Season 4 Episode 8


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 23, 2005 on ABC
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Sloane temporarily steps down as Director of his Task Force and gives Jack full authority over the next assignment, which involves Anna Espinosa, Sydney's old foe. However, Anna turns the tables on APO when she captures Nadia and forces Sydney to do her bidding. Sydney tells Nadia about the Rambaldi's prophecy which dictates that two sisters will fight and only one will survive. Meanwhile, Vaughn visits Sark and tries to trick him into helping them to catch Anna. In the end, one of the sisters is mortally wounded by Anna.


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  • 'Hello, Sydney.' - Anna.

    Has it really been 3 seasons since we saw Anna last? That's hardly right; she's such an amazing nemesis for Sydney! Gina Torres returns with a bang, some Rambaldi branding, and a joyfully bizarre showdown in an L.A. fashion boutique – oh how I have missed Miss Espinosa!

    After so many stand-alones, it feels right to fall back into Rambaldi territory in a rather big way, and we're introduced to a new driving arc – Sydney Vs Nadia. Two extremely likeable characters are destined to exchange blows and bullets with only one sibling to remain standing (and breathing). It's hard to wonder at this stage in the game what exactly will drive these two to such drastic measures, but I have faith in the writers! It's also nice to finally have the Rambaldi symbol explained in full.

    Fans dislike this season, but for me, it repaired a lot of the damage created by the 3rd season (a flawed, but highly enjoyable year that's extremely underrated). I love that Syd has a group outside of work again in the form of Nadia and Weiss. It's a wholly different from her relationship with Will and Francie, but it's equally as mushy and warming. I was really looking forward to Syd's lunch with Nadia, but I was not expecting Anna to show up and kidnap Syd's little sis.

    I think every show should have an Anna. Buffy had Faith. Angel had Angelus. Mal had YoSaffBridge. The Winchesters had Meg. A character that's not necessarily a main one, but shows up every now and then just to put our lead in their place, followed by a nice ass-whooping. It splices things up and keeps stories fresh. _

    We get a little preview of what to expect, as Syd and Nadia unexpectedly aim both of their guns at one another, as prophesised. Of course it's all turned on its head as Anna shows up and blows a chunk out of Nadia only to flee away before anything can be done about it. It's a shocking cliff-hanger. Nadia's wellbeing is never called into question, as Mia has a 22-episode contract this season, but it's still an OMG moment. A really great episode of Alias. The boutique fight sequence was fantastic! Sark is back, too…not much of a fan, but it's always nice to see familiar faces, even one that's as smug as his.moreless
  • Review

    And for the first time in season 4 we have back to back good episodes from the writers of Alias. Everything isnt all solved in one episode and things are looking up from the writing perspective.

    Lets begin with the appernace of Anna once again. I love watching Anna comeback, mainly because its the one person who on this show always seems to get the better of Sydney in a fight. I mean, people always seem to hurt Sydney a little, but none like Anna. Anna could have killed Sydney several times in the first season and two times in this episode if she wanted to...she just has Sydneys number when it comes to fighting.

    Also...the re-apperance of the greatest villian to ever break onto Alias - Julian Sark. Leading the men to the fake storage area and then leaving us all speechless as he tries to break a deal.

    Moving onto...the ending, which for the first time this season left us with a cliffhanger like feel that Alias does so often and to such perfection. One of the better episodes of the fourth season, enjoyed it from beginning to end.

    Vaughn: This isn't CRF headquarters.

    Sark: You're a genius.moreless
  • Echoes

    Echoes – Familiar Faces

    The first half of a two-part episode was one that a lot of people were looking forward to, for one main reason – familiar faces. Echoes marks the return of previous Alias stars David Anders and Gina Torres (aka Julian Sark and Anna Espinosa) and also incorporated the return of the mysterious prophet Rambaldi.

    The episode can be summarised in the theme familiar faces, some of them were gone for a long time, others for not as long, yet all have the theme in common.


