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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
1989 SEASON EPISODE GUIDE

1.  The Golden Serpent (Part 1)

September 21, 1989

2.  The Golden Serpent (Part 2)

September 28, 1989

"Good morning, Jim. What you're looking at is a signet ring with the embossed design of a cobra. It is the symbol and passkey of an organization known as "Golden Serpent," a notorious Southeast Asian triad. The Golden Serpent has expanded its worldwide drug smuggling operations, and uses the revenue from drugs to gain control over Third World nations. We've already lost the leader of another IM team to the Golden Serpent, but one of that team has managed to infiltrate and gain the trust of the organization, and has remained undetected for almost three months. While the identity of the man who heads the Golden Serpent is still unknown, our agent has been working for its most important member, Prince Selimun, ruler of the small southeast Asian country of Bnarli. The enormous cash flow from his drug-running operation is essential to the Golden Serpent. Without it, they would be unable to operate. Your mission, Jim, should you choose to accept it, is to bring the Prince and the leader of the Golden Serpent to justice, and to obtain details of their international distribution network. We believe the Golden Serpent ring may be the key to that information. As always, should you or any of your IM team be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This disc will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

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The IMF must take down Selimun, who works for the Golden Serpent triad running drugs. Complicating matters, Grant's father Barney has already infiltrated Selimun's operation, but is captured and the team must weigh whether to help him or complete the mission.

Director: Don Chaffey / Michael Seims, Writer: Jeffrey M. Hayes / Michael Seims

Guest starring: Greg Morris, Rod Mullinar

3.  The Princess

October 5, 1989

"Good morning, Jim. Elaine Murtcheson was the daughter of the United States ambassador to the small European principality of Valance, where she met and fell in love with Prince Arkadi, the country's ruler. They were married late last year. Valance has for many years been allied to the Warsaw Pact nations. Because of Elaine's influence, and his increasing exposure to American ways, Prince Arkadi has begun to negotiate an alliance with the West, and has begun the democratization of his own country. This alliance would include a new American naval base in Valance Harbor, greatly improve our deterrent capability in Europe, and help to maintain peace and stability in the area, none of which would suit this man: Grigor Caron, a rabid anti-American and leader of a group known as The Valance Red Guard. Caron is dedicated to preventing the Prince's alliance with the West. We believe he has offered a million dollars to employ an assassin to kill Princess Elaine, as the first step in a campaign of terror against the Prince. Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to prevent the assassination and to bring Caron to justice. As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This disc will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

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A militant group hires an assassin, Coyote, to take out the princess of a country who she is turning toward Western ways. The IMF must go undercover to infiltrate the group, find out the identity of the assassin, and take him out before he can complete his assignment.

Director: Colin Budds, Writer: Ted Roberts

Guest starring: Robert Coleby, Robin Harrison

4.  Command Performance

October 12, 1989

"Good morning, Jim. Defense Minister Ivan Savitch, operating without the consent of one of the few freely elected Prime Ministers in the Baltic region, is responsible for the death or imprisonment of over one hundred dissidents. Leading the fight against him is Father Thomas Vallis, a Catholic priest and fervent opposer of Savitch, who has organized workers and general strikes and openly attacked Savitch's ruthless policies. Two days ago, a man broke into the National Museum and stole the Cross of Saint Boniface. Ivan Savitch is aware that the missing cross represents a thousand years of his country's history, but he wants the cross for other reasons. He has learned that hidden inside this cross is information which proves the atrocities he has committed. Savitch believes Father Vallis knows the whereabouts of the cross. He's placed the priest in the country's most notorious prison, known as The Tower, where he has vowed to keep him until he talks or dies. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to rescue Father Thomas Vallis from The Tower Prison, and help him retrieve the Cross of Saint Boniface. As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This disc will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

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The IMF team must rescue an imprisoned holy man and recover a holy relic which holds evidence of the Defense Minister's atrocities.

Director: Arch Nicholson, Writer: Robert Brennan

Guest starring: Ivar Kants, Nicholas Bell, Simon Westaway

Carbon-14 dating is used to estimate the age of organic remains about 58,000 to 62,000 years old, therefore it can't be used as suggested by Jim Phelps in this story.

