Season 2 Episode 4

Dead Drop

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 20, 2002 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Sydney's dealings with her mother lead Jack to take drastic measures to ensure his daughter's safety. Meanwhile Will is confronted by a mysterious woman about resurrecting his story on SD-6.

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  • Never trust anyone

    That one was clever. I loved the way they did some of the scenes - like Sydney talking with her mother the same time father was with the shrink.. the way the motion was carried out..

    But most of all I liked the story developments. Sydney's mum letting them walk into that trap. And how she reacted to that. It all went as her father promised - her intel will be right, once or twice.. but in the end, there is a trap.

    And how they tried to get something out of Will. I did not even thought that she was on mission.

    And the whole thing with Sloane's wife.. that storyline is taking wings too.moreless
  • Manipulating Sidney

    Jack sabe de manipular gente, por eso trata de mantener a Sidney lejos de su madre con resultados, obviamente, peligrosos. Y como siempre pasa uno se queja de los defectos de los otros porque ve reflejados en esa persona los propios. Y él sólo quiere que Sid se mantenga alejada de su madre para que siga cerca de él.

    Y volvemos al dilema de quienes son realmente los buenos y quienes los malos. Es según desde que punto lo miremos, y me parece raro que una persona tan inteligente como Sidney no se de cuenta de eso. Nadie es tan bueno, nadie es tan malo.moreless
  • Review

    I thought Sydneys mother would ahve played more of a role in Season 2 then a four episode stroy arch, but maybe the writers figure it was her 4 episode apperence that will be with us the entire season with Sydney, rather then having her there every episode. I did like the scenes with her in them, watching her interact with Sydney. I think everyone watching the show knew what Jack knew - that one day she was going to do something that would have put Sydneys life in danger. I liked Jacks plan of getting rid of Sydneys mother, by hiring someone to make sure the mission was going to fail. Sark is becoming the best villian of all time in television show history. I dont know how the guy continues to show up everywhere. His apprences remind me of the K-Directerrete person that Sydney used to see in every episode last season at the most random times. His disapearring act is very weird, but thats what continues to draw me to this show. The "Emily Sloane" storyline is also just down right weird, dont know where the show is going with that but I certainy hope there is some kind of a reaosn her name showed up on the hotels manifest. Fantastic episode.moreless
  • This episode shows just how far Jack will go to keep Irina out of his and Sydney’s lives.

    I had been wondering for a while how far Jack would go to keep Sydney away from her mother and in this episode you defiantly get your answer

    The episode has some nice scene graphics in Russia and a few good fights although this episode seemed kind of gun heavy. While the explosion at the end was done with blinding light I kind of liked it and the burning house in the back looked good.

    Everyone’s been doing a great job as usual. The highlights are once again Sydney and her mother and their conversations with each other. I thought Will did a good job with his scenes in the rehab center, keeping the audience guessing on if he was going to tell her about SD-6 or not.

    I’ll start off with Will’s subplot first. It was pretty obvious for me that the girl was working for SD-6 from the very beginning however it makes total sense. Sloan wants to cover his back and wants to make sure Will wont be a problem it’s only logical that they would test him to make sure he was a no risk. The main plot here really centers on Sydney becoming ever closer to her mother. Jack sees this happening sees Sydney falling under her spell so to speak and takes matters into his own hands. He becomes extremely reckless and making sure that the CIA and especially Sydney lose trust in Irina become more important then anything else. Because of him the operation manual to Irina’s entire network is lost. That Bible could have brought down her entire organization along with other organizations like it but Sydney’s trust with her mother was more important to Jack then anything else.

    Special Effects: 8

    Acting: 9

    Direction: 9 Writing: 9

    Style: 9

    Final Rating: 8.8moreless
  • Cool episode. I love Alias!

    The episode was cool but come on, Sydney would have froze in the water in a matter of seconds. It really is a miracle that she managed to get out from under the ice.

    What does Irena want with the earings? I don't think it's because they have sentimental value. There's definately something hidden in them. That woman is so evil. I love her!

    Will was smart, he didn't let that spy from SD-6 trick him into saying anything he shouldn't.

    Sydney is starting to really care for her mother, Jack saw this & wanted Syd to think that her mother betrayed her trust. What will happen when she finds out that Jack was behind the explosion.

    My favorite quote for the day:

    Irina: How do you say "thank you" to the woman who killed your father?

    Vaughn: (pause) You don't.

    Oh, how I loved that moment.

