S02E05. Countdown
Original Broadcast Date: 26 October 1989


Phelps approaches a mime (Bob Burton) who is finishing a performance in a park for several people. Phelps puts some money in his top hat.

Phelps: Pantomime... it was considered the highest form of dramatic art in ancient Greece.

The mime bows in thanks for Phelps' contribution and puts his hat back on. He removes a rubberized flower from his lapel and plays with it in front of Phelps.

Phelps: You're very talented. Perhaps one day the world will see your art[s] in the light it deserves.

The mime reaches behind Phelps' left ear and "extracts" a key which he gives Phelps, pointing to a bandstand off to Phelps' right. Phelps walks to the bandstand and enters a room under it using the key. The player is in a wheelbarrow, and Phelps takes it and places it on a metal box where he opens it. The password is 351.

Good morning, Jim. The Asian country of Kangji is controlled by a government of military strongmen. This is General Xang Kai. The ultimate power he seeks is control of the whole country. This he will never achieve while rivals stand in his way. But now, Xang Kai has possession of a stolen nuclear warhead. By exploding this low-yield weapon in the heart of the city, Xang Kai plans to obliterate the entire government of Kangji. Using this destruction of human lives, he will emerge as undisputed leader, blaming the catastrophe on the United States. Xang Kai's plan depends upon this woman -- a beautiful but deadly terrorist called Su Lin. It was she who organized the theft of the weapon. Su Lin is that most feared of all terrorists -- the religious zealot. She's a devotee of the religious leader known as the Holy One... exiled for life by the present regime. In exchange for her help, Xang Kai has agreed to allow the Holy One to return to the country. Su Lin will go to any lengths to achieve this. She has undertaken to place the nuclear device in the capital and to arm it. Your mission, Jim, should you choose to accept it, is to find that nuclear device before it detonates, and to put an end to Xang Kai's evil plan. As always, if you or any of your IM Force should 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. Smoke billows from the machine.