Original airdate: November 18th, 2001
written by Danielle C.
Sydney is paralyzed from seeing the explosion. She knows that the CIA agents
were still in the building. Dixon repeatedly tells Sydney that they have to go,
but she just sits there dazed. At the sound of voices, they finally run away.
They are being chased by men with automatic weapons. Dixon and Sydney separate
and hide. Dixon fights with one of the men as Sydney just sits there and weeps.
Sydney tells Vaughn that she couldn’t move and that Dixon had to drag her to the
van to get away. She says that Dixon asked her what was wrong and she had to lie
and tell him that she had a flashback of Danny’s death. Vaughn tells Sydney that
she did everything she could. She says she was supposed to stop the detonation,
but she didn’t and now 4 CIA agents were killed. Vaughn tells her that she had
no way of knowing that Dixon had a second trigger set up. There wasn’t anything
else she could have done. Sydney argues that she could have told Dixon the truth
about who he really works for. She tells Vaughn that is the right thing to do.
Sydney says those CIA agents died for no reason. Vaughn says “NO, they died for
their country!” Sydney is silenced. Vaughn says that he is sorry that she had to
go through that…
Sydney is back at her apartment looking at a picture of her mother when Francie
comes in. Francie tells Sydney that she is meeting Charlie for lunch this week.
She thinks he is going to break up with her. Sydney says that she doesn’t think
so. Francie comments on how pretty Sydney’s mother is and asks her how her trip
was. Sydney says it was bad and that some employees were “terminated.” Francie
simply replies: “The economy sucks.” Sydney gets a call from Helen Calder and
sets up a meeting with her.
Sydney tells Helen that she knew her husband worked at the FBI and investigated
CIA agents who were suspected of being spies for Russia. Her dad was being
investigated and she asks Helen if her husband ever mentioned a man named Jack
Bristow. Helen says her husband never talked about his work. Sydney mistakes a
photo of Helen’s current boyfriend for Calder. Helen shows Sydney a picture of
her dead husband and Sydney is surprised when she recognizes the man. Helen says
he wasn’t a very nice man and he died in a car accident in 1981. Sydney asks for
a copy of the picture, then rushes home and takes out a newspaper clipping of
her mother’s death. She realizes that the man in the newspaper clipping who died
in the same accident as her mother was Calder!!
Sydney goes to Vaughn with her suspicions. She says that for the past 20 years
she thought she knew how her mother died. Her parents went to the movies and on
the drive home, a postal worker swerved into their lane and hit them causing
them to go off the bridge. She now believes that Calder must have been chasing
them; her father, the Russian agent. Both parties must have lost control and
crashed. Sydney says that if her father hadn’t been a double agent, her mother
would still be alive. She apologizes for telling all of this to Vaughn, it’s
just she doesn’t have anyone else to talk to. Sydney wants to report her father.
Vaughn says why, that the agency already knew he was under suspicion. Sydney
says there are pages still missing form her father’s CIA file and maybe he is
still under investigation. Vaughn says what is important is taking down SD-6 and
that her father is doing that. Sydney gets angry and asks if she is supposed to
just do nothing. Vaughn says not to do anything just yet, that she has to work
on her relationship with SD-6. Sydney asks Vaughn if anything is ever
unacceptable to him. Vaughn says he understands that this is hard on her and to
give him two days to find out if her father is still under suspicion or if he is
still being tracked.
Francie and Charlie are sitting together at a restaurant. Charlie tells her that
he wants to be a singer. SURPRISE!! He tells her that the woman she saw him with
is Rachel, a piano player who is helping him. They have their first gig on
Friday night. Francie finally says, “So, you aren’t breaking up with me?”
Charlie says no and they kiss.
Will gets some information on “Kate Jones.” He finds out that her license number
is registered to an Eloise Kurtz. Will tells Jenny that this is proof that “Kate
Jones” is lying and that someone is trying to cover up Danny’s death.
