Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Having been soundly thrashed in the ratings wars by The Cosby Show, ABC wisely (if belatedly) moved the contemporary Mission: Impossible from Thursday to Saturday evenings on January 6, 1990. The first episode in the new time slot was "Deadly Harvest," written by Jan Sardi. In this episode, IMF agent Nicholas Black takes the place of Jared (Nick Carrafa), a research scientist who has been developing a dangerous virus on behalf of Orambaq, a terrorist nation. Unless the villains are stopped in their tracks, the entire wheat harvest in the United States will be permanently contaminated. Ritchie Singer appears as the head baddie, Jousseff K. (apparently Kafka-inspired).