Sydney’s world is falling apart. Her best friend has been kidnapped by Sark and Kassinau and she is helpless in returning him to safety. She’s overwhelmed and scared. Vaughn finds her in one of her favorite places- the train station- where “normal people go to their normal jobs.”
Vaughn knows Sydney lied to him about being contacted by Sark and Kassinau regarding the ransom for Will. She doesn’t want to risk Will’s safety by informing the CIA. But Vaughn wants to help and in this scene, Sydney knows she can trust him. He knows her and how much she loves her friends and her family, and he is willing to risk position in the agency to help her.
This scene is not only a testament to their friendship and loyalty, but also to their professional, working relationship. In the time Vaughn and Sydney have been working together they have brought down several strong holds of the Alliance. But, Sydney can be vulnerable with Vaughn and Vaughn in turn shares with Sydney a memory of his father. They have both lost in their professional lives the people that they love, but together, perhaps they can gain something.
I love Vaughn’s speech during this scene. I love the intimate moment coupled with the grandeur of the train station and how they sit apart but together. Kudos to writers and directors for a great scene from a great episode (1.22 "Almost 30 Years")
Thanks to Liz for the great photo!!