Mission: Impossible

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

1
Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Sep 17, 1966 on CBS

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  • Trivia

    • Trivia: The IMF voice notes at the end of the briefing "I hope it's welcome back, Dan. It's been a while." implying that Briggs has been away. This comment, and any other background on Briggs, is never explained.

    • Dominguez hooking up the warheads to the lock on their case and set to detonate seems like overkill. The presence of the warheads is supposed to be a secret, so any prospective thieves wouldn't be deterred by the threat of a nuclear explosion. So if someone tries to open the case and fails... they'd destroy a good part of Santa Costa. Why Dominguez would risk his death and the destruction of his country isn't clear.

    • There was something that Dan apparently did not take into account when he laid his plans. In the original scenario, the 120-pound Terry Targo was expected to heave two two-hundred pound warheads from their cases to the suitcases. Dan had a hard enough time shifting them himself, and Terry gave no indication of being exceptionally strong.

    • When Terry Targo gets his fingers slammed into the door and thus breaking them, if you pause the DVD and play the sequence frame by frame you can see the actor, Wally Cox, actually holding the fake hands by their "wrists" when the door opens slightly after the door hits his "fingers."

  • Quotes

    • Recorded Voice: Good morning, Mr. Briggs. General Rio Dominguez, the dictator of Santa Costa, makes his headquarters in the Hotel Nacionale. We've learned that two nuclear warheads furnished to Santa Costa by an enemy power are contained in the hotel vault. Their use is imminent. Mr. Briggs, your mission, should you decide to accept it, would be to remove both nuclear devices from Santa Costa. As always, you have carte blanche as to method and personnel, but of course should you or any member of your IM Force be caught or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. As usual, this recording will decompose one minute after the breaking of the seal. I hope it's "welcome back," Dan. It's been a while.

    • Cinnamon: My job's only doing what comes naturally.

    • Rollin: You know, uh, Dominguez has quite a reputation as a ladies' man, and, uh, as long as you're spending an hour here... why not help me develop my characterization?
      Cinnamon: We'll spend the hour rehearsing. I found Dominguez's speech. You may have to deliver it if Barney drops a transistor or something.

    • Rollin: How am I doing?
      Cinnamon: Terrible. Fine. Say, do you do Jimmy Cagney?
      Rollin: Ho ho. Not funny.

    • (Cinnamon has provided a distraction by wearing only a towel)
      Rollin: Cinnamon... a gorgeous performance.
      Cinnamon: You think so? (indicating the hostage guards in the bedroom) You should have seen it from those seats.

    • General Dominguez: What use is all this? I will never give you any information. But if you forget your plan... I will give you amnesty. And my personal guarantee that the warheads will not be used against your country.
      Briggs: Oh, I'll give you the same guarantee, General. You read my meaning? Those things might go off, but it won't be in my country.

    • (Dan threatens to randomly open the color-coded explosive lock)
      General Dominguez: Are you insane?
      Briggs: You leave me no choice, General.
      General Dominguez: Your chances are one in a thousand.
      Briggs: Our chances are by random choice. But I won't just guess. I think the code is your national colors--green, white and blue. Right, General? (When the General fails to indicate one way or the other, Dan starts to turn the first color wheel)
      General Dominguez: No! Not green.
      Briggs: Red, white and blue? General, you not only have sense, you have a sense of the ironic.

    • (Terry is forced to take Rollin's place of the old man in the wheelchair)
      Terry: Now this will never work!
      Cinnamon: Yes it will. Remember what Dan said. People don't look at a crippled old man. They look away.
      Terry: Yeah, but, no one looks less like Rollin than I do.
      Cinnamon: Terry, I'll be wheeling you out. If anyone looks at you, I'll quit the sisterhood of women!

  • Notes

    • Martin Landau is listed here as a Guest Star. He will go on to be listed as Special Guest Star and Special Appearance by throughout the first season. This was due to Martin Landau's unwillingness to contractually commit to a starring role in the series in the first year, although for all practical purposes he was a show star and in fact appeared in more episodes than Steven Hill.

    • Fittingly, the first photo Briggs takes out of the IMF portfolio is of series creator Bruce Geller.

    • In the original pilot script the character of Rollin Hand (played by Martin Landau) was named Martin Land.

    • Filming location: Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, CA

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