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Episode cast overview:
R.J. McMillan
Andreas Solowiechek
Senator William Townsend
James Gavin ...
Proprietor (as Robert B. Williams)


A Communist Bloc operative has been arrested for the assassination of U.S. Senator William Townsend. Briggs & Co.'s mission is to prove the operative did NOT kill the senator on behalf of his government. The prime suspect is businessman R.J. McMillian, Townsend's primary backer. The Secretary believes McMillian killed Townsend to create a martyr and to create momentum for a preemptive war with the Soviet Bloc. Briggs concocts an elaborate scheme which calls for Rollin to play the role of a con who springs the operative from jail, Cinammon to pretend to be a journalist and Briggs himself to pose as a painter. But, at the climatic moment, there's a twist that even Briggs doesn't anticipate. Written by Bill Koenig

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25 February 1967 (USA)  »

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Another one of the episodes where Briggs pile of IM Force member photos changes. When tossing Rollin's photo onto the "active" file, a photo of Joseph Baresh, memory expert, is covered. Baresh was a character from episode 2, The Butcher of the Balkans. Also, in the final long shot, Rollin's photo was not on top of the pile and the discard pile was different. See more »


[first lines]
Daniel Briggs: My name's Briggs. I left some negatives here for enlargements.
Proprietor: Let's see. Those were 11-by-14 mattes, weren't they?
Daniel Briggs: No. 8-by 10s.
Proprietor: Oh, yeah. Yeah, I remember. I just finished them. They're still drying.
Daniel Briggs: I'd like to take a look at them.
Proprietor: Help yourself.
Daniel Briggs: Thank you.
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The OTHER defiant ones...
6 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Up until the ending, I wasn't super-impressed with "The Confession". After all, it seemed very familiar--sort of like a reworking of "The Defiant Ones" as well as several other films. Fortunately, the episode had a dynamite twist--one that even caught the IM Force by surprise.

The show begins after an Eastern Bloc assassin has killed an American senator. However, despite it appearing as if he did it for his communist masters, the Secretary (the guy on the tapes at the beginning of the show) thinks that an opportunistic commie-baiter, R.J. McMillan (Pat Hingle) actually ordered the hit. The problem is that the assassin keeps saying his bosses in his home country ordered it and the team has to prove that he's lying as well as prove who did order the hit. And, it's up to a prison escape (with Rollin playing a prisoner) to bring out the truth...but you can't handle the truth.

All in all an interesting and worthy episode and an obvious statement about the Red Scare of the 1950s. There is only one problem with the mission, however, as Rollin was seen by several million Americans as a result of the mission. Wouldn't that make him a rather ineffective future member of the team?!

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