Alias: Season 2, Episode 18

Truth Takes Time (16 Mar. 2003)

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Following her betrayal, the CIA try desperately to track down Irina Derevko. Their trail on Derevko leads them to Stuttgart and closer to Sark and Sloane, even as Sloane contemplates giving... See full summary »



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Following her betrayal, the CIA try desperately to track down Irina Derevko. Their trail on Derevko leads them to Stuttgart and closer to Sark and Sloane, even as Sloane contemplates giving up his quest to complete Rambaldi's work in order to stay with his wife, Emily. Written by Shiro

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When first seen and in subsequent appearances, the earrings Irina leaves for Sydney are single stones on posts. In this episode they become double stones with one stone on a drop. See more »


Sydney Bristow: [watching Emily on security camera footage] She's alive?
Jack Bristow: She walked through the front door, told the duty guard she is the wife of Arvin Sloane, that she wants to cooperate with the CIA and that she will only talk to you.
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A tragic end
13 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

With the shock betrayal by Irina Derevko at the end of the previous episode it looked as if Sydney's mother had got away; what we didn't know is that when Jack removed the tracker from her he also implanted a passive device that would not be found in a scan and will remain undetectable till they are activated twelve hours later. When it activates the CIA trace her to a facility in Germany where she and Sark are stealing a genetic database. They manage to get there but Irina and Sark escape after a brief shootout. Realising they have been tracked Irina alerts Sloane who tells his wife they must leave their new house; she has had enough of his lies though and decides so go to the CIA and help them catch him on condition that he isn't given the death penalty.

This was a fine episode where Ron Rifkin put in one of his best performances to date as he decides that he will sacrifice his thirty year obsession with Rambaldi if that is what it takes to keep Emily. Amy Irving also did a fine job as Emily; especially in the scene where she learns Sloane is willing to give everything up for her. This isn't the most action packed episode but what there is is pretty good and the ending, which I won't spoil, has a real emotional punch.

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