Given Irina's revelation that she was imprisoned (as Jack was) under suspicion of treason, I had an interesting thought. What if, just as Sloane had set off from the CIA to join The Alliance and form SD-6, Cuvee set off from the KGB to join or form his own intelligence organization? Sloane was Jack's boss; Cuvee was Irina's boss . . . And what if, just as Sloane asked Jack to join him, knowing that he had few opportunities at the CIA, Cuvee asked Irina to join him, knowing that she had few opportunities at the KGB (she might even have had to stage a believable escape, thereby memorizing mine locations, etc.)? Both Irina and Jack were pretty much forced into accepting unpleasant undercover missions that tied them to a person that they would rather not be tied to. The symmetry is rather appealing . . . And Cuvee, as Irina's superior during the time when she was undercover on her mission stealing secrets from Jack, would have had access to any bugged conversations between Jack and "Laura"/Irina, and probably access to any evidence that she might have had more feelings for him than she might profess to have as an undercover agent. That might explain the extreme jealousy he expressed towards Jack, and--if he were to turn out to be The Man or a higher-up in the organization--explain why Haladki was instructed to expose Jack and Sydney, thereby endangering their lives. How would Irina's mission have been affected by the break-up of the USSR, which happened during this 20-year period? Was she lost in the shuffle, deep under cover? What do you think? Like it, hate it? Think it's possible?