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Season 1 Episode 22

Almost Thirty Years

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 12, 2002 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

In order to save Will's life, Sydney and Vaughn must destroy a familiar looking Rambaldi device, while Jack makes a risky deal with Khasinau's representative, Mr. Sark. Meanwhile, the CIA believes that one of their own is a mole for "The Man"; the Alliance comes to a decision regarding the fate of Emily Sloane; Dixon's suspicions about Sydney intensify; and Sydney finds herself face-to-face with "The Man."moreless

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  • What an end for a season

    Ok.. When last episode was high space high stakes all the time, then this one had some points lower motion but stakes where really high - Sydney and her father dealt with the paper and realized that what the man is building.. and they both went against CIA and SD-6 to save Will.. and that article is going to be published.. no good can come from that.

    Anyway.. all goes back to Taipei where it all started in season start.. and again that man.. and "the Man" too.. finally Sydney mets him. Father gets Will but what happened with Vaughn?

    Stunning ending for this season.moreless
  • Y ahora?

    Finalmente luego de largas travesías a lo Desmond Sidney se encuentra con su madre, la persona más peligrosa y despiadada del mundo. Y me pregunto: valió la pena? Para qué? Para qué buscar algo que sabemos nos desilusionará tarde o temprano? Para qué sufrir cuando es tan simple dejar de vivir para el mundo social tan hijo de p*** (como estoy pu***ndo ultimamente...

    Por qué esa continua búsqueda de aquello que o nos hace sufrir o simplemente nos sirve de nada? No lo sé... seguramente sea una consecuencia de vivir, porque vivir es sufrir, y el que no esté dispuesto a hacerlo que se disfrace de cobarde y se tire por el balcón.moreless
  • Review

    In the Season 1 finale of the TV show alias Sydney and Vaughan must destroy a Rambaldi device to save her friends life and Jack makes a deal with Khasinau's representative named Shark the Alliance of Twelve makes a decision about Emily Sloane the Wife over Mr. Sloane who is the head SD-6 the CIA thinks that one of the own is a mole for the man all in all great ending to the season and a socking ending to the episode which is the biggest and best cliffhanger of the season and the mission of the episode where great as they always are and are not dull nor boring endmoreless
  • Review

    I like how a lot of questions were left unanswered in this episode, something that I would expect from a JJ Abrams finale. I can see why this episode is rated very high, but disagree that it is the ebst episode of the first season. There were a coiuple of other JJ written episodes that I thought the writing itself was better and this was not my favorite of those episode. I thought "The Man" being Sydneys mom was a cheap part of writing by the writers and is the only thing I disagreed about. I saw that shock coming from a mile away. Either way, Sydneys mom will be a huge part of the second season and how she gets out of the current situation will be interesting. The fate of Vaughn is still unknwon and I cant wait to see if he is alive or if he is dead. Sloane placing something into Emilys drink and walking away from her was shocking...right after I read another review and realized that he in fact put something in the drink in the first place. I missed that at first. Solid finale, what I would expect from JJ Abrams.moreless
  • This was a great finale for the first season. Leaving us with a huge clifhanger.

    This was a great finale for the first season. Leaving us with a huge clifhanger.

    One thing I liked about this episode is that the chinese torture guy from the pilot was back torturing Will this time, the same way he tortured Sydney, by pulling his teeth out.

    The first season also ended the same way it started, with Sydney hancuffed to a chair wearing a wig, this time a blue one.

    Will surprised me by not breaking down while he was being tortured, he proved he was strong. And I loved how he got the guy who tortured him right at the end.

    Now I'm left wondering what happens to Vaughn, did he die? Did Sloan really kill Emily, or is there a reason he told her the truth about SD-6? And what will Syd do now after finding out that her mother is "The Man"?

Kevin Weisman

Kevin Weisman

Marshall J. Flinkman

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner

Sydney Anne Bristow

Merrin Dungey

Merrin Dungey

Francine 'Francie' Calfo

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Marcus R. Dixon

Ron Rifkin

Ron Rifkin

Arvin Sloane

Michael Vartan

Michael Vartan

Michael C. Vaughn

Elaine Kagan

Elaine Kagan

June Litvack

Guest Star

Emily Wachtel

Emily Wachtel


Guest Star

Michelle Arthur

Michelle Arthur


Guest Star

David Anders

David Anders


Recurring Role

Derrick O'Connor

Derrick O'Connor

Alexander Khasinau

Recurring Role

Joey Slotnick

Joey Slotnick

C.I.A. Agent Steven Haladki

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • In the recap for the episode "Rendezvous" we see Sydney telling Will "If you need anything there are agents behind that mirror" but in the actual episode of "Rendezvous" we never saw this scene.

    • Number 47: Haladki reveals that the battery is in the room 47 of an underground lab of Pang Pharmaceuticals in Taipei.

