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A foreign power has given the tiny island nation of Santa Costa two nuclear warheads. Santa Costa's anti-American ruler General Dominguez plans to use the devices soon against the U.S. The IMF must devise a plan to enter the vault, retrieve the warheads, and escape the country. The plan goes well, until ill fortune leaves safecracker Terry Targo with broken hands. Now Dan Briggs must draw on Targo's expert knowledge and take his place.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 101
Airdate: Saturday September 17th, 1966



  • Currently 8.3/10
8.3/10 (3 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Wally Cox
As Terry Targo

Guest Stars
Martin Landau
As General Rio Dominguez
Recurring
Harry Davis
As Alisio
Recurring
Fred Villani
As Night Vault Clerk (as Frederic Villani)
Recurring
Joseph Breen
As Loft Manager
Recurring
Paul Micale
As Desk Clerk
Patrick Campbell (2)
As Day Vault Clerk

Uncredited
David Renard
As TV Floorman
Recurring
Eddie Paskey
As Man Carrying Suitcase
Recurring
Josh Adams
As Guard
Recurring
Martin Walker
As Lobby Guard
Sondra Blake
As Girl Clerk
Victor Dunlap (1)
As Head Waiter
Main Cast
Steven Hill (1)
As Daniel Briggs
Martin Landau
As Rollin Hand
Barbara Bain
As Cinnamon Carter
Greg Morris
As Barney Collier
Peter Lupus
As Willy Armitage
Bob Johnson (1)
voiced The IMF Voice

Recap

IMF leader Dan Briggs goes to a storage loft and asks the manager for a rare recording. The man gives Dan a disk and leaves him alone in his office. Dan removes the recording from its hermetic seal and plays it on the record player. A recorded welcomes him back and tells him that General Rio Dominguez, the dictator of Santa Costa, has his headquarters in the Hotel Nationale. An enemy power has furnished Dominguez with two nuclear warheads and the general plans to use them. Dan is to remove them from the hotel’s secure vault and get them out of the country. The record self-destructs one minute after the seal is broken...

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Episode Notes
Exterior shooting was done at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, CA.

The first photo that Dan discards is of real-life series creator and producer, Bruce Geller. The photo prop will be used throughout the first few seasons of the series. Needless to say, Dan and later Jim never choose the agent pictured for a mission.




Episode Quotes
IMF Tape Voice: Good morning, Mr. Briggs. General Rio Dominguez, the dictator of Santa Costa, makes his headquarters in the Hotel Nacionale. We've learned that two nuclear warheads furnished to Santa Costa by an enemy power are contained in the hotel vault. Their use is imminent. Mr. Briggs, your mission, should you decide to accept it, would be to remove both nuclear devices from Santa Costa. As always, you have carte blanche as to method and personnel, but of course should you or any member of your IM Force be caught or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. As usual, this recording will decompose one minute after the breaking of the seal. I hope it's "welcome back," Dan. It's been a while.

Cinnamon: My job's only doing what comes naturally.

Rollin: You know, uh, Dominguez has quite a reputation as a ladies' man, and, uh, as long as you're spending an hour here... why not help me develop my characterization?
Cinnamon: We'll spend the hour rehearsing. I found Dominguez's speech. You may have to deliver it if Barney drops a transistor or something.

Rollin: How am I doing?
Cinnamon: Terrible. Fine. Say, do you do Jimmy Cagney?
Rollin: Ho ho. Not funny.

Rollin: (after Cinnamon strips to a towel to distract an aide) Cinnamon... a gorgeous performance.
Cinnamon: You think so? (indicates the two captive guards in the room with her) You should have seen it from those seats.

General Dominguez: What use is all this? I will never give you any information. But if you forget your plan... I will give you amnesty. And my personal guarantee that the warheads will not be used against your country.
Dan: Oh, I'll give you the same guarantee, General. You read my meaning? Those things might go off, but it won't be in my country.

General Dominguez: Are you insane?
Dan: You leave me no choice, General.
General Dominguez: Your chances are one in a thousand.
Dan: Our chances are by random choice. But I won't just guess. I think the code is your national colors--green, white and blue. Right, General? (Dan starts turning the first color wheel)
General Dominguez: No! Not green.
Dan:: Red, white and blue? General, you not only have sense, you have a sense of the ironic.

Terry Targo: Now this will never work!
Cinnamon: Yes it will. Remember what Dan said. People don't look at a crippled old man. They look away.
Terry Targo: Yeah, but, no one looks less like Rollin than I do.
Cinnamon: Terry, I'll be wheeling you out. If anyone looks at you, I'll quit the sisterhood of women!



Episode Goofs
When Terry blocks the door with his hands to keep it from slamming shut, freeze-frame reveals that Wally Cox is holding a pair of fake hands.




Other Episode Crew

CreatorBruce Geller
ProducerBruce Geller
Associate ProducerRobert H. Justman
MusicLalo Schifrin
Music EditorJack Hunsaker
Music SupervisorWilbur Hatch
HairstylistSylvia Setzler
Make-upJohn Erickson  |  John Chambers (3)
Set DecoratorArthur Jeph Parker
Property MasterArthur Wasson
Director of PhotographyJohn Alton
Production SupervisorJames Paisley
Art DirectorWalter M. Jefferies
Sound EditorJoseph G. Sorokin
Special EffectsJohn Burke (3)
Costume SupervisorSabine Manela
Main Title ThemeLalo Schifrin
Film EditorAxel Hubert, Sr.  |  John M. Foley  |  Mike Pozen
CostumerClark Ross (2)
Assistant DirectorGregg Peters (1)
Sound EngineerWalter Goss
Executive In Charge Of ProductionHerbert F. Solow
Post Production ExecutiveBill Heath
Makeup ArtistDan Striepeke
 
Warning: Mission: Impossible season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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