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Sydney and Vaughn reach a crossroads as they try to turn a professional relationship into a personal one during a mission to recover an experimental gyroscope. Meanwhile, Jack struggles to outwit the persistent SD-6 security expert, Ariana Kane, as she tightens the noose of suspicion around him of being Sloan's blackmailer. But Sloan is eventually revealed to know more than he claims: there never was a blackmailer, and Emily is really alive and in league with Sloan to get away from the Alliance! Written by Anonymous

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The movie playing in the theater where Jack goes to meet his contact is the 1950 film D.O.A. starring Edmond O'brien See more »

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When Sydney and Dixon travel to Nice, the landscape actually shows St.Tropez, recognizable by the yellow/red church. See more »

Quotes

Michael Vaughn: Involving you had no upside.
Sydney Bristow: There's no upside to keeping me informed? You didn't tell me about Manolo or that you had discussions with my mother! You didn't even tell me that you were seeing Alice again!
Michael Vaughn: Wait. What is this about?
Sydney Bristow: This is about me being too old to be coddled!
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References Oliver! (1968) See more »

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a defining moment in TV
7 June 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

If you pick up any of the many bios on JJ Abrams they all mention how it was shows like Alias that helped launch him to icon status.

But that is not enough information. Too many gaps.

The fact is that JJ has a knack for taking shows that start with a simple premise -- almost as if he understands the Hollywood money boys have a weakness for funding "simple stupid predictable" pilots -- and then, once in actual production, raising the stakes every few hands, until you suddenly realize that you have a show that is nothing like what you started watching.

This episode is a case in point. Connected in name only to the original premise of Season 1, you have complex relationships inter-weaving with complex relationships.

Not only do you get here a last-minute, Hail Mary, "save" but also a tiny clue tossed to the audience which (if you were paying attention) sets up the second (and surprise!) final climax.

And this episode also shows the signature JJ casting acumen, which is arguably the most astute in the business. Backing up Garner (as if she needs backing up) are three of the greatest actresses (and greatest faces) of the late 20th century: Dunaway, Olin, and Irving.

A perfect episode, and ready for the TV Hall of Fame.


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