Mission: Impossible: Season 1, Episode 19

Bayou (6 May 1989)

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Jim Phelps and his team of agents are assigned to finding out what has happened to more than 100 young girls who have mysteriously disappeared from the American town of New Orleans. The ... See full summary »

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Jim Phelps and his team of agents are assigned to finding out what has happened to more than 100 young girls who have mysteriously disappeared from the American town of New Orleans. The police in New Orleans are convinced that the girls have fallen victims to Jake Morgan, a jazz club owner who they also believe is responsible for an extensive white slavery business that kidnaps young girls and sells them as slaves to countries in Africa and Asia. If Morgan really is guilty of these accusations, it is up to the IMF-team to find the evidence and hopefully also a complete records of all the girls that have been sold through the organisation. If records can be found, the girls in question can be tracked, and hopefully also ultimately saved from slavery. Written by Anonymous

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The Gators Are Always Hungry
15 March 2013 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Diane Martin - Houston oil-baron's teen daughter is kidnapped (Aieeee!) near New Orleans (Laissez les bon temps rollez) and forced into white slavery by the genteel yet sadistic Jake Morgan (Frank Thring - whodat?) and his superstitious Creole madam Pepper LeVeau (Paula Kelly) headquartered on the shores of the bayou.

The Mission: Impossible team members mobilize and journey down south to rescue Diane Martin and all of the pretty young girls being held captive. They also orchestrate an elaborate punishment for Monsieur Morgan and Madame LeVeau's sins to boot.

As usual the team members adopt false identities to run a sting operation on the baddies. Shannon (Jane Badler) portrays a very spooky Tarot card reader/snake charmer/voodoo priestess, Grant (Phil Morris) a trumpeter in a jazz/blues band, Nicholas (Thaao Penghlis) a white slave trader with Max (Anthony Hamilton) as his henchman and Phelps (Peter Graves) pretends to be a Houston private investigator looking for Diane Martin.

The cast would be augmented each week by a guest star who was usually an established American star but the bit parts would be filled mostly with Australian actors. That along with use of aged stock footage to set action outside Australia would tend to clue viewers in to where it was really being shot - Queensland.

But the guest villain Morgan was portrayed by a brilliant and electrifying Australian character actor named Frank Thring. His menacing heavy-weight screen persona evoked Charles Laughton, Sidney Greenstreet and Alfred Hitchcock i.e. grotesquely fat, bald old creeps.

This was one of the darkest episodes of the 1988-1990 version of Mission: Impossible. The hints at sexual servitude and lascivious perversion made my skin crawl. But it was the voodoo ritual with its skulls, snakes and funky drumbeats they staged that freaked me out the most.

An exceptional entry in the series though one can see elements have been co-opted from the Bond film Live & Let Die. This remains a fun remembrance of my younger years as a TV viewer.


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