Season 1 Episode 22

Almost Thirty Years

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 12, 2002 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions