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The Nemesis

Episode Summary

Sloane provides intel that the Covenant is searching for Robert Lang, who created a device that could access Russia's nuclear arsenal. Lang is on the run, but he will be meeting a man in Milan to obtain papers for a new identity. Dixon assigns Syd to be Sloane's handler; Dixon also reveals that Allison Doren is alive. In Strassburg, Sark is stunned to learn that Allison survived. Allison says that she woke up in a hospital that was run by The Covenant, and after she recovered she started working for them. Meanwhile, Lauren obtains a database of Lazarey's phone calls, and her search for Lazarey's killer leads to a name: Julia Thorne. In Milan, Allison gets to Lang first, where she extracts a tooth before killing him. The CIA learns that the tooth contained a chip that is used to access Lang's device. Syd forces Sloane to meet with Sark and Allison, and find the location of the device. Syd also makes Sloane ask about her past, and Allison confides that the Covenant wants Syd alive because they want to retrieve something from her memory. Later, Allison goes to get Lang's device as Vaughn and Syd track her. They split up to look for her; Syd finds her. Allison gets the upper hand, pointing a gun at Syd. Allison says that a formula from the Rambaldi book is what healed her wounds. Allison is about to shoot Syd, but Syd is able to get a gun and fires. Allison is badly injured, but alive. She is sent to the hospital, but the ambulance never makes it there; Syd and Vaughn find the ambulance crashed, the guards dead, and no sign of Allison. Vaughn wonders if someone was working with Allison, but Syd perceives that Allison escaped by herself.


Quotes

Sloane: I miss LA. I miss Emily. I miss the friendship with your father. (sighs) I miss your confidence and trust. Perhaps, I can get it back someday?
Sydney: You will never have my confidence and trust . . . or my father's friendship and respect . . . ever.

Vaughn: It's been three weeks since I learned that Sydney murdered Lazarey . . . I've been lying to my wife for three weeks.
Weiss: Vaughn, I know guys who've lied to their wives for a lot longer than that . . .
Vaughn: You understand that the reason your brother didn't like talking to you is because you say stupid things, right?

Marshall: This guy Lang created this really cool device. Basically, take it to any missile silo in all of Russia and it interfaces with the launch control console, bypasses all security protocols: initiation codes, the commander's launch key - irrelevant.
Sydney: It's a skeleton key for Russia's nuclear weapons?
Marshall: Yeah and to be honest, I'm just a little bit jealous.

Sark: Were you behind them extracting me from the CIA?
Allison: I wish I could claim credit for that. I only learned you were working for us recently.
Sark: My tenure began shortly after my father's murder. They freed me in exchange for my inheritance.
Allison: Who killed your father?
Sark: I don't know - but I intend to find out.

Lindsey: The Covenant doesn't want anyone to know they're behind the assassination.
Lauren: And your source believes their reach extends so far within the Russian government that they can make that happen.
Lindsey: You leave tonight. Any leak, and our source could be compromised and killed. That means no one at the CIA can know about this, including your husband.

Contact: How does a British woman become an American spy?
Lauren: I'm not a spy. And though I grew up in London, I was born in the United States. Now that you know my life story, I have some questions myself. Your government's running a probe into this. I would think you'd want to bring closure to your own investigation. Why come to us?

Vaughn: Is it Allison?
Sydney: Since I learned that she's alive . . . I keep wondering. Does she still look like her? Does she look like Francie? Because if she does? As much as I know I should keep her alive to maybe try to figure out the last two years of my life? All I'll wanna do is kill her.

Sydney: Why didn't she kill me?
Weiss: Maybe she likes you.
Sydney: Weiss, I'm serious.
Weiss: So am I! Come on. She lived with you for months. She doubled herself as your best friend; maybe in that time, she started to like you. I could see that happening.

Sloane: Sydney, I was very pleased when Dixon said you'd agreed to be my handler.
Sydney: It was an assignment, not an agreement - the way a janitor doesn't agree to clean a toilet. But as your handler, you'll do as I say, when I say it. I select your assignments; I design your missions. I control you, not the other way around.
Sloane: Is that what you used to let Vaughn do? Control you?

Sydney: You will set up a meeting with Sark and Allison. You'll explain to them that their travel plans have been compromised. You'll then offer them assistance in revising their arrangements.
Sloane: And pass the information along to you.
Sydney: That won't be necessary. You'll be wearing a wire.
Sloane: And if they discover that it's a setup?
Sydney: Then I get to hear them kill you.

Marshall: You've got the looks. I've got the brains.
Vaughn: I've got the looks? You've got the brains?


Review

My thoughts on this ep are pretty random (even more so than usual) so I'm putting them below in the comments section.


Comments

* ABC, I beg of you: please stop spoiling the episodes with the previews and commercials.

* I miss Will. A lot.

* The writers can cross "requisite tooth extraction" off their list of things to include in a season.

* Allison said that she was just "following orders" when she shot Francie. Okay, well, Syd was just doing her job when she shot Allison, so by that logic, neither of them has a reason to seek revenge. Yet, Allison vowed that Syd would pay for her scars.

* If Sark believed Allison was right - that Sloane was lying - why did he tell Sloane where Lang's device was stored?

* To further symbolize their fight between good and evil, Sydney was dressed in white and Allison in head-to-toe black.

* Why didn't The Covenant grab Sydney after Allison knocked her out? Then again, if they still wanted her for something, why did they let her go in the first place?

* I'm glad the writers finally included a Rambaldi connection, but must they do it by making it appear that Allison has superhuman healing abilities?


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