The F.B.I. (1965–1974)
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An Eastern Bloc courier is shot and captured at an airport while entering the U.S. The courier had hidden tape intended for a mysterious operative known only as "Alexander." Erskine goes ... See full summary »

Director:

William Hale

Writer:

Gerald Sanford
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Episode cast overview:
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Inspector Lewis Erskine
Philip Abbott ... Arthur Ward
William Reynolds ... Special Agent Tom Colby
Jessica Walter ... Ellen Rainey
William Smithers ... Clay Keller
Kevin McCarthy ... Paul Dorn
Skip Ward ... Burt Reese
Mark Roberts ... SAC Johnson
Curt Lowens ... Jordon
Jason Wingreen ... Customs Inspector
Booth Colman Booth Colman ... Albert Vogel
Michele Montau Michele Montau ... French Woman
John Ward John Ward ... Officer
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An Eastern Bloc courier is shot and captured at an airport while entering the U.S. The courier had hidden tape intended for a mysterious operative known only as "Alexander." Erskine goes undercover, taking the place of the courier. He quickly discovers the situation is more complicated than he imagined. The FBI inspector is now in the middle of an espionage ring with conflicting allegiances. Alexander is loyal to Moscow, while other members now are loyal to China. On top of that, the courier Erskine is portraying was hired to kill Alexander. Colby and other FBI men can only keep track of the FBI inspector from a distance. Written by Bill Koenig

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Once again, Erskine goes under cover.
15 December 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the story begins, a spy carrying important information for his communist contacts in the United States is caught and shot while trying to pass through customs. Before dying, he talks to the FBI and informs them of his assignment. Erskine decides to pose as this agent and complete the assignment in order to uproot the spy network. However, there are some problems. Erskine doesn't exactly look like the guy, he has limited information about every aspect of the job and he is an agent who might be recognized. But what he doesn't realize is that the dead man's assignment was to kill someone. What will Erskine do when he is told he must do this?

While this is an exciting and good episode, once again I felt a bit annoyed that they had Erskine go undercover. He did this in the previous episode...and was identified! Considering he's a long-time agent and has many enemies, he would seem like a terrible choice to complete this mission.


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English

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24 September 1967 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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