Season 3 Episode 21


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 02, 2004 on ABC
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Episode Summary

With the aid of Katya Derevko and CIA imprisoned security systems designer Toni Cummings, Sydney and Vaughn attempt to track down Sloane and Nadia. But Lauren and Sark are also in hot pursuit of them in order to uncover the secrets of Rambaldi. Meanwhile, Vaughn's obsession with tracking down Lauren is beginning to consume him, Sydney and Vaughn turn the tables on an old foe, and Katya expresses her attraction to Jack.moreless

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  • I kind of like working for the good guys

    Marshall (to Toni): be honest with you, I kind of like working for the good guys. No

    Hmmm... and the "good guys" would be the CIA?

    Alias is an immensely enjoyable TV series. But it's fiction. We watch it. We have fun. But we never forget that it bears no resemblance whatsoever to reality.

    We know that how?

    Because the CIA is depicted as the "good

    Note to Vaugh: It's a lot easier to use the riflescope if you open the front lens cap as well as the rear.moreless
  • Dr.Zhang Lee:"I said no disturbances..." Sydney:"I'm sure you can make an exception for an old friend."

    Dr.Zhang Lee:"I said no disturbances..."

    Sydney:"I'm sure you can make an exception for an old friend."

    I liked this episode.I really did.It was action-packed,it had lots of character development,some really cool special effects and I have to admit that I was touched by Maestro's performance.Plus,they brought back some old faces for a change,which was something refreshing and enjoyable.And Lauren,whipping out the rocket launcher from that car,managed to surprise me again..but this time in a good way.

    The main plot of the episode revolved around Sloane and Nadia.I'm glad Sloane spared his daughter's life.Although I prefer him bad,I think it's a good thing that the writers didn't turn him into a complete monster.Yeah,Sloane is much more fun when he kills hundreads of people,betrays those closest to him and manipulates everything and everyone in order to get his hands on a Rambaldi artefact,but it is these moments of humanity that provide so much depth to his character and make him one of the few likeable villains on TV.

    And while Sloane amazed me with this sudden act of compassion,it seems that Vaughn is becoming a whole different person because he is possesed by his hatred towards Lauren.I didn't expect in the slightest to see him do what he did to Suit and Glasses.Do I like this new Vaughn?I really don't know.Certainly,this is not the Vaughn we have come to know and be fond of.On the other hand though,it would be interesting to see what this new dark side of his will impel him to do.The episode ends with him holding a sniper rifle,determined to kill Lauren.And I think he means business.

    Another big part of the episode focused on Nadia's backround.We learnt that her last name is Santos,she never had a family until now,and that she grew up in an orphanage.When she was still a child,the Rambaldi followers subjected her to torture by injecting her with the green elixir.Now,she's been treated as a lab rat by her own father.And after that,how can't you love her or at least sympathise with her?Everyone on this show is living his own personal hell,but perhaps the most dramatic character of all-after Syd-is Nadia.And although at first I was taken aback by her telling Syd that Sloane protected her,I understood her when I thought about it for a while.Nadia never met a father,so this is why she forgave Sloane.Because she has a deep desire to get to know him better.I would be glad to see some father and daughter moments between the two of them next season.

    My favourite scenes here were the ones where an entranced Nadia was drawing on those pieces of paper and the ones where Sloane was trying to piece together that giant symbol on the wall.I found it mind-blowing and creepy at the same time.Was that symbol the eye of Rambaldi?cause it looked a lot like it.The equation that it depicted is Sloane's endgame and the key to Rambaldi's mystery,according to Syd.Suit and Glasses said it leads to Rambaldi himself.Well...i'm looking forward to seeing what will happen next.

    As I said before,I really enjoyed watching this episode.So,what is keeping me from giving it a ten?The reason for this is that the writers took almost everything we've come to know about Irina's past and threw it into a complete disorder.And so I felt cheated.Plus,the fact that Katya decided to become a spy only because she wanted to find her niece,seemed a bit silly to me.Generally though,this was a very good episode.



    --I just loved Syd's third encounter with Suit and Glasses(his name,by the way,is Dr.Zhang Lee as we learn here)."Hey,you remember me?Red hair?You liked my teeth."

    --The sexy,mysterious,charming Katya has returned.The scenes between her and Jack were,once again,priceless.Katya is a lot of fun.I still prefer Irina,though.

    --Everyone in this show is such a bad shooter.So bad that it makes me go mad.First,the two guards who were protecting Sloane,started firing at Syd while she was bending behind Nadia's table and no bullet managed to hit her.How laughable is that?And then,Vaughn has Sark and Lauren in front of him(literally) and he misses them!!At least now he has a sniper rifle,so missing Lauren would be unacceptable.

    --This episode's language skills:Spanish from Syd.

