The IMF is up against a contract killer
who makes decisions at random at the last minute to ensure his moves
are unpredictable. As Barney stands in for the intended victim, the
IMF must prepare for every eventuality to get close to the killer,
thwart his plans, turn him against his client and stop their killing spree.
Director: Paul Krasny,
Writer: Arthur Weiss
Guest starring: Robert Conrad, Davis
Roberts, Carole Carle, Byron Morrow, Martin Ashe, Helen Spring, Pegi
Boucher, Victoria Hale, Tommy J. Huff, Dick Karie, Rachel English
This was the season premiere and
introduces Lesley Ann Warren as Dana Lambert even though "Flip
Side" was filmed first and gives her a little more of an
introduction. This story was rewritten and used as the pilot for the
re-launch of the series in 1988. While planning an eighth season,
producer Bruce Lansbury wanted to (somehow) bring back Robert
Conrads' character Eddie Lorca, despite the fact he's clearly
(spoiler alert) dead. But it never happened as M:I was not renewed.
As Eddie Lorca (Robert
Conrad), was exiting the hotel after checking in, you can see a
reflection of the entire crew, cameras and lights in the rear quarter
and side of the red taxi that Paris (Leonard Nimoy) is waiting in. As
the camera zooms in for a close shot of Paris, you can see the
reflection of the camera rolling closer to the taxi for the closeup.
September 26, 1970
"Good morning, Mr. Phelps. Every
year, illegal, dangerous drugs cost the lives of thousands of
Americans, mostly young people. The biggest distributor of these
drugs on the Pacific Coast is Mel Bracken. His supplier from south of
the border is businessman Diego Maximillian, who, in turn, gets his
drugs legally from Midwest drug manufacturer C.W. Cameron. Your
mission is to stop, to expose, and to destroy that vicious circle,
including all three men who run it. Good luck, Jim."
- voice on tape
Mel Bracken is one of the largest
distributors of illegal drugs on the West Coast. Pharmaceutical
magnate Cameron legally sells drugs to a middleman's laboratory in
Mexico who then smuggles it to Bracken in Los Angeles. In order to
expose the operation the IMF forces Cameron to deal directly with
Bracken on U.S. soil.
Director: John Llewellyn Moxey, Writer:
Guest starring: Kasey Rogers, Bob Golden,
John Rivera, Ford Lile, Joy Bang, Jose DeVega, Robert Alda, Dana
Elcar, Sal Mineo
Barney (Greg Morris) uses a tracking
device to follow the shipment of drugs after he plants fake drugs
with homing devices concealed inside. An identical tracking device (a
ballpoint pen mounted on a pivot above an "on" and
"off" switch) will reappear in the episode Mission:
Impossible: Blast (1971) later this season.
A scene in which Phelps (Peter Graves)
recruits Dana (Lesley Ann Warren) into the IMF was filmed but left
out, because of uncertainty as to when this episode would be aired.
When Barney sneaks on the
truck carrying the drugs, he tells Jim there are ten cases of them.
However, in some shots you can clearly count at least 19 cases.
October 3, 1970
"We've got a friend about two hundred
feet down the hall who'll be dead if we don't help him."
Barney has been captured infiltrating an
enemy laboratory in the Middle East. To make matters worse he has
been exposed to the chemical weapon being manufactured at the lab.
Phelps devises a plan to rescue Barney and destroy the chemical.
However, in order for the mission to succeed the IMF needs the
assistance of a computer genius who wants nothing to do with the plan.
Director: John Llewellyn Moxey / Marc
Norman, Writer: Marc Norman / Laurence Heath
Guest starring: Christopher Connelly,
Robert Ellenstein, Larry Linville, Than Wyenn, Katherine Darc, Victor
Brandt, Gene Tyburn, Sy Prescott, Jorge Ben-Hur
This is the first episode in air order to
feature Sam Elliott as IMF agent Doug Robert. He only receives a
co-starring credit at the end, however, and is not part of the
opening show cast listing.
The name of the chemical
company (INTEROCO) is spelled in "Gellerese with the
"N" being reversed however on the fake ID cards with
Phelps' and Carlin's picture on it has it spelled as
"INTEROCO" (the "N" not being reversed) .
