Alias: Season 3, Episode 8

Breaking Point (23 Nov. 2003)

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When Sydney is taken into custody by the NSC honcho Mr. Lindsey, Jack and Vaughn have no choice but to ally themselves with Sloane to rescue her. But with only hours to spare before she is ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julian Sark (credit only)
Dr. Vasson
Campbell / Schapker
FEMA Supervisor
FEMA Guard


When Sydney is taken into custody by the NSC honcho Mr. Lindsey, Jack and Vaughn have no choice but to ally themselves with Sloane to rescue her. But with only hours to spare before she is forced to undergo a radical surgery to recover her memories, they must put together an extraction team, headed by freelance operative Brill. Meanwhile, Lauren faces an impossible choice: side with the NSC who she wants to believe is doing the right thing, or with her husband in their rescue of Sydney. Written by Anonymous

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Number 47: The designation on the helicopter transporting Sydney at the beginning of the episode is W547SA. In the shot where the helicopter carrying Lindsey and Lauren to Camp Williams flies overhead, you can see the clear blue sky. But in the shot inside the helicopter, it looks like they are flying through clouds. Everything is white when you look through the helicopter windows. Marshall leaves his computer terminal with the NSC information he was trying to hack into on Camp Williams when NSC agent Lauren enters the room. Isn't there some sort of CIA protocol for leaving classified information on one's screen when they leave their work station? See more »


The same gunshot report is used for the invaders' tranquiliser dart guns and the defenders' semi-automatic pistols. See more »


Arvin Sloane: You and Sydney still believe I'm pursuing some hidden agenda. Now, whatever you may perceive that agenda to be, clearly it would be easier to obtain if you were both dead, given that you're my most vocal detractors - my most capable antagonists.
Jack Bristow: Or you need us for something. Something you believe only we can provide.
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Sydney is arrested by the NSC and Jack once again resorts to desperate measures to save her. Meanwhile, Lauren is caught in a conflict between her conscience and her official duties when she is asked to write a report on Sydney's "fair" treatment, when in the facility where she is being held she is subjected to brutal "interrogation" techniques like electroshock "therapy". This episode is a little too reminiscent of the early Season 1 "Color Blind", with the emphasis on Sydney's mental and physical torture. It also suffers from a particularly fake-looking CGI shot near the start. I think the most notable things about "Breaking Point" are the continuation of Lauren's transformation into a more rounded character, and Pruitt Taylor Vince's fine guest starring performance (Richard Roundtree, on the other hand, is used for name purposes mostly). *** out of 4.

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