Gunnar Malstrom is one of the leaders of the Pendulum, a secret terrorist organization seeking to overthrow the United States government. The IMF is informed that the Pendulum is shortly ... See full summary »



(created by),

Watch Now

With Prime Video





Episode cast overview:
... James Phelps
... Barney Collier
... Willy Armitage
... Lisa Casey
... Gunnar Malstrom
... Allen Bock
... General Weston
... Leader
... Sam
... Arab
... Admiral
Beverly Moore ... Telephone Operator
... Manny


Gunnar Malstrom is one of the leaders of the Pendulum, a secret terrorist organization seeking to overthrow the United States government. The IMF is informed that the Pendulum is shortly planning a major attack on the government, code-named Nightfall. With no knowledge of other members of the Pendulum, the IMF lures Malstrom to the headquarters of a phony corporate conglomerate, where they learn bits and pieces of the plan -- but fail to uncover that the official who is supposedly the target of Nightfall has already been replaced by a Pendulum double. Written by aldanoli

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


TV-PG | See all certifications »



Release Date:

23 February 1973 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Casey lures Malstrom to the headquarters of a fake corporation, "World Resources, Ltd." that the IMF has set up. An establishing shot shows that the headquarters has an unusual "inverted double pyramid" design, in which each lower floor gradually becomes wider than the floor below it until the middle level, after which each floor becomes proportionately smaller for the same number of stories. This building is actually the library on the campus of the University of California at San Diego as it looked in the early 1970s when this was filmed. (It can also be seen in the pilot of "Simon and Simon," which actually was set in San Diego.) See more »


After General Weston is killed the killers pull his body out of the car and drag him away. As they do his toes leave two small furrows in the dirt. To the right of these furrows are two identical furrows from an earlier take. See more »


[first lines]
General Weston: What's the matter, Sergeant? Why did you puill in here?
Gunnar Malstrom: I'll answer your question, General Weston.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Sight And Sound Wonder About Ruling The World
7 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

A terrorist group wish to rule the US government.

This might be episode 20 in screening order but a "Mission Impossible expert" tells me that this was the very last episode in production order...and what a wonderful way to go out!

Some MI episodes are too just too complicated but this final adventure is a less complex story about world domination...and guest star Dean Stockwell steals every scene he is in.

The music editor went all out digging up music cues from old episodes dating back to season one. So we get normally boring scenes like a van driving down a road that suddenly seem wonderful because this great music is playing over such scenes.

Not only something to listen to but something to watch: in The Pendulum we have this wonderfully mysterious futuristic-looking building that looks like something out of a science fiction film. But as it turns out, the above mentioned "expert" tells me the building in question is actually The Geisel Library at the University of California.

In a nutshell: if you gave up on some of the later seasons of Mission Impossible because they seemed too dull, come back for the last episode (in production order).

Stockwell, the music and that building bring it all to life in grand 1970s style!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page