Mission: Impossible: Season 1, Episode 27

The Traitor (15 Apr. 1967)

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A U.S. intelligence operative has defected to an Eastern Bloc country and is currently housed at that nation's embassy in Washington. Briggs devises a plan in which a contortionist is ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Tina Mara
Lonny Chapman ...
Edward Hughes
Frank Marth ...
Paul Sorensen ...
First Floor Guard
Socrates Ballis ...
Maintenance Man
Ed McCready ...
Teletype Clerk
Michael Rye ...
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A U.S. intelligence operative has defected to an Eastern Bloc country and is currently housed at that nation's embassy in Washington. Briggs devises a plan in which a contortionist is needed to navigate through the ventilation system of the embassy and break into a top-security portion of the facility. What's more, Rollin will pose as an official of the nation while Barney, Willy and Cinnamon also play key roles. Written by Bill Koenig

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Wonderfully crafted
7 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

An American spy has defected to an Eastern Bloc country by taking refuge in their embassy in Washington. The American government cannot just storm in and take the agent so it's up to the IM Force to get that agent using their usual bag of tricks--plus the help of a contortionist (Eartha Kitt) who will be climbing through the ductwork of the complex. In fact, she is a HUGE part of the episode and it all relies on her to not only climb but precisely follow Barney's instructions without triggering any of the alarms. So what, exactly, is Kitt to do and what does all this have to do with capturing this traitor? See this exceptionally well-crafted episode to see! This is a really neat episode--with some of the best stunts and twists. I particularly liked how they hid, for a short time, the spy inside his own bed! It's all very clever and is very, very much worth your time.

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