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
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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The main foreign government building is actually Pasadena City Hall, used for many movie locations and by famous productions including Charlie Chaplin's. "The Great Dictator." 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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This episode contains so many of the plot elements fans love...and a twist.
16 August 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an unusual episode because it begins with a mission already in progress. Soon you see an accident occur...and Cinnamon is captured. The IM Force must get her back, but how?

During most of the show, the baddies are trying to break Cinnamon to learn who she's working for and her mission. At the same time, the IM team must break a captured enemy agent so that they can exchange him for Cinnamon. But Kurtz (this means 'little' in German...and the guy is awfully small by the way) hasn't talked in the last year while in custody, so the team naturally needs to concoct an ingenious and complicated (and cool) plan to fool the guy into talking. Can the team break him in time and can Cinnamon hold out until the exchange?

This episode offers many twists--more than usual. It also offers more than its share of cool gadgetry. Overall, aside from missing bullet holes at the end during the exchange, a really neat episode.

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