Alias (2001–2006)
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Time Will Tell 

Sydney must undergo an extensive lie detector test to prove her loyalty to SD-6 while at the same time she is trying to find connection between a 500 year old Rambaldi sketch and a machine.... See full summary »


Perry Lang


J.J. Abrams (created by), Jeff Pinkner

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Garner ... Sydney Bristow
Ron Rifkin ... Arvin Sloane
Michael Vartan ... Michael Vaughn
Bradley Cooper ... Will Tippin
Merrin Dungey ... Francie Calfo
Carl Lumbly ... Marcus Dixon
Kevin Weisman ... Marshall Flinkman
Victor Garber ... Jack Bristow
Tobin Bell ... Karl Dreyer
Gina Torres ... Anna Espinosa
Bob Clendenin ... Kostia Bergman (as Robert Clendenin)
Peter Dennis Peter Dennis ... Professor Bloom
Keone Young ... Professor Choy
Elaine Kagan ... June Litvack
Jack Axelrod Jack Axelrod ... Giovanni Donato


Sydney must undergo an extensive lie detector test to prove her loyalty to SD-6 while at the same time she is trying to find connection between a 500 year old Rambaldi sketch and a machine. In the meantime, Will gets deeper into the secrets while investigating Danny's death. Written by evamatijevic

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Release Date:

2 December 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Last episode that Anna was in until 4.8 Echoes. See more »


When Sydney is escaping from the building and about to jump off the roof you can clearly see her high heels she is wearing as she attaches the rope. She then jumps with the same shoes on, but at the bottom we see a different pair of shoes on her as she swings to safety. Then at the bottom she runs off in the original pair once again. See more »


[Referring to the Rambaldi symbol]
Sydney Bristow: This symbol on the front, what does it mean?
Giovanni Donato: The Magnific Order of Rambaldi. Rambaldi's most loyal followers entrusted with safeguarding his creations. Sadly, like most things that once were pure, criminals now use the symbol to infiltrate the order.
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Alias Theme
Written by J.J. Abrams
Performed by Michael Giacchino
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defines the best and worst of the series
30 December 2014 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Whenever I am asked to recommend a DVD collection that you could take with you on a vacation, and watch at your leisure, at the hotel, or in the plane, I usually recommend the first two iterations of CSI (LV and Miami, until Grissom left) followed by Closer.

Alias is not top of my list because it tries to do so many things at the same time; and rarely succeeds at more than a few.

Sydney as spy/student/friend/double agent would have been more than enough for an entire season, especially showcased by Garner, who manages to shine in every scene, and hold interest for male and female viewers alike.

But that is never enough.

In this episode, which I think highlights the best and worst of the series, we have all that, plus a long-dead scientist/mystic who somehow saw the future; plus the hunt for the mole; plus the whole daddy-issues thing; plus the well-intentioned former friend of the former boyfriend who keeps messing where he shouldn't oughtaa be a-messing .... and oh wait, that's not all of it, we also have Anna, who (literally) is somehow more prescient and psychic than the infamous Rembaldi because IN EVERY SINGLE MISSION she appears in the nick of time to try to steal the prize.

See the problem? Personally, I like to think that, with Alias, JJ was in his teething stage; and, like a modern alchemist, was trying to fight the "formula" that could keep viewers' interest without treating them like morons.

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