When the guard gets the
fake ID cards, it is clearly Carlin's card on the top in the long
shot but Phelp's card on the top in the close up. In the printout of
Dr. Carlin's information the word "knowledge" is misspelled
October 10, 1970
from the woods
When Jim returns to his hometown of
Norville to donate family property to the community, he finds it
plagued by a serial killer. Jim secretly brings in Barney to help
investigate. A disturbed Vietnam vet is the suspected killer but Jim
and Barney figure out he's innocent and get him out of jail one step
ahead of a mob, then call in the rest of the IMF team to find the
Director: Reza Badiyi, Writer: Laurence Heath
Guest starring: Jacqueline Scott, Joe
Maross, Fred Beir, Loretta Swit, Frank Webb, Patricia Smith, Sharon
Acker, Larry Pennell, Jack Donner, James Sikking, Owen Bush
In two years guest star Loretta Swit would
make TV history as Major Margaret (Hot Lips) Houlihan on M*A*S*H
(1972 - 1983). Her M*A*S*H co-star, Larry Linville (Major Frank
Burns) guest starred in last weeks episode of Mission: Impossible.
When Seth Morley ('Frank
Webb') is arrested at the Sheriff's office, the camera takes his
point of view as he is dragged past Jim Phelps. The camera gyrates to
simulate his struggles with the arresting deputies, and it
momentarily pans high enough to reveal the walls of the real sound
stage behind the false wall of the Sheriff's office interior set.
When Dana ('Lesley Warren')
comes into Midge's bar for the first time, she asks for a beer. Midge
(Loretta Swit) pantomimes filling the glass from the tap, but the
camera reveals that the glass she places under the tap is already
full before she begins to "fill" it.
October 17, 1970
"Good morning, Mr. Phelps. On
Wednesday morning, Adolfo Rojas will address a Joint Session of
Congress. Before he enters the congressional chambers, Rojas will be
dead, his government taken over by Manuel Ferrar, his Chief of
Internal Security. The murderer will be a professional assassin who
uses the code name 'Plato' and whose true identity is known only to
Farrar. Although warned, Rojas refuses to cancel this vital
appearance and our government, obviously, cannot withdraw his
invitation. Your mission is to learn Plato's identity and transmit
the information to Washington before Presidente Rojas begins his
speech. As usual, should you or another member 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 must thwart a coup attempt to be
triggered by a presidential assassination. The team apprehends the
coup leader and employs an elaborate ruse to convince him to reveal
the killer. But government security forces uncover the operation and
capture Dana. So begins parallel games of cat and mouse with dire
consequences for the losers.
Director: Barry Crane / Leigh Vance,
Writer: Harold Livingston
Guest starring: John Colicos, Lloyd
Battista, James Almanzar, Tol Avery, John S. Ragin, Shep Sanders,
Conrad Parham, Shirley Washington, Dom Tattoli, Ron Henriquez, Bill Baldwin
Doug appears in this episode: Willy
doesn't. This is the first episode with a revised (modernized) theme
song. The familiar bongo drums were replaced with a driving bass
guitar. In the apartment briefing Jim asks Barney if he's renewed his
pilot's license but then nowhere during the episode does Barney fly.
(unless you count him "piloting" the fake plane in the
warehouse?) Perhaps a scene was deleted?
The pilot reported trouble
with engine number four but the plane shown taking off had only two engines.
My Friend, My Enemy
October 25, 1970
"Shes not making a play, Jim.
Cant you understand emotion, or have you become some kind of machine?"
While en route to rendezvous with the IMF
in Switzerland, Paris is captured by a team of enemy agents,
brainwashed, and programmed to kill Jim Phelps. While the enemy team
creates a scenario which will trigger Paris' programming, the IMF
must figure out exactly what has happened to their fellow agent to
save his career and life.
Guest starring: Peter Mark Richman, Bruce
Glover, Wesley Lau, Jill Haworth, Tony Giorgio, Chris Holter, Aaron
Fletcher, Edward Bach, Bart La Rue, Walter Davis
The shot of Leonard Nimoy used during this
season's opening credits (showing him in a red shirt with a colorful
neckerchief knotted around his throat) comes from this episode - the
scene in the bar when he first talks to Enid (Jill Haworth).
Butterfly (aka Poor Butterfly)
October 31, 1970
"Good morning, Mr. Phelps. Harry
Kellem, an American businessman and chairman of the new Economic
Treaty Counscil, has been arrested for the murder of his wife,
Mioshi. We have reasons to believe that Kellem was framed and the
murder was committed by Mrs. Kellem's brother, Toshito Masaki, a
powerful industrialist who is fanatically anti-American. In addition
to a personal hatred for Kellem, Masaki's motive is to discredit the
Economic Council and shatter Japanese-American relations on the eve
of a new treaty negotiations. Your mission, Jim, should you choose to
accept it, is to stop Masaki's plan and vindicate Harry Kellem. As
always, should you or any member of your IM Force be caught or
killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions.
