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REMNANTS


EPISODE NO. 54
Season 3, episode 10
Series 310
1st release: 12/07/03
2nd release:
Last update: 12/13/03


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REGULAR CAST, GUEST CAST & CREDITS
TV GUIDE PROMO
SYNOPSIS by Sally Dye
COMMENTARY 1 by Adriane Saunders
LINKS



REGULAR CAST
Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow
Ron Rifkin as Sloane
Michael Vartan as Vaughn
Carl Lumbly as Dixon
Kevin Weisman as Marshall
Melissa George (Lauren Reed)
Greg Grunberg (Eric Weiss)
David Anders as Mr. Sark
Victor Garber as Jack Bristow



GUEST CAST
Bradley Cooper (Will Tippin)
Merrin Dungey (Allison Doren)
David Cronenberg (Dr Brezzel)
Kurt Fuller (Lindsey)
Mark Brahmall (Lazarey)
Ivo Lopez (Gamboni)
Gerald O'Donnell (Agent Scrimm)
Tony Guma (Ben)
Paul Ganus (Desk Attendant)
Joey Nader (Bellhop)
Sean Casey (NSC Agent #1)
Mark Galasso (NSC Agent #2)



CREDITS
Written by Jeff Pinkner
Directed by Jack Bender



Broadcast on ABC, 9-10pm, Sunday nights.

TV GUIDE PROMO

The identity of the mysterious “St. Aidan” forces Sydney to pull a stunned Will (Bradley Cooper) out of witness protection. But the pursuit sends the two old friends on a collision course with Allison (Merrin Dungey) -- the woman who ruined both their lives. Meanwhile, a zealous Lindsey arrests Jack and Vaughn as conspirators in Sydney’s escape from NSC custody, Sloane, still under pressure from Lindsey, puts a plan in motion to eliminate Sydney, and Dr. Brezzel (David Cronenberg, director of “Crash,” “Naked Lunch,” “The Fly”) has an unpleasant run-in with Sark. Twoevilmonks.org

WILL AND SYDNEY, SITTIN' IN A TREE -- Syd finally discovers what's behind Door 47, and it's Will. And some cereal. Yeah, the "huh" is implied. After springing him from witness protection, Syd and Will head off to some random country in search of, well, some live ancient Rambaldi flesh, if you must know. Yeah, the "ew" is implied. Sloane hires a hit man to ostensibly kill Syd during the Rambaldi exchange, but really, he hires him to kill Penis Head. Thank GOD. Lauren thankfully doesn't appear, but we do get a taste of Francinator right before Will offs her with a butcher knife. Oh, and Sark's first name is "Julian." Ten bucks to the first character to call him "Jules." Heh. TWoP

Remnants - Well, Will certainly gave Syd sumpin', but it sure as hell is hotter than a fever. In fact, it involved something resembling a condom and a generous amount of vodka. In other news, Penis Head's dead. And Sloane got him that way. Jack instructs Vaughn to leave his little girl alone, and Syd heads off to Wisconsin to do a little boot-knockin' with her old buddy Will. They also go on an assignment to recover something from Graz or something, and Sark shows up just long enough to get his ass kicked while Will takes a page out of the Spy Daddy operations book and shoves a knife into Francinator's chest. I really hope she stays dead this time. TWoP




SYNOPSIS:

This synopsis is by Sally Dye.

Teaser

Scenes from previous episodes, culminating with Sydney's entrance to room 47 in her dream state. She sees Will standing in her old apartment. He has a box of cereal with "St Aiden" on the box. Just as she starts to talk to Will, Dr Brezzel wakes her up. Sydney is upset and wants to go back, but they tell her it is too dangerous. Sydney tells them about seeing Will. Jack says they can get Will out of witness protection. Sydney is reluctant to drag him out of his new life, but Jack convinces her it can be safely done. He tells her that Dr Brezzel thinks that her memory of the two missing years has somehow been extracted, possibly with her cooperation.

Jack and Vaughn visit Sloane. Sloane says that Lindsey has accepted the story that the Covenant has Sydney. Vaughn tells Sloane that Sydney's life is in his hands, and if anything happens to her, he will kill Sloane. Sloane says not to worry: "I love her, too."

In Wisconsin, Will -- now known as Jonah -- is on a high rise construction site. Sydney approaches behind him and says, "Hi." Will is stunned to see her. He turns and pulls out a gun and points it at Sydney. He says he remembers Project Helix and Sydney Bristow is dead. Sydney convinces him who she is by telling him what happened when he went for his first job interview. They embrace tearfully.

