Mission: Impossible

Season 2 Episode 15

The Photographer

Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Dec 17, 1967 on CBS

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  • Most sophisticated plot so far.

    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.
  • Anthony Zerbe as an evil, enemy agent version of Austin Powers.

    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.