Alias (2001–2006)
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Sydney and Vaughn must convince bomb maker Daniel Ryan that they are part of The Covenant in order to find out where he has hidden one of his devices. But Sydney discovers that her ties to ... See full summary »

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Sydney and Vaughn must convince bomb maker Daniel Ryan that they are part of The Covenant in order to find out where he has hidden one of his devices. But Sydney discovers that her ties to the bomber could lead him on a suicide mission when she learns that Ryan's brother was the murder victim that she killed during her interment with the Covenant, and now Ryan wants revenge. Written by Anonymous

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'Ricky Gervais''s co-writer, Stephen Merchant, was present onset throughout the filming, mainly because he didn't want to miss the opportunity of seeing an expensive Hollywood production being filmed. A lot of Ricky Gervais's dialog was improvised, as director Jack Bender found it helped to naturalize his performance. See more »

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Michael Vaughn: I still think it would just be easier to sic your father on him.
Sydney Bristow: We have twenty-seven hours before Ryan sets off another bomb. Our best chance to prevent that is to let him know that his first demonstration convinced us to buy every weapon he can produce.
Michael Vaughn: Us, being the Covenant, based on intel received from someone we may or may not be able to trust.
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Exceptional
15 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is the best "Alias" episode since "Conscious", mostly thanks to an outstanding script full of twists, shocks, surprising connections to the past, and punchy lines ("A bomb maker sets up a meeting on a plane and then doesn't show up. I don't know about you, but that worries me"). The title is perfectly chosen, as nearly all the parties involved have to maintain a facade at one point or another: the CIA (posing as the Covenant), the bomb maker (hiding his true intent), Vaughn & Sark (they must work as a team or their plane will be blown up), the Covenant defector (pretending that he never left), etc. The comedian Ricky Gervais is surprisingly good in a straight role, taking his place among the best guest stars that have ever appeared on the show, and Griffin Dunne, who was kind of wasted in "Crossings", gets to play a much more significant part here. Watch for the then-unknown Stana Katic as a stewardess and Patricia Wettig's uncredited appearance - you can't miss either of them. ***1/2 out of 4.


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