Alias

Season 5 Episode 4

Mockingbird

3
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 20, 2005 on ABC
8.8
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When Gordon Dean discovers Rachel is still alive he captures Sydney while she is returning from a mission. He demands that Rachel should be returned to him but Sydney is reluctant to agree to his terms. However, if Sydney refuses she could face almost certain death. Meanwhile Sloane goes before a judge.moreless

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  • Best episode so far without Vaughn!

    8.8
    THis has to be by far the best episode without Vaughn. The new guy was better in this episode but he will not replace Vaughn or Weiss for that fact. Rachel will come into her own as the season unfolds. Sydney still kicks butt and the attidude she has now is fantastic. Keep up the good work and bring back Michael.
  • I would like to start of this review for thanking the T.V. Gods for giving us such a great episode of 'Alias' this week. My favorite from this season by far.moreless

    9.5
    I loved the flashback the writers provided for us today and how we saw things the second time we did not see the first. They did a good job of making us think Tom was "Sidewinder" the first time around, but apparently that's Rachael's code name along with "Mockingbird".







    The car dangling in the air plot was excellent and had me on the edge of my seat. It felt like 'Alias' in the good old days and I enjoyed myself. Dean is really desperate to get Rachael out of the picture and I suspect that as more time goes on with Rachael alive the more drastic he will get.







    I also enjoyed Dixon and Tom trying to extract money from that hard ass bank. It provided another moment that had me tense while laughing at the same time. Dixon (to Tom): "Oh I think this one's yours." Tom: "No remember you had all the odd number ones." Dixon: "Oh yes, that's right.” I sure am glad it doesn't take that much trouble to get money out of my bank.







    Sloane's trial interested me and I was happy to see that somebody else thought Sloane's actions were horrible. Everybody else has been forgiving of Sloane and it was good to see somebody who thought his crimes were unforgivable, even though in the end they did set him free. It does look like though that the bad Sloane is back, since it turned out that the man who worked for Dean was the one who got him set free. I wonder what Dean wants in return. Rachael?







    This episode was humorous and filled with action, which is what 'Alias' is at its best. Sydney ended up providing a lot of the funny lines tonight and I really like how they are incorporating her pregnancy into the episodes.







    Funny Lines:







    Sydney: "Mama, wants a new pair of shoes."







    Sydney: "I'm not like other moms."







    Sydney (to Rachael): "Don't worry; I've been in much worst situations.



    Rachael: "You have?"







    Finale Rating: 4 out of 4 stars....or close to it











    -Tim Bronx

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  • Review

    8.7
    The episodes (for me) in season 5 have gotten a little worse each time. Start off with the 9.4 of "Prophet Five" and then move down to 9.2, 9.1, and now an 8.8. I dont know what it was about this episode, it just didnt feel like we were moving rhe story along. There seems to be two split storylines at the moment - one with Dean/Peyton and there own little SD-6 adventure and the other is Renees storyline, which we havent seen at all since the end of ...1...



    I thought Arvins storyline was the most boring any of his scenes have ever been. A man ont he inside tells him he can get him out for something we dont know yet - and the next day he is realeased. Hopefully he will turn bad for the remainder of this season. He has been a good guy far too long.



    I liked the beginning at the casion and then the later clips when they went back and added the woman into the scenes where we didnt see her earlier. I thought Sydney and Rachel hanging from the magnet was kind of dumb, I would rather have seen Marshall crack the code in time.



    Overall, decent episode...I just wasnt feeling it.moreless
  • Mixed bag.

    7.0
    What a mix of good and bad.



    First of, I loved the beginning, and I loved the casino part. It was great that small moments were explained later on and they seemed like much bigger after. But that's about it.



    The episode was very... empty. Rachel and Sydney trapped in a car isn't very exciting ,especially if the solution to it all is pretty lame.



    Not to mention that... oh come on. How cliché is this "Arvin Sloane... I know a way out of prison. Only if you do me a favour, though". Please.... (of course, episode ends with Sloane judged innocent). It was a big plot development but not very exciting.



    Overall, I loved the 72 hours earlier start to see how things are eventually connected. I also liked Rachel's development... but that's about it. The episode felt dull at times.moreless
  • It's another one of those "72 Hours Earlier" episodes, but it's a good one - a darn good one.

    9.0
    The episode starts off in Monte Carlo, where Sydney is heading an operation at a casino (it IS Monte Carlo, after all). On successfully completing the mission, Sydney's car is ambushed - a long way off the ground. She then receives a phone call from the notorious Gordon Dean, demanding that she returns "Mockingbird" to him. This is all we are given in the opening scene, before we are taken back "72 hours earlier".



    Prior to the mission in Monte Carlo, Rachel is back with the real CIA, giving them everything that she possibly can to help with the investigation. It is here where we find out, for the first time, what Mockingbird actually is.



    The other major event in this episode is the trial of everyone's favourite monster, Arvin Sloane. He is being placed before a panel, who will ultimately decide on his freedom. The head of the panel, however, doesn't give him a warm reception, and it becomes evident that Sloane's chances of freedom look bleak. Of course, no Alias story line is ever straight forward, and the plot really thickens when Sloane is greeted by a mysterious visitor during his trial.



    There is a fair bit that happens in this episode, in regards to both story line and character development. We're starting to see Rachel Gibson coming out of her shell a little more, as it occurs to her that her stay with the CIA (the REAL CIA) will most likely be an extended one. On the whole, this was a good episode that continues to keep the audience guessing.moreless
Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Marcus R. Dixon

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner

Sydney Anne Bristow

Kevin Weisman

Kevin Weisman

Marshall J. Flinkman

Ron Rifkin

Ron Rifkin

Arvin Sloane

Victor Garber

Victor Garber

Jonathan 'Jack' Donahue Bristow

Balthazar Getty

Balthazar Getty

Thomas Grace

Joel Bissonnette

Joel Bissonnette

Keach

Guest Star

Benjamin Mouton

Benjamin Mouton

Croupier

Guest Star

Christopher Fairbanks

Christopher Fairbanks

Pit Boss

Guest Star

Tyrees Allen

Tyrees Allen

Gordon Dean

Recurring Role

Amy Acker

Amy Acker

Kelly Peyton

Recurring Role

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