Season 5 Episode 3

The Shed

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 13, 2005 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Sydney is forced to partner on a mission with new APO agent Thomas Grace. They discover that Rachel Gibson -- a spy suspected of being involved in activities against the U.S. -- has something shockingly in common with Sydney. Meanwhile, Dixon must accompany Sloane, who's given a 48-hour pass from prison to acquire a possible cure for his daughter, Nadia.moreless

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  • The story structure is fine. The ethics and politics however, are a joke.

    The story structure is fine. The ethics and politics however, are a joke.

    So Rachel discovers she was working for "bad guys pretending to be good Now, like Sydney before her, she joins the CIA.

    All better, right? Hardly. She's still working for "bad guys pretending to be good guys!"

    The only difference, as Edward Snowden helped us realize, is that it's a different group of "bad guys pretending to be good.

    The real awakening for both Sydney and Rachel will be when they realize they've merely traded one group of bad guys for another.moreless
  • Good

    Despite the fact that the storyline of this episode was mostly recycled, it was still enjoyable and delivered some shocks.

    I thought it was a bad choice by the writers to show Peyton right in the beginning, because as we discover her working with Rachel posing as a "good guy", it just doesn't really deliver a shock.

    Apart from that, most things were good, although nothing stood out.

    The similiarity between Sydney and Rachel is quickly established... they both have been working for organizations they thought were part of the CIA, blah blah. So Rachel has to take down hers[The Shed](as Syd took down SD6) within only 1 episode.

    And surprisingly, it worked. It was belivable, it was definitely suspensful, although most of the twists and turns were basically the same as in the first 2 seasons.

    I liked Thomas' character in this one, he's a low tech operative obviously, which is great. The relationship between him and Rachel is also established in this episode.

    Rachel's character is good too. Nowhere near developed though, so it can change. But I like the fact that she's only desk trained, unlike Sydney who's field rated.

    Sloane and Dixon go to Russia to receive something against the virus attacked Nadia... without success. Nothing major happened here, it was just a filler, although it was comical how easily Dixon agreed to let Sloane be alone with his russian friend.

    Overall a pretty good episode, but it lacked the punches that'd bump it's score higher.moreless
  • Review

    I dont know why everyone is classifying this as "They did this one all ready". Just because the new agent happens to have the same story as Sydney Bristow doesnt make it old and boring, I actually thought it made it more exciting, personally. I like the new character of Rachel, though things tended to move a bit fast in this episode.

    But first lets start with the beginning of the episode. The beginning of the episode started off very slow, with a couple of filler scenes that likely werent needed to the overall storyline. Thomas and Sydney are briefed on a mission and Sydney explains her dislike of this because she would rather have Dixon go with her.

    After the episode got past the rough beginning, it got a little bit better. I liked the on-screen conneciton between Rachel and Sydney during Jennifer GArdners monolouge that she has been working for the people that she thought she was fighting...I didnt find that boring. I was a little stunned that the "Double Agent" status of Rachel ended so quickly, but with the APO room looking a little empty nowadays I dont blame them for making the quick change.

    Arvin / Dixons part of the episode was clearly meant to be a filler role, but Arvin plays the part of his character too well for it to simply be filler. Alexander comes to kill him and Arvin talks him out of it. What Arvin Sloane does from here is anyones guess - with no cure for his daughter I have a feeling he will be on the run again. I like Peyton / Dean as the bad guys this season, they seem to work well together.

    Overall I liked the episode, other then the slow start. Season 5 is coming together nicely, hopefully they can keep it up.moreless
  • topsy turvy

    Seems that SD-6 was not alone in the world of shadows and somewhat less ruly decision making. To see the shed is revealing in a few different ways. Sydney get's to see the foot in the other shoe. Now she sees how another woman goes through the thing that she already lived through. Evil has many faces and looking towards the effects of it all is an odd thing. we see, we judge and we also see that Gordon Dean is not much of a player. He is like a dull blunt mallet in comparison to the symphonies we saw performed at the hands of Arvin Sloan, still, in the end a Hammer can be just as effective in blugeoning skulls.

    So the race is on, but who will be the victor in this war? Seems that the main character will always win, still, you know wht happened last episode, so nothing is set in stone.moreless
  • Sydney teams up with Renée - a fugitive on the CIA's most wanted list -- to track down the murderer of a close friend before the killer can strike again.

