Alias

Season 1 Episode 9

Mea Culpa

6
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 09, 2001 on ABC
9.0
out of 10
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274 votes
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Episode Summary

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Sydney's life is placed in mortal danger when Sloane is informed by his superior that she is the SD-6 mole. Meanwhile, Dixon's life hangs in the balance after he is shot on a mission, and Will realizes that his discovery of Kate Jones' pin could uncover some unexpected information.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Review

    8.9
    Wills storyline both can be good sometimes and other times it seems like a waste of time. Becuase we know what happened to Sydneys boyfriend, it seems like he is doing nothing but trying to find out who Sydney Bristow really is, which in itself isnt really an interesting storyline. Having the mystery man who keeps calling him is an interesting little storyline, because it means that someone is watching what he does and Im thinking it could be someone that we know that is watching him - maybe even Sydneys father. I thought the episode started off kind of slow, but picked up wtih the intense scene where Sydney had to make the drop. I didnt much care for the bank robbery scene, I think Ive gotten used to seeing much better when it comes to espiouge on this show. Either way - it was still a good episode.moreless
  • Sydney in danger

    8.0
    Ok.. the lie detector test - it was too perfect and that's why they are thinking she is the mole and the leader of SD-6 tries to protect her - is it because he has known her so long or is it something else?



    Anyway, there is that other man who does not believe her and as we see in the end, he crabs her.



    And oh.. the cases.. there are those but most of the episode goes around Sydney.. like when they say there is a hit on her and Vaughn wants to get her out but father says it is a trap.. Exciting episode.moreless
  • Cuando alguien que amas te decepciona

    9.0
    Sloane desconfía de Sidney, casi seguro que es ella la que está poniendo en descubierto a SD-6. Lo que pasa es que la quiere tanto que le duele tener que liquidarla. Tanto como si fuera su hija. Entonces decide... mandarla a matar. Con algo de remordimiento y culpa supongo, pero la cosa es que Sidney pasa de salvarse de milagro en Argentina tras caer en esa caverna a estar en (donde era?) a punto de ser ASESINADA por SD-6 pero no porque era para saber si ella realmente estaba con la CIA porque ellos la salvarían justo en el momento en que... bueno, la cosa es que al final no pasa nada como siempre y ella sale sin un rasguño.moreless
  • Great!

    10
    Will digs deeper after finding out that there was a bug with him from Eloise Curts. A mysterious man calls him and tells him to assure him that he's ready to dig deeper. Will gets a tape with voices and gunshots. Dixon is shot and Sydney uses a CIA device to call for help. Dixon is put in an SD-6 hospital. Sloane sets up the CIA to find out if Sydney is really a mole. Jack tells the CIA not to go in when Sydney may be in danger. It saves her life, but when Marshall detects Sydney was contacting another source, Sloane figures out she's it and captures her. Francie is shopping for wedding dresses.



    This episode was great! I'm interested in Will's plot right now. I'm also excited to find out what will happen to Sydney. This episode gets a 10 out of 10!moreless
  • Alias

    9.9
    Episode Spoilers - In this episode of Alias while on a mission in South America Dixon is shot by Anna. Mean while Sloane thinks Sydney is the mole in SD-6 my his soupier her life is in jeopardy over all the best episode by far good story nerve racking wanting to know how is going to end the mission was a good mission story noting dull are bad about it sad that Dixon got shot but still nice good that the series is back on track and is not slowing down my over all rating is going to be 9.9 overall ENDmoreless
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

Cosimo Fusco

Cosimo Fusco

Logan Gerace

Guest Star

Dave Franco

Dave Franco

Guard

Guest Star

Kaline Carr

Kaline Carr

Franco's Assistant

Guest Star

Yvonne Farrow

Yvonne Farrow

Diane Dixon

Recurring Role

Greg Grunberg

Greg Grunberg

Eric Weiss

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Sydney is telling Vaughn what happened after she used the Satellite phone to contact CIA to ask for medical help for Dixon, she says that the helicopter took them to a hospital in Buenos Aires. But then thought about what would Sloane do when he found out about this betrayal to SD-6. And came out saying that she lied to Sloane telling him she drove Dixon all the way to the hospital.

