Sydney is heavily questioned by the FBI concerning her past and her current activities at SD-6. Fearing that the FBI might detain her longer, Jack and Vaughn must find a way to make her escape before she blows her cover with SD-6...



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Jon Simmons ...
F.B.I. Officer
U.S. Marshal Kendricks (as Andrew A. Rolfes)
F.B.I. Agent Baker
F.B.I. Agent Dunn


Sydney is being questioned by DSR regarding her life as double agent for CIA. Fearing that DSR and FBI might fully take advantage of directive 81A (hold her in custody without trial for the rest of her life) and therefore destroy here cover at SD-6, Jack, Vaughn and Weiss join forces to prove her innocent. While attempting to escape, Sydney realizes the shocking truth about her mother. Written by evamatijevic

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faked death | deception | heroine | See All (3) »


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17 March 2002 (USA)  »

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Terry O'Quinn has played an FBI agent twice before: as Peter Watts in Millennium, and as Darius Michaud in the X-Files: Fight The Future, both created by Chris Carter. See more »


During a flashback that is supposed to take place during 1992, a flyer for the movie Requiem for a Dream can be seen. See more »


F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall: So you have a hard time keeping secrets.
Sydney Bristow: No, I don't have a hard time keeping a secret. What I don't enjoy is lying to my friends, or being in a constant state of jet-lag from flying to far corners of the world for a man I wish were dead.
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Written by J.J. Abrams
Performed by Michael Giacchino
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As clip shows go, this is better than average
7 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

Clip shows are usually by default the weakest episodes of a TV season, however "Q & A", which is essentially a clip show (Sydney is being interrogated by the FBI and tells the story of her recruitment by what she thought to be the CIA and how she came to be a double agent), is actually a pretty enjoyable episode, for 3 main reasons:

1) It actually gives us some new information, like where the name "SD-6" comes from, the scale of the crimes of the Alliance, etc.

2) It starts and ends with a striking sequence and an ambitious, well-shot stunt.

3) Terry O'Quinn. A few years before becoming John Locke on "Lost", this brilliant actor manages to make something special out of a role that, in most other hands, would be just a standard obnoxious detective.

As the producers explain with honesty on the DVD commentary, "Q & A" was made not only to draw new viewers into the story and help old ones keep up with it, but also because they had gone over-budget at that point. Considering the limitations, this episode could hardly have been better. *** out of 4.

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