Alias: Season 2, Episode 22

The Telling (4 May 2003)

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Sydney must confront her mother, who tells a clue about "some Rambaldi artefacts" in Zurich, but it was a trap to capture Jack. As Sloane keeps the latter in hostage, Vaughn and Sydney go ... See full summary »



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Sydney must confront her mother, who tells a clue about "some Rambaldi artefacts" in Zurich, but it was a trap to capture Jack. As Sloane keeps the latter in hostage, Vaughn and Sydney go to Stockholm to capture Sark, who reveals the hideout in Mexico City. Meanwhile, Tippin discovers that Francie is in fact a "double" and is the one who framed him... Written by RealLiveClaude

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Irina mentions the club "V√§lsmakande", which is Swedish for "tasting good". See more »


Sydney Bristow: Suddenly you want us to have Sloane's artifacts?
Irina Derevko: Sydney, I know our relationship is complicated but I'm your mother. I have to believe that would be the case under any circumstance. Go to Zurich.
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Francie doesn't like coffee ice cream
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Irina sends Sydney the info she needs to clear Will's name, and asks for her favor....which apparently is to have Sydney lead the CIA into the warehouse where Sloane keeps all his Rambaldi artifacts and take them. Of course Sydney has her doubts about the validity of Irina's intel, but a CIA team is prepared to take action anyway. Meanwhile, Will is freed and starts digging into his records trying to locate the person whose DNA matches the second double of Dr. Markovic's experiment. In the typical "Alias" tradition, "The Telling" is full of twists and deceptions; Irina in particular constantly alternates between trustworthy and manipulative. Ultimately, I believe one thing is made clear: she DOES love her daughter. As for the similarly slippery Sark, I'll let the man speak for himself: "My loyalties are flexible". I personally think this episode is slightly inferior to the previous one, "Second Double". That one was great from the first minute to the last; this one is more of a collection of great scenes: Irina's jump from the roof (Lena Olin is awesome to watch in action), the literally home-wrecking Sydney-"Francie" fight, the final twist. Speaking of the Sydney-"Francie" fight, it's a bit of a mismatch, because Merrin Dungey isn't quite the screen fighter that Jennifer Garner is. Nevertheless, the actress deserves respect for her effort, and she is, in my opinion, one of the MVPs of the entire season. As for the final twist, it's certainly a big what-the-hell development that leaves you asking how, when, who and why. It opens up a lot of possibilities for the next season. Two problems: 1) Why didn't "Francie" just shoot Will instead of trying to kill him the hard way?, 2) This time, Sloane's appearance is underwhelming. Once again he teases Jack about the new horizons that Rambaldi has opened for him without actually revealing anything: this worked great in "Second Double", but it's beginning to test the viewer's (and Jack's!) patience now. *** out of 4.

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