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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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 »

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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 »

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Jack Bristow: If for some reason this doesn't work, tell my girls I love them; Sydney and Laura.
Dr. Atticus Liddell: You're going to pull through this Jack. I'll see you on the other side.
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"Even his delusions are lucid"
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After an action-packed prologue where Sydney, Dixon and Vaughn manage to get their hands on the dangerous bioweapon of the previous episode (and where it becomes clear, once again, that red is Sydney's best undercover hair color), "Mirage" focuses mostly on Jack's health problems. His condition is getting worse and worse, to the point where he is hallucinating. There is one man, a doctor / spy / old friend of Jack's, who may have developed a cure, but Jack hid him under a new identity almost 25 years ago. Sloane devises a plan to "guide" Jack's illusions towards revealing the hiding place of that doctor, by convincing him he's living in 1981. And who better to portray his then-still-beloved wife, Laura Bristow, than Sydney herself? "Alias" has actually done something similar (creating a fake environment) before, in season 3's "Facade", but this is still unique for the way it allows one character (Sydney) to practically walk and live through another character's (Jack) flashbacks! By posing as her own mother, Sydney gets a first-hand look at how much Jack loved Laura before her betrayal, and how deeply he cared for his daughter that his profession was always keeping him away from. It's a sequence that's both suspenseful and moving. "Mirage" also gives us our first look at Elena Derevko in field action: having already been described as the deadliest of the Derevko sisters, Elena has a lot to live up to in that department, but she's certainly off to a "good" (in a manner of speaking!) start. *** out of 4.


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