Alias

Season 3 Episode 11

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 11, 2004 on ABC
9.5
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7

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When the Department of Special Research seizes the Rambaldi Cube from the CIA, Sydney thinks she's lost another chance to find out what happened to her missing time. But FBI Director Kendall lets her in on a huge secret, revealing how her destiny has always been on a collision course with Milo Rambaldi.moreless

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  • spoilers below

    7.0
    haha this series is so ridiculous.. it borders on being a parody.



    the whole thing with sydney having her own memory erased was one of the dumbest things i've seen in a while - sydney while i like her the writers make her into a bumbling fool most of the time.. uhhh she could of just destroyed the stupid cube and her reasoning made no sense "nothing's safe, anything can be taken, etc, etc" no crap you are in the spy business.. the last thing you do is erase your own memory and then go on a hunt to remember what you erased... instead you destroy the item and be done with it.

    also how about when you have sark knocked out you actually kill em so he's not outwitting you every other move for 2 seasons.



    then don't even get me started on laura being in on the whole bigger picture plot... and busting out a sniper rifle hahahahaha so ridiculous... they try wayy too hard to come up with a big "reveal shocker" that it always flops they just don't do it well on this series.



    all this being said... even with how ridiculous the series is and how bad it is on alot of levels it does have the ability to be likeable and entertaining.



    i'd never rewatch this series again that is for sure, but for just one watch through the journey is pretty entertaining and i do notice so early elements to "fringe" which is pretty cool like the whole dream therapy that olivia went through.moreless
  • Syd finds out what happened during the "missing" two years.

    6.5
    I sensed it was coming since the beginning of Season 3 and I was not disappointed. While watching this episode, the viewer cannot ignore the visions of the Fonz strapping on the ski's as the purr of the boat comes to life. Seasons One and Two were so great and very refreshing action/adventure television, but I do not understand the necessity to add a flavor of Charmed to this show (and I love Charmed, but Charmed is true to itself). There is no need for the CIA and its opponent to spend the taxpayers time and money tracking down the freakin' "Chosen One." I mean, get real writers. If you have a big bag of nothin' to offer, let the studio know before you offend your loyal viewers with this crap. I did give it a 6.5 because the cinematography, fight scenes and the acting is still great.moreless
  • Sydney finally learns the truth

    10
    This had to be the best episode of the entire series. The pilot episode was great but this one was better. Sorry to say after this episode the entire series went downhill. I hated that they wrote off her friends. They kept her personal live interesting. You could tell that Cole was the one telling her to kill the "unimportant man".
  • Review

    10
    Best episode of the season so far - and I think this will also eclipse "The Telling" as the number 2 episode on my all-time list as well. Once again we get huge answers to one solution only to have a million other questions to be replaced with.



    How is Lauren a traitor after all this time. Is Micheal and Lauren the new version of Jack and Irina. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered - like how she was being a double agent and what kind of information the Covenent sent her into the CIA to get. She has seemed like a good guy for so long - how long has she been undercover?



    The Covenant was an up and coming threat right around the time that "The Telling" took place, was Lauren with them then or was she recently recruited because of the frustation of her marriage. This episode needs to have some answers to it, whereas Phase One didnt really open the door for questions needing to be answered. This is another gamechanger kind of episode and an episode that will be looked at sometime in the future as the episode that changed it all. As far as everything else besides the cliffhanger ending - Sydneys backstory of her two years was done brillantly. To have it all be her idea after all this was genius. That and then the Covenant tricking her into leading them right back to the Rambalidi Box. This episode was everything you could ever want from a television show - perfection.moreless
  • Review

    10
    Best episode of the season so far - and I think this will also eclipse "The Telling" as the number 2 episode on my all-time list as well. Once again we get huge answers to one solution only to have a million other questions to be replaced with.



    How is Lauren a traitor after all this time. Is Micheal and Lauren the new version of Jack and Irina. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered - like how she was being a double agent and what kind of information the Covenent sent her into the CIA to get. She has seemed like a good guy for so long - how long has she been undercover?



