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 »


The agents working for Agent Cane downloaded Vaughn's files from the US DMV. At a far off shot, you can see on the screen of their laptop is a picture of Vaughn's driver's license. But then, on the next close up shot, you only see a large picture of Vaughn. They then search through the DMV database to find Vaughn's license. Then you see the same picture as was on the screen before they looked it up. See more »


Claude Rousseau: So you liked everything?
[Sydney and Vaughn reply in French]
Claude Rousseau: So, a, 'tis too late for you to set out for avenue, and, a, you had much to drink. Upstairs I have an inn, and tonight you are my guest, please.
[the waiter places a room key on top of their table]
Claude Rousseau: Take your time.
[Vaughn and Sydney look at the key and then each other suspiciously]
Michael Vaughn: [Sydney and Vaughn lean over the table towards each other] Did you ask him to do that?
[Sydney smiles and blushes]
Sydney Bristow: There are so many issues with this I don't ...
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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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