Episode 17: A Dark Turn
An elevator falls 40 stories, killing the three men inside.
Sark pries open the door and retrieves a wallet from one of
them, a Russian arms dealer named Yuri Karpachev. At a briefing,
Kendall tells Jack that Karpachev was one of Irina's contacts.
Jack also knows that Karpachev had ties to Sloane.
Irina tells Jack that Karpachev's wallet contained a key
to his safe, which Sloane believes contains a Rambaldi manuscript.
It doesn't, she says. Karpachev sold it to a man in Bangkok
named Ilya Shtuka. She proposes a meeting with Shtuka to obtain
the manuscript. Word of her re-appearance would also draw
out Sloane. If he's captured, Irina hopes, then Sydney will
quit the CIA.
Sydney is called in to meet with Mitchell Yager, a counter-intelligence
analyst who is investigating Vaughn. Vaughn, he says, has
contacted unapproved foreign operatives and met with Vladimir
Prokrowski, a former KGB assassin. He pressures Syd to examine
Vaughn's laptop because he may have downloaded a forbidden
decryption program called Xenon. .
Meanwhile, Kendall is hesitant to allow Irina to make contact
with Sloane. Jack reassures him, stating that he'll escort
her, and that they'll bait Sloane with the manuscript. He
says that he'd know if Irina was deceiving him again. Marshall
implants a tracking device in Irina's shoulder.
Irina meets with Shtuka at a Bangkok nightclub. He reveals
that traded the manuscript for opium rights in Hong Kong.
Irina kills him, and is then saved from an attacking thug
by Jack. They fly to Hong Kong, where they manage to obtain
At the CIA, Vaughn calms a suspicious Syd, who then returns
to Yager and states she can't betray someone she loves.
Sloane is informed of Irina's appearance and requests a meeting
in Panama to discuss the purchase of the manuscript. Jack
and Irina will be accompanied by a delta force. Irina requests
a visit from Syd, and tells her that the mission is going
to be dangerous and that she loves her.
At the apartment Francie puts Will under hypnosis, and he
reveals the orbital location of a satellite, as well as its
In Panama, Irina and two guards are to meet Sloane. They'll
be tracked by a CIA satellite when the time is right,
the delta team will ambush Sloane. At Irina's behest, Jack
removes the tracking device so Sloane cannot possibly detect
it. Jack and Irina kiss.
Weiss tells Syd that Vaughn is about to be charged. They
locate Vaughn at a bar, where she observes him secretly receiving
a package. She confronts him, telling him the CIA suspects
he's a spy. Vaughn confesses to Sydney that he's been investigating
Irina since she turned herself in. After months of research,
he's found nothing to suspect she has an agenda.
Expecting Sloane, Irina finds only Sark, who has arrived in
a limousine. She and the guards cautiously enter. The CIA loses
the satellite signal it's been hacked by Sloane, based
on the info that Will had given Francie. Subsequently, Jack
tells Kendall that he cannot activate the tracking device, and
to send in the Delta team. The team surrounds the limo at a
pier but the occupants are not Sark and Irina. It's a dupe that
was used when Sark drove through a tunnel. Kendall checks the
manuscript at the CIA and finds that it is filled with post-it
Sark stops his car under a bridge, shoots the two guards
and tells Irina to get out. A van arrives with Sloane inside.
Irina thanks Sloane for extracting her, and hands him the
manuscript, which she had hidden with her during the entire
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