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The Index
original air-date: 03-08-05

Be Kind. Rewind: Anna was taken into custody, Sark escaped, and Nadia recovered from her gunshot wound and coma.

If episodes of Alias were supposed to be moral tales meant to teach the viewer a lesson every week, then "The Index’s" lesson would be don’t trust your father because you will ultimately find out that he is lying to you.

It would also tell you that even though you think something might be a part of your past, like Care Bears or Strawberry Shortcake, things have a way of coming back to haunt you later in life. I mean first there’s the reappearance of Anna, Sark, and the Rambaldi mythology and now the Alliance is coming back as well? What is it with recycling these old plot points, and what new spin will Mr. Abrams put on them in order to keep us interested?

Jack and Sloane are up to something, but what they needed the Blackwell Index for and whom they are intending to bribe is still up in the air. My guess: It’s probably Director Chase.

Why, you might ask? Well, for several reasons actually. The first being that Angela Bassett is a big name guest star that will never become a full-time cast member so it’s easy to assume that she won’t last the season. Secondly, she and Dixon were doing some major flirting in last night’s episode and that is never a good sign because all relationships on this show are doomed. And my third and final reason is for thinking this is that Sloane and Jack haven’t included her in whatever it is they’re doing.

This could either mean that both of them have gone over to the dark side, which I highly doubt, or that they’re looking for dirt on Chase. Of course, this is just my own idea about whatever it is that’s going on at this point, and I have been known to be wrong in the past. I mean look at what I said about Desperate Housewives last year. Nostradamus I am not.

Whether or not Chase turns out to be a bad guy, it was nice to see Dixon getting a storyline of his own for once. One of the problems that I have always had with Alias is that though it’s an ensemble show, the focus is usually on Sydney. Rightly so, I guess. But, it’s nice to see the other characters that make this show so rich and interesting, get to step forward and stand in the spotlight from time to time.

I was also really excited that they brought back the storyline involving Vaughn’s father and that there’s more there than we originally thought there had been. The only problem is that these scenes didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the episode. The fathers lying theme was still strong here, but it seemed a little disjointed.

Overall, "The Index" was a satisfying episode, even if it didn’t seem to pick up where last week’s episode left off. I mean, Nadia got shot and she is now good as new and there’s no mention of her injury? That seemed a little off, but it didn’t affect the episode all that much. Other high points in the episode included watching Weiss sweat when he mentioned hanging out with Nadia in front of Sloane, and Spy Sis saving Jack in that red hot Mustang.

Oh, and before I forget, it seems that this episode was trying to tell us one more thing last night: Never date your co-star because after you break up and you still have to kiss them onscreen, everyone out there in TV land will be able to tell that the chemistry is totally dead.

Well, actually it was probably telling Jennifer Garner this more than the viewers..

Rebecca Sparling

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