As SD-6 agents break up the diamonds-for-ampoule exchange in Denpassar, a veiled Sydney tries to escape and injures her shoulder while fighting Dixon -- he has no idea that he's battling his own partner.
Vaughn handcuffs Sark to a gate and recovers the ampoule. Weiss, who has been monitoring the situation via remote, suggests that he stay with the captive. Vaughn, however, disobeys and leaves his post in order to rescue Sydney. When he returns, Sark has disappeared.
Meanwhile, Jack is determined to find the identity of "Deep Throat." He instructs Will to tell the mysterious source that he knows all about "the circumference" and requests a meeting.
In London, Sloane meets with the Alliance, and threatens to resign if they won't let his cancer-stricken wife die in peace. But he is surprised to discover that the Alliance knows all about Edward Poole's deception, as well as the truth behind the murder of Jean Briault. Ultimately, the members decide to let Emily live, as her death appears to be imminent.
When Sydney returns to SD-6, she learns that Sark has been apprehended. Dixon is suspicious of her absence and notices her injury.
Over a glass of wine, Sloane proposes to Sark that if he will help SD-6 find Khasinau, his life will be spared. Weiss chastises Vaughn for letting Sark escape. Vaughn's feelings for Sydney are clouding his judgment.
For their next mission, Sydney and Dixon must go to a Paris nightclub, where Sark will deliver the ampoule to Khasinau. Dixon is to steal pages of a Rambaldi manuscript.
To crack the safe's encryption mechanism, Sydney will need to monitor Khasinau's heartbeat with a special ring, which will then transmit the pulse to Dixon's cellphone. Meanwhile, Will establishes a meeting in Paris with "Deep Throat." Jack will monitor the conversation.
Vaughn gives Sydney her countermission -- to deliver the real Rambaldi pages to the CIA and give fakes to SD-6. But she senses that he is being unusually blunt with her. In the Paris club, Sydney assumes the identity of a cabaret singer. While performing from the audience, she holds her hand on Khasinau's chest long enough to record his heartbeat.
Moments later, she frees Will from Deep Throat's men and they escape to Jack's car. She is furious with her father for involving Will, until Jack explains how the informant has been trying to expose SD-6.
During the night, Dixon recalls the mission to Mt. Aconcagua and Sydney having used the code name "Freelancer" on a satellite phone. When he asks about her injured shoulder, she explains that she fell while hiking, but he is suspicious.
Sloane explains that despite the chaos in Paris, they can still track Sark because of a substance added to the wine. In a private moment, Sloane thanks Sydney for not reporting Emily's breach of security. He even expresses his own regret for having Danny Hecht terminated. Later, at the hospital, Emily learns that her cancer is in remission, but Sloane doesn't know how to react. How will he convince the Alliance to let her live?
Will is moved to a CIA safehouse. Vaughn says that he may need to enter the Witness Protection Program for safety or even be recruited.
A team of SD-6 agents track Sark to his location, hoping to find Khasinau as well. Instead, they find a room with medical equipment. Using a blood transfusion to hide his trail, Sark is somewhere else -- the CIA safehouse. And when Will opens the door, Sark fires at point-blank range.
Jack: You're going to tell your contact you want a meeting. A meeting to take place at your contact's discretion.
Will: Why would he lead me to you knowing that you'd want to flush him out?
Jack: He only told you my name so you would realize that my threat to you was a bluff. That I would never hurt Sydney, even if you continue your investigation. He didn't expect you'd have the guts to contact me.
Will: Oh, well, I'll assume that's a compliment.
Sloane: I feel rather awkward sitting here asking you to allow my wife to die of cancer.
Christophe: Arvin, the agreement is simple. People with any unauthorized information regarding SD-6, or any SD cell, must be eliminated.
Jack: Kretchmer briefed me on Denpasar. It was a sloppy operation. Your pursuit of your mother is clouding your judgement. You can't afford to continue and at the moment, I can't protect you. I haven't regained Sloane's trust. He still hasn't reinstated me to active duty. I'm not even privy to his briefings.
Sydney: Then you haven't heard that SD-6 got Sark.
Sark: I understand I am in no position to demand anything, but for the record, I'm far more comfortable talking over a glass of Chateau Petreuse... '82.
Weiss: I don't want your thanks. I want it to stop.
Vaughn: Look, Sydney's my responsibility . . .
Weiss: Mike, I'm not going to trivialize your relationship with her by calling it a crush . . .
Vaughn: A crush?
Weiss: But whatever it is, it's starting to affect me and if that sounds selfish to you, I was hoping to retire fully vested. I know you genuinely care for her. I do, too. But there is a line that we have been sworn not to cross. We're about a mile past that.
Vaughn: I don't know how to be Sydney's handler without making it personal.
Weiss: Figure out a way.
Sydney: None of this changes the fact that you were using Will!
Jack: He was already being used! It's no coincidence that out of all the reporters in the world, he was chosen.
Sydney: What are you saying?
Jack: For some reason, Khasinau is trying to expose us.
Christophe: Nice work in Paris. You have deprived Khasinau of a very valuable prize.
Sloane: Yes. Thank you.
Christophe: The Alliance has decided, due to your wife's illness, her condition... your request has been approved. Your wife will be spared.
Vaughn: Anyway, I read your debrief. So did Devlin. We'll deal with the loss of the Rambaldi document later but first you should know that, uh, offices of security is drawing up a contingency plan to keep Will Tippin safe.
Sydney: What kind of contingencies?
Vaughn: Witness protection. Worst-case scenario, recruitment.
Sydney: Absolutely not!
Sydney: He is my friend. He is, like, one of my best friends.
Vaughn: I understand that.
Sydney: No, you don't. You get to tell your friends that you work for the CIA while I go home and look desperately for a tiny moment that I can be honest with anyone about anything. Now that Will knows the truth - he's never going to trust me again. You should have seen his face in Paris. It was like he was looking at a stranger.
Vaughn: But he wasn't. He was looking at you. Maybe for the first time. He was looking at you.
I've tried, and I can't seem to review this episode since I've already seen the finale. So, I'm simply going to post a few comments.
* I thought Vaughn's sudden and awkward coldness toward Syd when he was trying to "pull away from her" was pretty believable. He admitted that he didn't know how to be her handler without making it personal.
* When the disguise guy was helping Will and telling Will his phony background, what would they have done if someone questioned Will in French?
* Plot-wise, Will's finding out about Syd's other life is very interesting because it can go so many ways. It represents a turning point in their lives and in their relationship and they can't go back to where they used to be.
* I was pleasantly surprised that Sark wasn't tortured; I didn't think I'd be able to watch those scenes.
* Could Syd have been any more obvious when she was turning her ring around while she was singing?
* I always enjoy seeing Jack in all-business mode.