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

Jim Hanna

Jim Hanna

Claus Richter

Guest Star

Marisol Nichols

Marisol Nichols

Rebecca Martínez

Guest Star

Daniel Faraldo

Daniel Faraldo


Guest Star

Terry O'Quinn

Terry O'Quinn

F.B.I. Special Officer Kendall

Recurring Role

Patricia Wettig

Patricia Wettig

Dr. Judy Barnett

Recurring Role

Kevin Sutherland

Kevin Sutherland

CIA Operative

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: When Sydney is under the water and uses the tank from the dead man to get air, you see her white headband slip off her head. But in the next scene it is back in a snug position over her head. Obviously this is a goof, because at the time of trying to preserve one's life, the concern is hardly fashion.

    • Goof: The assault rifle would have jammed underwater.

    • Goof: Dixon said that the water was so cold that it would freeze in 4 seconds. If it was that cold she would freeze to death while she was under the ice.

    • Goof: At the end of the last episode, Dixon warned that the ice could freeze over in 4 seconds. Sydney proved this after her confrontation with Sark, by falling through the broken ice, and being frozen beneath it. However, in this episode, after she shoots her way out, the ice manages to keep itself from freezing for a good 20 seconds while she tries to climb out and eventually is pulled out by Dixon.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Rebecca: Will Tippin shouldn't be a problem. I gave him a number of opportunities, all recorded on audio files, to restart his SD-6 investigation. Tippin never took the bait.
      Sloane: Has Security Section seen that?
      Rebecca: Yes, and they're classifying Tippin as a non-threat.

    • Sydney: (Returning her mother's earrings) They've been checked for hidden compartments, transmitters, passive sensors. Every sharp edge has been dulled.
      Irina: I was twenty-one years old when I was given these at the graduation from the academy. My mother -your grandmother- put these in my hands. I cried. She said, "Sweetheart, wear them well." You would have liked her. Had things... been different.

    • Rebecca: I know who you are, Will Tippin. I read your articles. The reporter with the big imagination who fell in love with the heroin chic lifestyle.
      Will: Yeah. Yeah, that's me.
      Rebecca: My theory? I don't think you ever really were a drug addict.

    • Will: Well, I've got four weeks left of community service and then I'm done. Hey, um, you remember last week when I cooperated and let the CIA hypnotize me?
      Sydney: Yeah.
      Will: What happened with that? I mean, was I helpful at all? And I'm only asking because about five minutes ago I was doing pretty well as a reporter, you know, and now I'm a dishwasher living in denial. That's all.
      Sydney: The information you provided was huge.

    • Sydney: Dad, you don't have to worry about me. I'm not that naive.
      Jack: I'm sure that's something we both hope is true.

    • Jack: There's another fact! Nothing that woman says or does can be taken at face value. Her motivations are strictly her own and now that your dealings with your mother have taken on an emotional component, I'm concerned.
      Sydney: Well, don't be. I'm more professional than that. Every one of our discussions has been specific and mission-related.
      Jack: You told her about your school play.

    • Vaughn: Well, maybe so, but I certainly didn't join the CIA looking for fairness! After everything she's done to you, are those things you could ever forgive?
      Sydney: I don't know.
      Vaughn: Yeah, well, your father doesn't share that ambiguity. He's meeting with Assistant Director Kendall right now and he is lobbying to have your mother taken away.

    • Vaughn: Listen as far as your mother is concerned, it's ridiculous for you to worry about me. I'm fine, what she did to my father, I can handle. But when I heard what your father did, coming to see you like that I... I realized how insane this must be for him. Having your mother back in his life, (sighs) which only concerned because that means he is not making it any easier for you. So before you leave for Moscow, I just wanted to say that you might feel alone in all this, like you don't have an ally. I'm your ally. Never question that.
      (Agent comes in)
      Agent: Miss Bristow, your plane is standing by.
      (Agent leaves)
      Sydney: I'll see you when I get back.
      (Vaughn smiles at her)
      (Sydney smiles back with tears in her eyes)
      (Sydney leaves)
      (Vaughn turns look see her leave)

    • (Jack hires a freelance agent to do a job)
      Freelance Agent: Jack I owe you, but why 30 lbs of Semtex? I could do the same with 5 lbs of C-4.
      Jack: I need you to make sure that if anyone enters that building, no one will survive.

    • Sydney: Sark is like the good-looking guy in high school who knows how cute he is and won't take "no" for an answer.

    • Sark: Would you consider working for me if it meant I'd let you walk out of here? I believe if you took the time to hear a comprehensive offer, you might actually say yes.
      Sydney: You're cute, but I'll pass.

    • Jack: Irina Derevko gave you the operations manual for her syndicate. I would like you to tell me where you've hidden it.
      Richter: Derevko is a great woman.
      Jack: Morphine's not bad, either.

    • (Sydney's pager goes off)
      Will: Good guys or bad guys?
      Sydney: Neither. My father.

    • Irina: How do you say "thank you" to the woman who killed your father?
      Vaughn: (pause) You don't.

    • Jack: You asked me what I was afraid of. I can tell you, it's obvious. I'm afraid of losing my daughter.

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