Mission: Impossible

Season 1 Episode 2

Memory

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Sep 24, 1966 on CBS
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The IMF must undermine "the Butcher of the Balkans," Janos Karq, by having his head of security capture an agent, Sparrow, who will then incriminate Karq. To pull off the ruse, they need a memory expert, Baresh, who can memorize the necessary information in the short time allowed and pretend to be Sparrow. Baresh will later be traded back. However, during a faked "rescue" to make Sparrow look more convincing, Baresh gets a look at Soska's master list of agents, and the team must rescue him from the prison immediately to get the information.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Steven Hill

    Steven Hill

    Daniel Briggs

    Barbara Bain

    Barbara Bain

    Cinnamon Carter

    Greg Morris

    Greg Morris

    Barney Collier

    Martin Landau

    Martin Landau

    Rollin Hand

    Peter Lupus

    Peter Lupus

    Willy Armitage

    Bob Johnson

    Bob Johnson

    IMF Voice on Tape (uncredited)

    Albert Paulsen

    Albert Paulsen

    Joseph Baresh

    Guest Star

    Leonard Stone

    Leonard Stone

    Dimitri Soska

    Guest Star

    Eddie Carroll

    Eddie Carroll

    Street Photographer

    Guest Star

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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • While packing the equipment to go into the projectile, Barney dictates an accompanying note for Baresh, which is typed by Cinnamon. Problem is, the note is typed exactly as we, the audience, hear it, skipping vital information about the contents that Barney must have spoken after the camera cut to the next scene, and picking up where the camera cuts back to Barney. The finished note reads: "Joseph, follow these instructions precisely. Inside this projectile.. .work up rage...." which should have been utterly confusing to Baresh.

      • Trivia: On-screen dialogue establishes that Willy was almost certainly born in Indiana.

      • Trivia: Instead of a taped message, Briggs is handed a card on the street with a short mission briefing on it, which he then destroys.

      • When Briggs looks at Willy's picture at the beginning of the episode, he tosses it onto the discarded pile even though Willy is used on this mission. After Briggs looks at Rollin's photo, Willy's picture is now in the accepted pile. Also, after Rollin's photo there is a man without glasses whom Briggs rejects. After accepting Baresh's picture, there is photo of a man wearing glasses on the reject pile we didn't see before.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • (after distracting two policemen while shooting their film clip)
        Dan: Keep it rolling, Barney. We can splice Cinnamon out.
        Cinnamon: Oh, my big scene.
        Dan: Sorry.
        Cinnamon: You waited two buttons longer than you had to. (refers to her mock striptease)

      • Dan: Coastline's only four hundred yards. Boat's waiting... how was it?
        Baresh: ...I forget.

      • Cinnamon: Will there be any flames?
        Barney: (rigging a smoke bomb) Yes. An affluence of carbonaceous opaque material.
        Cinnamon: Thanks.
        Barney: A lot of smoke.
        Cinnamon: Nobody likes that.
        Barney: Sorry…

      • Willy: In Indiana, fire engine red was, I don't know… redder.
        Dan: You were ten years old in Indiana, Willy. At ten everything is more so.

      • Dan: How much juice in that fence?
        Barney: Enough. You can't get deader then dead.

    • NOTES (3)

      • When GoodTimes Home Video released this episode on VHS in the mid-1990s, they titled it "Butcher of Balkins," which is wrong in multiple ways. Aside from the fact that the title is actually "Memory", this phrase, the nickname of the IMF's target, would be properly rendered "The Butcher of the Balkans." Unlike all other video releases of Mission: Impossible (the Columbia Home Video Library VHS subscription, "The Best of Mission: Impossible" in 12 VHS volumes from Paramount Home Video, and the current DVD season-by-season box sets), this included "bumpers" and the preview of the "next" episode ("Operation Rogosh").

      • Injoke: Willy shares the same birthplace as the actor who plays him: Indiana.

      • Rollin Hand makes a "special guest appearance" in this episode to assist the IMF.

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