Monday, December 30, 2013

An Overview of Season Three, and Some Other Thoughts…

 First off I want to congratulate myself, after realizing that finishing the series by the end of the year wasn’t going to happen, I at least wanted to finish season three by the end of it. So I am happy that I was able to finally get through what I knew from the beginning would be the hardest season for me to recap.  I mentioned it during some of the season two recaps, but getting into the lives of these two characters as much as I do in this blog, is incredibly emotionally draining.  And with all the ups and downs that Sydney and Vaughn had to endure during this season, it was very draining.  I hadn’t thought about it before now, but that may have added to why it took me four and a half months to go through the season.  It seems like a lifetime ago that I was able to do a recap in a single night, let alone two to four as I was doing in the beginning.   Looking towards season four, I expect that I will have some episodes that will drain me, and believe it or not I enjoy those episodes the most, and there will be some that I will be able to get out in a single night again.  But for now let’s look at how season three overall affected the relationship.

Out of any season, this season took the biggest toll on Sydney and Vaughn.   With its events, how could it not?  The season begins with Sydney finding out that the last two years of her life she doesn’t remember anything, and her life that she does remember has been turned upside down.   The love of her life is now married to another woman, her father is in prison, her best friend who she thought died shortly before she lost her memory is still alive but in witness protection, and she is in a foreign country.  We see her struggle with all of these factors and personally the fact that she isn’t perfect and that she does break down is what makes me love her even more.  For Vaughn the season begins with him seeing the one person that means more than anything else in his life back from the dead.  You can see that he is so relieved to finally see her again and know that she is alive.  But he knows that he also has to deliver the bad news that she has been dead, and that he moved on.  So all in all, the season opened to absolutely horrific circumstances for Sydney and Vaughn personally and even worse for their relationship.  Going from being a perfect couple, almost engaged even, (yes, I still believe that Vaughn was planning on proposing) to having it end without the permission of either of them.  Not to mention the fact that for Sydney, she still feels like they were together the day before.
As the season progresses, they start to rebuild their relationship that they had in the beginning, but unfortunately, it’s not that easy.  It’s made clear early on that they are both still madly in love with each other, but Vaughn is stuck loving two women, although in different ways.  Starting out as partners on missions again is very awkward for them in the beginning, but when they aren’t thinking that they are stuck in an awkward position and are focused on the mission; their subconscious actions show us that they still have each other as priorities in their respective lives.  For instance, being back with Sydney, Vaughn will instinctively go to put his hand on the small of Sydney’s back, then remembers that he doesn’t have that right anymore and pulls back. He pulls back in the first few episodes, but towards the middle he doesn’t stop himself anymore.  It’s a little different with Sydney, she’s always been more careful about showing her emotions at the wrong time.  She shows regret in blowing up at Vaughn, and then shows her love to Vaughn by respecting his choice to move on.  Even if she doesn’t like it, she tries as hard as she can to be polite to Lauren and not interfere with their relationship.

I do love the importance of their dreams though.  It is through their dreams that we can see their true feelings and fears.  We see early on that Vaughn while in the hospital wants nothing more than to wake up with Sydney by his side waiting for him to wake up and being there with him.  As he wakes up in his dream he looks around and looks upset until he sees Sydney asleep on a chair next to his bed.  He wakes her up and she comes over.  He asks where he is and she tells him he is home.  Above anything else in his life this makes more sense than anything else.  He is there with Sydney by his side so he is home.  For Vaughn it doesn’t matter that Sydney stabbed him and was the one to put him in the hospital, he knows that it was the only way that she could save his life.  In the dream Sydney begins to cry and ask that he’s okay, and telling him that she was so afraid that she had lost him.  I believe that her saying this is echoing his feelings when she died along with what he wanted to say to her when he went to Hong Kong to pick her up.  He had thought that he had lost her and was relieved beyond measure that she was okay, even if he had to suffer through two years of pain and grief.  In the dream when she says this Vaughn puts his hand up to her face and caresses it in his hand.  I find it interesting that in his dream, knowing how sick he could possibly be, he dreams of comforting Sydney.  Then she tells him that when she left him, thinking that she may not see him again made her realize how much she misses him, and he tells her that he misses her too.  I’ve said it before in the episode that this takes place, but they see each other all the time at work and on missions.  It’s not that they miss each other, but they miss who they were able to be with each other before.  They miss the connection that they used to have together.  It was even stated in the episode before this one, when Vaughn asks Sydney about Julia, and he tells her that he knows that they aren’t where they used to be, but even before they were a couple they never kept secrets.  He also misses being the person that he used to be rather than the impersonation of someone happy that he’s been playing since he decided to move on after her death.  He ends up kissing her in the dream, so we know that he also wants to be with her rather than Lauren.  But after the kiss, Sydney sits up and stabs him again and asks him how he could do this to her.  Vaughn’s subconscious is reminding him that he did move on too quickly, and that he should’ve waited for her.  He feels like he deserves whatever punishment he gets from Sydney now that he has other priorities.  We then see him wake up, and you can tell that he is realizing all of these things and trying to process them.  When he looks over and sees that it is Lauren waiting by his bed, and not Sydney you can see his disappointment.