Back at SD-6, Sloane congratulates Sydney on her good work in Germany. He says
the inhalers are in testing and he is pleased that there were no “causalities.”
Sydney tells Sloane that Dixon deserves all the credit, not her. She walks into
the conference room and sees her father. Sloane informs everyone that Jack will
no longer be working at Jennings Aerospace, his assignment there is complete.
Jack will be working at SD-6; his cover will be a financial credit manager at
Credit Dauphine. Sloane says Jack can now help with the planning and execution
of missions. Jack begins to tell them that two months ago; the FTL vacated their
forward base in Rabat and their support station in Shenir. All of their heavy
equipment was moved, including the T47s. An SD-6 recovery team found a greeting
card left behind that played music when opened. The recovery team also found
another greeting card playing music at an abandoned FTL transfer facility. Tech
support found that the music in the greeting cards had identical pattern of
numbers buried in higher frequencies.
Sloane says that the FTL uses a converted salvage tub as a floating lab that
works on weapons design, data storage, cryptography, etc. An SD-6 team stormed
the lab and brought back FTL’s new code machine. It was used to block anyone
from being able to read FTL’s communications. Dixon asks how it works and
Marshall says they haven’t been able to figure it out quite yet. Sloane says the
SD-6 team gathered as much information from the lab as possible, but it was
equipped with a self destruct mechanism. Jack tells them that there are eight of
the decoders and that one is currently in the possession of John Smythe. He is
the owner of a gallery in London. He is also an FTL operative. The decoder is
being held at the gallery and awaiting a pick up on Tuesday. Sloane tells Sydney
and Dixon that they will leave for London tonight. Jack tells them they want to
know where the FTL has relocated to and what they are up to. Their mission is to
bring back the decoder. After the meeting, Jack tells Sydney that he would have
told her about his being brought to Credit Dauphine, but that she was in
Badenweiler. Sydney turns on him and tells him she knows he was hunted by the
FBI and that her mom died because of it. She says “Every time I think I know how
awful you are, I learn something worse.” Then she enters the elevator and says,
“But this time I am gonna make sure you pay.” Jack just stands there as the
Sydney meets Vaughn at a driving range. He sets down a box and Sydney picks it
up and finds a plastic roach inside (a listening device). He tells her that the
CIA didn’t know about Smythe. He tells her that the bug is undetectable. Vaughn
tells her she will not have time to switch the decoder and to go ahead and
deliver it to SD-6. When they break the code, SD-6 will contact their affiliate
through SD-6’ computer network and the CIA will be able to download the data
from SD-6’ mainframe. Sydney asks how much data has the CIA downloaded. Vaughn
says almost 2% and Sydney is surprised. Vaughn explains that if they take too
much too quickly, SD-6 will notice the leak. If they are patient they can get
all of SD-6’ internal files and do some real damage. Sydney is happy. Vaughn
tells Sydney that he checked around and that her dad is clean, that there is no
internal investigation going on. Sydney interrupts and tells him that she told
her dad about her suspicions. Vaughn gets mad. She says she is sorry, and didn’t
care. If Vaughn had been in her position, he would have done the same thing.
Vaughn tells her that she needs to learn how to control her emotions; Sydney
counters and tells him not to lecture her. Her mother wouldn’t be dead and that
he couldn’t possibly understand losing a parent that way. Vaughn tells Sydney
that there is a book at Langley kept under glass. There is also a wall with
names and stars next to the names. It is a memorial to agents lost in action.
Families are never told how they died or even where; they are only told that
they will not be coming home. Vaughn says, “I was eight when my father became
one of those stars. At the funerals, there’s a protocol the agency
representative has to follow; what to say, whose hand to shake. You’re
admonished to not be conspicuously emotional.” Sydney says she is sorry. Vaughn
tells her that he has been assigned to be the agency’s representative for the
four CIA agents who died in Badenweiler.
Will goes to the apartment of Eloise Kurtz, pretending to deliver a package.