Sloane meets with Lindsey and tells him he's found a marksman to kill Sydney at the exchange point. He wants $500,000 wired to a certain account. Lindsey agrees and says if he is double crossed, he will inform the US government of Sloane's real activities.

Act I

In New Haven, Sark comes to see Dr Brezzel. Before the doctor can say anything, Sark shoots him in the leg.

Will tells Sydney about waking up in the hospital. Sydney reveals that Allison Doren is still alive and is working with the Covenant. Will says that St Aiden was the code name for a contact of his when he was CIA. Will and Sydney argue over whether Will should contact him. Will says he wants to be a part of this. He makes the call and arranges to meet St Aiden.

Sark asks Brezzel what Sydney discovered during her memory retrieval. He gives Brezzel morphine and then withholds it til Brezzel tells him about Sydney seeing Will in her dream state. Sark is surprised to learn that Will is still alive. He gives Brezzel enough morphine to kill him and then leaves.

Jack and Vaughn report to Lindsey that they have been on the trail of those who extracted Sydney. Lindsey is obviously disbelieving and speaks insultingly to Jack. Jack slugs him, and Lindsey calls for guards to put both of them in custody.

In Warsaw, Will and Sydney wait for St Aiden to show up. He finally does, and Sydney, watching through a scope, is stunned to recognize him as Lazarey. When Lazarey hears Will ask about the Covenant, he starts to leave, but Sydney radios to Will to say that Julia Thorne sent him. Lazarey stops and asks: "Did they get it? Have they been to Graz?" Suddenly a car pulls up, and Sark shoots Lazarey with a tranquilizer dart. Sydney fires back at Sark, and she and Will jump in their car and speed away.

Act II

In a safehouse, Sydney and Will hash out what happened, but there are too many question marks.

Jack and Vaughn are being transferred in a van. Vaughn says it might not have been too smart to slug Lindsey. Jack says he could tell Lindsey didn't believe them, so he wasn't going to pass up the chance to hit him. He says when they get out of this, he wants Vaughn to push Sydney away and even be cruel if he has to because she's suffering the way things are.

Sydney and Will get a little drunk and catch up on each other's lives. Sydney talks about the ironic situation between her and Vaughn's wife. She says she still loves Vaughn and it's tearing her apart. She feels alone. They embrace, and it quickly becomes very passionate.

Sloane meets with his marksman. He tells him that the target is a government agent.

In Moscow, Sark comes to Lazarey, who is strapped to a chair. He tells him who he is -- the child Lazarey abandoned so many years before. Lazarey hadn't recognized him. Lazarey says that he staged his own death so he could leave his son his inheritance, but Sark doesn't believe him. Sark tells him the Covenant now has his inheritance. Lazarey says the Covenant is evil. Sark wants to know what Lazarey said to Will. Lazarey doesn't seem cooperative. Sark gets a blowtorch and asks him again.

Sydney and Will lie in bed and discuss what it might have been that she presumably left in Graz. Sydney looks up places in Graz that might have safe deposit boxes and recognizes the name of a hotel there.

Allison waits outside of a room from which she can hear screaming. Eventually Sark comes out and says they are going to Graz.

Act III

In Graz, Sydney and Will -- in disguise as a British rocker couple -- check into the hotel. In their room, Sydney hacks into the hotel's computer system, looking for her name. She finds that Julia Thorne has a safe deposit box there. She fixes the surveillance cameras, and she and Will head for the basement. They find the box and break into it just as Sark breaks into it from the other side. He reaches in first and grabs the small box that was there. Sydney and Will split up to find Sark. Sydney catches up to him and kicks him unconscious and gets the box. Meanwhile, Will runs into Allison. They also fight. Allison pulls a knife, but Will gets it. He says, "This is for Francie" and stabs her. Sydney finds him standing over Allison's body. She calls to him and says they need to get out of there. They take off.

Act IV

Sydney contacts Sloane and finds out that Jack and Vaughn have been taken into custody. The exchange is set to take place in San Pedro. She calls Weiss and tells him to track the van carrying the Rambaldi device because she doesn't trust Sloane.

Lindsey arrives at the exchange point. He is radioed that the device is on its way to the Covenant. Sydney drives up in a car. On a rooftop, the marksman has Sydney in his sites. As she and Lindsey greet each other, she notices a laser mark on Lindsey's chest. Before she can do anything, the sniper fires, killing Lindsey.

Sydney meets Sloane and accuses him of killing Lindsey. He says he doesn't know what she's talking about. Sydney opens the box and finds that the Rambaldi device is missing. She believes that this was Sloane's endgame all along, but he says that Lindsey must have been the deceiver and probably never sent the Rambaldi device at all.

