Season 2 Episode 6


Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 15, 2011 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Anna is infuriated at the fearless, arrogant and daring tactics of the Fifth Column. She decides to use Ryan to get rid of the Fifth Column once and for all. Under orders, Father Travis tells Jack he must leave the priesthood. Lisa, who is under the impression her grandmother is dead, meets with Diana.moreless

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  • Worst Episode of the Series

    The show works so hard to build up credibility and come across as a serious take on the sci-fi genre. Then they go do ridiculous melodramatic tripe like this. The set up for the death of Ty's father could be seen from a mile away. Even in the last moments of this episode I thought there was no chance in hell that they would kill him with such a ludicrous scene. I mean, wow, the shooting in that section so preposterous I may actually stop watching the show. I really couldn't see how to get past the stupidity of this storyline. Add to that Ty's reaction to his mother, which was utterly unrealistic and you have a recipe for a total disaster of an episode. However, the last moments pulled it back by introducing the possibility of a militant resistance. The characters have lost everything and I am intrigued to see how their rage manifests itself in the war against Anna.

    Finally, we all know RYAN IS ALIVE.moreless
  • "V: Siege" in Five Minutes: Because even the best episode of V is subject to ridicule.

    Chad: Marcus got shot, so I call for civility.Newshound Carrie: And I'm siding with the "climate of hate" crowd. So there.

    Erica: We flubbed last week's assassination, and now we're all screwed.Eli: Wanna take it out on Ryan?Erica: Sorta.

    Ryan: Hi, Anna. Let me guess: "Infiltrate Fifth Column, yada-yada."Anna: Nah. Kill Eli.Ryan: This mood swing of yours will seriously set back our infiltration effort, and hamper our plans.Anna: I gotta be me.Freak Baby: Yada-yada! *giggle!*

    Old Priest: Here's a written order from the Vatican.Jack: Laser printer?! They sent something from a laser printer?!Old Priest: You're out. Surrender your badge and sidear-- er, your collar, I mean.Jack: Really, it's THE VATICAN. I was expecting gold leaf and illuminations and sh*t.

    Eli: Ooo, Ryan! You are SO captured!Ryan: Eep!

    Tracker-V: [sniff sniff sniff] SQUIRREL!FBI: Good Tracker!

    Erica: Ryan, dearie ... why did you betray us?!Ryan: For reasons that don't make a damn bit of sense.Erica: No! I ... I can't believe that!Ryan: I can prove it by telling you that they tracked me here, and now you're all doomed!Eli: He's right, Erica! It DID make no damn sense for him to reveal that!Erica: Okay, the FBI's got us surrounded now. Don't hurt anyone, and beat me up.

    Chad: ... And in conclusion, a hostage crisis is TV news catnip. I'm Chad Decker.Agent Chris: Hey, there's Erica as a hostage!FBI Chief: She's a known collaborator. Do you suspect she's playing us?Agent Chris: No way. Look, she got punched in the face. That proves it.

    Thomas: The day is only 1/3 over, and it's already exciting.Anna: We'll use this situation to kill both of Tyler's parents, for Tyler is VITAL to our plans!Thomas: Uh, just last week, you said Tyl--Anna: VITAL! Lisa, go snag your boyfriend!Lisa: Yes'm!

    Tyler: Two-parents-again, tra-la-la, happy-happ--TV: News Flash: Erica Evans is totally a hostage.Joe: Bummer!

    Erica: [phone] Hi, FBI. The terrorists' one demand is that the crisis be stretched out to 10:00 pm EST. [click] Eli, how's your preposterous escape plan coming along?Eli: Dandy!

    Thomas: Here's a 3D view of the hostage building.FBI Chief: Nifty! Agent Chris, drop this important operation and go hand-hold Erica's estranged husband.Agent Chris: Meh, I'll task it to Agent ... uh, what's your name again?Agent V: Don't worry, I'm on it.

