Season 2 Episode 18

Truth Takes Time

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 16, 2003 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Dealing with the fallout of her mother's betrayal,Sydney prepares herself physically and mentally for their next meeting-promising that if she gets another shot at Irina ...she won't hesitate. Meanwhile, Emily has to decide whether to side with Sloane or betray him.

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  • Review

    I always think that the beginning is going to ruin the episode for me until I see what the writers actually come up with that make me question why I always continue to doubt them. I loved the beginning - end of the episode connection, with Arvins wife dying and not Irina like we all seemed to think. I liked the "Truth Takes Time" note that Sydney was able to piece together at the end, I thought it was the best episode title reference to an epiosde so far this series. Overall however the episode was very well done. I like how Emily is gone for good now - as Arvin has no reason to leave the job behind. There is no more sympathy in his life and looks like he is going to be with the job for as long as the show will keep him on. I dont know where the show goes from here, as a lot of episodes this season tend to end without a big cliffhanger as they were in season 1. The writing however continues to get stronger.moreless
  • For the 50th time, CIA fails... SD6 was better.

    Alias has been better than everything else, because it operated with the element of surprise flawlessly.

    The plot kept changing, altering, twists, turns along the road making this even somewhat linear story incredibly intriguing.

    This episode, however, most of the attempts from the writers fail.

    The episode's biggest flaw is that, in my opinion, they showed the outcome of the episode in the first minute.

    A few episodes the same technic was used - show something first, then explain later - however, in that episode, it was handled much better, plus it didn't spoil the ending.

    I love Jack. He's a very strong character. But in this episode, I hated him. Actually I was agreeing with Kendall.

    The first attempt to catch Sloane, in the bank, was poor. I just can't believe that the CIA couldn't capture Sark and Irina. Of course, what's worse, is the 'endgame'. Sloane has escaped too many times.... the episode reminded me of 24. 35 mins of success destroyed by a 5-minute ending. Basically: one step forward, 2 steps back.

    This is unfortunate, as Syd has more problems than plot twists right now...

    Overally OK episode, very enjoyable, but predictable ending, and mediocre writing at places. Alias can do better.

    Funnily, ever since SD6 is finished, CIA has been really amatuer. They rarely succeed nowadays.moreless
  • One of the best episodes so far.

    Jack actually outsmarted Irena. I thought that she had his complete trust in the last episode, but as it turns out he was never fooled by her, because when he took out the tracking device he somehow injected her with an inactive one. It looks like he had a feeling that she was going to betray him & run away with Sloan.

    Irena saved Sydney & Vaughns life. It is obvious that she loves her daughter, I have no doubt about that at all, and I never had since she first showed up. That was a pretty smart move calling Sydney and getting out of the building so that Syd could follow her. And Just in time too.

    Emily is shocked to find out that *Laura* is alive. She asks to see Syd & wants to help turn Sloan in, but she changes her mind right at the end & runs away with him. Dixon Shoots her by accident. Sloan really does love Emily. he was willing to sacrifice 30 years of collecting Rambaldi artifacts just so he can be with Emily. We actually got to see him shed real tears after she was shot. When he finds out it was Dixon who shot her he's going to get his sweet revenge.

    Syd finally realised that Francie has been acting wierd but it seems that she didn't take the whole tie issue seriously.

    ANd of course the end was the best. Irena giving he earings to Syd, and then sending her a message in morse code "Truth Takes Time" I wonder what she meant by that & what is Irena *really* up to.moreless
  • Truth takes time....but how long?

    Irina is cool. I think what makes her so cool, is the fact that nobody really gets her. Sloane doesn't, Sydney doesn't and Jack doesn't either. Irina loves Sydney that's clear. But was she overwhelmed by it, or did she turn herself in to the CIA so she could talk with her? It doesn't really matter but I was just wondering.

    Sydney said she wished Irina got shot, wich is not true. She has come to care for her mother, and she knew all along that it wasn't the best person on the whole world. Irina did change, only she's also still working with the bad guys. Bad guys Sydney hates with all her guts. Hmm, difficult relationship :P

    Jack has charge over the mission, and Kendall doesn't like it. He shouldn't be worried though, because Jack clearly doesn't want the job. Very smart, btw that he implanted that thing in Irina. Seems like he knew what she was doing all along.

    Sloane is a mystery too. Was he really willing to give everything up for Emily? It certainly seemed so. They did love each other, only Sloane has been lying to Emily for years. And when she thought it was over he just went on. If he really wanted to be with her, he would've stopped after SD-6 was destoyed. But he didn't, and now she's dead. The evil-guy is getting a littl pay-back. Only Sydney suffers too. That's a really big down side:(

    Sydney was seriously doubting Francie. You could see her looking like: "Something's wrong with you". It's not very smart to buy a tie, anyway. I guess it will have a microphone in it. Let's hope Vaughn won't wear it!

