Alias: Season 1, Episode 20

The Solution (21 Apr. 2002)

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In order to catch Khasinau and get closer to finding her mother, Sydney and Vaughn set up an undercover transaction for a Rambaldi artifact with Khasinau's representative, Mr. Sark. But ... See full summary »



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In order to catch Khasinau and get closer to finding her mother, Sydney and Vaughn set up an undercover transaction for a Rambaldi artifact with Khasinau's representative, Mr. Sark. But Sydney's cover may be compromised when a SD-6 agent is sent in to thwart the sale: that being Dixon himself. Meanwhile, Will is enticed by his unseen source to continue his investigation of SD-6 when he learns that Jack Bristow was one of his kidnappers. Also, Sloan's cancer-stricken wife, Emily, tells Sydney that she knows about SD-6, which forces Sloane to make the most difficult decision of his life of whether or not to have her killed for knowing of the existence of the organization. Written by Anonymous

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Sydney's fight Sark using a Latajang, a specific Indonesian weapon. See more »


When Sydney and Jack are discussing Emily's knowledge of SD-6, the scene cuts to Sloane in his office. The back of his computer has no cables connected to it, therefore it could not be operational. The only cables visible are simply dangling from the monitor. See more »


Francie Calfo: See, the thing about rats is they're clever. You have to outthink them. You can't really just leave out cheese. You have to leave the good stuff. The heavy-duty stuff. The stuff that they want. It's the only way they're going to come out. Otherwise, you're just wasting your time.
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Trapping a rat
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When Francie and Will think they saw a rat they tell Sydney and what they say about catching a rat gives Sydney an idea on how the CIA can get Khasinau... they just need a trap with the right bait. The bait in question will be the vial of Rambaldi solution acquired when Cole was captured. In order to make him believe there is a second vial Sydney and Vaughn arrange a break in at an art gallery then contact Khasinau to let him know they have a vial for sale. There is a slight problem though; SD-6 learns of the sale and sends Dixon to get the vial; Sydney will have to hope he doesn't see through her disguise! In a secondary plot thread Will is contacted by 'the voice on the phone' and told that it was Jack Bristow who kidnapped him and that he must start work on the story again. He confronts Jack, who believes the Voice is almost certainly CIA, most likely Haladki.

This episode contained the action scenes we've come to expect in Alias as well as some poignant scenes where it comes to the Alliance's attention that Sloane's wife is aware of SD-6; Ron Rifkin does a fine job when security section tell him what the consequences will be. The ending was one of the best cliff hangers yet; it will be interesting to see how Sydney avoids being recognised!

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