5.  Countdown

October 26, 1989

"Good morning, Jim. The Asian country of Qong Ji is controlled by a government of military strongmen. This is General Vang Kai. The ultimate power he seeks is control of the whole country. This he will never achieve while rivals stand in his way, but now Vang Kai has possession of a stolen nuclear warhead. By exploding this low-yield weapon in the heart of a city, Vang Kai plans to obliterate the entire government of Qong Ji. Using this destruction of human lives, he will emerge as undisputed leader, blaming the catastrophe on the United States. Vang Kai's plan depends upon this woman, a beautiful but deadly terrorist called Su Lin. It was she who organized the theft of the weapon. Su Lin is that most feared of all terrorists, the religious zealot. She is a devotee of the religious leader known as "The Holy One", exiled for life by the present regime. In exchange for her help, Vang Kai has agreed to allow The Holy One to return to the country. Su Lin will go to any lengths to achieve this. She has undertaken to place the nuclear device in the capital and to arm it. Your mission, Jim, should you choose to accept it, is to find that nuclear device before it detonates, and to put an end to Vang Kai's evil plans. As always, if you or any of your IM Force should be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This disc will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

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To prevent the detonation of a nuclear bomb by a fanatic unaware that she is being mislead by a general seeking to take over his country, Grant must get close to the woman and find the location of the bomb.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith, Writer: Chip Hayes

Guest starring: Julie Ow, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, John O'Brien

6.  War Games

November 2, 1989

"Good morning, Jim. The Middle European country of Sardavia has, over the last few years, increased the size of its armed forces out of all proportion to its economic or strategic necessities. Since this man, General Eli Szabos, gained control of the military, he has constantly clashed with the ruling Politburo, and we believe he is planning an invasion of the neighboring country Bukharin, which is rich in oil reserves. This attack would be carried out under the cover of the war games that Sardavia is holding close to the Bukharinian border. We also believe Szabos has long-range hidden on this base for a first-strike capacity. Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to prevent the invasion of Bukharin and the domino effect it would have on world peace by exposing General Szabos' plans and frustrating his evil ambitions forever. As always, if you or any of your IM Force should be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This disc will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

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The IMF must stop the general of a European country from using a series of war games as a cover to invade a neighboring country.

Director: Rod Hardy, Writer: Walter Brough

Guest starring: Kevin Miles, Lewis Fiander

7.  Target Earth

November 9, 1989

"Good morning, Jim. We believe that the disappearance of a man might have compromised the security of the entire world. Daniel Bergerac was the lead pilot for the first private manned venture into space. He was to command Frontier I, owned and operated by the EuroSpace Consortium, a multibillion dollar company. Officially, Bergerac is listed as missing, but we think he might have met with foul play. EuroSpace had leased a piece of Australian outback, built a private base, and they're planning to launch very shortly. The Frontier I is designed for using a super-laser in space, clearing cosmic debris, helping build a new space lab, test-drilling mineral bodies, constructing an orbiting chemical lab. It could be the future of mankind in space, but in the wrong hands, it could be the vehicle to a new dimension in terror. Your mission, Jim, should you choose to accept it, is to make sure that Frontier I is not being used in a terrorist plot to threaten targets on Earth from space. 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 disc will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

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When an IMF operative at a commercial orbital launch site goes missing, Shannon takes her place, only to find herself trapped on a space shuttle in orbit when terrorists take it over to launch a global blackmail scheme.

Director: Colin Budds, Writer: Stephen Kandel

Guest starring: Eli Danker, Gosia Dobrowolska

A considerable amount of stock footage is used in this episode and generally doesn't match the original footage very well.

8.  The Fuehrer's Children

November 16, 1989

"Good morning, Jim. This is Richard Kester, a fanatical neo-Nazi and leader of the White Peoples Coalition, a group that secretly advocates the violent overthrow of our government. In the past few years, Kester's organization has grown at an alarming rate, and they are no longer considered just a fringe group, but a major threat. A string of armored car and bank robberies has financed a number of Kester's terrorist activities, including the hanging of Gerard Mercer, a government agent who infiltrated the White Peoples Coalition. Kester is on the verge of becoming the leader of like-minded neo-Nazi groups throughout the world. He is going to attend a three-day meeting in Germany, where his proposal will be voted on by the heads of other neo-Nazi groups. Kester is by far the most violent of all the world's neo-Nazi leaders. If he should be elected, a reign of terror is sure to follow. Your mission, Jim, should you choose to accept it, is to discredit Kester amongst his peers, and bring about the dissolution of one of the world's most heinous organizations. 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 disc will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

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The head of a neo-Nazi organization plans to ally similar groups with an elaborate computer scheme, and has a (dare we say it) "master plan" which guarantees him success. This episode validates a pet theory we have here at the My Neat Stuff Hall of Fame AV Club. If you are a spy (or any kind of of International Man of Mystery) sooner or later you are going to come across some Nazis.