    It was strange to see the return of a character we haven’t seen since season 1 and to be honest I wasn’t sure if the story could live up to the hype, the expectation – it may not have been my favourite episode ever but it certainly wasn’t bad. Anna’s character had an effect on the story, on Sydney, in a way no other could because of their history together. Having her back in the show can add to or change a story’s dynamic because of the tension and drive that she brings to the missions and to Sydney.

    In a way, apart from her effect on the likes of Sydney I didn’t quite see why she would have a connection with Sark, of course they’re both bad guys yet other than that there would seem no obvious reason for them to be connected, meh it’s Alias world – things rarely make sense.


    After abandoning the storyline for a little while having what used to be the centre of the show back in focus was a nice touch, to have all these people return in one episode, why not bring back Rambaldi too? Surprisingly all that he was in there for was Anna’s involvement and to re-introduce the prophecy between Nadia and Sydney – rather than having him the reason behind some of the missions, I think that bringing back some of the mystery, things that effect the missions would have been nice yet the way it came about was good enough pretty much. I feel that the reason behind the return of Rambaldi’s prophecy where Sydney and Nadia fight was because the writers were like oopsie, we forgot all about some major revaluation that could effect everything, I think we better bring it back. To be honest, in my opinion something like that needs a constant build up through a few episodes rather than the speedy reintroduction that this had.


    I just love this guy, seriously he’s awesome, his accent, the things he says and the things he does all rock, I seriously can’t believe that he’s not a regular. Seeing him again was awesome, everything he did was just so cool; I think I’m getting carried away here.

    In all rational honesty it was about time we saw Sark again, he brings something to Alias that just makes it so good, the scene where we see Sark and Vaughn in the prison was priceless.

    It was typical Sark playing along with APO’s façade just “for the bubbly” and it was a nice touch instead of the stock standard style that most people have become accustomed to

    Nadia’s Return

    She wasn’t quite gone for long but to the characters seeing Nadia return was seeing a familiar face, finally, after a scary kidnapping experience. Her reunion with Weiss was very sweet although I would have thought, lacked affection, for two people supposedly in love we haven’t seen any kissing or hugging going on, maybe it’s got something to do with the fact JJ knows Grunberg’s wife, lolz.

    When Nadia was reunited with Sloane I was kinda creeped out by his dad-ly-ness, it was like the way Sloane talked to Sydney back in SD-6 days, gives you the feeling he might not actually care.

    The only real greeting after her kidnapping was Sydney’s who looked very happy to see her and expressed her happiness in a non-creepy non-distant way, just sisterly, and that’s the way it should be.


    So technically she didn’t return but we had a mention of her, and we discover, for now, she is actually dead – you never know in Alias world. It was weird to hear Sark saying that she was the woman he loved – you always got the feeling it was just a fling thing rather than some whole-hearted committed relationship, it was kinda cool anyhoo, so it doesn’t really matter whether it was a fling or not.


    Sydney: “She’s supposed to be dead”

    Jack: “So are a lot of people”

    (A hint towards certain people perhaps?)

    Jack: “The category of force you chose to exercise will remain classified”


    Dixon: “There are people out there who want you dead, thankfully we’re not one of them”

    Guy: “Your reputation is well earned – still I wish I were younger”

    (Tehe, creepy guy though)

    Anna: “One day whether you choose to or not, you will help me destroy her”

    Sydney: “Please tell me this is not about what I think it is”

    Sloane: “If you had faith you would know what I know”

    Sydney: “Faith in a 15th century lunatic?”

    (Tehe, nice Sydney moment)

    Sydney: “I just wish the ghosts would go away”

    Vaughn: “Tell me about it”

    Vaughn: “Open it up”

    Guard: “Procedure dictates –“

    Vaughn: “We’re old friends”

    Sark: “Actually, given our shared intimacies with your late wife, I may even go so far as to say we’re family”

    (Nice, although his logic isn’t quite straight)

    Sark: “Mr Vaughn your timing is impeccable – the last of my broken bones has healed and I sit before you a fresh canvas for your aggression. Before we begin whatever inquisition you’re here for there’s a pesky question that has been lingering in my head, do you mind?”

