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Episode cast overview:
Lloyd Battista ...
King Selim / Prince Samandal
Colonel Hatafis
Dr. Labashi
David Fresco ...
Noel De Souza ...
Behram (as Noel deSouza)
Elizabeth Perry ...
First Nurse
Fred Villani ...
First Reporter
Lee Duncan ...
Second Reporter


The IMF team is charged with the overthrow of the leader of an oil rich Arab nation to be replaced by his twin brother being held captive in an unknown location. The IMFs team of crack medical pretenders stages an emergency organ transplant to create an opportunity to switch the brothers. But the ruthless head of the nation's military sees an opportunity to dispose of both brothers and seize power for himself. Written by David Foss

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14 December 1969 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Nothing in the dialogue of this episode suggests that the king and prince were intended by the scriptwriter to be twins. In fact, the prince is only described as being the king's younger brother and the word "twin" is never used. The idea of them being twins must have come about during preproduction so as to better facilitate the switch of siblings at the end of the show. See more »


[first lines]
Person on Tape: [voice on tape] Good morning, Mr. Phelps. The man you are looking at is King Selim III of Qamadan, a good friend of the West. Unknown to the world, the King has been imprisoned somewhere for over six months by his younger brother, Prince Samandal. With the King in his power, Samandal now controls the huge oil royalties which are Qamadan's main source of revenue. To suppress those opposing him, the Prince resorts to inhuman torture and murder, carried out by this man, Colonel Hatafis...
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Why did Jim Phelps deposit a dime in the phone's quarter slot?
17 August 2006 | by (Tujunga California) – See all my reviews

When Peter Graves goes to a telephone booth with an Out Of Order sign on the pay telephone, after he removes the temporary sign, there are three coin slots for 5-cents, 10-cents, and 25-cents. He deposits a dime into the quarter slot and unlocks the coin box with a key to start the tape record with Bob Johnson's usual message along with a large envelope of photographs. The story is about an Arab prince who made the King a prisoner, supposedly on a religious pilgrimage for the past six months. The Impossible Mission Force trick the plotters by faking an emergency operation when they convince the Prince's henchman, Colonel Hatafis that Prince Samandal needs a kidney from his brother, King Selim. The story is well constructed and plausible as usual!

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