Almost Thirty Years
Mr. Sark asks a badly beaten Will about "the circumference." A sinister Taiwanese interrogator, "Suit And Glasses," who tortured Sydney months before enters with an array of frightening instruments. Sydney receives a call from Sark, and sets up the exchange of her friend for the Rambaldi page and the ampoule of solution in Taipei, in 24 hours.
Jack agrees to help recover Will. He can easily get the ampoule from CIA storage, but recovering the page will be tricky -- it's in an offsite SD-6 vault located off the coast of Santa Barbara -- and they will need Sloane's fingerprint and voiceprint in order to gain access. He tells Sydney that she must keep her plan from Vaughn -- the CIA has a mole.
When Vaughn explains to Sydney that Will is still likely to be alive, he senses that she is hiding something. Later, he tells Weiss that he suspects that Sydney has her own plan to rescue Will.
Her cancer now in remission, Emily is out of the hospital. At a remote beach house, Sloane finally tells her the truth about SD-6.
Later at SD-6, Alliance member Ramon Veloso explains to Sloane that if he kills Emily, he becomes a full-fledged Alliance member.
Wearing a concealed recording device, Sydney visits Sloane in his office to speak about Emily. It's a decoy for Jack to hack into Sloane's computer, collect the needed passwords, and take voiceprints and fingerprints.
Having now stolen the Rambaldi page, Sydney climbs out of the water, only to be confronted by Dixon. He demands to know why she used the codename "Freelancer" on Mount Aconcagua. Sydney is insists that she is not betraying her country, but also that she cannot reveal the truth to him. Dixon walks away.
Meanwhile, Vaughn meets with Devlin and Haladki. Weiss has reported that Vaughn no longer fully trusts Sydney, and now they all need to know what he may be hiding. Jack calls Devlin. After taking the ampoule from the CIA, he assures that he will return the stolen item once his mission is completed. Devlin demands that Jack return immediately.
Since Will has disappeared, his friend Abby goes straight to editor Litvack with his sealed envelope about SD-6. The editor agrees to run the story.
On a hunch, Jack abducts and tortures Haladki, who admits to being the CIA mole and a Khasinau crony. The instructions are for a "battery" that Khasinau is building in a Taipei lab. Jack finally silences him for good.
Vaughn finds Sydney and agrees to help save Will. With Jack, they'll fly to Taipei and while Jack makes the exchange, they'll detonate the battery.
At home, Sloane poisons Emily's wine. In a final toast, she forgives him for the mistakes he has made.
Jack exchanges the page, an exposed drawing, for a bloodied Will. Across town, Sydney and Vaughn find the secret Mueller device beneath a dance club. It is similar to the prototype she retrieved before, but massive, and the detonation unleashes a tremendous flood. Sydney and Vaughn try to escape the torrent, but Vaughn becomes trapped in a room filling with water. Sydney is then captured by a henchman.
Sydney awakens chained to a chair in a Taipei storeroom. But this time, instead of "Suit And Glasses," her interrogator is Khasinau, who explains that "his boss" has questions for her. Puzzled, Sydney admits she thought "The Man" was the one in charge. But Khasinau is not "The Man." The door opens. "The Man" is -- Sydney's mother.
Jack: Khasinau knew about the safehouse. He must have someone on the inside.
Sydney: I know.
Jack: As long as there's a mole at the CIA, you can't tell Vaughn a thing. Not that you've been contacted, or that you and I have spoken.
Dixon: Marshall, can you remember back to the Aconcagua operation? Sydney's code name?
Marshall: Miss Bristow? It was, uh, Bluebird.
Dixon: Bluebird. So it wasn't Freelancer?
Marshall: Freelancer? No, no, it was Bluebird. Definitely.
Vaughn: What I said was I feel I have an understanding of Sydney Bristow and that she doesn't just accept problems, she tries to fix them.
Haladki: And that perhaps Ms. Bristow and her father are trying to secure release of Mr. Tippin on their own?
