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Alias: Facade

Jack: "There is no white light. Not for people like you."

Very Mission Impossible, with just a touch of Speed. Come on. If the plane goes below 18,000 feet, it blows up? And the hotel room? The faked newscast? I swear they even did Mission Impossible-esque music.

My favorite parts of the episode were: (1) Vaughn's deft imitation of Sark, and (2) Vaughn and Sark defusing the bomb together. It's funny, but as soon as Vaughn and Sark were in the same room together, I immediately started worrying about Vaughn. But Vaughn, with a knife wound, actually beat Sark. How cool is that? Although I bet Sark won't be in custody very long, seeing how he's boning Mrs. Vaughn.

Daniel Ryan, the not so humanitarian bomber, was a compelling character. I thought for a moment that Sydney was going to confess to him that she had killed his brother, and I was thinking, NO! Don't tell him, Syd! He'll never understand. She didn't, but it didn't matter, did it?

That scene with Jack and Ryan and the strangling actually shocked me, although I shouldn't have been surprised... nobody messes with Spy Dad. But now there's a revenge-seeking mad bomber who hates both Sydney and Jack, and I bet he'll be back.

Bits and pieces:

— The bombs in this episode were activated by phone. Very topical and scary, considering the terrible things that just happened in Madrid.

— Sloane and Dr. Barnett are an item. I'm not quite sure how I feel about that.

— Have I mentioned lately how much I love Weiss? He just makes me smile. I'm not really sure why. Maybe it's his method acting.

— I like Lisenker, too. He's a fun character. He hates American cigarettes but loves our cable. Me, too.

— Melissa George (Lauren) wasn't in the episode at all. Dan was hoping she'd show up as Sark's wife on the plane.

— Ryan to Vaughn: "They said you was a pretty boy."

— The office building/stairwell in the opening scenes in "Belfast" looked very familiar; I think they've been in another episode.

— I felt very much cheated of Sydney/Vaughn smoochies at the end of this episode.

This week's...

... itinerary: Belfast, Rome, and over 18,000 feet up.

... hot look: The magenta hair is back!

Two out of four spies,

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


  1. Bit late.. But the building/staircase is where the fight took place between Sark and Vaughn (actually it was right on the staircase:)2.18 Truth Takes Time)


  2. This episode was wonderful! Ricky Gervais, Griffin Dunne, and even Stana Katic (Beckett from Castle) as a flight attendant.

    I loved the implicit meta joke about the hotel room in Moscow really being a set.

    I assume this character was written for Gervais; either that, or the man can make any dialogue sound like his patented shtick.

    The on-going Vaughn/Sark conflict is hilarious. I'd have to re-watch everything again to double-check, but I think Sark always uses a weapon and Vaughn always uses his fists. That says a lot about both of them, as well as how we're supposed to see their characters. Sark is the guy who'd bring a gun to a knife fight just to get the edge.


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