Good luck, Jim."
Toshio Masaki, a powerful anti-American
industrialist, kills his sister and frames her husband, an American
businessman named Harry Kellem, so as to discredit America and
discredit the Economic Council.
Director: Sheldon Stark / Gerald Mayer,
Writer: Eric Bercovici / Jerry Ludwig
Guest starring: Khigh Dhiegh, Benson Fong,
Lisa Lu, James Shigeta, Helen Funai, Russ Conway, Dale Ishimoto,
Fuji, Leonard Pronko, Bill Sato, Roy Ogata
In Japan, motor vehicles drive on the left
side of the road; thus, most Japanese vehicles are right-hand drive.
But all of the vehicles shown are left-hand drive.
When a guard brings Harry Kellem a food
tray, he slides it across the floor through a hole in to bottom of
the cell door. There are very rough saw cuts at the corners of the
hole, chips in the silver paint and visible wood grain revealing that
the door is painted wood, and was never meant to be photographed at
close range from inside the "cell" or watch on a big screen television.
November 7, 1970
"Good morning, Mr. Phelps. Before he
died last year, Premiere Kerkoska gave his daughter, Anna, a secret
document containing the names of men within his government who
privately favor friendly relations with the West. Information has
reached us through diplomatic channels that Anna and her brother,
Alexi, wish to defect. We know this is a plot by Alexi to acquire the
document and, at the same time, capture American intelligence agents,
thereby embarrassing the West. In spite of this trap, your mission,
should you choose to accept it, is to get the document and bring Anna
Kerkoska to safety. As always, should you or any member 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
Anna Kerkoska plans to defect with a list
of American agents given to her by her father, the late Premier. Her
brother Alexi also plans to defect, but it's actually a plan to grab
the list, turn it over to Police Chief Petrovitch, and sell out his
sister. Jim and Dana pretend to be a publisher brother-and-sister
team and Paris kidnaps Dana to fake-force Jim into kidnaping Anna for
the Americans. Petrovitch and Alexi let the plan go ahead, while Jim
becomes romantically involved with Anna.
Director: Seymour Robbie, Writer: John
Guest starring: Julie Gregg, Michael
Strong, Paul Stevens, Sid Haig, Joshua Bryant, Arthur Malet, Richard
Eric Winter, Bart La Rue, Rosanna Hoffman, Tom McDonough, Victor Paul
November 14, 1970
"The rocket laser is a prototype.
Each of the five sections is integral.
Without one, the others are useless."
- Barney Collier
A wannabe spy in an eastern European
country happens upon an operation of the MI team. But, in a cleaver
twist, as this amateur's dreams of becoming a super sleuth turn to
greed the MI team manipulates him and government security forces to
accomplish their mission and their escape.
Director: Paul Krasny, Writer: Ed Adamson
Guest starring: Anthony Zerbe, Ronald
Feinberg, Lisa Pera, Don Eitner, Allen Joseph, Peter Brocco, Biff
Manard, Al Roberts
November 21, 1970
"Jim. I'm not leaving Barney."
- Doug Robert
A mission to rescue a dissident in an
white dominated African country goes awry when Doug and his white
assistant get the man out of the hospital, but the assistant is shot
in the leg. Separated from the rest of the IMF team, the assistant
staggers into a shop where a deaf girl discovers the man is Barney in
a mask. The rest of the team gets the dissident out of the country
and then goes back for Barney.
Director: Terry Becker, Writer: Helen
Guest starring: Ta-Tanisha, Ivor Barry,
John S. Ragin, Joe Morton, John Alderson, Elaine Church, Herbert
Jefferson Jr., Kirk Scott, Michael St. Clair, Edgar Winston, Joseph
Lancaster, Dick Dial
The map Jim Phelps uses to help plot the
rescue of Barney is actually one of Edinburgh, Scotland, (UK). West
Princes St. Gardens and Waverley Station are notable Edinburgh landmarks.
November 28, 1970
"Nothing, huh? What are you trying to
do to yourself? Walking around with a thirty caliber slug in your arm
like its a mosquito bite."
- Doug Robert
Government security forces surprise the MI
team during a routine information exchange with insurgents. Dana and
two rebels are captured including the rebel who, unknown to
government forces, has the secret "notebook." Jim has a
plan but the rebels are skeptical. With the possibility of a traitor
in their midst and the help of a local priest of uncertain
reliability, the MI must rescue the captives before they break under
torture, before the security forces uncover the notebook and before
the rebels take matters into their own hands.