    Agent V: Hi, Joe. I'm here to reassure you, but mainly to abandon these sensitive files. Bye!Joe: Maps of the hostage building! Golly!

    Eli: Our family photos rock, Erica.Erica: I wish I could see Joe right now.Joe: Hi-dee-ho, y'all!Eli: Hey, you got in! Which means the way out is a trap!Erica: Wow, we're smart all of a sudden!Eli: Live it up, it won't last.

    Tyler: I'm going to the hostage building, for some-reason-or-other.Lisa: Eep!

    Thomas: All the pieces are in place.Anna: And now Hobbes, who's in cahoots with Marcus, will kill them all!Thomas: Wow, I was wondering if that plot point would come up!

    Erica: They're preparing to kill us.Eli: Okay, I texted my bomb-vested sleepers, to un-focus the crisis.Erica: What?! You suck! I hate you!Eli: That's why you must lead the resistance after I'm dead.Erica: Well, that's--!! Uh, that kinda makes sense. And it was moving, too.Eli: Spooky sensations, eh?

    Jack: [phone] Hi, Hobbes, am I still relevant?Hobbes: Were you ever? [click]Thomas: Hello, Hobbes, I'm the new Marcus. We've got your beloved. Here's a detonator, which I could push myself. Here's my turtleneck. That is all.

    Agent Chris: Jack, you creep! I'm gonna smack you 'round, and then-- uh, why are you crying?Jack: *sob!* You think-- you think I'm ... relevant! *sob!*

    Erica: You screwed us over, Ryan. You die now.Eli: B'bye, fake hostages.Joe: Quick smooch before we go, Erica?Erica: Just a quick one. After all, we've got the rest of our lives to--Eli: Enough foreshadowing, you two! Skedaddle!

    Thomas: My queen, half this season's effects budget is at your disposal.Anna: Dispose away.[BOOM][RAT-A-TAT]Joe: Erk!Erica: NO! Not a Boromir death!Tyler: Saddy-sad!Agent Chris: Such a moving family tableau means we have to cancel our investigation into Erica Evans.FBI Chief: Obviously.

    Anna: Hi, Mom. I destroyed Fifth Column, and now, I'm back to destroying ... the human soul!Diana: Sweetie, the episode was going so well. Did you have to dredge up the S-word?Anna: Bah! I'm outta here![ZIP/ZIP]Lisa: And I'm in. *GASP!* Granny, in a dungeon, in a fabulous frock! What a Charlotte Bronte-esque plot twist!

    Tyler: Mom, I demand a departure scene worthy of a Mexican telenovella!Erica: *SOB!* Don't leave me now!! [SLAP]Audience: Yay!

    Jack: Erica, I'm so--Erica: Hush, you're irrelevant. I'm in charge of a global terrorist network now, and I'm going to kick ass!Jack, Chad, Hobbes: Cooool!

  • most intense episode of the series so far! SPOILERS

    What an intense an unexpected episode this was! The end of it marks the beginning of a completely new chapter for the 5th column and the series in general. With Tyler's dad gone and his recent fight with Erica, he now turns to Anna and the V's for salvation. For the very same reason Erica is finally ready to unleash the beast and wage war on the V's. Even Jack is ready to be soldier again.. Holy crap!

    It was unclear what happened to Ryan after the whole fiasco but something tells me he's definitely not dead.. I have a feeling this sudden turn of events will be a game changer for him..

    SO INTENSE!moreless
  • Siege

    Siege was a perfect and defining episode of V. This episode starts in motion a whole new game for every one on the board. As Ryan is captured and questioned, Erica tries to have some quality family time, and Jack receives some news from the Vatican that will change the course of his life. I thought it was very interesting how Anna manuevered Ryan and Hobbes. This episode had a lot of character and plot development, suspensful action and drama. Erica plays her part well after figuring out she is suspected of working with the 5th coloumn. This episode played out perfectly! It was sad to see what happened to Tylers father, but this is what changes things for him as he prepares to live on the Mothership. Erica has inherited leadership of the 5th column and makes decides its time to take this fight up a few knotches. Lisa discovers that Anna has been keeping a secret from her, that her grandmother Diana is alive. I only wish there was more to that scene. This episode should should really hook viewers on the fence. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Excellent, FINALLY!

