Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 28, 2001 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Sydney's secret double agent status is jeopardized after smuggling a biotech engineer into SD-6 from her mission in Berlin. Will meets a woman who confesses that she was having an affair with Danny shortly before his death. Vaughn informs Sydney that her father may be working for a third secret operative agency.moreless

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  • First doubts

    Sydney gets herself into trouble - first they are after some German scientist who worked on something secret and dangerous and now SD-6 tries to get their hands on it. Sydney switches the man but gets herself and the man into trouble. A lot of action involved and really great sequences of motion.. oh,. And I already forget the start - that was even more amazing, that ambulance and bomb inside the man.

    And then the end - trying to get to the factory where the chemical is and trying to get out clear and Dixon having a secret plan and killing those agents..

    And then Danny and his investigation of Kate Jones.. loved that development.moreless
  • Soupçonner

    Cada uno es cada cosa, cada cosa es cada uno. Todos somos todo : buenos y malos, lindos y feos, humildes y soberbios, flacos y gordos según como cada uno nos mire (como pueda mirarnos). Sidney está en una encrucijada: cómo hacer para que nadie sospeche de ella cuando su trabajo como doble espía hace que su integridad física penda de un hilo. Cómo hacer para mirar a Sloane a los ojos y no saltarle a la yugular?

    Y su padre que se enlista en cuanta organización tenga ganas de joderle la vida a la gente?

    Quién es Kate Jones? Avísenle al rubio que se deje de meter en problemas.moreless
  • Gripping!

    Sydney and Dixon stop the bomb in Patel. Vaughn informs her that her father may be working with another company. Will digs deeper into Danny's death. He finds a woman named Kate Jones, who had an affair with Danny. She is supposed to have died in 1973. Sydney switches an important to SD-6, which puts her true identity in jeopardy. Sydney wants to tell Dixon the truth. Some CIA agents die while Sydney and Dixon are on a mission.

    This episode was great! It was exciting! It was also sad in the end. This episode gets a 10 out of 10!moreless
  • Alias Review


    At the start of the episode is where the last one left off where they are last seen Sydney saw a bomb being planted in his chest desisted as pace maker they got it out and he serviced while on a mission in Berlin she switches a biotech engineers with a CIA agent to full Sloane the agent does everything that needs to be done but when Sloane ask for information that he does not have Sloane suspects Sydney and she can not get anywhere near him so Jack must prove that he is real after Jack get the information in and out of him Sydney and Dixon must go get what SD-6 wants over all a good episode that is got some nice explosions in it and the missions are nicely done over all a great episodemoreless
  • Review

    I think that this was the most explosive (no pun intended) ending that the show has had so far. The shocked look on Sydneys face as the words "Alias" came across the screen was enough to let everyone know how shocking and crazy this ending was intended to be. Dixon has begun to ask and probe questions towards Sydney about if there is anything that he should know. I think that the next couple of episodes are going to be huge as far as Dixon and Sydney go. She has begun to say that she doesn't think that she can do this anymore and we are only six episodes into a fresh show designed to take down one of the largest scams known to man - SD 6 a fake government agency. The personal life stuff continued to be a good filler as Will continued to look into the death of Sydneys boyfriend in the pilot episode. What is going to happen once he finnaly learns the truth I dont know, hopefully it doesn't end as badly as it did for her previous love. Another amazing episode from this series, nothing has been below a 9.0 so farmoreless
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

Tristin Mays

Tristin Mays

Dixon's Daughter

Guest Star

Subash Kundanmal

Subash Kundanmal


Guest Star

Robert Bailey Jr.

Robert Bailey Jr.

Dixon's Son

Guest Star

Yvonne Farrow

Yvonne Farrow

Diane Dixon

Recurring Role

Greg Grunberg

Greg Grunberg

Eric Weiss

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Badenweiler, the place in Germany where the plant is located and the inhaler kept, is a very small (and highly unknown village even in Germany) with less than 4.000 inhabitants. No clue why it was chosen as location for an American tv show.

    • When Dixon enters the building to find Patel, he tells to Sydney that the explosive device will be remotely detonated.

      Since both Sydney and Dixon would know that to trigger a remote detonator, the remote would have to be in a certain proximity to the bomb; it is unbelievable that they would not have driven Patel directly away from the building after kidnapping him.

