Season 2 Episode 12

The Getaway

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 12, 2003 on ABC
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While Alliance counterintelligence head Ariana Kane tracks Sydney in order to catch her fugitive father, Jack elicits Irina's help in finding Sloane's blackmailer. Meanwhile, Sydney and Vaughn risk exposing their covers to SD-6 when they share a romantic dinner together while on a case in France.

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  • I ¢¾ Arvin

    Sloane es lo más. Aaahhh!!! Cómo canbia la idea que uno tiene de las cosas según el cristal con el cual las mira. No había matado a su mujer sino que ideó un plan perfectísimo para escaparse con ella. Se sacó a la mina del recontraespionaje de encima haciéndola culpable del asesinato de Emily y posterior chantaje y voló rumbo a Filipinas para encontrarse con su eterna amada. Que grande Arvin!!!

    Igual, querido, no estés tan confianzudo, porque cuando uno se cree el más inteligente siempre viene alguien demostrándote que estabas equivocado. Jack Bristow... te suena? Y su querida hija Sidney?moreless
  • Weiss:"And you know what they say about the white light and all that?No..they're's darkness."

    Wow..that one was very cleverly plotted...the scenes between Vartan and Garner are great stuff and the subplot with Sloane is excellent!

    While this is an episode about people making narrow escapes-Jack twice,Syd and Vaughn,Sloane-It's more about relationships between people,and what impact those relationships can have.

    At first,we have the collaboration between Jack and Irina.Jack turns to her after he realizes that he and Sloane are being set up.That was a really really huge step in their relationship.Not very long ago he would seethe every time Syd mentioned her name and now he trusts her.But is he making a huge mistake trusting her or is Irina atoning for her sins?We'll find out.

    Then we had Syd and Vaughn,the lover's mission.In contrast to Jack and Irina their relationship turns to worse when she believes she can't trust him.I'm with Syd's side.Although everything he does is for her own good,he must understand that she is a big girl and can take share of her problems and she almost always makes the right decision.Anyway,after their quarell and the mission in Nice Vaughn makes the first move and asks Syd out on date.Their dinner was a thrilling moment,with both talking about sleeping together,even if it doesn't exactly end the way we hoped.However,they manage to come closer each other when they agree to cover up their mutual lapse so they can work together.Ah,and by the way,did I mention what a tallented actress Garner is?The scene in the airport was just fabulous.She just makes it work,every time.

    Lastly,we have Sloane and Emily...I don't know how i feel for Sloane.I mean,in the previous episode he made me hate him and now he appears to be a good friend afterall,helping Jack with his investigation.He was the one behind all the Emily thing and yet I can't understand how or why.The sure is that he loves his wife more than anyone else in the world and he is ready to do anything for her.Actually,the Emily being alive was a shocker for me as we all believed that she was dead.


    --Weiss is back!!

    --At the beginning of the episode,as Jack is running from the theater,Syd pulls up in a car.He stops and says,"Sydney?"and she tells him to get in.This is a great throwback to the pilot,but the tables have been turned:in the pilot,Jack pulled up to Syd in a car and yelled for her to get in.

    --Weisse's dog is called Alan.

    --Dixon collects 47 euros while posing as a priest at Nice airport.

    --Aulthough Vaughn doesn't specialize in field missions,he performed some clever moves here.

    --Francie:"Wow,my smile made a man go weak in the knees."

    --Weiss:"Remember when Alan pissed in the living room?"

    Vaughn:"That was your dog!"

    Weiss:"Yeah,but I was angry about it and I let you know how upset I was."


    Weiss asking Vaughn to tell him about Syd and saying that he revealed his deepest emotions to Vaughn when his dog peed on the carpet

    --This episode's injuries:Jack is tranquillized and dragged.

    --This episode's locations:Nice,France,The Philippines

    --This episode's aliases:Syd poses as an American punkette and Dixon as a French priest,collecting for children.

    This episode's cool looks:At the airport,Syd wears a purple spiky wig and eyelashes,yellow fishnets,a leather dog collar,tattoos and she strips down to a PVC bra.Dixon wears shades and carries a collecting tin.

    --This episode's gadgets:The quantum gyroscope missile guidance system can be fitted to old missiles like 70s-style SCUDs,to make them a precision weapon as dangerous as a cruise missile.

    The device the Alliance injected into Sloane's neck relays his conversations and vital signs to the Alliance.It tracks his heart and breathing patterns.

    Sloane buys a device that cracks the algorithm of the Alliance tracking device in his neck.It blocks the real signal,sending fake ambient noises.

    --This episode's Marshall's gagdet:the Artful Dodger-a device fixed to a ring that can cut through anything.He gives Dixon a collecting tin that has a switch underneath that can control the metal detector at the airport.

