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Season 4.22 "Before the Flood" Season Finale
Air date: 5/25/05

Description:
Coming Soon!

Comments:
Coming Soon!

Grade (on a scale of 10): 10

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Season 4.21 "Search and Rescue"
Air date: 5/18/05

Description:
Rambaldi's endgame finally begins and Irina Derevko is the only hope for it to be stopped -- there's only one problem, Jack killed her...or did he?

Comments: Coming Soon!

Grade (on a scale of 10): 10

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Season 4.20 "The Descent"
Air date: 5/18/05

Description:
The identity of  Elena Derevko is finally discovered by the CIA

Comments: Coming Soon!

Grade (on a scale of 10): 9

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Season 4.19 "In Dreams"
Air date: 5/11/05

Description:
The imposter claiming to be Arvin Sloane from Episode 4.16 "Another Mr. Sloane" returns, this time he steals an orchid thought to be extinct from a Rambaldi monastery. The orchid's nectar has possibly some grave repercussions for humanity, and some shocking secrets are revealed about the real Arvin Sloane.

Comments:
Although one would assume the stellar acting from Ron Rifkin, along with Joel Grey's delightfully creepy Arvin Cloane,  and the pure treat of seeing Amy Irving reprise her role as Emily Sloane would automatically merit this episode a rating of 10.
 
However I cannot give it a full 10 because there are some plot flaws in the episode's writing. But having said that, this episode does manage to turn my perception of the real Arvin Sloane on its head, and it showed me that he was once a good man who caught got up in the evil net of Rambaldi.

Grade (on a scale of 10): 9

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Season 4.18 "Mirage"
Air date: 5/4/05

Description:
When Jack's radiation induced sickness has caused him to hallucinate about a cure,  Sydney finally finds out about his illness she must recreate the time when Jack was working for the CIA and hid the only man who might be able to help him now. For this, Sydney must play her mother.
 
Meanwhile, Sophia carries on with her plans...

Comments:
Coming Soon!

Grade (on a scale of 10): 10

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Season 4.13 "Tuesday"
Air date: 3/30/05

Description:
When a mission goes wrong, Sydney's is placed in danger and Marshall is the only one who can save her. Meanwhile, Dixon is exposed to a deadly pathogen released inside APO.

Comments:
Oh my gosh - I have just fallen in love with Marshall this season! I mean I have always liked his character from the moment we meet him in Truth Be Told but it wasn't until this season started that I started to totally love him!
 
Let me end with saying that the interactions between Jack and Marshall this season have been priceless, absolutely priceless!

Grade (on a scale of 10): 9

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Season 2.9 "Passage, Part II"
Air date: 12/8/02

Description:
Sydney must play peacekeeper between her bickering parents as they struggle to recover a series of nuclear weapons that have fallen into the wrong hands. But when the Bristows inflitrate a desert military compound, family dynamics take a back seat to shifting allegiances, shocking relevations, and a Rambaldi discovery that could change everything.

Comments:
This episode, as well as its predecessor, is Alias at its best!
 
First of all, I had forgotten what a hoot  these two episodes - oh gosh Sydney, Jack, and Irina all on a mission together! There were many times during the course of this episode I was ROTFLMHO mostly because I see so clearly where Sydney gets her stubborn streak - from both of her parents! I also enjoyed it because clearly Irina was enjoying herself way too much at Jack's expense and honestly he was making himself an awfully easy target by biting the bait she was providing, lol! I think I laughed hardest when Irina had an opportunity to say a well-deserved I told you so to Jack but wisely kept her mouth shut (i.e. over the truck stalling that they were riding in to the prison in Kashmir).
 
Other classic Alias moments in this episode includes the brief time Sydney had to stop to attend to a mildly bad scratch on her leg (that she got when they were ambushed by the PRF) and to see how her parents act here made me wonder if they react like this when their very grown daughter has such a minor injury, then how in the world did they react when she was a little girl? It also solved the question of whether or nor Irina really does love Sydney, at least it does for me. After watching her in this scene I am forever convinced that Irina does indeed love her daughter and like Jack, she would do anything she has to protect Sydney.
 
Now I still have issues as to whether or not Irina really loves Jack or if she has at any point ever loved him at all but then I digress...
 
The Bristows take another train ride, and this time there's awkward silence between them, They're all taking the opportunity to eat something, and we see Jack shares some sort of alcoholic drink with Irina that they clearly found in the compartments cargo containers. Jack looks at Irina and says, "I know what you're thinking
 
Yet another moment I love is when they reach Jack's contact because this becomes another moment of evidence that Jack is very proud of Sydney as his contact-friend makes it clears that Jack has indeed bragged about her to him. *g* I also love this moment because of the disguises they're given (they go with a native Indian look) and also the fact Irina tries to warn Jack that the truck the contact has provide won't get them all the way to their destination.
 
