Mission: Impossible

Season 6 Episode 4


Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Oct 09, 1971 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Alex Pierson, a rising Syndicate member, has recruited Dr. Burke, a psychopathic behavioral psychologist who has developed a way to program men into killers. Pierson lures in underworld criminals with an offer of plastic surgery and turns them over to Burke, who programs them to kill Pierson's targets three times then kill themselves. Barney infiltrates as a crook on the run but when he fails to dose himself with a counter-drug, he is converted into a psychotic killer as well. They lose contact with Barney - Jim plants evidence on Burke making him look like he's turning against Pierson and another IMF agent made up to look like Barney goes after but fails to kill Pierson before fake-killing himself. Pierson confronts Burke while Jim gets the info on Barney's location out of Burke's assistant, and Willy stops the tech expert from killing his target in the nick of time.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Pierson has been led to believe that Dr. Burke programmed Barney to kill Pierson instead of the established target. He goes to Burke's lab and insists on examining the programming materials. At this point, Burke should have told Pierson that it was too late, because his assistant had already destroyed the slides and the mask. He should have been shocked to find that there was any evidence in the lab, not just faked evidence.

      • Burke's lab is hidden in a large laundry - the truck says "Superior Linen Company" but in one shot you can see the location laundry's real name - "American Linen Supply" - on a billboard behind the truck saying "Superior."

      • Jim tells Casey to make a mask "of" Teague, when he means for her to make a mask "for" Teague (of Barney).

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    • NOTES (1)

      • The premise of this episode--unwitting men programmed to kill and then commit suicide--would be reused (with a few variations) on the remake of the series in the episode "The Assassin".

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