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As Sydney and Noah go to Cape Town to get some data on "The Man" , Sloane begins to question where Noah's true allegiances lie when his team finds some suspicious bank activities of his. Vaughn goes to Colombia to get information about Russian assassin known under the codename "Snowman" whose recent mission was to kill Kjasinau, a.k.a. "The Man". While Sydney is getting closer to the truth about her mother, Will and Francie confront her about the airline ticket they found in her coat. Written by evamatijevic

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Jack's full name is Jonathan Donahue Bristow. See more »


Both Sloane and Vaughn mispronounce Mackay, the town in Queensland, Australia where Sydney is sent to find Calder. They pronounce it "Mack-ay", the end rhyming with the letter A, when it's actually pronounced "Mack-ye", rhyming with the letter I. See more »


Irina Derevko: [Sydney is watching the video footage of her mother] My Russian or American name?
Alexander Khasinau: Why not both?
Irina Derevko: Irina Derevko and Laura Bristow.
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Predictably unbelievable
9 January 2017 | by (Belgrade, Serbia) – See all my reviews

And again, we were graced with another boring and disappointing episode. Either because writers don't know how to close the Rambaldi's plot or they lost all inspiration after episode 7 and now they are only procrastinating until the finale, there is no denying that show hit its bottom. God, what would I give for those early-like episodes to be back. I don't care about pattern anymore, I just want quality episodes back.

The episode started great (and ended like that, if I may say), probably due the fact that it had been a while since we saw Sydney in some sort of quality fight. So, to sum up, action at the beginning (even though it was a little too much cheesy and James Bondy) and Snowman's fight with Syd at the end were great, everything in between was NOT.

Noah's story was badly written my eyes hurt. He is running around and wants to be friends with everyone, he, once again, beats the lie detector test, his missions are perfect.. That is not the kind of perfect character I like (read Jack Bristow at the beginning of the season). He is emotionally manipulating Sydney and, maybe it's just me, but at the very end when they were supposed to run away together, he knew exactly what to say so it would seem like he wants Sydney to go with him but enough to remind her that she needs to stay. Plus, thank God, she is too loyal to her personal goal. And how did they manage to put him into such a high position (as character) already? Maybe I wasn't watching the screen the whole time but some chronological order is not in order. Thankfully, he went out in glorious fashion (not really, it was predictable).

Jack is falling apart more and more and I don't like it a bit. Go Team Let The Badass Characters Stay Badass Until The End.

And Sloane is so creepy in this one. First he tried to be friendly with hand on Syd's shoulder and then talking to his wife, but later he said something like "You know that" (or this or something else, I was writing all those notes on paper and the last word got smudged) and, I swear, whole world stopped rotating out of fear.

In the Alias world of less important characters, Vaughn is annoying with his puppy eyes and undying love for Sydney. But he was pretty badass in the scene with surviving victim of Snowman's brutality. Good acting job by both Vartan and Spinella. Oh, and what is it with Russians (or American writers writing about Russian assassins) and naming their killers after winter? I mean, Winter Soldier, Snowman (!) . . . What's next? Santa? Snowflake? Olaf?! Back on the friends front, those two are acting like a couple again. And now that Will's story is no more a dangerous one, he is finally character that Francie deserves. Also, it's both beautiful and ugly to see how fast Sydney can lie when necessary. We all know she hates herself for that, bathroom crying scene was a waste of time.

One more thing that was surprisingly bad was Irina (Syd's mom) and that KGB videotape. I mean, if you are already Russian spy speak Russian don't go and put "nyet" at the end like it's going to prove something. And why the accent?!? You were supposed to be American wife to American husband with an American child and you are supposed to sound American. Even head over heels Jack would made something out of it. I can't wait for Lena to come.

There was a lot of potential here but none of it was executed well. The Hicks thing didn't work. The Irena thing didn't work. The Rambaldi thing worked pretty well but for unknown reason it was forgotten just like that. Forever hoping for the next one to be better.

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