Alias/Authorized Personnel Only (1)

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Authorized Personnel Only (1)
Season 4, Episode 1
Airdate January 5, 2005
Written by J.J. Abrams &
Jeff Melvoin
Directed by Ken Olin
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Authorized Personnel Only (1) is the first episode of the fourth season of Alias, and the sixty-seventh episode overall.

Starring: Jennifer Garner (Sydney Bristow), Ron Rifkin (Arvin Sloane), Michael Vartan (Michael Vaughn), Carl Lumbly (Marcus Dixon), Kevin Weisman (Marshall Flinkman) (credit only), Mia Maestro (Nadia Santos) (credit only), Greg Grunberg (Eric Weiss)

and Victor Garber (Jack Bristow)

Special Guest Star: Angela Bassett (Hayden Chase)

Guest Starring: Robert Patrick Benedict (Brodien), Karl Hamann (Yuri Kamorov)

and Rick Yune (Kazu Tamazaki)

Featuring: Vicky Shen (Angry Punk Girl)

Uncredited: Kane Hodder (Lead Shanghai Thug)


Plot Overview


Arc Advancement


  • Sydney, Vaughn, Dixon, and Jack officially quit the CIA, but unofficially have become part of a black ops group known as APO (Authorized Personnel Ony).
  • APO's team was handpicked by Sloane who will function as director. CIA director Chase explains that they need his contacts. Sydney later deduces he gave over the Rambaldi artefact he and Nadia were looking for in exchange for the position.


  • Nadia has left intelligence and is not on good terms with Sloane.
  • Sydney is also on bad terms for Jack for reasons not explained but related to what she found in Wittenburg.



The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments