Alias

Season 4 Episode 7

Détente

3
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 16, 2005 on ABC
8.9
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While Sydney and Nadia argue about Nadia's acceptance of Sloane's fatherly concerns, Sloane worries about Nadia's well-being when she and Sydney go undercover as wealthy, irresponsible young heiresses to uncover the whereabouts of a deadly chemical.

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  • Review

    10
    Season 4 has decided to come and play with the rest of the great episodes of Alias. Okay, so this episode is likely just a one-hit wonder with the new episode structure of having all of one episodes problems solved by the end, but I would like to think this is the episode where Alias decided to change it up and from here on out season 4 will be good.



    This episode is amazing and does rank up there on my "All-Time Favorite" Alias episodes. No gamechanger that will shift the show forever or alter anything in the remaining episodes, just a really good episode. I liked Nadias and Sydneys interactions on both of there missions, which were the best of the season. The scenes where they break into the mans room and steal everything they need while he is right there was just perfection. It was comedy and it was fun to watch how they did it all, amazing acting by Jennifer and the woman that plays Nadia. The boat scene was also a nice "new" form of Alias missions. The scene where Sydney is talking about Arvin after he stops giving her information to tell the man is now my all time favorite scene in the history of this show. I loved the blank, absent look on the face of Sloane and the looks that Jack and Marshall were giving him at the same time. Even the camera panning to Dixon and Vaughn in the van to see there blank reaction. Everyone was stunned and everyone was surprised. I loved that scene more then any scene in the history of the show. Perfection. Hopefully season 4 changes for the better...starting...right now.moreless
  • Detente is the seventh episode in season 4 of Alias. It is the first episode of the season when Sydney actually speaks her mind about how she feel about working with Sloane. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -moreless

    10
    I thought this episode was great, Sydney finally speaks her mind about how she really feels about Sloane. I especially like the part when Sydney and Nadia have to get close to the bad guy's girlfriend. When first walk into the club like they own it and knowing that they own the place is just classic Alias. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    Question:

    Does anyone know the name of the song playing when they walk into the club to talk to the girlfriend?moreless
  • While Sydney and Nadia argue about Nadia's acceptance of Sloane's fatherly concerns, Sloane worries about Nadia's well-being when she and Sydney go undercover as wealthy, irresponsible young heiresses to uncover the whereabouts of a deadly chemical.moreless

    10
    This episode was one of the best episodes of the fourth season. It was so well written. It is a series classic. I loved Sydney and Nadia on a mission together. It was a very good episode. I liked the fight scenes in this episode as well. The sisters also acted good undercover when they became friends with the woman at the hotel. It was so entertaining. I was on the edge of my seat. This episode alone probably got the show a fifth season. This episode is one of the best episodes of the series. It is the perfect installment to the fourth season of this amazing show.moreless
  • this episode was one that would sherlock holms proud and shows that woemn aren't that hard to read.

    10
    this episode was one that would sherlock holms proud and shows that woemn aren't that hard to read.

    i loved how Nadia and Sid jus looked at the room and looked at all the evidence of a woman. Basically they looked at the magazines, the purse even the purfume and were able to create a cover to intercept the target and amaze most of the guys with their resourcefulness i know why von had to smile he was proud and amazed at how these girls were able to look at the scene and read it like a text book. It was extremely cool and amazing also when they went though with it basically getting all the information with the target right in the room.It was excellently done no matter what Sloane says. these girl say a problem and they dealt with it to the level of their expertise.moreless
  • Awww, Jack and Marshall are engaged

    9.5
    My old Alias is back. The ep flew by. I was all, "it's over already?" It could be seen as one of the weaker episodes of S1 and S2 (due to the crap-ass plot), but get past the camp ("she makes a mess so she is more than a one-night-stand?" What kind of lousy spywork is that?), and boy, this episode blows you away.



    Competitiveness between Nadia and Sydney ... prophecy alert!



    Is it really possible for the 2 of them to do their hair so quickly and alas, find a dress of a stranger's that does NOT fit them? Oh well, heh.



    Idea of Vaughn and Dixon was interesting, but Nadia and Syd paid off well.



    Sydney confronting Sloane makes sense to me. That son-of-a-bitch killed my beloved FRANCIE! And um...what was his name again? Oh yeah. Danny. Who Syd really loves because she never EVER talks about him. I would've preferred the rant to emphasize Francie and Danny more rather than the "unacceptable" part. If she had gone, "You killed Francie." That would have just been, wow. I understand the ep shuffling now though.



    Can you imagine if Nadia had said, "Daddy, I'm not going to love you anymore if you keep yelling at me." during the reprimand? For some reason, that kept popping up in my head.



    This episode reinforced my belief that the cast of Alias really is top-notch. We get a heart-breaking speech by Carl Lumbly, strong acting by Mia Maestro, and the whole Sloane/Syd dynamic. Less Jack, but he's sure to get his own centric ep soon (and the proposal thing was great).

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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

Boris Krutonog

Boris Krutonog

Anatoly Grodsky

Guest Star

Aengus James

Aengus James

Boris Tambor

Guest Star

Olga Vilner

Olga Vilner

Bridget

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Sloane: We have no intel on that woman. You'll be going in blind, Sydney.
      Sydney: We know enough. She has gossip rags all over the room, which means she's fine making a mess- so we know she's not a one-night-stand. Her shoes cost more than most people's monthly salary, so she either has money of her own or access to Tambor's. Either way, empty champagne bottles, her side of the bed- this girl likes to party. But her boyfriend would rather stay in and watch TV their last night in Monaco. So she's bored. Most likely pissed off.

    • Nadia: Wait a minute. I hate that perfume. It has a weird patchouli smell.
      Sydney: See under the bed? The slingbacks?
      Nadia: Champagne bottles on the nightstand.
      Sydney: Check out the magazines.
      Nadia: Designer purse.
      Sydney: It's a shot.
      Weiss: What's a shot? What're you talking about?
      Nadia: I know where to get what we need.
      (Nadia leaves the room)
      Weiss: Wait a minute. Where's she going?

    • Nadia: Never imagined this... I didn't even know spies where real, until I was recruited.
      Sydney: From school?
      Nadia: From a juvenile detention home.

    • (Sloane identifies a terrorist)
      Marshall: You know this guy?
      Sloane: It's an old friend.
      Marshall: Bad ass friend.

    • Sydney: Do you really want to engage in a conversation about what is and is not acceptable? Everyday I work here, I see your face in briefings, I hear your voice in my ear during missions, and you want to know what it's like? It makes me sick to my stomach, having to pretend the past never happened, that you're not the same murderous, criminal, sociopath you were three years ago, it makes me want to retch- if you want to talk unacceptable... that is unacceptable.
      Sloane: I assumed that you had accepted the fact, that I've made amends for my past.
      Sydney: Amends? Francie and Danny are gone... yet here you are... and every where I look, I'm reminded of the man who killed them.

    • Sloane: Mention my friend Dr. Haleb...what I did to him, after he betrayed me.
      Sydney: I assume you haven't forgotten Dr. Haleb...what Sloane did to him?
      Sloane: (narrating to Sydney via commlink) The sound of his own screaming woke him up. He saw everything burning around him, including his own flesh.
      Sydney: (to Orissa) The fire...the smell of his own flesh burning, the screams...
      Sloane: I imagine he spends his days...nights...wishing I had finished the job. Wishing that he were dead.
      Sydney: (to Orissa) His body doesn't work, but his mind does. He's a living corpse. Sloane didn't show enough mercy to kill him.
      Sydney: (as Orissa hesitates still) Let me tell you something I know: Arvin Sloane is cruel. He's inhuman. If you make this difficult, he will come after you. And not just you.Your friends will not be spared. Your family will not be spared. If he chooses to let you live, you'll spend every waking minute of your life reminded of what he's cost you.

    • Sydney: Would you mind telling us where that intel comes from? Or are we all supposed to rely on your sources...no questions asked.
      Sloane: It's a fair question....but one I'm not inclined to answer, unless you need me to explain the essential nature of confidentiality.
      Sydney: No, I'm all caught up on that, thanks.

    • Nadia: The development of Black Thorine violates how many treaties?
      Sloane: Twelve, to be exact.
      Marshall: Well, there's a reason. I mean, it's a mega-breakthrough in explosives. It's odorless, undetectible, I, uh...ran a simulation. Check it out.
      Marshall: (Whistles after everyone sees the video) Huh? I leveled an entire city block, and that just a little drop of Black Thorine...imagine if you add the whole...vial...Actually, it's a really...depressing take on progress.

    • Sydney: (to Sloane) I wanna make something clear. I will never forgive you for what you've done to me. To the people I love. No amount of time or distance will ever change that. I'll see you tomorrow.

    • Marshall: Sorry, I'm not much of a sports fan. More of a scrabble club type.

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