    I adored to ending. "Truth takes time" is so fitting for Sydney and Irina's relationship. Someday she'll all know. She'll know if Irina realy is bad, that she did love Syndey and perhaps they'll maybe start over again (That's one thing I doubt though). But that time isn't yet. Sydney will have to wait, and so will we.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

Christopher Curry

Christopher Curry

Heinz Brucker

Guest Star

Kevin Sutherland

Kevin Sutherland

CIA Agent Blake

Recurring Role

Terry O'Quinn

Terry O'Quinn

F.B.I. Special Officer Kendall

Recurring Role

Amy Irving

Amy Irving

Emily Sloane

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • In an early scene when Sydney is speaking with the team on the plane about their plan of attack, her hair is straight and her makeup is light. In the next scene arguably a few hours later, Sydney's make-up is noticeably heavier and her hair looks as though it was just curled. It is very strange that Sydney would have time to do her hair and makeup in the middle of a mission. Not to mention she would have had to have a curling iron to curl her hair.

    • In the end of the episode when Sydney hears her mother's earrings beeping she uses a piece of paper to write down and encode the message sent. She writes and decodes the entire message with no problem. However, being that it took a while for her to get to the earrings, why would she be able to write down the entire message at once? She should have at least had some of the letters written more than once before decoding it properly.

    • Goof: In the scene when Sydney is aiming her gun at Irina before she shoots her, we see Irina look back at Sydney, seemingly knowing that Sydney would hesitate to shoot her. However, if you look at her shoulder when they show the close up of her face twice before Sydney shoots her, you can already see the blood on her shoulder.

    • Irina uses a Swedish accent when talking to the adminstrator of the human genome profiling company. This may have been a nod to Lena Olin's homeland Sweden.

    • Goof: When Irina is copying the files onto the disc, the message on the screen reads: 'Das Bringen Ordnet... Ein' - which makes no sense whatsoever. It roughly translates to: 'The acquiring is arranging... On'.

    • When Sark used the defib unit to take out Irina's transmitter, wouldn't that have stopped her heart as well? He would then need to use it on her again, but this is not seen (unless it happened quickly when they cut between scenes).

    • About shooting and ear protection: No immediate harm is done to the ears, but the repetitive shock to the ear drum can cause permanent damage if done without protection for long periods of time.

    • It sure seems as if Emily has all of her fingers in several shots of both her hands throughout the episode. Did they find a new one to sew back on, after she and Arvin cut one off to make her disappearance look convincing?

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Emily: (To Sloane) What are we doing here with a woman who died 20 years ago?

    • Kendall: (to Jack, after finding out about the passive transmitter) Let me be blunt, Jack. I accepted your recommendation to trust Derevko because you made a strong argument. A personal one. An argument which I now understand you didn't believe, or you would've never gone through the trouble of placing a passive transmitter on that woman without informing me. It was my call to let her out, and I stand by that decision. But you blindsided me, you son of a bitch. And your pretense of an apology doesn't do either of us any good.

    • Jack: Your mother betrayed us. Betrayed the CIA. Her meeting with Sloane was staged to secure her escape.
      Sydney: You don't know that. Sloane could've set up the meet to abduct her.
      Jack: Before the operation, she swapped the Rambaldi manuscript. She left us with a fake. She and Sloane are now in possession of the original. Sydney, they planned this.

    • Sydney: Just now, when my dad was telling me, the first thought I had was that she was dead, that she'd been killed. I had this whole thing in my head that she died proving herself a hero.
      Dixon: No one can be blamed for trusting their own mother.
      Sydney: I wish that she had been killed.

    • Sydney: (About Irina) You were right to investigate her.
      Vaughn: Sydney...
      Sydney: No, it's okay. It's the truth. I'm not blaming you, it's me. I was so naive about her.
      Vaughn: I don't think you should be a part of this task force. Look, you know how I feel about Irina Derevko but no one should have to hunt down their own mother, no matter what the circumstances are.
      Sydney: She was never my mother.
      Vaughn: Do you want to believe that?
      Sydney: Don't do this to me again, don't condescend me.
      Vaughn: It's not what I'm doing, you know that, but if you corner her and you hesitate to pull the trigger, even for one second, it could cost you your life. (Sydney puts her glasses and ear plugs back on)
      Sydney: I won't hesitate.

    • Irina: I see through you. You must know that.
      Sloane: This is who I am.
      Irina: You may need to think of yourself as an honorable husband, a father figure, but I don't. I will never see that man in you, which frankly is why we have this agreement.
      Sloane: You need to get some rest.
      Irina: Never talk to me about your love for Sydney again.

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