Alias

Season 5 Episode 6

Solo

3
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 10, 2005 on ABC
8.6
out of 10
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285 votes
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Episode Summary

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Rachel goes on her first mission while her family is placed in the witness protection program for their safety. Meanwhile APO sets up a trap using János Vak as bait which they hope will capture Dean, and they set Rachel the task of bringing him in.

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  • This show is sinking.

    6.4
    I have to say I have been a huge fan of the first 4 seasons of Alias but season 5 is going down in a hurry. I have seen every episode up until this point and this might be the worst one so far. They should have never written the pregnancy into the show. In my opinion it has totally ruined. Sydney going on missions is just stupid to try and believe. I will watch every episode of this series but I have to say that season 5 is not doing it for me. It just seems like there is nothing going on at all. I hope the final few episodes make up for the dull beginning on season 5.moreless
  • Review

    8.6
    I thought that the beginning of the episode kind of dragged on a little long, but it got better as the episode went on. Do I really care much about Rachels family getting put into Witness Protection? Not at all. If this wasnt the last season and we needed to have some character devolopment on her I would mind.



    Either way - after that the episode got a bit better. Its stilla little weird to see someone getting the better of Arvin - hopefully soon enough Arvin will put an end to Dean telling him what to do. I thoguht the scene on the boat was cool - it was odd seeing Sydney sitting one out, but thats the way Alias had to form due to her pregnancy with her child.



    Pretty average Alias episode, nothing blockbuster and nothing below average.moreless
  • This episode was not that bad, no Alias episodes are really unwatchable, but it just was not my favorite. I decided to break down this review into the Good and the Ugly:moreless

    5.0
    So Rachael’s first mission turned out to be a success after a few mistakes and a boring fight scene. This episode was not that bad, no Alias episodes are really unwatchable, but it just was not my favorite. I decided to break down this review into the Good and the Ugly: The Good: The mission in India was fun to watch and provided a lot of humorous moments. "He'll want to see me about this (rubs her stomach)" and "Ours is a forbidden love!" It made me miss the old team and makes me want some more Dixon and Sydney missions, something we haven’t got for a long time. I also liked that Sloane is just assistant director now at A.P.O and that Jack got to stay head director. I like Jack being the Director, it's something that he hasn't done before and it's way over do. I hope this makes him be in more scenes, every scene with Jack is excellent. The Ugly: The fight between Rachael and Peyton felt weird and awkward. It didn't feel like a normal well choreographed Alias fight and it also seemed short. I did not like the exchange at all between Rachael and Peyton before the fight. Both actresses didn't seem like they knew how their characters were supposed to feel and when Rachael was saying to Peyton "You were bad all along.." blah blah blah "I can't believe it" she didn't even look like she really meant it. I didn't like the Rachael mission today and am pretty shocked Jack sent her into the field after she ran in India. It's not a choice I would have made but I guess it worked out in the end. All in all the episode had it's moments but J.J. and the team can do a lot better. Final Ratings: 1 1/2 out of 4 Stars - Tim Bronx Find this and many other reviews at: www.motionpicturereviews.commoreless
  • The show is still amazing, still has a good plot, but people have a good point. It is almost like they are trying to replace Sydney this season.

    8.0
    Solo was a good change of plot. We got to see more of Rachels character development, and how she is like. It tought her a lesson, and it most likely showed us how Sydney was on her first Solo lesson. But people you have a point, it does look a lot like the good people at the tv studios are trying to replace Sydney with Rachel, but I can see their point, Sydney is pregnent, so she can't have a whole lot of action. One thing I would like though, is if they didn't keep her out of the show as much as they did in that so much, the show, is, about Sydney, not about Rachel.moreless
  • Pity you can't do a season review... or can you.

    10
    We watch a lot of TV. A heck of a lot in fact. About 18 or more a week. So when, in season 4, things started to get just plain ridiculous on Alias, I stopped watching.



    Maybe I just didn't like Nadia. That is possible actually. She was whiny and freaky and not Sydney.



    But this season is so much better. I miss Vaughn. A lot. But I really like Rachel and I hope they keep her around. Eeek. I narrowly miss checking out to see if they write Rachel out and did not manage to stop myself checking out Michael Varton. Oh well, I am glad he is coming back. Grrr.



