Season 1 Episode 18


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 07, 2002 on ABC
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Episode Summary

While on a case to track the activities of Khasinau, a.k.a. "The Man," Sydney runs into her ex-lover, Noah Hicks, who broke her heart and left without saying goodbye five years earlier. Meanwhile, Sydney tells Sloane that she wants to find her mother; Jack is ordered to see CIA psychiatrist Dr. Barnett to help him deal with his churning emotions after discovering that his wife may still be alive; and Will and Francie become suspicious of Sydney's activities after finding one of her airline ticket stubs.moreless

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  • Review

    I like the casting and the role of Noah Hicks in this episode. I thought his on screen connection with Sydney was really well done. It could have just been the way the script played out, but I really think that the actor who plays him wa s avery strong casting choice by the creators of Alias. I thought this episode was a step up from the last two, whcih were two of the seasons worst to date. I thought the new found plan of connecting Rambaldi and Sydneys mother in the same mission was kind of cool, as we still ponder over getting to meet her mother (sooner rather then later they are leading us to beleieve) and we still get to see the same action adventure we are used to seeing. Sydneys dad is where the episode was brought down a lot. The scnee in the bar and with the woman talking about his problem were both very boring and filler. His character is on a downward spiral, which may led to something big in the future but right now is very boring to watch in such a show.moreless
  • As usual - facing the danger

    For Sydney it is going quite the same was as before - she is off to missions.. but the things does not go as usual - he meets with agent she was involved when she was training for SD-6. And then they are sent to mission together.. and it was really exciting one.. Sydney gets into trouble and he saves her.. oh..

    But Sydney's father is not so calm . Sydney wants to pursue finding her mother but father is against it and when she goes to Solan.. it only can end bad.. plus those agents.. they does not give him any peace.moreless
  • Noah

    Debería haber puesto nothing happened, pero no quise ser tan malo. En realidad lo único interesante además de lo de mi madre está viva que ya habíamos visto en el capítulo anterior es el reencuentro de Sidney con un viejo amor, Noah.

    Y qué decir de esto? De entrada pensé que era una forma de alejar a Sidney de Michael y que no parezca tan obvio que van a terminar juntos. Pero no sé, me parece un poco nabo para ella, y no lo veo como un personaje interesante.

    Del resto sólo subrayar la vulnerabilidad de Jack, por primera vez manifiesta. Un capítulo olvidable.moreless
  • Alias reeview

    In this season 1 episode of Alias tilted Masquerade. While on a case trying to track down a suspect known as the man Sydney was into a ex-lover who broke her heart five years ago also Sydney ask Sloane for help trying to find her mother and jack must see a CIA psychiatrist to help him coup with the fact his wife may still be alive anyway a good episode with good storytelling in it the missions in the episode was exiting and the side stories where just as good my overall rating is 9.7 the end of this review reviewmoreless
  • Syd returns to the States after proving she's not the subject of the Rambaldi prophecy,only to learn that the CIA is looking for her mother.The connection has been made that Khasinau,the man behind Sark and Cole's actions,was Laura's superior at the KGB.moreless

    Sloane"You should know by now that my interest is in protecting Sydney.It's always been my pleasure to fill in for you when you were indisposed."

    The mom plot grows over and over.We learned that Khasinau,the man behind Sark and Cole's actions,was Laura Bristow's superior at the KGB.Syd is determined to find her mother which that damaged a little bit the relationship between her and her father whom we find drunk in a bar.Jack showed another aspect of his character-more sensitive-which means that he hasn't got over Laura yet.He must have loved her very much.It was touching to see a tough man like Jack so crushed.

    In this episode we had the introduction of a new character Noah Hicks.He was Syd's boyfriend five years ago.We learn that he left without leaving any sign,but the truth is that he tried to inform Syd by sending her a message that she was supposed to receive from her junk email.Ironically,she had set up her computer to throw out junk emails.

    From the time Noah took off his mask i took a dislike to him.Noah is really really ungly and i wonder how a beautiful woman like Syd could fall in love with a guy like him.However,i have to admit that Noah is a clever person with lots of humour and he must have guts to kid McCullough.

    I want to say that i really liked all the "rubberneck" style of Sydney on her mission to Arkhangesk with Noah("We're Americans,we're Americans!","Is there any chance to conduct the american embassy?")


    -In the information that Syd was looking for the name Irina Derevko appeared.

    -When Syd retrieves the "slightly chilled" data core,she falls and the glass in her helmet starts to crack.Few seconds later,Noah carries her out to safety,but now there are no cracks in the glass anymore.

    -Despite the fact that she had pulled off her engagement ring,i thought Syd hadn't got over Danny.

    -Syd will have some explaining to do to Will and Francie when she returns home.

