The CIA learns that a terrorist organization has acquired a plasma charge, a powerful next-generation bomb. Dixon also tells the group that Jack will begin an investigation to find the possible information leak in their office. Syd and Vaughn go undercover in search of the bomb, but Sark and Lauren always seem to be one step ahead. After narrowly escaping from the CIA, an excited Lauren kisses Sark savagely and they wind up in bed together. In Zurich, Dr. Barnett meets Sloane for dinner; she walks out after he explodes at her, but he follows, ultimately telling her that he and Irina had an affair. Lauren, Weiss and Sydney notice that something is bothering Vaughn, but only the latter two remember what it is: the anniversary of his father's death. On another quest to find the plasma charge, Vaughn winds up with his gun trained on Lauren, who is wearing a ski mask to hide her identity. Vaughn orders her to remove the mask, but Sark suddenly appears, pointing a gun at Sydney. Sark tells Vaughn that if he loves her, he will drop his weapon. Vaughn does, and Lauren punches him. Sydney attacks Sark and a chase ensues that ends with Vaughn having to disarm the bomb with seconds to spare. Back in LA, Lauren meets Vaughn and says that she missed him; Sark calls to taunt her that Vaughn would rather be with Sydney. Elsewhere, Jack finds Syd working late at the office and they go for dinner.
Barnett: Excuse me?
Sloane: I'm suggesting that we talk over dinner. You know, in vino veritas?
Sydney (in disguise as an astronomer): Our radio telescopes inspect the cosmos looking to detect artificially generated signals, basically anything below three hundred hertz. Don't worry, the alien invasion is still a few months away.
Sydney: Yesterday was the day, wasn't it? The anniversary of your father's death?
Vaughn: How could you remember that?
Sydney: I remember what missing him does to you.
Barnett: It's hard to believe that you threw away something that you would normally consider holy.
Sloane: Are you calling me a liar?
Sark: We need you to filter back any CIA intel that might help us get a lock on it.
Lauren: You called me to remind me to do my job?
Sydney (to Lauren): Vaughn and I have a history, a complicated one - I can't deny that, but I won't apologize for it either. If your marriage is in trouble, if you and Vaughn are having problems, I suggest you leave me out of it and take it up with your husband.
Lauren: The job's in Vancouver. Requires a breach of a data storage facility.
Sark: Really? What's the prize?
Lauren: A plasma charge. Next generation destructive power.
Sark: I thought those were just theoretical.
Lauren: Apparently not in Vancouver.
Sark: It looks like another black mark on your husband's record. How's it feel to systematically ruin a man from the inside out?
Lauren: It wouldn't be the first time.
Barnett: Are you telling me Sydney is your daughter?
Sloane: I never tried to prove it, one way or the other. But the strength that Sydney finds within, I like to believe that comes from me. . . How about that: the world didn't come to an end.
Sark (on the phone): It killed you, didn't it? Seeing him drop the gun for Sydney.
Lauren: No it isn't a good time. Can I call you in the morning?
Sark: He's there with you, is that it? Though he'd rather be with her. You know, it's quite a charade you two are engaged in.
Yet another complaint for the ABC/Alias advertising department: jeers to you for 1) spoiling this Sydney-I-am-your-father plot twist in the preview and 2) spoiling this Sydney-I-am-your-father plot twist in the preview with a scene that wasn't even in the episode. In the preview Sloane firmly declared that he is Sydney's father, but since this show is what it is I figured that was only part of the clip, so maybe he preceded his claim with something like, "There's a good chance that I am Sydney's father." Instead, he *completely* rephrased the sentence to say something weak about thinking Syd's strength comes from him.
I don't think that Sloane will turn out to be her real father. Perhaps that would make for a more interesting story line, but it would undermine one of the few constants on the show: Jack is Sydney's father (and sometimes does questionable things to protect her). It would make Jack and Syd's relationship struggles to this point completely irrelevant.
Writing this review, I have an idea why the writers made Lauren a spy: since Sydney is no longer a double agent, they need someone to be living her life using an "alias." But wait, the agents frequently go on missions and use fake identities. Plus, the writers already made Sloane a double agent, probably to try to create a weird sense of irony . . . Okay, I have no idea why the writers felt compelled to include yet another I-married-a-spy plot. Nor do I have any idea why they're trying to make us believe that Lauren actually cares for Vaughn, when she is both living a lie and sleeping with someone else.
* Telling the story from two angles: an interesting idea that must have saved a fortune by allowing them to show many of the same scenes twice.
* What was with that look between Weiss and Lauren after Lauren's conversation with Sydney? Could Weiss possibly suspect Lauren - who he once called "a good person"- of something?
* Dr. Barnett met Sloane for dinner for "professional" reasons - in THAT blouse?!