Mission: Impossible

Season 2 Episode 5

The Slave (1)

Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Oct 08, 1967 on CBS
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Episode Summary


In the country of Elkabar, King Ibn Borca is conducting a brisk slave business with the aid of supplier Karl de Groot. de Groot raids into neighboring countries. The IMF team must put the two men out of business.

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  • A slow start, but the payoff comes in Part 2.

    Two-part episodes aren't usually strengths of "Mission: Impossible." The tension of the caper can sometimes be lost when stretched to fill two episodes. At first, "The Slave" looks like it's going to fall prey to the padding that marred "Old Man Out" in Season 1. But as we get into the episode, particularly towards the end of Season 1, we see one of the team's most daring missions taking shape.

    Everybody has a part to play...Barney and Willy even get to don disguises. There's a lot of set-up with gadgets and tricks in this episode that won't really pay off until the next episode, but the neatest trick (the frozen bats) is used to good effect in the climax.

    What makes this an interesting episode is that, in order for the plan to succeed the team must abduct and potentially harm an innocent (the prince's wife). I liked how the quandry was not lost on the team, as Jim tells Barney to make it as easy on her as he can. Any instances on this show when we got to see the team struggling with their assignments were great to watch; it gave some subtle layers of character to the players who otherwise just acted their roles in the mission each week.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)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Trivia: The bats that Willy uses to kidnap Amara are "frozen" by being placed in an airtight container.

    • Apparently no one bothers to search Barney when he is captured as a slave: he has a good deal of camera equipment secreted beneath his cloak, but no one ever notices it.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Because Mission: Impossible and Star Trek were both shot on the Desilu lot, the two series always had some crossover with guest stars. But this episode features no less than six guest stars who also appeared in Star Trek: Antoinette Bower ("Catspaw"), Sid Haig ("The Return of the Archons"), Percy Rodriguez ("Court Martial"), Joseph Ruskin ("The Gamesters of Triskelion"), George Sawaya ("The Menagerie" and "Errand of Mercy") and Warren Stevens ("By Any Other Name").

    • The names of the Arabic characters are entirely made up: "Ibn Borca" means "son of a lady's veil" and "Fasar" means "to examine a urine sample". Jara, Musha, and Akim are not Arabic names either.