Mission: Impossible

Season 2 Episode 15

The Photographer

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Dec 17, 1967 on CBS
8.6
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The Photographer
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The team must get the key to a code from an American traitor before the country he works for distributes pneumonic plague bacillus throughout the U.S.

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  • Most sophisticated plot so far.

    9.0
    This is another fine example of how Mission Impossible improved season after season, episode after episode. Just a bit past the middle of Season Two, this plot shows lots of innovative plotting by the MI crew to foil the bad guys. The bad guys, on the other hand, were pretty clever themselves, and it is not until the last few minutes that the viewers are treated to the solution to the bad guys' code. For those of us who have only read of them, it is lots of fun getting a peek inside a fallout shelter where the bad guys do most of their dastardly deeds.moreless
  • Anthony Zerbe as an evil, enemy agent version of Austin Powers.

    8.8
    Go-to villain character actor Anthony Zerbe plays the IMF's target of the week; Zerbe is an enemy agent who uses the cover of a swinging fashion photographer. Yes, he's the Evil Austin Powers.



    Cinammon's background/cover in modeling is put to good use here when she poses as a model turned government biochemist(!) to lure Zerbe into a photoshoot and a chance to steal some top secret info. The hour really belongs to Jim (posing as Cinammon's husband) and Cinammon as they go toe-to-toe with Zerbe and his henchman. Barbara Bain is given the bulk of the material and she runs with it, turning in one of her better performances.



    The "fake-out" is one of the best the team has done. Luring Zerbe into his secret bunker, the team convinces him that a nuclear strike has occured. It's all a big set-up to figure out the code system for his communiques with his handlers and it works perfectly. The expression on Zerbe's face when he emerges from the bunker at the end is awesome.



    Good villain, good scheme...not a lot of Barney, Willy and (surprisingly) Rollin this week, but it's a solid episode nonetheless.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)

Anthony Zerbe

Anthony Zerbe

David Redding

Guest Star

John Randolph

John Randolph

Alex Morley

Guest Star

Kathleen Hughes

Kathleen Hughes

Fran Williams

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • There appears to be a cut in this episode after the tape self-destructs. The scene switches abruptly to the photo selection of the agents and the music changes suddenly. Since the episode on the DVD is full length (50:10) the cut probably happened during the editing before the original airdate.

    • While Jim listens to the tape message in shots of the rear of the tape recorder the tape moves from the left to the right reel but in close-ups the tape moves backward from the right reel to the left.

    • Trivia: In this episode the IMF team secures the assistance of Elite magazine. This is the magazine whose cover Cinnamon Carter graces and serves as her personnel photo in Dan Briggs' dossier for the first season. Her name listed here is Cinnamon Carter Crawford, and Redding recognizes her as a model by that name, so presumably that's her real name.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Redding: Remember! You're a sexy biochemist!

    • Cinnamon: David?
      Redding: What?
      Cinnamon: What is it that you've written there?
      Redding: I don't know. I thought there should be some sort of chemical formula on it.
      Cinnamon: That would be nice, except that what you've written in fact is a kind of wonderful combination of turpentine and oatmeal.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Photo session
      The first photo session with David Redding and his model is a copy of similar scenes from Michelangelo Antonioni's celebrated film Blow-Up (1966) which is also a thriller featuring a fashion photographer. There is also a similarity between the name of the photographer in this episode (David Redding) and the name of the movie's star (David Hemmings).

    • Jason Redding
      Writers Woodfield and Balter deliberately created a situation similar to that of convicted spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed for treason in 1953 after they were tried and sentenced for providing atomic secrets to the Communists. Woodfield & Balter started with the idea of "What if the Rosenbergs had a son?" To make the allusion complete, note the shared initials of Redding's father and Rosenberg.

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