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Truth Be Told 

Sydney Bristow discovers that her job as an agent for SD-6, a top-secret division of the CIA, is not what she thought it was. Sydney's father, Jack, also tells her the truth about his work ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Sydney Bristow discovers that her job as an agent for SD-6, a top-secret division of the CIA, is not what she thought it was. Sydney's father, Jack, also tells her the truth about his work and she, enraged, seeks help from real CIA and is hired as their double agent under the command of Agent Vaughn. From now on, her job is really simple: she needs to complete her cases at SD-6 while reporting her findings back to the CIA. Written by evamatijevic

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30 September 2001 (USA)  »

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When Vaughn meets Sydney in this episode, it is the day when his father's watch stops working. See more »


Right after Sydney kicks the man's head through a car window, we see a brief shot of her looking to her left. In that shot, she is holding a gun and pointing it (visible as a dark blur on the left side of the screen). We then see a full-length shot of her, without a gun in her hand. She then picks up the gun and points it at Jack. After she says "Daddy?", the earlier shot of her looking left while holding the gun is then repeated. See more »


Marcus Dixon: Oh god.
Sydney: I know, if only brother Rama Salaam were still teaching in Tampa.
Marcus Dixon: No, not my case work. It's these new headsets - they keep pinching my ear.
Sydney: Oh, give it to me. Any word from Declan?
Marcus Dixon: Not since Tehran. I keep telling myself it's alright, he's done this before, disappear without a trace- what's up with you?
Sydney: What? Nothing.
Marcus Dixon: You've got, like, a glow.
Sydney: I don't have a glow.
Marcus Dixon: Yeah, look at that!
Sydney: Come on, Sloane's waiting. There's no glow.
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References Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »


The Fence (Matthew Shepard's Song)
Written by Peter Katz
Performed by Peter Katz
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A solid opening episode that sets the scene perfectly for the series
28 August 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

"Truth Be Told" is marvellously glossy, stylish and sexy escapist fun from writer / director J.J. Abrams.

Jennifer Garner is splendid as the lead, Sydney Bristow - college girl by day, super-spy by night. Garner is a convincing action figure and the scenes later in the show where she's bloodied and seeking payback are memorable. Sydney in a brightly coloured wig, beating baddies to a pulp, is definitely a sight to behold!

The rest of the cast are equally impressive, notably her fellow agent, Marcus Dixon (played by Carl Lumbly) and bad guy Arvin Sloane (Ron Rifkin).

"Phantasm" fans will be delighted to see Angus Scrimm play the chilling lie-detector expert, Agent McCullough.

This is top drawer television entertainment and the music from Michael Giacchino is equally impressive.

9 out of 10 for this pilot episode. The soundtrack is packed with great music from familiar bands and artists including The Cranberries, Peter Gabriel and Sinead O'Connor.

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