Episode 19: Endgame
Dixon apologizes to Sydney for taking the shot that killed
Emily and says he has requested reassignment. In hiding, a
vengeful Sloane, no longer interested in the Rambaldi quest,
tells Irina that he wants to know who murdered his wife.
At the CIA, a restless Sydney suggests to Elsa Caplan that
she be hypnotized, for lack of any other leads. Elsa angrily
refuses and is upset that Syd thinks she isn't doing enough
to find her husband Neil. Meanwhile, Irina gives Neil an encrypted
database of DNA taken from 10 million people, with the expectation
that he can find one specific person.
Working at home, Syd significantly gives Vaughn a drawer
in her bureau. While poring over records, Syd notices 3 calls
to Caplan's house at odd hours and traces them to Gregory
Ivanov, a reporter working for an organization known to give
cover to Russian SVR agents. After Ivanov is put under surveillance,
she discovers that he has just received a fax that says "endgame."
Later Elsa admits that Ivanov was her handler and that she
married Caplan in order to monitor him. She also implanted
in his arm a cyanide pill, and the meaning of the fax is that
the pill has been activated and will kill her husband in 42
hours. She tells Syd that she really does love Caplan.
According to Elsa, the pill has a tracking chip that's activated
by a code that she knows. If they can get a locating device
from a blackmarket contact in Moscow who deals in SVR contraband,
they can enter the code and find Caplan. Jack doesn't trust
Elsa, given her similarities to Irina, and refuses to act
on the information even though it could lead them to Sloane.
Syd secretly tells Elsa that she'll get the device herself.
Elsa gives her the code.
Caplan attacks Irina in an attempt to escape. Sloane shoots
him in the leg and threatens to waste him, but Irina says
Caplan is still needed. Later, Sloane contacts Francie with
Dixon confers with his wife Diane about his reassignment.
He wants to do it for the sake of their marriage. She pledges
her love and loyalty to him.
Jack has Syd trailed. She notices the agents and pulls into
a drugstore where a group of Sigma Gamma sorority girls shop
and chat. As Syd phones Vaughn and relays a coded message,
she buys random items wrapping paper, tape, a wig.
She ducks into a back room and, using the purchased goods,
disguises herself as a one of the girls, and joins them on
the way out. Vaughn, meanwhile, decodes Syd's message. She's
going to Russia.
Jack confronts Vaughn. He intercepted the message and refuses
to send Sydney backup. In Moscow, Syd, disguised as a cowgirl,
meets the blackmarket dealer in an ersatz honky-tonk bar.
Before he'll listen to her, she must prove her worth by riding
the mechanical bull for 8 seconds, which she does. She then
pays fifty thousand dollars for the locating device. Syd calls
Vaughn and tells him to meet her in Saria, Spain.
Francie, who has altered Will's phone, calls him at the CIA
and asks him to pull up a recipe on a Web site. As he does
it, she somehow uses him to hack into CIA computers and downloads
the surveillance tape of Emily's death. Sloane then identifies
Dixon as Emily's killer.
Vaughn and Syd arrive at an office building in Saria and
overpower the guards. They find Caplan, who says Sark is in
the area. He also tells Syd that he's an NSA agent and he
knows that his wife is a Russian operative. Sark eludes Vaughn
as Syd extracts the suicide pill.
Back at the CIA, Caplan and Elsa reunite. Convinced of their
love, Jack has granted Elsa defector status. Syd says the
data Caplan has decrypted gives them leads on Sloane. Unswayed,
Jack says that Syd will be transferred if she disobeys him
again. Marshall finds that the satellite footage from Tuscany
has been downloaded from the CIA computers and that
it was an inside job.
At dinner with his wife Diane, Syd, and Vaughn, Dixon announces
that he has rescinded his transfer. The group leaves the restaurant
and Diane gets into her car to pickup the kids, saying she'll
meet Dixon at home. As she drives off, the car explodes. Francie
leaves the scene.
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