Season 4 Episode 6


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 09, 2005 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Sydney asks Jack to tie her up, which Jack does. Yet Jack, who is a trained CIA professional and veteran, elects to tie her hands together in front of her, which is one of the least secure ways of tying her up. He should've tied her hands behind her to better immobilize her.

    • Not real a goof, but when the teacher said. "Het is grappig. Begrijp je. Vertel hen: 'Het is grappig.'" I could not understand what she said and I am Dutch. Sounded like she put the words through a meat grinder. Sydney said it a bit better. Like I said more of a comment than a goof.

      The person sounding Dutch was the girl in the classroom answering in English! The teacher really messed the pronunciation up, and yes, Sydney did a bit better.

    • The flat in Amsterdam clearly has US light switches and power sockets, not Dutch ones.

    • How does Vaughn know he's found the antidote? All we see is him rummaging through a disorganized lab and picking up a test tube. Even if it was labelled (as what, "antidote to bad batch"?) wouldn't the label be in Czech? Just how many languages do Vaughn and Sydney know?

    • Goof:
      When Sydney crawls into the crawl space in the beginning she goes to "pick" the lock on the door. The camera flashes to the lock snapped shut but when she inserts her "tool" into the keyhole you can see it's already unlocked as she even turns it and opens it a bit.

  • Quotes

    • (Dixon talks to Sloane)
      Dixon: You want us to believe you've reformed, that for the love of your daughter you've decided to listen to the better angels of your nature... Arvin... let's be honest... you don't have any.

    • (Sydney's under the effect of a psychoactive drug)
      Sydney: Dad, do we have any tranquilizers?
      Jack: No.
      Sydney: Then I think you better tie me up.

    • (Jack during an interrogation)
      Jack: Tell us what you know about this man (Jack shows a photo to the interrogated) I'll only say if you chose not to cooperate with us... you will regret that decision for the rest of your life.

    • (Sloane's talking to Dixon)
      Sloane: Dixon, in the 11 years you worked for me at SD-6, I came to recognize your brilliance as a field agent, but during those 11 years, not once did you suspect you were working for a renegade organization.

    • Sydney: I know what this is. This is a game to you. A cruel joke at my expense.
      Vaughn: What's a game?
      Sydney: You and me. Admit it.
      Vaughn: No, Sydney, Sydney, listen to me. What are you scared of?
      Sydney: I am scared. Scared you're gonna betray me again. LIke you did when you married Lauren.
      Vaughn: I would never, ever hurt you.
      Sydney: Stop. Stop right there.

    • Vaughn: What's going on here? Girl stuff?
      Nadia: People stuff.

  • Notes

    • Music from this episode includes:
      "Rough Around The Edges" by Teitur
      "The Dope Show" by Marilyn Manson

    • This episode received the 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Hairstyling For A Series.

    • This episode averaged 11.32 million viewers.

    • The episode was dedicated "In Loving Memory of Tricia K. Goken 1969-2005." Tricia Goken was a script supervisor on Alias for several years who had recently moved to Maryland to be with her future husband, Denis G. Tri. Both died in a car accident caused by icy roads on January 29, 2005.

  • Allusions

    • "Better angels of your nature."

      Dixon uses this line when talking to Sloane near the end of the episode. The line itself comes from Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural address, referencing the reunion of the war-torn country.

    • When Cahill attacks Sydney in the Amsterdam flat, he bites her and then vomits blood on her. This is an homage to the British film 28 Days Later; persons infected with rage transferred their disease (rage) by vomiting blood on their victims.