Season 3 Episode 12


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 18, 2004 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Jack contacts a mysterious woman with ties to Irina to help him free Sydney and Vaughn, who have been captured and face a North Korean firing squad. But Jack is faced with a curious conundrum when the woman tells him that she will not put the rescue plan in motion until he fulfills a favor - assassinate Sloane.moreless

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  • ''I will always find you.''

    It's a solid, if somewhat disappointing episode coming off of the ever so brilliant 'Full Disclosure'.

    While Syd and Vaughn's storyline was meant to be the main catch, I found Jack's adventures with Katya far more compelling. This, of course, SHOULD have been the episode to reintroduce Irina, but due to whatever reasons Lena had, she did not have the time to commit to Alias' 3rd season.

    It could have been all kinds of disastrous, but instead the writers take the opportunity to flesh out the Derevko family. And who better to play Lena's sister than Isabella Rossellini? She was a real treat to watch and her chop-stick scene was gloriously brutal, even Jack was stunned by it.

    On the whole, I found the episode a tad too standard, but it does have some great moments (loved the bit where Syd threatens Sark's johnson with a knife, I also seriously was gobsmacked, as I'm sure Jack was, when Katya planted one on him). Lauren now how a new eveel look whenever the covenant is mentioned, how come we never got one before this? I guess it'd be too obvious, or else rumours were true and the writers were forced to play this end at the mercy of the fans dislike towards her character.moreless
  • Jack:"Thank you for helping Sydney." Katya:"Isn't that what family's for?"

    Jack:"Thank you for helping Sydney."

    Katya:"Isn't that what family's for?"

    I'll start with what I didn't like in this episode.So..first,I think the method of beginning the episode with a climax and then suddenly going 3 days back is getting a bit overused to say the least.Besides,in this specific occasion,I think it was pointless cause we all know Syd and Vaughn are not going to die.(I have to admit though that the opening scene in which they're kissing each other,the ensuing scene where they look at each other as they're about to die and the one near the end of the episode where they're saved were very masterfully shooted).Secondly,who could survive an airplane crash?only an Alias character of course or Xena.Finally,finding an abandoned car in the middle of nowhere is one thing.Being able to start it up without any tool is another.

    Now that I'm done with the "bad" things I'll go to the "good" ones.We had Syd and Vaughn smoochies here and the two kissed each other before being led to the firing party,which means a lot.They were about to die so they expressed their true feelings about each other.Does this episode mark their reunion?well..I'm not sure..especially if you take into account that after their return,Vaughn immidiately rushed to Lauren acting like a total jerk.But this is so like him.He's not the kind of guy who will cheat on his girlfriend.But we're talking about his true love and no matter how much he tries to stay away from Syd,sooner or later,he will be with her again.Now that Lauren has been unveiled as a Covenant agent,there's a good possibility they could get back together,if she gets out of the way.

    Talking about Lauren,I don't know why,but I have mixed feelings for her.I mean I hate her for being a pain in the ass to Vaughn and Syd and for showing no hesitation in killing her husband,but on the other hand,I think that while she was a somewhat weak character before,now she has much more to do and she will be a lot more interesting.I'm curious about the way Jack is going to treat Vaughn as soon as he finds out the truth about Lauren.

    The most interesting character here is Katya(or Yekaterina) and the most funny couple to watch is her and Jack,not Vaughn and Syd.The scenes between the two of them work perfectly and they're very entertaining.The dialogue is witty and equally entertaining.The highlight of the episode is definitely the kisses they share.I think it's time Jack moved on with his life and found a new flirt.Anyway..Isabella Rossellini is excellent as Katya and makes a great Derevko sister.She's very enigmatic.And she said Irina's actions would be revealed some day.So,Irina's still in the play,eh?

    Notable Quotes:

    Syd to Vaughn(pressing his wound):"That's for being a jerk on the plane."

    Vaughn to Sark:"If you stick to that plan you might still have children one day."

    Katya to Jack:"As observant as you are,you were married to my sister for 5 years without suspecting who she really was.Her love must have been intoxicating."


    --The special effects with the airplane were amazing as always..

    --Sark(David Anders) is actually American.When he talks as agent Holier you can notice some british accent as he tries to speak with an american one.It's good they pay attention to such small details.

    --Sloane knows Katya(I suppose Yelena,too),while Jack didn't know about their existence,at least not until he made his own investigation into Irina.And Sloane didn't tell Jack.Interesting.

    --Liked Syd's punch on Leonid.This guy is such a toady!

    --This episode's locations:Q-Gong Province,Gai Li,North korea;Zurich,Switzerland.Oh..and Koreatown in L.A.

    --no aliases,no disguises,no gadgets

    this was a filler,but a good one.

  • Review

    I liked the long awaited return of the beginning dramatic moment followed by the "X Hours Earlier" storyline that I have grown to miss since we last saw it at the beginning of this season. I thought this episode was good, but it kind of got away from the main point of the season in the destruction of the Covenant. I shouldnt really say that the episode dragged away form the main storyline too much, the man that Sydney and Vaughn were supposed to meet was / is going to help them in trying to bring down the Covenant but in the end it felt like a very filler type of episode after such a blockbuster in the previous episode.

