Alias: Season 5, Episode 4

Mockingbird (20 Oct. 2005)

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While Sloane awaits the outcome of his sentencing for treason, a mysterious associate of Gordon Dean approaches him for a favor in exchange for persuading the judges to rule in favor of ... See full summary »


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While Sloane awaits the outcome of his sentencing for treason, a mysterious associate of Gordon Dean approaches him for a favor in exchange for persuading the judges to rule in favor of acquittal. Meanwhile, Sydney and Tom must try to convince Rachel to help them catch the fugitive Gordon Dean who moves his operations to more secure locations. Sydney and Rachel return to the ruins of the Shed's offices in Prague for Rachel to reconstruction Dean's computer server so Tom and Dixon in the Cayman Islands can empty out Dean's bank accounts. Although they are successful, Dean discovers that Rachel is still alive which puts both her and Sydney in grave danger when they are trapped in a car that's hanging by an electromagnet controlled by Dean and his lethal associate Peyton who threaten to drop the hovering car unless Rachel's location is revealed. Written by Anonymous

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he actor who plays Prosecutor Boyd Harkin, Stephen Spinella, also plays the scarred man - Mr Kishell - in previous Alias episodes "Snowman" and "The Frame". See more »


Sydney and Rachel (Mockingbird) are trapped in a Jaguar XJ sedan, a vehicle whose chassis and body are constructed from aluminum. As a result, it would not have been possible to electromagnetically suspend that car. See more »


Marcus Dixon: He'll escort us from the beach, helps to keep the banks location secret.
Thomas Grace: If he tries to blindfold us, he may have a problem. I'm not in the mood for blindfolds today.
Marcus Dixon: Noted...
Thomas Grace: What do we do 'til three?
Marcus Dixon: We wait...
[They sit under a tree on the beach]
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Left Hanging!
30 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The episode opens with Sydney, Dixon and Tom going into a Monte Carlo casino in order to get their hands on Gordon Dean's electronic dossier; things go according to plan until they have driven away; as Sydney calls to say she is at the rendezvous point her car is picked up by a crane and lifted high into the air; her phone rings and Dean demands that she gives him Mockingbird. We then go back three days and learn that Mockingbird was Rachel's codename in his organisation. In the three days prior to the crane incident Sydney and Rachel went back to Prague to access Dean's computers there while Dixon and Tom headed to the Cayman Islands to empty Dean's accounts; there is a slight difficulty when the meeting is brought forward meaning Sydney and Rachel will have to rush to access files giving vital account details... this is tenser than it sounds as the 'bankers' have guns pointed at Dixon and Tom and will shoot if they get any details incorrect! Without his money Dean appears to get sloppy and lets slip details of his dossier which leads us to where the episode started with Sydney swinging from a crane two hundred feet up. The matter is confused by the fact that Rachel is actually hiding in the boot of her car! Away from this action Sloane's appeal is taking place; it appears to be going never badly until somebody approaches him and offers to help... for a price.

This was another decent episode which further helped to establish the characters of Rachel and Tom; Rachel is shaping up to be a good character; Rachel Nichols does a good job in the role a Tom's character is developing in a good way too. There were plenty of tense moments; most obviously when Sydney and Rachel were swinging from the crane but also when Rachel couldn't access all the data Dixon needed in the bank. While not the most action packed episode there was enough and the tension more than made up for it. Sloane's scenes weren't as riveting but I'm sure they were needed to set things up for what is to come.

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