Mission: Impossible: Season 4, Episode 25

The Choice (22 Mar. 1970)

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The Grandduchess Theresa of the European duchy of Trent has come under the sway of a self-proclaimed mystic, the Rasputin-like Emile Vautrain. The IMF's assignment is to prevent Vautrain ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Paris / Emil Vautrain
Grand Duchess Teresa
Arthur Franz ...
First Minister Andre Picard
Alan Bergmann ...
Colonel Antoine Benet
Dick Poston ...
Josh Adams ...
House Guard
Kurt Grayson ...
Security Guard


The Grandduchess Theresa of the European duchy of Trent has come under the sway of a self-proclaimed mystic, the Rasputin-like Emile Vautrain. The IMF's assignment is to prevent Vautrain from using his influence over the Grandduchess to make himself ruler of Trent, turning it into a dictatorship that will ally itself with the U.S.' enemies. To stop Vautrain, the IMF relies on Vautrain's amazing resemblance to the IMF's agent, Paris, in order to reveal Vautrain's true nature to the Grandduchess. Written by aldanoli

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The plot of this episode is directly taken from the true story of the "Mad Monk" Grigori Rasputin, and his influence over Tsaritsa Alexandra in pre-Communism Russia. See more »


When Paris (in disguise) and the real Emil Vautrain are in the same room, Paris passes behind Vautrain (seated in a chair) in the same shot, even though both characters are played by Leonard Nimoy. It is clear that a stand-in is posing as Vautrain for this shot, as his fake nose is a bit grayish. See more »

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Shades of Rasputin monk character and Empress Alexandra
9 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

*SPOILER ALERT* Season 4 of the series was one of a transition with the departure of Cinnamon and Rollin from the team. Most of the female agent guest stars from this season had a very limited involvement in the overall mission. This was an episode without a female agent and was one rather poorly executed. The villain monk character for this episode looked like an identical twin to Paris (how convenient). The monk is a manipulative one like Rasputin and trying to take over a country from a female duchess. The mission has Phelps and Paris as a magic act who try to dupe the monk into using them to perform a magic stunt to make the duchess believe that the monk (with Paris as his double) is invincible. The monk tries to double cross the IMF team and derail their mission, but is thwarted. When the "identical twins" appear before the duchess and everyone else, no one is sure which is the true monk. Paris, who arrived on the scene first, tells the others that he is the real monk (after having performed his stunt on being shot). The actual monk tries to convince the others that he is the real one, but to no avail and then inexplicably runs off and is shot. Paris then tells the duchess that he is going back to being a hermit, so the minister can become the new ruler. Nobody questions him nor attempts to determine if he is the actual monk or not.

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