Alias: Season 4, Episode 14

Nightingale (6 Apr. 2005)

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Vaughn and Sydney, searches for Vaughns father, and the word Nightingale. Getting help from her father, telling him that Vaughns father might still be alive. Jack Bristow and Sloane have ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Hans Dietrich
Dr. Josef Vlachko
Beer Maid
Christof Goedde


Vaughn and Sydney, searches for Vaughns father, and the word Nightingale. Getting help from her father, telling him that Vaughns father might still be alive. Jack Bristow and Sloane have their own agenda. Following Jack Intel, Sydney and Vaughn goes to Munich. Dressed as a German beer maid, Sydney roughly pursued an investment banker to give her information. They find out that Nightingale is still an active experiment, in an atomic plant in Siberia. They go on a mission to the plant. Which turns out to be very dangerous for both Sydney and her father. Written by Byzentia

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Vaughn breaks the rules
12 September 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A couple of episodes ago we learnt that at the time of his disappearance Vaughn's father was looking for something or someone called 'Nightingale' here we learn just what Nightingale is. In Siberia a man is left in a room while others observe him through the glass, when Nightingale is activated it looks as if his skin and soon his face is melting. Vaughn and Sydney find a lead to this when they steal a hard drive from the man funding Nightingale. While Sydney is attempting to decipher the disc Vaughn is lured away to a meeting with a man who tells him that he must acquire the key component of Nightingale if he is to learn more about his father. Sydney's father persuades her that they need to bring what they know to APO if they are to be successful in solving the mystery; to her it looks as if her father is trying to help but we the viewers know that he has kept Sloane informed about Sydney and Vaughn's actions from the start and the two of them and desperate that Sydney and Vaughn don't learn about Elena Derevko. To this end Jack accompanies them to Siberia so that he can question then eliminate the man who knows where Elena is. In Siberia Sydney is working to extract the component when the device is activated, Marshall tries to stop it but in the end Jack is forced to endanger his own life to save his daughter.

This was another thrilling episode with a shocking start; I was surprised to see something as gross as the effects of Nightingale on a mainstream television programme. The operation to retrieve Nightingale was fairly exciting even if similar operations happen every other episode; it was nice to see Jack accompany them. I liked how he barely broke into a brisk walk while Sydney and Vaughn were running about… Victor Garber makes Jack seem far more dangerous than any of the younger agents even though he doesn't get into as many action scenes. The scenes between Jack and Sloane nicely maintained the sense of suspicion about their activities without telling us too much about them; we just know they involve one of the Derevkos.

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