Sydney returns to hq and finds Dixon back in charge and Jack and Vaughn released from custody. She thanks Vaughn, but he excuses himself rather abruptly and doesn't stay to talk. Sydney looks a little puzzled.

Marshall shows Sydney what was in the box. It's a small vial of human tissue. The name etched inside is Milo Rambaldi.

Sydney talks to Will as he's leaving. He says he thought killing Allison would bring closure, but it didn't. They embrace and say good-bye.



COMMENTARY 1

This commentary is by Adriane Saunders.

Back from the dead. That is Will's jarring realization when he sees Syd. His reactions fan out from shock and disbelief to uncertain hope and finally, relieved acceptance. Syd is Syd, alive and well. "You're my best friend, my oldest friend. I love you," Syd tells him, desperate for him to believe. He does.

This is a dynamite scene, an astutely written and skillfully acted reunion. Cooper and Garner play well together. Their interactions are completely believable and often memorable, particularly this scene. Well done.

Friendship is at the heart of the episode, and not only between Will and Syd. Included too are blunt exchanges between Jack and Vaughan. Jack demands Vaughan walk away from Syd. "You're kindness tortures her, and I won't have it," he tells Vaughan. By the end of the episode Vaughan complies. Syd is puzzled, but distracted as Will is about to return to witness protection.

"We never talked about that," Syds says of their lovemaking on the night of their reunion. Will responds, "Yeah, I kind of liked that." Me too. Syd's smiles, amusement and delight in her eyes. Welcome back, Will. Syd needs a friend, and Will is her best. This reunion is a welcome encore.

MORE CHARACTER UPDATES:

1--Now, if only Alias creator J.J. Abrams could arrange an Alias/Lena Olin reunion. Lena Olin--Syd's sizzlingly shrewd and unforgetable mother--is so far resisting a return to the show. Olin, so integral a part to suspense and storyline, leaves a gigantic hole with her departure. For more information: http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,13069,00.html

2--Fortunately, Ron Rifkin, the consumately creepy villian Sloane, is still on staff. For this week's episode, Sloane plays Lindsey who thinks he is playing Sloane. Lindsey is an idiot. He believes blackmail will coerce Sloane into arranging a hit against Syd. Yeah,. right. No suspense here. Sloane arranges the hit alright, but the target of course is Lindsey, not Syd. A no brainer. The only suspense is at the point of trade, Syd for the Rimbaldi device, when she sees the red dot of a laser rifle on Lindsey's chest. For a brief instant I wonder if she will push him from the line of fire. Nope. She looks around instead. Lindsey dies. No one is particularly sad, including me. Definitely, kudos to actor Kurt Fuller for so convincing a portrayal of an unmitigated prick.Good riddance, Lindsey. After he is shot, Dixon is back in charge at CIA Headquarters, Jack and Vaughan are out of lockup, and Syd is no longer a fugitive. A mighty shot.

3--The shot comes from a droll hitman who, while taking Sloane's payment for the hit, tells Sloane, "Just when I was beginning to believe you really were a humanitarian." Sloane's response as he leaves is amusement. There is even a twinkle in his eye. "You're smarter than that," he says. Other shots come from Syd and Sark in this episode. All, wide of the mark. More target practice, maybe. These two should be expert. But, regardless, Syd rescues Will, and Sark kidnaps his father--not dead afterall--Laseray. Whether still alive after Sark tortures him is of course an open question. Sark adds Dr. Brezzel, Syd's dream guide, to his schedule of possible casualties for the episode. Casualties abound. Even Allison Doren aka fake Francie returns to be killed again. Two years previously, remember, Syd shot her to death before being abducted. Now Will stabs Allison "for Francie," and leaves her for dead. Whether or not any of these people stay dead remains to be seen. All are actors, afterall, except of course Rimbaldi who is a prophet.

4--Apparently a piece of Rimbaldi--his living tissue--is stored in a small metal box. This box Syd and Will impersonate rockers to access in a Graz hotel. A humorous, "beat you to it" happens between Sark and Syd. As Syd's hand reaches for the box, Sark's face appears on the other side of the vault. He holds a large magnet. Then, a chase, a fight, a smash of Sark against a door, a kick, and Syd retrieves the box. All is well.

PRODUCTION:

All is well here too. When I see Maryann Brandon's name listed as Editor and Donald Thorin, Jr. as Director of Photography, I know we can expect a visually interesting and tightly segued episode. This week is no exception.



LINKS:

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