Alias: Season 2, Episode 20

Countdown (27 Apr. 2003)

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As Dixon struggles with the death of his wife, He refuses to take time off from work until Sloane is brought to justice. But Sydney worries that Dixon's repressed rage could cause more harm that anything Sloane could do.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Will Tippin (credit only)
Allison Doren (credit only)
Irina Derevko (credit only)
Emilio Vargas


Dixon struggles to deal with the death of his wife but returns to work after only four days, hellbent on tracking down Arvin Sloane. Vaughn questions his ability to cope in the field, but Dixon insists on doing his job, leading Vaughn to consider Dixon a liability and danger to Sydney in the field. The CIA deciphers a page in the Rambaldi book that contains a doomsday prediction for three days time, which starts that Agency on a desperate hunt to track down a Rambaldi device before it has the chance to fulfill the prophecy. Written by Shiro

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Jack Bristow: I've worked with Agent Dixon for nearly a dozen years. You've worked with him for little over a month. If he feels ready to be in the field, I'm going to accord him that respect.
Michael Vaughn: But given his state of mind, do you really think he's the right person to make that decision?
Jack Bristow: Yes.
Michael Vaughn: Jack, he just lost his wife. I mean, with all due respect, why are you fighting with me on this?
Jack Bristow: I'm not required to justify my decisions to you, Agent Vaughn. However, I recruited Agent Dixon into SD-6. I'm the man who ...
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Dixon wants revenge
15 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As with so many episodes the opening scene is just a taster of what we will see later; Dixon is standing over a suspect with a ticking bomb in one hand as he demands to know where something is and Vaughn is given the order to shoot him! We then return to the point where Dixon returns to work for the first time after the death of his wife; Vaughn warns Jack that he believes Dixon is not ready to return to the field but Jack overrules him. The team are assisting the NSA who on the trail of a man whose DNA matches that in a Rambaldi document; a document that has predicted several cataclysmic events already and has predicted another that will happen in a few hours. The man in question is found by a man Sark hired and killed before the CIA can get to him; his heart has been cut out; an artificial heart matching the design given in the document. They must find the heart before the predicted event can occur. This is made harder by the fact that Dixon is self medicating to cope with his loss and fears he could be found out. The target of his hatred, Arvin Sloane, isn't feeling too much better and he sets of to Nepal to find his old mentor; the man who introduced him to Rambaldi. It isn't all doom and gloom though one of the NSA team; Carrie Bowman has taken a shine to Marshall and it is clear that he likes her too.

There was plenty of action in this episode; the opening was tense and when we return to it later the resolution was satisfying. Jennifer Garner demonstrates her two handed knife-fighting skills in a spectacular fight and Dixon gets a bit heavy on a suspect in order to get information. Carl Lumbly did great work here as the grieving Dixon; managing to show intensity and fragility. Amanda Foreman did a good job as Carrie; hopefully we will see more of her in future episodes... Marshall deserves a girlfriend! This episode continued the run of A-list guest stars as David Carradine appears as Sloane's mentor; a character very reminiscent of his role in 'Kill Bill'. The only down point to the episode was that we were promised an apocalypse and it didn't end with a bang!

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