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Mission: Impossible: The Mind of Stefan Miklos

The IMF must assure that the false information the U.S. government has slipped to an enemy agent, Townsend, remains unchallenged. The agent's co-worker has reported Townsend as a defector and the IMF must set up an elaborate scam to almost convince the investigating agent, the cold and logically ruthless Stefan Miklos, that Townsend indeed plans to defect. Only if Stefan sees through their false clues and realizes that someone is framing Townsend will he accept the agent's information as genuine.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x13
Production Number: 312
Airdate: Sunday January 12th, 1969

Director: Robert Butler
Writer: Paul Playdon

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Guest Stars
Steve Ihnat
As Stefan Miklos
Jason Evers
As Walter Townsend

Co-Guest Stars
Vic Perrin
As Owner
Joseph Breen
As Vincent
Edward Asner
As George Simpson
Main Cast
Peter Graves (1)
As James Phelps
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


Jim goes into a theater and picks up his briefing tape. He’s informed that Walter Townsend is an American intelligence officer who is actually a double-agent. The U.S. has fed him false information to give to his superiors. However, Townsend’s American contact, George Simpson, has discovered the information is false and reported that Townsend is defecting. However, Simpson’s superiors don’t trust him and send their best intelligence officer, Stefan Miklos, to investigate Townsend. The IMF must convince Miklos that Townsend’s fake information is the real thing...

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Episode Notes
Described by Peter Graves (as well as many fans and experts) as the most intricate episode of Mission: Impossible ever created.

Arland Schubert is credited as "Cooper" (see above) in the end credits, but his character is referred to as "Willoughby" throughout the show.

Episode Quotes
Stefan Miklos: I wish I could meet the man that masterminded their operation. He was brilliant. I feel sorry for him. He played the game well but he lost. It will destroy him.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorBruce Geller
Executive ProducerBruce Geller
ProducerStanley Kallis
Associate ProducerBarry Crane
CastingWilliam J. Kenney  |  Joseph D'Agosta
Music EditorDan Carlin Sr.
HairstylistAdele Taylor (1)
Make-upRobert Dawn
Set DecoratorLucien Hafley
Property MasterBill Bates (1)
Production Sound MixerDominick Gaffey
Script SupervisorAlan Greedy
Post Production SupervisorPaul Krasny
Supervising Sound EditorJoseph G. Sorokin
Re-Recording MixerGordon L. Day
Director of PhotographyKeith C. Smith
Art DirectorBill Ross
Production ManagerEdward Haldeman
Special EffectsJohn Burke (3)
Main Title ThemeLalo Schifrin
Film EditorJodie Copelan
Assistant DirectorVictor Vallejo
Assistant To The Executive ProducerPhilip D. Fehrle
Executive Vice President In Charge Of ProductionDouglas S. Cramer
Script ConsultantRobert E. Thompson  |  Paul Playdon
Supervising Property MasterArthur Wasson
VehiclesEd Chamey
Editorial CoordinatorJerry Taylor (2)
Warning: Mission: Impossible season 3 episode 13 guide may contain spoilers
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