Mission: Impossible

Season 2 Episode 16

The Spy

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Jan 07, 1968 on CBS
7.8
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Felicia Vabar, an enemy spy, has procured one of two overlays that was being sent to a meeting between NATO and a small European country. The overlays combined form a detailed map of NATO's missile defense system. Felicia has recruited Captain Cherno, head of the European country's security, to get her the second overlay. The IMF must stop her. Felicia plans to get the overlay out of a safe during an air-raid drill, but Jim beats her to it when Barney fakes an air-raid siren.moreless

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  • Good ideas, poor execution.

    6.8
    In some respects, this is a great M:I episode. The idea of deliberately hypnotizing one of the team, allowing him to get captured and stall the bad guys with a fruitless interrogation is a neat trick. There's a good fake-out/double-cross of the villains at the end, and there's even a brief pang of regret and possible remorse on Rollin's face after the smoke clears.



    But the episode is slow moving. After the initial theft of the map, things screech to a halt. There are too many interchangeable scenes of Jim being questioned and Rollin flirting with the female agent. Sometimes the "silent scenes" of the team putting the plan into action are boring, as they are here with a disinterested-looking Barbara Bain doctoring a new copy of the map.



    I liked that Rollin seemed to have some real affection for the woman he was baiting and, again, the premise of the episode is a good one. I'm not sure if it's just because it followed so many strong episodes that it didn't live up to them or if it's just an oddity from an otherwise strong season.



    But then again, like most "M:I," it's not bad...just not as good as some others.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)

Joseph Campanella

Joseph Campanella

Captain Miklos Cherno

Guest Star

Katherine Woodville

Katherine Woodville

Felicia Vabar

Guest Star

Karl Swenson

Karl Swenson

Colonel Dubov

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Rollin is forced to shoot and kill (we assume) the two agents that come into Felicia Vabar's apartment. Seemingly no one in the apartment building or area hears the gunshots as Rollin and Felicia continue their conversation and negations while leisurely smoking cigarettes. There's no apparent concern or disposal of the bodies.

    • When Cinnamon goes to meet with Colonel Dubov, she enters the military headquarters lobby and presents her identification credentials. In the background is a cleaning woman mopping the floor. Some time later Cinnamon goes back to meet with Colonel Dubov, once again entering the military headquarters lobby and presents her identification credentials, in the background is what appears to be the same cleaning woman and she is still mopping the same area of the floor.

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  • NOTES (3)

    • The first episode to feature generic shots of tapes and machinery during the closing credits rather than actual scenes of that episode, possibly due to cost-cutting at Paramount.

    • The first episode to feature Barney infiltrating a Eastern Bloc control room or base as a military officer, despite those countries' lack of African-Americans in such positions.

    • The first episode filmed after Desilu was bought out by Paramount.

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