Alias: Season 4, Episode 19

In Dreams... (11 May 2005)

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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... See full summary »

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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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In this episode we learn that Arvin Sloane and his former wife Emily has a baby, but it died during childbirth. See more »

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Arvin Sloane: Because I didn't have the orchid, I attempted to artificially manufacture its nectar
Sydney Bristow: Because your imposter already has the orchid, he doesn't need to acquire any of the other substances you mentioned. All he has to do is put the nectar into the water, you contaminated.
Nadia Santos: You loaded the gun.
Arvin Sloane: [nods his head] That's right.
Sydney Bristow: How many people are we talking about? How many people drank the contaminated water?
Arvin Sloane: Somewhere between three and four hundred million.
Sydney Bristow: What?
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Jennifer Garner directs one of season 4's best episodes
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By using some fake Rambaldi documents as bait, the APO team manages to capture Arvin Clone, but only after he has stolen and hidden away a centuries-old orchid which contains some powerful chemical substances. The Clone is still convinced he's Sloane and won't reveal the location of the orchid, but Marshall comes up with a solution: the real Sloane will have to live through a painful memory, which will then be recorded and loaded onto the Clone's brain - this should shock him back to his original identity and then he will talk. "In Dreams" is the only episode of "Alias" directed by its main star, Jennifer Garner, and truth be told, she does a terrific job. Somewhat similar to season 3's "Conscious", this offbeat episode is largely a mind trip; the transitions between reality and memories / fantasies are beautifully done. The acting is superb, not only by Ron Rifkin (as usual), but also by Joel Grey as Arvin Clone - he is SO convincing that for a moment he had me thinking that he could actually be the genuine article! There are also two welcome guest returns of season 1 & 2 cast members. A very good episode - but don't forget to bring your handkerchiefs, you may need them. *** out of 4.


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