Aaaand commercials. Okay. Is it just me, or does Paycheck look like a rehash of Memento only with Ben Affleck and Aaron Eckhart instead of Guy Pearce? I'm just askin'. I love John Woo, though, so I'll probably have to see it, dammit. Ooh! A Best Buy commercial! I work on that account at my thankless day job! Heh. Heh heh. Nice commercial. I didn't work on the commercial, but, um, well, I write the stuff that shows up at your house telling you, "Buy shit from Best Buy NOW!" So that's something.
Dream Sequence #1. Syd's nicely mascara'd eye pops open; she's in an ambulance and Vaughn's by her side. Vaughn's all, hey, baby. The EMT is all, don't move, you've suffered a severe head trauma. Syd, covered in blood, is all confused about where she is. The EMT informs her that she's on the way to the hospital. Vaughn's all, Will's gonna be okay. He lost a lot of blood, but we got him in time. Syd's all, Will? But...Will's in witness protection! The EMT says that it's normal for Syd to have gaps in memory. Vaughn's all, the woman you were living with was NOT Francie! Her name was Alison Doren! Syd's all, I know, you dumb-ass! And this is a dream! And she was the second double we never found! And Vaughn's all, it's coming back to her! Syd tries to get up, but the EMT pushes her back down. Syd wants to know if Vaughn's heard of the Covenant. He's all, yeah, yeah, yeah. Are they important right now? Because we have to get on with this dream. Syd wants to know if Sloane's been pardoned by the state department. Vaughn's all, pardoned? Hardly. Just then, Syd looks down at Vaughn's left hand, which is holding her left hand. "You're not wearing a wedding ring," says Syd. "No," says Vaughn, smiling. "I thought we'd go to Santa Barbara first and see how that went." Aw. And GET ON WITH IT. Because, y'all KNOW this ain't real, right? Syd sits up and says, "You're not married?" as Vaughn caresses her face with his right hand. "Wow. You really did hit your head, huh?" he asks charmingly. "I thought you gave up on us," says Syd, ambulance lights flashing across her face. "Syd, when I walked into that apartment and saw you lying there," says Vaughn, "I thought, 'Don't let me miss a chance to tell her how much I love her.'" Aw. And SERIOUSLY GET ON WITH IT. "I love you," says Syd. Vaughn moves in for the kiss.
Vaughn pulls back and it's SLOANE. EW! And EW! And Uncle Inappropriate Touching has come back to haunt us! EW! Syd pulls back, gasping. Sloane speaks to her and says that she's dreaming. It's Cronenberg's voice that we hear. Back in the Dream Dugout, Cronenberg's speaking to Sydney over the microphone: "If you can hear me, then you're in a dream state. You need to use it to get back to where you were." We see Syd's body twitching on the table. Then we switch back to the ambulance, and now Sloane's speaking, still with Cronenberg's voice: "To get to the last memory that you have." Syd looks at Sloane. "Now, remember," Sloane says, "you said it was...in your apartment. That you were knocked out." We return to Cronenberg and the crew, Vaughn watching the monitors with his jaw twitching. "You must...try to go back to that place," says Cronenberg. "You must try to find that place." Jack grits his teeth at the monitors. "Sydney?" says Sloane, back in the dream world. "You are in control of your environment. Go NOW!" And Sloane slams Syd out of the ambulance.