    Vaughn: “Alright”

    Sark: “Was it the infidelity or the espionage that motivated you to kill the woman I love?”

    Vaughn: “That wasn’t for sleeping with the woman I was married to, I couldn’t care less about her”

    (Nice how Lauren’s name is not used and she is not referred to as his wife, only as the woman he was married to, as if it was done against his will, which it was actually)

    Sark: “So it’s begun”

    Vaughn: “What?”

    Sark: “Wouldn’t you like to know”

    Sark: “I regret to inform you Mr Vaughn, I’m not afraid of the dark.”

    Sark: “For the bubbly of course”

    (Typical Sark)

    What’s In A Name?

    Echoes from the past, such as Anna, Sark and Rambaldi

    Scene of the Ep

    Sark and Vaughn in the call


    No Rambaldi in the missions??


    Sydney and Anna fighting



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

W. Morgan Sheppard

W. Morgan Sheppard

Mr. Sabine

Guest Star

Darrel Guilbeau

Darrel Guilbeau

Desk Clerk

Guest Star

Sebastian Roché

Sebastian Roché

Willem Karg

Guest Star

Gina Torres

Gina Torres

Anna Espinosa

Recurring Role

David Anders

David Anders


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The symbolism of the Mark of Rambaldi is explained.

    • Sydney tells Nadia about the time she and Anna met in the stadium in "Parity."

    • Goof:
      Marshall must be kidding when he suggests to order food into the top secret black ops division of CIA which supposedly doesn't exist and which is located at the far end of an underground station. Yet, they got their Chinese somehow.

    • Sydney says Espinosa was a Soviet agent raised in Cuba. That's the opposite of what was said in "Parity" when Anna first appeared. There it was said she was born in Cuba and raised in Russia.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • (Sydney's off to a meet with Anna Espinosa)
      Jack: This is a surveillance, not a boxing match, can I trust you to maintain your professionalism?
      Sydney: She brings out the worst of me, but yes of course.

    • (Anna Espinosa has abducted Nadia)
      Sloane: She won't kill her, it's not her destiny.
      Sydney: Please tell me this isn't about what I think it is.
      Sloane: If you had faith, you would know what I know.
      Sydney: Faith in a XV century lunatic. (turns to Jack) Dad, please tell me Rambaldi is not dictating procedures.

    • (Weiss has been on a date with Nadia)
      Vaughn: She compared you to ice cream?
      Weiss: Vanilla swiss almond, which is really a significant flavour.
      Vaughn: I'm not saying it's not.
      Weiss: And then she says that I'm a big spoonful.
      Vaughn: Yeah, which you took as a compliment.

    • Sark: Gentlemen. Were you expecting a bigger party?
      Vaughn: This isn't CRF headquarters.
      Sark: You're a genius.
      Vaughn: Where are we?
      Sark: Nowhere. In particular. And that's the truth. Just a nice place for a chat. Really, Michael. Don't look so shocked. You couldn't have had such low expectations of me. Now with regards to your previous request. I will help you locate CRF leadership. But as always, you must do something for me in return.
      Vaughn: Why the charade? If you were going to cooperate why run at all?
      Sark: For the bubbly, of course

    • Sloane: Come on, know of Anna's beliefs. You know the lengths she'll go to see them realized.
      Sydney: You wanna talk about beliefs!? This is something you wanna discuss? From where I'm standing, it was your mad obsession with Rambaldi that dragged both me and Nadia into this endless pit of confusion. So, given that, let me ask you: What is it you believe?

