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...



(created by),

Watch Now

From $0.99 (SD) on Amazon Video



Episode cast overview:
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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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


TV-14 | See all certifications »




Release Date:

17 March 2002 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


In "Truth Be Told" the SD-6 set appears different. When she returns 3 months later in "So It Begins," the SD-6 set is different. But in this episode, when Sydney flashes back to when she first started working for SD-6, the set appears as it did in "So It Begins," not "Truth Be Told". See more »


Jack Bristow: [to Haladki] I have no desire to blow your head off, or ruin your paint job, but I will do both unless you tell me where the hell Sydney Bristow is
See more »


Diggin' Your Scene
Written by Greg Camp
Performed by Smash Mouth
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Highlight reels ... so 1960s
14 February 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Other reviewers make it sound like what they call "clip shows" are a necessary evil.

They are not.

In fact, they have their antecedents in the 1960s when some TV shows literally ran out of budget during production and had to cobble together an entire show of clips from earlier episodes just to make delivery and not be in breach of contract.

In fact (this review written 2015) they are very rare in the current generation of TV. Thankfully.

This was toward the end of the first season of Alias and even stranger was penned by no less than JJ himself.

My guess is that this was not about money. Rather, the producers had the data and saw that not only was the series being picked up but they had a possible hit on their hands. Under those circumstances the plan would have been to try to capture an even larger audience they already had by running an episode which filled in the backstory for late adopters.

No, it is NOT especially entertaining, other the fact that, on two occasions in the episode, Garner gets to deliver what has to be the most unique catchphrase in the history of spy dramas .... "DADDY?"

7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: