So It Begins
In her new role as a double agent for the CIA, Sydney is intent upon destroying SD-6 within weeks. But Vaughn humbles Sydney, explaining that SD-6 encompasses over 200 groups and contacts, not just the LA bureau where she works.
Sydney's journalist friend, Will, does some digging and learns that Danny had a booked flight from LA to Singapore the night he was killed. Sydney must hide her shock.
Back at SD-6, Sloane orders Sydney to travel to Moscow and intercept a sale of stolen files pertaining to Soviet-American nuclear arsenals. Afterwards, she meets her father Jack. In private, Sydney asks him whether he knew of SD-6's plan to kill Danny. Jack admits he was the one who bought the plane ticket so he could send Danny to Singapore before SD-6 murdered him, but he was too late.
In Moscow, Sydney impersonates a hotel maid to gain access to the hotel room of the CRC representative holding the payoff money while Dixon meets the document sellers at a Moscow club. After a fight with the bodyguards, Sydney discovers the payoff money is false paper. Incognito in party attire, Sydney races to the club, and switches the two computer disks containing the stolen files with plastic cocktail coasters. Dixon and Sydney knock the agents out, and escape with the disks. At LAX, Vaughn makes a brush pass with Sydney, duplicating the stolen floppies for the CIA, and returning them so she can present them to SD-6.
The information Sloane later retrieves from the disks informs him that a nuclear device from the Cold War period is still buried somewhere in the US.
Sydney's mission leads her to a Virginia cemetery, where she finds a tombstone with the contact's name, Ivanov, on it. Digging up the grave, she finds the seventh nuclear device, rigged to the coffin lid. She calls a panicked Marshall who guides her through the process of disarming it with only a two minute warning.
Angry, Vaughn informs Sydney that SD-6 has sold the device to Ineni Hassan in Cairo, a known arms dealer. Since Sydney knows Hassan, she volunteers to make the trip and get the bomb back; making sure that SD-6 doesn't know that she's going there. Back at the CIA, Davenport tells Vaughn that he's being pulled off of the Bristow case because Devlin, the boss, wants a more senior officer assigned.
Meanwhile, Sydney and a male CIA operative go to Cairo. When Sydney finds the bomb, she quickly dismantles it and grabs its bright green plutonium core -- only she's stopped by a gun-wielding Hassan.
Sydney: You said you wanted to talk about the plan. I'm giving you the plan.
Vaughn: It's not your job to give me the plan. I'm giving you the plan. Tomorrow's your first day back at SD-6. Now, nothing should change. When you get your assignment, you'll detail your mission on a paper bag. (picks one up, showing her) Bag. Then you'll call this number. (gives her card) Memorize it. After three tones, press the appropriate digit -- one through six. Each corresponds to a trash can in a specific location. Now we'll review your information, create a countermission, and we'll contact you posing as a wrong number: Joey's Pizza. Any questions so far?
Sydney: Yeah. Can you show me what a bag looks like again?
Sydney: Eating newspaper's a condition?
Will: Yeah, yeah. This is what I write about. This is how I make a living. And Lintback says my writing's too judgemental and I'm like, "Well, who cares? She's not gonna read it anyway, she's gonna swallow it."
Sydney: I lost my mind a little. I started imagining things.
Will: Whatever the hell you're talking about, maybe you're not imagining it. Syd, this is what I do. I might be able to find something that the police overlooked!
Sydney: Stop it! Please. I'm trying to move on here. I need your help to do that. Okay?
Marshall: (stands) Okay. Who here has trouble falling asleep at night, hmm? (raises his hand - the others just look at him) No one else does? Okay. Well, anyway, myself, on occasion, I find it difficult to nod off -- mind racing, ideas, et cetera. So, this kind of pertains to the whole sleeping thing...
Sydney: Since I've known the truth about you, I've asked myself questions. Thousands of questions. But this one I have to ask you now. When Danny was killed... Dad... did you know? Did you know that's what they were going to do?
Jack: Yes. (Sydney slaps him.)
Sydney: Don't you ever speak to me again.