On the other side of things we look at the first part of Sydney’s dream when she goes in for the memory recovery.  Her first dream is being back to at the last night that she remembers.  But she still has all of these new memories with her as well of what did happen while she was presumed dead.  She wakes up in the ambulance and Vaughn is there with her and he is excited to see her wake up.  Sydney remembering that Vaughn is married is confused to see Vaughn with her and is trying to make sense of the situation.   Her first instinct is not to accept that the past few months were a bad dream and needs to make sure that this moment is real.  She also has to ask where she is, and the EMT answers her questions, letting her believe that she really is back to that night when she fought Allison.  Vaughn tells her the basics of what happened to Will as well as Francie not being Francie but really Allison.  Sydney is getting anxious being in this situation; she wants answers and doesn’t want to lie down as the EMT keeps insisting on.  Sydney asks Vaughn about the Covenant, and he tells her that they are showing as a possible emerging threat.  She also asks about Sloane being pardoned, and this confuses Vaughn.  So in Sydney’s dream she has to make sure that all of the things about her new life that upset her at work aren’t real and wants that reassurance before she can move on to checking on why Vaughn is with her.  Once she has confirmed that aspect of her life isn’t as screwed up as she thought it was she looks down and sees Vaughn holding on to her hand with both of his hands.  She looks at it for a moment and then makes the statement that he’s not wearing a wedding ring, and he tells her that he thought that they would go to Santa Barbara first and see how things go. (This is her dream; she doesn’t know that he was planning on proposing there.)  With the first statement that she makes about him not being married, he plays it off as a joke, but then when she sits up and asks him to confirm that he’s not married, still joking but softer he tells her that she really must have hit her head hard.  She then tells him that she thought that he had given up on them, and she is almost in tears with that acknowledgment.   This is big because while she did say it to him in the first episode of the season, she has known that he really didn’t give up on her, just had to move on to survive.  But we are all a little petty and it’s still in the back of her head as being true.  But then he tells her what she has wanted him to say since she turned up in Hong Kong, “Syd, when I walked into your apartment and I saw you lying there, I thought, God, don’t let me miss a chance to tell her how much I love her.”  This statement makes everything that is wrong in her life seem to melt away and she is okay.  She kisses him and tells him that she loves him too.  But as she comes away from the kiss she sees that she is kissing Sloane and not Vaughn.  Then later when she wakes up and finds Vaughn next to her bed and still believes it’s a dream and ends up kissing him.  Telling him sorry, but I just can’t help it, I miss you so much.   Seeing how conflicted Vaughn is with wanting to kiss her back, yet also wanting to be a loyal husband is such a heartbreaking moment for both of them when they semi acknowledge how much they both still want to be together.
The thing that I find interesting about both of their individual dreams is that they initially dream about the one thing that they want more than anything at the time, which is to be with each other once again.  But both of them end their ideal moment with a horrifying ending, or you could even say they go from their best dream to their worst nightmare.  For Vaughn it is the possibility that Sydney will never forgive him for moving on when he thought that she was dead.  He fears that now that Sydney is back in his life, he will lose her because of the choices that he has made.  This fear ends up driving him to have a fierce need to protect her against Lauren and other obstacles in other episodes.  For Sydney, she is already living her worst nightmare and having to see Sloane guide her to where she needs to go reminds her that the life that she wants with Vaughn isn’t happening, as well as reminding her that she once again has to work with the man that has taken so much from her. 

Wow, I really can’t shut up about some topics, I’m sorry.  But I really do find that those two moments are pivotal in what they each were feeling at the beginning of the season.  As the season progressed their friendship did begin to come back, although it was still strained.  Especially after what happened in North Korea, with Vaughn admitting that in his life only Sydney really matters, but then after not being killed having to go back to Lauren took their already strained relationship to a new level.  It was very clear that they wanted to be with each other, Vaughn just needed to figure out how to break the news to Lauren.  For Sydney, although she understood the circumstances, still had a hard time coping.  But she still shows her love for Vaughn where she can, including noticing that it was the anniversary of Vaughn’s father’s death.  This showed Vaughn once again why Sydney is a better match for him than Lauren.  Although by the time they figured out that Lauren was Covenant, I think Sydney had reached a point where she wasn’t sure if she could trust that Vaughn would come back to her after being hurt so many times by his need to be a gentleman regarding the Lauren situation.  She knows that she still loves him and considers him her soul mate, but she has to learn how to trust again.  For Vaughn he develops such a hatred of Lauren that it envelops him completely.  So while they fought Lauren for each other in the final episode of the season, as well as coming together for that fantastic kiss and if only for a moment going back to the way things were.  Their relationship will never be the same, although it doesn’t mean the end for them either.  They both just have to work a few things out before they can really be together again.  It is at this spot emotionally where they will start out when we begin season four.
I’ve mentioned this many times, but as much as I hated season three the first time I watched it.  I couldn’t wait for Lauren to be dead and out of the way.  I have truly learned to love this season.  Watching Vaughn protect Sydney at all costs, including upsetting his wife by doing it, and watching them struggle through what they both want verses what they can have, as well as what their personal values dictate is appropriate to do.  Sydney and Vaughn share some of the most moving moments together as they get to know each other again and return to their unspoken pact of always protecting each other and having each other’s back.  Plus the added sexual tension that is so abundant in this season makes it fantastic!

Plus I can’t forget about all the theories that I had while so engrossed in this season.  I still believe that my theory about Home for Vaughn is true.  For Vaughn home isn’t a place, it’s a state of mind.  I watched very carefully to make sure of this, but Vaughn only said I love you to Lauren one time, and that was in the third episode.  Also he never even uttered the word home to her; he would always refer to where they lived as the house.  His home is wherever Sydney is.  This theory is only one among the many other episode interruptions that I made for my random thoughts.  But in case you missed them, here they are…

Home as Vaughn views it...
The Missing Two Years and How They Affected Sydney & Vaughn ...
Vaughn's Personal Battle - Lauren vs. Sydney... 
Why Vaughn Doesn't Want to Admit that Lauren is Covenant...

