Irina smiles at her daughter. "You shot the man I love," says Sydney. "And you betrayed my trust. You risked my daughter's life. All for that." "I don't expect you to understand," says Irina calmly. "We're very different, Sydney. You still cling to naïve ideals. I learned at a very young age, the only currency worth anything in this world is power." So that's what this is all about? Power? She and Sloane just took over Prophet Five, I'm thinking they're already pretty damn powerful. Sydney asks if The Horizon gives her power, and Irina says that Syd has never seen Rambaldi for what he is; she just dismissed his work as that of a madman. While Irina explains her motivations, we get an overhead shot of Sloane lying in the pool of Red Juice of Rambaldi. Irina says that she's spent a lifetime acquiring power, but with The Horizon, she'll never have to give it up. "Rambaldi is life, Sydney," she says, as we get another shot of Sloane. "Through him, we can live forever." And then the bullet hole in Sloane's forehead closes and he sits up. HE SITS UP. He's not dead, he's immortal. Oh, ew.
"I offered you an out," says Irina. "I gave you your daughter. I was hoping you'd settle down, leave me to my affairs." So--wait. Irina got Sydney pregnant, not Vaughn? How the hell did she work that? She really IS powerful. Syd says that her mother doesn't know her very well, and I'd have to agree with that. After all, they've only met a handful of times over the past thirty years. "Sadly, I think I do," says Irina. "After all, I'm still your mother." I don't think that argument's going to fly here, Irina. "That doesn't mean anything to me anymore," says Sydney. "I am through being disappointed by you." "I hate that it's come to this," says Irina. "I suppose it had to," says Sydney. "I've come too far to let anything stand in my way," says Irina. "Then you'll have to go through me first," grits Sydney. Oh, yeah. BRING IT ON.
Dammit. We have to go back to the PAST again. God. Sydney goes to meet with Sloane in his SD-6 office. He tells her that her reviews have been exemplary. He's considering promoting her to field officer. Syd's excited. He blabbles something at her about giving this job the proper consideration and how she has a romantic notion of espionage and how she will be facing life and death situations and how she'll be making decisions that will haunt her for the rest of her life. "This job requires sacrifice," he says. "And you need to know that you are able to live with that." "I can, sir," says Sydney. "For as long as I can remember, I have been searching for what I'm supposed to do, what I'm supposed to be. This is my purpose. It's in my blood. It's who I am. I have never been so sure of anything in my life."