Season 2 Episode 10

The Abduction

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 15, 2002 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Jack meets Alliance counterintelligence head Ariana Kane, who is sent in to investigate Emily's disappearance and to discover who is trying to blackmail Sloane. Meanwhile, Marshall is sent on his first mission with Sydney as his partner. Vaughn schedules Will to take a CIA psych test. Francie gets suspicious over Sydney and Will's secretive behavior.moreless

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  • Something different

    Ok.. From the first season I have wondered why Marshall is main char.. he could be just well a supportive one as he seems to be little off the pace and things and usually not gets much screen time and never happens nothing to him - but that change here - he goes to mission with Sydney and in the end, he is going to be brought in to CIA. But it goes wrong -someone else takes him. So, first I was thinking they are dumping that char.. but now.. it looks like he is finally get some action.

    Also other than that.. little family relations in Bristow side.. but other than that.. quite avargae.moreless
  • Marshall's

    Necesario capítulo. Conocemos un poco más a Marshall y, aunque lo que se muestra no es nada demasiado inesperado, funciona. La madre omnipresente, el miedo a viajar, la obsesión infinita, el amor por Sidney, la lealtad a lo que se supone es una organización que defiende su país.

    Marshall es sin duda el personaje secundario que todos quieren en Alias y que sí o sí debe estar en cualquier serie que se considere digna: Hurley en Lost, Liz en Nip/Tuck, quizás Dana en The L Word y bueno... Hiro en Heroes.

    Además tuvo suspenso y quedó en verse qué será de nuestro entrañable Marshall. Buen capítulo.moreless
  • 'I've never been prouder to be one of the good guys' - favourite episode of the second season.

    This episode contained a very strong comic value. From the paranoid plane sequences and Marshall's ridiculous parachute jacket to the attempted British accent ('hello') and the failed distraction technique in ewok. This episode was never dull to watch and gave some more depth and realism to the extremely lovable Marshall character.

    We saw some great Sydney style cover ups and we got some typical loose ends with the wheelchair guy at the concert hall. The best bit was that we even got an old school alias cliffhanger.

    The episode itself had the suspense and action that made it the action spy show and yet the humour and character interaction that made it a stand out episode.moreless
  • Review

    The dentist is back - fantastic way to end the episode by the way. That ending came out of left field by a mile, I wonder what the dentist is looking to do with Marshall now that he has him right where he wants him. I thought the episode was likely the most comical episode that the writers have ever produced, which I thought was a rather ncie change it up writing style then from what I am used to seeing. Some people may have called it a filler episode bcause Marshall and Sydney were the ones going on the trip, but I actually liked it to be someone different for a change - doesnt make me feel like Im watching the same thing just a different mission. I thought the scenes with Sydneys mom were also great, how she seems to be warming everyone up. I still think shes in for something huge to happen once we all least expect it - or maybe she has changed for good who knows. Either way - great episode from the writers.moreless
  • Another great episode

    Irena has complete control over Sydney, she's still working on Jack, but he isn't falling for her tricks like Syd has. He thinks that Sark & Irena are working together and that they are both where they want to be. Smart man. I think so too. And Jack is *still* married to Irena. Why hasn't he divorced her yet? Could it be because he's still in love with her?

    Vaughn & Alice run into Syd (I mean Rita) and Will at a bar. Was that jealousy I felt right then & there. It looks like even Will realised at that moment that Syd & Vaughn have feelings for each other.

    Now the best part of the episode, Marshal & Sydney go on a misson together. This is Marshal's first time on a plane & he's very nervous, I think it was so sweet that he left room for Syd in his parachute, and that he thinks it's his job to keep her safe.

    His brittish accent was pretty bad, poor guy getting drugged like that, and Syd waking him up with a kiss, that was my favorite part of the episode.

    Marshal getting kidnapped at the end by the bad guys was bad. I can't wait to see what happens & who they are. And is Marshal's kidnapper who I think it is? The same chinese guy who tortured Syd & Will back in season one. The guy who likes to pull teeth out? If it is, then poor Marshal.

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

Faye Dunaway

Faye Dunaway

Ariana Kane

Guest Star

John Balma

John Balma

Thatcher Powell

Guest Star

Petra Wright

Petra Wright


Guest Star

Don Took

Don Took

Agent Grey

Recurring Role

Ric Young

Ric Young

Suit and Glasses

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • When Sydney and Sark are on a mission in Paris, they use a "Gendarmerie" vehicle as a cover. However, in France, the "Gendarmerie" (equivalent to US Sheriff department) functions only in rural areas (with a population no more than 20 000), while in a big city like Paris, it should have been the "Police Nationale".

    • This episode has the longest teaser (the part of the show that airs before the opening credits) of the entire series and runs a whopping 17:39 long. Given that - with out commercials, the average 1 hour show is about 42 minutes, almost half of this episode is shown before we see the opening credits.

