Original Broadcast Date: 29 April 1989
Phelps arrives by helicopter at an airport runway as a US Air Force jet lands. Phelps gets out of the helicopter and follows the jet into a hangar where he talks to the pilot (David Woodley).
Phelps: I guess it takes a special breed of man to fly one of these babies.
Pilot: Well, they're a special breed of aircraft.
Phelps: Part flying machine, part computer. The age of the microchip.
Pilot: Long step from the Wright Brothers. [He points up.] Climb in.
Phelps climbs in to the cockpit. The player is on the "dashboard" above the pilot's control panel. Phelps takes the player and puts it on the seat beside him. The password is 381.
Good morning, Jim. The USS Concord was one of the newest submarines to join our Pacific fleet. Two days ago, she was lost at sea, apparently, the result of sophisticated sabotage. The loss has been temporarily kept from the press. Only three of her crew survived, via their escape bells. These survivors confirm that the Concord blew apart at the moment of a retaliatory torpedo launch against a radio beacon similar to this. The beacon was a fatal lure for the Concord. And our information from black market intelligence confirms its destructiveness comes from a computer virus. East-West arms negotiations cancelled development of these weapons on both sides three years ago. Since almost all modern ships are controlled by computer, the unpredictable results of this technology could undermine the balance of power and threaten world peace. Our intelligence agencies are convinced that the sinking was a ruthless demonstration for this man, Etienne Reynard, weapons procurer for an extremist state. Surveillance suggests he is negotiating to purchase the computer virus to wreak havoc on U.S. shipping in the Gulf. The virus program must be discovered so that countermeasures can be developed. Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to obtain that virus program and put its creators permanently out of the arms business. As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This disc will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim.
Phelps closes the player and leaves the cockpit. Smoke billows from the player.