S01E08. The Pawn
Original Broadcast Date: 15 January 1989
Phelps is seen riding a horse along the ocean shore, perhaps near the Golden Gate Bridge. He gets off the horse and locates the recorder, which is hidden among some large rocks near the water.
Good morning, Jim. Gregor Antonov is one of Europe's ranking chess masters, and a scientist on a major Soviet defense project. His wife died five years ago, and he has become increasingly disenchanted with his work in the arms race. The killing of Antonov's son, an outspoken critic in the antinuclear movement, has made Antonov determined to defect to the West with his 15-year-old daughter, Sasha. Soviet officials are aware of this, and security around Antonov is ironclad. This week, Antonov will be competing in the World Chess Championships in Czechoslovakia. Security will be extremely tight, perhaps impregnable. Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to smuggle Antonov and his daughter out of Czechoslovakia. 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 closes the recorder and leaves it on the rocks. Smoke billows from it.