Season 2 Episode 2

Trust Me

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 06, 2002 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Sydney must decide whether her mother's goodwill gesture was sincere or an attempt to kill her. Will witnesses Francie discussing her restaurant plans with a man whose affiliations are questionable, and Sloane is made a full partner in the malevolent Alliance of Twelve.

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  • Matter of trust

    Sydney's mother gave herself in last episode and now she is refusing to tell anything expect for Sydney and she refuses to see her - the emotions really run this episode and the way we see development from not seeing her at all until the end, when she makes one thing clear - she is not her mother. Her mother died in the car accident. That was a stunning development and the only way shew could cope with it all.

    And the missions - pulling that alarm or not.. the matter how she did not trust her.. but she was considering it. Her father did not do even that..moreless
  • Agent Bristow's mother

    Qué pasa cuando una persona que te cag* la vida y te mintió toda esta de repente se vuelve alguien de confiar? Le creemos por el sólo hecho de que sea nuestra madre? No... creo... sería lo inteligente pero bueno uno tiene sentimientos aunque no lo parezca y no es tan fácil cuando viene y te dice que te quiere simplemente darle vuelta la cara y con pasos de granito irse quién sabe dónde.

    Las decisiones difíciles de la vida cuando uno opta por no entregar el corazón y andar sólo y dejar atrás todo. No es fácil, no, aunque pretendamos que lo sea.moreless
  • Review

    I liked this episode a lot because there was a lot of information and there was a lack of the "filler scenes" that every television show uses every now and again in order to fill in the remaining minutes. Frnace opening her restaurant could be considered a filler scene, but with Sydneys dad and Sydney there to talk about the opening of the restaurant it doesnt seem all that bad. Will being in court was very short, so I think the writers are doing a good job keeping the focu where the focus is needed with this show - with Sydney. Overall I thought the episode was very good, with a very nice smile at the end of the episode by Sydneys mother which makes us believe that there is in fact something more going on with her then what we can see on the surface.moreless
  • The relationship between Sydney and Irina takes center stage.

    This episode is based largely around Sydney’s relationship with her mother and everything that happens in this episode is largely done to facilitate their interactions with each other. What are love about this show are the little touches, one being Sydney tucking her hair behind her ear. It’s her mark as Dixon says; she’s done it since the very begging of the series. They made it a point at the end of the 1st episode and in this one as well to show that both Sydney and Irina do the hair tuck, just a little sign that says they are related and while one may be good and another bad they have things in common.

    The action is pretty standard a few short fight scenes that are well choreographed as usual. The scene worth notice is Sydney’s descent to the 14th floor from the top of the building, I don’t know if its computer generated or if it was actually done but it looked real to me.

    The acting is great as usual and Lena Olin continues to do a great job with her immensely complicated character. Every time Lena has a scene with Vartan or Jennifer they seem to be at the top of their game especially Jennifer. Her scenes with Lena bring out the best in both of them.

    Not much ground is covered in terms of story but the ground is set for Sydney’s relationship with her mother. She understandably does not want to see her mother however her mother does the clever move of only talking to Sydney. Eventually after a botched mission Sydney agrees to go see her mother for information. Irina is obviously trying to gain Sydney’s trust in order to get close to her. It’s unclear yet if she is doing it because she wants to get to know her daughter or if she needs her for something else. Perhaps it is a combination of the two? However Sydney realizes what she is doing and clearly establishes a boundary and a working relationship with her mother, if she can keep it up will remain to be seen. My guess is that eventually she will give into her hopes for who her mother is. The writing is also solid, again at its greatest with the scenes involving Irina and Vaughn or Sydney.

    Overall the episode may be just another mission but it is made great because of the relationships between Irina and the people around her whose lives she has ruined.

    Special Effects: 8 Acting: 9

    Direction: 8

    Writing: 8

    Style: 9

    Final Rating: 8.4moreless
  • Irina:"Trust me" Syd:"Why should i do that?" Irina:"Because i'm your mother."

    Irina:"Trust me"

    Syd:"Why should i do that?"

    Irina:"Because i'm your mother."

    Totally awesome episode!

    Totally awesome episode.Yes,it may started to develop a little bit slowly and the beginning was kinda boring,but after Will's trial it became very very interesting and every minute had a lot of tense.Especially in the second Syd's mission where she had to steal the T-Wave camera under Sloane's presence.

    So,Rabat's mission didn't go well for the CIA and SD-6 managed to take the disk,due to Syd's not listening to Irina.You cannot blame her.I mean,first,she shoots her and then she wants to believe her?And why all that interest in wanting to know how is her shoulder?She's definitely up to something.

