Jack returns to the kitchen as Little Syd practices "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." He tells Sydrina that he has bad news -- that was Grady, his handler, on the phone. "He has a mission for me," says Jack. "I'm afraid I have to leave town." Nadia says exactly what I'm thinking: "He told her. She knew he was a spy." Or, you know, that he worked for the government in some capacity. Not everyone who works for the CIA is a damn spy, you know. Even government agencies need fry cooks. Sloane's surprised by this realization, however. So is Syd. She covers well, asking Jack what the mission is. He tells her about Liddell, and how he's a doctor who saves lives but he needs to disappear. Sydrina asks where he'll take the doctor and Jack responds, "Finland." Sloane immediately orders Marshall to run a biometric of Liddell against the database of the Finnish passport offices and medical licensing board. Marshall's already on it. Vaughn tells Syd they got it. She's done.
Unfortunately, Jack isn't. He's concerned that he's going to miss Little Syd's birthday. Again. He seems totally broken up by this, actually. Sydrina tries to assure him that it's okay. That he'll explain it to her and she'll understand. "She's a child," says Jack, looking rather emotional. "She shouldn't need to understand that her father isn't home to celebrate her birthday." Syd's doing all she can to keep her emotions in check. "Laura," continues Jack, "the only memories I have of my father are of him leaving. I don't want it to be that way for her. She deserves better." Syd almost starts crying. Making a rather difficult choice, Syd obviously decides to act more like his wife than his daughter, and she moves close to him, saying, "The work you do is important." "Not as important as her," he says. "Or you." Yeah. It's another "awwwEWWWWawww" moment. Jack says that, when he gets back to Europe, he's going to give notice. He apologizes for not discussing it with her first. "No," she says, barely keeping it together. "That means more to me than you will ever know." He reaches out and kisses her hand, and yeah, it's kind of squicky, but it's also really dear, and Syd starts blubbering and sniff. Sniffle. Shut UP.