Michael Vaughn is an exceptional CIA operative. Falling in the footsteps of his seemingly decorated CIA father, Vaughn has been working along side Syd in the battle against evil since the moment she walked into his office- the toothless crazy person with the bozo hair. Vaughn is Mr. By-the-Books, or was, until Jack needed his help extracting Sydney from Fort Williams and his secret off-book revenge against Lauren. But one by-the-books move we can always count on from Michael Vaughn is the fact that he never goes into mission without…his bullet-proof vest.
As Ivan Curtis fired his weapon and Vaughn fell back against the train, did we not all assume that Vaughn was wearing his vest? Did Sydney not assume he was wearing his vest as she approached him? Vaughn has been shot at before. He was shot by Sark in the stairwell, as Vaughn and Sydney were after Irina. He was wearing his vest then. He was wearing it on the docked ship in Vancouver when Sark and Lauren went after the plasma charge. We have grown accustom to Vaughn wearing his vest, in fact, we trust that he is protected each and every time he and Sydney go out in the field. Dixon could learn a thing or two from Vaughn. But, I was thinking about the scene at the train tracks, I was thinking about James Lehman standing there, and Vaughn handing him the book. Gordon Dean pulled in a car and Ivan Curtis after him. Vaughn stood there. He didn’t say a word; he did try to protect himself. He stood there and took the heat. This action or non-action is so out of character for Vaughn that we can assume that it was intended to be a huge flashing red sign “I AM NOT DEAD.”
If Ivan Curtis was working under Irina- we can assume that he too was in the plot to “extract” Vaughn, to make it appear to Gordon Dean, that Vaughn was in fact dead.
So, we know it was important for Gordon Dean to believe that Vaughn was dead. Related, it is important for Kelly Peyton to believe Vaughn is dead as well. Can we presume that Vaughn has been working with Irina, inside P5? He must have been in the plot to fake his death. And if Vaughn was saved by Irina and he is working with her, why wouldn’t Irina merely ask Vaughn for the name or code on the SD-6 map?
Jeff Pinkner, Alias producer, indicated in an interview that by the end of the 99th episode, the audience will know where Vaughn is and what he has been doing. Where do you think Vaughn is? What do you think he is doing? And who is he working with?