S02-E01 :: "The Enemy Walks In" :: Original Airdate: 09.29.02
The slam-bang spy drama begins its second season with a new addition to the Bristows' twisted family tree. Now that May's cliffhanger has revealed "The Man" to actually be "The Mom," Lena Olin joins the cast as Irina Derevko, Syd's Russian-agent mother, who has long been presumed dead. But don't expect a happy reunion for these two: Their first face-off leaves Syd injured, and Irina on the run. Meanwhile, Jack goes to extremes to keep Will alive after his SD-6 exposé hits the stands; and a CIA mission to smoke out one of Khasinau's cronies leads to a gruesome finding about Vaughn.
S02-E02 :: "Trust Me" :: Original Airdate: 10.06.02
Irina may be in shackles, but that doesn't stop her from trying to gain the upper hand. After surrendering to the CIA, the spy once known as Laura Bristow is now behind bars ‹ and refusing to talk to anyone but Syd. The daughter wants nothing to do with her monstrous mother, until a mission goes awry and a disk containing vital photos falls into the wrong hands. Irina says she wants to help Syd retrieve it, and during a tense visit she explains why: "Defeating Arvin Sloane. SD-6. The Alliance. These are things we both want." Speaking of Sloane, he's about to run into a very familiar face while tracking one of Irina's associates.
S02-E03 :: "Cipher" :: Original Airdate: 10.13.02
Jack takes action to abort Syd's continued work with Irina, who holds the key to cracking Sark's plans for a Russian satellite armed with heavy-duty abilities. Meanwhile, Will comes face-to-face with Vaughn, who needs him to revisit his ordeal in Taipei; and Sloane gets the creepy suspicion that his late wife may not be so late, after all.
S02-E04 :: "Dead Drop" :: Original Airdate: 10.20.02
The past refuses to die in a crafty hour that ends with a bang. For Sloane, it's the ghost of his late wife that has him on edge. Rattled by a rash of eerie events — and the guilt of having poisoned Emily himself — the SD-6 head sends Dixon off to investigate. But Sloane may not want to know what Dixon learns, particularly about a recent visitor to Emily's favorite haunt. Meanwhile, Will's fateful article on SD-6 resurfaces after a recovering junkie tempts him with her own conspiracy theory; and Vaughn finally meets his father's killer when he is forced to work with Irina to save Syd from Sark's ambush in Russia.
S02-E05 :: "The Indicator" :: Original Airdate: 11.04.02
The hunt for a cache of high-tech weapons leads Sydney to a massive secret about the Bristows; Vaughn is horrified to realize what Jack is capable of when it comes to Irina; and Will steps up to lend Francie a hand at her eatery's grand opening.
S02-E06 :: "Salvation" :: Original Airdate:
Jack makes the ultimate sacrifice to win back Syd, who's torn between reporting his recent sins and allowing Irina to pay dearly for her past crimes; Vaughn learns an awful truth about the contents of Khasinau's "red ball"; Sloane digs up a shocker about his wife's burial site; and Will scores a top-secret assignment that could blow the lid off of Project Christmas.
S02-E07 :: "The Counteragent" :: Original Airdate: 11.17.02
The race for an antidote to Vaughn's virus locks Syd into a pact with Sark that could end Sloane's SD-6 days. But as time runs out, two betrayals change all the rules, including an unspoken agreement between the CIA's top double-agent and her doomed handler. Meanwhile, Will's look into the standardized-tests mystery nets him an unsettling sit-down with the quiz's creator.
S02-E08 :: "Passage, Part I" :: Original Airdate: 12.01.02
Sydney, Jack and Irina must go under cover as a loving family to seize nuclear warheads from an unfriendly nation; Sloane is contacted by a group claiming Emily is still alive.
S02-E09 :: "Passage, Part II" :: Original Airdate: 12.08.02
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.
