Alias - Episode Guide

Season 1

Truth Be Told

Episode: 1x01 | Airdate: Sep 30, 2001

Truth Be Told

Sydney Bristow is a college student who leads a double life: she works for shadowy government agency called SD-6 which is supposed to be a covert branch of the CIA and reports to Arvin Sloan. Recently engaged, she tells her boyfriend, Danny Hecht, the truth. The next day, he is murdered. Later, Sydney's father, Jack Bristow, tells the truth: he is a double agent for the real CIA, as SD-6 is a renegade agency who allegedly killed Sydney's fiancé. Sydney must make a decision which will haunt her for the rest of her life. Sydney's partner in the field, Marcus Dixon, is also unaware about his true alliances as is SD-6's tech expert, the socially awkward Marshall Flinkman. Sydney's friends, the headstrong Francine, and the ambitious journalist Will Tippin are also unaware about Sydney's double life, until Will becomes inquisitive about Sydney's well-being following her fiancé's murder.

So It Begins

Episode: 1x02 | Airdate: Oct 7, 2001

So It Begins

In her new role as a double agent for the CIA, Sydney is intent on destroying SD-6 within weeks.

Parity

Episode: 1x03 | Airdate: Oct 14, 2001

Parity

Sydney and Dixon go to Madrid to steal a lockbox containing a sketch with what appears to be a digital code drawn by a 15th century seer, Milo Rambaldi.

A Broken Heart

Episode: 1x04 | Airdate: Oct 21, 2001

A Broken Heart

Sydney and Anna memorize a code written by Rambaldi. Sydney and Dixon are sent to investigate a plot to eliminate the United Commerce Organization.

Doppelgänger

Episode: 1x05 | Airdate: Oct 28, 2001

Doppelgänger

Will tells Francie that he's been investigating the death of Danny. Sydney learns from Vaughn that her father may also be working for the FBI.

Reckoning

Episode: 1x06 | Airdate: Nov 18, 2001

Reckoning

Sydney forms the opinion the Jack's suspicious activities led to the death of her mother 20 years earlier, creating a deeper tension between them.

Color-Blind

Episode: 1x07 | Airdate: Nov 25, 2001

Color-Blind

Sydney learns about the Shepard's involvement in her past. Sloane confronts the Alliance about the CIA bug, and they conclude that SD-6 has been moled.

Time Will Tell

Episode: 1x08 | Airdate: Dec 2, 2001

Time Will Tell

Sydney travels to Oxford to steal an ancient clock connected to the Rambaldi mystery.

Mea Culpa

Episode: 1x09 | Airdate: Dec 9, 2001

Mea Culpa

Sydney is scared, as she thinks that Dixon may have heard her talking to the CIA.

Spirit

Episode: 1x10 | Airdate: Dec 16, 2001

Spirit

Jack must save Sydney when Sloane orders her to be tortured and killed after she is suspected as the mole. Sydney tells Vaughn about her time at SD-6.

The Confession

Episode: 1x11 | Airdate: Jan 6, 2002

The Confession

After Jack saves Sydney during a mission, she discovers that he was responsible for the deaths of many CIA agents, complicating her feelings for him.

The Box (Part 1)

Episode: 1x12 | Airdate: Jan 20, 2002

The Box (Part 1)

A group of heavily-armed intruders sneak into SD-6 and take control of the building.

The Box (Part 2)

Episode: 1x13 | Airdate: Feb 10, 2002

The Box (Part 2)

Sydney discovers a note left for her by her father, explaining the dire predicament: opening the SD-6 vault would trigger a fatal explosion.

The Coup

Episode: 1x14 | Airdate: Feb 24, 2002

The Coup

Sydney and Dixon travel to Las Vegas to try and track down the group that nearly destroyed SD-6.

Page 47

Episode: 1x15 | Airdate: Mar 3, 2002

Page 47

Sydney and Dixon are dispatched to Tunisia. A Rambaldi manuscript is being held on a yacht, and their mission is to retrieve it before Sark gets it.

