Sydney finds herself face-to-face with her long-lost mother, Irina Derevko, whose intentions for her daughter are made chillingly clear. However, Sydney manages to escape and rejoin Jack ... See full summary »



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Sydney finds herself face-to-face with her long-lost mother, Irina Derevko, whose intentions for her daughter are made chillingly clear. However, Sydney manages to escape and rejoin Jack and Will in their escape from Taiwan. After arriving back in Los Angeles, Sydney continues her search for Vaughn, not knowing if he is dead or alive after being swept away by a wall of water in Taipei. Will's life is forever changed when he learns the truth about SD-6 and Sydney's life as a double agent. Also, Dixon must decide whether or not to inform Sloane of Sydney's suspicious activities. But Jack intervenes and covers for Sydney who later finds Vaughn who helps her try to track down her mother Irina who's searing for a Rimbaldi artifact called 'the Bible.' Written by Anonymous

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29 September 2002 (USA)  »

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The stock footage used as an establishing shot for Capferrat, France (about 20 minutes in) is the background image used during the opening credits for the film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. See more »


Sydney is shot in the shoulder in the opening moments. On a later mission to France, she wears a dress with shoulder straps far too small to conceal the bandages. See more »


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One of the Best Season Openers of All Time
11 March 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Reviewers are people too and I think the most outstanding opening episode for a brand new series was, is, and always will be POI.

(Also a JJ Production, but who's counting?)

But setting the record best season-opener is this episode of Alias.

The first 3 minutes -- not a long time in the scheme of the universe -- hits the viewer with the following:

* new titles. Don't snicker. The old ones were terrible. These are better

* The Perils of Pauline ... oops .. Sydney .. who was left tied to a chair and seemingly stayed there all summer waiting for the story to continue. Boy that must have been uncomfortable

* the a-ha that the ringleader is Sydney's mom! Double play here. She gets to trump her already series-unique repetitive line of dialog from S.01 ("DADDY?") with something even better - "MOM?"

* Mom is played by Lena Olin, one of the most photographic faces of all time. (But this casting director knows how to pick em -- the series also features dual Amys -- Amy Irving and Amy Acker. No expense spared.)

and the piece de resistance

* in their first dialog since Sydney was a baby, Mom skips the introductions and starts to interrogate her daughter. Responding to the implied threat (a gun) Sydney responds bravely with "What are you going to do, ground me?

" following which Mom shoots her, but not fatally I repeat for the historical IMDb record -- best season opener of all time.

And there are still 40 minutes of content to go .. happy happy joy joy

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