Production code
April 18 2004
Written by
André Nemec, Josh Appelbaum
Story by
Teleplay by
Directed by
Ken Olin

Hourglass is the 19th episode of Season 3 of Alias, and the 63rd episode overall. After finding out that Lauren is working for the Covenant, Vaughn is told to keep up the façade of a happy marriage in order to keep tabs on his wife's activities. But he's in for a shock when he uncovers the truth about Lauren's mother, Olivia. Meanwhile, Jack refuses to help exonerate Sloane of his crimes and put in motion a stay of execution, and a monk discloses the identity of the Rambaldi "Passenger" to Sydney.

Plot Overview[]

In a Nepal monastery, Sark, looking for info on The Passenger, threatens the Rambaldi monk known as Conrad. The wise man kicks the crap out of him. Olivia Reed appears and tranquilizes Conrad. Sark then takes a manuscript regarding The Passenger, called The Restoration.

During an online chat with Irina, Jack asks her about The Passenger. The account is suddenly terminated. Vaughn admits to Sydney and Jack that Lauren is the mole. Jack says he should play along. So when Lauren asks Vaughn to come to counseling, he agrees.

Dixon receives intel that The Covenant has kidnapped Conrad. In the Thar desert, Sydney and Vaughn intercept the convoy on horseback. Sydney jumps into the truck, beats a guard and grabs Conrad while Vaughn trails them. As they climb out toward Vaughn, Sark shoots Conrad. With his dying breath he says to Sydney, "The Passenger is your sister."

In LA, Jack reveals to Sydney that Sloane had an affair with Irina. Sydney confronts Sloane at his prison cell. He says he never knew he had a daughter with Irina until he reached the Nepal monastery. The Di Regno heart and Il Dire gave him the woman's DNA and the word "peace," which translates to Irina in Greek. Using Omnifam, he gained access to DNA databases but never found her. Now, he wants to protect her from The Covenant. He asks Sydney to convince Jack not to hide evidence which would exonerate him. Jack later says he's hiding nothing.

Only the CIA's Project Black Hole has the code key that can read The Restoration. Jack sets a trap - He leaks to Lauren that Marshall has The Restoration and will begin decoding it with the code key. She copies his thumb print, using it to access the Image Processing lab to duplicate the code key, which, in fact, is a fake.

Sydney and Vaughn are shocked to find Lauren passing the fake to her mother Olivia. They overhear Olivia say The Restoration is at home in Richmond. During a counseling session, Dr. Barnett slyly suggests that Vaughn take a trip with Lauren to Richmond. Once there, Vaughn hides a sensor that Marshall uses to find a hidden safe. Sydney phones him and directs him to it while Lauren and Olivia are outside. He scans and transmits the documents with a watch. Vaughn finishes just before Lauren enters. Sydney disconnects her comm as they fool around.

The documents reveal a Rambaldi artifact known as the Hourglass, which was auctioned to Masa Raidon, a yakuza keeping the artwork in a building in Little Tokyo. The manuscript says The Hourglass will reveal the location of The Passenger only to her father. Sloane will be executed in 6 hours. The Justice Department won't stay the execution.

Sydney bluffs Jack into agreeing to turn over his info on The Trust and exonerating Sloane. Jack then talks with Sloane, bringing champagne to his cell to celebrate the knowledge of a daughter. Jack accuses him of trying to take Sydney away from him. He refuses to help Sloane and threatens The Passenger.

Sydney treads delicately in the Yakuza stronghold but when Marshall tells her Dixon is at the execution, she kicks in to high gear. As Sloane enters his execution chamber, Sydney, double guns blazing, mows down the guards and grabs The Hourglass. Sloane slowly dies as he receives a combination of lethal injections.

Sydney later turns her back on her father. Lauren, informing Olivia of Sloane's death, admits that Vaughn played her. Jack, meanwhile, revives Sloane. He had given him an antidote in the bottle of champagne. Jack orchestrated it, he tells Sloane, because he needs him.



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  • "Change (in the House of Flies)" by Deftones (changed in the Netflix version to "Goodbye" by Celdweller)
  • Peggy Lipton was billed as Special Guest Star in this episode.

Allusions and References[]


  • Vaughn: You were right.
  • Sydney: About what?
  • Vaughn: Lauren's the mole. She works for the Covenant.

  • Vaughn: My wife betrayed me. She betrayed all of us. You can't expect me to pretend that never happened.
  • Jack: I'm not sure you have a choice.
  • Vaughn: Why is that?
  • Jack: Because you're the one that married her.

  • Conrad: The Passenger... she is your destiny.
  • Sydney: How is she my destiny? As a friend, as an enemy, tell me that. Is the passenger my mother?
  • Conrad: Passenger is... your sister.