Briggs and company pretend to have found a means of synthesizing diamonds in order to con a dictator out of a priceless uncut diamond that will finance his government and secure his power.



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Episode cast overview:
Prime Minister Henrik Durvard (as John van Dreelen)
Harry Davis ...
Hans Van Meer
Peter Bourne ...
Ivor Barry ...
Ian McCloud


Henrik Durvard, who has seized absolute power of a small African nation, plans to sell a recently discovered diamond. The diamond is 27,000 carats and is worth $30 million. Durvard intends to sell the diamond and use the proceeds to financing taking over other independent tribal areas. Briggs & Co. initiate an elaborate con which to take away the diamond. Among things, the plan calls for convincing Durvard that Briggs has found a way to synthetically duplicate diamonds. Written by Bill Koenig

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4 February 1967 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Proprietor: Can I help you?
Daniel Briggs: Yes, I'm looking for an authentic Franklin Roosevelt.
Proprietor: I have several.
Daniel Briggs: I want just the initials FDR, in his own hand.
Proprietor: They are hard to get. I only have one. It's on the flyleaf of a book. Would that be acceptable?
Daniel Briggs: If it's in ink.
Proprietor: It is. You'll excuse me, I have some work to do in the back.
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Scratch one white supremacist dictator!
6 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In this installment of "Mission: Impossible", the IM Force goes to Lumbuanda--an African nation that seems a lot like Rhodesia or South Africa. This is a country where the privileged whites rule and treat the black majority like dirt. Chief among these scum-bags is the Prime Minister, Henrik Durvard. Durvard doesn't care one bit about his people--just making himself rich. And, he's about to get a fortune for a huge diamond that was discovered in his country. So how is the team going to proceed? They're going to convince this greedy troll that they have created a machine that can make perfect copies of diamonds--and not the cheap industrial grade but diamonds big enough to choke a horse! Naturally the team plans on getting this diamond away from the guy but they have an extra special ending in store for him--the sort of ending that you'd never see in later episodes. This ending is what makes this such a good episode. I'd say more, but I don't want to spoil it.

I think what makes this one so good is that the audience truly despised this man and want to see horrible things happen to him. And, the show delivers big time! Well written and delightfully tough. Well worth seeing.

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