Season 5 Episode 8


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 07, 2005 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Rachel is called on a mission when a Micropulse bomb explodes on a train. APO believes this explosion can lead to information about Prophet Five. Rachel is asked to go to Brazil and bug Basarov's computer but she runs into Sark in the process who seems to be doing exactly as she is.moreless

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  • STARK IS BACK!!!!!!

    long live julian stark! this is the best ep of the season so far. david andrews as julian stark is one of main reasons i have stuck w/alias. he's so amazing and hot! he almost makes you want to root for the bad guys, lol. yeah, you could see rachel hooking up with him from the moment they met, but she totally needed that. the good girl definately needs some spice in her life. afte reading some of the summaries for the rest of the season, i am really looking forward for some more sark and the fireworks that accompany. without sark this ep probably gets about a 7, with him 9.5. long live julian sark!moreless
  • Review

    SARK IS BACK!! I couldnt have been more happier when I saw him get onto the elevator with Rachel during the first eight minutes of the episode. Julian Sark has everything that I loved in the show during my favorite season (Season 3) HIs overall...apperance and amazing acting make pointless scenes fun to watch. What was the point of the bar scene and the lovemaking scene - nothing really. Just a way for her to find him after the mission was over. Even if the writers made that scene go a little long - David Anders plays the part so well that I loved watching every minute of it. I felt the same way about Ron Rifkin every time I saw him in season 1. Sark is manipulative and cold and watching him walk right by Dixon/Thomas/Rachel at the end of this episode was perfetc. I hope he returns.

    Seeing Rachel on the mission instead of Sydney is still getting an odd look from me. Rachel isnt the fight um' up in your face kind of girl, shes scared and tried to do everything the way the CIA is supposed to. I like the change it up in most cases. Her scene in the hotel was fun to watch and I liked the rescue scene with Jack and the woman from British Intelligance as well. Overall, favorite epsiode of the fifth season - but I think David Anders is the main reason for that. Season 5 is picking up, Im just hoping it doesnt stumble coming down the home strech.moreless
  • This is a Rachel episode. Finally we get to see and get to like her character much better. And just nothing beats her little adventure with Sark.

    This episode has two wonderful things in it: Sark is back and Rachel evolves.

    I think Rachel was somewhat supposed to be a 'replacement' for Sydney as she is pregnant and can't really go on missions anymore. But Rachel does such a great job.

    Finally out in the field, all on her own she does amazing spy work and plays her role exceptionally. Also, she's super sexy somehow.

    My personal highlight of this episode is when Bob aka Sark and Lydia aka Rachel meet at the bar because both have time to kill. Rachel takes Syd's advice and opens herself for 'a little more fun'.

    It's so funny, they are both there at the hotel for the exact same reason, their organizations are playing each other but they don't and it would have been so much different if Sydney had gone on this mission.

    Their chat at the bar is just amazing because the audience knows both of their stories, how it really was, and they both try to reveal them in a non-obvious way. As they go up to their floor and have this little mini fight about what room to take to have sex in it's just so funny because they have all of their secret agent stuff lying around and don't want to show it. It's a real highlight.

    Then they also have this big final at the pulse device that threatens to kill them. Rachel takes the strong part and verbally knocks Sark out.

    This episode is simply amazing for her development. Unfortunately the whole hostage situation seems to mess the episode up...moreless
  • All in all this episode was very fun and it made me wish Sark was in it more. Hopefully he will be back.

    This was a fun episode and it was nice to see Sark back. I loved how on the mission Rachel and Sark flip-flopped each others accents and the mini-battle about whose room to go into to have sex. Tsk tsk Rachel....I don't think when Sydney said to have fun she meant sleep with an extortionist, murderer, kidnapper (the list seems to go on forever doesn't it.) Sark's appearance this season I have to say was much better then his last, when he apparently seemed to be pulling a Sloane on us and trying to be all good and out for justice (turning Ana Espinosa in). Because....let's just say it.... a bad Sark is just so much more fun then a good Sark.

    So Sark and A.P.O (A.K.A. the apple store as Erin from put it) were both after a micro-pulse bomb, which similarly reminds me of the dooms day device back in season two's "Firebomb", which Sark also coincidently was responsible for setting off. I'm wondering where Sark has been for the past year since he ran off from A.P.O. Maybe he's somehow involved with Prophet 5. Just please leave him bad....we already have a Sloane we do not need another baddie gone goodie.

    Way on the other side of town Jack and (I am thinking former lover) his MI-6 lady agent "friend" got kidnapped. The scene when the MI-6 agent was getting knifed in the hand was tense. I'm guessing now she will have to tell her husband the truth about what she does or think of a very good lie as to why she has a hole in her hand now.

    All in all this episode was very fun and it made me wish Sark was in it more. Hopefully he will be back.

