Season 4 Episode 13


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 30, 2005 on ABC
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Episode Summary

When a mission goes wrong, Sydney's is attacked and placed in serious danger. Meanwhile, Dixon is exposed to a deadly pathogen released inside APO which is currently in Lock down due to the toxin and Marshall is the only one who can save Sydney. Only with com link help from APO, Marshall has to do a very important mission before it's too late.moreless

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  • Truly superior episode!

    Truly superior episode!

    Marshall the geek is forced to take on the role of field agent when Sydney is buried alive in a coffin by a sadistic baddie.

    Very nice human touches to this episode.
  • Review

    It was refreshing to see someone save Sydneys life, keeps the realism of the show a little bit when she cannot fight her way out of every situation. I dont know how long one would truly have air in the coffin, but a flight from America to Cuba seems like a really long time to be in a coffin. Random errors aside - I loved this episode.

    I liked seeing Marshalls wife, Carrie, and there son in this episode. Having random characters from the past come back (just to see that there is life outside of the world of APO) is big. Seeing Carrie and Mithcel, while small in the sense of the episode was pretty big for me.

    The mission itself at the beginning dragged a little long, but I liked seeing Sydney talk back to the man - only to be put inside of a grave. I liked the phone conversations she had when she was in the grave, repeating herself letting everyone else know she was starting to lose it. The thermal satelitte thing was a nice twist when the battery ran out too. Vaughn and Sydney finnaly doing something halfway romantic was a long time coming. Vaughns father storyline feel by the waistside in this epsiode - like it should. It was good seeing them dancing at the end, makes me feel like they are in fact still together.moreless
  • A great episode in the middle of the fourth serie. Now Marshall gets to be the hero

    I like the beginning wheres Marshall at home, getting the call and feeling a bit bad about his sick child. Another 5 minutes go and he gets to be something else.

    You see almost the whole APO squad locked into Union station and Marshall on his own to Cuba, no special tools just Marshall trying to save a helpless Sydney in a coffin.

    In this episode you see more of our usual tech guy with the ackward lines thats just makes you laugh. Not that he saves Syd but he has to take the guys eyes too. Weee.

    Just an episode you'd love to go back to, i sure did this evening!moreless
  • this was a verry good episode

    after watching about two minutes of the episode i noticed that there was a new director, directing the episode i had to check as fast as i could and i found out that Fred Toye directed the episode, he's a genius!

    this episode was very good, it was back to the good old alias with a very good plot and i really enjoyed that this episode was mostly about marshall. i've only seen the 13 first episodes of the season but this was definitely the best so far this season.

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • CPR should be performed at the ratio of 30 compressions to 2 breaths. Marshall obviously doesn't know CPR because whatever he was doing it wasn't 30:2.

    • Number 47: The locker containing the hard drive is # 471.

    • Number 47: The hard drive is found in locker 80237. 8 + 0 + 2 + 37 = 47.

    • Goof: It's unlikely Sydney would live buried under dirt long enough for anyone to fly from America to Cuba.
      The coffin would normally collapse before long, so she'd have about an hour or two of air at the most. There is nowhere the amount of time that a Motorola Razr (the phone she was using) would run out of battery life while not in use, or even when in use.

    • Even though Sydney is in danger, Marshall takes the time to dig a perfectly rectangular hole with smoothed out sides...

    • Sydney gets wonderful reception (4 bars) while buried in a coffin. Granted, it isn't concrete or anything...but 4 bars?

    • Goof: How come the coffin is still illuminated after Sydney switched off her cellphone?

    • Why is it night in Germany AND L.A? They are divided roughly by 10 hours, so if it's evening/night in L.A. it's early morning in Germany.

    • Goof:
      Before Syd and Marshall used the eye to get in to the room with the firewall, but after they got off the elevator, Syd has a gun in her right hand in one shot and then comes around the corner in the next shot with no gun in hand.

    • Why the big drop off and where is Marshall's car? It's not like he drove it to Cuba, it must be somewhere local.

    • Wouldn't Marshall's wife be concerned about how he got home, considering he didn't come home in his car? How will he get to work the next day?

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Sydney: Do you know how hard it is to maintain cover while dancing the salsa in three-inch heels?
      Vaughn: Actually, I do, but let's not go into that.

    • Marshall: Oh god. It's oozing. It's oozing everywhere, sir.
      Jack: (via cell phone) That means you've ruptured the macula. The eye is useless, abandon it. Approach the second one gently, like a soft-boiled egg. You're going to need a digging instrument to assist with this.
      Marshall: I've got a spork.
      Jack: What's a spork?
      Marshall: It's like a half-spoon... half-fork, will that do?
      Jack: That will work.

    • Marshall: Syd.. This guy, he buried you alive.
      Sydney: Yeah, but he cheated. He hit me with a car first.

    • Marshall: (singing a lullaby) Hush, little Mitchell, don't you cry. Daddy's gonna teach you 'bout lanthanide. Cerium's first, yes it leads the way. Hexagonal structure and it's iron gray. Praseodymium is next and it looks like brass...

  • NOTES (6)

    • Music from this episode includes:
      "Ran Kan Kan" by The Mambo Kings
      "Baile De Los Ninos" by Johnny Polanco

    • The so called Danish in this episode is very poor. None of the actors who speak Danish are real Danes. Ulrich Thomsen who played the German 'Ulrich' in the episode is Danish, however. Also, judging from the street signs, the opening scene clearly doesn't take place in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    • This episode received the 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Costumes For A Series.

    • This episode averaged 11.08 million viewers.

    • Sydney's (failed) fate at the hands of her enemies in this episode is strikingly similar to The Bride's (Uma Thurman) failed fate at the hands of her enemy Budd (Michael Madsen) in Kill Bill vol. 2 directed by Quentin Tarantino. Both kickass women were burried alive in a coffin in the hopes they'd die a slow death, and both escaped. Tarantino also directed the two-part Crime Scene Investigation episode "Grave Danger", which aired just two months after this episode.

    • This was originally the 16th episode of the season.