In an attempt to keep this post semi short, I know it’s already longer than I had planned, instead of going over my favorite moments, I thought that it may be easier to just put the clips of those moments all together in one video.  So here are some of my favorite season three moments… The first one I don't know if you can call it a favorite, but since I love to cry, I do call it a favorite moment, just because it breaks my heart every time.
The second video is of some of the great moments that they shared.  They aren't perfect moments, but they are wonderful examples of how Sydney and Vaughn progressed through the season.
Before I end this post there are just a few things that I wanted to touch on, mostly just small observations, or questions that came up during the season, as well as questions that I have seen others post, that I will attempt to answer, even if it may not be completely correct.
  • Today Yesterday being Kevin Weisman’s birthday, I think it’s proper to have a shout out to him, and since the writers generally matched up the characters birthday with the actors, I think it’s safe to assume that it is also Marshall’s birthday.  So Happy Birthday Marshall & Kevin!
  • On the note of Marshall, I made a realization the other day.  Maybe you had already made the observation, and I am slow on the uptake, but Carrie and Marshall have their first non-work related conversation when Marshall sees Carrie crying and asks her if she is okay.  She was only crying because the music she was listening to, Joni Mitchell made her cry.  I find it very cute that they named their first child after that encounter.  I wonder if they were to have had a girl if they would’ve named her Joni. 
  •  Q: What role in the Covenant does Katya Derevko play? 
    • A: I honestly don’t have an answer to this question, and when I try to answer it, I only seem to come up with more questions, which I’ve listed below.  I will watch her few episodes in season four very carefully looking for an answer. 
      •  I know she doesn’t want harm done to Sydney if it can be avoided, but why does she tries to kill her in the final episode of the season?  She appears to help the CIA on multiple occasions, yet in the final episode she shows her true form as being Covenant, was she placed so that she could act as a mole in certain circumstances guiding the CIA where the Covenant wanted them to go? At one point claim that she was trying to protect Irina’s child, when speaking of the passenger; does this mean that the Passenger more important than the Chosen One for Rambaldi followers?  Also how does Lauren know that Katya is Covenant?  How did Katya know where Vaughn had taken Lauren to, when he was planning his torture session with her? 
  •  Q: Knowing that the cliffhanger in season three is Sydney finding out that Jack had requested to kill Irina because a hit had been placed on Sydney’s life by Irina, since Lauren knew about it, when did Jack actually kill Irina? 
    • A: I touched on this during the episode breakdown for when I thought it must have happened.  But in case you missed that one, I talked about it in Legacy, 3;21, but I have to believe that it happened sometime between Hourglass and Blood Ties.
  • Q: Why did Sloane think at one point that Sydney was his?
    • A: I have to say that the only logical answer to this is that Sloane and Irina had an affair on two separate occasions.  The first time being around the time that Irina conceived Sydney, then the second time shortly before she disappeared in 1981 when Sydney was six years old.
  • Q: How did Bill Vaughn rescue Nadia from the KGB if she was born in 1981 or 1982 when he supposedly died in 1979?
    • A: He didn't.  I will go into this aspect more during season four, but I strongly believe that Brill was working with the Covenant or at least Elena when he told Vaughn what he knew about the passenger. You can also see my post on the episode Legacy and I have gone into more depth on this.
  • Q: How is Nadia a bio-weapon?
    • A: Keep in mind that from the beginning all the sci-fi stuff never interested me.  I have and always will be into this show for the characters.  But here is what I think concerning this.  Rambaldi is the one who referred to her as a bio-weapon.  Maybe he didn't have the correct terminology for what she really is.  I don't even know how to describe her.  But essentially she is a conduit to a stored memory.  That memory gives us the coordinates to the Sphere of Life.  The Sphere of Life with the Horizon which is introduced in season five somehow work together to create eternal life.
That's all for now, I do have a small project that is also Alias related, but I want to work on before I begin season four.  So it may be awhile before I am back, but I don't think it will take me too long.  If by some weird chance you want to reach me, or ask what I think about a topic, you can post a comment on any post and I will quickly reply.  You can also email me at  You can also see me on Tumblr ( and Pinterest (

Thursday, December 26, 2013

S3 E22 – Resurrection

With this episode being the last of Season three, just by seeing the previous season finale’s on this blog, you can expect me to not keep it short, however I will do my best to only include the portions that personally affect Sydney or Vaughn, as well as their relationship as a whole. 

As the episode opens we see Sydney entering the Rotunda through various security checkpoints.  As she goes through these check points we see her drop things in certain places and adjust herself to go through them.  Including what looks like adding contacts and spraying something in her mouth immediately before checkpoints, one that require an eye scan, then another with a  breath scan that is actually checking DNA.  It becomes clear that with her lack of smiling and communicating with those that say greet her that something is off.  Especially once inside the Rotunda, with how many cell phones she has laid around as she goes through.  Then to only responding with a slight smile when Marshall greets her; this is not Sydney!  The Sydney impersonator makes her way into Marshall’s office and we soon find out that it is Lauren.  She is talking with Sark who is set up watching her in a parking garage.  Marshall walks in on Lauren and talks to her while she continues to download the needed Intel.  She never responds to his ramblings, but she does pull out her gun.  When Marshall is about to leave again, he finally questions what she is doing and why she is doing it, her response was to shot him.   As she left his office, leaving him for dead, Marshall managed to hit an alarm switch which alerting the building to an intruder.  Unfortunately she had a backup plan in place for this. All those cell phones as well as other random objects dropped throughout her entrance are miniature bombs.  Sark advises Lauren to keep her head down as he begins setting off the charges.
After the first explosion hits, Vaughn sees Lauren disguised as Sydney and yells out her name.  You can see that this is in extreme concern for her after seeing the charge send others flying through the room.  But her reaction took him by surprise when she didn’t stop when he yelled for her and her obvious lack of concern for what was going on around them.  So he didn’t immediately go after her.  Sark then activates the cell phone that was placed on his desk.  He is far enough away from it, that he is unscathed afterward, but barely.   He gets up and watches as she leaves the Rotunda.  Knowing that something is wrong, he runs after her with his gun drawn.   Lauren is only a few feet ahead of Vaughn as he chases her down a hallway.  You can tell that he knows there is something off with the situation, but still calls out, “Syd, wait!”   While this is going on Weiss informs Jack that he found the signal of where the intruder was broadcasting to, and gave him the address of where Sark was watching from.  Sark also let Lauren know that Vaughn was closing in on her; with that info she was able to hide, and surprise him by hitting him with a large bar. Knocking him unconscious, even after he was knocked out, she kicked him a few times as well before removing her mask and showing herself.  Back in the parking garage, the CIA team apprehends Sark.  Lauren plays the victim once outside, getting a car to stop for her, unfortunately for the Good Samaritan; she shoots him execution style and takes off in his car. Vaughn has regained consciousness and made it to street level, but not in time to see Lauren driving away.
Later on, the real Sydney is being held in a room, looking irritated and wondering what she is doing there.   She is questioned about the security breach at the Rotunda.  The man questioning her (Foster) also shows her the video of her shooting Marshall, then explosions going off.  She immediately wants to know if he is okay or if anyone was killed.  But only tells her that her having a solid alibi would be good.