The Prophecy

Episode: 1x16 | Airdate: Mar 10, 2002

The Prophecy

The Department of Special Research inquires about Sydney's connection to the Rambaldi notebook.

Q&A

Episode: 1x17 | Airdate: Mar 17, 2002

Q&A

While being questioned by the FBI about her ties to Rambaldi, Sydney makes a shocking discovery that may unravel the mysterious 500-year-old prophecy.

Masquerade

Episode: 1x18 | Airdate: Apr 7, 2002

Masquerade

Sydney is reunited with Noah Hicks, an SD-6 agent she dated five years ago.

Snowman

Episode: 1x19 | Airdate: Apr 14, 2002

Snowman

Vaughn confirms that K-Directorate has hired an assassin, known as "The Snowman" for his favored use of an ice pick as a weapon, to take out Khasinau.

The Solution

Episode: 1x20 | Airdate: Apr 21, 2002

The Solution

Sydney and Vaughn meet with Mr Sark hoping to catch Khasinau, but Sydney's cover is endangered when an SD-6 agent is sent to stop the trade.

Rendezvous

Episode: 1x21 | Airdate: May 5, 2002

Rendezvous

Sydney and Dixon must go to a Paris nightclub, where Sark will deliver the ampule to Khasinau. Dixon is to steal pages of a Rambaldi manuscript.

Almost Thirty Years

Episode: 1x22 | Airdate: May 12, 2002

Almost Thirty Years

Vaughn and Sydney must destroy a Rambaldi artifact to save Will. Jack makes a deal with Mr Sark, and The Alliance decides the fate of Emily Sloane.

Season 2

The Enemy Walks In

Episode: 2x01 | Airdate: Sep 29, 2002

The Enemy Walks In

Sydney finds herself face-to-face with her mother, Irina Derevko.

Trust Me

Episode: 2x02 | Airdate: Oct 6, 2002

Trust Me

Sydney begins to question whether her mother is trying to help her or trying to get her killed.

Cipher

Episode: 2x03 | Airdate: Oct 13, 2002

Cipher

Sydney must stay one step ahead of Mr Sark in retrieving a crucial piece of intel. Jack must face Sydney's mother while Will meets Vaughn.

Dead Drop

Episode: 2x04 | Airdate: Oct 20, 2002

Dead Drop

Sydney's dealings with her mother lead Jack to take drastic measures to ensure his daughter's safety. Meanwhile Will is confronted by a mysterious woman about resurrecting his story on SD-6.

The Indicator

Episode: 2x05 | Airdate: Nov 3, 2002

The Indicator

Sydney uncovers a chilling secret while on a case. Vaughn suspects Jack of setting up Sydney's mother to take the fall.

Salvation

Episode: 2x06 | Airdate: Nov 10, 2002

Salvation

Jack does what it takes to earn back Sydney's trust, while Sydney and Vaughn may have been exposed to a deadly virus.

The Counteragent

Episode: 2x07 | Airdate: Nov 17, 2002

The Counteragent

Sydney must make a deal with her nemesis, Mr Sark, in order to find a cure for an ailing Vaughn.

Passage (Part 1)

Episode: 2x08 | Airdate: Dec 1, 2002

Passage (Part 1)

The Bristow family goes undercover on a deadly mission and Mr Sark joins forces with SD-6.

Passage (Part 2)

Episode: 2x09 | Airdate: Dec 8, 2002

Passage (Part 2)

While continuing the first family mission together, Sydney and Jack learn where Irina's loyalties lie.

The Abduction

Episode: 2x10 | Airdate: Dec 15, 2002

The Abduction

Alliance counterintelligence head Ariana Kane is investigating the disappearance of Emily Sloane. Marshall is sent on his first mission.

A Higher Echelon

Episode: 2x11 | Airdate: Jan 5, 2003

A Higher Echelon

Marshall's life is placed in mortal danger. Ariana Kane has her sights set on Jack as the prime suspect in the disapearence of Sloane's wife.

