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Authorized Personnel Only: Part 1 

Five months later. Sydney quits the CIA and joins a Black Ops unit called "Authorized Personnel Only" alongside Dixon, Jack, Vaughn and... Sloane whom for limited immunity is co-operating ... See full summary »


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Five months later. Sydney quits the CIA and joins a Black Ops unit called "Authorized Personnel Only" alongside Dixon, Jack, Vaughn and... Sloane whom for limited immunity is co-operating with the APO. Meanwhile, the truth Sydney found out in Wittenberg endangers her relationship with Jack, and eventually she reveals the awful truth to Vaughn: about her father having Irina murdered over a year earlier. Written by Anonymous

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5 January 2005 (USA)  »

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Angela Bassett was billed as Special Guest Star in this episode. See more »


When Sydney "accidentally" enters Komarov's train compartment, she says "This is my room" in Swedish ("Det här är mitt rum"), however trains do not have "rooms" but compartments. The correct Swedish phrase would be "Det här är min kupé". While a second language speaker of English might say "This is my room" in English, a mother tongue speaker of Swedish would know the word for "compartment" in her own language. See more »


CIA Director Hayden Chase: I know you spoke of being hungry, looking for a fresh start.
Sydney Bristow: It was nothing, my father, Vaughn, irrelevant personal stuff. I want to serve my country the best I can.
CIA Director Hayden Chase: Well this assignment will be a challenge for you. More than you were lead to believe.
[Director Chase opens a set of doors and motions for Sydney to follow. She walks in and sees Dixon, Jack, and Vaughn]
CIA Director Hayden Chase: The four of you chosen, handpicked to help run this team.
Sydney Bristow: The four of us? Handpicked by whom?
[Sydney turns around to see Sloane]
Arvin Sloane: ...
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A great season opener
29 August 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The opening of this episode, and series four, was clearly designed to grab the viewer's attention; the first we see of Sydney she is on a train wearing a skimpy négligé that barely covers her underwear. This is of course her intention as she is soon seducing a Russian scientist into opening his secured brief case so she can see the 'dangerous material' he is carrying. Once the case is open she knocks him out, gets dressed and leaves the compartment. She is soon being chased by a thug and after a fight in a baggage compartment it looks as if she is about to fall from the train. We don't get to see what happens just yet though as the words '72 hours earlier' appear on the screen and we see her and a fellow operative running through the streets of Shanghai being chased by Chinese agents. Their contact is killed and they barely get out alive, this leads to Sydney being transferred away from field duties to a more menial role within the CIA; she promptly resigns. The next time we see her she is on an underground train, when she disembarks she walks past the end of the platform and goes through a door marked 'Authorised Personnel Only' and finds herself in her new office along with her father, Vaughn, Dixon and her new boss: Arvin Sloane! She is soon given her first mission; along with Vaughn she is to retrieve an isotope from the man on the train. Back where we started we learn how Sydney managed to avoid certain death.

This was a fun season opener, while Sydney's costume, or lack of, in the opening scene wasn't strictly necessary the plot did justify it and it certainly grabbed this viewer's attention. As always with Alias the action was always exciting and it looks as if the characters are in peril even if we know they are too important to die. Jennifer Garner is great as Sydney, looking believable in both her action scenes and the more emotional scenes. While Victor Garber and Ron Rifkin might not be doing action scenes they put in some of the best acting as Jack Bristow and Arvin Sloane.

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