Back at the Rotunda, we see people trying to recover after the bombs and attempt to clean up the Rotunda.  Vaughn walks back in and looks around in concern.  He passes by Jack and the next thing we see id them off in a corner of the Rotunda speaking in private.  Vaughn tells Jack, “I used the key you gave me. I took the suitcase.  I’m prepared to use it.”  If Vaughn had any doubts over what he was feeling towards whether or not he should kill Lauren, her latest stunt of being a double for Sydney solidified any of those doubts.  If she had learned anything about Vaughn during her marriage and with Sydney returning, she should have learned, not to mess with Sydney.  Because that is one area where Vaughn does not respond well, which is okay in my book.  If she doesn’t want to learn from her mistakes it’s good with me.  Hearing that Vaughn is ready to take action on Lauren makes Jack almost seem happy.  Jack responds to Vaughn’s statement with advice, saying, “When the agency concludes, as they will, that Lauren was responsible, the pressure to capture her will rise exponentially. The disposal project we discussed must be anonymous. Once her status changes, that will be more difficult.”  While Jack is talking, Vaughn listens intently and nods along.  
Before they can continue their conversation, Dixon approaches them, and lets them know that Sark isn’t talking, and that he isn’t asking for anything including a lawyer or even water.  Jack thinks about this, then looks at Vaughn, and tells Dixon, “May I suggest you have Vaughn talk with him?”  Vaughn isn’t sure he likes this idea, but it does grow on him. Dixon tells Jack that he isn’t sure it’s advisable with Vaughn and Sark’s personal history.  But Jack being the ultimate strategist tells Dixon, “Sark undoubtedly will be more afraid to face a man he so recently tortured. Given his pattern for caving out of fear, I believe that Vaughn’s presence will more likely yield the results we’re looking for.”  While Jack is speaking Vaughn is considering this more and more, and he and Jack share a look where it is almost like Jack is telling Vaughn now is your chance to take your revenge on him, as well as find out where Lauren is.  When Jack finishes, Vaughn is looking at Dixon for his permission.  Vaughn is now looking forward to being in the same room with Sark.  Dixon nods his approval and Vaughn starts walking off to interrogate Sark.  Dixon turns and tells him, “As the director, I can’t sanction the beating of someone in our custody.”  Even though he says this, it is clear that he is saying that as a person I wholeheartedly think that it is fine for you to take out some revenge after what Sark did to him (days or weeks) earlier.  Vaughn looks back and tells him, “Understood. I’ll apprise you of any Intel that comes from his interrogation.”  Vaughn is well aware of what Dixon meant rather than what he said, and leaves to go work Sark over.
In the interrogation room, Sark watches as Vaughn enters and tells the guards that they can leave as Vaughn rolls up his sleeves.  Vaughn is completely calm and collected.  Personally, if I was in Sark’s position, I would be scared to death to see Vaughn enter through that door.  But Sark doesn’t respond to him entering.  Vaughn casually walks over to Sark and says, “Last time we were together, our roles were reversed.”  I love the smile that Vaughn has as he says this.  I get the impression that he doesn’t necessarily want Sark to be forthcoming with information right away.  Still smiling from the situation, Vaughn says, “Funny how things happen.”  With that Sark finally speaks, and tells Vaughn, “I’m afraid the irony is lost on me.”  Sark is trying to get a rise out of Vaughn, but Vaughn isn’t going to play into Sark’s attempts.  Vaughn sighs and gets closer to Sark, then smiles as he prepares for what is coming.  Before beginning, Vaughn wants to taunt him a little as well, which I think is fantastic.  Vaughn tells Sark, “You like the electric batons and the injections. I’m not into accessories.”  Vaughn smiles as he thinks about what type of pain he is ready to inflict on Sark.  Sark then tells him, “I’m more than willing to cooperate, Mr. Vaughn. I will tell you everything you want. But I will need something in return.”  Before Sark can even finish that line of thinking, Vaughn interrupts him and tells him that there will be no deals.  To which Sark declares that they are at an impasse.  Then goes on to tell him that it won’t take Lauren long to figure out the Rambaldi stuff.  With that Vaughn nods his head, stands up strait, smirks at Sark, and says, “Well, better get started then.”  Vaughn being the professional that he is doesn’t start beating him up, he does give Sark the chance to answer his questions.  He asked him where Lauren is, when Sark doesn’t respond, that is when Vaughn begins.  Without hesitating, Vaughn walks up behind Sark and immediately slams Sark's head into the table.  It’s Vaughn’s move, I don’t know exactly how you would practice that move, but Vaughn has definitely perfected it, as we’ve seen it happen to Sark many times over the years.
After the head butt to the table, Vaughn pulls back Sark’s head and pushes his nose in to Sark’s face with his thumb and tells Sark that he thinks he broke it. Then he steps back and asks him if he’s ready to talk.  Sark is not happy, and you can see the amount of damage that Vaughn inflicted, maybe when they switched scenes for a moment he did the head bang a few more times, but he tells Vaughn yes, and Vaughn sits on top of the table ready to listen. Sark continues telling Vaughn, “When I first learned of your wife’s true allegiance, I almost felt pity for you.  How embarrassing it must have been to learn that the woman you shared your bed with was only using you as an unfortunate means to an end.”  Sark looked up and smirked at Vaughn.  Vaughn stays calm and simply tells him, “I wouldn’t do this if I were you.”  Not paying any attention to Vaughn’s warning continued with his train of thought saying, “But then she wasn’t sharing your bed lately, was she? She was in mine. Or in my car. Or an elevator. Or a garage. There was this one time…This is my favorite. We were engaged in an alley, and she called you to tell you that she loved you. That woman was deliciously filthy.”  Once Vaughn saw that Sark was only going to talk about his and Laurens extra-curricular activities, Vaughn took a key from his pocket, stood up off the table, freed one of Sark's hands from the cuff and twisted his arm and then pulled it behind his back and got Sark to shut up in a hurry about Lauren and start gasping in pain instead.  Vaughn says to him, “Feel that? Feels like a knife slicing through you, doesn’t it? Now where is she?”  When once again Sark goes silent about where Lauren is, Vaughn takes that as his invitation to inflict more pain and without any trouble pulls back on Sark's shoulder, and you can hear the pop as it becomes dislocated.

While Vaughn is helping Sark remember where Lauren is, Sydney has been held in another part of the Rotunda still being questioned by Foster.  She tells him that he needs to focus on Lauren and gives him the reasons why.  He then begins to question whether Nadia and Lauren are connected somehow, and that she is also somehow involved.  All because of what Rambaldi has decided would be their fate.  With this newest line of questioning Sydney has had enough.  She tells him that if he wants to arrest her, he better do it, if not they were done talking.  As she leaves he tells her that until DCI has his findings on the case, she is reassigned as a desk clerk. 

Back in the interrogation Vaughn has hold of Sark's now dislocated arm and is still applying pressure to it, making sure that Sark is in an incredible amount of pain.  While doing this, Vaughn tells Sark, “I’m not going to kill you. That would be too easy. But I’ll leave you so disfigured that when you walk down the street, people will pity you. Lauren is going to pay for the damage she’s done to the people I care about, not for having an affair with you.  I don’t give a rats ass who she’s sleeping with. So for the last time, where is she?”   Sark doesn’t answer and we don’t see what happens next.  That is the last we see of Sark and Vaughn together.  But it is for that last bit that Vaughn told Sark that I included this in the breakdown.  Well not the only reason.  I actually really like the scenes where Vaughn has the upper hand on Sark and is able to torture and inflict pain on him so easily.  They make for great adversaries throughout the series.  Although I believe that I have already gone into that.  But Vaughn has made it very clear now, that he really doesn’t care about Lauren or what she does.  However he is really pissed about what she did to Sydney.  He said people that I care about, but there is one person who matters to him and he is ready to make sure that they get their just reward for what they did to her.

