Mission: Impossible

Season 1 Episode 12

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 18, 1989 on ABC
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A team member is killed on solo assignment against the wife of a mentally-weak exiled dictator, and the others resolve to bring them both to justice.

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  • This would have been a good, "ordinary" episode, but the jolt of having a team member die makes it stand out.

    8.5
    I can still remember the upcoming trailer for this; "a mission so deadly that one team member does not come home." Of course, they gave no hint as to who it would be, and I was terribly worried that it would end up being Nicholas. It doesn't sound nice to say, but I was relieved when they showed right away that it was going to be Casey.



    Barbara Luna looked as though she had a marvelous time with this role. I watched the old "Mission" episode "Elena" the same night that I re-watched this. Even allowing for good make up work and camera angles, she still has aged with remarkable grace.



    I found it amusing that Max ended up with the "Cinnamon role" of sexual lure. Grant and Nicholas seemed to find it funny, too. I was surprised that neither of them made a comment.



    It was rather curious that Shannon was not introduced to the team at Jim's apartment. I wonder if they were trying to put off the sense of her coming in and taking over? Of course, other "guest agents", like Kieron Taylor and Dr. Nicholai, were brought in after the initial "mission meeting."



    I also wonder why no one questioned why it was taking Casey so long to join up with them after they arrived and got themselves established. I did like how Jim reacted to the sudden news of her death. He was thunderstruck, but as a good leader, he didn't want the others to suffer the shock until he confirmed that it was true. Interestingly, it was the newbie Shannon who noticed that something was bothering Jim, although he denied it. (It seems to me that no one ever asks "Are you all right?" unless they already know that the answer is "no", yet the person asked almost invariably responds with "Oh, yes, I'm fine.")



    Shannon also tactfully held herself back a bit while the others reacted to the news. Max seemed to take it the hardest, feeling that he would not be able to cover up his anger enough to deal properly with Emelia. Jim, of course, pepped him up with a "We're counting on you" speech. It was true enough--they needed to distract Emelia and they needed someone who could wander freely around the house.



    One of Grant's gadgets would be used again later: the glasses with a liquid-crystal screen on the right lens that would show Nicholas messages from Grant's ubiquitous laptop. His theory about raising former images on videotape might not be workable, but he sure made it sound plausible.



    Nicholas did a great job (as usual) playing the cynical, "hungry" actor who was to impersonate Luis. His bouts of temperament were well done: "I don't need this, you know. I almost had a series in Los Angelos." "Look, I am not a performing seal!" as well as his ruffled dignity when Emelia "presumed" that he did have a bank account: "I'm not a pauper." He also did fine when it came to the actual impersonation, although I do wonder where he came up with the phrase "Don't stand there like a stunned porpoise!" When Grant was delayed getting into the computer, Nicholas was forced to stall with the bank officer, and his outrage when Crothers wanted to go over his head to Emelia was great. By necessity, he had to take it slow when reciting the list of assets that came onto his lens, but it sounded appropriate coming from a man who was ill.



    It was a shame that Nicholas could not be there for the final confrontation. Jim's rage almost overmastered him...but not quite, and then again, he had to pull himself together as they looked at the videotape. Grant was grimly satisfied that they had gotten the proof that they needed. His comment "You're going down," sounded a little trite, but he deserved the chance to rub it in. Barbara Luna's final scene was excellent, as a woman whose life and future have just been jerked out from under her. Her abrupt drop into delusion might indicate that her grasp on reality had not been too much stronger than her husband's.moreless
Phil Morris

Phil Morris

Grant Collier

Peter Graves

Peter Graves

Jim Phelps

Antony Hamilton

Antony Hamilton

Max Harte

Terry Markwell

Terry Markwell

Casey Randall (1988-89)

Thaao Penghlis

Thaao Penghlis

Nicholas Black

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson

IMF Voice on Disc (uncredited)

Barbara Luna

Barbara Luna

Emelia Berezan

Guest Star

Michael Pate

Michael Pate

Luis Berezan

Guest Star

Noel Trevarthen

Noel Trevarthen

Mr. Crothers

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • At the end of the episode, we see a computerized "agent biography" of Casey. It includes the following: "Husband. (Randall) Deceased." However, in the first episode it was stated that she joined IMF after her fiance was killed in a terrorist bombing, not her husband.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Max: Hey, you're Emelia Berezan. I've seen you on TV.
      Emelia: Oh I look dreadful on TV. I hope I'm better in the flesh.
      Max: I'm sure you are, Mrs Berezan.

    • Jim: (to the team after Casey's death) I know how you all feel. She was like a daughter to me. We will nail whoever did this, that's a promise.

    • Max: What'd you do, buy out the whole store?
      Emelia: When I see something I want, I buy it.
      Max: Well, maybe you can't just buy everything.
      Emelia: Everything has its price.

    • Emelia: My husband has two interests in life: old movies... and sitting in his room manipulating his investments. The only thing he has turned on in a year has been his computer. And it takes him one hour to do that.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Character Casey Randall is killed off in the opening teaser of the episode, apparently because actress Terry Markwell was dissatisfied with the lack of screen-time her character was getting. This marks the first time a member of Phelps' team dies in either this or the original series.

    • Barbara Luna who portrays the villainess in this episode previously appeared in two other episodes from the original 1960s Mission: Impossible series. Her appearances were both as two different IMF agents. Her first appearance was in the Season 1 episode entitled "Elena" as the title character. Her second appearance was in Season 4 in the episode entitled "Time Bomb" as an agent selected by Jim Phelps to assist in his mission.

    • This episode shares a number of elements with an original M:I episode, "The Elixir". Both feature a vain, Eva Peron-ish woman conspiring to obtain power, and in both a fake broadcast is an important plot element.

    • The episode ends with Casey Randall's file status being updated to "Disavowed" and "Deceased", followed by a group shot of her and the other four team members.

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