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The Best Episodes of Alias

Every episode of Alias ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Alias!

Sydney Bristow, an agent who has been tricked to believe she is working for the U.S. government, is actually working for a criminal organization named the Alliance of Twelve. Upon learning this, Sydney becomes a double agent for the real CIA.

Genres:Action & AdventureDrama
Network:ABC

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The best episode of "Alias" is "Phase One", rated 9/10 from 770 user votes. It was directed by Jack Bender and written by J.J. Abrams. "Phase One" aired on 1/26/2003 and is rated 0.4 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "The Telling".

  • Phase One
    9.0/10 770 votes

    #1 - Phase One

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2003-01-26

    Sydney and Jack are confronted by the new director of SD-6 who replaces Sloane, whose whereabouts and intentions are unknown. Meanwhile, romantic sparks begin to fly between Francie and Will.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: J.J. Abrams

  • The Telling
    8.6/10 656 votes

    #2 - The Telling

    Season 2 Episode 22 - Aired 2003-05-04

    Sydney finally confronts her mother, who reveals her true motivation. Sloane, for his part, begins to execute his new grand plan and Will struggles to figure out who's behind his set-up.

    Director: J.J. Abrams

    Writer: J.J. Abrams

  • Almost Thirty Years
    8.4/10 700 votes

    #3 - Almost Thirty Years

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 2002-05-12

    In order to save Will's life, Sydney and Vaughn must destroy a familiar looking Rambaldi device, while Jack makes a risky deal with Khasinau's representative, Mr. Sark. Meanwhile, the CIA believes that one of their own is a mole for "The Man"; the Alliance comes to a decision regarding the fate of Emily Sloane; Dixon's suspicions about Sydney intensify; and Sydney finds herself face-to-face with "The Man."

    Director: J.J. Abrams

    Writer: J.J. Abrams

  • Tuesday
    8.4/10 467 votes

    #4 - Tuesday

    Season 4 Episode 13 - Aired 2005-03-30

    When a mission goes wrong, Sydney's is placed in danger and Marshall is the only one who can save her. Meanwhile, Dixon is exposed to a deadly pathogen released inside APO.

    Director: Fred Toye

    Writer: Drew Goddard

  • Before the Flood
    8.4/10 496 votes

    #5 - Before the Flood

    Season 4 Episode 22 - Aired 2005-05-25

    Jack, Sydney, Irina, Vaughn and Nadia parachute into Sovogda. They're supposed to dismantle a giant red ball turning people into zombies. At APO, Marshall and Weiss use the Blackwell Index to blackmail the Russian minister into giving them the access codes to a Russian satellite, they discover that Elena is uplinking the satellite. A CIA agent, Brodien reminds them that the Rambaldi device is broadcasting a subaudible frequency that physiologically alters people who drink it and it is irreversible. Elena learns of the APO team's arrival.

    Director: Lawrence Trilling

    Writer: N/A

  • The Box (1)
    8.3/10 692 votes

    #6 - The Box (1)

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2002-01-20

    When armed intruders take over SD-6, led by McKenas Cole, a man bent on exacting revenge on ex-boss Sloane, Sydney and Jack must work together to save their colleagues. Meanwhile, Will fears that his investigation of SD-6 and its link to the murder of Eloise Kurtz is placing his life in jeopardy.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Jesse Alexander

  • Truth Be Told
    8.2/10 1,329 votes

    #7 - Truth Be Told

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2001-09-30

    Sydney Bristow discovers that her job as an agent for SD-6, a top-secret division of the CIA, holds some deadly secrets that threaten the security of the free world. In spite of being warned against it, Sydney reveals her secret to her fiancé, Danny, who later on is murdered. Sydney finds that her father, Jack, is also SD-6 and that the group is not part of the CIA, but actually an enemy of the United States. Sydney seeks the aid of the real CIA and is enlisted as a double agent under the command of operations officer Vaughn. Her mission now is to complete her cases at SD-6 while reporting her findings back to the CIA. But when Sydney finds out that her father is also affiliated with the CIA, she begins to question where his true allegiances really lie.

