Episode 18: Truth Takes Time
Despite Sydney's remonstrance, Vaughn's badge is taken and
he's now officially under investigation. Jack tells Sydney
of Irina's escape and betrayal. Heartbroken, she retreats
to Irina's old cell, where Dixon consoles her. Sydney shows
him the earrings Irina left for her and wishes Irina was dead.
Aboard Sloane's jet, Sloane and Irina discuss their plans
Irina will acquire files from a genetic database in
Germany while Sloane reunites with Emily in Tuscany. He speaks
of his regard for Sydney, angering Irina. "Don't ever
talk about your love for my daughter," she says. Later
in Tuscany, Sloane surprises Emily with the purchase of a
At the CIA, Jack takes over the briefing from Kendall. Due
to his intimate knowledge of Irina, he's been assigned operational
control of the task force aimed at her, and Sloane's, apprehension.
Jack reveals he secretly injected Irina with a passive transmitter,
and that it will reveal her location in 12 hours.
During target practice, Vaughn tells Sydney that his security
clearance has been temporarily downgraded but he's still field-ready.
He advises her not to join the task force; she shouldn't have
to hunt her own mother. Syd assures him that she won't hesitate
to pull the trigger. Meanwhile, an incensed Kendall, feeling
misled into trusting Irina, confronts Jack. Jack assures Kendall
that he's not after his job and he'll step down after Irina's
Irina's signal goes live; she's in Stuttgart along with Sark.
Posing as a Scandinavian pharmaceutical rep, Irina gains access
to the genetic database at Brucker Biotech, the German equivalent
of the Human Genome Project.
Sark spots the CIA outside and assumes Irina's tagged. He
de-bugs her with an electric shock and sets an explosive while
she downloads the database. The CIA moves in. Sark meets Vaughn
in a stairwell and shoots him. Sydney knocks the gun from
Sark, who then flees. Vaughn, Syd learns, was wearing a bulletproof
vest. Irina then baits them into chasing her, so they're free
of the building as the bomb explodes.
In Tuscany, Emily answers a call from Irina. She summons
Sloane, who is told to go to his jet for the handoff. Sloane
begs a confused Emily to trust him. Back at the CIA, Will
explains that the data contains the DNA of millions of private
citizens. Marshall theorizes that Sloane could develop genetically-targeted
weapons. In Sloane's jet, Emily is shocked to see Irina, whom
she thought dead, and angered at Sloane's continuing deception.
Sloane explains that what he's after will let her live cancer
At dinner in L.A., Sydney thinks Francie's behavior is odd
after she presents Vaughn with a gift.
Emily, meanwhile, turns herself in to the American consulate
in Florence and asks to speak to Syd, who flies in to meet her.
Tired of the lies and rationalizing, Emily offers up Sloane
in return for the CIA promise that he won't get the death-penalty.
Sydney sympathizes with Emily, admitting she sees her as a maternal
figure. Jack agrees to the condition.
Sloane, however, is ready to quit crime for Emily's sake.
He tells Irina that he wants to sell her all his assets, including
his collection of Rimbaldi artifacts. He tells Irina to meet
him at the villa.
With Emily wired and the CIA surrounding the villa, Sloane
arrives with Irina. Irina retrieves the data while Sloane
tells his wife that he loves her. Guilt-ridden, she exposes
the wire. With the CIA moving in, Sloane, understanding his
wife's torment, asks her to escape with him. She chooses to
run with him and they escape through an underground passage.
Irina follows, as does a pursuing Sydney.
Syd catches up to Irina, who's vulnerable as she climbs a
ladder to the surface. Syd hesitates before shooting her mother
in the arm. Irina drops the disk, but makes it out. Armed
with a sniper scope, Dixon spots Sloane and Emily running
toward a helicopter, Irina following. He targets Sloane, fires,
Emily. Irina grabs Sloane, who's grieving
over Emily's body, and they escape to the chopper. Sydney
Back in Syd's apartment, Sydney and Vaughn are in bed when
they hear Morse code coming from the earrings that had once
belonged to Irina. Sydney decrypts the message, which reads:
TRUTH TAKES TIME.
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