Law enforcement agencies believe that Peter Cordel is a killer for hire, but no evidence linking him to any killings has been uncovered. The IMF is assigned to obtain the evidence needed to... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Lisa Casey (credit only)
Peter Cordel
Harry Cordel
Cathleen Cordell ...
Mrs. Taylor
Edward Knight ...
Earl Eby ...
Gentleman (as Earl Ebi)
Robert Kenneally ...
Bartender (as Bob Kenneally)
Dr. Adler


Law enforcement agencies believe that Peter Cordel is a killer for hire, but no evidence linking him to any killings has been uncovered. The IMF is assigned to obtain the evidence needed to arrest Cordel, and to learn the identity of his Syndicate boss. The IMF's lures Cordel, who is a chess master, into a game where he can be given a drug that induces post-hypnotic suggestions. The IMF is then able to convince Cordel that he's suffering from blackouts during which he kills a number of people close to him -- and that his impending mental breakdown will make the Syndicate want him dead. Written by aldanoli

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9 December 1972 (USA)  »

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Lynda Day George's character, Casey, was absent in several of the Season 7 missions due to her pregnancy. In most of the missions where Casey was absent, Mimi (Barbara Anderson) filled in. In this mission, however, Marlyn Mason (Sandy) was her replacement. There was no mention of Casey by the team at the mission's beginning. See more »


[first lines]
Harry Cordel: Did you win?
Peter Cordel: Of course.
Harry Cordel: How many moves?
Peter Cordel: Twenty.
Harry Cordel: Still club champion?
Peter Cordel: You know it, Harry.
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Good acting, poor writing
3 September 2016 | by (Amsterdam) – See all my reviews

The IMF team is tasked with exposing a successful hit-man, who is also a chess master, and what's even more important, to expose his paymaster with a mob background.

The episode is very nicely played by Alex Cord, who guest stars as the hit-man, and Peter Breck as his brother, as well as the series' regulars.

However, in contrast to such interesting intrigue and good acting, the plot is absolutely ridiculous and unbelievable. The Mission Impossible series accustomed us with a system of small clever steps which gradually bring the heroes to their success in whatever the plot may be. In this episode there happen to be a magic black box that does all the trick - the hypnosis. Without any trouble the IMF team is able to hypnotize the main bad guy to do what they want whenever they want and then remember nothing so to confuse him.

So, where is the nisus, if the hypnosis is the magic box that so easily does all the tricks they need? Why didn't they use such hypnosis to combat all the bad guys in the other 170 episodes? This is what makes this episode's plot totally unacceptable in the light of the other M:I episodes, but it is still worth to watch Alex Cord and the rest for their artistic effort.

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