    The Covenant was an up and coming threat right around the time that "The Telling" took place, was Lauren with them then or was she recently recruited because of the frustation of her marriage. This episode needs to have some answers to it, whereas Phase One didnt really open the door for questions needing to be answered. This is another gamechanger kind of episode and an episode that will be looked at sometime in the future as the episode that changed it all. As far as everything else besides the cliffhanger ending - Sydneys backstory of her two years was done brillantly. To have it all be her idea after all this was genius. That and then the Covenant tricking her into leading them right back to the Rambalidi Box. This episode was everything you could ever want from a television show - perfection.moreless
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

Michael Vartan

Michael Vartan

Michael C. Vaughn

Victor Garber

Victor Garber

Jonathan 'Jack' Donahue Bristow

Mark Bramhall

Mark Bramhall

Lazarey

Guest Star

Yasha Blackman

Yasha Blackman

Man in the Wheelchair

Guest Star

Steven Shaw

Steven Shaw

Minister

Guest Star

Terry O'Quinn

Terry O'Quinn

F.B.I. Special Officer Kendall

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Lazarey mentions "The Passenger." We will learn more about it by the end of this season.

    • Irina appears in the flashbacks from "The Telling."

    • We learn that Sydney can't be brainwashed due to Project Christmas.

    • Kendall was the first person Sydney speak to after waking up without her memory at the very end of Season 2. A little gift of irony for the viewer since he is the one who knows all about Sydney's past.

    • The Rambaldi symbol < O > is on the side of the mountain that Sydney and Lazarey go to to find the cube. Also, the same symbol was flashed on Victor Garber's credit in the opening credits.

    • In the final scene, Reed snipes Lazarey from the roof of a building. This is the ABC Riverside building on the Disney Studio Lot in Burbank, CA.

    • When the CIA operatives jump off a C-130 airplane they are in pairs. That is the one thing a skydiver never does due to the extreme danger of the parachutes tangling from two persons diving one next to another. Also in the next scene where we see the parachutes open (which is stock footage, according to the commentary), it is clear that they did not jump in pairs since every one of them is at a different altitude.

    • According to Kendall, he got the video of Sydney saying she was going to have her memories wiped two days before she turned up in Hong Kong. On the video she has very short hair but when she was found in Hong Kong her hair was practically down to her waist - how'd it grow so fast, even if she made the video a week or two before Kendall got it and she was found?

    • If one of the Covenant members at Sydney's brainwashing test was McKenas Cole, wouldn't she mention that to Kendall before she had her memories wiped? Seems like a pretty important piece of information to know Cole is around and a big-wig in the Covenant.

    • It's night time and Sydney's at her home studying papers on Rambaldi. Then she gets drugged and the show cuts to a shot of a plane lifting off into the sunset....which would have happened an hour or two earlier at the very least.

    • The ambulance Lazarey travels in parks yards away from the bay and offers the sniper a shot, surely it would've parked up tight denying this. Further, the security guards are hanging about out of sight of their charge to the side of the vehicle, instead of offering realistic cover. Finally, it's common protocol for some form of body amour to be worn by a potential gunshot victim and Lazarey had none. Some may argue he was receiving medical care but he wasn't in need of vital extraordinary means (i.e rib spreader!) and so a jacket c/should've been laid in place at least.

    • Goof:
      In the scene where Sydney is struck with the dart, she is walking right to left. When we see the dart, it is squarely in her back and we see the apparent shooter at the rear of the scene. However, Sydney never turned her back in that direction.

  • QUOTES (6)

  • NOTES (6)

    • This is the second "flashback" type episode that Kendall appeared in with Sydney; the first was season one's "Q & A".

    • Music from this episode includes:
      "It's My Life" by No Doubt

    • It was originally envisioned that the 'missing two years'-storyline would be spun out over the entire third season. However, the writers/producers changed their minds in the first half of the season due to tepid fan reaction and decided to wrap up the entire storyline in this episode.

    • Ron Rifkin (Sloane) did not appear in this episode, although there was a flashback from an earlier episode in which he briefly featured.

    • Due to Ron Rifkin's absence, Jennifer Garner (Sydney), Michael Vartan (Vaughn) and Victor Garber (Jack) are the only actors to have appeared in every episode to date.

    • The voice ordering Sydney to kill the man in the wheel-chair sounded like McKenas Cole (Quentin Tarantino) from "The Box (1)" and "(2)." Tarantino wasn't credited, but there wasn't a credit for that voice either.

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