 

Grade (on a scale of 10): 10

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Season 2.8 "Passage, Part I"
Air date: 12/1/02

Description:
Sark's alliance with SD-6 suddenly puts Sydney at risk of being exposed as a double agent. She has no choice but to cooperate with his plan, until his alliance with Sloane sends several nuclear weapons into the wrong hands. Now, only Irina holds the key to unraveling Sark's agenda -- and she refuses to cooperate.

Comments:
This episode and its sequel is Alias at its best!
 
First of all, I had forgotten what a hoot  these two episodes - oh gosh Sydney, Jack, and Irina all on a mission together! There were many times during the course of this episode I was ROTFLMHO mostly because I see so clearly where Sydney gets her stubborn streak - from both of her parents! I also enjoyed it because clearly Irina was enjoying herself way too much at Jack's expense and honestly he was making himself an awfully easy target by biting the bait she was providing, lol!
 
Classic Alias moments include Jack giving Irina C4 laced necklace and telling her if at any time he believes she's betraying them, he'll blow off her head himself.
 
Then Jack, Irina, and Sydney all posing as a family passing through a train station to tour the Kashmir region. In the train station Syd acts like a total rich airhead brat and Irina has an opportunity to plant a kiss on Jack's lips that stuns him. Another moment comes when the Bristows have to parachute from a high speeding train into enemy territory, and the question of who goes first causes a nearly endless debate between Jack and Irina, which is solved by Sydney telling her parents to "Shutup!" before she jumps from the train. Jack then has some satisfaction I am sure when he gets to throw Irina from the train after Sydney before he jumps himself, lol!
 
Also another thing I love about these episodes (aside from the Bristows kicking enemy butt together as a *ahem* family) is that apparently Jack does indeed have some friends who seem to respect him greatly, and also it appears SpyDaddy has done a lot of bragging to the aforementioned friends about his daughter. *g*
 
The episode ends in a blaze of glory as the Bristows are ambushed by the People's Revoluntionary Front (or the ones with the nuclear warheads) and their guide is killed. The PRF knows that they're CIA operatives, and it appears that they're about to kill them when Irina removes her C4 laced necklace, and hurls to their jeep. Jack hits the necklace's detonator, and the explosion gives them enough of an advantage.One hightlight of the scene comes here when we see Jack, Sydney, and Irina all standing side by side, armed with serious guns, all firing with a rage, taking out the rest of the PFR operatives.
 
And what a moment to see them walk off together into the night determined to continue on with the mission even if the enemy does know they're there.

Grade (on a scale of 10): 10

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Season 2.6 "Salvation"
Air Date: 11/10/02

Description:
Sydney's fury at Jack's present betrayal and past sins leads her father to a desperate act to prove his love for her. Meanwhile, Vaughn -- after enlisting Will in a seemingly benign CIA request -- learns that a mission he and Sydney engaged in could have diastrous consequences for their health.

Comments:
Oh gosh, what's not to love about this episode?

Grade (on a scale of 10): 10

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Episode 1.15 "Page 47"
Air date: 3/3/02

Description:
Sydney returns from an SD-6 mission in Moscow with a video of the myterious Mr. Sark's meeting with K-Directorate. Vaughn asks Sydney to use her friendship with Sloane's wife, Emily, to gain access to a mysterious Rambaldi book. Meanwhile, Will's life begins to spin out of control when he is kidnapped and told to drop his investigation of SD-6 or risk the lives his family and friends.

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Season 1.14 "The Coup"
Air date: 2/24/02

Description:
Sydney and Dixon are sent to Las Vegas to gather information from a K-Directorate agent who has ties to the group that attacked and nearly destroyed SD-6. Sydney learns some shocking news about Francie's fiancÚ. Jack continues to try to be more of a father to Sydney when he helps her decide whether or not to continue with graduate school.

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Season 1.13 "The Box Part II"
Air date: 2/10/02

Description:
Vaughn disobeys orders and attempts to help Sydney and Jack avert the destruction of SD-6 headquarters and all its occupants, as McKenas Cole continues his vendetta against Sloane and searches for a mysterious device. Meanwhile, evidence and a desperate but determined woman convince Will to continue his investigation of SD-6.

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Season 1.12 "The Box Part 1"
Air date: 1/20/02

Description:
News that her mother was KGB is too much for Sydney, and now she wants to resign from SD-6. Suddenly, heavily armed intruders led by McKenas Cole take control of the building to torture Sloane for access to the vault, triggering explosive lockdown measures. Forced to the basement, Jack and Sydney must think fast to avoid the total destruction of the building.

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Season 1.1 "Truth Be Told"
Air date: 9/30/01

Description:
When her fiancÚ is murdered, secret agent Sydney Bristow learns she has been working for the very enemy she believed she was fighting against.

Comments:
This episode is the pilot for the series Alias and it is one of the most well-written television pilots I have ever watched. From the first second when see Sydney being tortured in Taipei until the very last moment we watch her watch her father walk away (a man she hardly knows at this point), this is compelling television at its finest.

Grade (on a scale of 10): 10

Lomeinie's
All-Time Favorite Alias Episode(s)

Salvation - Season 2
Passage Parts I & II  - Season 2
Mirage - Season 4

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