Alias

Season 2 Episode 6

Salvation

5
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 10, 2002 on ABC
9.2
out of 10
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221 votes
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Episode Summary

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Sydney's trust in her father begins to fade. Meanwhile, Sydney and Vaughn may have been exposed to a deadly virus while in Taipei; Sloane haunted by Emily's death begins to unravel. Vaughn enlists Will to help research a case.

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  • Family business

    7.5
    The episode story promised much more than it was in the end. Sydney is after a virus with her father and those two cannot work together. It goes wrong but in the end, it comes out that Sydney and Vaughn in last season end mission may be infected and have to sit down a little.. and most of the time this episode concentrates on Sydney's mother and father.. father decides to give himself in just before Sydney does this.. and so it look like this will save her mother but no - they are going to kill and and put her father away.. and so she does what she would never believe - lies.



    To be honest, some of the story developments did not felt very believable but there were good moments.moreless
  • Alive

    9.0
    Sloane.... !!!!! jajaja. Ojalá (aunque no lo creo) que tu mujer esté viva y te haga la vida imposible, te lo merecés. Jack encuentra en Sidney su redención, su versión mejorada y entiende al fin que no está en él decidir que debe pasar entre madre e hija. Vaughn no va a morir, en esa no me engañan.



    (No tenía ganas de festejar mi cumpleaños, me obligaron a hacerlo, por eso los quiero, pero no se me cayó un sentimiento ni de casualidad, sólo las ganas de matarme cuando vi ese video, en serio, juro que es verdad verdad verdad verdad.)moreless
  • Enough twists and turns to make you dizzy.

    10
    I simply loved this episode because it encompassed all the reasons why I watch this series. From the beginning with the bad joke when Vaughn and Sydney are enjoying each other's company to the very end when we find out that Vaughn is infected with the virus. As the viewer for this episode, you have difficulty knowing whether you should side with Jack or not until that pivotal hospital scene where the victim utters the name "Irina." Jack is not free of all blame, but he was right from the beginning and Sydney should have listened. The airplane scene between Jack and Sydney was very well acted and Jennifer was so cold and convincing. Then when they finally reached their destination and they had to pose as a loving father and daughter it made you laugh at how well they work together. Arvin's part of the story was also very entertaining. We find out that Emily's body wasn't in her casket and she may very well be alive. Will is also back into the fold because he is doing research for Vaughn and Francie lightens up the tone of the show as she always manages to do with the burger scene. All in all, very well acted and plot-wise, extremely entertaining. It held my attention until the very end and when it was finally over, it left me wanting more. I love good television, but thank heavens for DVD season sets.moreless
  • Review

    8.4
    The first episode not rated over a 9.2 by me for the second season. The mission in this episode wasn't the ebst of the second season, in factit was likely the worst of the second season. The hospital storyline with Sydney and her father was basically just the odd interaction between the two of them after the end of the last episode when Sydney said she could never forgive her father for what she had done. The last couple minutes of the episode saved this episode from being rated in the low 7's for me, doesnt take too much in this show to turn it around. Sydneys mother still being killed in the next episode - fine by me. Having her around all season wasn't needed, she just needed to leave her mark on Sydney before she leaves this world and can never return to the show...the character did that and now she can be killed off. Jack being sent to jail - this is huge to me. I think his character has been so important to Sydneys devolopment on the show and is the main reason of how Sydney can help the CIA so much. He is the anchor that keeps Arvin away while she runs around the CIA, it will be interesting to see if the writers change this in the next episode or really go with it. Either way, average episode.moreless
  • Emily, Alive?

    9.4
    Emily could really be alive!



    Sloan thinks he may have seen her on the street while he was out with Jack. Jack tells him that there's only one way to make sure, he doesn't say it, but you don't have to be a genius to work it out. Sloan digs up her grave, opens he coffin & surprise surprise, it's empty! So now the question remains, is she really alive?



    Jack & Sydney's mission to a hospital in Geneva was very interesting. Syd still isn't speaking to her father but their cover was a loving father & daughter. They did play the part very well.



    It turns out that Vaughn & Syd may have been exposed to the deadly virus in Taipai. They spend the night in quarantine until tests are run.



    Jack was definately right when he told Syd that her mother plead guilty so that Sydney wouldn't have to hear all the horrible things she's done. Irena is one evil person!



    And the clifhanger for the day, Vaughn has the virus. I can't wait till the next episode.





