Alias/There's Only One Sydney Bristow

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There's Only One Sydney Bristow
Season 5, Episode 12
Airdate April 26, 2006
Written by Drew Goddard
Directed by Robert M. Williams, Jr.
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There's Only One Sydney Bristow is the twelfth episode of the fifth season of Alias, and the one hundredth episode overall.

Starring: Jennifer Garner (Sydney Bristow), Ron Rifkin (Arvin Sloane), Carl Lumbly (Marcus Dixon), Kevin Weisman (Marshall Flinkman), Rachel Nichols (Rachel Gibson), Amy Acker (Kelly Peyton), Balthazar Getty (Thomas Grace)

and Victor Garber (Jack Bristow)

Special Guest Star: Bradley Cooper (Will Tippin)

Guest Starring: Gina Torres (Anna Espinosa), Angus Macfadyen (Joseph Ehrmann), Shaun Duke (First Man), Leland Crooke (Third Man), Michael Massee (Dr. Burris), Robert Symonds (Second Man)

Co-Starring: Sterling K. Brown (Agent Rance), Christian Meoli (Semanko), Anderson Goncalves (Train Attendant), Matt Gottlieb (Military Warden), Roman Varshavsky (Well Tailored Russian)


Plot Overview



  • The room number Sydney rescues Will from is 147.

Arc Advancement


  • Prophet Five gets Anna Espinosa out of prison in exchange for her help. They get Anna to confront Sydney that leads to means of collecting her DNA. This is then used on Anna to make her a Sydney doppelganger.
  • Prophet Five have Sloane assure that Sydney goes on a mission that leads to her confrontation with Anna. After its success, they uphold their agreement and give him a chemical compound to use for Nadia's recovery.




The Show

  • Final appearance of Bradley Cooper as Will Tippin in the series.
  • This is also the last appearance of Gina Torres in the series, although not the last appearance of Anna Espinosa.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Marshall: Well, it's a subdermal device placed just below the skull at the brain stem. I've never seen one this small before. It looks like they patched a radio receiver to a powerful microcharge.
Will: So, w-what does that mean?
Marshall: It means that th-th-they put a bomb in your head.
Will: What?
Marshall: I know. I know. Um, but there's good news. It looks like the charge is small enough that the blast will be localised.
Will: Wait, wait, wait. So it might not kill me.
Marshall: Oh, no. It'll definitely kill you. There just won't be any collateral damage.