Sydney goes undercover in a mental institution to meet a guy programmed to be an assassin. Meanwhile, back home in LA, Will discovers the true identity of "Kate Jones" and Francie learns the truth about Charlie.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Calder
Charlie Bernard (as Evan Dexter Parke)
Eloise Kurtz
Dr. Kreshnik (as Eugene Lazarev)


As Sydney tries to adjust herself after the death of five CIA agents during the last mission in Badenweiler, she and Dixon are sent to London to snatch a FTL decoder so SD-6 can use by a cell sample from someone's DNA to create a code on identity cards. Sydney then goes to Romania to try to talk to the father of a murdered agent, not realizing the horror that awaits her. Jack gets transfered to the SD-6 offices to take a major role in the ops mission. Meanwhile, Will continues to investigate the mysterious Kate Jones, whose real name is Eloise Kurtz, who refuses to tell Will of her association with Danny. Francine continues to deal with her boyfriend Charlie who finally clears the air over his mystery woman, that he plays in a band with her. Written by Anonymous

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18 November 2001 (USA)  »

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When Sydney is admitted at the mental institution in Romania, the facility's Director (Dr. Kreshnik) is the same man, that was in the picture Caulder's (the FBI agent that was hunting Sydney's mother) widow showed to Sydney, telling her, he was her new boyfriend. See more »


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This episode is just a short path between two greater mysteries in the show that are one
11 June 2016 | by (Belgrade, Serbia) – See all my reviews

After the last week weak episode, "Reckoning" took the small, simple but right steps to the (slightly) better grade. All the scenes were connected very well and the plot is fine (except those two or three things but I will get there later). Characters didn't really get much of development but hey, it takes time.

The second mission (or the first, depends if you count extension of the last episode's cliffhanger as a mission) was amazing. I love it when they do the funny things on their missions, it just brings a little light on everything. But that mission in Romania, oh boy, that was predictable. As soon as they said psychiatric hospital I knew exactly what will the end be like : 1. very old hospital with equipment older then the age of all actors combined together 2. shady stuff 3. her partner (not Dixon) is probably gonna get himself killed .

I think it's safe to day that the last 25 minutes of the episode were a little lumpy. Francie's subplot is getting nowhere ( I am happy they didn't made Charlie a super-spy or a cheater, but seriously? Singing?) And Will is boring as ever, can't wait for him to finally find out the truth. Maybe his development as character takes a different path then.

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