Mission: Impossible: Season 1, Episode 3

Operation Rogosh (1 Oct. 1966)

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Rogosh is an operative for a country hostile to the United States. When he strikes, he typically leaves dozens, if not hundreds, of bodies in his wake. Rogosh has been spotted in Los ... See full summary »


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Rogosh is an operative for a country hostile to the United States. When he strikes, he typically leaves dozens, if not hundreds, of bodies in his wake. Rogosh has been spotted in Los Angeles. But he will not crack under normal interrogation methods. Briggs comes up with an unusual plan. The IMF stages an accident where pedestrian Rogosh is struck by a car. When he awakes, he appears to be in a prison in his home country -- three years later. Written by Bill Koenig

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1 October 1966 (USA)  »

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The plot of this episode bears some striking similarities to the 1964 motion picture "36 Hours," starring James Garner and Rod Taylor. In both the motion picture and this episode, an elaborate "time-shifting" con is used to convince someone that several years have passed, so that he will believe it is safe to reveal secret information that, in reality, has importance in the near future. See more »


Quite often eyeglass lenses, glass cupboard doors and windows are empty to prevent the reflection of bright camera lights back onto the film. See more »


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["October, 1966", Mr. Briggs parks in a reserved spot next to another car in a lot, unlocks it with a key from his pocket, and plays an unlabeled 8-track tape he finds in the locked glove compartment with a manila envelope containing four photos. A clock strikes 6 o'clock]
Voice on Tape: Good morning, Mr. Briggs. This man is Imre Rogosh, known to us as The Monster. His specialty is mass murder in order to create political anarchy. Here is some samples of his work: North Africa, Bombay, Rio de ...
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Setting the pattern for some future episodes--this one is a classic.
20 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Operation Rogosh" is among the best episodes of not just season one but for the entire series. And, it was so good that several later episodes used similar formulas.

An international terrorist, Imre Rogosh (Fritz Weaver) has been spotted in the United States. However, instead of taking him into custody, the Secretary has a mission for the IM Force--to make Rogosh talk and tell what he's done while in the US. This is of paramount importance because Rogosh is no ordinary spy--he's a terrorist and mass murder is not out of the question.

The mission begins with Rogosh and a colleague walking down a street in a big city. Suddenly, a car comes barreling down on them and strikes Rogosh. Before anyone can think, an ambulance rushes to the scene and spirits away the unconscious man. However, this was no accident--the car was driven by a professional and they just wanted to knock Rogosh out and take him, not kill the man.

When Rogosh awakens, he finds that a long time has passed since the accident--and that's the key. Little time has actually passed and the mission is to convince the man that time has passed--and the mission he was on failed. Or did it? The bottom line is that they hope to confuse the man enough that they actually get him to divulge the secret. See the show to find out for yourself.

In later missions, the IM Force kidnapped scum-bags and convinced them they were on submarines (when they were on land) and that a nuclear bomb detonated when they were in an underground bunker! I am sure there were other similar film-flams by the gang--all were great shows. Well worth seeing and exquisitely written--even if the idea was originally used in "36 Hours" (with James Garner).

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