When she opens the door, he asks to speak to her for just 5 minutes. She asks
Will how he knew her real name. He tells her he won’t use her real name if she’s
afraid. She tells him to leave and that she doesn’t know anything and to leave
her alone. Will says, "it is people who always say that, who know more than they
think they do.” He asks her if she knew how they killed Danny. He begins to
describe Danny’s death and Eloise tells him again to go away. She then uses
pepper spray on Will and slams the door.
In London, Sydney and Dixon attend the gallery show disguised as buyers. Dixon
creates a distraction for Sydney by lighting up a cigar. She escapes to look for
Smythe’s office. A gallery worker tells Dixon that the gallery is a Non-Smoking
gallery and Dixon says not anymore. He shuts up the man by asking how much of a
deal could he get if he buys the entire art collection. The man says he will get
the owner. Smythe sets the alarm and leaves his office. Sydney throws her purse
in the doorway to stop it from closing. She then throws a hat on the motion
sensor before the alarm is set and begins looking for the vault with X-ray
glasses. Meanwhile, Dixon walks around puffing the cigar looking at the art with
Smythe. Sydney finds the vault and opens it. She finds the decoder and puts it
in her purse. She then puts the “bug” under a shelf just as the hat falls off
the motion sensor and alerts security. Sydney hides above on a pipe which turns
out to be a boiler pipe. She has to stay there or risk being caught by security.
The security guard hears a noise which gives Sydney a chance to move to another
pipe. The security guard goes into Smythe’s office and Sydney gets away
unnoticed. She returns in time to tell Dixon she prefers the Lamborghini. Dixon
says that she is the birthday girl and hands Smythe his cigar and asks him to do
something with it. They leave, much to Smythe’s’ annoyance and shock!!
Back in LA, Francie is telling Sydney about Charlie’s singing. She says he never
sings at all and now he wants to become a singer. She says that if he had a good
voice, she would have it before now. She asks Sydney if she will be at the club
on Friday, she needs her there if Charlie doesn’t do well. Charlie will be
devastated. Sydney says it could be the start of something great.
At the club, Charlie introduces everyone to Rachel. Rachel tells Francie that
all Charlie talks about is how great Francie is. Will introduces his sister Amy
to Rachel who still has that signature Pink hair. Will receives a phone call
from Eloise Kurtz and excuses himself from the group. Charlie and Rachel leave
to go setup. Francie tells them they will be great; they leave and she whispers
to Sydney that it is going to be a disaster. Sydney tells her to stop. Eloise
tells Will she feels bad about the pepper spray and says she is not a bad
person. She says that she was given $2000. to say that she was having an affair
with Danny. Will asks WHO? She explains that she was between jobs, that her car
was/is broken and that anyone in her position would have done the same thing.
Will asks if they can meet again and she agrees. She tells him to come by
tomorrow. Will says he has a great car mechanic and Eloise remains silent. Will
then tells her that everything is going to be okay and she hangs up. Charlie
takes the stage, appearing nervous and Sydney screams out WOOO Charlie!! Music
starts and Charlie begins to sing “Have a Little Faith in Me.” He is singing
pretty well. Francie smiles and says that that is her boyfriend.
While Charlie’s song plays on, we see Sydney walking around at SD-6. Dixon comes
in and helps her take her coat off. Sydney, Marshall, Sloane and Jack are in the
conference room. Sydney puts her thumb in the decoder and feels a tickle.
Marshall tells her that the decoder took a piece of her thumb and that it
created a code based on her DNA. Sloane says that is how the code worked with
the greeting cards. The encryption was DNA based. Sydney asks who’s DNA and Jack
says it is Garreth Parkashoff, the leader of an FTL cell in Rabat. Sloane says
Parkashoff is dead and they need a DNA sample. SD-6 does not know where his body
is buried. Sloane calls out to Marshall who is typing away at his laptop.
