SD-6. Sloane tells Sydney about "Doomsday Six," an operation where six nuclear warheads were smuggled into and buried in the US. All of those were found. Wow, it's like a big scavenger hunt, but with plutonium! The information that Sydney and Dixon recovered revealed that there was a seventh, unknown nuke that's still missing. Sloane tells Sydney that someone named Ivanov is babysitting the nuke in Virginia, and she needs to go do some serious recon.
CIA. Sydney calls and tells Vaughn she's going to see Ivanov, and hangs up. Cut to Vaughn talking to Porcine Boss. They argue. Porcine Boss says that they're moving on the information they have on those disks, even at the risk of blowing Sydney's cover and sacrificing her. Vaughn tries to lay the smackdown and tells him to read her files, and PB will realize she's an asset. PB says he already has read the file. Ouch! Vaughn begs for at least five hours. Porcine Boss agrees and almost plows down Sean, who was standing in the outer office. Sean says, "Whoo. Impressive. Balls. Of. Steel. No, that's what I'm going to call you from now on." He stops a random agent. "Hey, have you met Balls of Steel?" The other agent grins. I do, too.
Title: "Virginia." Sydney pulls up to the address she was given, but -- d'oh! --it's a cemetery. She walks through it and finds a giant tombstone with Ivanov's name. Strings Screech Sorrowfully.
Then -- oh God, where's my Maalox? -- Sydney runs over to the shed, kicks down the door, and the next shots we see are of Sydney getting near the coffin.. Apparently Sydney, with an enormous shovel, bare-handed, dug up several pounds of dirt. Now. As someone with a hearty peasant background who has done her share of yard work, can I say that there's NO WAY you could dig up that much dirt and not scrape your hands raw on a shovel? And that it would take a good long time to dig up a grave? Oh yeah, and that it's broad frickin' daylight when she's doing all this? Hi, Plot -- I'd like you to meet Plausibility. Oh, that's right, you two are in the middle of a bitter divorce.