Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
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The Psychic 

Cinnamon poses as a psychic as part of a typically complicated plan devised by Briggs. The IMF's target is a U.S. businessman who has fled to South America, where he can't be touched ... See full summary »


Charles R. Rondeau


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Episode cast overview:
Steven Hill ... Daniel Briggs
Barbara Bain ... Cinnamon Carter
Greg Morris ... Barney Collier
Peter Lupus ... Willy Armitage
Martin Landau ... Rollin Hand
Barry Sullivan ... Alex Lowell
Milton Selzer ... January Vornitz
Richard Anderson ... Judge Wilson Chase
Paul Mantee ... Byron Miller
Michael Pataki ... Ed
Rita D'Amico Rita D'Amico ... Girl at Party
Ernesto Macias ... Man at Party (as Eric Mason)
Shepherd Sanders Shepherd Sanders ... Politician (as Shep Sanders)


Cinnamon poses as a psychic as part of a typically complicated plan devised by Briggs. The IMF's target is a U.S. businessman who has fled to South America, where he can't be touched legally. He has taken control of a company that holds patents vital to U.S. security interests. The businessman intends to sell the patents to an intelligence operative of an Eastern Bloc nation. The IMF intends to get control of the company back from the businessman. The plan calls for Rollin to impersonate a gangster, Barney to use slight of hand and the help of a respected judge. Written by Bill Koenig

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Release Date:

22 April 1967 (USA) See more »

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Desilu Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although highly improbable, it's possible for the dealer to legitimately win a game of showdown with the deck with the strippers. Example: The 9 strippers were 10,10,10,J,J,J,A,A,A (suits don't matter in this case, a flush is impossible). If out of the stripped cards, Rollin ended up with (10,10,J,J,A), Lowell would have ended up with (10,J,A,A,?). If the 10th card (Lowell's last) had been the 4th ace, 4th jack or 4th 10 in the deck, Lowell would have won with either three of a kind (10,J,A,A,A) or one of two higher two pairs (10,10,J,A,A) (10,J,J,A,A). See more »


New decks of cards come in a uniform order A-K suited 4 times. When Lowell opened the stripped deck and checked them for marks, they were in an order that showed they had been shuffled. This might have been done intentionally by the team. See more »


[first lines]
Person on Tape: [voice on tape] Good morning, Mr. Briggs. The man you are looking at is Alex Lowell, a promoter of several large investment trusts. A few weeks ago, Lowell's trusts gained control of a majority of the shares in Sud-Aero, a foreign company which manufactures some of NATO's secret defense hardware. Lowell immediately transferred the stock into his own name, and with it, left for South America, out of our reach. We believe he intends to put Sud-Aero's secret patents up for sale to the ...
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The end of the Dan Briggs era
4 May 2007 | by smartalanSee all my reviews

This is the last episode with Dan Briggs. Steven Hill only appears in the opening and the planning of the caper. In the last 4 episodes, Briggs was only really in one of them and not even doing the opening once as Cinnamon takes the mission. In retrospect, it is obvious that Hill would be replaced the following year. This episode in one of the few in the first season that IMF crew didn't have a major problem with their plan. In this one, the only problem concerned Barney, and it was a minor one headed off by Cinnamon. The cast is one of the bigger ones for known TV names, although Milton Seltzer was a guest star in the final credits and Richard Anderson and Paul Mantee were also starring after the Seltzer credit. The best part of the episode was the red herring the viewer is fed as to how the group will accomplish it's mission. Once you see how it was done, you smile and say "ahhh! I should have known." And then you smile with the IMF crew as the leave with the same smile you have and await season 2.

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