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"Alias" Facade (2004)

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Original Air Date:
14 March 2004 (Season 3, Episode 15)
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Ricky Gervais plays a bomb maker! See more (3 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Jennifer Garner ... Sydney Bristow

Ron Rifkin ... Arvin Sloane

Michael Vartan ... Michael Vaughn

Carl Lumbly ... Marcus Dixon

Kevin Weisman ... Marshall Flinkman

Melissa George ... Lauren Reed (credit only)

Greg Grunberg ... Eric Weiss

David Anders ... Julian Sark

Victor Garber ... Jack Bristow

Griffin Dunne ... Leonid Lisenker

Ricky Gervais ... Daniel Ryan

Nicholas Hosking ... Newscaster

Stana Katic ... Flight Attendant
François Giroday ... Captain Verlot

David S. Lee ... Bomb Squad Guy

Ciaran Reilly ... SWAT Team Guy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tavis Bohlinger ... Irish Security Guard (uncredited)
Annette Strean ... CIA Agent (uncredited)

Patricia Wettig ... Dr. Judy Barnett (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Jack Bender 
Writing credits
J.J. Abrams (created by)

R.P. Gaborno (written by) &
Christopher Hollier (written by)

Produced by
J.J. Abrams .... executive producer
Jesse Alexander .... co-executive producer
Laurence Andries .... co-executive producer
Josh Appelbaum .... supervising producer
Bryan Burk .... associate producer
Sarah Caplan .... producer
Nicole Carrasco .... co-producer
John Eisendrath .... executive producer
Michael Haro .... coordinating producer
André Nemec .... supervising producer
Meighan Offield .... associate producer
Ken Olin .... executive producer
Jeff Pinkner .... co-executive producer
Marybeth Sprows .... associate producer
Lawrence Trilling .... producer
Robert M. Williams Jr. .... co-producer (as Robert Williams)
Original Music by
Michael Giacchino 
Cinematography by
Donald E. Thorin Jr. (director of photography) (as Donald Thorin Jr.)
Film Editing by
Kristin Windell 
Casting by
Janet Gilmore 
Megan McConnell 
Mandy Sherman 
April Webster 
Production Design by
Scott Chambliss 
Art Direction by
Cece Destefano  (as Cecele De Stefano)
Set Decoration by
Karen Manthey 
Costume Design by
Laura Goldsmith 
Makeup Department
Karen Bartek .... key hair stylist
Grace Hernandez .... hair stylist
James MacKinnon .... makeup artist
Tijen Osman .... additional hair stylist
Yesim 'Shimmy' Osman .... additional hair stylist
Michael Reitz .... hair stylist
James MacKinnon .... makeup department head (uncredited)
Production Management
Stephen Judge .... post-production supervisor
Robert M. Williams Jr. .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Margot Coleman Martin .... dga trainee (as Margot Coleman)
Harmony Gosbee .... additional second second assistant director
Jeff Habberstad .... second unit director
Noga Isackson .... first assistant director
Brian O'Kelley .... second assistant director
Jodie Thomas .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Daniel Beebe .... propmaker
Chris Call .... property master (as Christopher Call)
William DeBiasio .... buyer
China Fox .... assistant property master (as China Iwata)
Craig Gadsby .... leadman
Lanny Henson .... construction coordinator
Tom Ivanjack .... paint supervisor
Kim Larsen-Santini .... assistant property master
Ron Licari .... assistant property master
Michael C. Magno .... set dresser
Steve Rick .... prop master: second unit
Glenn Rivers .... set designer
Aaron Robberson .... set dresser
Victor M. Shannon .... plasterer foreman
Christine Youngstrom .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Mark Allen .... sound effects editor
Robert Appere .... re-recording mixer
Douglas Axtell .... sound mixer
Ed Carr .... re-recording mixer (as Edward C. Carr III)
Chris Cooper .... utility sound technician
Thomas DeGorter .... supervising sound editor
Ryan Ferro .... utility sound
Cynthia Merrill .... foley artist
Nick Neutra .... foley mixer
Christopher B. Reeves .... dialogue editor (as Chris Reeves)
Danial Shimiaei .... sound re-recording stage engineer
Geordy Sincavage .... foley mixer
Ben Wienert .... boom operator
James Bailey .... foley artist (uncredited)
Zane D. Bruce .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Pahoa .... special effects supervisor
Keith Suzuki .... special effects foreman
Visual Effects by
Kevin Blank .... visual effects supervisor
Paul Le Blanc .... computer graphics playback
Steven Lloyd .... Senior Compositor
Steven Lloyd .... Senior Compositor/Digital Supervisor
Shauna Duggins .... stunt double: Jennifer Garner
Jeff Habberstad .... stunt coordinator
David Morizot .... fight coordinator
Christopher Leps .... stunt double: David Anders (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Preston A. Adams .... electrician (as Preston Adams)
David Berryman .... assistant camera
David Berryman .... second assistant camera
David Berryman .... second assistant camera: b camera
Matthew Brewer .... assistant camera (as Matt Brewer)
Doug Byers .... electrician
Moose Enright .... electrical best boy (2001-2005) (as Thomas Enright)
Joe Hill .... key rigging grip
Duane Journey .... key grip
Ross Judd .... Steadicam operator
Michael Martinez .... camera operator
Rob Nelson .... video playback supervisor
Evan A. Nesbitt .... first assistant camera: second unit
Derek Page .... electrician
George Santo Pietro .... dolly grip
Eric Smith .... electrician
John Smith .... chief lighting technician
Peter M. Smith .... assistant chief lighting technician
Peter M. Smith .... gaffer: second unit
Benjamin Spek .... first assistant camera
Dale Vance Jr. .... film loader
Thomas Yatsko .... director of photography: second unit (as Tom Yatsko)
Titus Mischke .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Chad Darnell .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maria Bradley .... key set costumer
David Butler .... set costumer
Becky Gelbart .... costumer
Wendy J. Greiner .... costume supervisor
Leslie Herman .... costume supervisor (as Leslie Eve Herman)
Mila Hermanovski .... costumer
Editorial Department
Gareth Cook .... colorist: final
Anthony Miller .... assistant editor
Daniel Rodriguez .... post-production coordinator
Location Management
Pedro Mata .... assistant location manager
Alison A. Taylor .... location manager (as Alison Taylor-Fletcher)
Music Department
J.J. Abrams .... composer: main theme
Stephen M. Davis .... music editor
Beth Pontrelli .... music supervisor
Jennifer Pyken .... music supervisor
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Marlo Hellerstein .... transportation coordinator
Michael Young .... transportation captain
Other crew
Stacey B. Brashear .... additional assistant location manager
Monica Breen .... executive story editor
Danny Bress .... production assistant
Chris Cragnotti .... assistant: John Eisendrath
Michael DeWitte .... assistant accountant
Tricia Goken .... script supervisor
Katie Mohr .... production coordinator
J.R. Orci .... story editor
Alison Schapker .... executive story editor
Judy Dale Torres .... craft service
Samir Vural .... additional set production assistant
Sean Diviny .... show staff writer (uncredited)
Eric Hurt .... production assistant (uncredited)
Trey Sullivan .... assistant accountant (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
J.J. Abrams  created by