Director: Barry Crane / Ken Pettus,
Writer: Ken Pettus
Guest starring: Mark Lenard, Bob Purvey,
Davana Brown, Jonathan Lippe, David Roya, Richard Shelfo, Diane
Holly, Ralph Ventura, Arthur Batanides
The lines of rebel leader Alex Khora (Bob
Purvey) are dubbed throughout the episode by voice artist Vic Perrin
(best known as the "Control Voice" on "The Outer Limits").
Leonard Nimoy as Paris plays the part of
nemesis to Mark Lenard, who played the father of Nimoy's character,
Spock, in Star Trek.
Barney and Doug arrive back at the ruined
monastery at the end of the episode with the fake statue that holds
the escapees inside. As the truck pulls into the monastery area (an
indoor set that is supposed to be an exterior), several overhead
sound stage lights are visible at the top of the frame in the long
shot of the monastery ruins and the truck.
When Paris drives away from the village in
the Mercedes near the end of the episode, a bright studio light, a
camera boom, a reflective panel, and several tripods are all
reflected in the rear passenger window and shiny paint job on the vehicle.
Squeeze Play (aka Sicily)
December 12, 1970
"I can help you."
A drug kingpin, not long for this world,
is preparing to turn over his heroin empire to his heir apparent.
Paris and Dana go undercover to turn the kingpin against his heir and
convince him that Paris is the better candidate to trust with the
secrets of his organization.
Director: Walter Brough / Virgil Vogel
Writer: David Moessinger
Guest starring: Victoria Vetri, Nicholas
Georgiade, Albert Paulsen, Albert Carrier, Peter Kilman, Nico Minardos
As Barney is fighting with the guard in
the wine cellar a tall wine rack holding dozens of bottles falls
over. More than a dozen bottles smash on the floor but no
"wine" or other liquid comes out showing that they are
dummies. One bottle seems to be filled with sand or dust. The man
filling in as Greg Morris' stunt double during the fight is very
clearly not Greg Morris.
December 19, 1970
"They kidnapped, Paris, not Walter A. Phelan."
- Barney Collier
Paris's cover identify as a wealthy and
influential American proves a bit too convincing. He is kidnapped and
held for the ransom by rebels demanding the release of three of their
comrades. The government agrees to cooperate in Jim's plan to rescue
Paris only if he will capture one of the rebel leaders.
Director: Barry Crane, Writer: Harold Livingston
Guest starring: Lou Antonio, Ron Castro,
Conrad Parham, Pepe Callahan, David Renard, Lee Duncan, Joe De Santis
Four Star Trek TOS alumni appear in this
episode; Leonard Nimoy, Lou Antonio, Lee Duncan, and Barry Russo.
January 2, 1971
"All right. There will be a
confrontation, there's no way to avoid it. What we have to do is
control the violence so that we're the only ones in danger."
- James Phelps
The IMF team is charged with bringing down
a political manipulator who intends to use a group of student
protesters with deadly effect to elevate his political puppet to
higher office. Dana is a double threat posing as the puppet's
daughter while infiltrating the protesters. Jim play's king maker to
manipulate the manipulator.
Director: Arthur Weiss / Virgil Vogel,
Writer: Jerry Thomas / Arthur Weiss
Guest starring: Richard Kelton, Lloyd
Bochner, Ken Swofford, Tom McDonough, Gordon DeVol, Byron Mabe,
Russell Thorson, Todd Martin
The papers that Barney shows to Ross and
Tallman say that Dana's fake name is Katherine Walker. However, when
she goes outside, Ross' man Billy calls her Kate Jarvis.
January 9, 1971
"Thats right! He was my brother
and they killed him. Hamp, Corley, and Abbot blew him to pieces. Yes
I set you up! I would have set up the Joan of Arc to even the score
for my brother. But it... it doesnt even the score and
thats the toughest part of it."
- Barney Collier
A high tech organized crime group comes to
the attention of our favorite IMF team following the murder of
Barny's brother. To bring down the organization and the corrupt
police captain allied with them Jim turns to his tried and true
technique; infiltrate, sow distrust then wait for the fireworks.
Director: Virgil Vogel, Writer: Howard Browne
Guest starring: Hari Rhodes, Abbey
Lincoln, William Wintersole, Kelly Thordsen, Chuck Wood, Marc
Hannibal, Manuel Paul Thomas, Morgan Farley, David S. Cass Sr.