    I was a little sceptical of the team the showrunners had put together, but it's clear in this episode that they had it right.

    This episode was defining for the series. The emotional turmoil in the characters finally reaches a boiling point and they are no longer satisfied to be a passive resistance, but now an aggressive resistance.

    The destruction of Erica's family and Jack losing his collar have armored them against the realities of war, innocents die. Now's time to fight the Russians no matter the cost.

    Lisa finally means Badler in the dungeon and an alliance is forged -- good to see the old queen back. She defined 'eating rats'.moreless
Oded Fehr

Oded Fehr

Eli Cohen

Guest Star

Jay Karnes

Jay Karnes

Chris Bolling

Guest Star

Nicholas Lea

Nicholas Lea

Joe Evans

Guest Star

Jane Badler

Jane Badler


Recurring Role

Scott Hylands

Scott Hylands

Father Travis

Recurring Role

Roark Critchlow

Roark Critchlow

A.D. Paul Kendrick

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Jack first sees the news website with the report that Erica's being held hostage, the browser on his laptop is clearly showing the address bar at the top. The next shot however the address bar is gone, but Jack didn't even touch the laptop.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Erica: Eli left me in charge of the Fifth Column he built... every cell, every soldier around the world. My first act as leader will be to declare that we go on the offensive. No more reacting to Anna. We strike first. We strike hard. Who's with me?
      Jack: I was a soldier once. I'll be a soldier again.
      Chad: I'm in... no matter the cost.

    • Erica: I should have listened to you about Ryan. Sorry.
      Kyle: Nah, it's on me. Should've taken the lizard out when I had the chance.
      Erica: I got you into this because I needed a warrior. But I've kept you caged. Not anymore.
      Kyle: You've got me, Erica... Come what bloody may.
      Erica: Good. We have an army now. And we are going to rain hell on the Visitors.

    • Tyler: You always blame the V's, but it was people, not the Visitors, that killed dad today.
      Erica: Tyler, you're wrong. You are wrong. I promise you. I did everything that I could to save him.
      Tyler: Well, you didn't do enough. If you would've done your job, if you would've protected him, if you would've stopped the Fifth Column like you were supposed to, then maybe dad would be alive!

    • Erica: I came to say goodbye.
      Ryan: Don't leave me here, Erica. I had no one to help me save my daughter, no one to turn to but Anna.
      Erica: No, you had me. You could've come to me. Why didn't you?
      Ryan: I never planned for you to be here.
      Erica: You betrayed us, not just the Fifth Column, but me. You betrayed me and Jack...your friends. We trusted you. We fought beside you. We defended you. I gave you my word, and I will do everything that I can to help your daughter, but I can never forgive you.
      Ryan: I'm sorry.
      Erica: It's too late.

    • Eli: I will die for this cause if I have to. I have no illusions I'm gonna walk out of here alive. But you and Joe must, and so must he. John Fierro, my most trusted colleague... He knows all my Fifth Column contacts all over the world, every plan, every detail. I've led my share of battles against the Visitors. Those battles are yours now.
      Erica: You want me to lead? Why me? We couldn't disagree more about how to fight this war.
      Eli: Maybe, but I've seen something in you, something that's far more important. See, you understand that this fight is for our future, for our families' futures, and at the end of the day, that's what this cause needs more than anything. Now take these people out to safety. Protect your cover, come out a hero. Live to fight Anna another day.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: February 15, 2011 on A
      United Kingdom: April 28, 2011 on Syfy/Syfy HD
      Poland: June 28, 2011 on TVN
      Czech Republic: November 19, 2012 on FANDA