Mission: Impossible: Season 3, Episode 12

The Exchange (5 Jan. 1969)

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The episode opens with a mission already underway in a foreign country. But an unforeseeable accident causes Cinnamon Carter to be captured by the foreign government just as she completes ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Colonel Josef Strom
Will Kuluva ...
Rudolf Kurtz
Curt Lowens ...
Major Mecklin
Captain Anders
Dr. Emil Gorin


The episode opens with a mission already underway in a foreign country. But an unforeseeable accident causes Cinnamon Carter to be captured by the foreign government just as she completes the original mission successfully. With time running out as she's being interrogated by her captors, the rest of the IMF hatches a desperate plan to regain her freedom: break the other country's top spy out of prison in the West, try to trick him out of the information he's holding, and then offer to exchange him for Cinnamon. Written by aldanoli

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Rollin, in disguise, tells Kurtz that Jim Phelps is Colonel Geist. Geist is German for "ghost" or "phantom". See more »


As soon as Rudolf Kurtz has finished being debriefed Rollin leaps out of the wheelchair and dashes out of the fake office the IMF team created on an elevated platform. Willy leads a bewildered Kurtz out of the office - clearly walking around the wheelchair - where he can see they are still in the warehouse. Rollin's wheelchair has magically transported itself to the warehouse floor. See more »


[last lines]
James Phelps: How do you feel?
Cinnamon Carter: Free.
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Vehicle simulation ride and room reproduction among this episode's highlights
17 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews


This episode starts with an ongoing mission involving Cinnamon, Rollin, and Jim. This was one of those episodes that did not begin with a recorded mission similar to "The Condemned" episode from Season 2. For some reason, I found the episodes that did not start with a recorded message to be more fascinating. This episode could have been a two part with Cinnamon being caught as the cliffhanger for the end of the first part (this would mean the Secretary would have to disavow any knowledge of the team's actions). Cinnamon has to photograph certain documents inside a government building, but is caught when an alarm is set off by a bird. She manages to pass off what she photographed to the team members outside the building. You get to see Cinnamon in her undergarments as she is strip searched by a female guard after her capture. Her captors then try to interrogate her and get more information on who was behind the mission. They try to break her down and finds out that she is claustrophobic. The other members of her team try to obtain her release by offering up a captured suspected spy from that country. They send Rollin to impersonate a lawyer visiting the jailed spy and replaces him with a inflated dummy. However, before the prisoner exchange swap can be done, they need to get the information from the jailed spy first. The episode then brings in a somewhat complex setup where the spy is put inside a crate that is mounted on equipment meant to simulate the motions of a moving vehicle. Inside the crate, the spy feels the movements and sounds of a vehicle in motion (with the border crossing sounds too). Then the crate is moved to a room that is duplicated to look like one of the spy's superior's office building. The spy is tricked into believing that his superior officer was replaced and gives up his information to the IMF team. With this information, the team takes the spy to the border crossing for the prisoner exchange. The spy realizes that he has been duped, but cannot reveal the truth of what happened to his countrymen. Cinnamon, who was on the brink of going bonkers, is given up for the exchange of the spy. The prisoners go past each other, but the spy's commanding officer decides to take out both Cinnamon and Jim as they walk away. The IMF team takes some precaution to save Jim and Cinnamon (note a small plot hole at the end - the coats do not appear to have bullet holes).

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