Mission: Impossible

Season 1 Episode 19

Bayou

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 06, 1989 on ABC
7.3
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The IMF must use voodoo rituals to break up a white slavery ring run by a sadistic Louisiana bar owner and millionnaire.

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  • The flaws in this one are compensated for by the richness of the background.

    7.0
    We are instantly thrown into the story with a frightening chase scene. What bothered me about it was the dogs getting killed; the poor things were only doing what they were trained to do.



    I got the impression that if the latest victim had not had an influential father, IMF would not have taken a hand.



    Grant indicated that he had not played trumpet for years, but "I guess it's like riding a bicycle...." I could just see musicians everywhere rolling their eyes. You need a lot of practice to keep up to performance standard, and we're expected to believe that Grant just picked up his horn and hopped into a gig. If this had been "Old Mission", they would have brought in a guest agent.



    Shannon really seems to get into playing rather scruffy, exotic types. This one was essentially an extension of the gypsy she played in "The Devils."



    Pepper was an excellent villain; hard, strong, and ruthless. Morgan, on the other hand, seemed rather over the top, a caricature to end all caricatures. I could just see him stalking around the plantation with his whip.



    Nicholas did a great job, as usual. He can really turn on the sleaze when he wants to. He put in some personal emotion; he was really unnerved after seeing the girls and the conditions they were being held in, although he suppressed it while he was actually there.



    They didn't really have a "complication" as they usually do, forcing them to do some fast manuvering. Nicholas' kidnapping seemed at first to be such a complication, but it was part of their plot--just a little more abrupt than they expected.



    The "Grand Zombie" scene was really wild. I wonder if that was a real boa Shannon was carrying, and if so, how she liked doing it. Grant really got into being zombified; I didn't blame Pepper for taking off. However, they shut down the whole thing moments after she fled. Surely she would have still been in earshot, and she would have wondered why all the music and screaming suddenly cut off.



    Pepper obligingly fell right in with their plot; forcing her way into Morgan's house, clobbering the guard, and threatening to kill Morgan. I loved the way Nicholas disdainfully wiped his face after Pepper spit at him.



    The holographic imaging of Pepper was pretty cool. The set up whereby they made her think that she was on a freighter reminded me of an "Old Mission" episode--"The Train".



    Dressing up Morgan's office with a Voodoo decor was very effective--especially combined with the screeching music. Grant must have had a double supply of all the decorations, because I can't see him picking through Morgan's garbage cans after the first set-up was cleaned up.



    Shannon's confrontation with Morgan was poorly done. While Morgan is looking at her, she reaches into her pocket to activate her remote. That could have gone by the first time, but then she did it again, much more blatantly. Morgan had "shot" her; she was lying back on the couch. Her hand was lying well down along her leg; she had to bring it up a good distance to slip it into her pocket--while Morgan was staring right at her! It might have looked a little awkward, but they should have had her keep her hand in her pocket once she had put it there.



    Grant's skeleton make-up was cool, and he really did a fantastic job of coming up out of that hole. Very effective.



    When Morgan shot at Pepper, she only reacted mildly to not being hit. I expected her to be a little more disconcerted. She accepted it almost instantly, one could say gleefully. I wonder if she thought that she was dead, or that she was somehow invulnerable?



    Morgan came to a satisfying end. The closing with Jim and Co. didn't seem as forced as it often was. I liked Jim's quick deduction about the cane--he knew that Morgan would be carrying the information with him. Just lucky that he dropped it; I doubt if they would have wanted to challenge the alligators for it--even after they were full.moreless
  • The voodoo craft was displayed real good.

    9.4
    I liked the way that the voodoo ritual was displayed but I don't believe in it.The way they kidnapped Nicholas to have him see the girls was woo.It's a sad fact but white slavery still goes on.As does everything else and I loved how they got Pepper to talk.This was a good episode.
Phil Morris

Phil Morris

Grant Collier

Peter Graves

Peter Graves

Jim Phelps

Antony Hamilton

Antony Hamilton

Max Harte

Thaao Penghlis

Thaao Penghlis

Nicholas Black

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson

IMF Voice on Disc (uncredited)

Jane Badler

Jane Badler

Shannon Reed (1989-90)

Frank Thring

Frank Thring

Jake Morgan

Guest Star

Paula Kelly

Paula Kelly

Pepper Leveau

Guest Star

Darren Dubb

Darren Dubb

Assistant Director

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