Mission: Impossible: Season 1, Episode 6

Odds on Evil (22 Oct. 1966)

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A prince, the absolute ruler of a principality, has $1.5 million which he plans to use for arms to wage war on a neighboring, oil-rich country. Briggs devices a scheme that involves ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Nico Minardos ...
Andre Malif
Prince Iben Kostas
Vincent Van Lynn ...
Oliver Borgman
Kostas's Aide
Roulette Croupier (as Joey Tata)
Roger Til ...
Baccarat Croupier
Alex Bookston ...
Man in Arcade
Greg Benedict ...


A prince, the absolute ruler of a principality, has $1.5 million which he plans to use for arms to wage war on a neighboring, oil-rich country. Briggs devices a scheme that involves breaking the bank of the prince's casino. First, the IMF will utilize a computer to take $200,000 at roulette. That will provide the stake the IMF needs to take the prince at a high-stakes game of baccarat. Written by Bill Koenig

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Mission leader Dan Briggs (played by Steven Hill), only appears in the opening and planning scenes of the episode. He is absent for the rest of the show. See more »


At the very end of the episode after Cinnamon and Andre have sat in the red Aston Martin a frame of the car from behind is frozen as the credits role. You can clearly see there are only four people in the car when there should be five. (Front) Willy, Andre, Cinnamon (Back) Barney, Rollin. See more »


Prince Iben Kostas: I think you are a dangerous woman.
Cinnamon Carter: All women are dangerous, Your Highness.
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Good but VERY familiar stuff.
2 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the episode begins, Briggs receives his mission in a very unusual way--on an old Mutoscope machine. That's one of those old hand-cranked moving picture devices they had around the turn of the century. It seems that Prince Kostas (Nehemiah Persoff) is planning an invasion of his friendly neighboring country. To finance it, he's put aside $1,500,000. However, he has a weakness. He owns a casino and he's a terrible cheater. So, if the IM Force can manage to cheat the cheater, they could take his fortune and prevent the invasion.

This episode plays much like a James Bond story (such as "Casino Royale") as well as quite a few later episodes of "Mission: Impossible". Because of this, it's awfully familiar material. However, despite it being less original than I liked, it was well executed and fun. Additionally, I always enjoy seeing Persoff--and with a bazillion TV appearances in the 1950s-80s, there are many opportunities to indulge this! Worth your time.

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