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Mission: Impossible (season 5)

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Mission: Impossible (season 5)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes23
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 19, 1970 (1970-09-19) –
March 17, 1971 (1971-03-17)
Season chronology
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Season 4
Next →
Season 6
List of Mission: Impossible episodes

The fifth season of the original Mission: Impossible originally aired Saturdays at 7:30–8:30 pm (EST) from September 19, 1970[1] to March 6, 1971.[2] "The Merchant" originally aired Wednesday, March 17, 1971 at 7:30–8:30 pm (EST).[3]


Character Actor Main Recurring
James Jim Phelps Peter Graves Entire season
Paris Leonard Nimoy Entire Season
Dana Lambert Lesley Ann Warren Entire Season
Barnard Barney Collier Greg Morris Entire Season
William Willy Armitage Peter Lupus Episodes 1-4,7-8,12,15-16,18,21-23
Dr. Doug Robert Sam Elliott Episodes 5-6,9-11,13-14,17,19-20 Episodes 3, 22


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code [4]
1051"The Killer"Paul KrasnyArthur WeissSeptember 19, 1970 (1970-09-19)105
Lesley Ann Warren joins the regular cast as Dana Lambert. The IMF must stop a contract assassin (Robert Conrad) who makes all his decisions based on random chance. This episode was remade as "The Killer" (S01/E01) in the series remake.
1062"Flip Side"John Llewellyn MoxeyJackson GillisSeptember 26, 1970 (1970-09-26)106
The IMF must bust an illegal pharmaceutical ring where a US manufacturer (Dana Elcar) sells – legally – to a Mexican businessman (Robert Alda), who then smuggles the product back across the border to a west-coast distributor (Sal Mineo).
1073"The Innocent"John Llewellyn MoxeyTeleplay: Marc Norman and Laurence Heath
Story: Marc Norman
October 3, 1970 (1970-10-03)108
First appearance of Sam Elliott as recurring IMF team member Doug. When Barney is accidentally poisoned and subsequently caught during an attempt to destroy a computer, the IMF must persuade the only person in the area who can fill in for Barney to do the job – except he's reluctant to help and threatens to turn the team in. First of three episodes starring both Sam Elliott and Peter Lupus.
1084"Homecoming"Reza S. BadiyiLaurence HeathOctober 10, 1970 (1970-10-10)103
Jim Phelps discovers a series of murders going on in his hometown, and he brings in the rest of the IMF team to help him get to the bottom of it. Loretta Swit guest stars.
1095"Flight"Barry CraneTeleplay: Harold Livingston
Story: Leigh Vance
October 17, 1970 (1970-10-17)110
In order to foil an assassination, the IMF must convince the only man (John Colicos) who knows the identity of the assassin that his plane has crash-landed onto a notorious penal colony.
1106"My Friend, My Enemy"Gerald MayerTeleplay: Gene R. Kearney
Story: William Wood and Gene R. Kearney
October 25, 1970 (1970-10-25)107
While motorcycling in Europe, Paris is recognized by enemy agents, kidnapped, and programmed to murder his "control" – Jim Phelps.
1117"Butterfly"Gerald MayerTeleplay: Eric Bercovici and Jerry Ludwig
Story: Sheldon Stark
October 31, 1970 (1970-10-31)102
Paris must impersonate a kabuki artist and Willy must fight a jujitsu master in order to expose the murder of the Japanese wife of an American businessman by her isolationist brother (Khigh Dhiegh).
1128"Decoy"Seymour RobbieJohn D.F. BlackNovember 7, 1970 (1970-11-07)109
The IMF must spirit the daughter of the late premier of an Eastern-bloc country – and the secret dossier he gave her – to the west out from under the nose of her brother and the country's security chief, who knows of her desire to defect and wants the secret document, a list of moderate pro-Western officials.
1139"The Amateur"Paul KrasnyEd AdamsonNovember 14, 1970 (1970-11-14)112
While the IMF smuggles a secret weapon out of an Eastern-bloc country, they must contend with the meddling of a nightclub owner (Anthony Zerbe) who is not as clever as he thinks he is.
11410"Hunted"Terry BeckerHelen Hoblock ThompsonNovember 21, 1970 (1970-11-21)111
While attempting to smuggle the ill leader of a black nationalist movement from the clutches of his country's murderous white settler minority, Barney is wounded by the secret police and forced to seek refuge with a deaf-mute seamstress.
11511"The Rebel"Barry CraneTeleplay: Ken Pettus
Story: Norman Katkov and Ken Pettus
November 28, 1970 (1970-11-28)104