    • Goof:
      After Sydney was shot, you can see has three bullets stuck in her vest, but later after climbing out of the pit and collapsing on the ground, her vest is clean.

    • If Sydney's fall was stopped by her leg catching on the ladder, then the sudden catch from that height and speed would have done some damage to her leg (like her ankle, or calf, etc), but there is no telltale sign or even a reference that she's sustained such an injury.

    • Goof:
      Will takes two beer bottles out of the fridge when he is talking with Francie about half way through the episode. Both beer bottles are most definitely open.

    • Goof:
      In the scene in a patio where she is discussing her situation, each time the camera flashes back to her, a different ear is uncovered or neither ear is uncovered. First right ear, then left ear, then neither ear then right.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • (After Sydney walks away unharmed from the park)
      Eric Weiss: (sweating) I just lost 30 pounds. I'm not kidding.

    • (Sloane's fully convinced that Sydney's the mole)
      Sloane: I need to send a communiqué to SD-4 office in Rome: attention Spinelli, put it through Server 5.
      SD-6 Agent: Yes Sir.
      Sloane: I'm ordering with Security Section full knowledge, the assassination of an SD-6 Officer. Method: close range hit, this Officer's scheduled to make a dead drop at Denati Park 10 pm tomorrow, that's when the kill should take place.
      SD-6 Agent: Yes Sir.
      Sloane: The target's name is Bristow... Sydney Bristow.

    • Agent Dreyer: (to Sloane) Sydney Bristow's the mole... if you don't follow protocol on this, I'm going to The Alliance.

    • Disguised Voice: (on the phone) You have questions about Kate Jones. How far are you willing to go, Mr. Tippin? I need to hear the words "I'm ready."
      Will: Why? Why, could my life be in danger?
      Disguised Voice: Say the words.
      Will: Yeah, I'm in. I'm ready.

    • Sloane: You have your answer regarding Sydney Bristow.
      Dreyer: What are you protecting?
      Sloane: Mr. Dreyer, I still believe we have a situation here at SD-6. I strongly suggest you keep looking for the mole and stop questioning every decision I make.

    • Will: Okay, okay, whatever, it sucks, all right? But it's why I wanted to become a reporter. I saw this when I was a kid and I loved it. And I was just like, I don't know, all the quick...
      Francie: Repartee.
      Will: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I mean, it just looked fun. You know, being a reporter looked fun. But it's not. It's not fun. It's a pain in the ass.

    • Sloane: I always knew there was something about you, from the first time I saw you.
      Sydney: A lot can change in seven years.
      Sloane: It's been a lot longer than seven years. I've known your father since 1971. I met him at Langley. I knew your mother. I went to your parents' wedding. Sydney, I've known you since you were a baby. I was out of the country for most of your childhood, various operations, but I kept tabs on you. I checked in on you in my own way. I always thought of you as my daughter, even from the beginning. Well, I just wanted to let you know... before you went away.

    • Francie: (as Sydney is packing to go on yet another trip) You should report your boss to the corporate office.
      Sydney: No kidding.

    • Sloane: We both are. We're both doing our job. And I look at Sydney Bristow's test results... I don't see a single spike. She didn't falter once.
      Dreyer: She's guilty. She's the one.
      Sloane: I think that's a dangerous accusation made by a desperate man.
      Dreyer: I'm not desperate, Mr. Sloane. But I am curious why you feel the need to defend Miss Bristow?

    • Marshall: (holding a gadget) Okay, now, this thing sucks... literally. Sucks all the information from the computer hard drive right into the internal flash RAM.

    • Sydney: So, SD-6 wants to send out a message to everyone else they do business with.
      Vaughn: Don't mess with SD-6.

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