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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.
Sunday January 12th, 1969
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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...Read the full recap
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.
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.