    • The Brazilian kid tells Sydney: "Miss, don't worry, you are not dead" and when she asks for the time he replies "I don't know." Later on, Sydney tells the ambulance driver "a doctor... a doctor, please."

    • If the "terrorists" were planning to detonate the bomb in the middle of
      an important meeting, why do they try to detonate it when the bomb is
      nowhere near the meeting? Seems if they wanted to kill the bomb-carrier,
      they would have done it already, instead of implanting a bomb into his body.

    • In the scene in Berlin with Sydney walking, we see a blacked out building (Lower Right Hand Corner), and an American flag.

    • Goof: When the car with the bad guys blows up, there is no engine.

    • Goof: When Sydney steals the ambulance, the original driver is visible through the passenger side window. As Sydney pulls away, the driver remains visible while the van moves off frame. Instead of Garner driving the vehicle out of the shot, the camera crew just rolled right to get the appearance of the van taking off and the foley artists inserted a peal-out sound.

    • Sydney and Dixon find out that the bomb inside Patel is controlled by a remote detonator whose range is about 15 meters judging by the distance between the cars during the chase before Jacqnoud can trigger it. As the bomb also equals 300 pounds of TNT how did he plan to survive the UCO bombing if he has to be that close to detonate it and the bomb is that powerful?

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Sydney: He practically apologized.
      Vaughn: Sloane did?
      Sydney: For thinking maybe I'd mailed him the wrong guy. Imagine that.

    • Dixon: Sloane is asking about Berlin. He thinks someone might have gotten to Schiller. He thinks he might be a plant. He wanted to know why you had me change the pick up to Koenig Strasse.
      Sydney: I told you, I thought I was being followed.
      Dixon: Syd, is there something I should know?
      Sydney: No.

    • Sydney: How am I supposed to make a double switch invisible to my partner? He'll be there.
      Vaughn: You cannot tell him the truth. I mean, he might already know who he's working for.

    • Francie: So, what's going on with work? You always talk about work and you haven't even mentioned it today.
      Will: You want the truth? I wasn't working on a S.A.T. story. When I bumped into you guys... There is no S.A.T. story. I was trying to track down a woman named Kate Jones. She was supposed to be seated next to Danny on a flight from Singapore to Hong Kong.

    • Francie: Okay, so I'm in my Operations and Technology Management class, and I realize two things. One, I prepared the wrong chapter.
      Sydney: No!
      Francie: I don't want to talk about it. And two, you and I are going to have a Halloween party.

    • Sydney: (about Patel) What I'm about to say, Dixon, you just have to believe me.
      Dixon: Of course.
      Sydney: The bomb we're looking for, it's inside of him.
      Dixon: What?

    • Sydney: Jaqnoudd just turned a Peace Prize winner into a human bomb, which is not good.

    • Sloane: (during a briefing) This is the Hensel Corporation, a Germany based chemical conglomerate, they make ibuprofen, hand lotion, toothpaste. They also have a multimillion dollar research and development fund, with ties going back to World War II and the Third Reich... they don't list the last part in their annual stock report.

    • Sydney: I don't know how much longer I can do this. Sit in these meetings with Sloane. Look at him as if I don't despise him, as if I don't want to leap across the table and use the skills I've learned at SD-6 against him.

    • Marshall: This transmitter will override the CPU and make the network think that you are the sys admin-- the system administrator.

    • Sydney: Is that Will?
      Francie: Maybe he's here to talk to you about the humiliating kiss.
      Sydney: Stop calling it that.
      Francie: That's what it was.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2002 Golden Reel Award for "Best Sound Editing in Television - Dialogue & ADR, Episodic".

    • Music from this episode includes:
      "I'm Wrong About Everything" by John Wesley Harding
      "Get Down Massive" by Freestylers
      "Trans Am" by Leroy
      "Be Still My Soul" by Lisbeth Scott - song played during the funeral

    • The casting of the hacker is an in-joke since Kevin Mitnick is one of the world's most famous hackers, and was jailed for three years. Due to the conditions of his release that he could not use a computer, his parole officer had to be notified and the computer, monitor, and keyboard he used were not connected.


    • Title: Doppelgänger
      A Doppelgänger is a double of a person that projects his or her impending death. The theme of the "doppelgänger" has appeared in several media forms such as Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray," and in Star Trek. The title of this episode refers to the "doubles" Kelvin and Schiller.