    • Sydney is once again chained to a chair, in a Taipei storeroom, like in the first episode. In the latter she dyed her hair red, in this one it's blue.

    • Will injects "Suit and Glasses" with a toxin with a one-in-five chance of causing paralysis. We learn about the consequences of this action in one of the later episodes.

    • April Webster, who plays Irina Derevko but is uncredited, is a casting director for Alias, as well as for two of J.J. Abram's other projects, Lost and Mission: Impossible III.

    • When the water "ballon" bursts the water it contained is enough to fill the entire corridor to the roof in addition to at least that high in the warehouse. Compressed water?

    • Goof: When Sydney is talking to Jack on the docks about the page and the liquid, she mistakenly reverses who has each. She states that the CIA has the page and that SD-6 has the liquid. However, Sydney as a character would've never made this mistake (she knew what was where) - one of the writers must've gotten the dialogue wrong.

    • Goof: Emily's wine glass goes from half full to 3/4 full from the point Arvin gives it to her, and the point at which she drinks it.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Sydney: Wait. I have questions for you.
      Khasinau: You can ask my boss.
      Sydney: Your boss? I thought The Man was the boss.
      Khasinau: Yes. Yes, but I am not The Man.
      (A woman enters and stands in front of Sydney.)
      The Man: I have waited almost thirty years for this.
      Sydney: Mom?

    • Sydney: Hi. How did you find me?
      Vaughn: You told me a couple of months ago that when you feel the need to disappear, you go to the observatory. But the observatory was closed. And then I remembered you said the pier calms you down. But you weren't there. And you weren't at the bluffs and the palisades, either.
      Sydney: You didn't really go to all those places.
      Vaughn: Yeah, I did. And then I remembered you liked the train station, too. Normal people going to their normal jobs.
      Sydney: I can't believe you remember that.

    • Abigail: It's been six days. Will warned me something might happen. He didn't even turn up to his own awards dinner. Called his friends, they haven't heard from him either. Are you going to publish his story?
      June Litvack: Yeah. In the "A" section. I have to tell Deitrick that this is coming in. Call Orsay in graphics, get a photo of Will!

    • Vaughn: What I said was I feel I have an understanding of Sydney Bristow and that she doesn't just accept problems, she tries to fix them.
      Haladki: And that perhaps Ms. Bristow and her father are trying to secure release of Mr. Tippin on their own?

    • Dixon: Marshall, can you remember back to the Aconcagua operation? Sydney's code name?
      Marshall: Miss Bristow? It was, uh, Bluebird.
      Dixon: Bluebird. So it wasn't Freelancer?
      Marshall: Freelancer? No, no, it was Bluebird. Definitely.

    • Jack: Khasinau knew about the safehouse. He must have someone on the inside.
      Sydney: I know.
      Jack: As long as there's a mole at the CIA, you can't tell Vaughn a thing. Not that you've been contacted, or that you and I have spoken.

    • (Jack and Sark at Will's exchange)
      Sark: Jack Bristow, doing his daughter's work. There was speculation that you might make an appearance tonight.
      Jack: If you're not comfortable with me we can waive our business for the night and say goodbye.
      Sark: Are you comfortable? Do you feel comfortable trading priceless documents for a low grade reporter?
      Jack: You should read Tippin's stuff, it's not so bad.
      Sark: Let's see the artifacts.
      Jack: Let's see Tippin.

    • (Will stabs Suit and Glasses in the neck with a needle)
      Will: One in five, you little bitch! ONE IN FIVE!

    • Dixon: How am I supposed to know what you believe when you've been lying to me? I'm your partner!
      Sydney: Just think about this for a minute. Just think about everything we've been through. Just think about who I am. Now, what I am going to ask you to do is just accept the fact that I cannot tell you what this is about. What I am doing is classified but Dixon... I swear to you that I am not betraying this country. I could never do that. You know that!
      Dixon: I don't need rhetoric, Sydney. Right now, I need a reason not to report you to security section.

    • (After whirling a drill in Will's mouth)
      Suit and Glasses: You had a cavity.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Michael Vartan, Bradley Cooper, Merrin Dungey, Carl Lumbly, Kevin Weisman and Victor Garber provide DVD commentary for this episode.

    • This episode went straight from the recap to the opening credits which is unusual as usally a fresh new scene is shown before they cut to the credits.

    • Music from this episode includes:
      "My Skin" by Natalie Merchant
      "Music:Response" by The Chemical Brothers
      "Supermoves" by Overseer
      "Canzone Del Salce (Verdi's Otello)" by Miriam Gauci

    • Weiss's office is in the same set of Will's newspaper's office.

    • Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Michael Vartan, Bradley Cooper, and Victor Garber are the only people to apppear in every episode of Alias this season.