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Mission: Impossible: The Amateur

The IMF must steal a rocket laser from an Eastern Bloc country, then smuggle out Father Bernard and his list of operatives. However, when Bernard dies of a stroke and their contact is killed, the team manage to get the laser and break it down into five pieces to smuggle out of the country. However, greedy nightclub owner Eric Schilling inadvertently obtains one of the pieces and tries to sell it back to the IMF.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x9
Production Number: 511
Airdate: Saturday November 14th, 1970

Director: Paul Krasny
Writer: Ed Adamson

Guest Stars
Anthony ZerbeAnthony Zerbe
As Eric Schilling

Co-Guest Stars
Ronald FeinbergRonald Feinberg
As Colonel Kurt Eckert
Don EitnerDon Eitner
As Zucker
Bert KramerBert Kramer
As Rausch
Joseph BreenJoseph Breen
As Danzig
Allen JosephAllen Joseph
As Max Wittstock
Peter BroccoPeter Brocco
As Father Bernard
Lisa PeraLisa Pera
As Clara Schram
Biff ManardBiff Manard
As Lieutenant Seelik
Alan Roberts (1)Alan Roberts (1)
As Drunk (as Al Roberts)
Main Cast
Peter GravesPeter Graves
As James Phelps
Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
As The Amazing Paris
Lesley Ann WarrenLesley Ann Warren
As Dana Lambert
Greg MorrisGreg Morris
As Barney Collier
Sam ElliottSam Elliott
As Dr. Douglas Roberts


In the country of Kansdorf in Eastern Europe, café owner Eric Schilling tosses a drunk out into the back alley and warns him not to come back, and then takes his wallet. The waitress, Clara Schram, looks on and Eric insists the drunk owed him for drinks. They go back inside and Eric watches his new waitress and photogirl, Dana, as she tends to a customer, Max Wittstock. It’s a meeting, and Dana writes a meeting time of 10:30 on a photograph for Max. Eric observes the handoff as Max goes on his way, but then hastily goes out the back way when a local policeman comes in. Out in the alley, Max burns the photo and walks away as the drunk wakes up. Eric comes out and sees the still-burning photo, and reads the part that says 10:30. ..

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Episode Notes
Doug appears, Willy doesn't. There is no tape sequence so Bob Johnson doesn't "appear" as the IMF tape voice.

Episode Quotes
Barney: The rocket laser is a prototype. Each of the five sections is integral. Without one, the others are useless.
Dana: Meaning if only one of us gets out, it's a draw.
Paris: That's right. We don't have the weapon, but they don't either.
Doug: That's a comfort in case you're caught.
Dana: I'll try to remember that.

Clara Schram: What are you up to with that girl?
Eric Schilling: Clara, don't be jealous. What would I want with another woman when I have you?
Clara Schram: I love you too, Eric.

Eric Schilling: I seem to recall him now.
Colonel Kurt Eckert: He's dead. Shot.
Eric Schilling: Oh. I'm sorry.
Colonel Kurt Eckert: He was an enemy of the state.
Eric Schilling: In that case, I withdraw my condolence.

Eric Schilling: Clara, you don't appreciate me! That's not some creaky old sausage machine up there. (tapping his head)

Dana: You'll give him a gift for me.
Eric Schilling: But first he will give me a gift from you.
Dana: Eric, you think of everything, don't you?
Eric Schilling: Everything. I have a computer for a mind, Jenny.

Episode Goofs
When Dana signs Max's photo, she signs it in the center...

But when Max burns it outside, only one corner is left and it has two burned edges.

However, when Eric reads it, he sees the part in the center and it has three burned edges.

Later when he shows it to Clara, he has a corner piece again with only two burned edges.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorBruce Geller
Executive ProducerBruce Geller
ProducerLaurence Heath
Associate ProducerBarry Crane
CastingJim Merrick
Music EditorDan Carlin Sr.
Music SupervisorKenyon Hopkins
HairstylistAdele Taylor
Make-upRobert Dawn
Set DecoratorLucien Hafley
Property MasterRobert O. Richards
Production Sound MixerDominick Gaffey
Script SupervisorBarbara Atkinson
Production CoordinatorMike Jarvis  |  Dale Tarter
Post Production SupervisorJohn A. Fegan Jr.  |  William O. Cairncross
Re-Recording MixerJoel Moss
Director of PhotographyRonald W. Browne
Art DirectorGibson Holley
Production ManagementGordon A. Webb
Sound EditorFrank R. White
Special EffectsJohn Burke (3)
Costume SupervisorMichael Tierney  |  Dodie Schaefer
Main Title ThemeLalo Schifrin
Film EditorJohn Loeffler
Assistant DirectorMichael P. Schoenbrun
Story ConsultantLaurence Heath
Executive Vice President In Charge Of ProductionDouglas S. Cramer
VehiclesEd Chamey
Editorial CoordinatorLarry L. Mills
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