Production code
October 26 2003
Written by
Jesse Alexander
Story by
Teleplay by
Directed by

Repercussions is the 5th episode of Season 3 of Alias and the 49th episode overall. While Vaughn's life hangs in the balance, Lauren butts heads with Sydney after learning the part she played in his stabbing. Meanwhile, Sydney further questions Sloane's allegiances after he is kidnapped by Kazari Bomani, a kingpin in The Covenant; Jack's cover is jeopardized when he meets with Simon to dig up information on Sydney's missing two years; and Marshall is sent on his second mission with Sydney, posing as a high-stakes, southern gambler.

Plot Overview[]

A frantic Sydney phones Jack, telling him to activate the transmitter that she put on Vaughn. Later Syd breaks into Simon Walker's room only to find the bio-weapon gone; he has sold it to Sark. He kisses her and they part.

Weiss finds Vaughn. As he recovers in the hospital, Syd tells Lauren that she stabbed him in order to save him. Lauren is incensed. The CIA picks up an aircraft in the Ural Mountains deploying the bio-weapon against a prison. They notice Sark extracting the sole survivor - Kazari Bomani, the largest arms dealer in Africa. The Covenant tailored the weapon to spring Bomani.

Since Sloane had turned in Bomani years ago, the CIA decides to tap him for more info. On the plane to Mexico City, Lauren pressures Syd to transfer to another field office. Syd is defiant. As they enter Sloane's building, he's kidnapped before their eyes; forced into a van by Sark and Bomani. Sloane, trying to prevent his torture, says he can legitimize Bomani.

Lauren apologizes for threatening Syd. Later, Vaughn dreams of Sydney kissing him, then stabbing him. He wakes to find Lauren at his side.

Sloane returns to the CIA, says Bomani let him go in exchange for info — his Yakuza contacts have developed an AI computer virus that probes networks and writes itself. It can crash markets, ruin banks, paralyze the military. He wants the CIA to disable the virus, but not destroy it. If Bomani finds it destroyed, he'll kill Sloane, who suggests he's now valuable as a double-agent working for The Covenant but loyal to the CIA. Syd is dubious but Marshall's lie-detector tests verify Sloane's sincerity.

Jack, posing as a potential client, meets Simon in Paris in order to learn more about Syd's past. Javier IDs Jack and tells Simon that his daughter is Syndey Bristow, alias Julia Thorne. Simon baits Jack, who ultimately murders him when he refuses to divulge any info.

Marshall must see the code in order to render the virus harmless, so he's chosen to go with Syd. They enter the Osaka casino dressed as a cowboy and his floozy. He joins a blackjack table and cleans up, thanks to his skillful cheating. Allowing himself to be caught, he and Syd are taken to a back room. With Marshall's hands about to be cut off, Syd leaps into action. Together, they handle the thugs. Marshall breaks into the system and disables the virus just before Sark and Bomani enter the casino. They hide as Sark transfers the useless code to his server.

Mission completed, Syd visits Vaughn in the hospital, where she happens to look upon Lauren tenderly kissing him after leaving with Weiss, then returning to get her jacket.



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  • International titles:
    • German: Messerstiche (Stabs)
    • French: Black Jack
  • When Sark is paying for the job, he opens the briefcase and shows the money, some of the banknotes are brushed by wind revealing that only top of the bundles are banknote replicas anything below is a blank paper.
  • 47: The page Sydney and Lauren recieve at the hospital is "47911"
  • The standard opening titles aren't used for this episode.
  • During the car chase scene, Lauren turns right but the car goes left.
  • Djimon Hounsou was billed as Special Guest Star in this episode.

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  • "Psycho Slam" by Beamish (unchanged in Netflix version)
  • "Dub Plate" by Pharoahe Monch ft. Wyclef Jean & Kenny Rogers (changed in Netflix version to unknown instrumental)
  • "Ooh Child" by Lady Laistee ft. Sweetness (changed in Netflix version to "One Last Look" by Trent Dabbs)
  • "Ooh Child" by Beth Orton' '(changed in Netflix version to "One Last Look" by Trent Dabbs)

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