Mission: Impossible: Season 2, Episode 18

The Emerald (21 Jan. 1968)

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An emerald, with vital U.S. security information attached and hidden on it, has fallen into the hands of an arms dealer. What's more, a Soviet Bloc agent is determined to secure the emerald... See full summary »

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Yorgi Petrosian
Claude Woolman ...
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Francisco Ortega ...
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An emerald, with vital U.S. security information attached and hidden on it, has fallen into the hands of an arms dealer. What's more, a Soviet Bloc agent is determined to secure the emerald. Both will be on a cruise ship. Phelps and the IMF must both get the emerald and neutralize the opposition agent. Phelps' plan involves a high stakes poker game utilizing Barney's technology and Rollin's sleight of hand. But that's only the beginning. Written by Bill Koenig

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This episode uses the same opening sequence of Phelps driving in close-up, then getting his assignment in a photo booth as the episode "Operation Heart". See more »

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Williams throws Yorgi's body (disguised as Rollin) through a ship's porthole into the sea. Yorgi is wearing a black tuxedo and a white shirt. There is a cut of the body falling into the water, but this body is wearing white trousers and a blue shirt. See more »

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I thought emeralds were green. They are, aren't they?!
26 May 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I am really confused. Emeralds are green gemstones. However, throughout this episode, they kept showing the stone and it was clearly deep blue. Call me crazy, but that sure doesn't sound like an emerald.

Regardless, the stone apparently has some important US government secret hidden upon it and an amoral arms dealer (William Smithers) won't sell it to anyone--the US or the Soviet Bloc. However, the IM Force and a couple enemy agents have followed the guy onto a cruise ship and they won't give up so easily. Eventually, the IM Force is able to manipulate everyone into playing a high stakes game of poker--one in which the IM folks clearly plan to cheat. After all, in this hand, you have TWO straight flushes at the same time--and the odds are about half a trillion to one that this would naturally occur (I checked--the odds are actually 553,700,847,700 to 1). But that's not the end of it--as the team manages to do far more. Exactly what, you'll need to see for yourself.

Gambling episodes are very, very common. Because of this, I cannot give this one a higher score--though it is still very good and worth seeing.

UPDATE: I've been informed by one reader that emeralds DO come in other colors, such as blue. Thank you Jimmy for this information.


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