Director: Don Chaffey, Writer: Frank Abatemarco

Guest starring: Albert Salmi, Nancy Black, John Bell, Andrew Cassidy, Chris Hallam

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9.  Banshee

November 30, 1989

"Good morning, Jim. When this bus exploded, nine elderly people on a picnic outing lost their lives. The sectarian hatreds which have torn Ireland over the centuries have been reignited in Bally Nagragh, with each side accusing the other of this dreadful act of carnage. Brian McCarron, who purchased a Bally Nagragh hotel six months ago, is secretly an arms dealer, and has no compunction in selling to both sides. We believe that McCarron was responsible for the deaths of the old people, and that this was just one more foul deed by him to provoke violence and provide a greater market for his illegal arms. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to bring McCarron to justice, end his trade in arms, and bring the warring factions of Bally Nagragh to the conference table. As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This disc will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

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An Irish arms dealer plays both sides of the country's conflict against each other, and the IMF must trick them into uniting to defeat him.

Director: Colin Budds, Writer: Ted Roberts

Guest starring: Randall Berger, Peter Adams, Rob Steele, Chris Gregory

10.  For Art's Sake

December 14, 1989

"Good morning, Jim. Two nights ago, a priceless painting on loan to the Manhattan Museum of Art was stolen, and a guard murdered in the process. The painting taken was a national treasure of San Marcos, a state in Central America. It depicts their patron saint, and has religious and patriotic associations of vast importance to them. The loss of the painting will be seen as a catastrophe for which the United States will be held to blame. The man we believe devised the whole plan is the Minister for Culture - which really means "propaganda". His name is Rafael Ocha. He is ambitious to gain more power. The theft itself could be the work of this man, Daniel Travers. It seems that what Travers can't buy, he steals. We suspect he financed his way into the hotel business by stealing and dealing art to the underground market. Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to find the stolen Montoya painting, thus preserve the good name of the United States among the people of San Marcos, bring Daniel Travers to justice, and restore to the world the masterpieces he has stolen over the years. As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This disc will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

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A valuable painting and a foreign country's national treasure is stolen by a master thief during its exhibition in the U.S., and the team must recover it before the situatioin turns hostile.

Director: Don Chaffey, Guest starring: Alex Cord

Guest starring: David Bradshaw, Bill Ten Eyck, Shelsea Brown, Chris Lee

11.  Deadly Harvest

January 6, 1990

"Good morning, Jim. The man you are looking at is Joussef K., Minister for Science and Development in the country of Orambaq. K. is a terrorist who has formulated a blackmail scheme directed against the United States, which he believes will ingratiate him with his rules, and make Orambaq feared throughout the western world. Jared, a protege of K., had worked for several years in Orambaq developing a virulent genetic virus capable of destroying a nation's total wheat harvest. He came to the United States seeking advanced technology, and found it with the unsuspecting help of geneticist Laurel Taylor. She is now dead. K.'s plans to release the virus into the American wheat belt were temporarily thwarted by a laboratory fire which left Jared horribly disfigured. He is now recovering in a Washington, DC hospital, after having undergone extensive plastic surgery. Your mission, Jim, should you choose to accept it, is to destroy this insidious project at its base in Orambaq. As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This disc will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

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Terrorist Jouseff K., a native of the country of Orambach, plans to release a deadly virus over the wheat fields of the U.S. The team must stop the production of the virus in Orambach and destroy the terrorist cell.

Director: Arch Nicholson, Writer: Jan Sandi

Guest starring: Ritchie Singer, George Vidalis

12.  Cargo Cult

January 13, 1990

"Good morning, Jim. On the surface, the Pacific island republic of New Belgium appears to be a jungle paradise. But hundreds of villagers in the highlands have died recently, under mysterious circumstances. For centuries, the inaccessibly dense jungle has protected these simple hill people from wanton exploitation by outsiders. But now, if reports are correct, the discovery of gold in this area may have changed that. We suspect that the villagers are being poisoned by contact with cyanide. Proper usage of cyanide is part of the most efficient method of extracting gold, but outlawed methods which exposure workers to the chemical can be deadly. To the New Belgium government, where corruption and bribery is so rife, this inhumanity is simply overlooked. Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to stop this genocide of one of the few remaining Stone Age peoples. As always, should you or any member of the IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This disc will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

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The IMF take on a criminal organization that is using the image of a vulcano-god and his prophet to scare a primitive tribe into mining gold for them.

Director: Colin Budds, Writer: Dale Duguid

Guest starring: Lani Tupu, Adrian Wright

A recently discovered stone age tribe would not be able to understand English as portrayed in this episode. Though we don't see why not, after all most aliens in Star Trek could speak and understand English.

