Jack, of course, knows exactly what Credit Dauphine is (and isn't) and realizes that his daughter thinks she's working for the good guys when she's really working for the bad guys. He immediately gets all bitchy with her, telling her that, since she's only been there a month, it's not too late to quit. She says she's not quitting this job, because she likes it and she's actually good at it. "God, if mom were here--" "If your MOTHER was here--" Jack yells, then stops himself. "If your mother was here, she would want you to focus on school, which is what you're going to do." Sydney says that she didn't come here to ask his permission, and she's already made her decision. Jack says it's not her decision to make. And thus a rift is born.
A rift that has been breached over the years, judging by the way Syd is now carting her shot daddy over the "hills" of "Mongolia." She and Vaughn plop Jack down and start to figure out how to fix him. His face is ashen and he's wheezing. Vaughn runs off to call Dixon for help as Syd tends to her dad. Dix orders Marshall to get on the help stuff. Syd opens up her father's jacket as Jack tells her it's just a scratch. Aw. She pulls back his shirt and reveals three very clean shots right over Jack's right lung. She starts to lose it, but catches herself so he can't see that she thinks it's fatal. He looks at her and can totally tell that it's not good. "You're gonna be okay," she says, hiding her tears by looking back for Vaughn.
Vaughn's still talking to Dix and finding out that the chopper will be arriving in a half hour. Jack totally doesn't have a half hour. Vaughn tells Dix that Sloane's dead and Sark got away and he has the artifact with him. "I think we know where he's going," says Dix. Syd tends to Jack's wounds, pressing a pad down on them and eliciting gasps from her father. Don't do that, Sydney! It hurts! Vaughn runs over and asks how Jack is doing, and Syd says she thinks the bullet penetrated his lung. "The" bullet? As if there's "one" and not "THREE"? This is the moment Vaughn chooses to share the news of the Hong Kong partner with Sydney. "We know who's behind this," says Vaughn.