    --This episode's locations:Novgorod and St.Petersburg,Russia;Kyoto,Japan;and beautiful shots from Cienfuegos,Cuba(supposedly)

    --This episode's sexy desguise:Syd was absolutely hot in her bikini.

    Notable Quotes:

    Katya:"I find you sexy,Jack.Deal with it."

    Sloane:"You're gonna be okay,I promise.."

    Nadia:"No,I won't.I guess the angel isn't coming."

    Toni:"I want you.."

    Marshall:"Come again?!"

    Toni:" work with me."

    Hope the season finale will live up to my expectations.

  • Review

    It was a decent episode, but nothing I found amazing in the episode before the finale. The mission at the end of securing Nadia and rescuing her from Arvin was the only real highlight of the episode. A lot of the "drama" scenes weren't as good as Alias has made them out to be this season. Vaughn has become overcome with revenge and hatred, which is very odd coming from his character. I dont look at him and see most of the things that Im seeing, which makes me think the writers are trying to reach Sydney and Vaughn getting back together into well into season four, not anytime this season.

    The finale is the next episode and I wonder where they will go from here. Arvin has escaped and Sark and LAuren have as well. I almost think they need to have some closure with Lauren and Vaughn, just to stop his character from going crazy. Kind of dissapointed the finale isnt written by JJ Abrams, but hopefully it will not dissapoint and live up to its precedders "Almost Thirty Years" and "The Telling"moreless
  • Just when you think that some things are going to get right, you only find out that no one has changed. Sloane is still the same old betrayer, Lauren and Sark never rest, and help comes when it is most unexpected.moreless

    Well the Passenger was found. Nadia. Sydney's sister. But now she's missing again, Because Sloane, her father, is more dedicated to Rambaldi's legacy, then to his daughter, his own flesh and blood. He told the Covenant where Nadia is, in order for himself to get away, taking Nadia with him, to an unknown place. Sloane proves that although he made everyone think he has changed, he is still the same old betrayer. He prefers a prophecy 500 years old, over the life of his own daughter, which he was looking for for years.

    Lauren. We got used to know where her loyalties lay. But she's got one step too far, when she made fool of Vaughn, faking her love for him, in order to find the location of the Passenger. Vaughn is now angrier than ever. He wants revenge.

    But when it seems that everything's dark and nothing's good can happen, reality reveals otherwise. While Sydney and Vaughn got to Chechnya to find out where Sloane is, they were caught. Out of nowhere came Colonel Katya Derevko, Sydney's aunt, and got them out of there. She flew with them to USA, after almost blowing her cover. There, she helped Jack Bristow to find traces of Sloane.

    Another source of unexpected assistance was Toni Cummings, the imprisoned security systems' builder. She even took active role in the release of Nadia, knowing that helping opening a system designed after her ideas will get her out of prison.

    So Nadia now is a free person. But Sloane, and the Covenant, are still after her. It is her the only person who would transfer Rambaldi's Endgame. But since Sloane haven't reached the end of the action, seeing that it'll cause Nadia's death, the endgame's location is not fully discovered. Sloane is missing, because of Vaughn's will to revenge. But now the waypoint is getting to Rambaldi's endgame before the Covenant do.

    To conclude, it is a very revealing episode. It shows us that some people can never change and can never be trusted, while help can be found in the last place you'd expect.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

Ron Rifkin

Ron Rifkin

Arvin Sloane

Michael Vartan

Michael Vartan

Michael C. Vaughn

Mio Dzakula

Mio Dzakula

Groggy Russian Guard

Guest Star

Britney Espinoza

Britney Espinoza

Young Nadia

Guest Star

Ismail Abou-El-Kanater

Ismail Abou-El-Kanater


Guest Star

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Katya Derevko

Recurring Role

Mia Maestro

Mia Maestro

Nadia Santos

Recurring Role

Ric Young

Ric Young

Suit and Glasses

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Marshall noted that CIA paid him very well, though less than one million dollars a year.

    • Why would Sloane put his entire collection of Rambaldi serum out in the open where it could potentially be compromised? It's been established that Sloane is not dumb and well versed in Game theory. Even a novice in Game theory or contingencies would keep something that valuable in a spot that isn't easily reached or at the very least, easily compromised/broken, yet Nadia is able to destroy them quickly and conveniently.

    • If The Passenger was already known to the Russians, and they did experiments on her with the Rambaldi serum, why did everyone go through the trouble of collecting the Rambaldi artifacts to build "Il Dire", that's the final machine that gave Sloane the word "Peace" and generated the genetic code in "Unveiled". Also, some of the artifacts used to build "Il Dire" where hidden and untouched for may years so how did the Russians know who the passenger was and what she represented?

    • Goof:
      When Vaughn, Sydney and Katya are driving away from the checkpoint outside of Novgorod 12, you can clearly see palm trees in the background. No species of palm tree grows in Russia.