When Sydney gets back to the Rotunda after her own interrogation, she looks around at the destruction that Lauren caused and she is sickened by it.  She sees Weiss and asks him how Marshall is doing.  Weiss tells her that Marshall is still in surgery, then goes on to tell her about all of the other injuries and how many people were affected.  With all of this, even if she was still upset with Vaughn, her next question is about where Vaughn is.  I think it is pretty clear that she also wants to know how he is.  Weiss tells her, “I haven’t seen him since he finished interrogating Sark, but, uh, word it he worked him over pretty good. Didn’t get any information out of him, but had to feel pretty good trying. I’m sure he’ll be back soon. Probably needed to walk it off.”   As Weiss is telling her this, you can see the look of concern cross her face.  I think she knows that Vaughn got something, they have dealt with Sark for long enough to know that he has flexible loyalties when it comes to self-preservation and that Vaughn most likely did get something.
So it comes to no surprise that the next thing we see is Sydney talking to Vaughn on the phone, obviously concerned for him.  She is off in a corner where she can’t be overheard and she tells Vaughn, “Eric said you took off. Need some company?”  We then see that Vaughn is outside in a dark location in the rain, and he is watching something in the distance. When he answers her you can see that he is preoccupied with whatever he is watching, and tells her, “No, I’m good.”   She then asks him where he is and you can see that he doesn’t want her involved with what he is doing, he feels like he needs to protect her from Lauren and that he needs to take care of this on his own.  And simply responds to her by saying, “Doesn’t matter.”  Back in the Rotunda, Sydney smiles for a moment then has a realization of what he might be doing.  She asks, “What does that mean?”  And when she doesn’t get a response from him she goes on.  She asks, “Vaughn, what’s going on?”  We see Vaughn again and it appears that he is fighting himself with what he needs to do, but while he does this he doesn’t answer Sydney.  We then see Sydney sigh and get a look of fear cross over her face.  She takes a deep breath and realizes what is going on and says, “Sark talked, didn’t he? And you know where Lauren is.”  Vaughn is still watching something across from him and you can see that he doesn’t want to say much to Sydney about it.  Still protecting her from anything that he can, he simply says, “I’m taking care of it.”  After hearing this, Sydney is visibly shaken and very concerned for Vaughn.  Honestly it looks like she could cry thinking about what she knows he’s planning. She tells him, “I don’t know what you’re thinking, but you cannot do this Michael. If you kill her, you will be arrested and charged with her murder. And if you’re not, if you get away with it, it’ll haunt you, Michael. God after everything we’ve been through, I’ll lose you all over again.”   While Sydney is pleading with Vaughn you can see that he is thinking it over and considering what to do.  He can also tell how serious this is for her, with how rarely she refers to him as Michael; he knows that she means it.  Also just by the sound of her voice she is terrified, she may have been mad at him in the last episode, but she is trying to get over it, and thinking of losing him whether to jail, or just his own demons.  She knows him well enough to know that killing her isn’t something that he can easily live with.  However, Vaughn has seen Lauren ruin too many lives, including his and Sydney’s to let her get away with it.  So he isn’t going to back down easily.  While Sydney was pleading with him, he saw Lauren’s car approach, and once Sydney is done speaking, he tells Sydney that he has to go and he hangs up the phone. 
Their phone conversation leaves both of them wondering what the next course of action really should be.  Sydney wants to know how she can save her soul mate from changing who he is.  Vaughn knows that he has to do something to stop Lauren from continuing to destroy the lives of the people that he cares most about, while taking Sydney’s words into consideration.  Because right now Vaughn knows two things for sure; one, he wants to spend the rest of his life making the last year up to Sydney and two, Lauren needs to pay for what she has done.  Now he just needs to figure out how to make the two balance out with each other.

