When the CIA intercepts a secret message, Sydney discovers that the life of Neil Caplan, the mathematician still held captive by Sloane and Irina, may be in danger from the most unlikely ... See full summary »



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Elsa Caplan (as Tracy Lynn Middendorf)
Diane Dixon
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Morgan Nickovich


When the CIA intercepts a secret message, Sydney discovers that the life of Neil Caplan, the mathematician still held captive by Sloane and Irina, may be in danger from the most unlikely source: his wife Elsa whom Jack has arrested, forcing Sydney to try to clear Elsa's name by going on her own mission to Moscow and Spain to try to rescue Neil Caplan. Meanwhile, Sloane becomes obsessed with finding out who accidentally killed Emily, and Sark makes contact with the Francie impostor to locate the person responsible... by using Will to infiltrate the CIA satellite surveillance systems. Written by Anonymous

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30 March 2003 (USA)  »

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When Will sees a satellite photo in his mind (under hypnosis) and reads off the code in the lower right corner to "Francie"; what he says has an extra digit, missing from the picture. A version of the satellite image seen in a later scene corrects this mistake, matching what Will says earlier. See more »


Jack Bristow: [to Vaughn] And, just because you have gotten comfortable with my daughter doesn't mean you can get comfortable with me.
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Rescue and revenge
14 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Having managed to escaped from the CIA but losing his beloved wife Sloane is determined to get revenge on the person responsible for her death; to that end he tasks fake-Francie with using Will to access the CIA computers to get the satellite footage of the event. Still looking for missing mathematical Neil Caplan the CIA find a discrepancy in his telephone records that suggest that he is actually a member of Russian Intelligence but when confronted with this news rather than being shocked his wife states that it isn't him that is working for the Russians but her. Taken into custody she says that Neil has a device implanted in him that will release cyanide forty eight hours after it is activated... and it has been activated. Sydney is determined to find and rescue him but her father attempts to block her actions believing that Elsa Caplan could be just as duplicitous as Irina Derevko. Going behind her father's back Sydney heads to Russia then Spain on an unofficial mission. Once back Sydney and Vaughn enjoy an evening out with Dixon and his wife; an evening that will end in tragedy.

This episode sees a welcome return of Christian Slater as the captured mathematician Neil Caplan and Tracy Middendorf as his wife Elsa; they both put in good performances and have some fairly emotional scenes. Victor Garber performed well as Jack (as always) especially when it was clear that he was condemning Elsa Caplan because of his own betrayal by Irina. There were some decent action scenes and the end came as quite a shock; if you haven't watching it already it may produce quite a jump! There is also a scene that isn't for the squeamish where somebody has to have their arm cut open... I can't say just how bad it is as I looked away! While this was mostly an episode of closures one question was raised... where will the CIA's investigation into the data leak lead; things don't look too good for Will.

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