Mission: Impossible

Season 6 Episode 22


Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Feb 26, 1972 on CBS
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An $8 million army payroll has been stolen from a base in SE Asia by the Stafford family, Syndicate drug smugglers. The IMF must recover the money. Jim and Barney steal a Stafford truck and then offer to sell it back to the family if they pay "protection." Jim meets with brother Doug to convince him brother Art has ordered a hit on Doug - however, Art has put a hit on Jim and he is ambushed and gets amnesia. Meanwhile, lounge-singer Casey meets with Doug and sets it up so he thinks Art is trying to kill him. Doug makes a deal with Barney for protection from his brother in return for $2 million and leads the IMF to the money - they arrest everyone and convince Art to tell them about his plan to kill Jim. Meanwhile Art's killers are on Jim's trail and when Barney gets hold of him, he manages to recover his memory just in time to thwart them.moreless

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  • A episode where the mastermind loses his mind.

    This week's mission stood out mainly because Jim, our IMF mastermind, is shot and temporarily loses his memory . While it's pretty hard to anticipate the ambush (especially if the bartender rats you out), we do see Jim quickly jump out of the car and manage to get pretty far from the goon with the machine gun. We see Jim vulnerable without his memory. Fortunately, he finds the benevolent waitress who takes care of him. At least we can tell that Jim is good judge of character. In the ending scene Barney manages to get a hold of a Jim. Over the phone, Barney is still secretive. He is careful to never mention the mission, the IMF, the secretary, or Jim's job. He could have easily just told Jim everything, but he didn't. Instead he just repeatedly recites the names of the members of the IMF: Barney, Casey, Willy, hoping it will trigger Jim's memory. The situation is tense. The hit men are coming up the elevator. Barney knows the mission is the top priority, even if it means Jim might be killed. Fortunately Jim remembers just in the nick of time to punch out the two hitmen after him. The rest of the plot is so-so. We get to see some typical rivalry (in this case, sibling) that the IMF use to create more conflict. Casey's performance of "Like a Gentle Rain" is pleasant and fitting for setting the mood of wooing the skirt-chasing Doug. Like many episodes, the main action ends with both bad guys in the same place to be nabbed by the police. The look they each give to each other in the ending freeze frame is great. It told us just how well the IMF duped them out of 8 million dollars.moreless
Bert Convy

Bert Convy

Doug Stafford

Guest Star

Jon Cypher

Jon Cypher

Art Stafford

Guest Star

Sharon Acker

Sharon Acker


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