Mission: Impossible

Season 1 Episode 16

The Reluctant Dragon

Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Jan 14, 1967 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Dr. Cherlotov, a scientist of an enemy power, failed to defect to the West when his wife did. Now that he has developed a cheap, effective anti-ballistic system, the IMF are ordered to get him out. Unfortunately, they find out that Cherlotov doesn't wasn't to defect: he merely wants to convince his superiors he is loyal and live out his life doing valuable research for the state.


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    Steven Hill

    Steven Hill

    Daniel Briggs

    Greg Morris

    Greg Morris

    Barney Collier

    Martin Landau

    Martin Landau

    Rollin Hand

    Bob Johnson

    Bob Johnson

    IMF Voice on Tape (uncredited)

    Joseph Campanella

    Joseph Campanella

    Dr. Helmut Cherlotov

    Guest Star

    John Colicos

    John Colicos

    Commissioner Taal Jankowski

    Guest Star

    Michael Forest

    Michael Forest


    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Trivia: Dan destroys the briefing tape in a nearby furnace.

      • At the party, Rollin does the "pull a man's shirt off from beneath his jacket" trick. However, this magic trick requires the cooperation of a plant in the audience and a specially-rigged shirt. As presented here, this is a spontaneous illusion and the "victim" is clearly not working with Rollin to set up the trick beforehand.

      • In the fight with Jankowski near the end, Rollin has blood on the left side of his lip. Then a reversed shot is shown and the blood is on his right side.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Karen: Do you speak the language?
        Rollin: In a pinch, Barney can order cold cuts in Swahili.

      • (posing for a phony passport picture)
        Rollin: This is my good side.
        Dan: Don't worry. I'll touch it up.

      • Cherlotov: I am loyal!
        Rollin: (laughing) Oh, excuse me. You intellectuals. Loyal. Loyal, loyal! To whom? To yourselves? To your own little small world? You sell your souls and then you rationalize that it is for the good of something greater as yet undefined. Come now, Doctor. Admit it. Too much learning undermines a man's loyalty.

      • Rollin: (as Jankowski pours drinks) Napoleon, huh?
        Jankowski: We broke up a gang of black marketeers the other night.
        Rollin: The evidence is conclusive. (they share a toast)

      • Jankowski: God watches over drunkards and children, not foolish policemen.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Willy and Cinnamon are not in this episode, and Briggs only appears in the opening briefing and in a scene with Cherlotov's wife.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)