Mission: Impossible

Season 2 Episode 7

Operation "Heart"

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Oct 22, 1967 on CBS
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Operation "Heart"
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Professor Bennett is an archaeologist who is caught up in political coup by Gomalk, the Chief of Security Police. The coup is aimed at President Rurich. Bennett was accidentally arrested and interrogated, inducing a heart attack. The team must both rescue Bennett and prevent the coup. The IMF stage an assassination, spoiling Gomalk's own intended assassination. Cinnamon, impersonating Bennett's husband, tries to frame Bennett so that President Rurich believes he is an American agent.moreless

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  • It's not enough to just pull off a rescue this week for the IMF.

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    It's really two impossible missions in one in "Operation Heart," as Jim and Company must rescue an ill American archeologist and defuse a coup against a friendly president. What's neat about this con is the team tries to prove that the innocent archeologist really is an American agent.



    In many episodes, the bad guys never catch wise to the plan until it's far too late, but in this one, the duplicitous conspirator begins to smell a rat pretty early in the game. He knows that Bennett isn't a spy, and so he's immediately suspicious of all of the "evidence" that seems to indicate otherwise. His face at the end of the episode when "Bennett's" (aka Rollin's) dying confession is delivered is great. It's refreshing to see an antagonist who almost outthinks the team, rather than simply being caught totally unawares.



    Rollin gets three disguises this week, and the best is also the briefest - his angry elderly hospital patient who demands a private room. Jim takes one for the team, literally, courtesy of a bullet through the shoulder. Though the medical scenes are a little hokey to watch now, the plan itself, involving a bomb scare in the hospital, is well executed, and it makes for an engaging episode.moreless
Peter Graves

Peter Graves

James Phelps

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)

Pernell Roberts

Pernell Roberts

President Beyron Rurich

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Michael Strong

Michael Strong

Stephan Gomalk

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Michael Fox

Michael Fox

Dr. Leyva

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