Season 1 Episode 1

Truth Be Told

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 30, 2001 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • When Sydney is taking her lie detector test, the display on the technician's computer screen loops back to the start at one point, revealing that it's actually a pre-recorded sequence.

    • After Sydney confronts Sloan about the death of her fiance, she is made to do a lie detector test. At this point, her heart rate would be high, as she is feeling angry over the death of the person she loved, so doing a lie detector test would prove pointless.

    • Number 47: Marshall expresses a desire to improve a camera design so that it has 47 exposures.

    • Sydney has been working for SD-6 for 7 years.

    • When Vaughn meets Sydney in this episode, it is the day when his father's watch stops working.

    • Goof:
      Errors in geography: A dinner takes place supposedly in Taiwan. However, the attendees speak Cantonese, not Mandarin, indicating Hong Kong instead of Taiwan.

    • Goof:
      Syd leaves her cell phone on the ground in the parking garage as a decoy, but when she fights the agent it disappears from the ground. Immediately following the fight she picks it up again and jumps into the car.

    • Sydney is stopped by a man dubbed "Suit and Glasses". She tells him that she needed to go to the bathroom because her boss 'Ron' would fire her if she was caught drinking. Her SD-6 boss is named Arvin Sloane, and the actor is Ron Rifkin.

    • When Sydney handcuffs Suit & Glasses to the chair and knocks the two guards out, she runs into the lab and is seen by a security guard on the surveillance camera. If you look closely she is holding something wrapped up on her right arm. This shot is in fact the one after she steals the Mueller device and blows up the lab.

    • When Sydney is telling Danny how she came into the CIA, it shows her talking on a pay phone. After she says, "So I met with him," you can see a camera man's reflection in the pay phone on the far left. The camera is not a video camera, but a still photo camera and is pointed down.

    • After Will reads Sydney's note and meets her on the roof he says: "Meet me on the roof" as if he was quoting what was written on the note. However the note just said: "I'm on the roof".

    • When at the track, Sydney is talking to Will and he tells her congratulations, she mouths "Thanks" but her voice comes in on delay.

    • Goof: After Sydney kicks her SD-6 assassin into the car window, he falls down, with his hands down. Jack's car shrieks and when Sydney reaches down to the ground to pick up the gun the assassin's hands are up again, falling.

    • Goof:
      After fighting the SD-6 assassin, Sydney hears Jack's car shrieking and looks to her left and you can see that she is holding something on her right hand and lowers it, however she wasn't holding anything when she kicked the assassin to the car's window. This shot is actually the same one when Sydney is pointing the gun at her father, says "daddy?" and hears another car shrieking and looks to the left.

    • Goof:
      After handcuffing Suit & Glasses to the chair and knocking the two guards out, Sydney picks up one gun, but in the next shot she is holding two.

  • Quotes

    • Professor: Sydney. Time's up.
      Sydney: Okay, then. (still writing) I'll... just... finish... my little... essay. Thank you.

    • Will: Danny's working late, right?
      Sydney: I'm taking him dinner at the hospital.
      Will: We can go to a late one. Come on, it's only playing till Thursday.
      Sydney: We're getting married.

    • Danny: Remember our first date? The bowling alley? The loud guy?
      Sydney: Oh, God...

    • Sydney: So, I'm pretty sure I got a "D".
      Danny: You didn't get a "D".
      Sydney: I think I got a "D". I think I got like, a sixty-four, maybe.
      Danny: You've never gotten a "D".
      Sydney: I've gotten a "D"!

    • Suit and Glasses: Who do you work for, you pretty little girl?

    • Danny: Sir, I love your daughter and I want to marry her. That's why I'm calling.
      Jack: First of all, Danny, the truth is this is just a courtesy call. Like when you say to your neighbor, "We're having a loud party on Saturday night if that's all right with you," what you really mean is, "We're having a loud party on Saturday night."
      Danny: Mr. Bristow.
      Jack: Sydney doesn't give a damn what my opinion is. What interests me is that you do.
      Danny: It's just a custom to call the father. That's all this is.
      Jack: Well then, I'll tell you what. I may become your father-in-law, that's just fine. But I will not be used as part of a charming little anecdote you tell your friends at cocktail parties so they can see what a quaint, old-fashioned guy Danny really is. Are we clear?
      Danny: Yes, sir.
      Jack: Good. Then welcome to the family.

    • Dixon: Oh god, I hate this!
      Sydney: I know, if only brother Rama Salaam were still teaching in Tampa.
      Dixon: No, not my case work. It's these new headsets, keep pinching my ear.
      Sydney: Oh, give it to me. Any word from Declan?
      Dixon: Not since Tehran. I keep telling myself he's just fine. He's done this before, disappear for days like this. What's going on with you?
      Sydney: What? Nothing.
      Dixon: You've got, like, a glow.
      Sydney: I don't have a glow.
      Dixon: Yeah, look at that!
      Sydney: Come on, Sloane's waiting. There's no glow.
      Dixon: Is she glowing?
      SD-6 Agent: Big time.
      Dixon: You hear that?

    • Sydney: I thought you sold airplane parts!
      Jack: I don't sell airplane parts. I never sold airplane parts.

    • (Jack has just saved Sydney from a hit by Security Section)
      Jack: About a decade ago, a pool of agents went freelance. Russians, Lybian, Chinese, The-
      Sydney: The Alliance of Twelve?
      Jack: What do you know about them?
      Sydney: They're an enemy of the United States, they're mercenaries, they're dangerous.
      Jack: I'm one of them... SD-6 is not a black ops division of the CIA. SD-6 is a branch of The Alliance... you work for the very enemy you thought you were fighting.

