Mission: Impossible

Season 1 Episode 11

The Greek

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 11, 1989 on ABC
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Episode Summary

The Greek
Jim and Grant must get close to a Greek billionnaire who runs a black market drug ring, and turn his partners against him.

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  • This episode was moderately interesting to watch, but not one of my favorites.

    It was a rather disquieting episode because it's clear from the start that the team intends the mission to end in a violent climax. They needed to portray the villains as being more overtly evil. They did try: we see Colannades casually murder a hapless bystander (who turns out to be an IMF agent). However, it's never explained just how Colonnades knew that the man was a danger. Later, Nicholas is shown in a boat near the yacht, openly holding a listening device, and no one pays any attention to him. When Phelps activates his mission disc, he is shown scenes of sick and starving people, representative of those who are being deprived of needed medicines by Colonnades and his network. There was no real reason for the disc to include those scenes--the message only needs to include basic facts. This was very obviously a way to show the audience that yes, these people are evil and deserve everything the IMF is going to throw at them.

    Nicholas Hammond's portrayal of Woodward (quite a departure after seeing him as Spiderman!) came across as obnoxious rather than evil--he comes to the meeting with a massive chip on his shoulder that's never explained. And there is a scene where this "chip" inexplicably vanishes for a brief moment. The whole group is onshore for a bit of R and R--but Woodward is only there because Colonnades insisted on it. He's very sullen and resentful. Colonnades, Grant, Patterson and Alvarado are up dancing. Phelps beckons Serena over to sit beside Woodward. Moments later Woodward is cheerful, relaxed and smiling. Serena's a pretty girl, but that's awfully fast work! Moments later, all the sullenness and hostility is back.

    Patterson and Alvarado, apart from being dastardly drug smugglers, are so bland as to be practically invisible.

    There are good things in this episode--it was fun watching them carefully setting things up. Nicholas and Casey working out a recording that was altered to sound like Serena's voice. (Notice that Casey was reading off her lines, but when she came to "...a man like you." she turned and was looking straight at Nicholas!) Max wrapping a forty-foot fishing net around the propeller of the yacht was a beautifully simple and completely effective trick to delay the yacht's departure. Grant did an excellent job as the new supplier, going smoothly from a cheerful, smiling "clown" to a cold and ruthless villain. His being forced to hide in the hot tub provided a nice bit of humor. The scenes with Nicholas and Woodward were well done, and I lost any sympathy I might have had for Woodward when he deliberately shoved Nicholas out into what he thought was the line of fire.

    The final confrontation moved steadly toward its inevitable conclusion, with Grant and Jim making a logical excuse for getting out of the way. Nicholas, who was not even there on board the yacht, timed the ending pretty nicely.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)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • During the R&R scene on shore, after Serena has finished her song, she walks past Phelps and Woodward, who are standing and applauding. She coyly asks how she did, and the next instant Phelps and Woodward are seated.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Woodward: Look, I liked it the way it was before. You guys didn't know my face, and I didn't know yours.
      Colonnades: I built a very efficient organization, Mr. Woodward, of which you are all a part. I thought we should all meet our new supplier of drugs and medical supplies after the unfortunate demise of Mr. Saloud's predecessor.
      Grant: Demise? That certainly covers it. It would be hard not to demise with your head in a cement block at the bottom of the ocean!

    • Jim: Shakespeare once said, "In union, there's strength." At least I think it was Shakespeare.
      Patterson: Yeah, well, I don't give a damn if it was Charlie Chaplin. He was right.

    • Woodward: We'll take it all, Lawrence and me, and you deal with us alone, right?
      Grant: My friend, money is money. I don't care where it comes from, and I don't care what color it is, so long as it's good.

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