Season 5 Episode 13

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 03, 2006 on ABC
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While the gang starts to learn more about the Prophet Five, Sloane is distressed to learn that Prophet Five's cure for Nadia is just as likely to kill her. Meanwhile, Devlin returns, the search for Anna Espinosa continues, Rambaldi's prophetic Page 47 resurfaces, and Sydney offers Renée a job at APO.moreless

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  • Not as good as I had hoped

    I think that the reason why I was so disappointed with this episode, is because I had waited for it to download(4 days) and then it wasnt as good as the previous three had been. The other 12 episodes in the seaosn so far have be brilliant, and yet I felt let down by this one. Although it was good when *SPOLIER* when Anna (as Sydney)stabbed Renne (sorry I cant spell) and then Nadia died. Now we know that there is onyl one death left to come in the few episodes that are left of this brilliant show. "Alias" is brilliant, and yet I was kinda let down by this episode.

    I hope the rest are better.moreless
  • A strong episode. It was nice to have Mia Maestro back.

    It was nice to have Nadia back this episode. The scene with her and Jack riding in the car spying on Sloane was fun. "I see you finally bought the Ford Hybrid" was a reference back to episode 4.10 when Jack discussed thinking about buying one. I'm beginning to believe the theory that Nadia is Jack's real daughter. When Jack said to her "Sloane isn't your only family" it seemed like he genuinely meant it and it seems Jack has grown close to Nadia. Also in the season four season finale Irina also hinted to Jack that Nadia might be his daughter. The real question though is will we ever know with the series final two episodes away.

    I don't know if it was just me but Mia Maestro's acting seemed to have improved since the last time we saw her. Maybe working on 'Poseidon' helped her. In her final scene after she discovered Page 47 in Sloane's office her pain and disappointment seemed very raw and real. Ron Rifkin actually brought the scene down for me, which is strange because usually he's on top of things. The scene still worked out fine though. I admit, it looked a little unbelievable that Sloane pushing Nadia out of the way sent her flying back into that glass table but it still worked out good. I'm very happy Sloane is bad again even though it did bring the death of Nadia. It wouldn't be the end of Alias and all things Rimbaldi if Sloane didn't return to his Rimbaldi obsessive evil self.

    And evil Sydney kills her first victim. The way she brutally sliced Renee's throat was shocking and I can't remember the last Alias episode where we had where two important characters died(if there ever was one). I predict as we get closer to the finale more blood will be shed. I hope we get some sort of happy ending for Sydney though.

    All in All it was a strong episode and I enjoyed having Mia Maestro back for the short time she was with us again.

    Final Notes and Quotes

    - Vaughn didn't make an appearance in this episode.

    -30 seconds references to the amount of time Nadia had to be dead for in between when Sloane stopped her heart and gave her the antidote/special Rimbaldi medicine.

    -Two deaths in Alias followed by two deaths in Lost. Considering both shows are produced by many of the same people that's a mighty big coincidence.

    -I am in mourning for Renee. While her character didn't provide a lot to the story she certainly was entertaining.

    -Marshall:"...Oh I see, it's a secret."

    Final Rating: 3 out of 4 stars.

    - Tim Bronxmoreless
  • Can Alias season 5 get any better? This episode is amazing, with Nadia back for a full episode.

    Ok, so here we go again. This particular episode did deal a lot with character development, mostly centered around Sloane. The page Anna demanded was Rambaldi's page 47, the creepy page with Sydneys face on it, we don't know why they want it yet, but we did find out that there is a hidden message under it. And who doesn't love Nadia back in the show? We have missed her for a while, and here she is. When she was suspicious of her father, she couldn't find enough proof, so she decided to give him another chance. This resulted in Nadia's inevitable death. Also, we learn Sloane has ultimatley chosen the dark road as his destiny now that he has betrayed and killed the ones he loved.

    Wow, thats all I can say. These episodes keep getting better, and more intense, I can't wait to see more.moreless
  • Arvin Sloane is born again...

    Arvin Sloane has been born again. The VERY long awaited return of the evil side of Arvin Sloane has finnaly come back in this episode. If there was one flaw I would give Alias, it would be having Arvin Sloane be a good guy for as long as he has been. Some might say he was never a good guy - but compared to seasons 1+2, he was a good guy through 3,4 and most of 5. In the end of this show, Arvin will have been good more then bad - no matter what.

