S01E02. The System
Original Broadcast Date: 30 October 1988
At a football game, Phelps leaves his seat and follows a peanut vendor (Michael Cadagan?), who he approaches in a passageway at the stadium which is not particularly busy.
Phelps: The season's not starting so well for the visiting team.
Vendor: It's how the season finishes that counts.
Phelps: Some teams are front runners, others like to come from behind.
Vendor: Maybe you should tell that to our quarterback. Last locker, second from the top.
Phelps goes to the locker room and removes the disc player from inside a locker. He places it on a bench. Only two numbers of the code are seen: 59.
Good morning, Jim. The man you are looking at is Bob Connors, a crime syndicate boss of the Eastern Seaboard. Connors has managed to evade the law for over ten years. However, a federal grand jury recently indicted Connors, and he's been on bail awaiting trial. But in spite of police protection, the state's only witness has been murdered. Only one other man knows enough to convict Connors. But law enforcement agencies are convinced that man will never talk. Frank Marley is Connors' protégé, and is being groomed to eventually succeed him as head of the syndicate. Marley's current operation is running the syndicate's hotel casino in the Bahamas. Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to ensure Connors' conviction and thereby deliver a body blow to the entire world of organized crime. As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This disk will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim.
Phelps closes the player and leaves the room. Smoke billows from inside with a sizzling sound.