Mission: Impossible

Jim Phelps (Voight) finds Ethan at the trian station in London and tells him that Kittridge is the mole. Ethan pretends to believe him but he actually has got it all figured out (that Phelps faked his own death and killed the rest of the team) and tells Phelps about the exchange on the trian so he will turn up. On the train Ethan gives Max the NOC list and Luther sends a jamming signal so she can't send it. Meanwhile Ethan (disguised as Phelps) tests Claire to see if she knew about all of what happining. It turns out she knew about Phelps and Ethan reveals himself. Phelps then comes out with a gun and is busted when Ethan puts on the camera glasses and then Phelps shoots claire, killing her. He goes on the roof of the trian to be picked up by Kriger(Reno) in a chopper. (Who now we know works for Phelps). Ethan attaches the chopper to the trian and Phelps jumps on the chopper. So does Ethan and he sticks the explosive gum on the chopper killing Kriger and Phelps. Max is busted by Kittridge and Luther and Ethan and let back in to IMF.

Factual error: The train is a French TGV, these do not operate in the UK (not to date anyway) The Channel Tunnel passenger train is the Eurostar.

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Trivia: An early draft of the script was set to feature several characters from the original series all being killed off to raise the stakes for the new characters. The producers wanted to bring back as many of the original actors as possible. All declined, as they felt it was disrespectful to the original series. As a result, only the character of Jim Phelps was brought back, albeit as a surprise villain and not a hero.

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Question: Did Ethan actually know it was a mole hunt to trap Jim, or was he oblivious until he worked it out at the train station?

Answer: Ethan never thought it was a mole hunt to trap Jim. He found out from Kittridge at the restaurant that it was a mole hunt, but Kittridge believes that Ethan is the mole (the money his parents mysteriously receive). At the station Ethan realises that Jim must be the mole since it is too convenient both he and his wife survived. However, the hunt to catch the mole was never directed at Jim - Kittridge never suspected him until at the end when he sees Jim alive.

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Actually had suspicions before Jim showed up. Ethan found the Bible that was stamped from the Drake Hotel. Where Jim had literally just come back from before the mission. It made no sense otherwise why that would be in Jim's possession.

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