Mission: Impossible: Season 1, Episode 8

The Ransom (5 Nov. 1966)

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Egan, a criminal, has kidnapped the daughter of a friend of Briggs. One of Egan's confederates will testify against him the next day before a grand jury. Egan's message to Briggs is clear: ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
George Forrester
Frank Egan
Augie Gorman
Allen Joseph ...
Dr. Green
Cheryl Callaway ...
Walter Mathews ...
The Detective
Don Marshall ...
The Police Officer
Michael Barrier ...
The Intern


Egan, a criminal, has kidnapped the daughter of a friend of Briggs. One of Egan's confederates will testify against him the next day before a grand jury. Egan's message to Briggs is clear: exchange the witness for his friend's daughter. At this point, Briggs's friend doesn't even know his daughter has been abducted. Briggs begins an emergency operation in which the IMF will snatch the witness out of a heavily guarded hotel room. But Briggs is determined that Egan won't get a chance to kill the witness. Written by Bill Koenig

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This episode marks the first use of the Craig Panorama Model 212 tape recorder, which made many repeat appearances throughout the series. It was cheap (retailing for under $25.00), durable and relatively advanced for its time. It featured both built-in and remote microphones and two tape speeds. Its use on Mission: Impossible made it very popular, and it continues to be a collectors' item to this day, largely fueled by M:I nostalgia. See more »


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What? No mission?!
3 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode is one of a handful that has no introductory mission. Instead, Briggs is shooting pool when a gangster, Egan, approaches and announced his gang has kidnapped a friend of Briggs' daughter--and they'll kill her unless Briggs' team springs an important witness against Egan from police custody. While Briggs knows the witness will be killed and cannot allow that, he also knows that the team needs to at least go through the motions of kidnapping the guy in order to give them a chance to get the girl.

"The Ransom" is one of the better episodes--mostly because it didn't stick to the tried and true formula. It also had a really neat ending--one that was awfully exciting and clever. Well worth seeing.

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