Picking up where the previous episode ended, in a dream, Syd sees Will at her old apartment, and there's a cereal box with "St. Aidan" on it. Before she can ask about it, the others wake her, fearing for her safety. Jack advises Syd to contact Will, who has been in the witness protection program. Dr. Brazzel believes that Syd's memory of the missing time has been removed and that the precision of the extraction may indicate that she was a willing participant. Syd visits Will; he's suspicious at first but she proves her identity. Elsewhere, Jack and Vaughn try to convince Lindsey that they've been searching for Syd, but he doesn't buy it; he has them taken into custody. Syd asks Will about St. Aidan, and he explains that was one of his contacts. He sets up a meeting; watching, Syd recognizes the man - it's Lazarey. Syd has Will mention Julia Thorne, and Lazarey asks if "they have it." Before they can learn more, Sark appears and shoots Lazarey with a tranquilizer. Will and Syd escape. Later, as they discuss the old days, they sleep together after Syd confesses that she's lonely. Lying in bed, Syd recalls what Lazarey said about "it" and she considers where she would have hid something. Searching a list of hotels, she finds one that she seems to recognize. Elsewhere, Sark tortures Lazarey for info. Lazarey cracks and Sark takes off for the same hotel with Allison. Will and Syd check into the hotel, posing as rock stars. Syd hacks into the hotel's computer and discovers that Julia Thorne has a safe deposit box. Syd and Will go to break into the box, but Sark is one step ahead. Syd chases him and - after kicking his butt - she retrieves a small metal container. Allison attacks Will, and they fight, but he ultimately stabs her. Syd contacts Sloane to arrange the trade with Lindsey. During the exchange, the assassin that Sloane hired kills Lindsey. Sloane later tells Syd that Lindsey never gave them the Rambaldi device, but Sydney doesn't believe him. At the CIA, Syd suggests that Will change his identity again, since the Covenant now knows he's alive, but he's going to stay in Wisconsin. Will assures her that they'll see each other again.
Vaughn: If you betray her, I swear to you no matter what it costs me, I will kill you.
Sloane: No need to worry, Agent Vaughn. I love her too.
Will: The fact that I actually wasn't dating Francie, that it was her double . . . I thought that was, like, the number one most insane story of all time. But yours actually tops it.
Sydney: She survived.
Will: You know, I always thought of myself as a pacifist. The idea of taking someone's life is just inconceivable. But if I had the chance to kill Allison . . .
Sydney: I never would've come here if I didn't have to.
Sydney: Last chance to bail out.
Will: What, are you kidding me? I love this stuff.
Will: It was Julia Thorne. She told me your name. She needs to see you. She trusts you, but she's in danger.
Lazarey: Did they find it? Have they been to Graz?
Will: You've been going over this since the beginning of time. You'll figure it out.
Sydney: What makes you say that?
Will: Because you're you.
Jack: You and I have something in common. We both suffered through the death of the woman we loved only to discover that she was still alive. I know, it's hard. But this isn't about you. And I will not allow my daughter to become your mistress.
Vaughn: If that's where you think my concern for Sydney is headed, then you are even more cynical than I thought.
Jack: If you care about my daughter as you claim to, then push her away. Be cruel if you have to - make her despise you. Because your kindness tortures her. I can see it, what it does to her. And I won't have it.
Sydney: I've never been a depressed person . . . until now.
Assassin: Just when I was beginning to believe the glowing reports about you being such a humanitarian.
Sloane: You're a smarter man than that.
Will: When Lazarey spoke, he didn't sound like it was somewhere protected.
Sydney: I know. That's why I'm thinking, bank or maybe hotel safety deposit box.
Will: How come?
Sydney: Because that's where I'd put it.
Hotel Clerk: Checking in?
Will (British accent): Of course. I'm here, she's here. We made it.
Hotel Clerk: And you are . . . ?
Sydney: We're the next big thing.
Sydney: It was a little over the top.
Will: Over the top? I'm wearing seat covering, there is no "over the top."
Will: You have to admit, my accent was pretty good. It was, like, early Stones.
Sydney: I thought it was Australian.
Sloane: Sydney, you have my word.
Sydney: That's a relief.
Sydney: You murdered Robert Lindsey.
Sloane: I think you already know my response.
Sydney: Let me guess: you don't know what I'm talking about.
Sloane: Not a word.
Sloane: The deceiver was Lindsey. Not me. His team might've thought so, but apparently Lindsey never gave us the Rambaldi device. It was a setup.
Sydney: I don't know how you did this, but you're not going to get away with it.
Sloane: I don't know what you're talking about.
Marshall: It's what was inside the box. It's human tissue - like, still active. Oh, and there was a name etched inside the box: Milo Rambaldi.
Will: I thought if I had the chance, ending her life would be satisfying. You know, there'd be closure . . . It's just as empty as the dreams. It's horrible. There's no . . . satisfaction. There's nothing.
After Sydney told Will to tell Lazarey that Julia sent him, I was disappointed that despite my Julia-is-another-person theory I didn't recognize that it was probably Julia that Syd talked to (and killed) in her dream. If Julia was a separate personality, it makes sense that Syd would have killed her in the dream, because in effect Julia died when Syd regained her memory.
Dr. Brazzel's suggestion that Syd - or Julia - may have willingly participated in the removal of her memory is also consistent with the dream: the Sydney double asked, "Do you think it's an accident we don't remember anything?" Although there are no accidents on this show, the idea that they removed Syd's memory is almost a bit too hard to believe. I know they're in the future with advanced technology and all that, but what, did they remove the memories and put them in a jar or something? (Snicker.) She didn't show any signs of recent brain surgery when she woke in Hong Kong . . . perhaps the scar on her stomach is from where they removed the memories. (Snickers again.)
The writers are doing a good job of creating a very complicated mystery, but if they don't give us some answers before the season ends, I'm going to be very disappointed. For one, I'd like to know how Sark always seems to know what Jack and Syd are up to: for example, how did he know that Syd went to see Dr. Brazzel? Also, is Sloane still evil or what? If not, what's this "endgame" that he killed Lindsey to keep hidden? And what's the story with Lazarey and Julia?
Having said that, this is my favorite episode of the season so far. Jack punched Lindsey, something we've all surely wanted to do on more than one occasion. The scene with Syd chasing after and kicking the butt of Sark was fabulous, although it's a little surprising that Sark would run instead of simply shooting at her. Best of all, we got to see Will again. (Can I just say? Love.) I'll take that any way I can get it, but it makes sense in this part of the story to bring him in to remind Syd that she isn't as alone as she thinks.
* Why did Sark whine previously about not getting the chance to know his father, when he remembers the man to be abusive?
* Why did Sydney not even try to save Lindsey? Or Lazarey?
* Why was there not a single guard watching Vaughn and Jack?
* Does anyone think the fake Francie is really dead?