Back to the alien siege. By the way, if you have fifty bucks and a FlipVideo, you could probably make a movie called Alien Siege and get it shown on the SyFy channel. Military personnel (who were supposed to be dressed like local law enforcement, but just end up looking like a cross between ninjas and a SWAT team. I'm not sure what channel is right for Ninja SWAT Team. Maybe G4 would like to start running movies? It could star the people who have done well on Ninja Warrior! Where was I? Oh! The Ninja SWAT Team are setting up an extremely obvious perimeter around the cathedral. There are a lot of shots of them running down the middle of the street, hopping fences, standing on the edges of roofs, and so on. Basically, anyone in the neighborhood would be able to immediately tell that something's going on, and that the people in the cathedral are being surrounded. We see Leila inside, so she's definitely in there. That means that the door guy wasn't actually checking names or anything. Nice security, aliens. Leila looks worried and sees Sophia, which is not at all important.
Back to the White House. Hey, it's Simon. Hi, Simon! He says that he's just now heard that there's some kind of situation going on with Sophia and Thomas, and Sterling tells him that he, Simon, is not going to be in charge of it. Instead, Sterling will be relying on Simon's expertise, whatever that means. So I guess that means that Simon was at work during the whole last episode, but he was just out of the loop, and that's why he never warned Sophia. I feel like there was at least a day or so in there that Simon could have heard something, since as soon as they started tracing Sophia's phone, Simon would have been very interested.