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Mission:Impossible (Movies, TV)

"You might want to take a look at that."
"Why, is it going to self-destruct in five seconds?"

Cinnamon Carter. Rollin Hand. Barney and Willy. Daniel Briggs and Jim Phelps. These were the members of the original team, circa 1966. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to wipe clean the public memory of the inferior movies starring Tom Cruise and return these individuals and the original TV show to their rightful iconic place in the TV firmament. As always, should you or any of your I:M force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck.

1.03 "Meet John Smith"

"Cameras are on the roof, so if this guy followed you here, we should be able to spot him."
"Wow! How Mission: Impossible. I feel like at any moment Tom Cruise is gonna dangle from the ceiling on cables."
"Great. Now I won't be able to sleep. I hope he doesn't try to marry me."

The reference to the movie is straightforward enough. There is a scene in the movie remake of the popular TV series, Mission: Impossible, which Gia has obviously seen, where the hero, played by Tom Cruise, breaks into a facility by lowering himself down with a rope and pulley arrangement to avoid the various alarms that protect the object of his desire. The second reference is less straightforward, and yet more so. Before I go further, note this proviso: Tom Cruise is litigious. We are poor. These two facts have a bearing on the following. Tom Cruise fell madly in love with actress Katie Holmes, some sixteen years his junior and best known as Joey Potter on Dawson's Creek. He was not shy to proclaim his love, most notably whilst jumping up and down on a couch on Oprah Winfrey's show. He has strong views on psychiatry and antidepressants, which he loathes, and Scientology, which he advances. He has consistently denied rumors that he 1) is gay, 2) is crazy, 3) proposed marriage to Katie Holmes for the enhancement of their careers, 4) proposed marriage to Katie Holmes to disguise his true sexual orientation, 5) has not fathered a child with her. Okay, Tom? Can't think what Veronica's problem is.

2.20 "Look Who's Stalking"
Who's Who bio: Tom Cruise

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