The kissing is over just as soon as it began, however, because Irina pulls back suddenly and declares that she'd better get back to the party. Jack grabs her. "Tell me, Irina," he snaps, "how did it feel, giving the order? Was it difficult or were you able to remain cold? Indifferent? Were you amused?" Irina just looks at him, bemused. "Jack, this is cryptic," she drawls. "Even for you." "Well, let me be clear," he says. "How did it feel to pay a man to kill your own daughter?" Irina is suddenly deadly serious. "You weren't supposed to find out." Jack smiles wryly. "You didn't feel a thing, did you? How is that possible? Were Sydney and I nothing to you? Merely strategic alliances to be disposed of once we'd outlived our usefulness? After all we've been through, Irina, I deserve an explanation. Why?" Irina doesn't answer. "I NEED A REASON." "Because it had to be done," she finally says. That's a good enough reason for Jack. He whips out his gun and points it directly at her forehead. "Jack " she says cautiously. "Damn you," says Jack, pulling the trigger. Irina falls back into the pool, an expression of pure and utter joy upon her face as the bubbles plink out of the GAPING HOLE IN HER HEAD.
Okay, that was just weird. Hot, but weird.
Back in present day, Jack's thinking it was weird too. Especially the purple orchid. What was UP with that shit? As Jack's pondering the oddness of female hair accoutrements, his daughter enters the Apple Store via her secret gateway. They walk directly to each other, and Jack asks how Dix is and has his story changed? Syd says he's stable and no, Dix still swears he saw Syd's dead mother walkin' and talkin' in Prague. Syd thinks Dix is delusional. Jack thinks Dix may be onto something. "Dad, you killed her!" says Syd. "I killed a woman I believed to be your mother," he says, all too reasonably. "Sound familiar?" He goes on to talk about Project Helix and Syd thinks this all sounds a wee bit too convenient. They need Irina and here she is, just dangled right in front of them. Syd thinks that Elena's manipulating them to go after Irina, even though she's dead. Jack thinks that Syd might be afraid to hope that Irina's alive, because it could be a false hope. "Maybe it's easier for you to believe that Mom's alive than to live with what you did," says Syd. Jack digests this, his upper left cheek twitching with annoyance, and says that whatever the hell Sydney thinks, they're still pursuing every damn lead, so she'd better get on that Irina-may-be-alive scenario, okay?