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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

Stephen Markle

Stephen Markle

Senator Douglas

Guest Star

Daniel Faltus

Daniel Faltus

Jan Spinnaker

Guest Star

Cliff Olin

Cliff Olin

Cliff

Guest Star

James Handy

James Handy

CIA Director Devlin

Recurring Role

Amy Irving

Amy Irving

Emily Sloane

Recurring Role

Ira Heiden

Ira Heiden

Rick, CIA Techie

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Marshall: (Explaining the effects of a bio-weapon) Basically Richter's body in just a couple of days it's going to look like - Oh! Did you ever see that movie The Fly? You remember that poor little red ass baboon, he was like turned inside out.
      Sloane: Thank you Marshall.

    • Vaughn: (to CIA Director Devlin) Remember the rumour going around the agency around the Cold War about the Soviets raising sleeper agents as Americans? Now, I know it sounds potentially paranoid, but this is how they would do it if they managed to get their test in circulation here. They could have contacted hundreds of kids.

    • Jack: (talking about Syd at his hearing) When I look at her, when I look at the little girl who raised herself to become one of the most extraordinary human beings and one of the finest agents I've ever had the privilege of knowing, I see only the promise of my own redemption. Turning myself in was the only way I could think of to make that clear to her, to prove that despite... my limited abilities as a father, I love her more than I could ever say.

    • Sloane: I had toxicology analyze the glass of wine that somehow made its way into my house last week. They found a compound called VTX which counteracts the effects of sodium morphate. Sodium morphate is the poison I used to... end Emily's suffering.
      Jack: I see two possibilities. Either Emily predicted your intention to euthanize her, took the necessary countermeasures and is now playing a game with you, or the more likely scenario, someone wants you to believe Emily's alive or worse, they'll try and make the Alliance believe it, too.

    • Jack: If you're wondering why that man mistook you for your mother, he worked for her. I skimmed the research as it was downloading. Before she surrendered to the CIA, Irina deliberately ordered Sark to expose some of her own operatives to the virus in order to study it. Ask yourself if that's a person worth saving.

    • Vaughn: Look, I know this will drive you insane, but we can't employ you because you have a criminal record.
      Will: I have a criminal record because of a drug habit I never had.

    • Jack: I spent a decade with this woman and another twenty years analyzing how she could have deceived me for so long. Trust me when I tell you, I am protecting you.
      Sydney: No, you're not. I think you loved Mom so much that when she left you, you lost your soul. You know what else I think? I think the kind of man who'd use his own daughter to frame her mother, who'd test psych experiments on her when she was six-years-old is the kind of man who looks at his daughter and sees his greatest mistake.
      Jack: You can't honestly believe that.
      Sydney: It's true, isn't it? If Mom hadn't fooled you, if you hadn't been so gullible, I never would have been born. I'm going to finish reviewing the mission now.

    • Jack: She pled guilty to keep you from witnessing her trial, Sydney, from having you see photos of the agents she savagely murdered, including Vaughn's father. She knew if you sat through that, whatever sympathy she'd managed to elicit from you would vanish, so she cast herself as the victim to compel you to save her and guess what? You fell for it.

    • Sydney: You're selling your car?
      Will: Yeah, well, it's either that or I quit paying my student loans. I can't afford to have bad credit and a criminal record.

    • Jack: Please try to understand what I'm about to tell you, Sydney. After your mother left, I tested Project Christmas on you because I didn't want you to be a victim. I thought it was my responsibility to teach you how to think strategically, to see through people's lies, to be as strong as you could be in an environment where one mistake could cost you your life.
      Sydney: Well, then you should've told me the truth before I ended up here.
      Jack: Yes, you're right! I never intended you to lead a double life. I imagined recruiting you into the CIA after you finished college. But Sloane got to you first, and that is a mistake I will never live down.
      Sydney: I'd like to believe you, but I don't trust anything you say.

    • Sydney: You know any jokes? Cause I could use one.
      Vaughn: This grasshopper walks into a bar and the bartender says, "Hey, we have a drink named after you." And the grasshopper says...
      Sydney: You have a drink named Doug?
      Vaughn: Well, I know, I was going to use 'Phil.'
      Sydney: (big smile) 'Phil' is certainly no funnier than 'Doug.'
      Vaughn: (big smile) Well, I'm sorry. It's a non-humorous joke.

    • Sydney: When my mom first came back into my life, I wanted her dead. So how the hell did I become the person who's trying to save her?

    • Will: Oh, I got my, uh, thirty day sobriety chip. Even though I was never drug addict, I'm kind of proud.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The Fly
      A movie from 1986, starring Jeff Goldblum, about a scientist who develops a way to instantly transport matter, but becomes a victim of his device, when he transports himself along with a common fly, the machine mixes both DNA's and the scientist ends up transforming into a monster.

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