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Alias: Authorized Personnel Only (1)
Sydney quits the CIA, and joins a Black Ops unit, "Authoried Personnel Only", along with Vaughn, Dixon, Jack, and Sloane. Meanwhile, what Sydney found out in Wittenburg may endanger her relationship with Jack.
Mia Maestro joins the cast.
Originally aired as a two hour premiere on January 5th at 8:00 PM.
This episode averaged 15.757.000 viewers, which is the second highest score in the history of the show.
On the train in Belarus, Vaughn says to Sydney "Horoshie siski," which means "Nice boobs" in Russian.
Sydney: Is this a permanent reassignment!?
Director Chase: Technically, that's what a 'demotion' is.
Director Chase: Even for you, Agent Bristow, your arrogance today is appalling!
Director Chase: I'm recommending to the board that you be stripped of classified clearance and assigned to the Dispatch Office at Langley.
Sydney: You're transferring me... to the mail room!?
Komorov: (opens a suitcase) What is inside can be used for good... or evil.
Sydney: Me too.
Weiss: Was a little overkill, though. C'mon... burning your house down?
Vaughn: It wasn't a happy home.
Vaughn: I'm leaving.
Weiss: Leaving what? The Agency!? Is this because of Sydney?
Vaughn: No, it's not because of Sydney... it's because last year sucked.
Sloane: Look, I understand your reluctance to work with me, given... well, given everything. Despite my former allegiance, my betrayal of you, of this country… you can't deny it: we were a great team. So I'll do this just once and ask you to please... give me a chance.
Sydney: (to Dixon) One thing makes up for all this: having you as my partner again.
Sloane: I knew she would be of great value here... but she chose to leave intelligence... to drop out.
Sydney: You sure she really left? Fake-quitting seems to be all the rage.
Sloane: Because I see in her something I once saw in you: the need to work for what's right. And because you know what it is to put aside personal issues, and that... that's a gift.
Sydney: It's not a gift. What it's been is a necessity, and it's become a burden, and, quite frankly, something I've run out of patience for.