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Alias: Reckoning

Jack: "What you think you know, you don't know."

There was a lot of plot in this one.

The biggest development was that Jack is now working directly with Sydney – no more airplane parts for Jack. The angst about Sydney's mother continued, with Sydney suspecting Jack had something to do with her mother's death. And Sydney went undercover as a lunatic in a Romanian insane asylum, an intensely creepy place, to smoke out a programmed assassin who didn't know he was an assassin. (Are asylums in Bucharest really that bad?)

In the Kate Jones who died in 1973 and is actually Sydney saga, Eloise Kurtz, who lives at 223 Whitley Place, Hollywood, and has pepper spray, finally admitted that she pretended to be Kate Jones for money. And promptly disappeared. Bet she's dead.

And finally, Charlie wasn't unfaithful after all. He'd just started a singing career. The fluff with the bar and the singing just felt discordant, pardon the pun, compared to the rest of the episode: the heaviness of what Dixon did in Badenweiler, the asylum, the funerals, etc. It's hard for me to get involved in the trivia of Francie's romantic life when Sydney's life is so overwhelming.

This week's cliffhanger: Sydney was trapped in an asylum in Romania, and her backup has been killed.

Bits and pieces:

— The explanation/teaser at the beginning has changed; although it's much the same, ID photos have been added.

— We saw photos of Mom. Mom looked a lot like Sydney.

— Vaughn shared the fact that his father, an agent, died when Vaughn was eight. Sydney is not the only one who has lost a parent tragically.

— The CIA was still getting info through SD-6's back door, until Marshall noticed something wrong with the computer network. And now Sloane believes there is a mole. Uh-oh.

— Sydney to Jack: "Every time I think I know just how awful you are, I learn something worse." Is Sydney being fair to Jack?

— Will's sister Amy with the magenta hair is back.

This week's...

... itinerary: More Badenweiler; London; Romania.

... hot look: That green piece of nothing Sydney wore in London. I particularly liked the accessories: green heels, glasses, bag, ring, the works.

... cool gadget: a bug that actually looked like a bug.

... language skills: Sydney speaks Romanian, too.

Two out of four spies,

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


  1. List of Things Not To Do:

    47. Go crazy in Romania.

    I went straight from this episode to the next one because my favorite cat was deeply asleep on my leg, and so the cliffhanger didn't hang too uncomfortably. This show was made for marathon viewing, but it would have made me crazy to watch it just one episode per week.

    Loved Sydney's golf outfit. That girl has a costume fetish, doesn't she?

  2. Strangely enough Josie, I loved waiting a whole week for another Alias episode. I would actually spend the whole week obsessing over the cliffhanger (usually the life or death situations with Syd in season 1) and ponder how she would get out of them :P
    Yes I was THAT obsessed with this stunning show!

  3. I agree about Charlie and the singing. One of the weak points of the first season was often the Will or Francie story. I sometimes felt (as I did here) that the writers were forcing a secondary story in to use the actors.

  4. I love Will and still want the show to be all about him - but I could happily lose Francie and Charlie, who seem like dead weight, though at least Charlie's song was thematically appropriate.

  5. The whole Charlie/Francie drama is a little boring. It feels like they are trying to force a "normal" storyline for Sydney to be part of, but I think the best parts of Syd's normal life is when they are simply being normal - hanging out and drinking wine. I don't need Francie's drama too.

    On the other hand, I'm liking that we are finally seeing a storyline about Vaughn. He's integral to the show and it wouldn't be Alias-like if he didn't have some drama.


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