    Director: J.J. Abrams

    Writer: J.J. Abrams

  • The Box (2)
    8.2/10 658 votes

    #8 - The Box (2)

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2002-02-10

    Vaughn disobeys orders and attempts to help Sydney and Jack avert the destruction of SD-6 headquarters and all its occupants. Meanwhile, McKenas Cole continues his vendetta against Sloane and searches for a mysterious device. A desperate but determined woman convince Will to continue his investigation of SD-6 and the imprisonment of David McNeil.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Jesse Alexander

  • Rendezvous
    8.2/10 615 votes

    #9 - Rendezvous

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 2002-05-05

    Will's life is about to change as he is sent to find the person responsible for leaking information to him about SD-6. Meanwhile, Sloane finds himself on the cusp of finally tracking down Khasinau when SD-6 captures "The Man's" right-hand man, Mr. Sark. Dixon becomes suspicious of Sydney's activities.

    Director: Ken Olin

    Writer: Debra J. Fisher, Erica Messer

  • Full Disclosure
    8.2/10 538 votes

    #10 - Full Disclosure

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2004-01-11

    Sydney finally learns the shocking truth about her missing two years from an unlikely source.

    Director: Lawrence Trilling

    Writer: Jesse Alexander

  • Search and Rescue
    8.2/10 438 votes

    #11 - Search and Rescue

    Season 4 Episode 21 - Aired 2005-05-18

    Rambaldi's catastrophic endgame begins to fall into place as a giant version of the Circumference/Mueller device is found floating over city in Russia, driving the citizens made. After a wounded Dixon reveals that Irina is alive, Sydney, Nadia, and Jack set off to find her. Irina had been captured, and then duplicated using Project Helix, in order to give the impression that she was dead. Sydney and Nadia discover Irina is being held inside a camp in Tikal, safely in the clutches of Elena's army. Irina had apparently been working to counter Elena's organization, the Covenant, and actually PREVENT the Rambaldi endgame. Irina tells of a page she destroyed, a page that was key to Rambaldi's endgame. Under torture, she finally broke and recreated it for Elena. After a short respite, the transport turns towards Russia, and Sydney, Vaughn, Jack, Nadia, and Irina parachute down, towards Elena, Sloane, the Circumference....and destiny.

    Director: Lawrence Trilling

    Writer: Monica Owusu-Breen, Alison Schapker

  • Welcome To Liberty Village
    8.1/10 473 votes

    #12 - Welcome To Liberty Village

    Season 4 Episode 5 - Aired 2005-01-26

    Sydney and Vaughn go undercover as a married couple so as to find a weapon that could bring back the Dark Ages. However, the neighborhood they've infiltrated is not as charming as it seems.

    Director: Kevin Hooks

    Writer: Drew Goddard

  • Mirage
    8.1/10 429 votes

    #13 - Mirage

    Season 4 Episode 18 - Aired 2005-05-04

    Jack's illness has caused him to hallucinate about a cure. Sydney must recreate the time when Jack was working for the CIA and hid the only man who might be able to help him now. For this, Sydney must play her own mother. Meanwhile, Sophia moves in with Sydney and Nadia.

    Director: Lawrence Trilling, Brad Turner

    Writer: J.R. Orci

  • The Getaway
    8.0/10 518 votes

    #14 - The Getaway

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2003-01-12

    While Alliance counterintelligence head Ariana Kane tracks Sydney in order to catch her fugitive father, Jack elicits Irina's help in finding Sloane's blackmailer. Meanwhile, Sydney and Vaughn risk exposing their covers to SD-6 when they share a romantic dinner together while on a case in France.

    Director: Lawrence Trilling

    Writer: Jeff Pinkner

  • Remnants
    8.0/10 504 votes

    #15 - Remnants

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2003-12-07

    The identity of the mysterious "St. Aidan" forces Sydney to pull a stunned Will out of witness protection. But the pursuit sends the two old friends on a collision course with Allison -- 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 has an unpleasant run-in with Sark.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Jeff Pinkner

  • Resurrection
    8.0/10 485 votes

    #16 - Resurrection

    Season 3 Episode 22 - Aired 2004-05-23

    Lauren stages a stunning betrayal to steal classified materials from the CIA. Meanwhile, Vaughn comes face to face with his darkest demons in pursuit of his wife; Nadia must decide whether or not she can trust her father, Sloane, in the pursuit of Rambaldi's most priceless artifact; and Sydney receives a shattering revelation that will make her question everything - and everyone - she thought she could trust.

