It's tea time and we've finally reached the all-important part of the story arch where people actually start trusting Jack Bauer.
Margot Al-Harazi is a step ahead of the United States government and has six U.S. drones under her command. Hell hath no fury like a widow terrorist.
President James Heller has no choice but to trust Jack, now that an Al-Jazeera style terrorist video hit the web, demanding POTUS turn himself in or people will die. Clever move, pulling one out of the Joker's hat from "The Dark Knight" (RIP Heath).
But let's not forget – Jack's been labeled a terrorist and a traitor. And he did a psychological number on his old flame, Audrey Heller (you know, the president's daughter) and the chief of staff's wife. The opening credits remind us that said chief of staff, Mark Boudreau, forged his boss's signature on an extradition order that would send Jack to the Russians, who want answers from their run-in with Bauer in Season 7.
The following takes place between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
At the end of last hour, a CIA team led by station chief Steve Navarro walked right into an ambush set by Camp Al-Harazzi. Naturally, all of the pretty people survived. Prime Minister Stephen Fry gets a bit heated as the threat on London grows by the hour and President Heller continues to lose parts of his memory at the worst possible time.
Everybody has the same look of confusion when he begins to repeat himself. Everybody has the same look of confusion when he begins to repeat himself. Everybody has the same look of confusion when he begins to repeat himself. And British intelligence has just figured this out.
Jack meets with POTUS. The only lead they have is a shady arms dealer Jack knows. He can't be bought and he can't be broken in time for a 12-episode season. But he's their only hope and Heller gives Jack the go-ahead. They radio out to Navarro, who is counting his casualties, ordering him to give Jack whatever he needs. He specifically asks for Agent Morgan, who – though no longer an active agent – is put back in the game to help Jack.
Back at the Al-Harazi house, Ian voices concern to his mother that Simone may have really loved her husband who was just killed. Margot gives her son a Rick James five-finger sandwich for back-talking. They discover a voicemail on Navid's phone that may have breached the circle of trust. Margot sends Simone to spy on Navid's sister.
Jack suits up for a late-afternoon joy-ride. Mark and Jack have an awkward bro-talk about Audrey. Luckily, this is broken up by the Secret Service telling Jack it's time to ride. Jack calls Chloe as the scene cuts to the Prime Minister and his defense ministry. Naturally, the PM is concerned when he's told that Jack Bauer is running an operation under the supervision of a President slowly losing his memory.
Jack debriefs Agent Morgan on the play. Carl Rask, the arms dealer, is an associate of Al-Harazi and while loyal to his clients, he's all about the money. Jack will be able to buy him out, but there's a likely chance Rask will want to kill Jack.
Audrey and Mark share an awkward talk about Jack. This is again broken up by a convenient phone call. This time, the Russians are on the line; they'd like to know if they're forged transfer order is still good. Mark tries to explain how things have since become complicated and the Russian diplomats become very angry.
Jack tells Katie he spent the last two years "working" for Rask, but really foiling the evil plots of his buyer – human traffickers, terrorists, etc. When Jack went AWOL after discovering the risk on Heller, it made him out to be the leak in Rask's organization. Jack needs to convince Rask he's not the snitch by delivering an unconscious Agent Morgan to Rask's doorstep. Fun stuff.
Back at the CIA, it turns out Agent Morgan's terrorist husband had his file tampered with?
Simone meets with Navid's sister, who was confused by her brother's doomsday voicemail. Simone convinces her everything's OK, but looks like the world is going to end when she sees her sweet innocent niece…now fatherless.
The British defense ministry sees that Jack roofied Kate, but without inside knowledge, assume Jack is betraying the Americans. Meanwhile, Jack gets bloodied up when he arrives at Rask's compound with an unconscious CIA agent in the trunk of his car. Please don't kill her. She's valuable.
It's OK, they'll just wake her up and interrogate her. But don't fear, Jack has eyes, ears and a sniper aimed at Agent Morgan's interrogators, before anything bad can happen…hopefully.
Simone tells her mother that everything's OK and Navid's sister knows nothing. Margot says there's still a loose end that needs to be "taken care of," to which Simone replies her young niece is present. Now there are TWO loose ends that need to be tended.
Agent Morgan comes to after her self-induced nap. She is brutally interrogated by Rask's men and doesn't do a good job of convincing them of her and Jack's story. She's drenched in water and gets hooked up to a car battery.
Meanwhile, Jack wins a passionate game of Russian roulette with Rask. Belcheck, who had a sniper pointed at Agent Morgan's interrogators, is knocked unconscious by British troops ready to raid the Rask compound.
As the Brits close in on the warehouse, Rask connects to the dummy account Jack and Chloe set up. But before he can hit enter, the doors get kicked in. Jack pistol-whips Rask and Agent Morgan slaps a vicious triangle choke on her torturer, slips out of her chains and gives him a cathartic stab in the back with his own knife. Et tu, Kate?
Amidst the gunfire, Jack hits enter on Rask's laptop, which uploads a virus onto the system. The Brits arrest Jack despite his orders from POTUS. Rather than be taken alive, Rask pulls out a grenade and takes his own life, along with the remaining MI-6 agents. Chloe begins to use the data from Rask's bank account to trace the ties to Al-Harazzi.
Simone has a rough dinner with her sister-in-law (aren't they all?) and accidentally stabs her in the gut in a scuffle. When the daughter sees the aftermath, she does what any little girl would do and runs in panic. Smone chases her down the street and gets rammed by a double-decker bus. It's a TV show in London, I guess you have to introduce a double-decker somehow.
Meanwhile, Navarro makes a very suspicious phone call to an unknown character with a morphed voice. Remember those tampered files on Kate's husband? Turns out Bratt knew about that. In fact, he was guaranteed that nobody should've been able to spot the changes, because if anybody found out the evidence against Morgan's husband was planted by Navarro, then he'd be screwed.