    • Vaughn: This is how it's gonna be...and I'm only gonna give you one shot at this. The CRF... they've hired Anna Espinosa. They're building a bomb. Why have they made repeated attempts to contact you?
      Sark: So it's begun.
      Vaughn: What has?
      Sark: Wouldn't you like to know?
      Vaughn: Well, you're gonna tell me...what they're planning and where they're located. And if you're fishing for some kind of pardon agreement; it's not in the cards. But I am willing to provide you with certain amenities that will make your life in confinement a little more comfortable.
      Sark: I see your bargaining skills have gone the way of your manhood...
      Vaughn: Let me rephrase that: I'd be willing to leave you with what you already have and not make your life more uncomfortable.
      Sark: I don't see that there's much left to take away.
      Vaughn: You stonewall me, and I'll have you shipped to Alder Penitentary, and I'll have you secured in darkened solitary to the end days. 24/7 in a pitch black cell with zero human contact is a slow way to die. Especially with all the demons you've got in your closet; and believe me, they will come knocking.
      Sark: I regret to inform you, Mr. Vaughn....I'm not afraid of the dark.

    • Vaughn: (to the guard) We're old friends.
      Sark: Actually, given our shared intimacies with your late wife, I may even go so far as to say that we're family. Mr. Vaughn, your timing is impeccable. The last of my broken bones has finally healed and I sit before you a fresh canvas for your aggression. But before we begin whatever inquisition you're here for, there is a pesky question that's been lingering in my head. Do you mind?
      Vaughn: Go ahead.
      Sark: Was it the infidelity or the espionage that motivated you to kill the woman i loved?
      Vaughn: The woman you loved?
      Sark: Yes. Loved. You know, she once actually told me that she longed to love you... but the mundane existence you provided couldn't hold a candle to my passion.
      (Vaughn punches him)
      Vaughn: That wasn't for sleeping with the woman I was married to. I couldn't care less about her.

    • Jack: In the next 24 hours, Sark should lead us to CRF headquarters. We'll put a tactical team on stand-by. For now, we wait.
      Marshall: Who wants to order Chinese? I'm starving.
      (Marshall continues to talk nervously as Jack and Vaughn give him identical stares.)
      Marshall: Thai? Indian?

    • (Marshall places a high tech tracker on Sark)
      Marshall: That's not the only modification Mr. Bristow authorized, the tracker is packed with a high density explosive, just enough to blow off his melon, in case he tries to go off book. You mess with a friend of Flinkman? You're messin' with Flinkman.

    • (After fighting Anna in a boutique in Beverly Hills)
      Sydney: She can have the blouse.

    • Sydney: I just want the ghosts to go away.
      Vaughn: Tell me about it.

    • Anna: Your sister... she's a curse. You see what happens, don't you? To everyone she loves. One day, you will be asked to pay the price. Today... you will feel a little bit of that.

    • Anna: You look like her... your mother.
      Nadia: Don't waste your time trying to scare me.
      Anna: (amused) You are scared. I would be scared, too... if I did not understand what this was all about.

    • Anna: There's something I need you to do for me, Sydney. (Scornfully) I must say I have been looking forward to working with you again.

    • Jack: Anna Espinosa.
      Sydney: I... She's supposed to be dead.
      Jack: So are a lot of people.

    • (Talking about one of Weiss's affairs)
      Vaughn: How is that different? When it ended, you were all like... weird.
      Weiss: Weird how?
      Vaughn: You were building ships in built many, many ships in many bottles over many, many months.
      Weiss: Yeah, that's called a hobby!
      Vaughn: Hobby!? You locked yourself in a closet for a month, and...
      Weiss: Tell me you don't still think about how I got those ships in the bottles...

  • NOTES (4)


    • Marshal: Why is everybody picking on me, seriously. It's hard work.
      Making fun of George Bush and his "It's hard work" line he likes to use in his speeches. Anyone who has seen the SNL skits will understand.

    • Visual: Sydney ripping her dress off.
      Sydney's impromptu transformation into a hooker echoes Jamie Lee Curtis' scene in True Lies.