Mission: Impossible (season 1)

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Mission: Impossible (1966–1973) (season 1)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 28
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run September 17, 1966 (1966-09-17) – April 22, 1967 (1967-04-22)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 December 5, 2006 (2006-12-05)
Region 2 November 26, 2006 (2006-11-26)
Region 4 November 30, 2006 (2006-11-30)
Season chronology
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List of Mission: Impossible episodes

The first season of the original Mission: Impossible originally aired Saturdays at 9:00–10:00 pm (EST) on CBS from September 17, 1966[1] to January 7, 1967[2] and at 8:30–9:30 pm (EST) from January 14[3] to April 22, 1967.[4]

Episodes[edit]

Series
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Episode
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Title Directed by Written by Original Airdate Production
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1 1 "Pilot" Bernard L. Kowalski Bruce Geller September 17, 1966 (1966-09-17) 1
In order to remove two nuclear warheads from a Caribbean island (and prevent their imminent use), the Impossible Missions Force (“IMF”) team enters a hotel being used as the headquarters of the island’s dictator so that the team members may gain access to the hotel’s vault where the warheads are being kept. Martin Landau plays the role of the dictator as well as his regular role of Rollin Hand (throughout the first season, Landau does not appear in the opening credits but is credited during the Dossier scene). Wally Cox appears as IMF agent Terry Targo, a skilled safe cracker. The Los Angeles Griffith Park Observatory is used to film the exterior of the hotel. This episode is notable because the mission instructions voiced by Bob Johnson are delivered from a vinyl LP instead of a tape, and it is also the only episode of the series written by creator Bruce Geller.
2 2 "Memory" Charles R. Rondeau Robert Lewin September 24, 1966 (1966-09-24) 3
An IMF agent with a photographic memory (Albert Paulsen) allows himself to be captured and subjected to a harsh interrogation to help destroy a politically connected mass murderer. This is the only "regular-format" episode in which the IMF does not receive its mission instructions from a recording during the Tape scene) and, as such, the voice of Bob Johnson is not heard; instead, IMF team leader Dan Briggs is handed a card with printed instructions.
3 3 "Operation Rogosh" Leonard J. Horn Jerome Ross October 1, 1966 (1966-10-01) 4
When an unbreakable foreign agent (Fritz Weaver) known as “The Murderer” who specializes in mass murder is discovered in Los Angeles, the IMF team needs to break him (only to discover a planned biological attack on Los Angeles area water system). The team must trick him into revealing the location of his biological devices by convincing him that it is three years into the future, he is back in his own country, and he is on trial for being an American spy. This is the first episode in which the Apartment scene is not used in the opening act.
4 4 "Old Man Out: Part 1" Charles R. Rondeau Ellis Marcus October 8, 1966 (1966-10-08) 2A
With the rest of IMF team posing as a traveling circus performing in a city park next to an impregnable prison, Rollin allows himself to be imprisoned to rescue physically infirm Catholic Cardinal Vossek (Cyril Delevanti), the leader of a country’s freedom movement who was arrested and held in the prison for interrogation (and then scheduled for execution). Vosseck is overtly based upon Cardinal Cardinal József Mindszenty and his high-profile imprisonment by a totalitarian government in the Eastern Bloc. Mary Ann Mobley appears as IMF agent Crystal Walker.
5 5 "Old Man Out: Part 2" Charles R. Rondeau Ellis Marcus October 15, 1966 (1966-10-15) 2B
Continuation of the previous episode. The team's rescue plan hit a snag at the end of the previous episode when Cardinal Vossek was transferred to another cell.
6 6 "Odds on Evil" Charles R. Rondeau William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter October 22, 1966 (1966-10-22) 5
In order to prevent an arms delivery to the prince (Nehemiah Persoff) of a principality by an arms dealer (Lawrence Montaigne) and to make sure that he cannot buy more (so that he is prevented from attacking an oil-rich, neighboring state), the IMF team enters a casino, utilizes a wearable computer to predict the winning number in a game of roulette (with the winning number being displayed as the date on an analog watch), and rigs a game of baccarat through the use of marked cards and special contact lenses. Nico Minardos appears as IMF agent Andre Malif. This episode has similarities with Ian Fleming's Casino Royale.
7 7 "Wheels" Tom Gries Laurence Heath October 29, 1966 (1966-10-29) 8
In order to unfix the election result in a foreign country (and prevent the police-controlled Nationalist party from establishing a terrorist dictatorship), the IMF team enters a police station being used as both a polling place and the headquarters of the party so that Barney Collier may gain access to the station’s backroom where the fixed voting machines rigged with three “zero” wheels are being kept. Landau plays a proprietor of a bookstore as well as his regular role of Rollin. Mark Lenard appears as the party’s unscrupulous candidate.