The Missile (aka Torpedo)
January 16, 1971
- John Hecker
James Read is an enemy agent posing as an
analyst to get close to a top-secret U.S. missile guidance system.
Read is going to steal the plans and the IMF must substitute fake
plans so he will unwittingly pass on the incorrect information to his
superiors. However, the mission is interrupted when a psychotic
Director: Charles Rondeau, Writer: Arthur Weiss
Guest starring: Barry Coe, David Sheiner,
John Beck, John Pickard, Gerald Hiken, Karen Carlson, John Dennis,
Percy Helton, Jimmy Bracken
January 23, 1971
An adversary nation launches a nuclear
weapons platform in to orbit. To make matters worse, the weapon's
control station is on an impregnable island. That can only mean it's
time for Jim to find a way to slip Barney into the station to
sabotage the weapon
Director: Reza Badiyi / Judy Burns,
Writer: Wesley Lau
Guest starring: Erik Holland, Burt
Nodella, Patricia Priest, H.M. Wynant, Barry Atwater, Milton Selzer,
Denny Miller, Michael Baseleon
Director Reza Badiyi's wife Barbara was
ready to go into labor during the filming of the episode. Bruce
Geller made sure a helicopter was standing by to transfer Badiyi from
San Pedro to Hollywood as necessary.
January 30, 1971
"Good morning, Mr. Phelps. This man,
Gregory Tolan, is leader of an underground cell specializing in
robberies designed to finance an American revolution. He works for a
man we know only as Jonathan Brace, who masterminds cells like
Tolan's and whose eventual aim is the forcible overthrow of the
United States Government. Your mission, should you choose to accept
it, is to apprehend Jonathan Brace. This tape will self-destruct in
five seconds. Good luck, Jim."
Jim and Dana infiltrate a group of bank
robbers, but the IMF's real target is the mysterious leader of the
group who uses the thieves' booty to fund anti-American revolutionary
activities. Natural conflicts in the robbers' personal agendas play
right into the IMF's hands.
Director: Sutton Roley, Writer: Samuel
Roeca / James L. Henderson
Guest starring: Henry Darrow, Kevin Hagen,
Laurence Haddon, Douglas Henderson, Susan Odin, Pitt Herbert, Tamara
Elliot, Charles Picerni, Tom McDonough, Dick Ziker, Don Edwards,
George Wilbur, Tony Brubaker
After Jim blows the locking mechanism on
the outer gate, the remains seem to be made of wood, not metal.
Shortly after the thieves and the two IMF
agents take over the Millers' house, there is a second insert shot of
the tracking device inside the panel truck driven by Paris (Leonard
Nimoy). The pointer on the device (a ballpoint pen marked
"near" and "far) faces in the opposite direction from
the earlier insert. All of the writing on the device, however,
including the words "on" and "off" on its base,
are also reversed in a mirror-image, indicating that the creators
"flipped" the film to reverse right and left.
During the car chase after the holdup, a
police car crashes through the display window of a store. As the
window and displays fall away, we can see the bare walls behind,
revealing that the "store" is nothing but a false front on
an empty shell.
February 6, 1971
"Good morning, Mr. Phelps."
Miguel Fuego, premier of San Pascal, has
signed a secret nuclear arms treaty with a country hostile to the
U.S. The IMF must expose the treaty to the world before the missiles
are installed. They plan to turn Miguel's nephew Ramone against him
by convincing him that Miguel tried to engineer the death of Ramone's
father but then had him lobotomized and locked away.
Director: Barry Crane, Writer: Paul Playdon
Guest starring: John Vernon, Will Kaluva,
Ramon Bieri, Sam Irvin, Tony De Costa, Miguel Riva, Arline Anderson,
John Cardoza, Johnny Bench
This episode features an appearance by
Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench (as Captain of the Guards) just
after he was named the National Leagues Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Kitara (aka The Bigot)
February 20, 1971
"How can potatoes resemble apples?"
Government forces in a racist African
country have captured, Kitara, the leader of the revolutionary forces
and will torture him to death in their effort to find the gold
bullion he has hidden. To rescue Kitara and secure the gold Jim plans
to manipulate the security official interrogating him. What better
way to manipulate a racist than to turn him into what he least wants
to be and turn his own forces against him?
