Sherry convinces Maureen Kingsley not to run her story on Keith by promising an exclusive on the assassination attempt at the breakfast. Jack breaks out of custody and begins to search for his family. Eli tries to rape Kim, but Teri offers herself instead. Jamey is found with her wrists slashed.
PresidentDavid Palmer learns that Second Wave is planning to set off a nuclear bomb in Los Angeles sometime during the day. George Mason is ordered to contact Jack Bauer, who isn't interested in returning to work, but changes his mind. Kim overhears her boss abusing his wife, so she locks herself and their little girl in the bedroom. Marie is marrying a man who may have connections to the leader of the terrorist group. Her sister Kate is suspicious.
Michelle finds out the results of her test as Adam finds out the virus has infected someone he knows. Jack tries to use Jane Saunders as leverage to force Stephen Saunders to surrender. Tony commits treason when Saunders exploits his only weakness.
Jack is reinstated to CTU and tries to find Chloe's friend, Andrew Paige, who discovered a hidden code on the Internet which may be connected to the terrorist attacks. The terrorists broadcast a video of Secretary Heller being held hostage.
Jack and Chloe infiltrate Wayne Palmer's penthouse in hopes of finding a lead. Martha tries to convince her husband that she had a conversation with Palmer the night before. Cummings' ally — Nathanson — launches the next phase of his plan at the Ontario Airport.
Jack and Hamri Al-Assad track one of Fayed's men. Ahmed Amar orders his classmate's father to deliver a package to Fayed. CTU discovers a wiring schematic for a nuclear device on a terrorist's laptop and learns of an elaborate plan to free a terrorist weapons programmer from the Palmdale Military Facility.
Four years after Day 6, PresidentAllison Taylor prepares for a military action to end the genocide occurring in Sangala under its dictator. Jack Bauer is appearing before a Senate committee to answer for CTU's human rights violations. However, he is removed from the questioning by FBI agent Renee Walker with a more urgent matter: that his old friend Tony Almeida is still alive and engaging in criminal activity.