Jack Bristow and Irina Derevko. Out of blind love and an international secret Sydney Ann Bristow was born. Now together again, this seemingly unbreakable family has to put an end to their biggest threat- Prophet 5. However, according to the last episode aired, SpyMommy is front and center, at the core of this terrorist group involved in cryogenics, 15th century texts and running their operation much like SD-6 and the Alliance.
Her allegiances have always been shady. She has been on both sides of law, tricked the people closest to her and has each and every time, evaded capture, slipping between the fingers of the CIA. Her relationship with Jack is complicated at best and her relationship with Sydney is based purely on Irina’s ability to convince her daughter that what she is doing and the things she has done are all for the best. Her sister Elena was the mastermind behind the Covenant; an agency hell-bent on forcing the prophecies of Rambaldi into reality. Her sister Katya has got a leg on both sides of the sibling fence, occasionally helping Elena, while holding on to her story as a loyal follower of Irina. Obviously this trio experienced some sort of lack in the parental department. Perhaps a powerless mother encouraged them to fight for power, no matter the cost. Perhaps their involvement in government activities at the height of the Cold War pushed them into political and possibly mental chaos. Either way, Irina Derevko has proved that she only has Sydney’s best interest at heart, and that can only be true of her latest venture.
Jack has been there for Sydney- though it would seem more to get her out of trouble and to protect his secrets then to forge any kind of truth-based, honest relationship with her. The years have been tough on Jack. He learned his wife was a spy for the KGB and her love for him merely an operational tactic. He had to spy against one of his best friends, Arvin Sloane, the man who had an affair with his wife- an affair that produced a child which posses a threat to Sydney and who he had to work along side in season 4.
Now Jack is in the business of protecting not only his daughter, but his unborn grandchild. I firmly believe Jack created and carried out the plan to fake Vaughn’s death and that Jack and Irina are in cahoots to destroy the dangers that threaten their daughter.
Though their lies and actions hardly put them in the running for mother and father of the year, Jack and Irina are two very determined people when it comes to their family.
Their parental skills maybe lacking, but their love for their daughter and each other, just may improve their relationships and their grand-parenting skills.