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Vaughn presents Sydney with a moral dilemma that includes Sloane's ill wife, Emily, in order to fulfill the mission whose outcome is an unpleasant surprise to everyone. SD-6 goes after Will when he comes too close. Meanwhile, Francie is dealing with her broken heart. Written by evamatijevic

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This episode was nominated for the 2003 ASC Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Episodic TV Series". See more »

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Vaughn incorrectly identifies Milo Rambaldi as being from the 16th Century. Rambaldi has been previously established as having lived in the 15th. See more »

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Michael Vaughn: That's where we want it. Especially now that SD-6 has the Rambaldi book. The C.I.A.'s been studying those photos you took.
Sydney Bristow: Then they turned out all right?
Michael Vaughn: There's one blank page. Well, C.I.A. sci-tech says that of the few Rambaldi documents they've recovered, the forty-seventh page is always particularly significant. This blank page was number forty-seven. Your father's strategizing on how to get it out of SD-6 and replace it with a counterfeit. But in the meantime, we're just hoping we learn ...
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A Game Changer
18 November 2016 | by (Belgrade, Serbia) – See all my reviews

There is always that time in life of TV show when it is expected to justify (or explain, if you want) its reason for existing. After some episodes, or even seasons, viewers present cast and crew with very simple question and that's: "Why"? I mean, yes, your TV show is amazing, and I cried when your characters cried and all that, but tell me the reason why I shouldn't feel like all the hours I spent watching you were the waste of time I will never get back. From the very beginning Rambaldi was the motivation wheel that kept plot running for some time, but even that has an expiration date. Not to mention that with him as the center of the plot, Sydney's place is minimalized to almost nothing. I can't speak for others, but I would rather watch Sloane and The Man and their secret organisations fight for Rambaldi than have Sydney put in the middle of plot just for the sake of it. And thankfully, Page 47 gives us a valid reason to keep watching the show, but more about that later in the review.

After the events in Moscow and Sydney's spectacular escape without a single scar she is back in LA for two new missions: one for each side of the coin. She is sent in Tunisia to retrieve a manuscript for SD- 6 and, after that, to steal the part of that same manuscript for CIA. Even though the Tunisia mission was seemingly accomplished easy, with Sydney dressed as Mary Ann and only armed with her wit and some sort of narcotic paper spray, (not to mention awesomeness when she stole the goddamn yacht right in front of Sark's nose), mission in Sloane's house was way harder to accomplish. Also, the award for the most awkward dinner of 2002 goes to Alias. Bunch of them, with their own personal problems that are involved in problems of others in a way that they can't even imagine was some seriously good writing and acting. It's actually funny that Jack is the one that knows everything. God, he could have been a perfect villain. Sloane's wife accidental poking around the secrets of others was nice parallel touch to current relationship between Sloane and Sydney. And poor Will has no idea that he is in the middle of the haystack he was investigating all along. This young man who until the previous episode thought he had it all, lost the ground he was standing on in just few first scenes of Page 47. As sorry as I feel for him, he should have known that he is not immune to karma.

Just a little praise for Bradley Cooper and Ron Rifkin here: first one looked genuinely conflicted through the whole episode and every facial expression and gesture was a spot one, and the second did a great job (as always) in portraying the second, the more softer side, of his character. And the third side, the one that is obsessed with Abrams' Da Vinci.

The last scene is what really made all this waiting worth it. What was on that page 47 truly sealed the deal and turned all the good possibilities for future plot into reality. Writers finally gave us an explanation, they finally started counting missions as a part of something bigger and they finally gave Sydney a real reason why she should continue with what she is doing.

To sum everything up, this was an amazing episode that worked fine on all the levels (super spy and private), they gave us all the right details without revealing too much and they left me (among the others) coming back for more. Fantastic episode, you should give it a try.


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