Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
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The Survivors 

An enemy agent's kidnapped 2 scientists and their wives and is holding them in San Francisco. He wants a third scientist, who can help develop an ultimate weapon. Phelps devises a plan ... See full summary »


Paul Stanley


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Episode cast overview:
Peter Graves ... James Phelps
Martin Landau ... Rollin Hand
Barbara Bain ... Cinnamon Carter
Greg Morris ... Barney Collier
Peter Lupus ... Willy Armitage
Albert Paulsen ... Eric Stavak
Lawrence Dane ... Dr. Anton Yubov
John McLiam ... Dr. Wilson Cardel
Angela Clarke ... Nancy Stoner
Nancy Jeris Nancy Jeris ... Emily Cardel
Bob Homel Bob Homel ... Kopik (as Robert Homel)
Marc Grady Adams Marc Grady Adams ... Minister (as Marc Adams)
William Sargent William Sargent ... Dr. Edward Stoner [in credits Dr. Cardel] (as Bill Sargent)




An enemy agent's kidnapped 2 scientists and their wives and is holding them in San Francisco. He wants a third scientist, who can help develop an ultimate weapon. Phelps devises a plan where he'll pose as the scientist being sought, whilst the rest of the IM force fakes an earthquake. Written by Bill Koenig

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In the "dossier" scene, one of the photos of an agent not chosen for the mission is that of producer Joseph Gantman. See more »


After Jim crushes the light bulb in the flashlight (at around the 40:24 mark), the electrical wire that was pulled by "Ed" is clearly a single-strand wire. Jim says to "lead the wire back to the cell" but at the 41:41 mark, the wires are multi-stranded (it's very obvious, as it's a close-up, to show the spark). See more »


[first lines]
Person on Tape: [voice on tape] Good morning, Mr. Phelps. These men are Edward Stoner and Wilson Cardel, two of the three key scientists vital to the development of United States' Project 12. They have been kidnapped, along with their wives, by this agent, Erik Stavak. The Wilsons and Cardels are in great danger as they are useless to Stavak without the third scientist on the project, Dr. Robert Webster. But should Stavak succeed in getting all three men and forcing them to talk, the solution to ...
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One of the top ten episodes
1 June 2006 | by hhbooker2-1See all my reviews

The plot for this episode involves Barney Collier and Wlly Armitage posing as employees of the San Francisco Gas Company in which they rig up a device that creates the effects of an earthquake and the fact that San Francisco suffered the great earthquake of 1906. Two scientists are being held prisoner while the bad guys try to track down the third scientist who is needed to solve a problem for a super weapon and we are led to believe the two men alone do not have the complete answer, so Cinnamon Carter and Rollin Hand allow themselves to be seen at a funeral of a deceased enemy of the state and they are taken prisoner thinking she is the wife of the missing scientist and they learn she is the wife, but Rollin is not her husband as she is legally separated and she talks her missing husband to come out of hiding and Jim Phelps shows up and is questioned in front of the other two scientists, one of them almost exposes his fraud. The wives of the captured men include their wives. Cinnamon calls in a fake alert to the police department who in turn clear out the civilians as they were told there was a serious gas leak. The building shakes as though they went through an earthquake and of course the bad guys force their prisoners to dig a way out and then they double-cross them and end up being captured one-by-one and the leader has a look on his face that tells the whole story of being fooled. It becomes apparent there was no earthquake, too late for the bad guys and the IMF team departs in a truck. Sarge Booker of Tujunga, California

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24 September 1967 (USA) See more »

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Desilu Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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