    Now,Sloane is a full member of the Alliance.Yes,he killed his wife,now i'm totally sure.But,why he had to inject himself?The Alliance asked him if he was aware of the actions should be taken in order to become a full member and he said "yes".Probably we'll learn it in later episodes.

    We also saw a little bit of Will.He has to serve 100 hours doing community service.We saw him picking up the trash from a park.His life has completely changed since he learned about Syd.He has a really hard time but his friends are there for him.Speaking of Will's friends,Francie does everything she can for her restaurant and that includes something illegal.

    What i didn't understand in this episode is why Kendall was in charge of the CIA.Where's Devlin?


    --Vaughn:"Killing his wife wouldn't surprise me" "Eating his wife wouldn't surprise me"

    --Irina and Syd have the same thing.I mean that they "hide" their hair behind their ear.When Syd saw her mother doing that,she bursted into tears.

    --We had the introduction of a new character here;Vicki.She's CIA.Well,she doesn't play an important role,but i like her.

    --Francie:"Let me ask you a question.Let's say you're hanging around at your favourite restaurant,with your friends--or whatever.You like to go there,you like the food,what colour are the walls?"

    Jack:"I'm...not really into interior decorating".

    --Francie:"You know what i wanna do to the guy who introduced Will to heroin?I want to kill him.With my hands.I just want to kill him."

    Jack:"I can imagine."

    --We haven't seen Jack and Irina in the same room yet.I'm dying to see that.Definitely,things will get on top of him.

    --Nice song near at the end of the episode.

    --This episode's scenery:London,Rabat,Helsinki

    --This episode's aliases:We had two aliases here!Firstly,Syd posed as Beatrice Cunelli,with her own hair pilled up,in order to steal the disk and then we saw her in a club wearing a flippy black wig in order to steal the T-Wave camera.

    --This episode's language skills:very impressive Italian(Syd)

    ***the coolest moment here was Syd's leap from the balcony before Sloane saw her***


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

Tony Amendola

Tony Amendola

SD-6 Agent Tambor Barceló

Guest Star

Joseph Ruskin

Joseph Ruskin

Alain Christophe

Guest Star

Wendle Josepher

Wendle Josepher

Vicki Crane

Guest Star

Terry O'Quinn

Terry O'Quinn

F.B.I. Special Officer Kendall

Recurring Role

Wolf Muser

Wolf Muser

Alliance Chairman Ramon Veloso

Recurring Role

Kevin Sutherland

Kevin Sutherland

Monitoring Agent

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When Sydney is cutting a hole in the glass to climb in and steal the camera it is clearly shown that she does not cut a perfect circle. However, every other time we see the circle from then on it is a perfect circle.

    • The scene in which Sydney walks through CIA headquarters at the end of the episode mirrors the scene in which Sydney walks through SD-6 at the end of the pilot. In both sequences Sydney hands Sloane and Kendall something she recovered from a mission to gain their trust and in both she is wearing an alias.

    • When getting a long shot giving an introduction to Rabat, it actually is the well-known marketplace in Marrakech, Marocco.

    • When Sydney is talking to her mother through the glass wall of the cell, when the camera goes back and forth between Irina and Sydney, continuity errors are shown, as Sydney's hair is in front of her right ear, then behind, then in front of and so on.

    • Goof: When entering the CIA headquarters, Vaughn instructs Sydney to turn left after passing the intersection cameras. When they cut to the surveillance footage, you see Sydney arching to her right to cross the street.

    • When Sydney is in Helsinki, there are visible skyscrapers in the background. However, there are no skyscrapers in Helsinki.

    • Despite the fact we see Sydney putting on a big bandage on her shoulder gunshot wound, later in the episode when she's wearing the zebra-dress to get into the hotel in Rabat, it's nowhere in sight.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Irina: (to Sydney) You didn't pull the alarm. I wouldn't have pulled it either.

    • Irina: (to Vaughn) I've given you a gift and all you get from me is one. (Vaughn starts to walk away.) You look just like him.

    • Sydney: SD-6 and the Alliance believe that my mother's in hiding. And they know that Khasinau is dead, and they're correct to assume that what's left of her organization is vulnerable. The Alliance wants whatever assets they can get their hands on.
      Vaughn: So where are they starting?
      Sydney: My mother used blackmail. Extensively. In running her operation, she would get dirt on people - powerful, important people - and coerce them into doing whatever she needed. Pornographic photographs, illegally obtained audio files, names, dates, they're all on one computer disk.

    • Irina: Trust me.
      Sydney: Why should I do that?
      Irina: Because I'm your mother.