8 8 "The Ransom" Harry Harris William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter November 5, 1966 (1966-11-05) 9
When a friend's daughter is kidnapped by a crime boss and held as ransom for the exchange of an informant held in protective custody, Briggs calls in the IMF team to rescue her. This is the first episode in which the Tape scene is not used to provide mission instructions; instead, the mission is developed by the team as an "off-book" mission (and the only one led by Briggs). Also, this is the first instance in which the team confronts members of a domestic criminal organization.
9 9 "A Spool There Was" Bernard L. Kowalski Ellis Marcus November 12, 1966 (1966-11-12) 6
Rollin and Cinnamon Carter pose as reunited ex-lovers in an unfriendly country in order to retrieve a spool of recording wire hidden by an agent killed while evading capture. Neither Barney nor Willy Armitage appears in this episode. Michael Shea appears as Pieter Stakovar.
10 10 "The Carriers" Sherman Marks William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter November 19, 1966 (1966-11-19) 13
In order to stop an expert in American traditions, slang, and customs (Arthur Hill) from conducting his plan of bacteriology warfare against the U.S. and to put him permanently out of business, the IMF team infiltrates a mock-up of an American town located behind the Iron Curtain where enemy agents learn to act as Americans. George Takei appears as IMF agent Roger Lee. The theme of using a mock-up of a town for training enemy agents was employed previously in the second-season episode "Colony Three" (S02/E03) of Danger Man and later in the fourth-season episode “Welcome to Liberty Village" (S04/E05) of Alias. Also, this episode has similarities with Ian Fleming's novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
11 11 "Zubrovnik's Ghost" Leonard J. Horn Robert Lewin November 26, 1966 (1966-11-26) 11
In this "haunted house" episode, a scientist (Beatrice Straight) is being asked to defect by the ghost of her late husband. In order to keep her from going behind the Iron Curtain and to get her working for the IMF again, Rollin, Barney, and IMF agent Ariana Domi (Martine Bartlett) pose as a psychic research team, countering the efforts of a medium (Donald Davis) who is pressuring her to work from behind the Iron Curtain. Neither Cinnamon nor Willy appears in this episode. The laboratory set (including the hallway and elevator) from "The Carriers" (the previous episode) is featured in the Tape scene of this episode.
12 12 "Fakeout" Bernard L. Kowalski Leigh Chapman December 3, 1966 (1966-12-03) 7
With an ill-mannered leader of an international narcotics syndicate (Lloyd Bridges) living in a country that has no extradition treaty with the U.S., Cinnamon romances him in order to get him out of the country so that he can be legally arrested and stand trial in the U.S. (kidnapping him has been ruled out as being politically embarrassing). Neither Rollin nor Willie appears in this episode.
13 13 "Elena" Marc Daniels Ellis Marcus December 10, 1966 (1966-12-10) 10
When a woman named Elena (Barbara Luna) acting as a key agent of the IMF begins to behave in a bizarre manner indicating a severe emotional disturbance, Rollin and a psychiatrist (Barry Atwater) need to find out in six days why she is behaving so strongly and decide whether she will continue to be a dangerous threat to the IMF; if not, she will be killed. Neither Cinnamon, Barney, nor Willy appear in this episode, making it the only episode of the entire series in which none of the series regulars featured in the opening credits are chosen by the IMF team leader for the mission during the Dossier scene. The laboratory set (including the hallway and elevator) from "The Carriers" (S01/E10) is featured in this episode.
14 14 "The Short Tail Spy" Leonard J. Horn Julian Barry December 17, 1966 (1966-12-17) 14
Two feuding assassins of different ages representing two groups of an enemy country are focused on assassinating a professor who recently defected to the U.S. In order to prevent the assassinations and totally discredit the younger assassin and the group for whom he represents, Cinnamon feigns her love for the younger assassin (Eric Braeden), Dan works to move the older assassin (Albert Dekker) out of the way, and Barney protects the professor (Edward Colmans). Neither Rollin nor Willie appears in this episode.
15 15 "The Legacy" Michael O'Herlihy William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter January 7, 1967 (1967-01-07) 15
In this "treasure hunt" episode, sons of Adolf Hitler's most trusted Nazi officers gather in Zurich, Switzerland, to locate Hitler's "personal fortune" believed to be worth more than $300 million. Rollin infiltrates the group in order to get the money before they do (and prevent them from launching the Fourth Reich). This episode was remade as “The Legacy“ (S01/E05) in the series remake (wherein "sons" was changed to "grandsons"). There are three other episodes of the original series that have been remade for the series remake: "The Condemned" (S02/E19 & S01/E04), "The System" (S03/E15 & S01/E02), and "The Killer" (S05/E01 & S01/E01). This is also the only episode of either incarnation in which the villain escapes at the end.
16 16 "The Reluctant Dragon" Leonard J. Horn Chester Krumholz January 14, 1967 (1967-01-14) 16
