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Alias: Blood Ties

Sloane: "All I want to do is protect my child."

Liar, liar, pants on fire. You just want a conduit to Rambaldi, you lying, spying turkey.

Jack and Sydney had a nice father/daughter DNA bonding moment. I'm glad there's no question about Sydney's parentage... but how many of you find it suspicious that Nadia's father had to be there when the hourglass was broken, and both Sloane and Jack were in the room? Nadia (Mia Maestro) is absolutely gorgeous, and she looks a lot like both Irina and Sydney. However, she looks nothing like Ron Rifkin. Irina was Jack's wife; is it totally out of the realm of possibility that Jack is Nadia's father, not Sloane?

Poor Vaughn got to walk in Sydney's shoes for awhile, suffering horrible torture for his country, all macho and strong, which is good because he's had kind of a wussy season. And now, he's discovered his father was a Rambaldi acolyte, like everyone else on this show. Vaughn Senior broke Nadia out of a KGB prison and died protecting her... from Irina? Was Irina planning to do what Sloane is now doing? Geez, and I thought my family was dysfunctional.

At least, Vaughn doesn't have to go to Fiji with Lauren now. Did Lauren fail to kill Vaughn on purpose? I mean, a gun to the head, boom, all over, but instead, she turns up the inferno stuff? She pushed the IV up three times during that torture scene, including at the end. If so, why is Vaughn still alive? Not that I'm complaining.

Nadia said she was with Argentine Intelligence. (I actually thought she said Italian Intelligence at first, so I checked the close captioning.) And she fights just like Syd. The Passenger and The Chosen One will battle; neither will survive? That can't be good.

Bits and pieces:

— Shaft is back, can you dig it, although he again didn't have much to do. And is he telling Vaughn the truth? The fact that Sark "just missed" capturing Brill seems like a big coincidence. Plus, Sark lies.

— We finally saw The Trust; it's five guys, including this Marlon Bell, who was in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in season seven. A virtual row of lollipops for the first person who remembers which episode.

— My favorite line this week was Vaughn's to Sark: "Holding that thing, you almost look like you've reached puberty."

— 500,000 volts sounds like a lot.

— The "inferno protocol" didn't look inferno-like. I was expecting something burn-ier.

— Sloane doing the ghost spy bit was a lot of fun.

This week's...

... itinerary: Washington DC, and Chechnya.

... hot look: I absolutely, totally loved Sydney's hot geek seduction of Smithsonian Guy. He must have thought he'd died and gone to heaven.

There were way too many needles in this episode, but the end of the season countdown is picking up speed. Three out of four spies, for the standard good Alias episode.

Billie Doux loves good television and spends way too much time writing about it.


  1. This was good, but I was a little confused: did Lauren use the Inferno Protocol? Is that what the IV was? And...well, the "and" will wait for another few episodes, I think.

    While it's nice that Sydney's body hasn't been up for grabs as much this season, it's a pity that they've taken to torturing Vaughn instead.

  2. Given the parallels between La Femme Nikita and Alias, I thought it was interesting that Lauren whispered to Vaughn when he was in bed and almost unconscious the same thing Roy Dupuis' Michael whispered to Nikita after a similar (albeit much shorter) pretend romance "It wasn't all a lie."



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