The Getaway

Episode: 2x12 | Airdate: Jan 12, 2003

The Getaway

Ariana Kane tracks Sydney in order to catch Jack. Sydney and Vaughns covers may have been compromised after sharing a romantic dinner together in France.

Phase One

Episode: 2x13 | Airdate: Jan 26, 2003

Phase One

Sydney and Jack scramble to get information on the new Director of SD-6, who is appointed when Sloane goes missing.

Double Agent

Episode: 2x14 | Airdate: Feb 2, 2003

Double Agent

CIA Agent Lennox's identity is called into question by Sydney, Jack and Vaughn after his deep cover mission is blown.

A Free Agent

Episode: 2x15 | Airdate: Feb 9, 2003

A Free Agent

Sydney thinks about leaving the agency. Sloane kidnaps a scientist to help him piece together the mysterious Rambaldi device.

Firebomb

Episode: 2x16 | Airdate: Feb 23, 2003

Firebomb

Sloane discovers the powers of a mysterious Rambaldi device. Sydney senses that Francie is keeping secrets.

A Dark Turn

Episode: 2x17 | Airdate: Mar 2, 2003

A Dark Turn

Sydney begins to lose trust in Vaughn when she discovers the he is under investigation by the Agency.

Truth Takes Time

Episode: 2x18 | Airdate: Mar 16, 2003

Truth Takes Time

Sydney faces off with her mother, while Emily Sloane must decide whether to side with her husband or betray him.

Endgame

Episode: 2x19 | Airdate: Mar 30, 2003

Endgame

Sydney defies her father in her attempt to rescue a kidnapped scientist, while Sloane, seeking revenge, becomes more dangerous than ever. Meanwhile, Allison manipulates an unsuspecting Will for his agency connections.

Countdown

Episode: 2x20 | Airdate: Apr 27, 2003

Countdown

The Agency acts to stop an apocalyptic event prophesized by Rambaldi. Vaughn questions Dixon's state of mind.

Second Double

Episode: 2x21 | Airdate: May 4, 2003

Second Double

Sydney begins to question Will's identity when he's arrested for espionage, under suspicion of being a double. Meanwhile Sark and Irina plot to recover the Di Regno heart, and Sloane makes Jack a business proposal.

The Telling

Episode: 2x22 | Airdate: May 4, 2003

The Telling

Sydney confronts her mother, who reveals her true motivation. Will struggles to figure out who's behind his set-up.

Season 3

The Two

Episode: 3x01 | Airdate: Sep 28, 2003

The Two

After waking up in Hong Kong, Sydney tries to remember what has happened in the past two years, and discovers that Vaughn is married.

Succession

Episode: 3x02 | Airdate: Oct 5, 2003

Succession

Jack confronts Sloane, doubting his redemption and blaming him for Sydney's disappearence.

Reunion

Episode: 3x03 | Airdate: Oct 12, 2003

Reunion

A fireball drops from the sky, devastating Moscow's Gorky Park.

A Missing Link

Episode: 3x04 | Airdate: Oct 19, 2003

A Missing Link

A team steals four vials of Ebola from a French epidemiology lab. Lauren and Sydney question Laszlo Bogdan, a team member who was infected and captured.

Repercussions

Episode: 3x05 | Airdate: Oct 26, 2003

Repercussions

Sydney tells Jack to activate the transmitter that she put on Vaughn. Sydney breaks into Simon Walker's room only to find bio-weapon gone and sold to Sark.

The Nemesis

Episode: 3x06 | Airdate: Nov 2, 2003

The Nemesis

Sloane tells Sydney that intel about the Covenant's next move is encoded in an image of the Vatican on a website.

Prelude

Episode: 3x07 | Airdate: Nov 9, 2003

Prelude

Sydney wakes from a nightmare in which she sees an angel-like figure, then pulls tubes from her mysterious scar. Shaken, she asks a CIA psychiatrist about the memory-retrieval process.

