Alias (2001–2006)
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Sydney is heavily questioned by the FBI concerning her past and her current activities at SD-6. Fearing that the FBI might detain her longer, Jack and Vaughn must find a way to make her escape before she blows her cover with SD-6...


Ken Olin


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

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Episode cast overview:
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
Terry O'Quinn ... F.B.I. Assistant Director Kendall
Joey Slotnick ... Steven Haladki
Jon Simmons Jon Simmons ... F.B.I. Officer
Andy Rolfes ... U.S. Marshal Kendricks (as Andrew A. Rolfes)
Lisa Dinkins ... F.B.I. Agent Baker
Frank Hoyt Taylor ... F.B.I. Agent Dunn


Sydney is being questioned by DSR regarding her life as double agent for CIA. Fearing that DSR and FBI might fully take advantage of directive 81A (hold her in custody without trial for the rest of her life) and therefore destroy here cover at SD-6, Jack, Vaughn and Weiss join forces to prove her innocent. While attempting to escape, Sydney realizes the shocking truth about her mother. Written by evamatijevic

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Release Date:

17 March 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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First appearance of F.B.I. Assistant Director Kendall (played by Terry O'Quinn). See more »


The flashback to "Spirit" uses an alternate scene than in the original episode (Sydney doesn't accentuate the "Thank" in this episode). See more »


Jack Bristow: [to Haladki] Just so we're clear: you report this conversation, and you'll never wear a hat again.
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Alias Theme
Written by J.J. Abrams
Performed by Michael Giacchino
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Highlight reels ... so 1960s
14 February 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Other reviewers make it sound like what they call "clip shows" are a necessary evil.

They are not.

In fact, they have their antecedents in the 1960s when some TV shows literally ran out of budget during production and had to cobble together an entire show of clips from earlier episodes just to make delivery and not be in breach of contract.

In fact (this review written 2015) they are very rare in the current generation of TV. Thankfully.

This was toward the end of the first season of Alias and even stranger was penned by no less than JJ himself.

My guess is that this was not about money. Rather, the producers had the data and saw that not only was the series being picked up but they had a possible hit on their hands. Under those circumstances the plan would have been to try to capture an even larger audience they already had by running an episode which filled in the backstory for late adopters.

No, it is NOT especially entertaining, other the fact that, on two occasions in the episode, Garner gets to deliver what has to be the most unique catchphrase in the history of spy dramas .... "DADDY?"

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