After getting off the phone with Sydney Vaughn watches as Lauren pulls into a parking spot and hurries into a nearby building.  By the look on his face, he is still ready to kill Lauren, but we know better.  Even though he is cautioned by Sydney’s pleading he still plans on exacting some revenge on her and making the rest of her living life very difficult.  I do still find it amazing that with all the rage that Vaughn has in him at this moment, he is still able to stay calm and wait for her to get her Intel, even taking pictures of it.  Making sure that while he is on an unsanctioned mission of his own making, he is still going to pass along any usable Intel.   Vaughn finds out that the Rambaldi equation is simply a location, which turns out to be in Palermo.   After Lauren gets her answer, Vaughn watches her shot her source and walk away with the money she was paying him with.   Now that Vaughn has her in his sights, she is not going to get away.  He lies in wait in a hallway, just as she did earlier, and when she approaches he knock her unconscious with a crow bar.  Once he does this he says very bitterly, yet its humorous to me, “Hi, Honey.”  After greeting her, he does get in a few more blows with the crow bar before taking her away. 
Knowing that Vaughn isn’t in a place where he is ready to give up on going after Lauren, Sydney goes to find out where Vaughn is headed.  She requests the tapes from Sark’s interrogation only to find that it has been classified by Jack.  Sydney finds Jack and tells him that she wants to see the tape.  Jack tells her, “No, you don’t, not if you want what’s best for Vaughn.”  Sydney anxiously responds, “You know what he’s going to do if we don’t stop him.”  Jack simply looks at her and tells her, “Yes. He’ll get closure.”  Sydney then realizes that Jack has been pushing Vaughn towards killing Lauren and Sydney is not happy.  She stares him down as she tells him, “You want him to kill Lauren.”  And she is not happy about it.  Jack remains his same cool and collected person he always is and explains his reasoning to Sydney, saying, “If he doesn’t, it will eat at him like a cancer. The only cure is to end it now. She destroyed Vaughn’s life.”  Sydney is getting more upset with each word and then finally tells him, “Vaughn’s life, not yours. This is about what Lauren did to Vaughn, not what mom did to you. I don’t know what you’ve told him or how much of this you’ve orchestrated, but in some twisted way, You’ve got Vaughn carrying your burden, trying to get you closure by doing the one thing you never had the chance to do… Kill the person who betrayed you.”  When Sydney finished speaking Jack looked at her and told her, “I did have the chance. And I didn’t take it. And not a day went by that I didn’t regret letting her go. Vaughn will feel the same way. He will end up like me, and I love you too much to let that happen.”  Once Jack is done with what he has to say to Sydney, he walks away leaving her to wonder what she should do and if her father is right about Vaughn and Lauren.  While Sydney and Jack are speaking we see Vaughn pull into a warehouse and open up the truck containing Lauren.  He picks her up and carries her over his shoulder to his work area.  .  Also it is interesting to note that even if Sydney and Vaughn aren’t really together anymore or yet, or however you want to look at it, with as much as Jack doesn’t necessarily approve of Vaughn and Sydney being together, he knows that they will and he is already making sure that Vaughn will be okay mentally once they are together.  I kind of wish that Vaughn was able to hear some of these things that Jack has said to Sydney about Vaughn, just so he knows that Jack does actually accept him as a good fit for Sydney.  
In the warehouse that we saw Vaughn pulling into, Lauren is now hanging from a pulley system by her hands, and is beginning to wake up. Lauren seeing the position she is in, and seeing that Vaughn is in a position to torture her, she makes an attempt to play the victim hoping that she can appeal to the gentleman that she has manipulated so many times within Vaughn.  She tells him, “Michael. Please, I need you to understand. When the Covenant asked me to marry you, I knew eventually they wanted me to coax you back into the CIA. But two years went by, and I hadn’t heard from them. By then, I convinced myself I never would. I prayed I wouldn’t, because I’d fallen in love with you.” While Lauren was pleading for her life Vaughn was quietly working away, basically ignoring her, but Lauren telling him that she had fallen in love with him through him over the edge, and he yelled at her to shut up.  The last thing Vaughn wants is a reminder of how much she has ruined him over the last year with her fake love; taking him away from Sydney when she needed him the most.  He is angry; with all that he has gone through we have never seen him this angry.  He usually has the ability to stay calm and collected even when facing his worst nightmare.  But now I think that if he wanted to be calm, he could, but he wants to scare Lauren and he is doing a good job.  After yelling at her to shut up, he walks over to her, gets right into her face and tells her, “I am going to erase you. I’m going to remove any evidence you ever existed. You used me. You used my grief. My work, who I am… You took that from me. I’m taking it back.” I love the way that Vaughn is able to be so scary, yet besides when yelling at her to shut up, he didn’t yell again when telling her what he was going to do, and why.  Calm and collected is much scarier than yelling. After telling her this, he goes back to the table and picks something up, he then goes on, “This is hydrochloric acid. You’ll be unrecognizable.” He makes it clear that he has no intention of killing her, only inflicting a large amount of pain on her.  He knows that much he can live with as well as get a way with, and still be able to be with Sydney.
For some reason I thought that I had included this portion when I was posting about  Vaughn creating a new person for after he lost Sydney.  If you need a refresher, here is the link.  But Vaughn telling Lauren that she took advantage of who he was, his grief over losing Sydney, everything about him was used as a ploy to gain advantages for the Covenant.  So Lauren telling him that she loves him, only reminds him of what she took away from him.  She turned him into a person he didn’t like, someone that he had no desire to be.  Also knowing that Lauren is Covenant and that the Covenant was responsible for taking Sydney and faking her death, I think it’s reasonable to assume that Vaughn blames Lauren for making him lose the one person he has really cared for in his life.