Breaking Point

Episode: 3x08 | Airdate: Nov 23, 2003

Breaking Point

Now in Lindsey's custody, Sydney is imprisoned and tortured at Camp Williams, a secret NSC detention facility.

Conscious

Episode: 3x09 | Airdate: Nov 30, 2003

Conscious

Hiding out in a warehouse, the team devises a plan to frame The Covenant for Sydney's extraction.

Remnants

Episode: 3x10 | Airdate: Dec 7, 2003

Remnants

Sydney tells Jack about a dream involving Will. Jack advises her to contact Will, who is in the witness protection program.

Full Disclosure

Episode: 3x11 | Airdate: Jan 11, 2004

Full Disclosure

Kendall tells Sydney the truth about her two missing years.

Crossings

Episode: 3x12 | Airdate: Jan 18, 2004

Crossings

In a North Korean jail, Sydney passionately kisses Vaughn before they are led, in chains, to a firing line.

After Six

Episode: 3x13 | Airdate: Feb 15, 2004

After Six

At the CIA, the team discusses info gleaned from Lisenker, a Covenant defector.

Blowback

Episode: 3x14 | Airdate: Mar 7, 2004

Blowback

Dixon presents the team with a new mission: The Shining Sword, a Filipino terrorist organization, has acquired a next-generation bomb called a plasma charge, which they're shipping to Europe.

Facade

Episode: 3x15 | Airdate: Mar 14, 2004

Facade

Daniel Ryan, a freelance bomb maker whose bombs are impossible to diffuse, destroys a bank in Belfast as a calling card to The Covenant.

Taken

Episode: 3x16 | Airdate: Mar 21, 2004

Taken

Senator Reed, Lauren's father, arrives to oversee Sark's interrogation. He tells Jack that they must learn the identity of Sark's partner in The Covenant.

The Frame

Episode: 3x17 | Airdate: Mar 28, 2004

The Frame

Vaughn and Sydney travel to mexico city searching for the key to open the Rambaldi box.

Unveiled

Episode: 3x18 | Airdate: Apr 11, 2004

Unveiled

Dixon explains to the team that a computer worm, originating in Berlin, has targeted hospitals, laboratories and universities. They believe it's a Covenant attack.

Hourglass

Episode: 3x19 | Airdate: Apr 18, 2004

Hourglass

Sark takes a manuscript regarding The Passenger, called The Restoration.

Blood Ties

Episode: 3x20 | Airdate: Apr 25, 2004

Blood Ties

Sloane reveals that he found a Rambaldi text that contained a formula for an elixir that would allow The Passenger to channel a message from Rambaldi.

Legacy

Episode: 3x21 | Airdate: May 2, 2004

Legacy

Sloane takes the notes that an entranced Nadia has written and pins them to a board, where they form some kind of diagram.

Resurrection

Episode: 3x22 | Airdate: May 23, 2004

Resurrection

When the mission to kill Vaughn's wife ends up putting Vaughn in the hospital, Sydney decides it's time to kill Lauren. Nadia is forced to decide whether she can trust her father.

Season 4

Authorized Personnel Only (Part 1)

Episode: 4x01 | Airdate: Jan 5, 2005

Authorized Personnel Only (Part 1)

Sydney quits the CIA and joins a Black Ops unit, "Authorized Personnel Only," along with Jack, Vaughn, Dixon, Marshall, Nadia and Sloane.

The Awful Truth

Episode: 4x03 | Airdate: Jan 12, 2005

The Awful Truth

Sloane says Valta, a computer that will revolutionize info gathering, was stolen from the NSA headquarters by Martin Bishop, who will deliver it to a german terrorist group.

Ice

Episode: 4x04 | Airdate: Jan 19, 2005

Ice

Sydney and Vaughn are sent on a mission by APO to obtain a sample of Ice 5, a weapon that can freeze a person to death.

