Alias: Season 3, Episode 9

Conscious (30 Nov. 2003)

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After making a shocking discovery of a severed human hand in the desert that belonged to Lazarey, the Russian diplomat she murdered while working as a brainwashed assassin for the Covenant, and who may in fact be alive, Sydney agrees to submit to an experimental procedure conducted by an eccentric doctor, named Dr. Brezzel, designed to retrieve her lost memories. But while Jack and Vaughn look on, Sydney's mind proves surprisingly resistant to letting her remember her missing time... and the process of recovering it could end up killing her. Meanwhile, Lauren makes a great sacrifice of allowing herself to get tortured and beaten up in order to make her alibi believable to Lindsey after helping breaking Sydney out of NSC custody. Also Sloane finds himself boxed in by an unlikely enemy, that of Mr. Lindsey, who wants to see Sydney Bristow eliminated permanently. Written by Anonymous

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NSC Director Robert Lindsey: I plan on making the trade. During the exchange, I want Sydney Bristow taken out.
Arvin Sloane: Ah, I see. She has something on you.
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24 November 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Having been rescued from the NSC Sydney and the others can't return to the office, till they have convinced Director Lindsey that it was a Covenant operation. This entails making him believe that Lauren had been kidnapped by the Covenant and has been released in order to pass on their demands: Sydney is to be exchanged for the Rambaldi device. Lindsey agrees but has other plans for Sydney.

Having given Lindsey false coordinates in the previous episode Jack and Sydney go to the correct coordinates and are surprised to find a hand, they are even more surprised when they learn who it belongs to. Sloane suggests seeing a scientist who might be able to retrieve Sydney's memories without invasive surgery.

While there was less action than most episodes this still managed to be exciting and the surprising revelations which I won't spoil here helped keep things interesting and progress the season's main plot arc. As one would expect the main cast do a great job, David Cronenberg... yes that David Cronenberg... does well as the doctor trying to help Sydney and Erica Leerhsen was fun as his hippy student Kaya.

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