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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 »


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


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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English | Min Nan

Release Date:

30 September 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Series creator J.J. Abrams and Jennifer Garner provide DVD commentary for this episode. See more »


A dinner takes place supposedly in Taiwan. However, the attendees speak Cantonese, not Mandarin, indicating Hong Kong instead of Taiwan. 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 »


My Perfect Day
(uncredited) (aka "Never Grow Old")
Written by Dolores O'Riordan
Performed by The Cranberries
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A perfect pilot for the series
12 April 2016 | by evamatijevicSee all my reviews

"Truth Be Told" has all the qualities that good Pilot should have. What's striking about it can be explained (put) in two different groups.

In the first "group" I can (and will) talk only about "visual" things. The thing I liked the most is that we are introduced to the plot and the characters right from the beginning so, for those impatient among us, we don't have to watch the second and the third episode to decide whether will you watch the show or not. Cards are on the table with this show : there are no hidden secrets, what Sydney knows we know and we are experiencing these things with her. One of the things I especially liked is the script because it doesn't have any stupid, sleazy, tacky and completely bad-fanfiction-like lines that no one in real life uses.

Second group is all about "thouchable" things. Hands down, actors did a great job. None of the characters were too shallow or too deep, they let us find out who and what they really are for ourselves which is awesome because it leaves room for further development. All the scenes seemed real, and, thank God, there were no weird camera angles. And once again, big plus for the script.

Long story short: 10 out of 10 stars for this episode, I dare you to find a mistake in it.

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