    I loved the ending when Arvins voiceover was heard as everyone struggled to figure out what was going on with Anna and how she knew everything that she knew. The beginning (like most episodes of S5) started off kind of slow and then got really big towards the end of the episode. Nadia getting urdered after being in a coma for the first 12 episodes of this season almost made me laugh, but I didnt.

    In the end - this episode was very good. Arvin Sloane is back and better then ever as he prepares to go on his final journey.moreless
  • Sloane awakens Nadia from her coma.

    This episode is one of the best episodes ever. It was so dramatic. It was very entertaining to watch. I cannot believe Nadia and Renee died. I knew there were going to be several deaths before the series ended, but I was so shocked to see Renee die, in this episode anyway. It was so good. I was on the edge of my seat. This episode was very entertaining. I loved watching this episode so much. This episode is a fine example and it is the reason I watch this show. This episode is definately a series classic. It is the perfect intallment.moreless
Angus MacFadyen

Angus MacFadyen

Joseph Ehrmann

Guest Star

Jeremy Guskin

Jeremy Guskin

Moritz Koller

Guest Star

Ismail Bashey

Ismail Bashey

Mr. Halbe

Guest Star

Mia Maestro

Mia Maestro

Nadia Santos

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When the 47 paper was burning in the fireplace, you can see the glowing < o > eye symbol.

    • Two former series regulars die in this episode. On the episode of JJ Abrams' other show Lost which aired the exact same night, two regulars were killed off (or at least received fatal wounds) as well.

    • Sloane has two different spectacles in this episode with the same shape but different color. In the beginning, it has a yellow frame, later it has a green one.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Dixon: (about the message hidden in Page 47) What about the message?
      Tom: You mean the one buried in a 500 year old piece of paper? Are we really taking that seriously?
      Jack: We've seen too much not to.

    • (The APO team prepares an ambush for Anna)
      Sydney: Everybody's getting set up. When you see Anna you'll take her out with this.
      (handing Renée a gun)
      Renée: Government issue. I never thought I'd have one of these.
      Sydney: Don't get too excited, it's only a tranq gun.
      Renée: That's too bad.

    • (Rachel prepares Koller for the meet with Anna)
      Rachel: Everything all right?
      Koller: Wonderful, considering I might get killed today.

    • Sydney: When are you going to start trusting me?
      Renée: I trust you. It's everyone else that's the problem.

    • Sydney: You should think about joining APO, really.
      Renée: In case you forgot, I'm a criminal.
      Sydney: We could try for a pardon. You should think about it.
      Renée: Okay. (Waits a moment.) No.

    • Sloane: A few days ago I was absolutely horrified that you would suggest I would turn against APO. That I would kill my own daughter. I realize now that both were inevitable. That death is a necessary sacrifice. Necessary to complete the final leg of this journey. I have been preparing for this my whole life. I knew it was coming. I have betrayed everyone I ever loved. But I was chosen.
      Ehrmann: We appreciate what you've done.
      Sloane: This is my road to follow.
      Ehrmann: Welcome back.

    • Tom: (to Moritz) You and I both know you are not cut out to withstand extended interrogation.

    • Moritz: (tied up and screaming) Help! Someone, anyone! Help!!
      Tom: Are you done yet?

    • Tom: (checking his watch) It's 10:00.
      Renée: (looking at her watch) It's 9:59.
      Tom: I didn't realize the French were so punctual.
      Renée: We're not. It's you Americans who are always in a hurry.
      Tom: And we get fat, too. Is there anything else? (Bell tolls at the top of the hour.)
      Renée: Now it's 10:00.

    • Nadia: You have to choose, me or this (referring to Rambaldi's Page 47).
      Sloane: You can't ask me to choose between the two most important things in my life.
      Nadia: (close to tears) Then I guess you'll lose us both. (Throws the page into the fireplace.)

    • Moritz: (to Renée) Espèce de... garce! (You... bitch!) (Renée punches him.)
      Renée: (to Tom) I hate that word.
      Tom: I'll remember that.

    • Nadia: You finally got the Ford Hybrid.
      Jack: Electric, comes in handy when you have to be quiet.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: September 9, 2007 on Channel 7
      The Middle East: October 5, 2008 on MBC Action
      Slovakia: April 15, 2010 on Markiza

    • This episode marks the final appearance of Elodie Bouchez, a former regular, on the series.

    • "When blood-red horses walk the streets, and angels fall from the sky, the chosen one and the passenger will clash - and only one of them will survive" -

      Nadia and Sydney fought at the end of season 4. After the events of this episode, only Sydney has survived.

    • Music from this episode includes:
      "Practice What You Preach" by Barry White


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