Marshall J. Flinkman
Sydney Anne Bristow
Francine 'Francie' Calfo
Marcus R. Dixon
Michael C. Vaughn
FBI Agent Baker
C.I.A. Agent Steven Haladki
First appearance of F.B.I. Assistant Director Kendall (played by Terry O'Quinn).
Number 47: Haladki says that they have decoded 47 Rambaldi predictions.
SD in SD-6 stands for Section Disparu (the section that doesn't exist).
The payphone scene is supposed to take place during 1992, but a flyer for the 2000 movie Requiem for a Dream can be seen.
In order to suck air through a tire nozzle, Sydney would have to push in the pin with her tongue. No one has a tongue strong or flexible enough to do that. The DVD commentary for season 1 acknowledges that the tire was indeed modified by the stunt coordinators.
Why did none of the police officers at the scene attempt to rescue Sydney from the sunken car?
Just before the car goes over the dock, you can see that the front wheels of the car are at a 45 degree angle as if you were turning left, in other words would technically not be able to go straight. Also, if you look carefully at almost any camera view, you can see a cord guiding the car into the water.
In "Truth be told" the SD-6 set appears different. When she returns 3 months later in "So it begins," the SD-6 set is different. But in this episode, when Sydney flashes back to when she first started working for SD-6, the set appears as it did in "So it begins," not "Truth be told".
The flashback to "Spirit" uses an alternate scene than in the original episode (Sydney doesn't accentuate the "Thank" in this episode).
Goof: When the car first begins to sink in the first underwater shot, you can see the green tank walls.
The first time Sydney mention Rambaldi's name to Kendall, she pronounces it "Meelo", then in the next scene she says is correctly "Milo."
Sydney is brought in a hearing room where the FBI team will be asking her questions. A man walks in and offers her a vanilla milkshake placing it right in front of her. When the FBI staff enters the room, we get a straight shot at Sydney and notice that the milkshake has been moved to the left of the screen (Sydney's right arm). Then after one or two shots (approx. 1-2 seconds total) to the FBI committee and back we can see that the milkshake is now located in front of Sydney's left arm (to the right side of the screen) in front of the microphone. Given that she has been cuffed to the chair all this time, how could she possibly have moved it?
In "Truth Be Told" Sydney tells Danny she worked for SD-6 for 1 month before being upgraded to agent. In this episode, she says she worked for the bank for 6 months before being working for SD-6.
Kendall: So you have a hard time keeping secrets.
Sydney: No, I don't have a hard time keeping a secret. What I don't enjoy is lying to my friends, or being in a constant state of jet-lag from flying to far corners of the world for a man I wish were dead.
Kendall: (during Sydney's interrogation) What did they tell you was the objective of SD-6?
Sydney: The retrieval of intelligence both military and industrial throughout the world that is critical to the superiority and survival of the United States of America... it's a company line.
Weiss: This buddy of mine from Princeton says she actually knows Haladki, used to have lunch at the Webster Rotunda, apparently the guy's got the table manners of a 6 month old.
Kendall: What can you tell me about him?
Sydney: Milo Rambaldi was Pope Alexander VI's chief architect. He was an artist, an inventor. His designs were so technologically advanced, that at the time, they thought he was heretic and he was executed. Now, five hundred years later, many believe he was a prophet and SD-6, CIA, GRU, K-Directorate-the entire intelligence world-is on a Rambaldi scavenger hunt.
Sydney: They assume that Rambaldi had some sort of master plan.
Vaughn: According to Rambaldi, the woman in question, the subject of this prophecy, will have never seen Mt. Subasio. Meaning if Sydney were to go there and see it herself--
Jack: She couldn't possibly be the woman Rambaldi was talking about.
Vaughn: That makes sense, doesn't it? I thought that made sense.
Kendall: What does "SD" stand for?
Sydney: Section Disparu - the section that doesn't exist. Alain Christophe, one of the Alliance founders. The term was his.
Kendall: Explain to us about the Alliance of Twelve?
Sydney: The Alliance is like a board of directors. Some are from the private sector, but most are former intelligence officers. All wealthy. They started a company together, except this company - the Alliance - trades intelligence.
Kendall: So you're saying they're after-
Sydney: Weapons, military secrets, industrial intel, medical tech, computer advances, political agendas, and anything the other guy wants.
Kendall: The "other guy" being?
Sydney: Governments, corporations, wealthy citizens, families, it's all black market; it's organized crime.
Vaughn: Hey, what did you say before about Haladki?
Weiss: I don't think he showers?
Vaughn: You're saying that Sydney could be held long enough to blow her cover with SD-6?
Jack: Under directive 81A, they could conceivably hold her without trial or charges for the rest of her life.
Kendall: And at this time, you believed that SD-6 was affiliated with the CIA?
Sydney: Yes, that's right. That it was a black ops division of the CIA.
Sydney: You mean what is black ops? A division that is funded by the CIA's black budget. Operations that are highly classified, even hidden from congressional oversight. They led me to believe that SD-6 was one of these divisions and that that was why they didn't operate through Langley.
Sydney: The truth is, I didn't love any of the subjects I was studying. My father and I weren't speaking, my mother had died when I was six and the highlight of my social life was my dorm's salad bar. So, I called them.
Sydney: They didn't use that name. These men led me to believe they were CIA. They were very convincing. They are very convincing.
Kendall: How did you come to work with the CIA?
Sydney: Don't you already have a file on me?
Kendall: We would like this in your words.
Vaughn: I know, but the DNA sequencing, the heart size. I mean, they both match what Rambaldi wrote. Either this thing is completely insane... or it isn't.
Weiss: Okay, what happened? The FBI's involved?
Vaughn: Yeah. There's an FBI tribunal flying in from DC. They're going to question her and decide what the next move is.
Sydney: You didn't think about it. Not once. The possibility that Rambaldi could be right about me.
Vaughn: No. I didn't.
Sydney: Why not?
Vaughn: Because I believe in you. Do you think I'd just throw anyone in my trunk?
Jack (to Haladki): I have no desire to blow your head off, or ruin your paint job, but I will do both unless you tell me where the hell Sydney Bristow is.
Jack: (to Haladki) Just so we're clear: you report this conversation, and you'll never wear a hat again.
Kendall: And after she died, your father raised you? Is that right?
Sydney: No. He hired a nanny.
This episode was nominated for three Emmy Awards in 2002 for "Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series", "Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic)" and "Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Series".
The episode's title is Q & A, short for "Questions and Answers" as a lot of questions were answered during this episode.
This episode didn't include Sydney's opening narration ("My name is Sydney Bristow. Seven years ago I was recruited by a secret branch of the CIA called SD-6...." etc) explaining the premise of the show.
This was probably because during the course of her interrogation Sydney explained the show's setup.
Music from this episode includes:
"Diggin' Your Scene" by Smashmouth
Terry O'Quinn has played an FBI agent twice before: as Peter Watts in Millennium, and as Darius Michaud in the X-Files: Fight The Future, both created by Chris Carter.
This episode begins in medias res.
Sydney says that she had thought that her mission in SD6 would be "over by Christmas." This is likely a reference to the hopes that World War 1 would be over by Christmas 1914. It was not over until 1918.
Visual: Sydney breathing air from the tire.
This is a nod to the James Bond film A View to a Kill.
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