Mission: Impossible

Season 5 Episode 4

Homecoming

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Oct 10, 1970 on CBS
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When Jim returns to his hometown of Norville to donate family property to the community, he finds it plagued by a serial killer. Jim secretly brings in Barney to help investigate. A disturbed Vietnam vet is the suspected killer but Jim and Barney figure out he's innocent and get him out of jail one step ahead of a mob, then call in the rest of the IMF team to find the real killer.moreless

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  • This is...Mission: Impossible?

    6.5
    If there's another series this episode will remind you of, it's the classic whodunnit "Murder: She Wrote" which premiered in households a decade and-a-half later. The elements are all here, including obvious red-herring suspects (everyone suddenly wears the same thick glasses), the largely ineffectual police force, and local folk ready to point fingers at any weirdo who crosses their eye. Much of this is Jim's episode, and you wish they'd stuck to Gellar's rule of minimizing character development, as you get some cheesy moments of Jim reflecting on his childhood (one of which randomly helps Jim deduce the identity of the killer). There's not much IMF action going on here, as if outsmarting a local sheriff would take a crack team of specialists to pull off. Look for Loretta Swit in a pre-M*A*S*H appearance as the local bartender. Worth watching once, but this one deviates a bit too far from the usual IMF setup to get much replay.moreless
Jacqueline Scott

Jacqueline Scott

Cynthia Owens

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Joe Maross

Joe Maross

Sheriff Brad Owens

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Fred Beir

Fred Beir

Joe Keith

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    • Trivia: In the opening scene where Jim Phelps' home town friend Connie Hastings' car gets a flat and subsequently chased by the town's Vietnam veteran suffering from post war syndrome the state road sign is clearly visible. This episode takes place in the fictional town of Norville in Norville County. No state is mentioned, yet one can see the California state road sign as Highway 23 which runs from Malibu in LA county to Moorpark in Ventura county California

    • It's never explained why Paris stages the scene with Dana and attacks Keith. If they believe Keith is the killer, he's killed other women without their boyfriends having fights. If they think the killer is someone else, there's no reason to stage the fight either.

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