Sydney and Dixon are sent on a dangerous case involving the safety of the United Commerce Organization. Francie gets suspicious about Charlie and spies on him. Meanwhile, Will continues to investigate the truth about Danny's murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Bernard (as Evan Dexter Parke)
Malik Sawari
Calvin McCullough


After a joint box opening with nemesis Anna and fighting her for a piece found in a church in Spain, Sydney must go on another mission in Morrocco to spy on an industrialist. However, a mingle with a bodyguard who injured her in the past aborts the mission, but she faces two heartbreaks: her colleague is killed by the said bodyguard, and back home her father cancels a dinner date with her. However, Michael finds a clue about Sydney's former fiancé and Francie discovers Charlie cheating on her... Written by RealLiveClaude

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21 October 2001 (USA)  »

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The UCO in this episode and the next was written as the World Trade Organization, but was changed in post-production following 9/11. See more »


Sydney goes to Malaga for a mission in a church but the images shows the city hall tower of Stockholm (see the three crowns at the top) not a Spanish bell tower. See more »


Michael Vaughn: What wife? I have no wife.
Sydney Bristow: No, there was a picture in your office. You and that woman. I thought you were married.
Michael Vaughn: No. She and I are not remotely m - You thought I was married this whole time?
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I bet they could find a use of smartphones in the begging of this
5 June 2016 | by (Belgrade, Serbia) – See all my reviews

Quieter than episodes surrounding it, A Broken Heart focuses deeper on the characters, with extra attention given to the ones not involved in SD-6 espionage. It's humanity that this episode is filled with, and I kinda liked it. In my previous review, I wrote how show should balance less between Sydney's two lives and they did it here. We got to see Syd's softer side and her interaction with her friends and it was funny. God knows that if it wasn't, Sydney would have drown in her sea of confusion.

But, in the between of heartwarming scenes, we get to see why we came in the first place. Over the time, Alias' missions become shorter and more dangerous. In the first scene there are Sydney and Anna trying to remember really long code (and this is where smartphones could find "themselves" useful) and then that code leads them to Spain where she encounters Anna once again.When she gets home, she stays there for five minutes and she is already sent to another mission that will turn into another one that will end episode with a cliffhanger. Confusing, right? Try to imagine how she felt during those, I don't know, two days?

Even though episode sounds like a complete mess with scenes just thrown together, they actually did a very good job. Something that Alias never made a mistake with is how to tell a story. Everybody in the show is beautiful but the lightning adds one more + to the grade. And that market shop in Morocco is stunning (you know, show kinda tend to advertise a lot of world locations) .

For the new fans, "A broken Heart" is probably gonna be better the second time around, you know, once you get to know the story better. All things aside, I was entertained throughout the duration of the episode so ten stars from me.

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