Mission: Impossible: Season 1, Episode 7

Wheels (29 Oct. 1966)

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The IMF Team is tasked to "unfix" a crooked election by thwarting plans to use a crooked voting machine in a crucial voting district in a South American country. "The Wheels" are the tally counters in the voting machine



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Episode cast overview:
Rollin Hand / Miguel Cordova
Percy Rodrigues ...
Captain Trez (as Percy Rodriguez)
Felipe Mora
Jonathan Kidd ...
The Registrar
David Fresco ...
The Libertadist
Edmund Tontini ...
The Nationalist
Tom Hernández ...
The Desk Sergeant (as Tom Hernandez)


The Impossible Missions Force is assigned to prevent an attempt to steal an election in an important Latin American country. Brigg's plan is complicated when Barney, whose technical knowledge is vital, is wounded. Now, besides having to execute a complicated scheme, the IMF has to find medical attention for one of its own. Written by Bill Koenig

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At the beginning of the episode, you see Dan Briggs driving past the "Fehrle Lumber Co.". Philip D. Fehrle was a production assistant / assistant to executive producer on the series. See more »


After Briggs has listened to the tape of the mission briefing, he destroys the tape reel by throwing it into a furnace as he passes in his car. As the camera pans to the furnace, one can see the reel in the bottom of the frame as it misses its target and bounces back off the floor. See more »


Daniel Briggs: When in doubt - ask a policeman!
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Edited into Mission: Impossible: The Legacy (1967) See more »

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A surprisingly bad episode from an otherwise great season 1
3 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Even the best show occasionally has a bad episode--and "Wheels" is definitely that. However, remember that apart from this one, the series, particularly season one, was spectacularly good.

This time around, the mission takes them to a Latino country where there is an upcoming election. However, it appears that the ruling Nationalist Party is not about to just hand over control to the more popular Liberty Party--and they'll rig one of the voting machines so that the election will swing their way. So, the team must sneak in and fix the machine before the election is complete to make things fair (though I have no idea why they don't cheat a little to help the Liberty Party). Their plans are interrupted, however, when Barney is shot. He ain't dead--but it's not going to be easy for an injured Barney to complete the job.

So why is this episode so bad? Well, it's not because the episode is generally slow--which it is. No, it's because during the mission they meet Rollin's identical double!! Miguel Cordova is exactly like Rollin and the audience is supposed to fall for the old identical stranger cliché! An identical stranger, by the way, that just happens to be in the right place at the right time!! Duh.

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