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Victor Garber: Jack Bristow



  • Agent Jack Bristow : Any complications?

    Sydney : Well, I think I lost us about $900,000, depending on the exchange rate...

  • Sydney : What about Will?

    Agent Jack Bristow : [turns to Will]  You're gonna have a hard time.

  • Agent Jack Bristow : When I look at her, when I look at the little girl who raised herself to become one of the most extraordinary human beings and one of the finest agents I've ever had the privilege of knowing, I see only the promise of my own redemption. Turning myself in was the only way I could think of to make that clear to her, to prove that despite... my limited abilities as a father, I love her more than I could ever say.

  • Irina : I remember the first time you introduced me to Sloane. You were both working at the CIA, he came to the house for dinner. You were true friends.

    Jack : Yes. We shared a similar unsentimental patriotism... and a devotion to our wives. But Sloane changed and... it was Rambaldi that did it. I'm not sure what it is - he never told me - but Sloane has a personal connection to Rambaldi.

    Irina : I lived for years with the same obsession, to find a higher meaning in Rambaldi's work. I never understood how you managed to avoid getting caught up in it.

    Jack : I had something neither of you did.

    Irina : Sydney.

  • [about Kendall] 

    Agent Jack Bristow : Legally he's right, Ethically he's an ass.

  • Jack : I used to think you didn't have much of a spine.

    Vaughn : Has that assessment changed at all?

    Jack : No.

  • Agent Jack Bristow : [to Sloane]  Personally, I would have found it anticlimactic, that after expecting to assemble a weapon of ultimate power, you ended up with a revelation you could have acquired from a fortune cookie.

  • [Jack is doing Nadia's psych evaluation and giving her hypothetical situations] 

    Agent Jack Bristow : While tapping the phone line of a target in New Delhi, you're spotted by the enemy. Your partner tells you to continue with the mission objective while he neutralizes the target. Do you obey him, or fight back?

    Nadia Santos : Is the phone system PBX matrix?

    Agent Jack Bristow : Just answer the question, please.

    Nadia Santos : Why is my partner a man?

    Agent Jack Bristow : The sex of your partner is irrelevant.

    Nadia Santos : Oh. No, I would not obey. I'd help her fight him off, then she and I could finish the job together.

  • Agent Marshall Flinkman : [attempting to gouge out the eye of a dead man to use it for a retinal scan]  Ewww. It's oozing.

    Agent Jack Bristow : That eye's no good, you'll have to move on to the other one. You'll need some kind of a scooping object. Do you have a spoon?

    Agent Marshall Flinkman : I have a spork.

    Agent Jack Bristow : What's a spork?

    Agent Marshall Flinkman : It's... like... a combination of a fork and a spoon.

    Agent Jack Bristow : That'll work.

  • Agent Jack Bristow : How was the first briefing with Lauren?

    Sydney : [sarcastically]  Wonderful.

    Agent Jack Bristow : I'm not asking because I'm a fan of inter-office gossip. Tell me how it went.

  • Sydney : What if whatever we're looking for isn't metal?

    Agent Jack Bristow : Then we're screwed. Not an unfamiliar situation.

  • [to Vaughn] 

    Agent Jack Bristow : And, just because you have gotten comfortable with my daughter doesn't mean you can get comfortable with me.

  • Agent Jack Bristow : [Jack and Sydney are sitting in silence]  This is the best conversation we've had in weeks.

  • Agent Jack Bristow : If you tell anyone about this conversation, you will no longer be able to wear a hat.

  • Agent Jack Bristow : The illusion of freedom is better than none at all.

  • Agent Jack Bristow : Your mother was sent to the United States to steal secrets from a ranking officer of the C.I.A. How she and I happened to meet, how she supposedly fell in love, I thought it was all true. But it was just a set-up.

  • [about Vaughn] 

    Sydney : After 30 years, you're still haunted by your wife's betrayal. Will it be the same for him?

    Jack : Absolutely.

  • Agent Marshall Flinkman : [in a briefing, discussing where the exchange of a WMD will take place]  Sounds awesome!

    [everybody stares at him] 

    Agent Marshall Flinkman : What? Brazil... Isn't that where they have those... string... not bikinis... what do you call them?

    Agent Jack Bristow : Thongs?

  • Jack : [during Sydney's hallucination]  Shh. Don't talk. You can't imagine how much I hate it when you talk. I had a desperate need to stop her voice from ringing in my ears. What torments me now is that every time I look at you, I see your mother's face.

  • Agent Jack Bristow : Those Cyrillic codes you found in those books - yes, they were orders from the KGB and yes, they were orders to kill. An agent received those orders and carried them out, murdering officers of the C.I.A., including your father, Mr. Vaughn. All this is true. But, Sydney, I was not that agent. Your mother was.

  • Agent Jack Bristow : Mr. Vaughn, you're young and you're eager, and I understand that. But one thing you're not, and this is something only time can provide, really, is wise.

  • Sydney : The idea that the CIA is willing to work with Irina Derevko is insane.

    Agent Jack Bristow : Worse, it's naive. Your mother didn't just conveniently turn herself in. This is all part of the manipulation.

    Sydney : Well, she's their problem now. She's not yours. And she's not mine.

    [When putting on her jacket, she winces a little bit] 

    Agent Jack Bristow : You okay?

    Sydney : My shoulder's healing, if that's what you mean.

    Agent Jack Bristow : It's not, actually.

  • Sydney : Dad, we need to get moving.

    Agent Jack Bristow : I know. I'm just preparing myself to let Irina out.

  • Sydney : I thought you'd be home by now.

    Jack : I was about to say the same to you. The plasma charge, it's in our hands.

    Sydney : Sark isn't... the Covenant.

    Jack : Have you had dinner? If memory serves, you always liked Mitchellis.

    Sydney : I haven't eaten there since I was eight.

    Jack : I do eat, you know.

    Sydney : I'd like that, actually.

  • Jack : [to Sloane]  I'm not going to help you. Since this is the last conversation we will ever have, I want to make this perfectly clear. What you have done to my daughter is nothing compared to what I will do when I find yours. Salud.

  • Jack : Surprised you didn't get the reference. Modified kaexelate cocktail washed with tetrodotoxin presented in a bottle of Chambertin Clos de Bez. Just like we used in Saigon. But understand, this was not done out of compassion. I orchestrated this because and only because I need you.

  • Sydney : Dad... I'm going to find her. I have to.

    Agent Jack Bristow : Searching for that woman will accomplish nothing! No good can come from it!

    Sydney : I need to know where she is.

    Agent Jack Bristow : Sydney, we don't even know if she's still alive!

    Sydney : I know

    Agent Jack Bristow : Even if she is, it doesn't change what she did!

    Sydney : Dad, I know!

    Agent Jack Bristow : Do you expect her just to say..."I'm sorry"?

    Sydney : I don't know what to expect!

    Agent Jack Bristow : Well, you better know exactly what to expect!... What could she ever say... that would satisfy you?

  • Agent Jack Bristow : [convincing his friend in British intelligence to investigate her own agency, thus committing treason]  What's a little treason between old friends?

  • Sark : Are you comfortable? Do you feel comfortable trading priceless documents for a low-grade reporter?

    Agent Jack Bristow : You should read Tippin's stuff. It's not so bad.

  • Vaughn : My wife betrayed me! She betrayed all of us! You can't expect me to pretend that never happened.

    Jack : I'm not sure you have a choice.

    Vaughn : And why's that?

    Jack : Because you're the one that married her.

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