“The Telling” (2:22, the season finale) refers not only to a Rambaldi device, but to the stories that Irina tells Sydney and Sloane tells Jack. As the story opens, Vaughn and Sydney discuss Irina’s proposal of swapping the information that will exonerate will for the "a favor." Sydney second-guesses her refusal to deal, saying “Maybe we could have played her.” Meanwhile, Marshall discusses his date with Carrie with Weiss as he does some computer work, complaining that he melted in a puddle of sweat as he dropped her off. But as Weiss offers Marshall some advice, Marshall suddenly notices something on the computer and bails. A top secret computer has begun receiving information from Irina that identifies the double. Sydney tells Will that he’s been cleared and that Francie has been questioned and sent home. He’s not the double. Will apologizes and tells Sydney he trusts her more than anyone. There is a string attached to the double’s information: HE Doren. We find Sydney and Vaughn playing hockey when Vaughn is called away by Weiss. Irina shows up. She reminds Sydney that she sent the intel clearing Will and says that she wants a favor. She gives Sydney an address in Zurich and tells her that this is where Sloane is keeping the Rambaldi artifacts. Here I will transcribe the story that Irina tells Sydney after she knocks her to the ice: Irina: I knew from the beginning when I turned myself in that I would betray the CIA, but not you. I had to be careful. I needed you to trust me, but I also couldn’t tell you my plan. Sloane had 23 Rambaldi artifacts. The CIA had 24. In order to assemble the device, they need to all be brought together. Those are the pieces in Sloane’s warehouse. Sydney: You stole the Rambaldi pieces from the US government. Irina: Yes. By winning your trust, the CIA’s trust. Then, as planned, I delivered a proposal to Sloane, a proposal that we work together to take down the Alliance and raid the CIA all at once. I came up with the scenario when the CIA needed to let me use their computers. I used the opportunity to learn where the US government kept its stash of Rambaldi artifacts. They were being kept at a secret NSA lab in Nevada. One month later, Sloane had a team raid the lab. Sydney: I never heard of an NSA raid. Irina: Of course not. And when the time came for my escape, it was painful. Because my love for you, for your father, was not a contrivance. Sydney: So you want us to have Sloane’s artifacts? Irina reminds Sydney of their complicated relationship and knocks her unconscious before making her escape. Faux Francie meets with Sark, who delivers provacillium to her. He tells her that they can’t reverse the genetic conditioning process, but they’re working on it. He kisses her, revealing that the two have a relationship, but he seems a little worried. “You don’t fancy him, do you? Tippin?” he asks. Back at the CIA, they discuss what to do with the information from Irina. NSA Deputy Director Brendan is present. He refuses to confirm or deny the theft of Rambaldi artifacts. They discuss whether Irina’s intel can be trusted. Dixon asserts that she is out for herself. Sydney seems equivocal, first thinking it’s a set-up, then wondering if she’s out to get Sloane. If so, counters Kendall, then whey does she need us? Jack suggests another possible motive: “Guilt. Her motives may be insidious, her methods loathsome, but she is not unfeeling.” Kendall any artifacts found moved to Evans Naval Base, along with the Di Regno heart. Jack is to transfer the heart with Brendan. When Jack informs Marshall that he’s to go to Zurich to examine the Rambaldi artifacts, he asks that Carrie come along as well. Jack agrees to send her. We find Tippin and Weiss together. Tippin asks to use Weiss’ computer and remarks that his name is Houdini’s actual name. It turns out that Houdini is Weiss’ great-great uncle. Tippin finds the name Allison Doren on the list of children conditioned for Project Christmas. Meanwhile, the Zurich op goes forward. As Jack and Brendan transfer the heart, Sydney and the team break into the warehouse. The team finds nothing but boxes packed with old electronic appliances. Jack and Brendan, however, are attacked by a team of armed gunmen, who kill Brendan, steal the heart, and abduct Jack at gunpoint. Jack is transported along with the heart to its destination and strapped to a cot, where he is met by Sloane. Here is what Sloane has to say: Sloane: There are so many brilliant creations. Rambaldi. But there was one in particular. A machine. He called it Il Dire, The Telling. The