Alias: Season 1, Episode 3

Parity (14 Oct. 2001)

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SD-6 has heard of some engineering plans done in the 16th Century hidden in a car tycoon's vault in Madrid. Sloan sends Sydney to steal those plans. However, a rival of Sydney's, Anna ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Bernard (as Evan Dexter Parke)
Ineni Hassan (as Aharon Ipale)
June Litvack
Seth Lambert
Laura Stenson


SD-6 has heard of some engineering plans done in the 16th Century hidden in a car tycoon's vault in Madrid. Sloan sends Sydney to steal those plans. However, a rival of Sydney's, Anna Espinosa, a Cuban-Russian agent for a Russian spy organization called K-Directorate, is also vying to get the plans. As usual, Syd must deal of her moves with the CIA as well as keeping contact with her new handler after Vaughn is reassigned. Sydney also try to know more of the truth from her estranged and mysterious father to her own past. Meanwhile, Will continues to grow more obsessed with Danny's killing when the police close the case for lack of clues, and Danny discovers that all traffic cameras in the area of Sydney's apartment went off-line during the time of the killing which he believes points to a greater conspiracy. Written by RealLiveClaude

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First reference to Rambaldi and first reference to Anna Espinosa. See more »


When Sydney swings on the chain into Anna, Anna's hair alternates between being loose and tied in a ponytail between shots. See more »


Sydney Bristow: I don't want it to be like that anymore, I'm just sick of it. I mean, I always had this feeling that maybe someday, I don't know, my dad and I would connect. That things could start to get better.
Francie Calfo: Well, you know my opinion of your dad.
Sydney Bristow: I know.
Francie Calfo: But listen. If you can find it in your heart to forgive him for being the kind of guy he's been all your life, which I would find impossible and could never do, then you should make a real effort.
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Anna Espinosa
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Sydney's new mission is to go to Madrid and steal a box which contains sketches that are parts of secret formulas designed by Rambaldi, a 15th-century alchemist / prophet. However, an enemy agent, Anna Espinosa, with whom Sydney already has scores to settle from the past, is also after the same target, and is already a few steps ahead of SD-6. This episode is most notable for introducing Anna Espinosa, played by the gorgeous, full-lipped Gina Torres. Anna is a character that just exudes coolness: she's a quick, expert, high-tech spy / fighter just like Sydney, but she also likes to taunt her and push her buttons. The opening sequence is cleverly humorous ("Sydney, you've dropped the ball"), and the first part of this episode, the mission in Madrid, is very exciting, but then it slows down a bit with Sydney's "normal" life, before picking up the pace again and ending on a far superior cliffhanger compared to the one of the previous episode. *** out of 4.

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