    ***Kane is gone,once and for all,fortunately!

    This had a lot of tense...excellent!This season just rocks!!!

  • Review

    I think it was cleverly plotted, I still havent really sat down and thought how this was possible yet. When Arvin is talking to his wife in the season 1 finale we can clearly not hear them talking. The way he acted when he was by himself is the parts that have made this mystery so interesting to try and figure out. Why would he get so nervous over the wine glass if he knew his security system was disabled and knew that nothing was wrong with his wife at all. Im not sure the writing all fits together on how she is still alive - just on the way that he acted when he was around himself, either way it was a really good twist. I liked the scene where he shot the guy in cold blood, right after he got the piece from him that doesnt let the 12 men of the Alliance know where he is. I hope they expand on this story in the future, because I am very confused right now. Either way, this episode was still really good. Michael and Sydney have a date, even though it ends well. I didnt like the hear Sydney say that nothing will ever happen with her and Vaughn, but you never know. Great episode all aroundmoreless
  • Yay! Sydney and Vaughn finally together!

    I loved this episode because it starts what I know we have all been waiting for, Sydney and Vaughn dating. Their beginning fight was intense, but when Vaughn asks Sydney out I feel like cheering. I loved their dinner scene and the tension when they were discussing the hotel room, but I was upset when their relationship was shot down in the first episode it was started. Oh, well, I still look forward to seeing what happens next. Plus, I love that Sloane and Emily get to be together, because it shows a human side of Sloane. What can I say, I'm a romantic!moreless
  • Great episode

    Emily is still alive, I new it! And Sloan was behind everything. I knew that Sloan loved her too much and that he'd never kill her. He betrayed the Alliance & framed Ariana. Very Evil.

    I'm just glad that he helped Jack out in the end and didn't betray him too. I even think that Sloan may know or suspect that Jack's a double agent, but doesn't want to do anything about it.

    Syd & Vaughn go out on a date and what a disaster it turns out to be. Ariana is very smart & knew who to keep an eye on.

    Jack needed Irena's help, again. It looks like he's falling into her trap too. It's nice to see Jack & Irena working side by side. Jack's starting to let his guard down when it comes to Irena.moreless
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

Doug Kruse

Doug Kruse

Patton Birch

Guest Star

Phillipe Simon

Phillipe Simon

Claude Rousseau

Guest Star

Amy Irving

Amy Irving

Emily Sloane

Recurring Role

Ira Heiden

Ira Heiden

CIA Agent Rick McCarthy

Recurring Role

Don Took

Don Took

Agent Grey

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

    • This episode marks the first time that Vaughn and Sydney have a dinner date. At one point they contemplate going to a hotel room together...however, the odd thing is that in the previous few episodes and even in the beginning of this one, Vaughn is shown to be back with his girlfriend Alice, yet neither he nor Sydney, who have been shown throughout the show to have strong morals, mentions this.

    • This episode marks the third time Vaughn has asked Sydney to dinner while on a mission (the first time in "The Prophecy", the second time in "The Enemy Walks In") and the first time they actually go to the restaurant.

    • When the members of SD-6 are spying on Sydney and Vaughn's date in Nice, the camera pulls up on the side of the car and looks in from the passenger side window. You can see the picture of Vaughn they just took and his driver's license already displayed on the screen, before they used facial recognition software to find his identity and his license.

    • Ariana Kane mentions the time that Dixon reported Sydney for being a double agent in "The Enemy Walks In".

    • Number 47: While undercover in Nice's airport, Dixon makes 47 Euros.

    • Number 47: Ariana Kane's ID Account in Monaco is 47834795 9993 21.

    • When the Alliance Security Section runs Vaughn's picture on the computer and finds a match, Vaughn's driving license is shown. However, his name is misspelled 'Vaughan'. Then in the next scene, it is back to the correct spelling.

    • Look closely: When Jack enters the SD-6-Building to access the bank account, the standard Credit-Dauphine entrance is shown. However, there is no dot on the second i, whereas every other time we see a screen similar to that, its there...

    • Marshall demonstrates a ring with a concealed blade, which he says, "will cut through anything". He accidentally cuts his tie, but the ring isn't near the tear, and you can actually see Marshall pull down the other half of the tie as he "cuts" it.

    • Sodium pentothal, a.k.a. the "Truth Serum," is commonly used to extract information form prisoners in this kind of shows. However, while under the influence of the drug, the subject may lose his inhibitions, but he does not lose self-control, which means that Jack would not have told the truth if he chose not to.

    • Twice during the show, characters say the Boy Scout Motto is "Always Be Prepared". In actuality, the motto is simply "Be Prepared".

