Mission: Impossible

Season 1 Episode 3

Operation Rogosh

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Oct 01, 1966 on CBS
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Imry Rogosh is a mass murderer who kills to forment political upheaval. He is targeting Los Angeles, so the IMF knock him out in a car accident. When Rogosh "wakes up" he is in a cell in a prison in his own country, three years later, and ready to be executed as an American agent. To "prove" his loyalty to the cause, Rogosh has to spill the information on his secret operation during a mock trial, or be executed as a traitor.moreless

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  • A great first example of a typical IMF deception.

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    This episode is the first in a long line of MI episodes where the IMF fake their target into thinking they are in a completely different time and place. The goal is to trick the hard-minded target into willingly surrendering whatever information the IMF wants out of them. Other notable episodes where the IMF uses a similar tactic include "The Train", "Shock", "Echo of Yesterday", "The Photographer", and "Two Thousand." This episode "Operation Rogosh" begins the tradition with the IMF making Rogosh believe he has travelled three years into the future and is standing trial to test his loyalty to his eastern European country. The various interactions with Rogosh show the IMF's various attempts to manipulate him into telling them how he will carry out the massive attack on Los Angeles. In this episode, we get to see all the IMF agents play a nice acting role Cinnamon plays the Rogosh's weepy and delirious secretary. Dan Briggs plays an incompetent lawyer who builds Rogosh up into thinking he has no choice but to prove his loyalty to his country and tell the tribunal about his plans. Barney plays a student agitator from Jamaica who riskily mentions how thousands were harmed in the supposed attack. Barney makes Rogosh believe that his plan was a success...a big success, probably a boost to Rogosh's ego and his defense case. We see Rollin play the prosecutor who knows and sorta even is chummy with Rogosh. Willy doesn't get an acting role, but he does deftly deliver a timely karate chop to prevent Rogosh from getting shot.



    In the courtroom scene, you can see all the IMF agents continue feeding the right information to bait the hook for Rogosh to bite and reveal his plans. All along, we see Dan running the whole show. With subtle glances and gestures, he orchestrates the entire farcical tribunal to get Rogosh to admit to the locations of three of his bacterialogical attacks. The team knew exactly how to egg Rogosh on. Notice how Rollin and the judge woman even try to silence Rogosh when he's telling them the secret locations. Their attempts to silence him make him even more resolved to tell them more details. This is exactly the kind of psychology that the IMF does well. However, the plot is not without a twist: Rogosh discovers the trickery before the IMF has all the information they need. The instant he sees the tag under the chair indicating the chair was a rental from a Los Angeles company, he puts everything together and realizes this whole thing is a lie. He is a criminal worthy of the IMF. He's clever, he's observant, and he never misses a beat. He even is savvy enough to realize that Dan is the mastermind behind all this. And we get to see one of Dan Brigg's greatest moments: slugging Rogosh. Not only was it to prevent Rogosh from escaping, but we can tell that Dan was personally offended by the failure of the deception. He lives for the IMF. He takes pride in the IMF and cares about its missions deeply. He wants the missions to succeed.



    In the penultimate scene, the IMF, having tried their elegant deception, now use brute force to get the last location of the attack. Rogosh awakens in a hermetically sealed room with his own bacteria cultures ready to be released on him. He knows all too well the "virulence" of the bacteria and the painful death it would deliver. By the end of the 15 seconds, he is shouting the information the IMF wants. The IMF actually wait until he shouts it twice, just to make sure he's serious about it. The use of the tick-tock from the metronome adds to the suspense. The last scene is a bit odd. Why didn't they nab the other bad guys when Rogosh was released? At any rate, when Rogosh steps into the car with his colleages, the only thing he can say is "They tricked me!" over and over again. This shows us the IMF did their job well. As Rogosh drives away, the closing line between Dan and Barney is great. Barney asks Dan why they let such an awful man like Rogosh live. Dan says they didn't, intimating that he would be killed by his colleagues. Dan knows everything, it's all planned out. He is definitely the mastermind behind the IMF mission. A great episode. A great first example of an IMF deception.moreless
Barbara Bain

Barbara Bain

Cinnamon Carter

Greg Morris

Greg Morris

Barney Collier

Peter Lupus

Peter Lupus

Willy Armitage

Martin Landau

Martin Landau

Rollin Hand

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson

IMF Voice on Tape (uncredited)

Steven Hill

Steven Hill

Daniel Briggs

Fritz Weaver

Fritz Weaver

Imry Rogosh

Guest Star

Allan Joseph

Allan Joseph

Dr. Ira Green, M.D.

Guest Star

Charles Maxwell

Charles Maxwell

Lazloff

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The episode features an abbreviated dossier scene, and no pre-mission briefing.

    • Dan disposes of the tape in an incinerator.

    • When Rogosh first finds himself in the cell, he attempts to pull himself up to the window using the chains on the wall, and fails. He then takes apart the bed and uses the metal mattress frame as a ladder. There are several ensuing clips showing the bed still dismantled. A later scene, however, shows that Rogosh has put the bed back together. He hears a pounding sound outside, stands up, then reaches casually upward and the next moment is up at the window, watching them building the gallows. Still later, we see Rogosh standing on the bed frame as he watches "Colonel Klimi" being escorted across the courtyard.

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