Mission: Impossible: Season 1, Episode 16

The Reluctant Dragon (14 Jan. 1967)

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The IMF seeks to smuggle an important scientist, with the help of his wife, out from behind the Iron Curtain. They discover belatedly that he doesn't want to leave.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cinnamon Carter (credit only)
Willy Armitage (credit only)
Joseph Campanella ...
Dr. Helmut Cherlotov
Commissioner Taal Jankowski
Dr. Karen Cherlotov
Elisa Ingram ...
Alex Rodine ...
Norbert Schiller ...
Norbert Meisel ...
Allen Bleiweiss ...
Robert Boon ...


Briggs, Barney and Rollin are on a mission to get a scientist out from behind the Iron Curtain. His wife, who is assisting the IMF, had defected a year earlier but he didn't follow her. As the mission unfolds, it's clear that the scientist never intended to defect and is still loyal to his country. Now, Briggs & Co. shift gears to convince the scientist to join the West. Written by Bill Koenig

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14 January 1967 (USA)  »

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The only story where team members return to the opening apartment. See more »


Although Cinnamon does not take part in the mission, when Briggs is selecting the team, her dossier is visible for a split-second before Briggs tosses Barney's dossier on top. See more »


Rollin Hand: In a pinch, Barney could order cold cuts in Swahili.
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Amazingly violent.
6 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Dr. Karen Cherlotov (Mala Powers) defected from behind the Iron Curtain. Now she's approached the IM Force in order to get them to get her husband, Dr. Helmut Cherlotov (Joseph Campanella) out of the country as well. However, when Rollin meets Helmut, he soon realizes that the man does NOT want to defect and his wife lied about this. His desire to stay and work on missile guidance for the enemy is a surprise, as his government no longer trusts him due to his wife's actions. In particular, Commissioner Jankowski (John Colicos) is making Helmut's life miserable. So, instead of getting Helmut to defect, Rollin must first help open the doctor's eyes and make him want to leave.

"The Reluctant Dragon" is a very violent episode with Rollin killing one guy and shooting another. This is very atypical for the series but made sense as you'd think spies would occasionally kill in real life. It's also a dandy episode--thanks mostly to a nice guest appearance by Colicos--a guy was was remarkably good at playing bad! during fight, it's obviously not Rollin

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