Alias: Season 1, Episode 17

Q & A (17 Mar. 2002)

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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 as a CIA agent...

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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 as a CIA agent...

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F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall: And at this time, you believed that SD-6 was affiliated with the CIA?
Sydney Bristow: Yes, that's right. That it was a black ops division of the CIA.
F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall: Meaning...
Sydney Bristow: You mean what is black ops? A division that is funded by the CIA's black budget. Operations that are highly classified, even hidden from congressional oversight. They led me to believe that SD-6 was one of these divisions and that that was why they didn't operate through Langley.
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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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