Mission: Impossible

Season 6 Episode 17


Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Jan 15, 1972 on CBS
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Emil Gadsen has controlled the Syndicate's vice operation in the Northeast U.S. - now he plans to flee the country to avoid an indictment, leading his underling Thor Coffin in charge. Gadsen has a list of officials he pays off that he'll be taking with him - the IMF must get the list. Barney plays a psychic who visits believer Gadsen and warns of someone coming who is "closer then a brother" (although Gadsen has no brother), then drugs Gadsen to react in pain to someone showing him the Death tarot card. Then Gadsen and his son Tony meet "Professor Gadaradz," who is Gadsen's lookalike (actually IMF guest-agent Scott). When Gadaradz has a heart attack, the IMF show Gadsen a Death card and he feels sympathetic pains. Barney convinces Gadsen that Coffin kidnapped and is now torturing Gadaradz - Gadsen breaks into Coffin's estate where Willy has snuck in and is fake-torturing Gadaradz. When Gadaradz "dies," and Gadsen collapses in pain, he gives the list (hidden in his watch) to his son Tony, and the IMF arrest them all.moreless

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  • The IMF has to get a list from Gadsen, but does it the hard way.

    I realize that the idea of Mission: Impossible is to keep us in suspense for an hour or so, but this episode is a stretch. The premise is fine—the IMF has created far more outlandish tricks—but the way it is executed is poor. Case in point: when Barney resorts to hypnotic drugs and hypnotism to “program” Gadsen, why doesn’t he simply ask him for the list then and there? ‘You are feeling sleepy. Give me the list.’ Coffin and his associates would likely have been brought down as well, lacking the means to use the people on his list. The dubbing seems a bit off, too: when the IMF agent has his rubber mask on in the van, finishing his acting gig as Prof Galarasz (a corruption of Gellerese?), his voice is obviously looped.

    Great acting, as usual, but not up to the Graves-and-Landaus years in terms of polish.moreless

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