Welcome to Liberty Village

Episode: 4x05 | Airdate: Jan 26, 2005

Welcome to Liberty Village

Posing as a Chechen couple, Sydney and Vaughn infiltrate a training camp run by the October Contingent.

Nocturne

Episode: 4x06 | Airdate: Feb 9, 2005

Nocturne

After being infected by a hallucinogen, Sydney starts to lose touch with reality.

Détente

Episode: 4x07 | Airdate: Feb 16, 2005

Détente

Nadia and Sydney go undercover as wealthy, irresponsible young heiresses to uncover the whereabouts of a deadly chemical.

Echoes

Episode: 4x08 | Airdate: Feb 23, 2005

Echoes

Sloane steps down as director of his task force and gives Jack full authority over the next assignment, which involves Anna Espinosa, Sydney's old foe.

A Man of His Word

Episode: 4x09 | Airdate: Mar 2, 2005

A Man of His Word

While Nadia is in a coma, Sark is taken into APO to help them infiltrate Cadmus Revolutionary Front and retrieve the bomb.

The Index

Episode: 4x10 | Airdate: Mar 9, 2005

The Index

Dixon enlists Sydney's to help him prove Sloane is double-crossing the CIA and using APO to steal the Blackwell Index, a master blackmail list.

The Road Home

Episode: 4x11 | Airdate: Mar 16, 2005

The Road Home

Sydney must protect the life of a civilian she unintentionally put in danger.

The Orphan

Episode: 4x12 | Airdate: Mar 23, 2005

The Orphan

Nadia puts the ones she loves in danger when she forgets to tell them about her criminal past.

Tuesday

Episode: 4x13 | Airdate: Mar 30, 2005

Tuesday

When a mission does not go well, Sydney is attacked and her life is put in danger. The only one who can save Sydney is Marshall.

Nightingale

Episode: 4x14 | Airdate: Apr 6, 2005

Nightingale

Jack agrees to Sydney's request for clearence on files relating to Vaughn's father.

Pandora

Episode: 4x15 | Airdate: Apr 13, 2005

Pandora

Dixon is shot by a masked gunman. The shooter approaches and takes off his mask, revealing Vaughn.

Another Mister Sloane

Episode: 4x16 | Airdate: Apr 20, 2005

Another Mister Sloane

In Poland, men posing as airport guards abduct Professor Sinclair, a nuclear physicist. She wakes up bound in a dark room and is greeted by a man impersonating Arvin Sloane.

A Clean Conscience

Episode: 4x17 | Airdate: Apr 27, 2005

A Clean Conscience

The APO team watches footage of an explosion at an Indonesian embassy in Copenhagen that killed 15 people, the work of terrorists headed by Milos Kradic.

Mirage

Episode: 4x18 | Airdate: May 4, 2005

Mirage

Sydney tells Vaughn that she hasn't seen her father in two days. They go to his apartment and find a notebook with recent records of Jack's vitals.

In Dreams...

Episode: 4x19 | Airdate: May 11, 2005

In Dreams...

The Sloane imposter is questioned about the Rambaldi orchid, but first the real Sloane must remember a painful memory.

The Descent

Episode: 4x20 | Airdate: May 18, 2005

The Descent

A tactical group infiltrates the DSR and steals the Rambaldi artifacts. Sophia says goodbye to Nadia and Sydney, telling them that the Lisbon police confirmed that it is safe.

Search and Rescue

Episode: 4x21 | Airdate: May 18, 2005

Search and Rescue

A giant version of the Circumference/Mueller device is found floating over a city in Russia, making the citizens insane. Sydney, Nadia and Jack search for Irina.

Before the Flood

Episode: 4x22 | Airdate: May 25, 2005

Before the Flood

Jack, Sydney, Vaughn and Irina parachute into Sovogda, trying to dismantle a giant red ball turning people into zombies.

Season 5

Prophet Five

Episode: 5x01 | Airdate: Sep 29, 2005

Prophet Five

After learning that the man she has known as Michael Vaughn is under investigation and suspected of being a double agent, Sydney begins to question whether their business and personal relationship over the years had all been a lie.