construction consists of 47 pieces. Classic Rambaldi. As you know, it took me a long time, longer than I thought, but I’ve acquired them all, including the Di Regno heart, with your help. They’re in the next room, Jack. I have a team assembling Il Dire right now. They say it shouldn’t be more than a day. Jack: And then what? Sloane: Ive seen things--recently. I’ve seen what’s possible. There’s a change coming, Jack. Something even I couldn’t imagine. Marshall comforts Carrie who seems upset that she hated her boss Brendan and is perhaps not sad enough at his passing. Will, meanwhile, tracks down the double to a girl named Allison Doren, who supposedly died in a bus crash. Irina calls Sydney and claims that she didn’t know that Sloane would switch the crates in the warehouse. She claims that she doesn’t know where Sloane is, but that Sark does and tells Sydney that she can intercept Sark at a certain club in Stockholm. Sydney and Vaughn decide to check it out and discover Sark meeting a man at the club. They take Sark into custody. In Mexico City, Jack listens as Il Dire awakes in the next room. Vaughn and Sydney, meanwhile, enter the building. Sark assists Kendall at the op center by providing the access code. “If this intel turns out to be wrong,” says Kendall, “I will personally escort you to Camp Harris and I won’t leave until you’re dead and buried.” The code works and the CIA team pours into the building. Sloane announces to Jack that Il Dire has been assembled. However, one of his men arrives to tell him that the CIA tactical team has arrived. Sloane tells him to pack everything. Dixon arrives and frees Jack. As Sydney and Vaughn pursue Sloane, Irina appears and takes out a few of Sloane’s men. She calls to Sydney to go after Sloane, but Sydney chases Irina, telling Vaughn to pursue Sloane. Sydney corners Irina on the rooftop ledge: Irina: I’ll tell you what you need to know. Sydney: Get off the ledge now. Irina: Sloane believes he’s been chosen to realize the word of Rambaldi, but you, too, have been chosen. Sydney: If you think I’m bluffing-- Irina: It’s you in the prophey, Sydney, not me. Only you can stop him. Good luck, sweetheart. Sydney: Get down now. Irina: I love you. Irina falls from the roof to disappear through a window in the building and make her escape. Back in Los Angeles, Will is poring over documents regarding Allison Doren when “Francie” (let’s call her F-Allison) arrives. As F-Allison looks through the papers and realizes how close Will is to finding out the truth, Will discovers the vial of provacillium in the bathroom and calls Sydney with a frantic message telling her about his suspicion that F-Allison is the double. F-Allison challenges Will, saying, “It sucks it turned out this way.” They fight and F-Allison stabs Will, who slides to the floor as F-Allison sobs. As Sydney and Vaughn arrive at her house, he tells her of their vacation plans. He’s made the reservations in Santa Barbara. Sydney goes in to find F-Allison on the couch. She sits down beside her and picks up her calls, a request to call Kendall and Will’s frantic call. Sydney tests F-Allison by offering her a taste of her coffee ice cream, a flavor Francie doesn’t like. As Sydney goes for her gun, F-Allison picks up on her mistake and challenges Sydney. Sydney and F-Allison begin a desperate fight wrecking Sydney’s house in the process. Sydney spots Will’s body in the bathtub. F-Allison finally throws Sydney through her mirror and aims a gun at her, but Sydney slashes her with a mirror shard. Sydney grabs the gun and shoots F-Allson in her arm and both shoulders. F-Allison crumples to the floor and Sydney collapses into unconsciousness. Sydney awakes and finds herself in Hong Kong wearing different clothes. She calls the LA op center. “This is agent 2300844 calling for connection. Confirmation looking glass.” She tells Kendall that she doesn’t know how she got there or how long it’s been. Kendall directs her to a safe house. As Sydney anxiously awaits information, she notices a healed scar on her stomach. Finally Vaughn arrives and Sydney hugs him tightly: Sydney: They doubled Francie. Vaughn: I know. Sydney: What happened to Will, Francie? Are they dead? Vaughn: Will’s OK. Sydney: What? How? Vaughn: You. Sit down. Sydney: Vaughn? Vaughn: We thought you were dead . . . They asked me to come back to, um, to explain. Sydney: Come back from what? What are you talking about? Vaughn, why are you wearing that ring? Vaughn: Syd, since that night you were missing . . . you’ve been missing for almost two years. And we wait . . .