S02E10. For Art's Sake
Original Broadcast Date: 14 December 1989


Phelps speaks to the teacher (Chelsea Brown) at a ballet class for girls after she dismisses them. Music by Tchaikovsky is heard in the background.

Instructor: Okay, girls. That's enough for today. Same time tomorrow, all right? Thank you.

Phelps: I guess it's a long, hard road from beginner to prima ballerina.

Instructor: Long and painful. But for those who make it, uh, it has its rewards.

Phelps: Like première danseuse at Covent Garden?

Instructor: Or corps de ballet at Lincoln Center.

Phelps: Hmmm.

Instructor: Um, our season's programs are on the piano.

The instructor walks away. Phelps goes over to the piano and opens the bench. The player is inside. He takes it out and places it on the piano keys. The code consists of six numbers which cannot be easily seen.

Good morning, Jim. Two nights ago, a priceless painting on loan to the Manhattan Museum of Art was stolen, and a guard murdered in the process. The painting taken was a national treasure of San Marcos, a state in Central America. It depicts their patron saint, and has religious and patriotic associations of vast importance to them. The loss of the painting will be seen as a catastrophe for which the United States will be held to blame. The man we believe devised the whole plan is the minister of culture, which really means propaganda. His name is Rafael Ocha. He is ambitious to gain more power. The theft itself could be the work of this man, Daniel Travers. It seems that what Travers can't buy, he steals. We suspect he financed his way into the hotel business by stealing and dealing art to the underground market. Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to find the stolen Montoya painting and thus preserve the good name of the United States among the people of San Marcos, bring Daniel Travers to justice and restore to the world the masterpieces he has stolen over the years. 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 leaves the player on the piano keys. Smoke billows from it.