    A very exciting episode!!!moreless
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

Peter Berg

Peter Berg

Noah Hicks

Guest Star

Angus Scrimm

Angus Scrimm

Agent McCullough

Recurring Role

Patricia Wettig (I)

Patricia Wettig (I)

Dr. Judy Barnett

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Sydney does a search for her mother at Khasinau's computer complex, she first types the name Laura Bristow. This results in a "file not found" message. Sydney then tries again, this time using her mother's true name: Irina Derevko. That entry provides results: various sets of numbers showing on the computer's screen.

    • Sydney's codename in this episode is White Rabbit.

    • When Sydney retrieves the 'slightly chilled' data core, she falls, and the glass in her helmet starts to crack. Few seconds later, Noah Hicks carries her out to safety, but now there are no cracks in the glass anymore.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Francie: Well, why is there a return ticket from Italy in her pocket?
      Will: Probably from another trip.
      Francie: It's dated for last week.
      Will: Why wouldn't she tell us about a trip to Italy?

    • Vaughn: Noah Hicks - you mentioned him in the initial background report you wrote when you first made contact with the CIA.
      Sydney: We met when I was a trainee. We actually dated for a while.
      Vaughn: Really.
      Sydney: We kept it under the radar. SD-6 discourages, you know, fraternization among agents.
      Vaughn: So does the CIA.

    • Noah: I told you to meet me in San Pedro.
      Sydney: I never got a letter.
      Noah: I didn't send you a letter. I wasn't allowed to discuss my reassignment. I encoded a message in a junk e-mail. You should've been able to pick it up from the subject line.
      Sydney: (Pauses) I always set my computer to filter out junk e-mail.

    • Noah: Excuse me. May I cut in?
      Dixon: Of course. But I should warn you: she likes to lead.

    • Sydney: I don't understand what Khasinau has to do with my mother!
      Sloane: He has everything to do with your mother. He was her superior. When you first identified Khasinau as The Man, I recognized his name from your mother's investigations. I thought, "This has to be a coincidence." I did some checking. He was her superior back in his days at the KGB. This is the only clue I have to offer you. Get the microchip. The more we find out about Khasinau, the closer you get to your mother.

    • Sydney: No. I don't want an explanation. I came here because I need you to help me find her.
      Sloane: Mmm. Sydney, how much do you remember about the year after you were told that your mother died?
      Sydney: I remember... just feeling disconnected from everything. My father was away on business for most of that year.
      Sloane: No. Your father spent six months in solitary in a federal prison. He was suspected of being in collusion with Laura. The FBI almost tried him for treason and even though he was vindicated, the damage was done. And he began to unravel.
      Sydney: Unravel...
      Sloane: He drank. He started taking unnecessary risks. Come on, Sydney, you know the father he was to you all those years. He took a long time to fully recover and I was under direct orders from the DCI not to let him know that Laura survived the accident. Unfortunately, that also required lying to you.

    • Sydney: I know, and maybe I'm being reckless or selfish... or masochistic. But if my mother is alive, then I just have to know that. Can you help me get everything the CIA's got on her?
      Vaughn: Actually, I can't. All information concerning her has been classified omega 17 by the FBI, including her connections to the Rambaldi prophecy.

    • Sydney: Seeing him there in the car, looking so damaged... I've never seen him like that. The idea that I want to find my mother... it scares him.

    • Sydney: Dad... I'm going to find her. I have to.
      Jack: Searching for that woman will accomplish nothing! No good can come from it!
      Sydney: I need to know where she is.
      Jack: Sydney, we don't even know if she's still alive!
      Sydney: I know
      Jack: Even if she is, it doesn't change what she did!
      Sydney: Dad, I know!
      Jack: Do you expect her just to say... "I'm sorry"?
      Sydney: I don't know what to expect!
      Jack: Well, you better know exactly what to expect!... What could she ever say... that would satisfy you?

    • Sydney: A lot's happened since you left. And I want to fill you in but... I don't know if I feel comfortable doing that yet.
      Noah: Right. You're still mad.
      Sydney: No. When you left and you just disappeared, it was a kick in the stomach, and I carried that around for a long time.
      Noah: You were the last person that I ever wanted to see again... ever. And you were the only person that I ever wanted to see again.

    • Dr. Barnett: And how would you define a "normal" family?
      Jack: I suppose it's one in which the family members aren't under orders to lie to each other.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The "Data Core" of the "Westbury 23 Super Computer" that Syd and Noah go to retrieve in this episode, is actually a TV-sales out door grill, with a few slight modifications. See:
      Or just type "Q Grill" in Google.

    • This episode went straight from the recap to the opening credits which is unusual as usally a fresh new scene is shown before they cut to the credits.

    • Music from this episode includes:
      "Plus Bele Que Flor..." by Anonymous 4
      "Lay Your Weary Body Down" by Gigolo Aunts
      "Break Me Gently" by Doves
      "Dream On" by Depeche Mode