Walter Townsend, an enemy agent working in the U.S., has been allowed to obtain false information that, if believed by his home country, will cause its leaders grave embarrassment (and ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Stefan Miklos
Walter Townsend
George Simpson
Vic Perrin ...
Joseph Breen ...
Vincent (as Joe Breen)
Arland Schubert ...
Willoughby [in credits Cooper]


Walter Townsend, an enemy agent working in the U.S., has been allowed to obtain false information that, if believed by his home country, will cause its leaders grave embarrassment (and discredit Townsend). But another spy from Townsend's home country also working in the U.S., George Simpson, tells his superiors that the information supplied to Townsend is false. Because Simpson and Townsend are known to be rivals, their home country sends its most brilliant agent, Stefan Miklos, to determine the truth or falsity of the information Townsend supplied. The IMF's job is to "assist" Miklos in reaching the "correct" conclusion -- while letting him believe that he has determined for himself that the information is true. Written by aldanoli

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12 January 1969 (USA)  »

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In the opening scene, the theater that Phelps enters to get his mission is displaying posters for "The Jayhawkers" (1959) and "Summer and Smoke" (1961). See more »


Barney sneaks into Townsend's apartment to change Townsend's time on the watch. He changes it from 4:35 to 4:05, meaning the real time is now 4:35, the time Townsend will think as real is 4:05. However in the very next scene we see Vincent (Miklos' lieutenant) at the airport with the clock behind him, clock displaying 4:15. If this action really takes place after Barney's presence in the apartment, it should show a time after 4:35, not before. See more »


[first lines]
Person on Tape: [voice on tape] Good morning, Mr. Phelps. The man you're looking at is Walter Townsend, one of our high-ranking Intelligence officers, whom we recently discovered is a top enemy agent. Upon learning this, we allowed Townsend access to false information which will cause his country severe embarrassment if believed and acted upon. Unfortunately, this man, George Simpson, Townsend's only contact in America, discovered the information was false and reported to his superiors that ...
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The Mind of Stefan Miklos is my first encounter with the original "Mission: Impossible" series
23 June 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

I recently went back to the From the Archives site to watch this vintage episode of "Mission: Impossible" on it. Part of me was disappointed to not see much action on the part of the players both regular and guest but there was always the possibility of something going to happen especially when the main villain thinks he has everything figured out when he thinks of all the people he saw and met and remembered them in different places and uniforms. Nice seeing Ed Asner outside of his Lou Grant role in "The Mary Tyler Moore" show as well as Jason Evers outside of the MS3K entry The Brain That Wouldn't Die (he was credited as Herb there). Hope to eventually watch a DVD collection. Lalo Schifrin's theme is still one of the best...

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