Alias: Season 4, Episode 12

The Orphan (23 Mar. 2005)

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Nadia puts her own life (as well Sydney's and Weiss's) in danger after failing to unveil her past about her involvement with a dangerous criminal, named Ceasar Martinez from her home in ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elena Derevko
Cesar Martinez
Roberto Fox
Ivan Saric ...
Young Nadia


Nadia puts her own life (as well Sydney's and Weiss's) in danger after failing to unveil her past about her involvement with a dangerous criminal, named Ceasar Martinez from her home in Argentina whom recruited her as an assassin for his gang and wants to relive old times. Meanwhile, Vaughn finds a person who is somehow connected to his father and Nadia as well. Written by Anonymous

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The ratings for this episode were 6.88 million viewers, less than half of the season opener and a ratings low for the fourth season. See more »


For the mission to retrieve the glass before Caesar, Sloane sent Sydney with Vaughn, Weiss, and Nadia. In the field, we see Sydney with Weiss, Dixon, and Nadia. Dixon went instead of Vaughn. See more »


Michael Vaughn: Marshall; ah, we should have lunch sometime.
Marshall Flinkman: Really, yeah, oh man, anytime, absolutely, I'm there. Did you... today?
Michael Vaughn: No.
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Nadia's story
10 September 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

For once Sydney takes a back seat as this episode tells us the story of how her sister Nadia came to be in intelligence work. This story is told in flashback intertwined with a current story featuring a mission to retrieve an item known as the Amplifying Glass which brings her into contact with a man she first met on the streets of Buenos Aires as a teenager. In the flashback story we learn that she fled from an orphanage after helping another girl fight off an man who appeared to be a kidnapper. Once on the streets she meets up with Cesar and the two of them carry out a string of petty thefts. Eventually they are caught but once in custody a man called Roberto offers her the opportunity to avoid prison by working for the state. She accepts and is trained along with Cesar and another young man called Diego. On a mission Diego is fatally wounded but before he dies he tells Nadia that they have been tricked; Roberto isn't working for the government and he has turned them into traitors. In the present Nadia does not tell her colleagues at APO that she knows Cesar when his name comes up. As Sydney is retrieving an item she is caught by Cesar and it looks as if he will kill her until Nadia walks in and vouches for her. Sydney might be safe but they still need to get the item back. Nadia goes to meet Cesar claiming that the person she is working for will kill her if she fails to get the Glass. She goes off alone with Cesar not knowing that he holds her responsible for the death of the man who saved him from a life on the streets or jail.

This was an interesting episode, I enjoyed the scenes showing Nadia's past, it was nice how her early intelligence work mirrored Sydney's work in SD6, her recruitment also reminded me of scenes from the French thriller 'Nikita'. Mía Maestro did well in the role of Nadia as did Gisselle Castellanos who played her as a youngster. I liked that the flashback scenes were entirely in subtitled Spanish rather than just having a few lines before switching to accented English as is sometimes done in other shows or films. Some humour was provided by Mitchell's attempts to be more friendly with Vaughn; the laugh out loud highlight being Jack's reaction to Mitchell saying that Vaughn had invited him to lunch... and he didn't even say a word, his look was enough!

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