Original air date: March 26, 2007
What's up with Gredenko?
He tries to call the now-deceased drone pilot, Victor. Realizing that he was captured, Gredenko still wants to go ahead with more plans. He still has two more bombs and only he can get Fayed the target information he needs.
What's up with Fayed?
He's mad that the bomb didn't hit San Francisco. Since the plan hasn't gone as he hoped, he turns on Gredenko saying HE has the bombs. Knowing he can't really move on with his plan without Gredenko's help, he stays with the partnership.
Who is Mark Hauser?
He's does security consulting for energy companies: oil fields, pipelines and nuclear power plants. His company has contracts with dozens of chemical facilities. In the past, he supplied some security access to Gredenko in exchange for cash. Now that Gredenko's running out of options, he calls on Mark again. Mark tells Gredenko it will take some time to download the new protocols. Mark lives with his brother Brady who is autistic, but understands computers. Brady accesses files for Mark.
What's up with Jack?
He's going to do whatever it takes to find Gredenko and stop more nuclear bombs from being detonated. Then, he learns from Buchanan that VP Daniels is planning a nuclear strike against Fayed's country in retaliation. He needs to find Fayed and Gredenko before VP Daniels launches the strike. He has less than an hour to find him before the order is given. Jack follows up on the newest lead: Mark Hauser.
What's up with Nadia?
She's being processed as an enemy combatant. It turns out the drone pilot got into her system through one of the radical websites that she monitors. Her system was compromised without her knowledge.
What's up with Milo?
He can't stop watching Nadia from the closed-circuit television. He doesn't believe that she betrayed CTU.
What's up with Chloe?
She looks for anybody who may have communicated with Gredenko in the past. She makes a connection between Mark Hauser and Gredenko. Noting that they just spoke on the phone.
Who is Agent Kyle Johnson?
He's an agent "on loan from District." While stripping data from the drone pilot's hard drive he finds an access module. This is what allowed the drone pilot to breach CTU's satellite and it proves Nadia is innocent. Johnson gives the evidence to Mike Doyle.
What's up with Mike Doyle?
He's in a tough position because he has the evidence to prove that Nadia's innocent, but he was also the person who started the "witch hunt" against her. In Denver, he once did a favor for Kyle Johnson - it's implied that Johnson may return it by keeping word of the new evidence a secret. Mike takes the evidence and bows out of the field team to check out Mark Hauser.
What's up with Sandra Palmer?
She's keeping a close eye on her brother who's still in a coma. She makes the potentially-dangerous decision to try and bring him out of the coma to block VP Daniel's order for a nuclear strike.
What's up with VP Daniels?
He gets word that Sandra requested President Palmer be taken out of the coma. He tries to order the doctor not to perform the procedure. He gets a big, fat no; the doctor doesn't answer to him, he only serves the family.
How does it all end up?
Jack and his tactical team take over Mark Hauser's house, shooting him in the process. After Jack threatens to have his autistic brother Brady tried for treason Mark tells Jack the plan: Gredenko wanted specs on a nuclear power plant.
Mark is badly injured, there's no way he can meet up with Gredenko to give him the information. Jack has a new plan, they'll have Brady meet up with Gredenko.
Back at CTU, Johnson says he found evidence that Nadia is innocent. He gave it to Doyle who still hasn't logged it in. Milo immediate gets in Doyle's face. They are both overreacting, Morris has the evidence. Doyle didn't bury it. Milo apologizes to Doyle and they are all set, but Doyle turns to Johnson and says Johnson screwed with the wrong guy for the last time. Who's the bad guy here?
With the new evidence, Buchanan frees Nadia and explains why it looked like she was giving away information. Buchanan acknowledges that her first impulse is probably to quit and take legal action, but he says she's one of his best people and they need her. While Milo sets up her workstation, Chloe remarks that it's going to be awkward for both her and Milo to be around Nadia.
Not so much for Milo. He pulls Nadia aside, with obviously something on his mind. Nadia, however, says she doesn't have time for a heart-to-heart. Milo kisses her passionately and says he's sorry. She says she needs to get back to work.
In the Presidential Bunker, the doctor returns with some bad news. He says there's an increase in the swelling. It's not life-threatening yet, but it could cause brain damage. Sandra says if there's a chance he'll be OK it's worth the risk. Suddenly, Wayne's vital signs crash. Karen Hayes and Sandra are sent outside while doctors rush in to help.
Out in the field, Jack stresses about the plan and having to use Brady, but he goes forward with it, feeling like they have no other option to get Gredenko. He puts a phone in Brady's ear and carefully explains that, "We don't want Mr. Gredrenko to know that you can hear me." He tells Brady to stand on the sidewalk and wait for Gredenko. Jack tells his team to do whatever they need to "protect the kid."
A black SUV pulls up and Brady gives Gredenko what he wants. Because of their juxtaposition, nobody can get a clean shot at Gredenko. As time ticks by, Gredenko notices that Brady looks nervous. On that, Jack tells Brady him to hit the ground on his order. The team tranquilizes Gredenko with a dart and get ready to prep him for interrogation.
Thankful it's over, Jack says Brady can see his brother and he thanks him for helping.
Meanwhile, there's no sign of the bombs, but Gredenko is conscious and he knows who Jack is. Gredenko says Fayed has the bombs and is waiting for Gredenko's call. To help out Jack, he has some terms that need to be met...
At the bunker, VP Daniels gives the order for the nuclear sub to proceed with the strike. He doesn't want to delay his response. He wants to show the world there are consequences for messing with America. They are about to proceed wth the launch, but they get a call to stand down. VP Daniels wants to know who authorized that?
President Palmer ordered the sub to stand down. President Palmer calls VP Daniels. Daniels says it's a relief to hear your voice, despite his surprise. The VP says his extreme action is a result of careful deliberation.
President Palmer tells him that that decision is his, and his alone. Palmer tells the VP there will be no hostile action without his direct authorization. Understood? VP says yes.
Turning back to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, VP Daniels says he thinks the President isn't thinking clearly. In his judgement, he doesn't think the President is capable of handling his duties. He wants the attorney general...Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun