Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!==Tape Scene== Considered to be among the most iconic moments of television, the tape scene is the first sequence of ''Mission: Impossible.'' Briggs/Phelps is shown accessing a tape recorder with a manila envelope which contains pictures of the target(s) and other individuals who are affected by the target's actions. Usually the tape and envelope are in a store, where Briggs/Phelps exchange codes by casual conversation with the store owner--thus the owner leaves so Briggs/Phelps can access the tape. Other times the tape is located in a parked car, telephone booth (where certain coins must be deposited in sequence to unlock the phone), a photo booth, fire alarm box, boat, darkroom, place of worship, toll booth, movie theater (indoor theater and outdoor drive in), skating rink, zoo, beach, warehouse, or cigarette machine. Sometimes a phonograph, film reel, drive-in speaker, or telescope was used instead of the tape; in one instance, the Season 1 episode "[[Memory]]," Briggs received the instructions of his mission on a business card which a street photographer handed him, which card he read and promptly destroyed. Some tape sequences from Season 2 onward were reused more than once as stock footage for different episodes. From Season 5 onward, the tape scene in the prologue was usually shown after a brief introduction to the evening's episode though a situation encountered by the target or his staff which initiates the mission. When the mission instructions are to infiltrate the "syndicate" and put the target out of business (who usually extorts legitimate businesses or controls a specific operation), it is because "conventional law enforcement methods" are currently unable to obtain any incriminating evidence to arrest and prosecute the target. The tape instructions make no mention of any law enforcement agency (e.g. FBI) by name. The recorded voice for all episodes was done by [[Bob Johnson]] and was generally as follows: ''"Good morning Mr. Briggs/Phelps. The man you are looking at is ... Your mission, should you decide/choose to accept it, is to ... As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self destruct in 5/10 seconds. ''(Alternatively, it might instruct, ''"Please dispose of/destroy this tape in the usual manner/by the usual means/as usual.") Good luck, Dan/Jim."'' The tape itself is played backwards as the mission instructions are disseminated to Briggs/Phelps. At the end of the tape sequence when the tape "self-destructs," smoke emits from the recording so as to render it useless to anyone who may find it. When the instructions are simply to dispose the tape, Briggs/Phelps would throw it into an incinerator, or use other means to render the recording useless. Exceptions to the tape sequence were usually "off-book" missions--unsanctioned personal missions initiated by the IMF, usually to save a fellow team member or to save a personal friend--such as Briggs saving the daughter of his friend who was about to testify against a mobster during his criminal trial. Sometimes an ongoing mission suddenly becomes "off-book" when an IMF member is captured or shot by the target, such as Cinnamon Carter ([[Barbara Bain]]) or Jim Phelps in the respective Season 3 episodes "The Exchange" and "Nicole." In the Season 1 episode "Action!", it was Cinnamon Carter who retrieved the tape and its instructions at a women's spa instead of Briggs (who was played by [[Steven Hill]]). This was because Hill, an Orthodox Jew, was getting more and more uncooperative with the crew during filming, he slowly was written out of the series in the final 5 episodes. Hill had to leave early Friday afternoons (and the day before major Jewish holidays) to observe the Sabbath; this constricted the filming schedule because the film crew had to work around Hill's religious obligations. Hill was replaced by Peter Graves at the start of Season 2, who remained the IMF leader for the rest of the MI series. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Mission Impossible are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://missionimpossible.fandom.com/wiki/Mission:_Impossible_(1966)"