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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Weiss (credit only)
Father Kampinski
Calvin McCullough
Mia Mazo ...
Nick Spano ...
Brother Angelo


Sydney and the rest of the team finally capture the Sloane impostor and bring him to APO where they question him to find a rare Rambaldi orchid whose pollen has some miraculous capabilities with a Rambaldi device. However, the real Sloane must relive a painful memory with his late wife Emily in order to get the Imposter Sloane to reveal the orchid location. Written by Anonymous

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11 May 2005 (USA)  »

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As of this episode, this is Jennifer Garner's directorial debut. See more »


Another Mr. Sloane: [to the real Sloane] The affair in Santiago; I noticed that both Marcus Dixon and Sydney Bristow were in on that mission. It beggars reason to believe that these same two agents would ever agree to work with a man, who killed their loved ones. What's the most logical scenario? That I'm the imposter or that you are?
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A tragedy in Sloane's past
20 September 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As this episode begins the Arvin Sloane impostor approaches a monastery, this isn't like other monasteries however as there are armed guards! Here they have discovered a way to make the bees behave in a less aggressive manner. This is somehow linked to an orchid; an orchid that fake Sloane wants and will willingly kill to obtain. It turns out that Rambaldi created this orchid. In an attempt to lure him out APO leaks information suggesting that they have some import and documents concerning the orchid and that they are too be auctioned soon. The documents are stolen but are soon retrieved along with fake Sloane. Even when confronted with the real Arvin Sloane he refuses to say who he really is. Marshall works out that this is because he really thinks he is Sloane. It turns out that Sloane's memories and a former associate of Sloane's at SD6 copied brain patterns into the fake's brain. Getting him to reassert his own personality will be difficult and potentially dangerous; Marshall will have to record Sloane's brain waves as he remembers a particularly traumatic event and then upload them to the fake's brain. As Sloane relives the past we learn that he first became obsessed with Rambaldi after he lost his baby daughter many years before.

While this episode had far less action than most episodes it wasn't bad; as always Ron Rifkin was brilliant as Sloane and guest star Joel Grey put in a fine performance as the unknowing impostor. It also made a nice change to see Mía Maestro's Nadia don a funky wig to go undercover.

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