Alias: Season 3, Episode 19

Hourglass (18 Apr. 2004)

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After finding out that Lauren really is working for the Covenant, Vaughn is told by Jack and Sydney to keep up the facade of a happy marriage in order to keep tabs on his wife's activities.... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Olivia Reed
DOJ Agent (as James D. Bridges)
Door Guy


After finding out that Lauren really is working for the Covenant, Vaughn is told by Jack and Sydney to keep up the facade of a happy marriage in order to keep tabs on his wife's activities. But he's in for a shock when he uncovers the truth about Lauren's mother, Olivia, whom is in league with her daughter over the Covenant's activities. Meanwhile, Jack refuses to help exonerate Sloane of his crimes and put in motion a stay of execution, and a monk discloses the identity of the Rambaldi "Passenger" to Sydney. Written by Anonymous

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Lauren Reed: Sloane is dead. We can now locate the Passenger without his interference.
Olivia Reed: Not quite. The code key you retrieved from the CIA is unusable; I can only assume that was deliberate on their part. Vaughn played you. He's likely to try again, but that will be his last mistake.
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Although Vaughn discovered that his wife Lauren is indeed the mole working for the Covenant he must continue to act as if he want to save their marriage if the CIA are to get the Rambaldi documents which the Covenant possess. Luckily the CIA has the key needed to decrypt the documents so a wake key is prepared and the team, including Lauren is briefed about plans to acquire the documents. She is allowed to steal the fake key which leads Vaughn to the documents which he scans just before Lauren enters the room. It becomes clear that the Passenger wasn't Sydney's mother as suspected but her sister who she didn't know existed and was fathered by Sloane who is still scheduled to be executed.

While not as convoluted as many recent episodes this was still gripping, staring off with a great fight scene between Sark and guest star David Carradine and the conclusion featured Sydney, machine-pistol in both hands, mowing down loads of Covenant goons which was pretty exciting. In between there wasn't too much action but there were plenty of tense scenes. My only criticism of the episode was the very end, I think the final scene would have been better shown at the start of the nest episode although I guess the producers didn't want us to think Jack was that bad or let us think a major character was dead. As is often the case the best scenes were those between Victor Garber and Ron Rifkin as Jack Bristow and Sloane; they might not perform action scenes like the younger cast members but they can seem far more dangerous.

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