Mission: Impossible

Season 2 Episode 1

The Widow

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Sep 10, 1967 on CBS
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Alex Cresnic and his partner Walters have bought out an entire nation's heroin crop and are smuggling it into Marseilles for a sale - the IMF needs to put them out of business. Barney and Jim fake an elevator crash and "blind" Walters. In the hospital, Rollins impersonates Cresnic's voice and gives Walters specific instructions. Meanwhile, Cresnic believes Walters to be dead and meets Walters' widow, played by Cinnamon.moreless

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  • Good morning, Mr. Phelps...

    8.0
    Peter Graves replaces Steven Hill and the show doesn't miss a step. From the get-go, Jim Phelps has a more active role in the mission (undercover as the chemist) that Dan Briggs had most of the time, and shows cool leadership on the team.



    Aside from Graves, it's business as usual for the IMF. This is a solid episode, with an elaborate con that uses numerous fronts and dupes. The "elevator crash" is nice, and reminded me of the set-up from Season One's "The Train." William Windom returns as a villain, and does another stellar job. He looks like he could be a kindly doctor or a businessman, but he's effective as a ruthless heroin kingpin. Good balance of work for the team.



    All in all, it's a good introduction to Phelps and proves that no matter who was in the lead, "Mission: Impossible" was still going strong.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)

William Windom

William Windom

Alex Cresnic

Guest Star

Joe Maross

Joe Maross

Mark Walters

Guest Star

George Tyne

George Tyne

Dr. Premel

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The IMF plan seems a bit vague on one critical point: they rely on Cresnic not checking the bath crystals to see if it's heroin. Despite the fact that earlier at Rollin's lab Cresnic taste-sampled the heroin to verify it, he doesn't do so after Jim is through with it.

    • When Maharis shoots Walters, even by 60s TV standards the lack of blood or injury is blatant.

    • For no good reason, the producers use a short scene from a first season episode, "The Short Tail Spy", that has Cinnamon in her room pondering whether to make a phone call. Barbara Bain's hair color had changed since that episode, causing an on-screen mismatch.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Cinnamon admires her ring)
      Cinnamon: It appears my new husband is very generous. We should be very happy together.
      Jim: Yes, but not for long. Within 48 hours we're going to make you a grieving widow.

    • (to Cinnamon, after Walters is killed for real)
      Jim: There aren't too many women who can claim to being widowed twice by the same man.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Although not the first episode of the season filmed, this episode introduces Jim Phelps...with no real introduction at all. No reference is made to the departure of former IMF leader Dan Briggs, and Phelps is brought in without fanfare.

    • The guy who buys the heroin buyer is Howard Beckler, who is not an actor but was a lawyer working for director Lee Katzin who popped in for a cameo. He is now a criminal attorney in L.A.

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