Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Scene Cap of the Day

"So, I guess we know the answer to the intimacy question."

What an important moment! What an important episode! Not only do we learn of Sydney's true love for Vaughn in this episode, but it's our first tip that Michael Vaughn may not be who he says he is.

Mr. Yager is investigating Vaughn for unauthorized trips and suspicious contact with enemies of the United States. He asks Sydney to tap Vaughn's computer and download all the information she can. Sydney refuses and proves her loyalty for Vaughn...sort of. She follows him to a bar (good song playing, Lucinda Williams "Righteously") where she witnesses him purchase information from an ex-KGB assassin. Vaughn explains that he has been researching Irina and her activity. He has come up with nothing. Vaughn is cleared and he and Sydney agree- no more secrets. HA!

Going back to this episode with hindsight, it's interesting to watch Vaughn's behavior and his facial expressions when Sydney asks him if he is hiding something. He says he's not comfortable telling her all his secrets, as they have just started dating- but as Sydney says later, "Who do you think you work for?" In my mind, I like to think there is a connection between this instance of Vaughn's betrayal and his research with Renee. It would have made sense to me, as a writer, to draw the audience back to this episode to justify Vaughn's "double life" in season 5. If we learned anything from this episode, it's that Vaughn can keep a secret.

I love Sydney in this episode and I love Vaughn in this episode. When she catches him at the bar, his facial expression is PERFECT, I laugh every time. It's like, "Oh, crap!"

14 comments:

lhaaheim said...

Good picture!!!

I agree his reaction to seeing her and his expression was perfect! I remember him looking sad too though, even though he can keep a secret I don't think he likes too. I'm sure he would much rather tell Syd everything and it's got to be painful for him to keep her out of the loop. They really should have brought us back to this in season 5 that would have brought validity to it. I remembered that scene then but it would have been better to see it and I’m not sure everyone made the connection.

~Liz

Kiki said...

I agree Liz. Vaughn hates secrets, it makes him "insane." Hence, why he hated and killed Lauren.

RUDY said...

Ha, ha. Yeah. You know, I've been thinking. Vaughn's so good at keeping secrets, but he's so not the secret looking type of guy.

And if Vaughn is great at keeping the P5 secret and all the other...I assume, then why does he get caught looking into Irina? Could it be that he got caught on purpose? Make people think that he keeps secrets, then show a secret to rid them of there seeing eyes so that he can hide the others...the big one...P5.

Kiki said...

Nice Rudy, I like that idea!

lhaaheim said...

Oooo Rudy! Good idea! I'm not sure he's that manipulative but it's possible.

jenn256 said...

I was actually thinking of this song for this weeks awards for favorite song. I was going to e-mail you and ask you the name of it, I just remember it playing, and everytime I watch this episode I think, "HMM, I really like this song!"

RUDY said...

Well, I don't think of Vaughn as a "Jack." But you do have to admit that he is a little manipulative...positioning himself to be Syd's handler, working with a criminal on the CIA's list, uncovering Prophet Five...he might not as upfront as Jack is at times, but it is there. Right?

Kiki said...

I agree Rudy. I think that is why Sydney tell for him. She say the good qualities of her father in Vaughn.

lhaaheim said...

Oh I've always felt that Jack and Vaughn were very similar and that's why they couldn't get along for so long. They really do share some similar qualities and it’s funny because they both rely on each other to do rogue missions, admonish each other when they act alone yet they both realize there are certain times when breaking the rules you hold dear are necessary for the people you love. You bring up some good points though Rudy, Vaughn has done some shady things and gotten away with them, so has Jack, but it’s their love of Syd that saves them each time.

~Liz

uncle111 said...

I think Vaughn's whole secrets thing was simply part of his obsession with finding out about his father. He didn't intend to fall for Sydney. She was just the first confirmation of the truth of what Renee had told him. Syd was just a way to find out what really happened to his father. Think how emotionally (as opposed to rationally)he reacted in the library when he injected himself with "an unknown substance" because he "might" find out more about his father.
GS, I think you are right about the writers' need to remind us of Vaughn having been a suspect once we got to S5. I think there are several similar things throughout the series.
Can anyone think of others off hand?

Sandi/juliansark1 said...

Hey..it is funny that you bring this up..this reminds me of the time we were talking at 2541 Zephyr Avenue. We were talking about which Alias guy we would marry, Jack, Vaughn, Dixon, Sark, Weiss....I chose Weiss to marry because he never manipulated anyone or anything to get what he wanted. Vaughn and Jack are the kings of manipulation, and while Vaughn was the 'boy scout', he really knew what he was doing when it came to protecting Sydney or getting the info that he wanted.

Of course, I would definitely choose Sark for a fling!

uncle111 said...

Sandi,
As one of the top US fencing coaches once said to me, "You bad!"

Kiki said...

Oh Sandi- I am right with you. Sorta. I like Vaughn's danger and rebellion, its hot. Weiss is like a brother type.

lhaaheim said...

Great point Uncle! I always forget that Vaughn and Syd were never really supposed to fall in love! Even though they are perfect for each other and desperately love one another. I mean who would really intend to fall in love with the daughter of the woman who killed your father???

I agree GS, Weiss is too safe for me too, though he does seem rather huggable. I like a little darkness and rebellion in men. I'm all about Vaughn! However Sark is too much danger for me, no thank you! Though I would enjoy watching Vaughn and Sark fight, that's always fun as long as Vaughn wins!!! Yet in the finale I was quite surprised by Marshall, I too love a little dorkiness in men as well as some torment and he was pretty sexy then snuggling up to Carrie.

Though neither of them have British accents like Orlando Bloom nor the other amazing qualities he has, nor the beautiful voice and sensual emotion’s that Jason Mraz’s geeky body holds so who knows what I really want! Could there be a man out there that is a combination of all those things and more!?! Wow I’ve really digressed. Okay I will stop now, promise. :-D

~Liz