Season 1 Episode 17

Q & A

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 17, 2002 on ABC
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Episode Summary

While the FBI detains and questions Sydney about her past and possible ties to a mysterious Rambaldi doomsday prophecy, Vaughn and Jack must race to free her and find a way to clear her name before her cover is blown and SD-6 is made aware of the situation. Once the rescue op has been launched, in her quest to prove her innocence, Sydney shocks even her usually unflappable father when she makes a chilling discovery that may unravel the mystery of the 500-year-old prophecy – she finds proof that Rambaldi's writings may hold more truth about an alleged weapon of mass destruction - and the fate of her own family.moreless

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  • It's a "recap episode"

    No need to have a cow.

    It's a "recap

    The FBI refuses to listen to Bristow's honest explanation of how she was duped, underscoring the fundamental nature of government.

    Government is always our oppressor, never our servant.
  • And Sydney can easily work with Kendall?

    In Season 2 and 3, she's ok working for Kendall who handcuffed her and interrogated her? And how about the female bitch of a DSR agent?
  • This episode was just a waste of space -as it basically was just clips from the previous episodes with about 5-10mins of new drama...makes me wonder why it gets scores of +7 and one would deduce that these scores are from fanatics!moreless

    The episode just pieces together clips from previous episodes of series 1 with the minimum of additional new script. Very annoying indeed. It really makes you wonder why this episode was made. It is indeed very very difficult to obtain the 100 words min. to hopefully put this episode in better context for anyone that actually likes to see a review. Whether this review will make it on website is another question as everyone else gave this episode +7 which reminds one of the marking system in school exams now ..if all episodes get 10 can one believe it ..going by this episode no!moreless
  • Review

    I actually thgouht this episode was really bad right up until the end of the episode when Sydney dfrove the car off of the dock and we learned that the beginning of the episode was actually the end of the episode. I thought this was the worst written JJ Abrams episode to date. I always expect his episode to be in the upper nine portions, but this episode was mainly a review episode which makes hardcore fans like me very unhappy. He didnt really answer any new questions, he simply reviewed what Sydneys job was and why she is doing what she is doing. The end of the episode definatly saved it for me, with it being revealed that Sydneys mother could be alive and well and the real woman of the prophecy. I think this is yet another mytsry that will be over our heads as the series moves on. Decent episode, but not what I would come to expect from JJ Abrams writing an episode.moreless
  • Alias review of episdoe

    In this episode of Alias Sydney is questioned because some people believe she is some how corniced to Rambaldi mean while Jack and Vaughan must free her and make clear Sydney is not the one that they are looking for before her cover at SD-6 is blown all and all an ok episode that was ok not the best thing in the world and I thought they wanted to do a flashback episode without slowing down the series so they tied into a episode where Sydney told them everything from when she found the truth about SD-6 to now but I do think it was done well since they did want to do a flashback or recap episode the 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

Jon Simmons

Jon Simmons

FBI Officer

Guest Star

Andrew A. Rolfes

Andrew A. Rolfes


Guest Star

Lisa Dinkins

Lisa Dinkins

FBI Agent Baker

Guest Star

Joey Slotnick

Joey Slotnick

C.I.A. Agent Steven Haladki

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • 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.

    • Goof:
      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.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • 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.
      Kendall: Why?
      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.
      Kendall: Meaning...
      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.
      Kendall: SD-6.
      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.

  • NOTES (6)