S02-E10 :: "The Abduction" :: Original Airdate: 12.15.02
Jack meets Alliance counterintelligence head Ariana Kane (Faye Dunaway), who is sent in to investigate the events surrounding the disappearance of Emily and to discover who is trying to blackmail Sloane. Meanwhile, an extremely nervous Marshall is sent on his first mission, with Sydney as his partner; Vaughn schedules Will to take a CIA psych test; and Francie gets suspicious over Sydney and Will's secretive behavior.
S02-E11 :: "A Higher Echelon" :: Original Airdate: 01.05.03
After completing his first mission with Sydney, Marshall's life is placed in mortal danger. Meanwhile, Alliance counterintelligence head Ariana Kane suspects Jack as being the prime suspect in the disappearance of Sloane's wife, Emily; Vaughn learns the truth about Jack's involvement in the murder of CIA agent Haladki; Sydney confides in Francie about her feelings for a fellow co-worker; and Vaughn gives Will the results of his CIA psych test.
S02-E12 :: "The Getaway" :: Original Airdate: 01.12.03
Syd and Vaughn's risky rendezvous while on a mission in France threatens to
expose their CIA covers to SD-6; Jack enlists Irina in his efforts to outwit
Kane, who targets another Bristow in her hunt for Sloane's blackmailer.
S02-E13 :: "Phase One" :: Original Airdate: 01.26.03
Sydney and Jack are confronted by the new director of SD-6 who replaces a missing Sloane, whose whereabouts -- and intentions -- are unknown. Meanwhile, romantic sparks begin to fly between Francie and Will.
S02-E14 :: "Double Agent" :: Original Airdate: 02.02.03
Sydney, Vaughn and Jack must determine whether CIA agent Lennox is who he says he is after his deep cover mission is compromised.
S02-E15 :: "A Free Agent" :: Original Airdate: 02.09.03
With the Alliance in ruins and Sloane on the run, the stage is set for Syd to leave her spy life. But then a brilliant mathematician and his family are abducted, and it becomes ominously clear that someone from SD-6 is back in action. So it's up to Syd and Vaughn to locate the missing man, who holds the key to turning an ancient manuscript into a very modern weapon of mass destruction. Meanwhile, Dixon worries about the possible end of his marriage.
S02-E16 :: "Firebomb" :: Original Airdate: 02.23.03
A mysterious Rambaldi device's powers are finally revealed ‹ and a renegade Sloane has its secrets. Meanwhile, Vaughn begs an uncooperative Dixon to aid the CIA in rescuing Sydney, Will is called upon to participate in a crucial CIA briefing session, and Sydney senses that Francie is keeping secrets.
S02-E17 :: "A Dark Turn" :: Original Airdate: 03.02.03
Sydney begins to question where Vaughn's allegiances lie when she learns that he is under investigation by the Agency. Meanwhile Irina and a crucial Rambaldi manuscript are used as bait to try to catch Sloane, and Sydney welcomes Dixon to the CIA.
S02-E18 :: "Truth Takes Time" :: Original Airdate: 03.16.03
Sydney faces off with her mother, while Emily Sloane must decide whether to side with her husband or betray him.
S02-E19 :: "Endgame' :: Original Airdate: 03.30.03
Sydney defies her father in her attempt to rescue a kidnapped scientist (Christian Slater), while Sloane, seeking revenge, becomes more dangerous than ever. Meanwhile, Francie manipulates an unsuspecting Will for his agency connections.
S02-E20 :: Countdown :: Original Airdate: 04.27.03
A Rambaldi artifact prophesizes that an apocalyptic event will soon take place, and Dixon's grief leads Vaughn and agency psychologist Dr. Barnett to question his intentions, as his thirst for revenge on Sloane intensifies. Meanwhile Sloane receives a life-changing revelation from a mysterious monk in Nepal, Sydney and Dixon hunt for the killer who stole the heart from his victim, and Marshall falls for a new co-worker.
S02-E21 :: "Second Double" :: Original Airdate: 05.04.03
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.
S02-E22 :: "The Telling" :: Original Airdate: 05.04.03
Sydney finally confronts her mother, who reveals her true motivation. Sloane, for his part, begins to execute his new grand plan, Will struggles to figure out who's behind his set-up, and Marshall finds love.