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Mission: Impossible: The Carriers (1966)
Good episode, but a seeming plot hole
Just watched this episode tonight. Very well done. Could easily have been a two-parter.
Once they discover the enemy's intent--that the enemy's operatives will be infected with the plague and then unknowingly infect the U.S., the IMF team goes about neutralizing the specimens. The premise is that the people who organized the plot will not discover that the specimens have actually been neutralized, that they will think they are still infecting their operatives, and that they will still send them to infect the U.S. The enemy, however, will never know why the plot failed; i.e., why their operatives never infect anyone. Clever!
Before the IMF team neutralizes the specimens, however, Rollin Hand gets infected with the virus. Later, he struggles with the compound's leader, inadvertently infecting *him* with the plague! Rollin is given an antidote at the end of the episode; however, wouldn't the compound leader soon thereafter come down with the plague and end up infecting his operatives anyway--with the result being that the operatives will still infect the U.S.? It seems like the writers' attempts to add to the suspense ended up creating a plot hole.