The IMF's target is Janos Karq, a top official of an unnamed Soviet Bloc country. Briggs enlists the help of Joseph Baresh, an alcoholic performer who has a photographic memory. Baresh will pose as an agent code-named Sparrow, who has never been apprehended by the authorities of Karq's country. (The real Sparrow has died, a fact not generally known.) The idea is that Baresh will be captured and provide information implicating Karq as a traitor. Barney, Cinnamon and Willy, along with Briggs, will engage in an unsuccessful (and fake) attempt to free Sparrow. That move will encourage the authorities to believe Baresh's story, ensuring Karq's demise. But Baresh gets a look at a list of agents in the employ of Karq's nation. Now, Briggs must stage a second escape attempt, this time for real. Rollin Hand, initially passed over for this mission, will play a small, but vital, role. Written by
Did You Know?
At the start of the episode, Briggs receives his instructions not via a recording, but printed on the back of a business card. Of the episodes which show some sort of instructions being given to the IM Force leader, this is the only one that doesn't involve a recording. See more
The surveillance camera angle in Baresh's cell is quite different from the one used to film Rollin. See more
[Mr. Briggs initially refuses a candid street photo claim card
Take it, Mr. Briggs.
[Mr. Briggs stops, accepts the card, and discovers a printed IM Force assignment on its reverse