Alias

Season 1 Episode 18

Masquerade

7
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 07, 2002 on ABC

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  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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: http://www.sprayette.com/n_ver.php?Id=209
      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

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