Director: Murray Golden, Writer: Mann Rubin
Guest starring: Lawrence Dobkin, Rex
Holman, Robert DoQui, Jason Wingreen, Ken Renard, Buck Holland
Colonel Kohler's house is the same one
that served as Mr. Roark's residence in Fantasy Island (1977). This
is the final episode in which Phelps is warned of the consequences
should any of the IMF force be caught or killed.
A Ghost Story
February 27, 1971
"Good morning, Mr. Phelps. This is
Howard Bainbridge, noted specialist in chemical warfare, who defected
to the East where he developed the lethal chemical TR-A, a nerve gas
formula known only to him. We believe that Bainbridge, contaminated
by his own deadly chemical, escaped the Iron Curtain and returned to
his father's estate, where the elder Bainbridge killed his son and
concealed the corpse. Since Howard Bainbridge destroyed his records
before fleeing the East, the only existing trace of the chemical TR-A
is in his corpse. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to
find Howard Bainbridge's body. This tape will self-destruct in five
seconds. Good luck, Jim."
Barney exploits his technical wizardry to
convince a neo-fascist that his son, whom he murdered, wants to be
exhumed and cremated. It's all part of the plan to obtain the secret
nerve gas formula his son developed before a certain eastern power
gets their hands on it. But like any good ghost story, nothing and no
one is what they seem.
Director: Reza Badiyi / Ed Adamson,
Writer: Ed Adamson / Ken Pettus
Guest starring: John Winfield, Andrew
Duggan, Marion Ross, Anthony Norwalk, William Smith, Frank Farmer
March 6, 1971
"Good morning, Mr. Phelps. Alexander
Vanin is now serving a 20-year sentence for espionage. Immediately
prior to his arrest, Colonel Vanin hid a list of EEPR agents
operating in the United States. George Mishenko. Vanin's control, has
been ordered to locate the list, but Vanin has thus far refused to
reveal its whereabouts. He knows that once the list is found, his
usefulness to his government is over and they will abandon him. Your
mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find Vanin's list.
This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."
Eastern Bloc agent Alexander Vanin is
serving time in a federal prison for espionage. Using auto-hypnosis
he has blocked all information about the location or contents of a
microfilm list he hid just before he was arrested. Vanin's wife is
the only person who can remove the mental block and the only one
Alexander will confide in. The IMF stage a welcome home party at
Vanin's embassy (which has been cleverly vacated) to reunite husband,
wife, and the top secret roll of microfilm.
Director: Murray Golden, Writer: Harold Livingston
Guest starring: Oleg Korbyn, Yuri
Smaltzoff, Albert Szabo, Athena Lorde, Robert Sampson, Arthur
Batanides, Frank Marth, Alfred Ryder, Antoinette Bower
This is the only episode in which both
Willy and Doug appear together. The image shown to indicate that
Paris is in the Eastern European People's Republic is, in fact,
Amsterdam's Central Station. This episode features probably the
largest crew of agents beyond the central IMF team, when the IMF
replaces all the servers, entertainers and guests at an embassy party
with their own people.
March 17, 1971
"Good evening, Mr. Phelps. For
several years, Arman Anderssarin has been one of the world's largest
dealers in illegal arms. Now, Anderssarin is about to complete his
biggest deal involving the purchase and resale of millions of dollars
of American arms captured in Vietnam to guerillas in key trouble
areas of the world. If Anderssarin is successful, new violence and
bloodshed is inevitable. Your mission, should you choose to accept
it, is to stop Anderssarin and put him out of business for good. This
tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."
Jim lets himself be captured so he can
become beholden to arms dealer Armand Anderssarian who can get Jim
released. A classic start to an IMF con. Meanwhile Paris, Barney and
Dana gamble on Anderssarian's poker compulsion to bring his
overextended debt situation to a crisis. But there's a wild card in
the deck; Anderssarian's ditsy mistress who is jealous of the
attention he's giving Dana and has a knack for doing the wrong thing
at the worst time.
Director: Leon Benson, Writer: Harold Livingston
Guest starring: George Sanders, Ken Drake,
Jo Morrow, Jan Merlin, Todd Martin, James Hong, Tony Giorgio, Carmelo
Manto, Noel de Souza, Riza Royce
This was the final appearance for both
Leonard Nimoy and Lesley Ann Warren as Paris and Dana respectively.
Warren appears in and a much talked-about scene (especially among
adolescent young boys) where she is bra-less in a see-through white
top (something of a fashion fad in 1971).
The "secret radar base" is
actually a NIKE missile site near Brea California (since
decommissioned). The reason the hills are shown as burned off was
because there was a wildfire in the area shortly before the episode