Issue 45

Azhria Lilu

Nov 18, 2002
Derbyshire, UK
The Alias Newsletter
The newsletter of

Issue 45

Monday, April 28, 2003

In this issue:
1. Summary: Coundown
2. Music: Countdown
3. Reaction: Countdown
4. Preview: Second Double & The Telling
5. Jack as a Tragic Hero
6. Look Back: Favorite Quotes from Season 2
7. Look Back: More is coming
8. Much More News
9. Final Thoughts

Ready? Let’s begin!

1. Summary: Countdown

At Diane's funeral, Vaughn observes a grieving Dixon secretly pop pills.
Later, he tells Sydney that Dixon is self-medicating and should take
time off before going back to work.

Sark suggests that Sloane go to Panama City. Sloane seems distracted and
declines, but gives him a number to call to get what he needs while
Irina lays low in Cypress. Sloane admits that killing Diane was a
mistake. He's going on leave, he says, and hands Sark the reins.

At the CIA, Marshall gives a presentation on Rambaldi for the benefit of
NSA task force leader Frederick Brendan and Rambaldi expert Kerry
Bowman. In his 15th century drawings, Marshall explains, Rambaldi drew a
DNA profile of Panamanian named Proteo Di Regno. His DNA is the code key
to decrypt page 94 of the Rambaldi manuscript, which foretells certain
apocalyptic events. One of them is to happen in 48 hours and may involve
Di Regno. Syd and Dixon are dispatched to find him and bring him back.

But Syd and Dixon arrive in Panama City too late. Not only is Di Regno
dead, his heart has been ripped out. They find that he has a Rambaldi
tattoo. Syd also finds a latex glove, which yields a fingerprint of an
assassin named Emilio Vargas.

Back home, Vaughn requests that Dixon be taken out of the field. When
Jack refuses, Vaughn does an end-around and calls Dr. Barnett. Marshall,
meanwhile, makes a love connection when he offers a Kleenex to Bowman,
who's been moved to tears by a Joni Mitchell song. They discuss Rambaldi
and find they share common interests. She asks him out for sushi.

Dixon and Syd find Vargas and defeat him in a swordfight. Dixon exhibits
exceptional brutality during the interrogation, but he gets info about
Di Regno and Sloane. Later, Dixon is called in to see Barnett at
Vaughn's prompting. Dixon says he used necessary force and that he needs
to be involved in the hunt for Sloane. She's not so sure, however. When
Dixon confronts Syd later, she denies reporting him. Dixon reveals he's
been taking Vicoden and that he must take a drug test . Sydney is
furious at Vaughn, but he stands by his actions.

Sloane appears in the Himalayas, trekking to a monastery on a remote
mountaintop. He finds the monk who sent him on the Rambaldi quest 30
years ago and vents his anger. The monk responds without fear.

Vaughn later apologizes to Syd; Dixon's drug test is negative. Syd tells
Dixon he passed the test, but Dixon reveals he switched the results and
begs her not to tell Barnett. He's lost without Diane, he says. Syd
covers for him when Barnett calls her in. Meanwhile, Dixon contemplates
suicide on a bridge.

The CIA tracks the heart to a truck delivering to a ship docked in
Cartegena. When Dixon and Syd are sent on the mission, Dixon promises
that he can handle the stress. At the dock, Syd and Dixon find the
truck, but the heart has been moved. Dixon brutally beats a dockworker
who he thinks is hiding info. He reveals a bomb and threatens to blow
them all up unless he gets answers. Neither Syd nor Vaughn can do
anything for fear of setting the bomb off. As the timer winds down, the
man tells Dixon that the heart is on the boat. The timer goes to zero,
but Dixon was bluffing — he had cut the timer cord. It's 10 minutes to
midnight, the prophecy has been thwarted … or has it?

The monk knows that Emily died; it was necessary, he says. He presents
Sloane with a scroll. Sloane learns that his journey has just begun.

The CIA team opens the box and finds the "heart." Dixon apologizes to
Syd for putting her in a tough position. He says that he came to terms
Diane's death while on the bridge. Vaughn and Syd relax in a park.
Vaughn says Dixon admitted he switched the tests, and for that he'll get
leniency. Syd reveals she knew what Dixon had done and apologizes. They
walk off, arm in arm.


2. Music: Countdown

ORIGINAL MUSIC: Michael Giacchino

Artist: Lizzie West
Song: "Prayer"
Label: Warner Bros. Records

Artist: Kinky
Song: "Mas"
Label: Nettwerk America

Artist: Aretha Franklin
Song: "You're All I Need to Get By"
Label: Atlantic Records

3. Reaction: Countdown

What did you think of Countdown? Express your opinion and see what
others thought at

4. Preview: Second Double & The Telling

Alias wraps up with a special, two-part season finale. In part one of
the two-hour broadcast — 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 Rambaldi
heart, and Sloane makes Jack a business proposal. In part two — The
Telling Sydney finally confronts her mother, who reveals her true
motivation. Sloane, for his part, begins to execute his new grand plan,
Will struggles to figure out who's behind his set-up, and Marshall finds

5. Jack as a Tragic Hero

Verdantheart, one of the staff members, has written a
wonderful essay called “Jack as a Tragic Hero”.

I would have included it in this issue, but because of its length, I’m
going to have to link to it:

6. Look Back: Favorite Quotes of Season 2

All this week at, leading up to the season two finale on
Sunday, we're looking back at season two so far.

So today, here are the team's favorite ten quotes from
Season 2 (in no particular order):

No Dad. You understand something. You took away my choices in life. You
programmed me to be a spy. I will never forgive you for this. ~ Sydney,
"The Indicator"

There is one way for you to verify if my nocturnal activities are a
security risk, Miss Kane, but somehow I think we’d both prefer the
torture. ~ Jack, "The Abduction"

What was wrong with the black one? . . . Do you think it’s comfortable
wearing clothes like this? ~ Sydney, "Phase One"

Legally he’s right. Ethically he’s an ass. ~ Jack, "A Free Agent"

You may need to think of yourself as an honorable husband, a father
figure, but I won’t ever see you that man in you--which, frankly, is why
we have this agreement . . . Never talk to me about your love for Sydney
again. ~ Irina "Truth Takes Time"

I’d say you’re setting me up to be killed or I underestimated your love
for your wife. ~ Irina, "Truth Takes Time"

"Hi. Welcome. Don't kill me." - Marshall, The Passage, Part I

Sydney can be stubborn. Where she got that from is anyone's guess. ~
Jack, "A Dark Turn"

You’re too forgiving, Sydney. Don’t pretend I’m something I’m not. I’ve
never been a real mother to you and you don’t owe me a second chance. ~
Irina, "A Free Agent"

"You do have an oven, you know. We can reheat it." ~ Vaughn, "Double

7. Look Back: More is Coming

We’re going to be looking back all week on – tomorrow is
our favorite guest stars – so stay tuned. I’ll try to link to all of the
look backs in next week’s issue.

8. Much More News

As always, you can check up on our archive of Alias news at

And cast-related news here:

9. Final Thoughts

Thanks for reading this issue and have a great week!

Also, don’t forget to preorder the Alias DVD set:


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