The Sphere rolls out of his hand and hits Sark's foot and I couldn't help but wonder if she hadn't killed him so fast, would Sloane have taken a page out of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and told Sydney that the only way to save her father was to have him drink from The Sphere? I mean, at this point, we have no idea what The Sphere is or why it's filled with red liquid or what that liquid does. It's entirely possible that it's the key to eternal life and all she had to do was spill a bit over Jack's wounds and a little more into his mouth. I don't know. It's a good idea. NOT THAT THE WRITERS WOULD KNOW THAT.
Syd bends over her father and calls out "Dad" several times, and then we're back in the flashback zone and Syd's entering her father's house, and Jack's on the phone obviously improvising a conversation with someone about "rudder controls" because, see, he doesn't work for an airplane company, he works for the CIA! Syd hands him an envelope and asks him to open it. It appears to be money, and Syd tells him it's for her tuition. He asks if she robbed a bank, and she says "sort of." Actually, she got a job at a bank; you may have heard of it. It's called Credit Dauphine and it has really neat offices underground.
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.