Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
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The Connection 

The IMF becomes a heroin manufacturer to sabotage a major drug deal and leave the dealers holding the cellophane bag when the police move in.


Barry Crane


Bruce Geller (created by), Edward J. Lakso (teleplay) | 2 more credits »




Episode credited cast:
Peter Graves ... Jim Phelps
Greg Morris ... Barney Collier
Lynda Day George ... Lisa Casey
Peter Lupus ... Willy Armitage
Anthony Zerbe ... Reece Dolan
Joe Maross ... Clegg
Jeff Morris Jeff Morris ... Dan Page
Bruce Watson ... Charlie Finch
Mike Lane ... Lew Bates (as Michael Lane)
Françoise Ruggieri ... Simone
Nate Esformes ... Turk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Bakey Ed Bakey ... Attendant


The IMF becomes a heroin manufacturer to sabotage a major drug deal and leave the dealers holding the cellophane bag when the police move in.

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Release Date:

18 December 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?


The 'N' in the aircraft's registration number has been masked to disguise the fact that it is a US registered airplane. The full number, N33BK shows it as a British Aerospace 125 and is currently (2017) deregistered. See more »


Private jets such as the one used here typically cruise at altitudes of 30,000' and higher. The temperature at that altitude would be at least -30 degrees and the atmosphere would be far too thin to support life. Finch stowed away in an unheated and depressurized access area. He would have been dead long before reaching their destination. See more »


[first lines]
Clegg: Let him in.
[door is opened and Dolan walks in]
Clegg: Dolan, what are you doing here? My meeting was with Jason.
Reese Dolan: Jason isn't coming.
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IMF Into Global Drug Distribution
22 July 2019 | by Desertman84See all my reviews

The IMF faces a drug smuggler Reese Dolan wherein they plan to identify both the source and the distributor of the heroin transport operation.The IMF disguises itself to become a drug manufacturer to get close to the villains.In the process,the Big Store is made wherein the IMF is into a global drug distribution.

The episode has a great and interesting plot.Too bad that the execution was ruined when an enemy agent acts irrationally as he gets to know the plan of the IMF and tries to foul things up.Despite the presence of the best recurring villain in actor Anthony Zerbe,the episode still remains average at best compared to previous Mission Impossible episodes from previous seasons. But it remains a good one by season six standards.

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