    • Goof:
      When Jack is reading Sloane's e-mail, the voice over says "Jack, I'm sending this via a secure server. I'm sorry..." but the text on the computer screen just reads "Jack, I'm sorry..."

    • Shouldn't Vaughn's cover be a little more cover-y than "Department of State"? Even most of the audience knows that's a pretty common cover for CIA agents.

    • You can see the skidmarks from Sydney's car on the pavement from previous takes of them skidding the car around the corner and into the truck.

    • Goof: Sydney is called into SD-6 while with her father at the CIA headquarters. The bottom of her hair is curled. Sydney heads straight to SD-6. She walks through the identification room at SD-6 and her hair is now straight. Moments later she is in Sloane's office and Marshall gives her roses. Her hair is now curled again.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (Vaughn's making small talk on his date with Sydney, Weiss meanwhile surveils the date)
      Weiss: (through Vaughn's ear piece) Your story's a disaster, tell her she's pretty.

    • Sydney: There are many things I hate about Arvin Sloane, but the one I hate the most is the way he wraps his criminal activities in the flag.

    • Weiss: Have you given any thought to the fact that maybe all that work was done because of the way you guys feel about each other? (Pause) How's that for spin?
      Vaughn: It's not bad.

    • (Weiss has just prompted Vaughn to finally ask Sydney out on a date while on a mission in Nice)
      Weiss: And?
      Vaughn: We're going to dinner.
      (Weiss breaks into a celebratory dance)
      Vaughn: I'm going to keep my com channel open. I need you to monitor the RF frequency.
      Weiss: Got it. Okay, in exchange I'll take an eclair.
      Vaughn: No, I'm serious, any suspect signal and I want to know about it. Anything.
      Weiss: If they're small, bring at least two!

    • Weiss: You sure you don't want to talk about this?
      Vaughn: There's nothing to talk about.
      Weiss: I share my fights with you.
      Vaughn: No you don't.
      Weiss: Yeah I do. Remember when Alan pissed in the living room?
      Vaughn: That was your dog!
      Weiss: Yeah, but I was angry about it and I let you know how upset I was.
      Vaughn: I appreciate you trying to cheer me up, you don't have to do that.
      Weiss: Okay, here's a thought: tell her how you feel (Vaughn gives Weiss a stare) I know, I know, I was the one who said, this is the line you don't cross... but that was before I nearly died, and you know what they say about the white light and all that? No. They're wrong, it's darkness (Vaughn gives Weiss another stare) darkness!

    • Vaughn: The nearest Alliance cell is in Zurich. The CIA tracks SD-6 security section. There haven't been any signals, no movement.
      Sydney: You're serious.
      Vaughn: We've been to restaurants and sat near each other. We've met in parks and convenience stores, and all of them in L.A. where we are much more likely to be seen. Look, two things -- one, I think it's not that great a risk and two, I am hungry. I'm starving. I mean, we're going to be together anyway, why can't we be eating? Aren't you hungry?
      Sydney: Yeah, I'm hungry. (Pauses) Let's do it.

    • Vaughn: Involving you had no upside.
      Sydney: There's no upside to keeping me informed? You didn't tell me about Manolo or that you had discussions with my mother! You didn't even tell me that you were seeing Alice again!
      Vaughn: Wait. What is this about?
      Sydney: This is about me being too old to be coddled!

    • Sydney: How long have you known about this?
      Jack: I didn't tell you because it didn't concern you!
      Sydney: If the Alliance thinks you're lying to them, they'll kill you. That concerns me!
      Jack: What concerns me is having them suspect that you're my accomplice. That's why I've kept you out of it.

    • (Jack and Irina discuss the calls Sloane's been getting)
      Irina: There must be dozens of ways to blackmail The Alliance, all of them far less elaborate than this one.
      Jack: So we can assume a secondary objective was to make Arvin suffer. Someone harboring an acute hatred... meaning it could be anyone.

    • Marshall: Actually, um, Mr. Sloane, I noticed you're not wearing the tie I gave you.
      (Sloane ignores his comment)
      Marshall: (faded smile) It's okay.

  • NOTES (4)

    • When Sydney pulls up in the theater parking lot, it is a lot like the time in the Pilot episode when Jack pulls up and tells Sydney to get in.

    • Music from this episode includes:
      "Hella Good" by No Doubt
      "Guess I'm Doing Fine" by Beck
      "Salut Demeure" by Charles-Francois Gounod

    • Bradley Cooper and David Anders do not appear in this episode making it the second episode in a row without David Anders.

    • The French waiter jokes that Michael Vaughn speaks French almost as well as he does. In reality, actor Michael Vartan, who plays Vaughn, is French.