Season 5 Episode 16

Reprisal (1)

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 22, 2006 on ABC
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Episode Summary

In the first part of the Alias two-hour finale event, 'Reprisal,' Sloane takes Marshall and Rachel hostage in order to discover a crucial clue to Rambaldi's ultimate endgame, as Sydney, Vaughn and APO race to stop him.

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  • Very Sad but a Strong Season Final (Part 1)

    A very strong part one to the season final or should I say season final. A lot of twists and turns you do not expect.

    Does not seem like a very strong episode and that it would end the way it does which added to the drama and suspense of the episode. It comes together in the last ten, fifteen minutes and turns into a very strong episode in which allows for the very last episode.

    Very sad epsiode, especially where Tom dies - I cry every time I watch this episode on DVD. Tom was a brilliant addition to the show in my mind, pity that we did not see too muhc of him and that there was no next season with him in it!moreless
  • EXCELENT!!!!!

    in cant belive, just incredible, perfect all the thinks all that I imagined was in this two hours series finale.

    Sloane back to the real sloane the bad gay the best actor in this show, marshall spectacular, Shark 10 points.

    The first episode, "Reprisal," starts with the APO team attempting to get definitive looks at the top members of Prophet Five. The team spreads out and obtains the photographic proof they need, to go along with the rest of the documentation they already have. The plan is to arrest all of the leaders, Sloane included, simultaneously. They don't want the members to be able to warn anyone else before the deed goes down.moreless
  • Awesome episode and review has spoilers

    i've just watched both this episode and the next (the last) and WOW they managed to redeem themselves after season 4! The only thing i'd like to say so not to spoil it for those who haven't seen it is, i was shocked by how Tom died in the end- showed himself to be a true hero and saved everyone else :( at first i didn't think Tom was a good character but grew to like him when his past was revealed. the end was good but very upsetting when he then spoke with Rachel over the communications before the explosion AWESOME episode back to its best for the lastmoreless
  • Review

    Good start to the big two-hour series finale of Alias. It doesnt wrap up much of anything, which is good so long as the finale can excite us with some dazzling scenes and still have enough time to wrap up most of the main storylines.

    Loved the way this episode began, with all of the members of our team finding the remaining members that make up Prophet Five, so they can prepare to take them down. The kidnapping of Marshall and Rachel was exciting too, I was thinking that one of them might not make it all the way through the torture scenes. I loved the scene where Marshall gave his monolouge to Arvin, I thought it was the best part of the episode. Sark is always comical and this episode was no different - I think the writers made a great decision there to have Sark kidnap Rachel and Peyton Marshall.

    The scene between Thomas and Rachel wasnt all bad like I would have assumed. If you have read my reviews of the past couple of episodes you would know the hatred I have of those two having a scene together for a handful of on-screen minutes as the world of Alias ticks away. Thomas dying at the end was exactly the way I would have had it. He sacrificed himself because (in my opinion) after kissing Rachel he realized how much he wanted to be with his wife. After finding out the bullet was meant for him in the last episode he just seemed out of focus. I thought it was a good job by the writers to have him go out with a lot of honor and helping save everyone.

    I also loved the ending scene where Arvin was giving the voiceover, I think Alias should have done more of that throughout the years.moreless
  • Just one more episode left.

    This episode was really good. APO start mass arrests on Prophet Five members. But before long Rachel and Marshall are taken prisioner. Carrie Marshalls wife helps on technical support. Slone allows Sydney to talk to Marshall, who has a cryptic message for his wife. And then something awful happens Slone plants a bomb near AOP to distroy it. But only Tom can save the day, but he is already too late. The whole building goes up, Tom dies but not before telling Rachel that he would have asked her out on a date. Loved this episode i thought the final was even better. Great story.moreless
Shaun Duke

Shaun Duke

First Man

Guest Star

Leland Crooke

Leland Crooke

Third Man

Guest Star

Rhett Giles

Rhett Giles


Guest Star

David Anders

David Anders


Recurring Role

Michael Vartan

Michael Vartan

Michael C. Vaughn

Recurring Role

Amanda Foreman

Amanda Foreman

Carrie Bowman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The first city name to appear in this episode is Sydney. So we see Sydney in Sydney for the first time the last time Alias aired (the series finale was aired as 2 episodes together).

    • Before shooting the ground Sydney was standing on to cause the cave in at Mt Subasio, Sloane said he knew of the pain she felt having lost Danny and Vaughn.

    • Despite it's name, The Mount Subasio is not a mountain but a little hill height only 4.232 feets.
      It's hard to find snow and glaciers !!!

    • Goof: You can clearly see Thom's scar in his right eyebrow missing in the scene where he kisses Rachel in her house.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Tom: Hey Rachel. I wish there were more time. I would've ask you out.
      Rachel: (in tears) I would have said yes. (the bomb explodes, killing Tom)

    • Sloane: (to Sydney) The only person you can rescue is yourself.

    • Sloane: Remember when you were a little girl and you came to live with Emily and me?
      Sydney: I try not to dwell on it.
      Sloane: Sydney, you were so withdrawn. Of course we understood. You had just lost you mother and your father was taken into custody. Remember? We tried to reach out, but there was a time when that was impossible. So we lined the shelves of your room - all of them - with stuffed animals... hoping that that would comfort you. Every morning I would come into your room to wake you up. There they were, buried underneath your blanket. You said there was a storm in the middle of the night and it knocked them over. They were drowning. So one by one you rescued them. Even then, I wondered when you would learn. You can't rescue everyone.

    • Nadia: Marshall's right about you.
      Sloane: I'm doing what needs to be done.
      Nadia: Does that help you sleep at night?
      Sloane: Eventually, Marshall or Rachel will do what I ask.

    • Dixon: Sloane did this. He knows where we live, where we work, how we work.
      Jack: But the question remains: why?

    • Manager: Yes?
      Waiter: Mate, we've got a situation down here.
      Manager: Excuse me! How did you say you knew Debbie?

    • Jack: Excuse me... Would you mind? It's for my granddaughter.
      Woman: Sure.
      Jack: Try to get the Capitol in the back.
      Woman: Smile!

    • Sloane: Think about your son. Marshall, You're not cut out for this.
      Marshall: You know, I never liked you. I tolerated you. Because I had to.
      And, because you were my superior. And I was afraid of you. Then I saw how
      ... twisted you were. But now I see you for what you really are. You are a
      weak, pathetic man. And you know what? You're right. I'm not cut out for this.
      But I am thinking about my son. I want look up to me. To be proud
      of his dad. Which is why, no matter what you do to me... I'll never help you.

    • Carrie: Oh my God. Vaughn. I thought you were...I thought, ok. I guess that was a lie too.
      Sydney: It's complicated.

    • Jack: Marshall we need a program to track their movements. I want you to input the visuals and data that we have on the twelve, cross reference everything with international databases.
      Marshall: Ok, that sure that should just take me a lifetime... I mean that's really... (stern look from Jack), You got it, no problem. I'll get right on that.

  • NOTES (5)


    • "Moonglum of Elwher" (Marshall's decryption key, from one of his favourite books).

      Moonglum is the companion of Elric of Melniboné in numerous fantasy books and stories by Michael Moorcock.