    Laurens days running around the CIA are numbered and I just wonder when she will be made and her relationship with Vaughn destructs right along with it. Overall, average Alias episode. Nothing amazing.moreless
  • Sydney and Vaughn get caught. Again. They almost die. Again. They're saved at the last millisecond. Again.

    All in all this episode was pretty decent, but mediocre for Alias in general. Mainly it was to get Vaughn and Sydney in a position where they would be able to lock lips and tell each other about their undying desire to make babies.

    This time their plane goes down when the pilots die thanks to some sniper guy shooting them with poison that doesn't take effect until they happen to be over North Korea. Vaughn, meanwhile, tries to be as mean as he can to Sydney because of the conversation he had with Jack last episode.

    Anyway, the plane goes down, Syd and Vaughn miraculously survive, only to eventually be caught by those darn evil Communists. Jack goes to Irina for help and gets her sister instead (only because the actress who plays Irina wouldn't sign on for the season), and someone is sent in to save them. In return, the sis wants Sloane to be assassinated. Jack is about to comply but she calls Sloane to warn him and then calls Jack to call him off, seriously crippling Sloane's trust in Jack.

    In Korea, Vaughn and Sydney talk lovey dovey and make out before getting pulled out to be shot. One of the guards is actually the person sent to save them and shoots the rest of the guards and they haul butt outta there.

    Back at home, Vaughn, total jackass, ignores Sydney to go spoon Lauren, who we know now is a complete fake. Jack meets with Irina's sister who makes out with him (EEWWW, I wouldn't let someone that ugly kiss me) and she walks off, cryptically telling him Irina's plans will be made known soon.

Greg Grunberg

Greg Grunberg

Eric Weiss

Kevin Weisman

Kevin Weisman

Marshall J. Flinkman

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner

Sydney Anne Bristow

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Marcus R. Dixon

Ron Rifkin

Ron Rifkin

Arvin Sloane

Michael Vartan

Michael Vartan

Michael C. Vaughn

Griffin Dunne

Griffin Dunne

Leonid Lisenker

Guest Star

Byron Chung

Byron Chung

Colonel Yu

Guest Star

Leo Lee

Leo Lee

Mr. Kwan

Guest Star

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Katya Derevko

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When Jack is talking to Irina via instant messenger, he types his message, presses send, and the message displays. However, when Irina types her message, it comes up a word at a time. The messenger they are using must use one method or the other, not both.

    • Goof:
      When the plane starts to dive, because the pilots are dead, Sydney and Vaughn start to move up an incline. This means they are moving to the tail of the plane, not the cockpit.

    • Number 47: Sydney and Vaughn's plane's registration number is N9748C.

    • There are three Derevko sisters: Irina, Katya and Elena.

    • When Vaughn sprays the area around the crashed plane with gasoline and then throws a flare to light the gasoline, you can see through the smoke of the flare that he threw it over the plane. After the flare lands, you can very clearly see the pyrotechnics igniting the gasoline in the foreground. Therefore the flare itself may have not lit the gasoline but rather there could have been sparks from the flare which ignited the area in the foreground.

    • The pictures from the city of Zurich in this episode (and in 3x06, 3x13) are actually showing a Hungarian square from Budapest, Hungary, called Astoria. By the way this square (with the house that has the big advertisement on the top) was the one where Brad Pitt and Robert Redford were talking in the movie Spy Game, in that movie Budapest was used instead of Berlin.

    • Jack and Irina were married for ten years, as established in several episodes. But Katya talks about how Jack was married to Irina for five years and never figured out she was a spy.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Dixon: I have just been informed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff that we've been ordered to stand down. Given our tenuous relations with North Korea, their official position on Sydney and Vaughn is to disavow. Unofficially, I say, Screw 'em.

    • Sydney: I've done everything I can to try to make this ridiculous situation work. You, me and Lauren working in the same office...
      Vaughn: Yeah, and I have tried to walk around with this fake smile on my face, pretending everything was fine, just the way it used to be. That's not working for me anymore.
      Sydney: This is it. When we get back, one of us has to go.

    • Vaughn: We're not going to make it out of here. There's something I need you to know.
      Sydney: Vaughn...
      Vaughn: In my life, there's only one person...
      Sydney: Don't do this.
      Vaughn: Look at me.
      Sydney: Vaughn...
      Vaughn: The only reason I pushed you away...
      Sydney: Please...
      Vaughn: The only reason I didn't know how to be around you...
      (Hear marching)
      Sydney: They're coming.
      Vaughn: Sydney...
      Sydney: I know, Vaughn. I know. We'll find each other. We always find each other.

    • Sydney: (To Vaughn) Have I offended you in some way? By doing what? Coming back? Disrupting the perfect little life you had going on?

    • Vaughn: (To Sydney) Bad enough being a fugitive in North Korea. Now I have to find out that you slept with Will?

  • NOTES (4)