IMF team leader Dan Briggs assembles his team for the first time. The mission: to recover two nuclear warheads belonging to General Rio Dominguez from a hotel vault in Santa Costa. Jim and ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Rollin Hand / General Rio Dominguez
Terry Targo
Harry Davis ...
Paul Micale ...
Desk Clerk
Patrick Campbell ...
Day Vault Clerk
Fred Villani ...
Night Vault Clerk (as Fredric Villani)
Joseph Breen ...
Loft Manager (as Joe Breen)


IMF team leader Dan Briggs assembles his team for the first time. The mission: to recover two nuclear warheads belonging to General Rio Dominguez from a hotel vault in Santa Costa. Jim and Willy sneak safe-cracker Terry Targo into the vault, who figures out how to get out. The team then captures Dominguez but Targo's fingers are broken in the attempt. With no other alternative, Briggs has himself and Dominguez put into the vault, and Briggs threatens to enter a random combination if Alicio doesn't tell him the code. Dominguez breaks. With the bombs defused, Willy takes the warheads out of the vault. Briggs remains behind and uses the information Targo gathered earlier to get out during a fireworks distraction set off by Barney. Briggs and the rest of the team make a desperate race for safety and get onto a plane heading to safety seconds before the military can catch up to them. Written by Glen St. James

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17 September 1966 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The Lear Jet model 24A used at the end of the pilot, in which the team makes their escape from Santa Costa was owned by Frank Sinatra. It wore the tail number N175FS. Between 1965 and 1967 he and his entourage logged over 1,500 hours in the aircraft. See more »


When Dominguez slams the door on Terry Targo's hands, freeze-frame makes it clear that actor Wally Cox is holding a pair of wax hands by the wrists and has inserted the fake fingers into the door. See more »


[first lines]
Girl Clerk: Hello.
Daniel Briggs: I'm looking for a special recording. Collector series.
Girl Clerk: Well, I don't know. We have some record players in stock.
TV Floorman: I'll take care of the gentleman, Suzie. Uh, would you get me last week's invoices, please? Exactly what recording were you looking for?
Daniel Briggs: Pavane in G by Ernest Vone and the Pansymphonic Orchestra. 1963.
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It's amazing how the show hit its stride right from the outset.
10 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the pilot episode for "Mission: Impossible" and if you didn't know this, you might just suspect that it's a typical season one episode. This is because all the story elements of are there--and it's amazing how little the series changed after. Like other season one shows, the tape recorder isn't necessarily a tape recorder and its destruction isn't exactly the type you'd see in the Peter Graves episodes (starting with season two). Otherwise, it begins as usual with the leader picking the team members (this omitted in the late episodes), a fictional country (Santa Costa) and those cool masks. All in all, well worth seeing.

When the show begins, the team is dispatched to Santa Costa to steal two nuclear warheads that a Castro-like dictator has in his possession. And, coincidentally, Dictator Dominguez just happens to look an awful lot like Rollin (Martin Landau). The trick is to have Rollin impersonate the General and sneak an expert (Wally Cox) into the vault to disarm the warheads before they are stolen. The only problem is that this agents hands are crushed--and someone else will need to do this very delicate part of the mission.

An excellent story and some very typical sorts of plots make this one not only an excellent plot but an excellent show. Like most of the episodes starring Steven Hill, this one is a winner.

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