IMF team leader Jim Phelps goes to a rooftop air conditioning unit and removes his briefing tape from a specially locked door. Edward Stoner and Wilson Cardel are two of three scientists working on an American project. Enemy agent Eric Stavak has kidnapped them and their wives, but needs the third scientist, Dr. Webster, to complete the project on the “ultimate weapon.” The IMF must get rescue the two scientists...Read the full recap
This is the first episode in production order to introduce team leader Jim Phelps, the first new regular character to be introduced since the series premiere. As typical for almost all new characters introduced on the show, Phelps comes with no fanfare or introduction.
Joseph Sorokin received an Emmy nomination for Sound Editing for this episode.
Dr. Cardel: Wasn't using gas risky?
Rollin: What gas?
Dr. Cardel: You mean, it wasn't really gas?
Jim: Well, it was as real as the earthquake.
in the tape briefing, the tape voice refers to the "Wilsons and Cardels." What it means is the "Stoners and Cardels," not Wilson Cardel.