After a scientist is executed, the IMF must discover the location of his notebook in order to keep it out of the hands of the military, led by a scheming colonel (Mark Lenard).
11612"Squeeze Play"Virgil W. VogelTeleplay: David Moessinger
Story: Walter Brough and David Moessinger
December 12, 1970 (1970-12-12)114
Paris impersonates an American mobster in order to infiltrate the Syndicate's Mediterranean branch, obtain the list of their opium suppliers, and prevent the branch's terminally ill boss (Albert Paulsen) from perpetuating his empire.
11713"The Hostage"Barry CraneHarold LivingstonDecember 19, 1970 (1970-12-19)117
At the conclusion of a successful mission in a Latin country, revolutionaries kidnap Paris, believing he actually is the successful American hotel magnate that he had been portraying.
11814"Takeover"Virgil W. VogelTeleplay: Arthur Weiss
Story: Jerry Thomas and Arthur Weiss
January 2, 1971 (1971-01-02)118
A youth organizer is hired by a political boss and his puppet mayor (Lloyd Bochner) to foment student violence in order to make their political opponents appear weak. Dana poses as a provocateur (who is the mayor's long-lost daughter) to disrupt their plans.
11915"Cat's Paw"Virgil W. VogelHoward BrowneJanuary 9, 1971 (1971-01-09)116
The IMF helps Barney avenge the murder of his older brother by the black Mob.
12016"The Missile"Charles R. RondeauArthur WeissJanuary 16, 1971 (1971-01-16)119
An enemy agent attempts to steal the guidance system and schematics for a top-secret missile, but the IMF has secretly switched them out for fakes in order to set enemy weapons research back. Unfortunately, the team must also contend with a psychotic mechanic who is convinced that Dana Lambert is his former girlfriend.
12117"The Field"Reza S. BadiyiTeleplay: Wesley Lau
Story: Judy Burns and Wesley Lau
January 23, 1971 (1971-01-23)121
In order to help Barney cross an enemy minefield and destroy a nuclear satellite, Paris impersonates the American defector who designed the minefield. But when the real defector is accused of murder, the enemy forces take Paris into custody and reactivate the mines, with Barney trapped inside the field.
12218"Blast"Sutton RoleyJames L. Henderson & Samuel RoecaJanuary 30, 1971 (1971-01-30)122
Mr. Jim Phelps and Ms. Dana Lambert infiltrate a crew of bank robbers in order to discover the identity of the mysterious man they're funding, who aims to eventually overthrow the US government.
12319"The Catafalque"Barry CranePaul PlaydonFebruary 6, 1971 (1971-02-06)113
To discover the hidden location of a secret nuclear treaty and avoid a Cuban-style missile crisis, the IMF team must convince the son (John Vernon) of the country's deceased former leader that the new leader is framing him for murder.
12420"Kitara"Murray GoldenMann RubinFebruary 20, 1971 (1971-02-20)120
In order to rescue a renowned resistance leader imprisoned in an African colony governed by apartheid, the IMF utilize drugs and a special light bulb to trick a white governor (Lawrence Dobkin) into believing that his race has been altered.
12521"A Ghost Story"Reza S. BadiyiTeleplay: Ed Adamson and Ken Pettus
Story: John D.F. Black and Ed Adamson
February 27, 1971 (1971-02-27)123
A fascist militia leader (Andrew Duggan) must be made to believe that he is seeing and hearing ghosts in order to find where he has hidden the corpse of his son, which contains the only remaining clues to the secret of a deadly nerve gas.
12622"The Party"Murray GoldenHarold LivingstonMarch 6, 1971 (1971-03-06)124
An agent of the East European People's Republic gave his wife a code representing the location of the list of his government's spies in the US, then hypnotized himself to forget the list and its location, with the wife serving as the only trigger. In order to get the list, the IMF throws a fake party at the real embassy of the EEPR. Second of three episodes starring both Sam Elliott and Peter Lupus.
12723"The Merchant"Leon BensonHarold LivingstonMarch 17, 1971 (1971-03-17)115
Final appearances of Leonard Nimoy as Paris and Lesley Ann Warren as Dana Lambert. The IMF uses a rigged card game in order to bankrupt an illegal arms dealer (George Sanders). But when the computer the team was using is sabotaged, Paris must beat the arms dealer at five-card stud poker without any help.


  1. ^ TV Listings for September 19, 1970
  2. ^ TV Listings for March 6, 1971
  3. ^ TV Listings for March 17, 1971
  4. ^ White, Patrick J. (1991). The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier. New York: Avon Books. ISBN 0-380-75877-6.
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