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"Alias" centers around a young lady named Sydney Bristow. She is a spy for a CIA off-shoot code-named "SD-6." When she finds out that SD-6 is not, in fact, CIA, she decides to become a double agent in order to bring down this terrorist organization. She joins with her father, Jack, who is also a double agent with the CIA, but with whom she has little to no relationship. This lack of relationship provides a basis for future stories, and provides drama outside what is specific to this TV show.

Each episode is self-sustaining, so the audience is never completely lost, but keeps the story going, so each episode builds on the last. In each episode, Sydney works with a group of people to save the world and provide protection that most people don't even know they need. Sydney, in almost every episode, is required to disguise herself in order to complete a mission, or get information for the central story. These aliases are what give the show its name, and provide something unique and original for television audiences.

Because Sydney is a spy, she has various talents, including martial arts, so each episode uses these to provide action and drama. Each episode centers around one mission, but the drama is not just specific to these missions. Parallel missions, to provide insight into the central story, are also important, and provide plenty of drama for the audience. Sydney is extremely capable, and never gives up, despite multiple chances to quit the spy trade, and live a normal life.

ABC
5 Seasons, 106 Episodes - Canceled
September 30, 2001
Action & Adventure
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  • Peyton tells Sloane that she has made a deal for the Rambaldi Sphere with an ally in China. Sloane arranges for stolen missiles to be sent to Hong Kong. Sloane's plan is revealed to the APO members, who race to stop him before he can use the Rambaldi Sphere to put the plan in motion. But this all leads to a long awaited confrontation between Sydney and Irina.

  • Sloane takes Marshall and Rachel hostage in order to get information about Rambaldi's plan while Syndey and Vaughn race to stop him before it's too late.

  • Syndey has to stay undercover while partnering with Sark to find Rambaldi's final clue before Prophet Five gets to it first. Meanwhile, Vaughn sees Isabelle for the first time and Tom's secret is revealed to Rachel.

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

  • 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 Rene a job at APO.

  • Sydney's maternity leave is cut short when she learns that Will has been abducted by her nemesis, Anna Espinosa. Meanwhile, Sloane finds himself one step closer to obtaining the cure for daughter Nadia.

  • Jack calls on former Agent Weiss and the APO team to search for Sydney after receiving a distress call from her. But Jack believes that a larger conspiracy may be in play, thwarting their attempts to rescue her. Meanwhile, Tom's suspicious actions may suggest he has a hidden agenda, Irina Derevko is a surprise partner to Jack and a very pregnant Sydney on a mission to retrieve The Horizon but her allegiances still remain in question -- and Sloane is forced to scramble when Devlin suspects a mole is working inside APO.

  • Jack calls on former Agent Weiss and the APO team to search for Sydney after receiving a distress call from her. But Jack believes that a larger conspiracy may be in play, thwarting their attempts to rescue her. Meanwhile, Tom's suspicious actions may suggest he has a hidden agenda, Irina Derevko is a surprise partner to Jack and a very pregnant Sydney on a mission to retrieve The Horizon but her allegiances still remain in question -- and Sloane is forced to scramble when Devlin suspects a mole is working inside APO.

  • After Rachel has a fling that inadvertently compromises a mission, she and Sydney are forced to team with Julian Sark to prevent a deadly micropulse bomb from getting into the hands of a dangerous mercenary. Meanwhile, Jack and a former lover -- an MI-6 agent -- fight for their lives after being captured.

  • Sydney and APO attempt to discover whom Gordon Dean is working for and what their end game is. Meanwhile, when the group claiming to have a cure for daughter Nadia continues to play mind games with him, Sloane struggles for control.

  • Sydney and Tom discover that Rene has stolen the cryogenic-type container, and they find themselves under siege by mercenaries who want the container's contents. Meanwhile, Sloane is forced to take matters into his own possibly devious hands to get himself reinstated into APO and to continue his quest to find a cure for daughter Nadia.

  • Sydney's life hangs in the balance when Gordon Dean discovers that Rachel -- aka Mockingbird -- is still alive. Meanwhile, Sloane awaits the outcome of his sentencing.

  • Sydney is forced to partner on a mission with new APO agent Thomas Grace. They discover that Rachel Gibson -- a spy suspected of being involved in activities against the U.S. -- has something shockingly in common with Sydney. Meanwhile, Dixon must accompany Sloane, who's given a 48-hour pass from prison to acquire a possible cure for his daughter, Nadia.

  • 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. When she discovers that she's pregnant with Vaughn's baby, she becomes determined to uncover the truth about him. Meanwhile, because of Jack's past betrayal by Irina, he begins to worry that his daughter may suffer the same fate that he did.