13.  The Assassin

January 20, 1990

"Good morning, Jim. During the past year, there has been a succession of high-level assassinations around the world. In each case, the assassin has been someone placed close to the victim: advisors, private secretaries, government officials. Not one of these assassins has been interrogated, because none has been captured alive. All have died immediately after the killings. The similarities between these events lead us to believe that one sinister force may be behind them all. If this is so, then the world is now at the mercy of a killing technique with the power to bypass even the tightest security measures now protecting heads of state. Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to uncover this deadly operation, put an end to it. As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This disc will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

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The team must discover the cause of a series of bizarre assassinations caused by seemingly innocent people, but Nicholas is targeted as the next killer.

Director: Arch Nicholson, Writer: Cliff Green

Guest starring: Paul Dawber, Peter Curtin, John Higginson

The villain's method is almost identical to the scheme used in The Naked Gun.

14.  Gunslinger

February 3, 1990

"Good morning, Jim. The town of Pontiac is a clever re-creation of a Western gold-mining town of the 1800s, a successful and profitable tourist resort owned and operated by one-time US Congressman Ian McClintock. Although McClintock has retired from public life, his influence and power seem to be undiminished. He is wealthy, well-connected, and respected by his former associates. This man, Abel Russell, was an undercover FBI agent, part of a team investigating suspected American support for foreign terrorists. Last month, Russell disappeared after reporting that he was following a lead in the town of Pontiac. Police and FBI investigation can find no evidence of his whereabouts. We now believe that McClintock may be selling weapons to European terrorists, but his reputation and political connections make investigation both difficult and sensitive. Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to discover whether McClintock is dealing with terrorists, whether he had any part in the death of Russell, and, if he is guilty, bring him to justice. As always, should you or any member of your IM team be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This disc will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

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An arms dealer who runs a mock-Western town in Nevada is the team's next target.

Director: Colin Budds, Writer: Ted Roberts

Guest starring: Michael Greene, Patrick Ward

15.  Church Bells in Bogota

February 10, 1990

"Good morning, Jim. Bogota, Colombia was once called "the Athens of Latin America", but it is now a city under siege. The drug lords have declared war on the government. The horrifying murder of Judge Juan Silvero shocked the entire population of Colombia. The person responsible for this heinous crime is Esteban Magdalena. With the killing of Judge Silvero, Magdalena has stepped up his campaign of terror, and his vicious tactics now threaten the very existence of the Colombian government. Magdalena's connection to the flow of cocaine to the United States is well-documented, but Colombian police and military forces have been unable to extradite him. Your mission, Jim, should you choose to accept it, is to prevent Magdalena from overthrowing the Colombian government by returning him to the United States where he will stand trial. As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This disc will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

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The IMF team is sent to Bogota in order to destroy a vicious druglord's operation. All attempts to even meet the druglord are met with failure - Nicholas as an arms dealer, Max as a drill sergeant for the troups. Finally, Shannon is set up as a singer, but her plane to Bogota crashes, and she loses her memory. She is brought to the druglord, and his nephew sees this as an opportunity to woo her, and eventually he proposes to her. She says yes. On the wedding day, the team makes their move. Jim poses as a doctor, restores her memory, and under cover of Nicholas' impression of a priest, they manage to sneak her out while destroying the operation.

Director: Arch Nicholson, Writer: Frank Abatemarco

Guest starring: Michael Long, Henri Szeps

16.  The Sands of Seth

February 24, 1990

"Good afternoon, Jim. In the last several months, a number of high officials in the Egyptian government have died horrible deaths by strangulation. The latest to die was Anwar Farthay. His behind-the-scenes power brokering helped put Egypt on the road to a new level of negotiation with Israel and several radical Arab states. We believe that this man, Horace Selim, is somehow connected to the deaths. A director of the prestigious Museum of the Ancients, he has used his high-profile job to create antipathy toward government policies and believes Egypt should return to the greatness of its past, a past he oversees at his museum. Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to determine Selim's guilt, and put a stop to the killings before they put a stop to the US peace effort presently underway to calm the volatile Middle East. As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This disc will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

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When several progressive Egyptian leaders are killed, the IMF team is sent to stop the head of the department for ancient studies at the Cairo museum. It turns out that he has revived the cult of Seth, with sacrificial ceremonies. His henchman has been impersonating a mummy to kill anyone who might talk. Jim, Shannon and Max pose as part of a dig, claiming they have found important relics from the original worship of Seth, while Nicholas and Grant try to break the trust between the leader and his followers. But Grant is caught and is scheduled to be the next sacrifice. Last show of the series.

Director: Colin Budds, Writer: Jeffrey M. Hayes

Guest starring: Gerard Kennedy, Tim Elliott

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