    Anyway, I am glad Alias is back and I am enjoying it much more this season.



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Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Marcus R. Dixon

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner

Sydney Anne Bristow

Kevin Weisman

Kevin Weisman

Marshall J. Flinkman

Ron Rifkin

Ron Rifkin

Arvin Sloane

Victor Garber

Victor Garber

Jonathan 'Jack' Donahue Bristow

Rachel Nichols

Rachel Nichols

Rachel Gibson

Sathya Jesudasson

Sathya Jesudasson

Fiancée's Mother

Guest Star

Boyuen

Boyuen

General

Guest Star

Emil Lin

Emil Lin

Embassy Guard No. 1

Guest Star

Tyrees Allen

Tyrees Allen

Gordon Dean

Recurring Role

Amy Acker

Amy Acker

Kelly Peyton

Recurring Role

Mia Maestro

Mia Maestro

Nadia Santos

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • At the end of the episode Sydney said to Rachel "I see you tomorrow." The thing is that they were at work and they live together in the same apartment/house, wouldn't they see each other at home later and not tomorrow?

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (Gordon Dean tasks Peyton to intercept Rachel's imssion)
      Gordon Dean: Is there a problem?
      Peyton: It's just that it would be strange if Rachel and I crossed paths, she thought I was her best friend.
      Gordon Dean: If we could have convinced her to play on our part, we would have, but things didn't go that way.
      Peyton: So if I run into her?
      Gordon Dean: Show her the professional courtesy of putting a bullet in her head.

    • (Rachel prepares for a mission)
      Dixon: Are you about ready?
      Rachel: I've been going to the firing range every night, in the event the time came, I would be ready… Of course on my first solo mission, I have to go unarmed.

    • (Rachel's at the APO gym hitting the punching bag, Tom walks in)
      Tom: Oh, sorry.
      Rachel: No, it's okay, you can use the bag, I'm done.
      Tom: No, I really don't like to work out around other people.
      Rachel: I could use someone to spar with.
      Tom: I don't really… (sarcastically) spar.
      Rachel: Me neither, that's why I could use your help… I don't want to get my ass kicked in the field, what do you say? (both assume a fighting position) So how many fights have you been in?
      Tom: I don't know, enough?
      Rachel: Did you win?
      Tom: Of course… mostly, why? What have you been hearing?
      Rachel: Nothing it's just that I've never been in a real fight, I kind of want to know what to do.
      (Rachel throws a spinning kick at Tom, he grabs her and tosses her hard to the floor)
      Tom: Not that! Don't ever do that spinning kung-fu shit! You'll get yourself killed.
      Rachel: Okay, fine, then what should I do?
      Tom: Okay, for real?... I fight dirty.
      Rachel: Dirty?
      Tom: Go for the eyes, the throat, the nuts.
      Rachel: The nuts?!
      Tom: Cause as much damage, inflict as much pain as is humanly possible.
      Rachel: I don't know if I can do that.
      Tom: Then you shouldn't be here! I'm serious, everybody's taken care of you, if they can't depend on you, then go pack your play things and go back to mom and dad- (Rachel angrily sucker-punches Tom and knocks him over) That was better, I want to see more of that.

    • Sloane: (to Sydney) Look there's something I need to confess to you, I hope you don't judge me too harshly for it… Every day I go to visit Nadia… I get off on the floor, I talk to the doctors and yet… I cannot set foot in her room… can't bear to see her all hooked up to those machines… knowing that it's my fault.

    • Tom: You okay?
      Rachel: If by "okay" you mean "freaked and embarrassed," then yeah, I'm great.

    • (Rachel and Peyton fight and Peyton drops her gun)
      Peyton: You bitch! (They fight) You should've given me the disk.
      Rachel: You were going to kill me anyway.
      Peyton: Yeah, but I would have felt bad about it. Now...it's gonna be fun.

    • Gordon Dean: What would your colleagues do if they knew that you answered to me, that you were betraying them on a daily basis?
      Sloane: Same thing I hope to be doing to you some day.

    • Rachel: You're father's kinda scary.
      Sydney: Tell me about it.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • When Marshall says to Rachel he has been in the field, 'do you know what a spork is?' he is referring to the episode 'Tuesday' in which he dug a man's eyeball out with a spork for the eye scan.

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