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Connors, a renowned Syndicate mobster, has been indicted and is out on bail. When he eliminates the only witness against him, the IMF must get Frank Marley, Connors' protegee, to testify against his boss. Marley runs a casino in the Bahamas and Jim plans to make him believe Connors is trying to get rid of him.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x2
Airdate: Sunday October 30th, 1988

Director: Cliff Bole
Writer: Robert Hamner

  • Currently 8.5/10
8.5/10 (2 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
James Sloyan
As Marley (Frank Marley)

Co-Guest Stars
Gus Mercurio
As Connors (Bob Connors)
Roger Ward
As Wilson
Jaye Paul
As Carl
Michael Cadogan
As Cashier
Craig Cronin
As Webber
Rosemary Traynor
As Mrs. Webber
John Regan
As Chuck (as John E. Regan)
Main Cast
Peter Graves (1)
As Jim Phelps
Thaao Penghlis
As Nicholas Black
Antony Hamilton
As Max Harte
Phil Morris
As Grant Collier
Terry Markwell
As Casey Randall
Bob Johnson (1)
voiced The IMF Tape Voice


In Mexico, crime lord Frank Marley and his partner and mentor, Bob Connors, drive to the palatial home of a witness, Webber. When Webber goes into his outdoor sauna, the two men blow it up by remote control...

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Episode Notes
Because of the writer's strike, this was one of four episodes that were remakes of original series episodes. This one was a remake of "The System."

Episode Quotes
Jim: How about Casey's gambling habits?
Grant: Well, according to the information I've put into the computer at Connors' stateside casino, she's lost over $50,000 there in the last three months.
Casey: Well, I guess I just have no self-control.

Marley: The last guy that tried to switch on us is tying his shoelaces with his elbows.
Max: Well, I never wear lace-up shoes.

Marley: I understand that you are a friend of Mr. Connors. I thought I knew all of the attractive friends of Mr. Connors.
Casey: Well, maybe I'm a secret friend, at least at his casino.
Marley: Does the secret friend have a name?
Casey: Jackie.
Marley: That's all of it, just Jackie?
Casey: Well, it's more mysterious that way.

Casey: Just okay some credit for me tonight and you'll see how well it works.
Marley: How much?
Casey: $5,000.
Marley: All right, you're certainly worth $5,000.
Casey: Oh, I'm worth a lot more than that.
Marley: Maybe.

Marley: I've been making this count for seven years. Up until now...
Jim: Up until now, nobody's checked it.
Marley: Nobody's had to.
Jim: Maybe that was their first mistake.

Episode Goofs
The supposed "mask" that Nicholas has of Marley moves and breathes, indicating that actor James Sloyan simply stuck his head up through a hole in the table.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorBruce Geller
Executive ProducerJeffrey M. Hayes
Associate ProducerDean W. Barnes
Production DesignerStewart Burnside
EditorHoward Deane (1)
CastingHelen Mossler  |  Liz Mullinar
Unit Production ManagerDarryl Sheen
First Assistant DirectorStuart Wood
MusicRon Jones (1)
Music EditorJames D. Young
Costume DesignerKeely Ellis
HairstylistDeborrah Tyson
Script SupervisorJoanne McClennan
Production CoordinatorSue Edwards
Supervising Sound EditorDoug Gray
Re-Recording MixerThomas J. Huth  |  Tim Philben  |  Sam Black
Director of PhotographyRon Hagen
Story EditorStanley Walsh
Art DirectorRichard Rooker
Post Production CoordinatorRandy S. Nelson
Sound EditorKen Gladden  |  Gary Gelfand  |  Richard Corwin  |  Mark Server  |  Phil Jamtaas
Sound MixerPaul Clark (1)
Main Title ThemeLalo Schifrin
Visual Effects SupervisorElan Soltes
Main Title DesignBetty Green
Production ExecutiveMichael Lake
Executive Story ConsultantTed Roberts
Makeup ArtistDeborah Lanser  |  Rozalina De Silva
Warning: Mission: Impossible season 1 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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