Mockingbird is the fourth episode of Season 5 of Alias and the 92nd episode overall. When Gordon Dean discovers Rachel is still alive he captures Sydney while she is returning from a mission. He demands that Rachel should be returned to him but Sydney is reluctant to agree to his terms. However, if Sydney refuses she could face almost certain death. Meanwhile Sloane goes before a judge.
Wearing a glitzy outfit, Sydney emerges from a sleek car in Monte Carlo and hands her key to Tom, dressed as the valet. She goes inside the casino and starts attracting attention with her boisterous behavior and consecutive wins. Meanwhile, Tom drives the car to the basement and picks the lock of a maintenance station.
With a big crowd, Dixon accuses Sydney of cheating. After the casino guards bring her in the office, Sydney shoots them with a tranquilizer and goes to the office vault. With a laser cutter and the key code that Tom relayed through her earpiece, Sydney retrieves a laptop and drives away.
As she passes by a shipyard, she is stopped by a policeman and is boxed in by another vehicle. Suddenly, a shipping crane with a large magnet grabs her entire car and Sydney is lifted hundreds of feet off the ground. She gets a phone call from Gordon Dean saying he wants "Mockingbird" back.
In the APO office 72 hours earlier, Rachel shares her guilt with Sydney on getting her coworkers killed. When Sydney urges her to rest and points out that it is Gordon Dean's fault, Rachel insisted on finishing her report on Dean. Sydney then asks Rachel what "Mockingbird" is as written in some of her reports, and Rachel replies that it's her call sign.
At an industrial office, Gordon Dean tasks a man named Keach with an assignment. After, Peyton approaches Dean and mentions that they need money for an account transfer so they can rebuild their offices. Dean types in his password.
Waiting in the APO office, Marshall announces that he has been monitoring Dean's accounts based on Rachel's intel, and recently, Dean had liquidated all his finances and stored them all in one account. Rachel shares that the account is Dean's fail safe account in Cayman Islands, and that since she built it, she had made it a trap-door account. The only way to access it is to be at the bank and go through Dean's protocol questions. The answers are in Dean's servers in the Prague office -which has been destroyed.
Later, Sydney asks Rachel to go with her to Prague. Using Marshall's recovery software, they can reconstruct protocols and help Dixon and Tom with getting into Dean's account before traces of Dean disappear once again. Rachel adamantly refuses.
In a Federal Building, Sloane sits in front of Boyd Harkin, Special Prosecutor to Sloane's case. Unsympathetic and determined to punish Sloane, he lists Sloane's criminal activities, and expresses his disbelief on the pardon agreements that Sloane had gotten in the past. Sloane admits to his wrongdoings and promises that he is reformed. Later, Sloane is approached in his cell by Keach. Keach says that he has benefactors who can help Sloane. He considers this offer.
With their Czech Intelligence Badges, Sydney and Rachel enter Dean's Prague office and heads to the servers. In spite of Rachel's anxiety and difficult flashbacks, they find the hard drive amidst the debris and was able to plug it into the laptop. Rachel starts hacking.
Dixon and Tom sit at a beach in Cayman Islands and were approached by the bank's emissary, Pierpont, earlier than expected. After Dixon alerts Sydney of the sudden change, they go into a cabana where Dixon and Tom is seated. With the guards' pistols aimed at Dixon and Tom, Pierpont starts asking them a series of questions. As Dixon subtly relays the questions through his earpiece, Sydney and Rachel supply answers from Prague with the data they are slowly recovering. Despite a setback, Dixon was able to withdraw all of Dean's finances.
At this moment, Dean and Peyton realize that they have been cleaned out. As they conclude that Rachel is the only person who could have done this, they make plans to get her back.
At the APO office, Dixon reports that because of the recent events, Echelon was able to intercept a call revealing a location where Dean stores one of his operation archives. With the blueprints in front of them, they realize that they need to retrieve the archive from an electromagnetic deposit box system. When Dixon mentions that the mainframe resets passwords daily, Rachel blurts out that she can get around it by decrypting the building's network. With determination to destroy Gordon Dean, she volunteers for this next assignment.
At Monte Carlo, after Sydney heads to the casino and Tom brings the car to the basement, he pops the trunk and Rachel goes with him to the maintenance station. Rachel decrypts the algorithm and passes the code to Tom who relayed it to Sydney. She goes back in the trunk and Sydney drives off.
With her entire car hanging from the crane, Sydney speaks to Dean on the phone who is demanding that Mockingbird be delivered in 30 minutes. As Dixon attempts to rescue them, a camera captures their presence and the car plummets 20 feet. Talking Rachel through this predicament, Sydney asks Rachel to call Dean to confirm that she is on her way. As Dean listens, he hears a foghorn in the background, revealing Rachel's actual location. In a flash, Sydney tells Rachel to kick the trunk, and grabbing Rachel by her arm, Syd uses her laser cutter to attach herself to the magnet -a split second before the car crashes to the ground.
At the hearing, Sloane stands in front of Harkin, awaiting his sentence. Sloane surprisingly gets pardoned and is released from the federal penitentiary. Jack looks at him suspiciously.
On the plane ride home, Sydney tells Rachel that they can't release her until Dean is brought in -and everyone involved. Rachel sits back and realizes that her life is never going to be safe.
- Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow
- Ron Rifkin as Arvin Sloane
- Carl Lumbly as Marcus Dixon
- Kevin Weisman as Marshall Flinkman
- Rachel Nichols as Rachel Gibson
- Elodie Bouchez as Renée Rienne (credit only)
- Balthazar Getty as Thomas Grace
- and Victor Garber as Jack Bristow
- Amy Acker as Kelly Peyton
- Tyrees Allen as Gordon Dean
- Joel Bissonnette as Keach
- Rowena King as Pierpont
- Stephen Spinella as Prosecutor Boyd Harkin
- Christopher Fairbanks as Pit Boss
- Benjamin Mouton as Croupier
- David Pressman as Walsh
- Randy Spire as Shipyard Policeman
- The actor who plays Prosecutor Boyd Harkin, Stephen Spinella, also plays the scarred man - Mr Kishell - in previous Alias episodes Snowman and The Frame.
- Number 47: The keycode for the vault is 97326347.
- For a man who had been honest throughout his entire hearing, Arvin Sloane did err greatly in one claim. He said (about Nadia) "Since the moment I met her, I have dedicated my every moment, every action, to atoning for my sins." This is not true; the trip to the Sphere of Life or the injections of Rambaldi liquid prove otherwise.
- We learn that Rachel Gibson's callsign is Mockingbird and Thomas Grace's sidewinder.
- Although credited Elodie Bouchez did not appear in this episode. This is the second episode in a row we haven't seen Renee Rienne.
- "Come On" by Andy Hunter
Allusions and References
- Tom: They're ready for us. We got to go.
- Rachel: Do you want to come over here and do the advanced binomial calculus? Because I'd be more than happy to stand there and watch.
- Tom: (to Syd, on comms) Sidewinder's gonna need a little more time.
- Sydney: What can I say, sir? I'm not like other moms.
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