    Funny Lines:

    - Rachel: "Just so we're clear. You approached me. You were the one who was stupid enough to let me into your room. And afterwards, you were the one who wanted to cuddle."

    - Jack: "I'm going to be a grandfather. A young grandfather." Keep on dreaming grandpa.

    Final Rating: 4 out of 4 stars

    - Tim Bronx

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  • While the lovefest with David and Rachel was leaning toward the pointless side, I can\'t deny that I was loving it the entire time.

    I can pretty much say that I don\'t really know what went on in this episode besides Julian/Rachel. The juxtaposition of innocence on the part of Rachel and cunning from Sark was delightful. Throw in the twist that neither could grasp the hilarious irony of their situation, and it can only be described as \"ali-esque.\" High-risk ignorance has been done on the show before (Francie, Sophia, all of season 1), but we love it.

    Apart from the predictable yet indulging writing for this episode, the Sark/Rachel affair was truly gratifying, for a number of reasons. First of all, Sark is my favorite character on the show, plus he\'s hott, so who doesn\'t want to see him naked? All girlish fantasies aside, though, I love seeing David\'s character develop, and to get in his head every once in awhile (even though its gotten very rare, and in this ep. it seems like his head has traveled a little farther south).

    But this brings me to my next point. As far as I\'m concerned, season three was a waste, and Lauren did just as good a job fooling Sark into thinking he was in love with her as she did with Vaughn. Sark did not love her. and I\'m glad to see he\'s finally seen the error of his ways, and moved on.

    All in all, was this portion of the episode mostly pointless? Yes. Did we love it anyway? Yes, you know why? Because we need a break from the action every once in awhile. If you can get some humor, irony and tension in an episode while providing (some) plot development, and have it all revolve around Sark and his delicious charm, who could lose? Not me, that\'s for sure.moreless
Caroline Goodall

Caroline Goodall

Elizabeth Powell

Guest Star

Michael Phenicie

Michael Phenicie

Lukas Basarov

Guest Star

Ntare Mwine

Ntare Mwine


Guest Star

David Anders

David Anders


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • There are NO beaches in Sao Paulo CITY. There are ocean cities in the Sao Paulo STATE, Santos for example. But the city is not on the ocean.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (On a mission Rachel unsuspectingly sleeps with Sark)
      Sydney: Guess what happens in Brazil, stays in Brazil.
      Jack: (walking in) What happened in Brazil?
      Sydney: Ehh- Rachel got food poisoning.

    • Tom: (about Sark) So who is this guy?
      Sydney: Kidnapper, extortionist, murderer, the list goes on.

    • Masari: (after shooting Elizabeth through her hand) Clearly you don't work with your hands.

    • (After finding the truth about Sark, Rachel must go with him on a mission)
      Sark: I must say, you're a quite fetching in black.
      Rachel: I will gag you.
      Sark: Does that mean we can't be friends?

    • Sydney: When's the last time you did something just for fun?
      Rachel: Hitting Gordon Dean on the head with a shovel - that was fun.

    • Jack: I'm gonna be a grandfather. A very young grandfather.

    • Marshall: Sounds awesome!
      [Jack and the others look at him.]
      Marshall: Well, Brazil. Isn't that, you know, the place where they have the, um, string... what are they called, not bikinis but, um--
      Jack: Thongs.
      Marshall: Yes.

    • Rachel: (pausing before she cut the wire) Just so we're clear…you approached me. You were the one who was stupid enough to let me into your room. And afterwards, you were the one who wanted to cuddle.

    • Sark: Wait, if that's the wrong wire…
      Rachel: I thought you liked risks?
      Sark: I also like my body…as I recall you do too.

    • Rachel: So, what happened?
      Sark: I overestimated my friendship with Masari. He assumed I was betraying him and he took the money and he left.
      Rachel: Oh so then he knows you pretty well?

    • Sark: (as Bob) So Lydia…you're here on business?
      Rachel: (as Lydia) Yes, the…geek conference.
      Sark: You heard that, huh?

    • Elizabeth: You're asking me to investigate my own agency…that's treason.
      Jack: What's a little treason between old friends?

  • NOTES (5)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: August 5, 2007 on Channel 7
      Slovakia: March 24, 2010 on Markiza

    • Masari's compound, is the same compound Vaughn and Sydney infiltrate in Russia, "Novgorod 12", were they're helped by Katya Derevko, in Season 3, "Legacy". Though changes are made to the decoration and the background.

    • Music from this episode includes:
      "Esta Noche" by Federico Aubele

    • Although credited Elodie Bouchez (Renée) does not appear in this episode.

    • Rachel, while undercover as Lydia, uses a British accent. Sark, who actually is British, affects an American accent while undercover as Bob. Of course, David Anders, the actor who plays Sark, is actually American.