Mission: Impossible

Season 2 Episode 9

The Seal

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Nov 05, 1967 on CBS
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The Seal
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Taggart, an industrialist, has a rare stolen seal that America needs to maintain a friendly relationship with a foreign country. He refuses to turn it over and IM Force are sent to get it. They need a cat, Rusty, to bypass Taggert's elaborate security.

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    5.0
    A comic relief episode. A CAT IS THE STAR or at least has the last word er MEOW. As silly as this epsiode is, it is at least more beleivable than the IMF Epsiode in shich Barney shows a miniature electronic Space ship which is powered by hidden white strings!!!!
  • Very clever episode...MI forces manage to outwit and use the paranoia of a business man in their advantage.

    9.0
    Always been fascinated by this shows.I like the basic idea behind it, resourceful and very clever risk takers managing to complete missions which seem impossible at first sight.

    What bothered me in a few episodes are the simplicity of the writers plan, infiltrating into a hospital for example and getting a sick person out. Even though its doable it had a lot of unlikely events that could happen and were not presented-the negative characters were very light minded and the outwitting was very easy to do.(when I think of a negative character I kinda want it to be in the sense of Julian Sark from Alias, someone who would act on the spot and make things difficult for his pursuers). Anyhow, this episode was what I was waiting for because the plot is very interesting, and the MI team recover a statuette(Seal) which got stolen from a country which holds important ties with the US. The plan was thought very well and a cat was trained and use to recover it. I found it very original and exciting and most important how Taggart's paranoia is used against him.moreless
  • Not an action-heavy episode, but strong performances from Landau, Bain and guest Darren McGavin.

    7.0
    It's an interesting caper for the IMF this time around, as the team is subdivided into the diversion (Cinammon as a reporter and Rollin as an Indian scholar/mystic) and Jim, Barney and Willy handling the break-in and theft of a valuable jade seal. The job moves slowly, but the episode is anchored by a nice guest spot by Darren McGavin. Rumpled, wry and arrogant, McGavin's Taggart is cocky from the moment we meet him, so confident in his thief-proof vault that it's going to be wonderful when he sees that he's been robbed. His mounting suspense and tension as Rollin relates the story of the "curse" he faces is palpable.



    That the entire plan hinges on a cat is a bit hokey, but we do get some nice technical work from Barney and a good acting job from Rollin. Even Jim gets to play a part as a rivet salesman with an eye for accountant accountability.



    The pressure/noise sensitive room reminded me a lot of the famous break-in scene from the first "Mission: Impossible" movie with Tom Cruise.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)

Darren McGavin

Darren McGavin

J. Richard Taggart

Guest Star

Mort Mills

Mort Mills

William Conway

Guest Star

Joan Tompkins

Joan Tompkins

Miss Putnam

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Rusty fetches the pearls, the hands he walks up to are clearly not Barney's. Also you can see a third hand holding a treat for Rusty, who eagerly munches it down after bringing the pearls.

    • Trivia: This is the first episode in the series in which the message is recorded on cassette tape, a relatively new recording method at the time.

    • In the tape scene, Phelps puts the cassette tape with a black side up and a blank white side down in the player, but in close-ups the tape has a white side up with writing including the brand name covered with tape.

    • Trivia: Jim destroys the tape in a bucket of paint thinner.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Rollin: You are dealing with things beyond your understanding. Powers beyond human comprehension
      Taggart: The only powers I believe in are Taggart Aircraft, the American Dollar… and myself.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This show was specifically written to showcase the talents of Rhubarb, the trained cat who played Rusty.

    • This episode earned Emmy nominations for actors Landau and Bain, Lalo Schifrin for musical composition, and writers Woodfield & Baltar. Only Bain won, for Best Actress.

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