Alias: Season 2, Episode 3

Cipher (13 Oct. 2002)

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Sydney must travel to Sri Lanka to outwit Sark in order to find a crucial piece of Intel from a computer disk that she recovers from Rabal. Meanwhile, Jack faces Sydney's mother for the ... See full summary »



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Sydney must travel to Sri Lanka to outwit Sark in order to find a crucial piece of Intel from a computer disk that she recovers from Rabal. Meanwhile, Jack faces Sydney's mother for the first time in almost 20 years in her prison cell to discuss Sydney's well being. Also, Will finally meets Vaughn, and Sloane is haunted by his wife's death when someone begins sending him anonymous letters which have Emily's handwriting on them. Written by Anonymous

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Michael Vaughn: [after being asked his opinion on Sydney having to speak with her mother] I can't pretend to hide my bias here; Irina Derevko betrayed this country and killed my father in the process. On the other hand she is a certifiable Rambaldi expert and probably knows more about the inner workings of global organized crime than any other person in US custody. Having said that, I believe Agent Bristow and I were effectively countering SD-6 before Derevko turned herself in, and I stand behind whatever she ...
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17 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

SD-6 learns that Sark is planning to launch a satellite - and Sydney learns from her mother what he's looking for: a music box designed by Rambaldi that contains an encoded mathematical equation for a new type of energy. So she's sent to Sri Lanka to plant a device on the satellite to enable SD-6 (and the CIA) to locate the box and get it before Sark does. Not a classic episode by any means, but it does execute some ambitious action scenarios and contains a particularly gripping "hypnotizing" sequence with a CIA specialist trying to get Will to remember the codes for activating the music box as they were written on Sark's computer on the plane that was taking them to Taipei. Though the best scenes of the episode are, as with the previous one, those with Irina - she meets not only Sydney but Jack as well. Lena Olin has a great physique - you can see where Sydney got her on-screen good genes from! *** out of 4.

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