Alias

Season 4 Episode 12

The Orphan

3
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 23, 2005 on ABC
8.7
out of 10
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213 votes
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Episode Summary

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Nadia puts her own life - as well Sydney's and Weiss' - in danger after failing to unveil her past through a dangerous criminal. Meanwhile, Vaughn finds a person who is somehow connected to his father and Nadia as well.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Flashbacks aplenty!

    9.0
    As an example of Alias without its leading star, Jennifer Garner, this is a rather impressive offering from the show. It could easily serve as a pilot for a spin-off featuring Nadia, a show I'd happily watch. What is Mia doing nowadays, anyway? The episode is mostly in Spanish and I have to give props to the execs for allowing 80% of the hour to be in a different language. A risky move, but they certainly pull it off with an extremely compelling performance from the always gorgeous Mia Maestro, and a strong script that gives Nadia a wholly different background than to Sydney, and yet there are a few similarities, too, which feels right.



    This episode also offers up a strong case for the Rambaldi prophecy. It is clear Nadia has a trigger-happy temper that has been evident from the beginning of the season – she riddled Martin Bishop with a full clip when she thought he killed Irina, and now here, we see her kill her boss after discovering he was lying to her about her affiliation with Spanish Intelligence. Syd has been in a similar situation, if not worse, but she didn't unload a clip into Sloane. It's this pivotal difference that makes Nadia a wild card with regards to her vision and murdering Syd in cold blood.



    Loved the flashbacks, loved the acting, loved the directing – loved it all! There's also a bit of a cliff-hanger as well. This is an 8, but Mia's amazing performance boosts it to a 9.moreless
  • Review

    9.5
    I really liked all of the flashbacks in this episode, you could tell that they were inspired from JJ Abrams other show, "Lost". It showed Nadias past from when she was an Orphan right up until the day that she killed Roberto and really makes me look at her character in a new way then how I had before.



    The flashbacks of her stealing and being the "bad girl" on the block was an interesting choice to take her character. I always thought she was just the good little orphan girl that was never choosen by a family to go home, I liked how she somewhat lied about what kind of secret past she had.



    The flashbacks of her on a couple of her missions were also fun to watch. I liked the scene where Roberto gives her a necklace, followed by the scene where she shoots him five times to make sure she killed him.



    All of her flashbacks connected very well to the "real-life" what was going on right then. The fight scene with Cesar years earlier followed by the fight scene years later - she lost years ago and won this time around. Really liked this episode, I dont think Ill like it as much on a re-watch, but it was a good episode on first impressions.moreless
  • Im not a fan of Nadia but this was a very good episode for her character. She finally had something to do.

    7.5
    I personally do not like Nadia, theres just something about her that I dislike.



    Throughout most of season 4 she has had very little to do. She goes on missions but it basically just in the background, like Weiss and Dixon. She doesnt get alot of screen time but they play her off as an important character, seeing as she is Sydney's sister.



    This episode finally gave her something to do. It revolved around her and made her alot more interesting. While I still am not a fan of hers I was happy to see Nadia be important to the show. She carried this episode and it was entertaining to watch.



    I love how all the characters have the same horrible things happen in their lives. Sydney and Nadia were both betrayed and told that they were working for the government but they were actually working against it. Jack and Vaughn both had wives that were actually spies sent to marry them and get into the CIA. There are more but I just find this to be great plot development in the Alias world.moreless
Greg Grunberg

Greg Grunberg

Eric Weiss

Kevin Weisman

Kevin Weisman

Marshall J. Flinkman

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner

Sydney Anne Bristow

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Marcus R. Dixon

Ron Rifkin

Ron Rifkin

Arvin Sloane

Michael Vartan

Michael Vartan

Michael C. Vaughn

Kevin Alejandro

Kevin Alejandro

Cesar Marquez

Guest Star

José Zúñiga

José Zúñiga

Roberto Fox

Guest Star

Gisselle Castellanos

Gisselle Castellanos

Young Nadia

Guest Star

Sonia Braga

Sonia Braga

Sophia Vargas

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: During the first conversation Roberto Fox has with Nadia, when she was in the cell, he uses words an Argentinian wouldn't normally use. He says "tienes" (have, in Spanish) instead of "tenes", and "tu" (you, in Spanish) instead of "vos". These expression are nearly exclusive to Argentinians. The language however is corrected in Roberto and Nadia's later conversations.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Sydney helps Vaughn find a hidden message in a text)
      Sydney: My father used to encrypt my crossword puzzles, when I was a kid... The least of my childhood dysfunctions.

    • (Nadia comes home after working out)
      Sydney: What's going on?
      Nadia: Nothing.
      Sydney: When something bothers me I go running, you've been out twice in less than 12 hours.

    • Sydney: (to Sloane about Nadia) She had a relationship with [Cesar], she can use him. You of all people should appreciate that.

    • Marshall: Signature... plus... password... plus a little Flinkman secret sauce... Nice. Bow before me and weep, encryption gods.

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