    • Goof: The Ewoks are indigenous to the forest moon of Endor. Not the planet Endor.

    • The "leak in SD-9 last year" that Kane plugged is a reference to Edward Poole (guest star Roger Moore) from "The Prophecy".

    • Jack and Irina will probably not be married anymore. Irina's presumptive death, for over 20 years, will have legally terminated their marriage.

    • Irina was 18 when recruited by the KGB.

    • Number 47: Marshall says he memorized the FAA 747 flight ops manual.

    • "Suit and Glasses" is now in a wheelchair. This seems to be a direct result of Will's actions (injecting him with a toxin that has a one-in-five chance of causing paralysis) in "Almost Thirty Years".

    • Goof:
      Marshall is sent into the field with Sydney to help break encryption because Sydney says that she can't do advanced calculus in her head. Encryption has nothing to do with calculus, but is based on algebra, a completely different branch of math.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Ariana Kane: (to Sloane) Contrary to what you tell your subordinates, we are not the US government, I don't need "Probable Cause" to go after Bristow, all I need is a hunch.

    • Ariana Kane: With whom have you had intimate contact with over the last 10 years Agent Bristow?
      Jack: I'm curious to see where you're going with this.
      Ariana Kane: More secrets have been revealed through pillow talk, than through torture, if there's a prostitute or stewardess out there you think may have heard you talking in your sleep, I need to know about it.
      Jack: There is one way for you to verify if my nocturnal activities are a security risk Mrs. Kane, but somehow I think we'd both prefer the torture.

    • (Sloane lays out a mission in the conference room)
      Sloane: (to Sydney) That's why you're going in with Marshall.
      Marshall: Marshall who? (Marshall looks at everyone in the room, they all stare back) Wait a minute, what!?

    • (Will takes a CIA psychological profile test)
      Will: I can't believe some of the questions they asked: "If forced to chose, who would you rather kill? A) Your mother B) Your father C) Yourself." And "None of the above" wasn't even an option, I mean what the hell does that mean?

    • Irina: (to Jack) Technically we may still be husband and wife.

    • (Sydney and Sark go on a mission to Paris)
      Sark: You know it's a pity we're traveling separately, we could've used the opportunity to get to know each other better.
      Sydney: Yeah, I'm broken up about that too.

    • (SD-6 fails to acquire the nukes in India)
      Sark: (to Sloane) With all due respect Sir, could the leak have come from this office?

    • Jack: You were right. Although our marital contract was founded on fraudulent pretenses, it's still valid until it's annulled. Which means, technically, we are still married.
      Irina: Jack. Thus far, I've agreed to be debriefed only by Sydney. From now on, I'm willing to talk to you, too.

    • Will: You ever have a dream where you're back at school and they won't let you graduate because you failed a test? I had that last night.
      Vaughn: Well, we don't screen for general knowledge. It's strictly a psych profile.
      Will: So I can't fail but I can find out I'm a sociopath.

    • Sark: You're surprisingly adept at keeping your curiosity in check.
      Sydney: Don't flatter yourself.
      Sark: I'm referring to the fact that your mother and I worked together before I arrived here - before she... went into hiding. I learned a lot from her. In some ways, I think of her as a mother myself.

    • Vaughn: Oh, by the way, I'm meeting with Will tomorrow to help him prep for his psych evaluation.
      Sydney: Thank you. And I like it.
      Vaughn: What?
      Sydney: Your new suit.
      Vaughn: Oh. It's not new. I just... don't wear it that often. I came from a funeral. Alice's father died.

    • Sydney: Marshall has a photograpic memory. Once the files flash across the screen, he'll remember them.
      Vaughn: Yes, we know that.
      Sydney: I can't just give SD-6 a fake Marshall!

    • Marshall: You know what I always say - if it ain't Baroque, don't fix it!

    • Ariana Kane: I don't trust anyone who doesn't have the sense to know when he's being insulted.

    • Sydney: (to Will) But after Danny and what happened to you, I've accepted the fact that it's a gesture of love to deceive the people I care about.

    • Ariana Kane: Men always call women crazy when they're caught with their pants down.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music from this episode includes:
      "The Wreckoning" by Boomkat
      "Beauty of The Rain" by Dar Williams
      "Don't Try This At Home" by Chumbawamba
      "Sleepers, Awake" by J.S. Bach

    • Carl Lumbly does not appear in this episode - making it 2 episodes in a row he's been absent from.


    • Marshall: I think I said: "I can smell you from here," in Ewok.
      Sydney: Ewok?
      Marshall: The official language of the indigenous creatures of the planet Endor

      The Ewoks and Endor are references to the movie Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi.

    • Marshall: You know what I always say - if it ain't Baroque, don't fix it!
      This is a reference to the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast where a Clock says the same thing.