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Q On the March 17 Alias, sexy spy Jennifer Garner (above) drives her car into a river and survives by inhaling air from the tires. Possible?

A Don’t hold your breath. ”It’s highly improbable,” says Bob Ireland, owner of Helicopter Survival Rescue Services in Nova Scotia. ”It would be hard to rip the hub cover off with her hands, and the valve stem would have to be pushed down” — not so easy to do with your tongue. But at least one other spy has pulled it off: Roger Moore’s James Bond in A View to a Kill — which inspired Alias’ stunt. Exec producer J.J. Abrams admits the escape, like much in the ABC drama, is ”hyperreal.” Even so, he notes, ”tire air is better than no air.”