Page 47 is the 15th episode of Season 1 of Alias. Vaughn asks Sydney to use her friendship with Sloane's wife, Emily, to gain access to a mysterious Rambaldi book which happens to be under lock and key in a safe at Sloane's home. Meanwhile, Will is kidnapped and told to drop his investigation of SD-6 or risk the lives of his family and friends, including Sydney's.
With bullets whizzing by, Sydney swings into a nearby building and narrowly escapes, aided by Dixon. She returns to SD-6 with video of the meeting between the mysterious Mr. Sark and K-Directorate and gives the same to Vaughn.
Meanwhile, Will's investigation has attracted unwanted - and potentially deadly - attention from SD-6. Sloane tells Jack that this reporter should be "silenced" before he learns too much; Jack insists that more evidence is needed before such a drastic action should be taken.
After learning of Charlie's infidelity, Francie faces the awkward task of returning her bridal gifts. She tells Sydney that even though the wedding is off, she cannot bring herself to remove her engagement ring. Sydney reveals that she still wears the ring Danny gave her. In a touching moment, the two roommates remove their engagement rings at the same time.
Based on information gathered in Moscow, Sydney and Dixon are dispatched to Tunisia. A Rambaldi manuscript - the same one stolen by Anna Espinosa in Argentina - is being held on a yacht, and their mission is to retrieve the artifact before it is transferred to Sark. Her CIA countermission is to photograph the priceless manuscript before returning it to SD-6.
Using her feminine charms, Sydney arrives, and boards the yacht - posing as a Swede whose motorboat has run out of gasoline - and overpowers the K-Directorate agents, taking the Rambaldi book, along with the yacht - leaving Sark and his colleagues behind ashore.
Upon her return, Vaughn then presents Sydney with a moral dilemma. Knowing that Sydney is friendly with Emily - Sloane's cancer-stricken wife - Vaughn wants her to exploit the relationship to gain entrance to Sloane's house to plant a bug. Sydney feels awkward about manipulating a dying woman, but she finally agrees. After a "friendly" call, Emily invites Sydney to bring a date over for dinner.
Meanwhile, Will visits David McNeil with the information that he gained from the back-door program in McNeil's software. Unbeknownst to both of them, SD-6 agents are taping the entire conversation.
Two masked men kidnap Will as he leaves the prison, pulling him from his car and driving him to an abandoned warehouse. They issue a stern threat - to stop investigating SD-6 or his family and friends will be killed. The threat comes from Jack - though Will has no idea that Sydney's father is actually trying to save his life. In a desperate, final meeting, Will returns to inform McNeil that he must abandon the investigation.
As Sydney prepares for dinner at the Sloanes', Vaughn calls her for a crucial briefing.
Rambaldi manuscript, and in the prophet's style, page 47 is found to be - significantly - blank. Since the manuscript is currently held at Sloane's house, she is asked to retrieve the critical page during dinner. Before she leaves, Sydney reveals that Will is her date for the evening. Vaughn has no comment, but he is undeniably jealous.
During the dinner, Sydney excuses herself and proceeds to crack Sloane's personal safe. She takes page 47 - leaving a blank in its place - and quietly shuts the safe. As she turns, she is alarmed to find Sloane standing in the doorway, but how much did he see?
Using the same vial of "Rambaldi" liquid that McKenas Cole tried to steal - the CIA is able to reveal the image on page 47. Vaughn is shaken by what he sees, and immediately arranges a meeting with Sydney. She takes the page in her hand and sees a portrait of herself. How did a 15th century mystic draw an image of herself? What prophecy does this manuscript hold?
- Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow
- Ron Rifkin as Arvin Sloane
- Michael Vartan as Michael Vaughn
- Bradley Cooper as Will Tippin
- Merrin Dungey as Francie Calfo
- Carl Lumbly as Marcus Dixon
- Kevin Weisman as Marshall Flinkman
- and Victor Garber as Jack Bristow
- Don Took as SD-6 Agent Grey
- David Anders as Julian Sark
- Ken Olin as David McNeil
- Ken Feinberg as Mr. Sark's Driver
- Casey Pieretti as Deck Guard
- Stewart Skelton as Public Defender
- Bryan Friday as Sark's Thug
- Unknown actor as Yuri
- When Jack threatens Will with killing his parents, the picture they take is of Bradley Cooper's real parents, Charles and Gloria.
- The Caplan award is reference to one of the Alias crew.
- This is J.J. Abrams's fifth time writing an episode of Alias and Jeff Pinkner's second.
- While infiltrating the Russian yacht, Sydney is speaking phonetically learned Swedish phrases.
Allusions and References
- Sydney [holding a paperclip]: This is a bug?
- Vaughn: It's good, huh? You should see the guys who make it; it's like they've never seen sunlight.
- Sydney: You should meet Marshall.
|Alias Season 1||Season 2 >|
|#01||Pilot||#07||Color-Blind||#13||The Box (Part 2)||#19||Snowman|
|#02||So It Begins||#08||Time Will Tell||#14||The Coup||#20||The Solution|
|#03||Parity||#09||Mea Culpa||#15||Page 47||#21||Rendezvous|
|#04||A Broken Heart||#10||Spirit||#16||The Prophecy||#22||Almost 30 Years|
|#06||Reckoning||#12||The Box (Part 1)||#18||Masquerade|