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Additional Details

Germany:41 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

J.J. Abrams has been openly critical of some of the developments of Season 3, mainly from the point of view that Sydney spent too much time and too many episodes looking back at what happened to her in her missing two years and not thrusting forward. To that end, Abrams is a passionate advocate of this episode "Facade" which he and director Jack Bender refer to as their The Crying Game (1992) episode.See more »
Michael Vaughn:He wanted the bomb squad called in?
Marshall Flinkman:Well, maybe because he knew there was nothing they could do.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Ricky Gervais plays a bomb maker!, 10 July 2010
Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This episode which guest stars comedian Ricky Gervais as Daniel Ryan, an ex Royal Navy bomb disposal expert who has turned his skills round to make bombs, was gripping from start to finish. After blowing up a building in Belfast to prove his bombs can't be defused he offers his services to the Covenant. Sydney and a team from the CIA extract him from Belfast in a way that makes him think they are really Covenant, they even go so far as to create a mock up of a Moscow hotel room to convince him. It doesn't look as though he is going to go through with the deal till Leonid Lisenker, who has only recently defected from the Covenent shows up. He arranges for Ryan to meet up with Sark; hoping that the two have never met, luckily they haven't and Vaughn successfully passes himself off as Sark. He arranges to meet one of Ryan's contacts aboard an aircraft to make the deal; there are two problems with this, the contact mentioned has met Sark and Ryan has an ulterior motive for wanting Sark on the plane. It turns out Ryan's brother was killed by the Covenant and he wants revenge. Will Vaughn be able to defuse the bomb before it detonates killing everybody on board including himself and Sark.

This was a superior episode in which Ricky Gervais put in a fine performance in a straight role. The plot had many nice twists some of which I spotted but others which took me by surprise. Once again Jack Bristow got to show how he will break the rules to get the job done, something that makes him a fun character; Victor Garber is great in the role.

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