    • Suit and Glasses: (holding dentist's pliers in his hand ready to torture Sydney) Okay, let's try this one more time… who do you work for?
      Sydney: I just wanted to say… start with the teeth in the back… if you don't mind.

    • Sloane: Oskar Muller was killed last month, he was riding a moped through Berlin, and was hit by an ambulance of all things. We had kept our eye on this guy for quite sometime, he fancied himself a modern alchemist, his IQ was recorded as one of the highest of the planet.
      Dixon: (sarcastically) Then again, he was riding a moped.

    • Vaughn: They're reviewing your statement. You wrote a lot.
      Sydney: I know.
      Vaughn: I mean, it's like Tolstoy long.

    • Sydney: Stop saying "we!" Stop talking about the agency! You killed the man I love!
      Sloane: No, Agent Bristow. You did.

    • Sydney: Who are you to come to me and act like a father? If you want to help me, stay away from me.

    • Suit and Glasses: I'd rather not make this too painful.
      Sydney: Me too. Glad we're on the same page. That's good.
      Suit and Glasses: Who...are you...working for? I'll not ask you again.
      Sydney: Okay. Get a pen. Write this down. EMETIB. You got that?
      Suit and Glasses: Yes.
      Sydney: Okay, now reverse it.
      (Suit and Glasses writes down letters in reverse, which reads BITE ME, Sydney laughs)
      Sydney: I've got bad news for you man. I am your worst enemy. I've got nothing to lose.
      Suit and Glasses: That's not exactly true. You have teeth.

    • Dixon: If there's one rule you don't break, that's the rule you don't break.

    • Sydney: Danny... since my mother died, I always hoped I would find someone to give my life meaning. That person is you. I just met the agency first. I can't quit.

    • Will: Her favorite movie of all time. You ready for this? Pretty Woman.
      Sydney: So? I'm sure that's a lot of people's favorite movie.
      Will: Yeah, that's probably true. Congratulations. But of all time?
      Sydney: (given a water bottle) Thanks.
      Will: That includes, like, well, any other movie ever made. All of them!

    • Sydney: Was it good?
      Will: For the date, it was. Yes.
      Sydney: You didn't like her?
      Will: I didn't mind her so much. I don't like my sister anymore. That's the problem, having siblings live with you. They try to get you to meet people that you aren't supposed to meet in real life.

    • (about Sydney's wedding)
      Sydney: Maybe I should call my dad... I mean, he is my dad.
      Francie: You are schizophrenic! Just remind yourself, unless you're talking about importing airplane parts, that man's got nothing to say. Let him find out when he gets the invitation.

  • Notes

    • Award Winnings:
      2002 American Choreography Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fight Choreography (John Medlen).
      2002 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Art Direction for a Single Camera Series and Outstanding Cinematography for a Single Camera Series.

      Award Nominations:
      2002 Eddie Award for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Television (Stan Salfas and Quincy Z. Gunderson).
      2002 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Costumes for a Series (Linda Serijan and Anne Hartley.
      2002 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (J.J. Abrams).
      2002 Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award for Best Contemporary Makeup - Television (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series - Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) (Angela Nogaro, Diana Brown and Gilbert A. Mosko).

    • Series creator J.J. Abrams and Jennifer Garner provide DVD commentary for this episode.

    • Series creator J.J. Abrams has remarked that he did not consider Vaughn as a love interest for Sydney until he began writing their scene at the CIA for the end of the pilot episode. This explains Michael Vaughn's noticeable increase in importance after this episode, where he becomes a pivotal character instead of just that guy at the end of the pilot who Syd will meet with every week.

    • Music from episode includes:
      "You're A God" by Vertical Horizon
      "Goin' Our Way" by Gus
      "Never Grow Old" by The Cranberries
      "Under The Gun" by Supreme Beings of Leisure
      "Trouble" by Cat Stevens
      "Here Comes The Flood" by Peter Gabriel
      "Sofisticated" by Stereo MC's
      "No Man's Woman" by Sinead O'Connor
      "Give You Back" by Vertical Horizon

    • Professor Mizzy is named after Vic Mizzy, the composer of the original The Addams Family theme. Mizzy used to live on J.J. Abrams' street when he was growing up.

    • Greg Grunberg's character is named "Eric Weiss". Erik Weisz is the birth name of Harry Houdini.

    • LOOK HARD: During the opening credits, the Rambaldi symbol is flashed over the "Alias" logo for exactly one frame. This happens while Victor Garber's name is onscreen. Also, the images moving behind the logo are home movies of creator J. J. Abrams children during a 4th of July celebration.

    • Amy Tippen (Will's sister) is actually played by Jennifer Garner's stunt double, Nancy, with a red wig.

    • This episode ran an hour and nine minutes including the two Nokia commericals before and after the episode.

    • This episode begins in medias res.

  • Allusions

    • Will: Her favorite movie of all time. Are you ready for this? Pretty Woman!

      Pretty Woman is a 1990 romantic comedy film. The film centers around the title character, down-on-her-luck prostitute Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) who is hired by a wealthy businessman and corporate raider, Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) to be his escort for several business functions, and their developing relationship.

    • Vaughn: I mean, it's like Tolstoy long.

      Leo Tolstoy was a 19th century Russian author whose famous works include the lengthy War and Peace and Anna Karenina.

    • Sydney: Did you get the Dave Matthews tickets?
      Dave Matthews is the vocalist/guitarist of the Dave Matthews Band, an American jam band formed in 1991.

    • Visual: Sydney with bright red hair.
      This is an homage to the German film Run Lola, Run, of which J.J. Abrams has confessed to be fan.

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