Dixon: How am I supposed to know what you believe when you've been lying to me? I'm your partner!
Sydney: Just think about this for a minute. Just think about everything we've been through. Just think about who I am. Now, what I am going to ask you to do is just accept the fact that I cannot tell you what this is about. What I am doing is classified but Dixon... I swear to you that I am not betraying this country. I could never do that. You know that!
Dixon: I don't need rhetoric, Sydney. Right now, I need a reason not to report you to security section.
Abby: It's been six days. Will warned me something might happen. He didn't even turn up to his own awards dinner. Called his friends, they haven't heard from him either. Are you going to publish his story?
Litvack: Yeah. In the "A" section. I have to tell Deitrick that this is coming in. Call Orsay in graphics, get a photo of Will!
Sydney: Hi. How did you find me?
Vaughn: You told me a couple of months ago that when you feel the need to disappear, you go to the observatory. But the observatory was closed. And then I remembered you said the pier calms you down. But you weren't there. And you weren't at the bluffs and the palisades, either.
Sydney: You didn't really go to all those places.
Vaughn: Yeah, I did. And then I remembered you liked the train station, too. Normal people going to their normal jobs.
Sydney: I can't believe you remember that.
Sark: Are you comfortable? Do you feel comfortable trading priceless documents for a low-grade reporter?
Jack: You should read Tippin's stuff. It's not so bad.
Sydney: Wait. I have questions for you.
Khasinau: You can ask my boss.
Sydney: Your boss? I thought The Man was the boss.
Khasinau: Yes. Yes, but I am not The Man.
(A woman enters and stands in front of Sydney.)
The Man: I have waited almost thirty years for this.
VAUGHN IS NOT DEAD! Sorry to jump right into that, but having posted a general spoiler warning on the main ep guide index, I feel free to speak at liberty now. Anyway, I knew that when I first saw this episode, and I have since learned of spoilers that confirmed it. Still, I can't wait to see how he survives.
At the beach house when Sloane is telling Emily the truth about SD-6, the writers used a new TV device: the implied conversation, where we know the topic of discussion, but music plays so we can't hear what is specifically said. As writing styles go, this one cleverly eliminates the need for corny speeches and leaves a lot up to our imagination.
In a later scene, when Emily tells Sloane he forgives her, she mentioned the choices Sloane has had to make. I'm looking for more information about those choices to re-surface. I've seen several online debates about whether Sloane poisoned Emily or himself. I think, as do the people at the ABC FAQ, that he poisoned her to spare her the terror of being violently killed by one of the company's hit men.
I also think that the other "shocking death" mentioned in the TV Guide blurb was Haladki. Again, I've seen online debates about this, but we need two deaths, and if it's a choice between Vaughn and Haladki: buh-bye, Haladki! Plus, his death gives us another glimpse at Jack's dark side, and we'll see what consequences (if any) Jack has to suffer for it.
The scenes with Will being tortured unnerved me so much that I literally could not sit still. Having had wisdom teeth removed the kindest way possible - with benefit of painkillers - I can't begin to imagine having a tooth ripped out. The extreme injustice of it is that he was telling them the truth: he didn't know anything about the circumference. I loved the scene where Will attacked that Creepy Torture Guy. I think, at some point revenge became Will's only reason to survive.
I loved the scene with Vaughn and Syd at the train station. Not only does Vartan look excellent in it, but the whole conversation - about him looking all over for her, sharing that personal stuff about his dad, then offering to help - was so sweet.
This episode left us with many questions. The biggest one is: is it time for the new season yet?!
P.S. Vaughn is NOT dead!
* Haladki doesn't check the back seat of his car before he gets in? He isn't, that is, wasn't a good spy at all, was he.
* About trying to destroy the device, I'm surprised that Syd would assume the one they built was the same small size at the one she acquired earlier in the season.
* Khasinau said that he isn't The Man, but Haladki told Jack that Khasinau was the future and Khasinau can save him.