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Mission: Impossible

Season 5 Episode 3

The Innocent

Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Oct 03, 1970 on CBS
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In the Middle East, Willy and Barney infiltrate a chemical plant to gain access to Dehominant-B, a quick-acting lethal gas. Barney is exposed to Dehominant-A while trying to get to the computer and crippled - Willy escapes and Barney is captured. Barney is interrogated and only has four hours to live. The team find out that Dr. Jerry Carlin, a dropout, is the only other person with the skills to access the computer. When Carlin rejects the team's appeal for help, Doug and Paris frame Carlin's girlfriend and threaten to keep her in jail unless he helps them.


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  • Barney is exposed to the chemical the IMF is trying to eliminate and the mission must be reinvented and Barney saved if possible. An outsider with computer knowledge must be "convinced" to join the project.moreless

    This episode departs from the standard fare. It begins in the middle of an operation, which goes bad due to Willy's clumsiness. Jim must reinvent the plan, but needs a new computer expert. He is directed to a dropout hippie, who refuses to help until his girlfriend's freedom is put at issue, by Paris masquerading as a bad guy. The episode puts into question what it is our IMF does and whether it is good and appropriate to jump in and help. Are our guys really the good guys? The answer that the show gives is, "yes," through the eyes of the hippie, who ultimately learns that Paris is indeed one of us and that what the IMF is doing is necessary.

    This introspection works, mostly because the show moves quickly and is entertaining all by itself.moreless
Sam Elliott

Sam Elliott

Dr. Doug Robert

Guest Star

Christopher Connelly

Christopher Connelly

Dr. Jerome Carlin

Guest Star

Robert Ellenstein

Robert Ellenstein

Dr. M. Vazan

Guest Star

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