    Director: Ken Olin

    Writer: Jeff Pinkner

  • The Index
    8.0/10 407 votes

    #17 - The Index

    Season 4 Episode 10 - Aired 2005-03-09

    Dixon enlists Sydney to help him prove that Sloane is double-crossing the CIA and using APO to steal the Blackwell Index, a master blackmail list, and to reconstruct the Alliance. Sydney makes her way into Sloane's house so as to copy the encryption key from his secure phone and crack his calls. When Nadia finds her, she becomes disappointed in her sister. Meanwhile, Vaughn discovers something disturbing about his father when he visits his comatose uncle.

    Director: Lawrence Trilling

    Writer: Alison Schapker

  • Another Mister Sloane
    8.0/10 410 votes

    #18 - Another Mister Sloane

    Season 4 Episode 16 - Aired 2005-04-20

    Sydney and Vaughn tell Jack about Sloane's alleged involvement in Vaughn's search for his father and Irina's contract on Sydney's life. After cornering Sloane, they both conclude that someone is framing him. The APO team set a trap to catch the fake A. Sloane, but they fail. Once they realize what "Arvin Clone" is after, Sloane suggests he should step down temporarily. However, Sydney reluctantly convinces him to stay on the case, since he may the only person able to anticipate "Arvin Clone's" next move. But Nadia fears that this pursuit may revive her father's past obsession – Rambaldi.

    Director: Greg Yaitanes

    Writer: N/A

  • Maternal Instinct
    8.0/10 433 votes

    #19 - Maternal Instinct

    Season 5 Episode 11 - Aired 2006-04-19

    Sydney gives birth to the baby, but Sloane may need something from the newborn. Nadia awakens.

    Director: Tucker Gates

    Writer: N/A

  • All The Time In The World
    8.0/10 662 votes

    #20 - All The Time In The World

    Season 5 Episode 17 - Aired 2006-05-22

    Peyton tells Sloane that she has made a deal for the Rambaldi Sphere with an ally in China. Sloane arranges for stolen missiles to be sent to Hong Kong. Sloane's plan is revealed to the APO members, who race to stop him before he can use the Rambaldi Sphere to put the plan in motion. But this all leads to a long awaited confrontation between Sydney and Irina.

    Director: Harmony Gosbee, Tucker Gates

    Writer: J.J. Abrams, Drew Goddard, Jeff Pinkner

  • Color Blind
    7.9/10 660 votes

    #21 - Color Blind

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2001-11-25

    While helping Shepard escape from the asylum in Bucharest, Sydney discovers the shocking connection he has with her past. Meanwhile, after tracking the computer virus secretly planted by the CIA, Sloane is confronted by Alliance representative Alain Christophe, who suggests that one or more moles may have infiltrated SD-6. Will continues to investigate the woman claiming to be Danny's mistress and Sydney finds out the truth about her father's involvement in her mother's death 20 years earlier.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman

  • Mea Culpa
    7.9/10 626 votes

    #22 - Mea Culpa

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2001-12-09

    Sydney's life is placed in mortal danger when Sloane is informed by his superior that she is the SD-6 mole. Meanwhile, Dixon's life hangs in the balance after he is shot on a mission, and Will realizes that his discovery of Kate Jones' pin could uncover some unexpected information.

    Director: Ken Olin

    Writer: Debra J. Fisher, Erica Messer

  • Passage (2)
    7.9/10 523 votes

    #23 - Passage (2)

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2002-12-08

    While continuing on a mission to take control of six nuclear warheads, Sydney and Jack discover where Irina's loyalties lie when she meets up with Gerard Cuvee. Meanwhile, Sloane informs the Alliance that Emily may still be alive.

    Director: Ken Olin

    Writer: Crystal Nix Hines

  • Double Agent
    7.9/10 543 votes

    #24 - Double Agent

    Season 2 Episode 14 - Aired 2003-02-02

    Sydney, Vaughn and Jack must determine whether CIA agent Lennox is who he says he is after his deep cover mission is compromised.

    Director: Ken Olin

    Writer: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman

  • Second Double
    7.9/10 480 votes

    #25 - Second Double

    Season 2 Episode 21 - Aired 2003-05-04

    Sydney begins to question Will's identity when he's arrested for espionage, under suspicion of being a double. Meanwhile Sark and Irina plot to recover the Rambaldi heart, and Sloane makes Jack a business proposal.

    Director: Ken Olin

    Writer: Crystal Nix Hines