Mission: Impossible

Season 3 Episode 2

The Contenders (1)

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Oct 06, 1968 on CBS
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The Contenders (1)
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Mobster Charles Buckman is attempting to gain a stranglehold on all professional and amateur sports. If successful, the U.S. will be discredited in the world athletic community. Buckman is working with Syndicate man Dan Whelan and taking a share of his profits. The IMF must train Barney as a fighter and have him fight his way to the top of Buckman's organization.moreless

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  • Two-parters = too much padding

    4.5
    Like "The Slave" and "The Syndicate," "The Contenders" suffers from expansion to two episodes instead of telling a tight story in one. Maybe the payoff in Part 2 is better, but in Part 1 we're treated to an endless montage of Barney in training as Rollin plays the Burgess Meredith to his Stallone.



    It's too bad, because there's some good guest work here. Sugar Ray Robinson is a nice choice as the assassin of the syndicate...watch his smile after he shoves a man down an elevator shaft. John Dehner is great as the mob boss working with the fixer, and Robert Conrad pops up, practically playing himself, as Barney's sparring partner.



    If some of the training had been deleted, this could have been a one hour story. Still, the cliffhanger is nice and after all of this practice, the bout in Part 2 should at least be well choreographed.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)

Ron Randell

Ron Randell

Charles Buckman

Guest Star

John Dehner

John Dehner

Dan Whelan

Guest Star

Robert Phillips (I)

Robert Phillips (I)

Ernie Staczek

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Trivia: We find out that besides Barney's many educational accomplishments, he was the Sixth Fleet boxing champion.

    • Trivia: Jim simply tosses the briefing tape over the side of a boat into the water.

    • Vince goes to get the cigars for Whalen. Jim is forced to hide in the ceiling pipes when he goes out to the car through the tunnel. But Vince says he goes through the tunnel every time he goes back and forth. We never see him come back, which would have forced Jim to interrupt his sabotage a second time and hide again.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Actors appearing in only one part or another of the two-parter are credited for both parts.

    • Wild Wild West fans will recognize several familiar faces here. Not only does Robert Conrad have a brief part, but he brings along his team of friends and stuntmen from WWW, which include Robert Phillips, Red West, and Tommy Huff, all of who are visible on-screen.

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