  • Jack, Sydney, Vaughn, and Irina parachute into Sovogda, trying to dismantle a giant red ball turning people into zombies. Meanwhile, at APO, Weiss and Marshall blackmail the Russian Minister to access the Russian satellite codes, which leads them to learning that Elena Derevko is uplinking the satallite. Now, Jack, Sydney, Vaughn, and Irina have to save Nadia, and stop Elena and Sloane.

  • A giant version of the Circumference/Mueller device is found floating over city in Russia, making the citizens insane, as Rambaldi's plan begins. Sydney, Nadia, and Jack search for Irina after Dixon finds out that she was still alive. They find out that Irina had been kidnapped and cloned, to make it seem like she was dead. Sydney and Nadia find her in a camp in Tikal, captured by Elena's army. Irina had been captured, because she was working against Elena to stop Rambaldi's endgame. She was forced to recreate it, and now Jack, Sydney, Vaughn, Nadia and Irina need to go to Russia to stop it. Also, Vaughn has a surprise for Sydney.

  • When a group enters the DSR and steals the Rambaldi artifacts, Hayden CHase, CIA director, finds out that the alarms were disabled from Nadia's computer, and take her in for questioning. Afterwards, Jack and Sloane suspect Sophia, who is living with them, is Irina's sister, Elena Derevko.

  • They capture the Sloane imposter question him about the Rambaldi orchird, but first the real Sloane must remember a painful memory, so that the fake Sloane will reveal where it is.

  • Jack's sickness makes him hallucinate about an antidote. Also, Sydney is forced to pretend to be her mother, so that she can recreate the time when Jack was working was for the CIA.

  • Sophia, Nadia's old caretaker, contacts Nadia, after being severly beaten. Sophia tells Sloane that she was beaten up because someone was after Nadia, so him and Jack decide to tell their daughters the truth, that Elena Derevko has been watching both of them for a decade. Also, JAck's doctor advises him to tell Sydney about his sickness.

  • Vaughn and Sydney tell Jack about Sloane's involvement with Vaughn's father, and Irina's contact, but after talking with him, they find out that someone is framing Sloane. Soon they realize that the other Sloane is a clone, and Sloane decides it's best to step down, but Sydney disagrees. She says that it will be best because he knows exactly what the new Sloane will do, but Nadia is fearful that in her father's hunt to capture the new Sloane, he'll start to become obsessed again with Rembaldi.

  • Sydney and Vaughn go undercover to find out about Vaughn's father.

  • Nadia puts the one's she loves lives in danger when she forgets to tell them about her criminal past. Meanwhile, Vaughn meets a woman who knows Nadia as well.

  • Sydney is forced to protect a bartender she met, after she accidentally puts him in danger. Meanwhile, Vaughn finds out more about his father, and Jack visits an old friend.

  • Sydney and Dixon try to prove that Sloane is double crossing the CIA by by using APO to take the Blackwell Index, and is trying to reconstruct the Alliance. Sydney inspects Sloane's house, but when Nadia finds out, she isn't too happy. Meanwhile, Vaughn finds out news about his father, when he visits his uncle.

  • Jack temporarily takes over as director, when Sloane steps down, over their ext mission, which includes Anna Espinosa, Sydney's old enemy. When Anna kidnaps Nadia, she forces Sydney to do what she wants. Sydney tells Nadia about Rambaldi's profecy saying about two sisters fighting but only 1 surviving. Also, Vaughn goes to Sark to helps.

  • Sydney and Nadia argue over Sloane's new behavior, fatherly behavior. Meanwhile, Sloane worries when Nadia and Sydney's mission turns wrong when they disobey the orders.

  • Sydney starts to lose touch of the world when she gets altered by hallucinogen, and Jack and Vaughn look for a cure, before she strts to put her and the ones she loves in danger.

  • Sydney is forced to seduce an arms dealer in order to obtain a NSA code-breaker. Also, Sydney and Jack fight to tell Nadia about Irina. And Vaughn fears for Weiss' life.

  • Sydney teams up with Jack, unwillingly, to hunt down a criminal, who is a modern day Samuri. Meanwhile, Nadia wants to go back home, but is forced to join the CIA when Sydney's life becomes endangered. Sydney finds out the reasons behind Jack's "misdeed."

  • Sydney is sent to recover an isotope, and after a brush with death, shares a passionate moment with Vaughn.

  • Sydney quits the CIA, and joins a Black Ops unit, "Authoried Personnel Only", along with Vaughn, Dixon, Jack, and Sloane. Meanwhile, what Sydney found out in Wittenburg may endanger her relationship with Jack.

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