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 ... See full summary »



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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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12 January 2003 (USA)  »

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When Kane's men are looking up info on Vaughn it shows that his middle initial is C, his SSN is 987-65-4320, and his Badge ID number is 897354722. See more »


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


Sydney Bristow: So I heard you on the phone with base ops; your code name is Boy Scout?
Michael Vaughn: [Vaughn laughs] Yeah...
Sydney Bristow: Why?
Michael Vaughn: Um... it goes back to CST, Clandestine Service Training. You don't want to hear this...
Sydney Bristow: Vaughn...
Michael Vaughn: Okay, the boy scouts have a motto...
Sydney Bristow: Always be prepared...
Michael Vaughn: Well, on my first day I showed up and I forgot my field manual. So the instructor said, that is your one screw up, from then on you better be prepared!
Eric Weiss: [Over coms to Vaughn only, Vaughn signals to his ear for Sydney] This story is a disaster! ...
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The danger of relationships
28 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Sydney learns that Vaughn knew of the SD-6 investigation into her father and did not tell her she is less than pleased and it looks as though it could damage their professional relationship. Sydney is still undertaking missions for SD-6 of course and the latest takes her to Nice where she ends up going on a date with Vaughn; clearly the tensions between them weren't professional after all! It would have been a romantic evening out if Ariana Kane hadn't sent a couple of goons to follow Sydney; it looks as if Sydney and Vaughn are going to be captured but the managed to escape and neutralise their assailants before they inform Kane what they saw. Meanwhile Jack is still trying to prove his innocence and the only way for him to do that is to find the person who really took Sloane's wife and blackmailed the Alliance... his trail leads to a surprising revelation followed by a much bigger twist.

This was a fun episode which finally saw the mystery of Sloane's wife resolved; I won't spoil it with details bit I thought it was a great conclusion to that plot arc. In resolving it Jack had to go into a brain storming session with his wife; Victor Garber and Lena Olin were great in these scenes. It was nice to see Sydney and Vaughn finally go on a date although it doesn't look like they will be having another for a while considering how this one ended. The episode had some great action scenes including a fatal fight during the showing of a classic movie and a gun battle in a Nice restaurant. As so often happens Sydney has to don a disguise and her purple-haired punk look is both sexy and provides a laugh when she sets off the airport metal detectors with her assorted studded bracelets and collar.

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