    A nerve agent called Substance 33 is stolen from a test facility in Istanbul. Marshall receives video footage of the theft from a friend and, given the computer hacking involved, he theorizes that the thief works for Gordon Dean. He traces the hacker to Prague, and Sydney, Marshall and new APO agent, Thomas Grace are tasked to go find him. In Prague, the hacker is revealed: it's the blond agent who works with Dean. After a brief car chase, Grace catches her. He learns that her name is Rachel Gibson and that she's in the country on a student visa, studying architecture. As they question her, she declares that she works with a black ops division of the CIA. Marshall's lie detector reveals that she is telling the truth; Syd realizes that Rachel has been lied to the same way she was. To prove it to Rachel, they activate the tracking signal she was given and instead of going to CIA headquarters - as Rachel believed it would - it is rerouted back to Dean's temporary office in Prague. Rachel is devastated at having been deceived, but she agrees to help them access Dean's server. She enters the office and her friend Peyton - the same person who stole the nerve agent in Istanbul - asks if she's okay. When Rachel steps out for coffee, Peyton goes with her, but Sydney and Grace are able to receive the encryption key in a brush pass. Back inside, Rachel returns to work. Marshall starts to download Dean's files and finds the location of the Substance 33. Peyton shares her suspicions with Dean, who sees that Rachel has compromised the system. Peyton offers to kill Rachel, but Dean tells her to activate Plan B. Peyton sets the timer on a bomb, and she and Dean hurry to the exit. Seeing cars speed out of the parking garage, Grace is alarmed. The power shuts down and they are unable to reach Rachel on comms. Grace hurries into the building and activates the fire alarm; Rachel, already concerned at losing contact with the others, rushes into the stairwell as the bomb blows. Grace finds Rachel dusty but alive. Meanwhile, Sloane is granted a 72-hour release from his cell to meet with Dolzhenko, an old friend who says that he has an experimental cure for Nadia's illness. Dixon accompanies Sloane, but Dolzhenko wants to meet alone. Dixon agrees, but at the meeting, Dolzhenko pulls a gun on Sloane. He lied about there being a cure; he wants revenge because his daughter died from what Sloane caused in Sovogda. Ultimately, Dolzhenko is unable to pull the trigger, so he drives away.

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

Balthazar Getty

Balthazar Getty

Thomas Grace

Jack Laufer

Jack Laufer

Alexander Dolzhenko

Guest Star

Alex Demir

Alex Demir


Guest Star

Hrach Titizian

Hrach Titizian

Lead Scientist

Guest Star

Amy Acker

Amy Acker

Kelly Peyton

Recurring Role

Tyrees Allen

Tyrees Allen

Gordon Dean

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (Marshall identifies Peyton on security footage)
      Marshall: Anyway, this woman here, that's who I think works for Dean.
      Jack: You think? Based on what? Your pen-pal?

    • Sydney: I want to tell you a story, stop me if I get something wrong. You were approached in college, some place public, in a quarter or walking to class. A man asked you if you wanted to serve your country, when he told you it was for the CIA you just- you couldn't believe it… but you took the tests, they were easy for you, they made you feel good about yourself. You probably started work at a false front, some phantom company that had you doing entry level analysis. Maybe you wondered why you were never sent to Langley, maybe you wondered why you weren't being trained with other recruits. When you got promoted… you met the director of your division, Gordon Dean, he offered you a position on his team… Dean took you under his wing. He convinced you that you were so important, you just had to be out there, helping him save the world... how am I doing?
      Rachel: You read my file.
      Sydney: No, I didn't. Thirteen years ago, the same thing happened to me... only I had been lied to. What I was told was the CIA was in reality a criminal organization. I think you've been told the same lie.

    • Sydney: You're scared. You should be. No one is coming to rescue you.
      Rachel: I am an operative for the US Government, so unless you want to start a war with the CIA I would suggest--
      Sydney: Here's your next problem, Rachel: we're CIA.
      Rachel: Well, then this must be some . . . big misunderstanding. If you're CIA, we're on the same side.
      Sydney: (to Grace) Call Langley and verify her story.
      Rachel: You can't. We're off-book, black ops. Langley won't verify us.
      Sydney: Well, that's convenient.

    • (Marshall gives Rachel a storage chip disguised as a credit card)
      Rachel: It's clever.
      Marshall: Yeah... you know, I want to tell you that I've... been admiring you too.
      (Rachel looks up)

      Marshall: Eh.. not, you know, in the kinda creepy weird... just totally professionally. I mean, your hack in the NSA... genius. Too bad it was being used for evil, though... been there myself.

    • Marshall: That's a nerve agent, called substance 33. It was developed by the Russians during the Cold War. Remarkable stuff. You know, in a end-of-civilization sort of way.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: July 1, 2007 on Channel 7
      Slovakia: February 17, 2010 on Markiza

    • Although credited, Elodie Bouchez (Renée Rienne) does not appear in this episode.

    • Actress Amy Acker (well known for playing Fred/Illyria in the WB hit show Angel) starts her recurring gig in Alias, playing Kelly Peyton. She had previously tried to get the part of Nadia, but she wasn't accepted and the part landed to Mia Maestro.