With all of the stuff that Lauren did manage to get away with over the course of this season you would expect her to be a little smarter than she is in this scene, because after he tells her that, she makes an attempt to change his mind but does it with the wrong topic, she says to him, “Michael, I swear I was going to tell you everything. You remember that night we went downtown and had dinner? Instead you told me Sydney was back.”  Once Sydney’s name was mentioned Vaughn just about loses it.  He yells at her, “Don’t say her name!”  But apparently Lauren is really stupid and enjoys antagonizing a man that is about to kill her, by telling him, “She came back and you didn’t need me anymore! I could see it in your eyes. Sydney came back, and you…”  Once Lauren said Sydney’s name again, Vaughn Immediately turned around and yelled right in her face, “I said don’t say her name!”  After yelling this at Lauren Vaughn points his gun right at her face, but Lauren kept going saying, “Sydney came back and I lost you!”  Considering all the shit she put him through since Sydney returned, including trying on multiple occasion to kill him, she has no right to say anything about losing him to Sydney, especially when he wanted to be back with Sydney, but stayed with Lauren anyway.  Just looking into the situation form the outside, I’m mad at her for making a statement like that.  I can only imagine the rage that Vaughn must feel with her saying that.  So seeing him start firing gunshots right above her head is not surprising.  Plus it got her to finally realize that her playing the na├»ve little girl that loves him more than anything isn’t working and she starts whimpering in fear.  When Vaughn fired off his entire clip above her head, I think he knew that if he didn’t empty the clip after seeing how mad he was getting with her comments, he wouldn’t be able to exact his revenge in the way that he wanted to, that he would end up killing her.  So after emptying his clip, he yanks her head back by her hair so she is looking right at him, he tells her, “I hate you. But I love Sydney more. That’s the only reason you’re not dying tonight.”   I love how he makes it abundantly clear that yes, he does love Sydney more than he ever loved or even hated Lauren, and that if it weren’t for Sydney he would kill her, but he is keeping her alive because he wants to be there for Sydney.  Unfortunately right after he says this, a knife is thrown into his back and he staggers back a little, blood starts dripping from his mouth and he collapses.  We don’t see who threw the knife, but Lauren does know them and she looks at them and says, “Thank God.”  Whoever threw the knife takes keys from Vaughn’s pocket and then Lauren spits on Vaughn
The next thing we know is that Sydney waiting in a hospital and immediately after we see Vaughn being wheeled in on a gurney.  Sydney immediately jumps out of her chair and runs to Vaughn’s side, you can see that she is scared to death of losing him, she yells, “Oh, My God, Vaughn!”  While the paramedics are telling the doctors what happened as well as Vaughn’s vitals, Sydney listens to them as well as running besides them, but is continuously yelling his name and hoping for a response from him. Before they push him through the doors leading to surgery, Sydney leans in close to him and says, “You are going to be okay! Vaughn?” She is left at the door to surgery visibly shaken not knowing what to do next.  This last moment reminds me of the moment in Counteragent after she takes Vaughn’s blood and then he crashes.  She has to watch him being wheeled away there as well, not knowing what to do.  Luckily this time she doesn’t have to immediately compose herself to talk to the girlfriend.
The next thing we see is Jack coming around the nurse’s station and taking a seat next to a very somber Sydney.  He tells her, “I heard. Is he still in surgery?”  Sydney doesn’t answer him, but simply tells him, “You were right. Lauren has to pay.”   I love how Sydney and Vaughn are constantly trying to protect each other.  The one thing that will motivate them more than anything else is someone hurting the other.  Vaughn wanted revenge on Lauren manly because of what she had done to Sydney.  Originally when Sydney found out that Vaughn was going to kill Lauren, she was upset about it, but after seeing what happened to Vaughn she is just as mad.  Now it’s Sydney’s turn to exact her revenge on Lauren fort all the pain that she caused Vaughn over the last year.  But Jack doesn’t see it like Sydney does, he tells Sydney, “Vaughn is going to be okay, and when he is, he has to end it, not you.”  Sydney looks up at Jack and tells him, “If it’s okay for Vaughn, it’s okay for me.”  She stares jack down for a small moment letting him know how serious she is before going on to tell him, “I need your help. Expedited credentials, transportation.”  Unfortunately Jack is not on board with Sydney going and tells her, “My advice was specific to her betrayal of him.”  Sydney isn’t going to stand down though, she tells him, “Lauren betrayed all of us.”  To which Jack quickly responds, “Not in the same way. She was his wife.”  After that statement, Sydney looks as though she could lose it and shows some emotion to Jack, and tells him, “I don’t care about any of that now. I want her to die. And that’s going to happen whether you help me or not.”  I think it is here when Jack realizes that while he relates to the pain that Vaughn is going though more on a personal level, he is finally seeing what this whole ordeal has done to Sydney.  You can see the pain in his eyes that he gets when he sees Sydney in pain and he finally agrees that she has a right to this as well and nods his head in approval.
Since Vaughn didn’t get the pictures that he took of Lauren and her contact back to the CIA, Sydney had to find a way to find out where she was headed, so she took a play from Lauren book, but with better equipment.  She dressed as Lauren with a voice modulator in place, and was placed in the cell next to Sark.  She got the information needed from Sark before revealing to him who she really was.  What happened next is a great interaction between Sydney and Sark.  Sark sees what he has done and trying to recover says to Sydney, “This little trick of yours means Vaughn failed. Tell me, is he dead?”  Knowing that Sark and Lauren had a relationship, Sydney milks her response for all it’s worth and tells Sark, “No, he’s not. But thanks to you, Lauren won’t be so lucky.”  Also it must have felt good for Sydney to see how much damage Vaughn was able to do to Sark.

