Mission: Impossible: Season 1, Episode 25

Shock (25 Mar. 1967)

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Wilson, a U.S. ambassador stationed in a neutral country, has been abducted by an intelligence operative of an Eastern Bloc nation. An impostor has been put in Wilson's place. Briggs & Co. ... See full summary »

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Carl Wilson / Josef Gort
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Wilson, a U.S. ambassador stationed in a neutral country, has been abducted by an intelligence operative of an Eastern Bloc nation. An impostor has been put in Wilson's place. Briggs & Co. have a short amount of time to get Wilson back and foil whatever plot is underway. The IMF, in turn, abducts the impostor. A disguised Briggs takes his place. The impostor, Josef Gord, awakens to find himself in an IMF-manufactured mental hospital. The question is whether the IMF can break him in time to save Wilson. Written by Bill Koenig

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Rather cruel but incredibly effective.
7 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Carl Wilson (James Daly) is an important US ambassador. However, the enemy has apparently substituted him with a perfect fake. The Americans realize this but don't want to immediately act on this for fear that the real Wilson will then be killed. So, the team abducts the phony and place him in a fake mental hospital where they plan on breaking him. In the meantime, Briggs, in disguise, will fill in for Wilson with no one being the wiser.

The mental hospital is, of course, in some abandoned warehouse. In many ways, it's like a torture chamber where they use shock treatment and mind-altering drugs to confuse the double. And, they talk about using more of the shock treatment unless he 'opens up and talks about himself and his past' to the doctors. In other words, talk about the mission substituting him for Wilson or he'll get more 'treatment for his own good'! It's truly horrifying....and it couldn't happen to a nicer guy! The key is can they break the double before his people enact whatever sort of plan they've hatched to discredit Wilson and the United States? I loved this episode because it was so vicious. Imagine using a fake mental hospital to drive someone over the edge! A bit mean-spirited--and I liked that! Also clever and well-written.

By the way, the psychiatrist who is helping the IM team is played by familiar actor Vic Perrin. While you easily could have seen him on TV in the 60s (such as his several appearances on "Dragnet"), he is also the Control Voice from the beginning of each of the classic "Outer Limits" programs.


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