    • (Sydney's on a mission and she's in trouble, Vaughn consults with Irina for a solution)
      Sydney: Did you talk to my father about this?
      Vaughn: 2 Minutes ago on the phone while we were waiting for you to go radio silent.
      Sydney: And what did he say?
      Vaughn: Your dad? (Flashback to Jack's car)
      Jack: (on the phone, driving furiously) THE ANSWER IS NO!!!
      Vaughn: All I'm saying is that you consider.
      : Consider the source!
      Vaughn: I don't need to be lectured on what kind of a woman.
      : That woman is not to be trusted!
      Vaughn: Jack, listen to me.
      (back to the Rotunda control room)
      Vaughn: Respectfully Syd I don't think your father can think clearly where mother's concerned.
      Sydney: And you can?
      Vaughn: I'm trying...

    • Jack: (about Irina) Sydney, she is the enemy.
      Sydney: And so is Sloane. And if the devil herself wants to help me bring him down, fine by me.

    • Vaughn: You're not the easiest guy to work with, are you?
      Kendall: No. No, definitely not.

    • Francie: You know what I wanna do to the guy who introduced Will to heroin? I want to kill him. With my hands. I just want to kill him.
      Jack: I can imagine.

    • Jack: (to Francie) You know, to the Vietnamese and Chinese, the color white means death and bad fortune. (pause) Try red.

    • Francie: Let me ask you a question. Let's say you're hanging out at your favorite restaurant, with your friends -- or whatever. You like to go there, you like the food, what color are the walls?
      Jack: I'm... not really into interior decorating.

    • Sydney: Let's get something clear. You are not my mother. My mother was Laura Bristow. Laura Bristow died in a car accident twenty-one years ago. You are a traitor and a prisoner of the United States government. (Irina looks away) Look at me! We will interact only when necessary. You will address me as "Agent Bristow" and answer only the questions I ask. There will be no personal anecdotes, no comments about my job performance, no condolences or congratulations. Do you understand me?

    • Francie: I just need a liquor license.
      Will: No, no, no, what you need is someone who knows how the system works. Someone who can help you navigate. What you need is me. You know, former drug addict reporter... and sometimes lobster impersonator.

    • Sydney: She told me to pull the alarm.
      Jack: Yes, and for all you know, that could've made things worse. Sydney, you're smarter than this. Your mother wants you to think she's your ally. That she can help you get what you want. Her intel might even be accurate once, twice, but the minute you start depending on her, she will gut you.

    • Vaughn: I know you want to see your daughter. I can guarantee you that is never going to happen unless she knows you're cooperating. Prove yourself. Give Sydney a reason to see you.
      Irina: "Sydney"? Interesting

    • Sydney: The idea that the CIA is willing to work with Irina Derevko is insane.
      Jack: Worse, it's naive. Your mother didn't just conveniently turn herself in. This is all part of the manipulation.
      Sydney: Well, she's their problem now. She's not yours. And she's not mine.(When putting on her jacket, she winces a little bit.)
      Jack: You okay?
      Sydney: My shoulder's healing, if that's what you mean.
      Jack: It's not, actually.

    • Kendall: Just so we're clear, Mr. Vaughn, I know all about your participation in busting Agent Bristow out of federal custody. Convince her to talk to her mother, or face charges for obstructing justice and harboring a fugitive.
      Vaughn: Guess it's two-for-one day on blackmail.

    • Sydney: (about Irina) I don't support the death penalty. But I hope she dies for all that she has done. I really do.

    • Dixon: You know, you always do that.
      Sydney: What?
      Dixon: What you just did with your hair. It's your thing.
      Sydney: I don't have a thing!
      Dixon: It is. It's your thing.

    • Vaughn: (about Sloane's wife death) Killing his wife wouldn't surprise me. Eating his wife wouldn't surprise me

    • Sydney: How's Weiss?
      Vaughn: He's still in the hospital, but the doctors say he's gonna be okay. And until then, I've gotta feed his fish.

    • Vaughn: When she got done with my father, he could only be identified by his dental records.

    • (Will's back from community service)
      Francie: Will, what happened to your face?
      Will: You know the one thing they don't tell you about doing community service? Sunblock.
      Francie: (Laughs) Oh buddy, how'd it go?
      Will: Well hanging out with a bunch of fellow drug addicts, picking up copies of the newspaper I used to write for with a stick... Oh! and I saw you at the gas station over at National with some guy, dark suit fifty.
      Francie: Oh ummm... that was the Liquor License guy.
      Will: What wait a minute, like a mafia guy?
      Francie: Yeah kind of...
      Will: Francie...
      Francie: What? It's going to take me like six months to get a legitimate Liquor License.
      Will: So you're hanging out with the Gambino crime family and you're giving me grief about doing drugs?
      Francie: Oh, it's so not the same thing.
      Will: No it's not, you're involved with organized crime. It's totally different.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Will: So you're hanging out with the Gambino crime family and you're giving me grief about doing drugs?
      The Gambino family is a legendary crime family whose leader was Carlo Gambino.