Mission: Impossible

Season 2 Episode 5


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 26, 1989 on ABC
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Episode Summary

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.

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  • I found this episode fairly interesting. Nicholas had a lot to do, which always helps as far as I'm concerned.

    Su Lin is a different sort of villain. Fanatically devoted to a peaceful "Holy One", she seeks to prove that devotion by ruthlessly slaughtering thousands. It never seems to occur to her to wonder how he would regard her if she had been sucessful.

    Nicholas, of course, was the chosen go-between for the team and the temple. He did it with grace and respect. I liked the monk's gentle jab--"You speak with a wisdom seldom seen in the west."

    I also liked the interaction between Su Lin and Shannon. Su Lin is unable to disguise her contempt for this gushing Western tourist.

    Creating an alternate reality for the "mark" is a Mission standard. A hospital background was simplicity itself. Having two people handcuffed together is, of course, a common cliche.

    Nicholas really has a lot to do in this episode--go-between, train derailer, news broadcaster, "Major Chung" (dispatched in a rather nasty fashion by Grant), lookout, and lama.

    They attempted to interject a little personal interaction for this one, and it just didn't work. Grant knows that Su Lin is a ruthless terrorist, willing to slaughter anyone who gets in her way. It's hard to believe that he would allow himself to feel anything for her, and the scene of him grieving over her corpse when he should have been hustling out of there was hard to swallow.

    (In the previous week's trailer for this episode, they showed Nicholas and Max standing in a little alleyway, with Nicholas yelling, "Grant, get out of there, do you hear me?" In the actual scene, it was Max who called to Grant, although Nicholas was standing with his own transmitter up to his mouth.)

    It was fun to watch Grant playing around with the videotape they had of Su Lin, adjusting her mouth movements and shuffling her words around to create quite a different statement. I liked the fact that they didn't make it go too easily--Grant had to run it over and over until it ran smoothly.

    This episode came down to just the nick of time--and none of the team really reacted to the knowledge that they might all get blown to Kingdom Come.

    The closing bit was way, way too blatant--the whole team literally comes together and strikes a pose.moreless
  • My Least favorite

    This episode bores me to tears.There was a lot of action granted but it just bored me to death.I couldn't stand the plot or the writing.If the plot had been better written I might have liked it more.As it was it had some good points.But all in all it really was boring.
Phil Morris

Phil Morris

Grant Collier

Peter Graves

Peter Graves

Jim Phelps

Jane Badler

Jane Badler

Shannon Reed (1989-90)

Antony Hamilton

Antony Hamilton

Max Harte

Thaao Penghlis

Thaao Penghlis

Nicholas Black

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson

IMF Voice on Disc (uncredited)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • After Grant and Su Lin steal Nicholas' van, an overhead shot shows them arriving at an alley large enough for the van to pass through and the van stops far away from the entrance. Then the scene switches to a ground shot from inside the alley which is now much narrower and the van is directly in front of the entrance. The following overhead shot now shows the van at a narrow alley--not the same one shown before.

    • Trivia: Variant tape sequence: Jim trades signs and counter-signs with a mime.

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