Mission: Impossible: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (17 Sep. 1966)

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Dan Briggs apparently rejoins the Impossible Missions Force after some sort of sabbatical. His recorded instructions include the words, "Welcome back, Dan. It's been some time." Briggs ... 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)


Dan Briggs apparently rejoins the Impossible Missions Force after some sort of sabbatical. His recorded instructions include the words, "Welcome back, Dan. It's been some time." Briggs assembles a team that includes a master of disguise, a femme fatale, an electronics whiz, an incredibly strong man and a safecracker. Briggs will need all their skills to steal two atomic bombs from a hostile South American country. Written by Bill Koenig

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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 »


Terry Targo: This will never work.
Cinnamon Carter: Yes, it will. Remember what Dan said: people don't look at a crippled old man, they look away.
Terry Targo: Yeah, but nobody looks less like Rollin than I do!
Cinnamon Carter: Terry, *I'll* be wheeling you out. If anybody looks at you, I'll quit the sisterhood of women.
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References Topkapi (1964) See more »

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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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