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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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J.J. Abrams

Writers:

J.J. Abrams (created by), J.J. Abrams
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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
Edward Atterton ... Dr. Danny Hecht
Jay Gerber Jay Gerber ... Professor Mizzy
Angus Scrimm ... Calvin McCullough
William Wellman Jr. ... Priest
Ric Young ... Dr. Zhang Lee
Lorenzo Callender Lorenzo Callender ... Messenger
Greg Collins ... Kenny
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Storyline

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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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Min Nan

Release Date:

30 September 2001 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Professor Mizzy is named after Vic Mizzy, the composer of the original The Addams Family (1964) theme. Mizzy used to live on J.J. Abrams' street when he was growing up. See more »

Goofs

When Sydney is taking her lie detector test, the display on the technician's computer screen loops back to the start at one point, revealing that it's actually a pre-recorded sequence. See more »

Quotes

Sydney: I thought you sold airplane parts!
Agent Jack Bristow: I don't sell airplane parts. I never sold airplane parts.
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Connections

References Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Trouble
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Cat Stevens
Universal Records
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A solid opening episode that sets the scene perfectly for the series
28 August 2007 | by DVD_ConnoisseurSee 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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