Marcus Dixon, Marshall Flinkman, Rachel Gibson and Thomas Grace are tasked by acting APO Director Jack Bristow to break into CIA headquarters in Langley to pull a hard drive with information about Sydney's communication. Dixon, Marshall and Rachel head into the mission with fake ID's. Thomas Grace however, does not. Why?
How convenient was it for Thomas to be able to use his wife's death and his former affiliation with the agency to break in- not only to recover the information about Sydney, but to find information on Allan Korman- the man who was told (by who, we don't know) to kill Grace's wife.
If Kirman was placed in Witness Protection- it had to be because he defected or was granted immunity for Amanda Grace's death in return for information on his organization. Either way, Thomas Grace knew he could get a message to the Cardinal through Korman.
We do know that Thomas Grace's affiliation with the CIA was terminated- that he is, as everyone else in APO, is no longer "working" for the CIA. We know Jack had enough faith in Grace for him to use his real name. Why? Why risk being identified? Why risk using his real identity? Was there not another way for Grace to get access to a CIA computer? In connection to Grace contacting Kirman with a message for the Cardinal- Davenport's transport is sabotaged by Irina Derevko. Now, it could be a coincidence, but when has Alias ever been about coincidences?
At the same time Grace was gaining access to the Witness Protection files, Rachel was pulling the hard drive in the archives room. Jack was very adamant about Rachel retrieving the hard drive. He practically yelled at her- which was understandable considering his daughter and grandchild were missing. I believe he needed more information from that hard drive than Sydney's whereabouts. The drive gave them information on which members of the CIA have Alpha Black clearance- thus putting Jack in a room with 7 suspected moles. Bang- Davenport was the mole and Sydney was rescued.
Jack didn't seem surprised to hear from Sydney that Irina had appeared at her house. Jack went immediately to Sydney's and together the family devised a plan to retrieve the Horizon. I will admit that Irina did seem disappointed when Jack said they all would be going together. But the looks between Jack and Irina was almost a conversation without words. I think Jack and Irina had made a plan in which Irina would retrieve the the Horizon herself, but perhaps she deviated from the original plan. Jack found this suspicious and decided that he better accompany Irina to Vancouver.
As I have said before, I believe Jack and Irina have been working together. But I believe they have different agendas. Irina loves to use Jack and Sydney as resources. She loves to drag them into her plan, just to use them and run. I see this mission as no different. Jack and Sydney tend to be easy targets, only wanting to complete their family- looking for a connection with Irina, a connection they have wanted since her "death." Sydney wants a mother- especially now and Jack wants back the woman he knew as the loving wife and mother.
I have mentioned that I think the Cardinal is Katya Derevko, because I believe the Cardinal is connected to Irina. Which means, in turn, that Grace is connected to Irina through the Cardinal. Some have stated on the blog that they don't believe Katya is the Cardinal because she doesn't seem capable of being in charge or having a strong influence. But, why not? She's been lurking. Perhaps she has been gaining power underground. I didn't think Sark was strong enough to lead- but he was given the entire North American cell. (Okay, I take that back. he had super baddie Lauren doing most of the dirty work). Also, who said the Cardinal was in charge? Perhaps the Cardinal is just another agent, another player??
With the workings of Grace inside the CIA headquarters, I believe Jack and Grace have some alternative agenda as well. So, are all three in the middle of all this? Are they pulling the strings? Are these three connected to the happenings of P5? If yes, then how so? how is Grace's wife death connected?
PS. Let us keep in mind that Elena Derevko had access to Project Helix (to double Irina). She told Irina and Sloane in the season 4 finale, that she took every precaution to make sure her endgame would came to light. Though it would seem that the gang thwarted her plan- the Derevko's have a way of distracting you with one hand, while stirring the pot with the other. As much as I would dislike the return of Elena- I think her influence is more than we are to believe. She was the mastermind behind Nadia's illness and the brought utter distruction to Svogda. I don't think we can count her out- as long as Rambaldi and his endgame is still a mystery.
PSS. There is a scehduled outage on the Blogger today at 4pm PST. Sorry! It will be up again soon after.