Marshall finally answers and says the network is sluggish. Sloane tells him to
go and get agent Fisher. Sloane says that Parkashoff was eliminated by Martin
Shepherd. Shepherd’s subconscious was programmed to respond to a certain phrase.
If you say the phrase, Shepherd would do whatever you asked, even kill. Say the
phrase again and the acts he committed would be erased from his conscious mind.
He would have no recollection of the acts he committed. Sloane says that SD-6
has known what the phrase is for a long time and Sydney says it comes from a
poem by John Donne. Sloane wants Sydney to get close enough to Shepherd, use the
phrase and ask where he buried Parkashoff’s body. Sloane says that Shepherd
checked himself into a mental institution in Bucharest, Romania. Marshall and
Fisher come in and Marshall tells Sloane that something funny is going on with
the computer network, a bandwidth leak. Sloane tells Marshall to write up a
report about it and hand it in by the end of the day. Sloane tells Sydney that
agent Fisher will be her back up on this mission. He will be posing as Dr.
Carlos Fontanetta, her doctor. He will be admitting her as a patient at
Shepherd’s mental institution.
Sydney is walking outside when her father catches up to her and tells her that
her handler is unavailable. He begins to tell her, her counter mission, when she
interrupts him and says that Vaughn is at a funeral for the CIA agents who died
because of people like Jack. Jack tells her that she is to relay the coordinates
of Parkashoff’s body to SD-6, once they have decoded it—Sydney interrupts again
and tells him to go to hell!! Jack stops her and says peoples lives are at
stack, hers included. She walks away and Jacks calls out to her. “What you think
you know, you don’t know.” Sydney turns around and tells Jack to explain it to
her then. Jack tells her she doesn’t have clearance and Sydney balks at that.
She can’t believe she needs clearance to find out how her mother really died.
Jack tells her that there are rules and she shouldn’t be so cavalier. It wasn’t
so long ago that she broke the rules and had to suffer the consequences. He
tells her that he is not a perfect man, but that he is smart enough not to draw
simple conclusions and to act on them. He believes that if anyone could have
learned that lesson, Sydney would have. She scowls at Jack and he leaves.
Dr. Fontanetta introduces his patient as a relief worker who had a psychotic
break to the head of the institution. Sydney is being pushed in a wheelchair by
an orderly when she spots Shepherd. They make eye contact and Shepherd follows
her with his eyes as if he recognizes her. The head of the institution asks why
Dr. Fontanetta chose this hospital and he says that the consulate recommended
Meanwhile, Will goes to meet Eloise at her apartment only to find that she is
gone and her apartment is cleaned out!!
We see Vaughn at the funeral. He goes to a little boy and tells him that his dad
was a hero and the boy hugs Vaughn tightly…
At SD-6 Marshall finds the CIA’s “backdoor” into SD-6’ computer network. He runs
to the server room and cuts the hard line. Sloane calls Alan from the Alliance
and says they need to meet. He thinks they have a mole…
Back at the mental hospital, Sydney spots Shepherd and sits with him. Fisher is
with the head of the hospital, filling out paperwork when the doctor tells him
that he called the consulate to thank them for their recommendation and he was
surprised to find out that they hadn’t even heard of Dr. Fontanetta. Shepherd
asks Sydney if he knows her and she begins to recite the poem and he attacks
her. He asks her again who she is. He is choking her when an orderly stuns
Shepherd and drags him away where he breaks free and goes after Sydney again.
The orderly shocks him again. Sydney is trying to catch her breath when another
orderly grabs her and says: “I know what you are trying to do Ms. Bristow.” She
tries to fight but is overtaken by two orderlies.
Back at the LA CIA office, an agent tells Weiss that the doctor running the
mental hospital is a K-Directorate agent!!!
The orderlies have put Sydney in a straightjacket and are leading her down a
hallway, where she fights and breaks free and hides in an office. She gets out
of her straightjacket and sees Fisher DEAD, his throat slashed!!!