An expert in rocket control (Joseph Campanella) working from behind the Iron Curtain was supposed to follow his wife (Mala Powers) in defecting to the U.S. a year earlier, but he was reluctant in leaving. Now that he has made a simple but extremely effective anti-ballistic missile system that could completely destroy the balance of power in the world if it were to fall into the wrong hands, Rollin poses as a police deputy commissioner of East Germany in order to get him out before his government discovers what he has achieved. John Colicos appears as the head of security who is suspicious of the expert. Neither Cinnamon nor Willie appears in this episode.
17 17 "The Frame" Allen Miner William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter January 21, 1967 (1967-01-21) 17
When four elected officials are killed in “accidents” and replaced with persons favorably disposed toward organized crime, Dan and Rollin pose as caterers for a lavish get-together at the home of the U.S. syndicate boss (Simon Oakland) in order to stop him from expanding into government. Arthur Batanides appears as IMF agent known as Tino.
18 18 "The Trial" Lewis Allan Laurence Heath January 28, 1967 (1967-01-28) 12
Dan allows himself to be arrested, charged, and subjected to a show trial as a would-be saboteur in order to stop and discredit a public prosecutor and the head of the secret police (Carroll O'Connor) so that he will never be a political threat or threaten international peace. Neither Cinnamon nor Barney appears in this episode.
19 19 "The Diamond" Robert Douglas William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter February 4, 1967 (1967-02-04) 18
When the despotic prime minister of a white-supremacist West African regime attempts to sell the world's largest uncut diamond in order to finance a campaign driving the native majority off their tribal trust lands, the IM Force is sent to destroy him.
20 20 "The Legend" Richard Benedict Mann Rubin February 11, 1967 (1967-02-11) 19
Briggs and Cinammon impersonate a former Nazi and his daughter who are invited to attend a reunion of aged Nazi leaders at the home of Nazi fugitive Martin Bormann, who is planning the creation of the Fourth Reich. This episode shares many similarities with Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious.
21 21 "Snowball in Hell" Lee H. Katzin Judith & Robert Guy Barrows February 18, 1967 (1967-02-18) 21
The IMF must recover or destroy a vital component for a nuclear weapon that is in the hands of an evil prison warden (Ricardo Montalbán), and make sure that the warden does not give the formula to anyone else.
22 22 "The Confession" Herschel Daugherty William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter February 25, 1967 (1967-02-25) 20
When the assassination of a U.S. senator by a Communist bloc agent threatens to lead to war between America and the Communist Bloc, Briggs and the IMF set out to prove the killing was actually orchestrated by the senator's principal backer.
23 23 "Action!" Leonard J. Horn Robert Lewin March 4, 1967 (1967-03-04) 22
An Eastern European filmmaker plans to release a film he created to falsely allege an American war crime in Vietnam; the IMF must prove the film to be a fake. Cinnamon Carter receives the recorded instructions in this episode, the only time in the show's history that someone other than Dan Briggs or Jim Phelps ever received the briefing. The character of Dan Briggs does not appear in the episode.
24 24 "The Train" Ralph Senensky William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter March 18, 1967 (1967-03-18) 23
The IMF team must simulate a train ride carrying a dying prime minister to a Swiss hospital, to convince the leader that his chosen successor would become an oppressive dictator upon his ascension. Beginning with this episode, appearances by Steven Hill as Dan Briggs were scaled back in preparation for his departure from the series.
25 25 "Shock" Lee H. Katzin Laurence Heath March 25, 1967 (1967-03-25) 24
When an American envoy is kidnapped and replaced by a disguised agent planning to assassinate a U.S. diplomat, the IMF must stop the assassination and elicit the whereabouts of the real envoy out of the enemy agent. The envoy, the imposter and a disguised Dan Briggs are all played by James Daly, allowing Steven Hill to be absent for most of this episode.
26 26 "A Cube of Sugar" Joseph Pevney William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter April 1, 1967 (1967-04-01) 25
The IMF meets drug culture as Rollin and Cinammon infiltrate a prison to recover a kidnapped agent as well as a microchip hidden within an LSD-laced sugar cube.
27 27 "The Traitor" Lee H. Katzin Edward J. Lakso April 15, 1967 (1967-04-15) 26
Eartha Kitt guest stars as a contortionist recruited by Briggs to help discredit an agent who has defected to the enemy.
28 28 "The Psychic" Charles R. Rondeau William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter April 22, 1967 (1967-04-22) 27
Cinnamon poses as a psychic to convince a tycoon that his life is in danger, leading to a high-stakes poker game against Rollin. This is the final episode in which Steven Hill appears as Dan Briggs.


References[edit]

  1. ^ TV Listings for September 17, 1966
  2. ^ TV Listings for January 7, 1967
  3. ^ TV Listings for January 14, 1967
  4. ^ TV Listings for April 22, 1967
  5. ^ White, Patrick J. (1991). The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier. New York: Avon Books. ISBN 0-380-75877-6.