Mission: Impossible

Season 7 Episode 1

Break!

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Sep 16, 1972 on CBS
7.1
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The IMF must recover the corpse of an undercover agent and the watch he wears that has incriminating evidence on a major Syndicate boss.

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  • A sequence that almost revolves around Peter Graves Jim Phelps alias character and player skill.

    1.5
    What started in Season 6, so it goes in season seventh Most of the episodes, like this one also turn now only to the crime syndicate and for contracts that are "outside of the police power of influence". I personally found this episode very boring. Is this all just about the pool game that will play Jim. Sure, there were already some very successful previous gambling episodes, including eg "The Emerald" and "The Merchant, " but here seems the idea of an impact on a game of chance to make out sucks. The new woman on the team, Barbara Anderson does, however, very good, which in later episodes even more striking than here. It was used as Lynda Day George at the time of filming was pregnant, but it has shown in several episodes this season even played. The real game in the episode would have been 5 minutes already been shown and that is the problem with this episode, she takes too long and the story is simply too thin.moreless
Peter Graves

Peter Graves

James Phelps

Greg Morris

Greg Morris

Barney Collier

Peter Lupus

Peter Lupus

Willy Armitage

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson

IMF Voice on Tape (uncredited)

Carl Betz

Carl Betz

Dutch Krebbs

Guest Star

Med Flory

Med Flory

Fred Stenrock, aka Toledo

Guest Star

Francine York

Francine York

Waitress

Guest Star

Barbara Anderson

Barbara Anderson

Mimi Davis

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The two times that we see IMF agents rig the pool balls, they take out a single bottle and spray the balls. However, despite the relatively simple procedure, somehow Barney is able to determine the numbers of all fifteen balls in play.

    • Sharkey conveniently assumes that Press and Barney are telling the truth and can rig the game in Stick's favor. However, they present him with no evidence or demonstration, and Sharkey knows that Press works for his rival. The mobster gambles over $30,000 on the word of a stranger and his rival's lieutenant.

    • Barney states during the briefing that he can only give Jim a 5% edge. However, when Jim scratches, the cue ball goes wide by much more than 5%. Jim has no indication of when Barney was going to make him scratch, and it seems impossible they could have agreed upon a pre-determined time beforehand given the vagaries of the game. Nor does Barney cue Jim in that he's making him scratch. Later, Barney sabotages Stick's shot the same way.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Mimi: How does this work?
      Barney: This is an inertial guidance system, Mimi. Same kind that's used to keep missiles on course. Our missile, one cue ball.

    • Jim: Mimi, I want to warn you, this is going to be dangerous. You've been a great help already. You can back out now, no questions asked.
      Mimi: Thanks for caring, Jim. But I care, too. And I want to see Krebs and Press Allen put away for good.

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