erich Rojak

Dr. Erich Rojak, a brilliant scientist, is being held in an underground bunker containing a laboratory where he is forced to work on a small but extremely powerful long-range missile. If he succeeds, the missile has the potential to change the balance of power between the East and the West. Rojak is cooperating only because his totalitarian government is holding his wife, Anna, and threatens to kill her unless he completes the missile. The IMF's assignment is to rescue Rojak and his wife and to destroy his missile research. But another unfriendly government has sent professional killer Alexander Ventlos to make certain Rojak never completes his work.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey, Writer: Paul Playdon

Guest starring: David Sheiner, Lee Meriwether, Milton Selzer, George Fisher, Jack Donner, George Sperdakos, Ray Baxter, Gene Benton, Paul Lukather, Martin Kosleck, Jacques Denbeaux, Walter Alzman, Bruce Mars, Burt Kramer, Jason Heller

The signs in the laboratory of this unnamed foreign totalitarian country include words extremely close to English, such as "On and Offe", "Ground Levul" and "Danjer," as well as ordinary English words like "Fuel Mix" to which have been added umlauts. Since the actors use the vaguely "foreign" pronunciations such as "v" for "w" (Russian) and "v" for "f" (German) and never pronounce American words with extra syllables or with umlauts. This sort of thing was done to allow the audiance to follow the action but make it difficult to guess which part of this made up Europeon country could be adjacent to or assumed to be.

When Barney flies the flying saucer (we would call it a drone today) through the air shaft you can easily spot the wires. (It was one of those 1969 drones that still used wires to fly.) During the original broadcast the wires may have been harder to spot depending on the size of your TV set and a reception of your local station. Nowadays with our big screen TVs and remastered DVDs these special effect tricks are easy to spot.

21 Nitro

March 23, 1969

"With nitroglycerine, you're never more than a split second away from eternity."

- James Phelps

General Zek of Karak (I think it's next to the the country in the previous episode) is opposed to a peace treaty between his country and Agir, and is working with a munitions maker named Ismir Najiid to start a war by destroying King Said during his announcement of the treaty.

Director: Bruce Kessler, Writer: Laurence Heath

Guest starring: Titos Vandis, Mark Lenard, Sandor Szabo, Joe E. Tata, Dick Latessa, Peter Coe, Larry Anthony, Louis Neervort, Frank Arno, Tom Steel, Bob Bralver

22 Nicole

March 30, 1969

"Good afternoon, Mr. Phelps. The man you're looking at is Anton Valdas, the enemy's highest ranking intelligence Minister. We have just learned from a friendly nation that Valdas has in his possession a master list of all Allied agents who have defected to him. Knowledge of the identities of these double agents is of the utmost importance to our allies and to us. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to get that list. As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

- voice on tape

Anton Valdas, the highest ranking intelligence agent for an enemy power, is believed to possess a master list of Western agents who have defected to his government. Jim Phelps and Rollin Hand take on the mission of retrieving the list. While doing so, however, Phelps is shot and Rollin forced to flee without Phelps. Phelps' recovery and his plans to escape receive an unexpected boost from Nicole Vedette, another enemy agent who risks her own safety to help him escape, and with whom Phelps uncharacteristically begins to fall in love.

Director: Stuart Hagmann, Writer: Paul Playdon

Guest starring: Joan Collins, Logan Ramsey, Ann Shoemaker, Dal Jenkins, James McCallion, Jon Lormer, Anita Mann, Rena Horten, Joseph Reale, Jacques Denbeaux, Fred Krone, Bob Bralver

In this episode Jim acknowledges they receive their orders from Division 7.

23 The Vault

April 6, 1969

"I know how this must look, Your Excellency, but... but I can explain everything."

- Phillipe Pereda

When a benevolent President plans to use the 40 million he has saved to help his country, he entrusts the money to the country's finance minister who is his confidante. But what the President doesn't know is that the minister kept the money for himself and is planning to use its disappearance as a means to have the President removed from office. So IMF must stop the minister but it won't be easy cause the President trusts the man so much that merely telling him what the minister is planning won't be enough. So they try to get the man to implicate himself.

Director: Richard Benedict / John Kingsbridge, Writer: Judy Burns

Guest starring: Nehemiah Persoff, Rodolfo Acosta, Ray Martell, Taldo Kenyon, Nick Benedict, Jerry Riggio

24 Illusion

April 13, 1969

"Good afternoon, Mr. Phelps. These two men, Emil Skarbeck and Kurt Lom, are bitter rivals for the vacant post of Chief of Secret Police for the Eastern European People's Republic. Both are hardliners determined to turn their country into one vast concentration camp. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to eliminate both from contention so that this third candidate, Paul Trock, who is friendly to the West, becomes the new Chief. As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

- voice on tape

Skarbeck and Lom are rivals for the vacant post of Chief of Secret Police in the East European Peoples Republic. As they are both hardliners, the IMF must eliminate both of them and make sure Paul Trock becomes the new chief.

Director: Gerald Mayer, Writer: Laurence Heath

Guest starring: Fritz Weaver, Martin E. Brooks, Kevin Hagen, Horst Ebersberg, Jack Baker, Ethel Wolfson, Robert Wolfson

25 The Interrogator

April 20, 1969

"Good afternoon, Mr. Phelps. The man you're looking at is Norvan Kruger, an agent who knows the details of his country's plan for an act of aggression so cataclysmic, it will affect the entire world. We know nothing about the plan except that it triggers in two days at 4:00. Two weeks ago, Kruger was captured by a country unfriendly to us and has been under interrogation by this man, Friedrich Spindler, who has not succeeded in breaking Kruger. Even if he does, we are certain the government will not inform us. Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is find out what exactly Kruger's country intends to do. As usual, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

- voice on tape

Agent Norvan Kruger knows about his country's plans to launch some kind of attack which will devastate the world. he's been captured by a second country unfriendly to the U.S. Kruger's interrogator, Spindler, hasn't broken the agent but even if he does the U.S. needs the plans.

Director: Reza Badiyi, Writer: Paul Playdon

Guest starring: Henry Silva, Gunnar Hellstrom, Eric Holland, Vincent Van Lynn, Anne Newman, John Rose

This was the final appearance for husband and wife duo Martin Landau and Barbara Bain in the roles of Rollin Hand and Cinnamon Carter respectively. Landau quit the series over a salary dispute when, Peter Graves, was given a contract that paid him more than Landau. Landau's own contract stated he would have parity with any other actor on the show but Paramount (who had just bought out Desilu and were re-evaluating contracts and budgets), refused to honor the deal.

Landau was not under a long tern contract and was free to leave when negotiations broke down. Bain, who had become the first actress in the history of television to be awarded three consecutive Emmy awards, supported her husband but she was still under her original five year contract and leaving in solidarity with Landau was not easy and she fought with Paramount for years afterwards.

Landau was replaced by Leonard Nimoy, fresh from another Desilu created, Paramount bought-out series that had just been cancelled called Star Trek. Barbara Bain, however, was not initially replaced because of her contract problems and for the 1969-70 season there would be a rotating female character.


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