After her encounter with Sark, Sydney goes home and finds the Palermo location, Jack meets up with her and he gives her the documentation that she asked for, as well as offering to go instead.  Sydney simply told him that he can’t; making it clear that she had to do this for Vaughn.  Jack looked a little distracted, so Sydney asked him what he was thinking, Jack brushed it off and told her that they would talk when she returned.  My guess is that he was going to tell her the truth about killing Irina, but he didn’t want to have Sydney worrying about that on top of everything else.  Although it probably would’ve been better if Jack had told her rather than having to find out for herself.

Sydney makes her way to Palermo and set herself up in a spot where she can watch what is going on below and watch for Lauren, but also be able to stay for a while until the right moment.  Meanwhile back in LA Vaughn is just waking up from surgery.  He wakes up and looks around; you can tell that he is a little confused and also not happy to be back in a hospital.  Weiss is there ready to answer any questions and be there for Vaughn.  Once Vaughn is a little oriented to his surroundings, his first thought is to ask where Sydney is, when he doesn’t see her, he starts to get up, and he is really upset that Sydney is not there.  He knows that if he’s in the hospital, Sydney is probably out to get whoever put him there.  Weiss has to hold him back and tell him to take it easy, and to sit back and relax.  But Vaughn isn’t going to relax, pleading with Weiss he says, “Tell me where she is.”  Weiss looks down, not wanting to upset his friend more, but knows he has to and finally says, “She went after Lauren.”  Hearing what he feared to be true, Vaughn starts to get up again and says, “Oh no. I have to get to her.”   But Weiss gently pushes him back down on to the bed and tells him, “No, no, no, no. Mike, you got a punctured lung. You even breathe wrong, that thing could collapse again.”  Hearing what may happen to him doesn’t seem to faze Vaughn; his only concern is for Sydney. He has urgency in his voice when he tells Weiss, “I have to warn her.”   Luck is not on Vaughn’s side though, Weiss tells him, “No chance. There’s a guard outside the door. Foster’s got the building locked down. He revoked your clearance pending an investigation of your rogue op. You’re not going anywhere.”  Vaughn is just getting more agitated with this, and tells Weiss, “I have to get to Syd. She’s walking into a trap.”  This confuses Weiss and prompts him to say, “What? What are you talking about?”  Vaughn shakes his head and then tells Weiss, “Lauren didn’t stab me. Katya Derevko did.”   So Katya defiantly has her own agenda and has had it since we first saw her back in Crossings.
I have to assume it is a few minutes later when we see Vaughn flat line and Weiss rush out the door for help.  Because Vaughn is ready to grab the defibrillator and shock the men coming to rescue him form the flat line.  Vaughn takes off his oxygen and gets out of bed and tells Weiss, “Let’s go.”  So they had planned this together, although I wonder if Weiss was included in all of Vaughn’s plans.  Vaughn gets dressed and comes out of the hospital room with a gun pointed at Weiss.  The other guards that are placed within the hospital are yelling for Vaughn to freeze.   But Vaughn just yells back at them that they need to freeze. Playing along with the role he has been given, Weiss tells Vaughn, to think about what he’s doing.   Vaughn just continues walking with Weiss still holding the gun to his head, and yelling for the guards to put their guns in the trash. Weiss tells the guards to follow Vaughn’s commands.   Vaughn tells the guards to get in the elevator, then he pushes Weiss in to, and by the look on Weiss’s face, he was not expecting that part.  Vaughn takes the radio and shoves Weiss in.  Vaughn then shoots out the elevators controls and lets the door shut, and runs off to the stairwell.  I think Vaughn knew that Weiss may end up trying to stop him at some point, or he wanted to make sure that Weiss was safe from any inquiry, either way he wasn’t going to let anything get in his way of getting to Sydney.  As agents are dispatched to go assist the men in the elevator, Vaughn takes the fire hose and slides down it to get to the bottom floor rather than taking the stairs.  When he gets to the door and looks outside to find more agents standing by, he gets on the radio and says, “Vaughn’s going out the front. All units to the main entrance now!”  That’s one way to get away from security.  He watches as the men disappear and then he runs off himself.
In Palermo, Sydney is still sitting and waiting for her chance, the sun has gone down.  We then see her from behind as a gun gets pointed at her head.  She instinctively uses her training to takes the gun from the assailant.  She is surprised to find that it is Katya, and they speak for a moment.  Katya pretends to have Sydney’s best interests at heart when talking with her.  But when Sydney hands back the gun and turns around, Katya fires a shot at Sydney’s head, but Katya is surprised to find that she has an empty clip.  She asks Sydney how she knew; only to have Sydney tell her that she didn’t know, but know she does.  Sydney then shoots Katya with a tranq gun and Katya falls to the ground.  Sydney then starts making her way down through the Covenant camp taking out guards one by one with her tranq gun.  Sydney watches as Lauren arrives and prepares her real gun to take down Lauren with.  Sydney fires her gun, but the man Lauren was speaking with got in the way and he was shot instead.  Know that Lauren knows that someone is there she pulls out her own weapon and starts shooting.  Sydney ducks down behind a rock and hides.
A little while later, Sydney is up and is back to sneaking around the Covenant’s camp, hoping to find Lauren. Unfortunately Lauren finds Sydney first.  Once Lauren has a hold of Sydney the fighting begins.  Each of them takes turns having the upper hand on the other.  Now honestly I’m not interested in the specifics of another cat fight to end the season.  Lauren does say a few things to about Sydney’s disappearance and Irina, but Sydney has no interest in what she has to say.  Once thing that Lauren says doesn’t peak Sydney’s interest during the fight, but Sydney does remember it, Lauren told her, “There’s a bank in Wittenberg. A numbered vault. Proof…”  But before she can go on, Sydney gets in a good hit.  They continue fighting and Lauren knocks Sydney down pretty good and goes to grab her gun and points it right at Sydney.  But before she does anything, she hears a voice; Vaughn is there and is yelling at her to stop.  Upon hearing his voice, Lauren picks Sydney up and holds her to gun point.  She turns and we see Vaughn standing a little ways away pointing his gun at Lauren.  He yells at Lauren, “Let her go!”  But Lauren isn’t going to go down easily, she yells back for him to put the gun down.  But that just upsets Vaughn and he yells, “Do it now!”  Lauren yells back for him to put down the gun.  But he keeps his aim ready and simply nods his head.  Grasping at straws Lauren says, “If you love her, you’ll put the gun down.”  Showing Vaughn that she was the one that he almost shot during Blowback; Vaughn wanting to make sure that Lauren is crystal clear on who he loves and it being Sydney, does lower his gun.  But you can tell that he doesn’t plan on keeping it down, when it is down, Lauren makes the comment, “You really are a boy scout.” Once she said that, his gun was immediately up and she had a bullet in her shoulder, which was quickly followed with another shot into her chest.  Once Sydney was released she ran right for Vaughn and they quickly embraced.
Seeing Sydney and Vaughn finally be able to embrace the way that they have wanted to for the last year, makes me smile from ear to ear.  Seeing them caress each other’s faces and hold on to each other almost makes what they’ve gone through worth it, but not really.  Sydney breaks away from Vaughn by a few inches; just enough to be able to stroke the back of his head and see his face at the same time.  She looks up at him clearly concerned after last seeing him being taken into surgery and asks, “What are you doing? How did you get here?”  And without missing a beat, he looks at her as if he never wants to let her go and tells her, “I came for you.”   And with that they go in to kiss each other for the first time without having the fear of a firing squad or it being in a dream.  You can almost see them going back in time to the car the night Sydney was abducted.
Before they can live their happily ever after, at least for now, Lauren does manage to get back up.  She refuses to go down without a good fight.  But as she is getting up, Vaughn sees her behind Sydney, seeing Lauren trying to ruin this moment that he has with Sydney upsets him again and he fires his weapon three more times and we see the blood cascading down her body.  As she is falling down she manages to get out the numbers, 1…0…6…2.  After she gets out the numbers, she is right above the hole that the Covenant had been digging, and Vaughn has had enough.  He fires his gun one last time hitting her again in the chest, but forcing her to fall over in to the hole. Sydney and Vaughn both watch her fall down relieved that she is gone.  After she falls and they know that Lauren is gone, Vaughn asks Sydney, “What was that?”  Not caring about anything that Lauren had information about, Sydney ignores it and tells Vaughn, “I don’t know. It doesn’t matter.”   They then go back into that kiss, transporting them for a few minutes to a place where there is no Lauren and the last year never existed.  They will worry about those problems later.  But right now they finally have each other the way they are meant to be.
As far as the relationship goes, season three ends here.  After all that they have been through during the season, they will have some things to work through.  They are happy now and that's good enough for me.  We'll see how they work through their issues when we begin season four.  But for now, I'm going to focus on the fact that here and now they are happy that Lauren is now out of the picture and they can begin to develop their relationship again, and hopefully make it back to where they were.
  • Items that I find Noteworthy…
    • Sloane broke into the CIA safe house to talk to Nadia.  It turns out that while Nadia was under the influence of the Rambaldi fluid, she became lucid towards the end and changed parts of the formula.  The location from the Rambaldi location that the CIA have as well as the Covenant is not in Palermo as they suspect.  While hesitant at first to escape from the CIA with Sloane, Nadia does eventually escape and join him.
    • At the digging sight Sydney was determined not to listen to anything that Lauren had to say, but curiosity got the best of her and she went to Wittenberg.  While there, she broke into Vault 1062 and found a classified folder that had her as the subject.  We never see more than her name and birthdate, but we do see that the information inside clearly upsets Sydney.  Moments after she arrived and has read through the documents, Jack arrives and tells her, “Sydney, you were never supposed to have found this.” And the episode ends.  We don’t find out exactly what happens until the 2nd episode is season four.  But it allows for Jack not to be Sydney’s rock any longer and allow room for Vaughn to come back in and take his place in her life where he belongs.  Since the beginning Vaughn has been the one that Sydney has turned to when she couldn't handle all the ups and downs of her life.  Besides their romantic relationship, I'm guessing that they both missed that aspect of their friendship the most, being able to be there for one another.   It will be nice to see that back as well.