Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
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Eastern Bloc agent Alexander Vanin is serving time in a federal prison for espionage. Using auto-hypnosis he has blocked all information about the location or contents of a microfilm list ... See full summary »


Murray Golden


Bruce Geller (created by), Harold Livingston

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Episode cast overview:
Peter Graves ... James Phelps
Leonard Nimoy ... Paris
Lesley Ann Warren ... Dana Lambert (as Lesley Warren)
Greg Morris ... Barney Collier
Peter Lupus ... Willy Armitage
Antoinette Bower ... Olga Vanin
Sam Elliott ... Doug Robert
Alfred Ryder ... Gregor Mishenko
Frank Marth ... Alexander Vanin
Arthur Batanides Arthur Batanides ... Valenkoff
Robert Sampson ... Fitzgerald
Athena Lorde Athena Lorde ... Mme. Mishenko
Albert Szabo Albert Szabo ... Kovitch
Yuri Smaltzoff Yuri Smaltzoff ... Dancer
Oleg Korbyn Oleg Korbyn ... Dancer


Eastern Bloc agent Alexander Vanin is serving time in a federal prison for espionage. Using auto-hypnosis he has blocked all information about the location or contents of a microfilm list he hid just before he was arrested. Vanin's wife is the only person who can remove the mental block and the only one Alexander will confide in. The IMF stage a welcome home party at Vanin's embassy (which has been cleverly vacated) to reunite husband, wife, and the top secret roll of microfilm. Written by EEM

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Release Date:

6 March 1971 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Features probably the largest crew of agents beyond the central IMF team, when the IMF replaces all the servers, entertainers and guests at an embassy party with their own people. See more »


As Jim is listening to the mission briefing tape and as the tape is playing the first view shows the recorder with the cover off, but as views switch, there are 2 views where the cover in on the machine, then off again. See more »


[first lines]
Alexander Vanin: [on phone] Valenkoff?
Valenkoff: Yes.
[to woman in room]
Valenkoff: Madam Vanin, it is the Colonel.
Olga Vanin: [coming to the phone] Yes.
Alexander Vanin: Olga, listen carefully. I do not have time to explain. I am going to give you some numbers. Do not repeat them. I want you to commit them to memory. 12... 45... 72. 12... 45... 72.
Olga Vanin: I have them, Alex.
Alexander Vanin: Good. Now, remember those numbers. Our lives may depend on it.
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Good episode with a Cold War feeling
15 November 2017 | by shaksprynSee all my reviews

Some of the best MI episodes are those in which our team goes toe to toe with agents of a Communist Eastern European nation, and this is one of those. Guest cast is good; Antoinette Bower is a standout, making her fourth and final appearance in MI (she was in an earlier two-parter, The Slave). Antoinette, who was born in Germany and is convincing as a Communist adherent, looks especially smashing in early scenes where she wears a long leather coat and a tall Russian-type hat!

The plot clicks along nicely. Jim, Paris and Barney get the most to do in this one. Some of the 5th season shows had Dana as a very central figure, but she is definitely just supporting here. She also looks good in her Eastern Europe type outfit.

This episode reminds us that the Cold War was a tough, hard conflict, with potentially grim consequences for the agents who fought in it. Good plot; highly watchable. I like the foreign-oriented episodes best.

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