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Truth Be Told (2001)

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Sydney Bristow is a young university student living an uneventful life in Los Angeles. She is recruited to work for SD-6, allegedly a secret branch of CIA. After some time she falls in love with Daniel Hecht, a promising pediatric cardiologist, and makes the fatal mistake of telling him about her secret identity. When the SD-6 finds out, they murder him to protect the secrecy of her identity.
Sydney, devastated by this loss, takes several months off from work to recuperate and focus on school. Her partner, Marcus Dixon is sent to check up on her, and urge her back to work. She tells him that she is not ready yet, even though it is long past when she was supposed to return to work. In a sudden series of events, an attempt is made on Sydney's life, only to be stopped by Jack Bristow, Sydney's estranged father. He reveals that SD-6 is not a CIA division, but in fact a branch of a bigger illegal organization known as the Alliance of Twelve, which seeks to make profits from stolen intelligence and weapons. The "CIA black-ops" is the cover given to most of their employees, only a select few know of the organization's true agenda; the rest are merely pawns whose patriotism is exploited. Sydney is sickened to learn that her father has lied to her for years, and that he is a traitor who was complicit in letting his daughter become a pawn to his colleagues.
Realizing that Sloane no longer trusts her, Sydney travels to Taipei and retrieves one of Rambaldi's artifacts in order to win his trust. After confronting Sloane, giving him the artifact, and promising to return to work the following week, she regains Sloane's trust. She visits the real CIA where she meets Michael Vaughn and Eric Weiss. She prepares a written statement telling them everything she knows about SD-6. She requests to become a double agent for the CIA and put an end to Sloane and SD-6. Later, the episode's final scene shows Sydney visiting Danny's grave. There, Jack reveals to Sydney that he is not a traitor, he is working for the CIA, infiltrating SD-6 as a double agent, and that the CIA is expecting her to do the same.

  • The premiere episode aired uninterrupted commercial-free for 69 minutes. There were only commercials before and after the show for Nokia. In syndication, this episode is sometimes cut down to fit into a normal 60-minute timeslot with commercials.
  • There is an episode commentary for this episode on the Season 1 DVD.
  • Nancy Wetzel, who portrays Will Tippin's sister Amy in this and other episodes, additionally worked as a stunt double for Jennifer Garner in various episodes of the series. The first alias Sydney operates under during the series is her assuming the identity of Amy Tippin for a mission.
  • Song while Sydney recalls her recruitment: "Trouble" by Cat Stevens

International titles
  • German: Tödliche Wahrheit
  • French: Agent double
  • Castillian: La verdad sea dicha
  • Italian: La verità
  • Japanese: 語られた真実
  • Portuguese : Que a Verdade Seja Dita


Entertainment Weekly put it on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list, saying, "Fiery red hair. Weird red ball. Black ops. White knuckles. Our 2001 introduction to Jennifer Garner's Sydney Bristow--the grad-student/fakebanker/double-agent superspy at the rapidly beating heart of this intricate action serial--was mesmerizingly colorful."


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