...1...

Episode: 5x02 | Airdate: Oct 6, 2005

...1...

Sydney visits Sloane in his jail cell. Jack meets with Thomas Grace, a new agent he is recruiting into APO.

The Shed

Episode: 5x03 | Airdate: Oct 13, 2005

The Shed

The team interrogates Rachel, a hacker working for Dean, as Sydney realizes they have a lot of similarities.

Mockingbird

Episode: 5x04 | Airdate: Oct 20, 2005

Mockingbird

A shipping crane lifts Sydney's car hundreds of feet off the ground. Sydney answers her phone - it's Gordon Dean saying he wants Mockingbird.

Out of the Box

Episode: 5x05 | Airdate: Oct 27, 2005

Out of the Box

Sloane asks to be reinstated in APO so he can find a cure for Nadia. Syd and Tom meet Renee in Marseilles and return to her loft, where the now revived but disoriented man from the box suprises them.

Solo

Episode: 5x06 | Airdate: Nov 10, 2005

Solo

Sydney must guide a nervous and pensive Rachel on her first solo mission. Sloane must decide whether or not to betray the trust he's recently earned with APO.

Fait Accompli

Episode: 5x07 | Airdate: Nov 17, 2005

Fait Accompli

Sloane confesses to Jack and Sydney that he had been working with Dean, as they come up with a plan to trap him.

Bob

Episode: 5x08 | Airdate: Dec 7, 2005

Bob

Unaware of who the other really is, Rachel and Sark fall for each other while both undercover.

The Horizon

Episode: 5x09 | Airdate: Dec 14, 2005

The Horizon

Hoping to gain information from her, Prophet Five capture Sydney and makes her relive moments of her past with Vaughn.

S.O.S.

Episode: 5x10 | Airdate: Apr 19, 2006

S.O.S.

Marshall recovers an emergency transmission from Sydney but it's deleted by a Langley insider before he could listen to it - meaning Prophet Five has infiltrated the CIA.

Maternal Instinct

Episode: 5x11 | Airdate: Apr 19, 2006

Maternal Instinct

Irina returns and claiming to want to help, convinces Jack and Sydney to take her on a mission to retrieve The Horizon.

There's Only One Sydney Bristow

Episode: 5x12 | Airdate: Apr 26, 2006

There's Only One Sydney Bristow

As part of a plan to bring Sydney back into the field for Prophet Five's own purposes, Peyton has Anna Espinova kidnap Will Tippin.

30 Seconds

Episode: 5x13 | Airdate: May 3, 2006

30 Seconds

Sloane is distressed to learn that Prophet Five's cure for Nadia is just as likely to kill her. Meanwhile, the search for Anna Espinosa continues, Rambaldi's prophetic Page 47 resurfaces, and Sydney offers Renee a job at APO.

I See Dead People

Episode: 5x14 | Airdate: May 10, 2006

I See Dead People

Sydney must beat arch-nemesis Anna Espinosa to the punch when a mysterious chip found planted in Renee is tied to Vaughn. Meanwhile, Sloane struggles with ghostly visions while working for Prophet Five.

No Hard Feelings

Episode: 5x15 | Airdate: May 17, 2006

No Hard Feelings

Sydney must stay undercover and partner with Sark to track down Rambaldi's final clue before Prophet Five finds it. Meanwhile, Vaughn sees daughter Isabelle for the first time, and Rachel discovers Tom's secret.

Reprisal

Episode: 5x16 | Airdate: May 22, 2006

Reprisal

Sloane takes Marshall and Rachel hostage in order to discover a crucial clue to Rambaldi's ultimate endgame, as Sydney, Vaughn and APO race to stop him.

All the Time in the World

Episode: 5x17 | Airdate: May 22, 2006

All the Time in the World

Sydney and Jack must find a way to keep Sloane and Irina from putting their deadly plan into action.