This episode acquaints us with much of the Alpha Protocol staff. It also acquaints us with the basics of stealth gameplay. Spoiler warning: how we do here is a pretty good indicator of how we handle stealth for the rest of the game.
Also, I just now realized that Mike goes through a sizeable portion of this episode without any shoes. That brings his emulation of famous action heroes up to at least four: James Bond, Jason Bourne, Jack Bauer and now John McClane.