Episode 10: The Abduction
tells Will that Devlin would approve of him doing research
if he undergoes a psychological evaluation test. Francie walks
in on their conversation and wonders aloud about the secrecy
between Will and Syd. Later on, Irina tries to explain to
Syd why she worked with the KGB, and calls herself a fool
for abandoning her daughter. They hug but guards separate
threatens Sark with torture, questioning his allegiance after
the failed mission in Kashmir. Sark declares his loyalty to
Sloane and suggests that a leak could have come from within
SD-6. Shortly thereafter, Sloane organizes a mission pairing
Sydney and Sark. He describes the NSA's Echelon Satellite
System, which filters transmissions and indicates threats
to national security. Sark informs the group that Cuvee is
in possession of an Echelon terminal and is moving it from
its Paris location via armed transport. They must steal the
terminal and bring it back to SD-6.
CIA, Vaughn gives Syd the countermission: she is provided
with a deletion program that she will upload to the terminal,
so when SD-6 turns it on, the hard drive will be wiped clean.
Vaughn says that Alice's father died; Syd offers condolences.
Meanwhile, Jack tells Irina that he believes she and Sark
are still in league. He offers her a deal that would relocate
her to private prison in Puget Sound in return for a full
explanation of why she turned herself in.
Sydney and Sark disable their target, a guarded truck, but
learn that it was a decoy. Sydney gives chase to a man who
emerges from another vehicle and finally grabs the terminal.
Meanwhile, Sloane introduces Jack to Ariana Kane, the head
of Alliance counter-intelligence, who is investigating Emily's
mysterious reappearance. Later, she interrogates Jack, who
explains that Sloane recruited Syd without his knowledge in
order to ensure his loyalty.
Will's taken the psych test, he and Syd talk in a bar. As
she justifies her secrecy by calling it a "gesture of
love," Vaughn and Alice enter. They meet, share an awkward
moment and move on.
SD-6, Sloane tells the team that a failsafe erased the Echelon
terminal's hard drive. Cuvee, he says, may be able to reverse
engineer a new terminal based on duplicate software that he's
stored on a secure server in London, so he wants Syd to delete
it. Marshall says the server can detect any electronic intrusion,
so it must be cracked manually by a polymorphic algorithm
something only he can do. A nervous Marshall accepts
tells Sydney that Marshall must be taken into protective custody
after the mission because he has a photographic memory and
will recall the system files even if they're deleted. He is,
essentially, a human reboot. Sydney cautions that SD-6 is
Marshall's life, and that the truth would be difficult for
him to handle.
Sydney and Marshall arrive at Royal Albert Hall dressed impeccably
for the London Philharmonic. They sit behind Thatcher Powell,
Cuvee's head of IT security, who is the only man with access
to the secure server. They sedate him, steal the access key
and go to the server facility. While Sydney is trashing a couple
of guards, Marshall is shot with a tranquilizer, which makes
him too woozy to hack into the server. Sydney revives him with
a kiss, and he quickly succeeds. They retrieve the software
and return the key before Powell awakens. But they are observed
by a mysterious man in a wheelchair.
Syd and Marshall split for their return flight, Marshall is
taken into custody but not by the CIA! At SD-6, Ariana
insists to Sloane that Jack is the prime suspect because he
is unafraid of Sloane and is therefore hiding something.
visits Irina to discuss the deal again, Irina states that
she has nothing to confess and that she turned herself in
to make up for past mistakes. She also says that she will
now allow Jack to debrief her, in addition to Sydney.
Marshall is in the custody of
"Suit and Glasses."
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