    • How does Vaughn know there was acid in the beaker? He just picks up a glass rod and dips it in the acid, then puts it on Suit & Glasses. But the beaker is unmarked, and they didn't have a chance to see S&G use the acid.

    • Going into someone's safehouse and putting your fingerprints all over their secret cache of untraceable weapons isn't really a good idea. If Jack were to use one of those weapons down the road to kill someone, then Vaughn's fingerprints would be on them.

    • Why did they give Toni a gun for the break-in mission? Given she's a prisoner out on parole and all, and she really only needs to get in to deactivate the security system, arming her seems like a real dumb idea.

    • Why did Sloane let Lauren and Sark get anywhere close to his secret Japanese base with a rocket launcher?!? Didn't he bother to search their vehicle? All they had to do was fire at his house as they were leaving, once they had the Rimbaldi info. Sloane didn't anticipate something like that?

    • At the end when Vaughn is in Jack's Weapon-Chamber he looks through a sniper-rifle with Scope. But he only opened the rear of the Scope and forgot the front. No wonder he always misses Lauren.

    • According to Brill, Bill Vaughn was killed by Irina after he rescued Nadia from the custody of the KGB. But now Katya says that Nadia was born after Irina faked her death, which means that Irina would have had to kill Bill Vaughn after she was supposedly dead; but all Jack, Devlin, and the various other CIA senior officers knew that Irina killed Bill Vaughn, so wouldn't they also have known that Irina was still alive? Of course, either Brill or Katya could be lying.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Sydney: It's okay. You're safe. I promise he will never hurt you again.
      Nadia He protected me.

    • Sloane: You're gonna be okay. I promise.
      Nadia: No, I won't. I guess the angel isn't coming.

    • Sloane: I don't want to hurt you.
      Nadia: Then why are you doing this?
      Sloane: When Abraham was asked to take his only child, Isaac, and offer him up to God, he didn't hesitate. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife, and it was only then, that the angel came. But Abraham had to be willing to make this unbearable choice.
      Nadia: I understand.
      Sloane: You do?
      Nadia: You're a man of faith.
      Sloane: Oh, my child. My child.
      (Nadia opens her restraints with a pen and stabs Sloane with the needle he used on her)
      Nadia: How do you like it!?

    • Sloane: The deal's off. If you go quietly, you leave unharmed.
      Lauren: You remind me of my father. When he learned the CIA was close to identifying me as Covenant, he was willing to do anything to protect me, even take the fall. He loved me that much. He's dead now, because reaching this goal is far more important.

    • Sloane: If we overload the cerebrum, her brain won't be able to function properly. She could die.
      Sark: But we would have the equation, wouldn't we?
      Sloane: Don't - Don't push me, Julian.
      Lauren: You are wasting time we do not have. We have all chosen this path, Arvin. We have all made sacrifices. I trust you are willing to do the same.

    • Marshall: be honest with you, I kind of like working for the good guys. No offense.
      Toni: None taken.

    • Vaughn: I want to find your sister, but I need to find my wife. Lauren cannot be allowed to get away with what she's done.
      Sydney: Well, Lauren might. And you have to be prepared to deal with that.

    • Jack: I suggest you focus your energy into achieving closure on this matter.
      Vaughn: No one wants Lauren in custody more than I do!
      Jack: That's not the kind of closure I'm referring to.

    • Jack: I know why you checked yourself out of medical services early. I know you're under the impression you're fine, that all you need to do is hold yourself together, bury yourself in work.
      Vaughn: Get to the point, Jack.

    • Katya: The only reason I joined the Russian Secret Service was to help Irina find her younger daughter. For years we heard nothing about her; every lead went cold. But then recently we found out that her father, Arvin Sloane, was also looking for her . . . What is it, Sydney?
      Sydney: Sloane has her.

    • Vaughn: Whatever Lauren did to me, I want you to know I take full responsibility for what's happened. I messed up, and if you can't get past that, I understand. But will you try?
      Sydney: I don't know.
      Vaughn: Will you at least think about it? Because it's all I can think about.
      Sydney: Yeah. I will think about it.

    • Sydney: He's never divulged the specifics of this message, but he was willing to risk everything - his wealth, his legitimacy, even his life - to acquire it. This is his endgame. We have to believe that he will kill Nadia in pursuit of it.

    • Katya: I find you sexy, Jack. Deal with it.

    • Toni: I want you.
      Marshall: C-Come again?
      Toni: To work for me.

    • Toni: Do you know how much being here cuts into my market share? Can't even get a lipstick in this place.

    • Nadia: (To Sloane) Every Sunday at the orphanage in Santermo, they made us dress up in our finest clothes. They would have us stand in line four hours waiting to be chosen by families. I wouldn't do it. I'd make myself filthy and always frown. I didn't want to be chosen, because I knew I knew that somewhere my dad was looking for me, and one day he'd come to take me away from that place. If I had known it was you I was waiting for, I would have cleaned up.

  • NOTES (4)