A steely Alliance official named Ariana Kane investigates the blackmail plot against Sloane. It's Jack, of course, who knows all of Soane's dirty little secrets and immediately raises Kane's suspicions. And they're hardly allayed when, during her questions about his personal life, Jack gets very defensive about some of his own secrets.
Meanwhile, Sydney's mommy dearest, Irina, makes things worse for her ex by telling him an unsettling truth about their KGB-orchestrated marriage; and Marshall's first mission goes horribly awry.
original airdate--December 15,2002 rating--9.6 million
music--Theme song composed by J.J. Abrams performed by Charles Fernandez
Goof--In 'The Abduction', when Sydney shuts down the traffic lights Sark's car is in the middle of the gridlock. When Sydney is fleeing with the stolen briefcase seconds later Sark pulls up beside her to save her, but how did he get out of the huge gridlock?
Trivia--The song being played in the concert while Sydney slips the sleeping drug into the British gentleman's drink is the Stokowski transcription of JS Bach's "Sleepers Awake" cantata.