Alias: Season 4, Episode 18

Mirage (4 May 2005)

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Jack's illness has caused him to hallucinate about a cure among other things. As a result, Sydney must recreate the time when Jack was working for the CIA and hid the only man who might be ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elena Derevko
Coke Bottle Glasses
Taso Papadakis ...
Hans Schoeber ...


Jack's illness has caused him to hallucinate about a cure among other things. As a result, Sydney must recreate the time when Jack was working for the CIA and hid the only man who might be able to help him now. For this, Sydney must role play her own mother. Meanwhile, Sophia moves in with Sydney and Nadia. Written by Anonymous

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Jennifer Garner became the sixth actress to portray Irina Derevko/ Laura Bristow. Largely associated with Lena Olin who was a season regular in Season 2, the character had been portrayed by different actresses before Olin was cast and, later, after she was unavailable to resume the part. See more »


In the 4th season episode "Mirage", Sydney is surprised to learn that Jack revealed his CIA affiliation to Irina/Laura. She already knew Jack had told, as he advised her of it in the 1st season episode "Parity". See more »


Sydney Bristow: Ah, thank you! Marshall, remind me to kiss you.
Marshall Flinkman: Uhhh... okay.
[He gets a huge grin]
Eric Weiss: What... What did she say?
Marshall Flinkman: Uhh... Uhh... nothin'.
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Looking for Jack's doctor
17 September 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode starts off shortly after the previous one ended; Dixon is still undercover trying to recover the Hydrosek poison. As the delivery man is approaches Sydney and Vaughn manage to intercept him and after an explosive fight manage to recover the Hydrosek. Jack meanwhile is getting desperate for a cure; his doctor found something that might possibly cure him but it has only been tested on rats and even then the 'cure' killed most of them more quickly that the radiation would of. He goes off to procure the 'cure' by which time Sydney is getting concerned about him. She breaks into his flat and finds his notebook which indicates what the matter with him is. With Marshall's help she tracks him down just as the doctor is about to administer the cure... only there is no doctor; Jack is alone in a derelict building, all his visits to the doctor were delusions caused by his illness! His delusion wasn't totally irrational though, the doctor he imagined does exist, Jack extracted him from the Soviet Union in the '80s and as his speciality is mutations caused by radiation he could indeed cure Jack. The only man who knows where the doctor is is Jack and he is too delusional to tell anybody. Using his delusions Sydney impersonates her mother and this works. Just because members of the team are busy doesn't mean the bad guys are taking time off; Elena wants the Hydrosek and as used her closeness to Nadia to access her computer and steal access codes.

This was a good episode; I was really shocked to learn that Jack's doctor was all in his head, I thought he was suspicious but never for one minute thought he was imaginary. Elena is proving to be an interesting character, she too provided a surprise, I wasn't expecting Sophia to be the third Derevko sister. The two halves of her characters contrast nicely; her public persona of Sophia is caring and friendly yet we see that behind that façade there is a calculating mind willing to kill anybody who comes between her and her goal.

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