|Story by:||Evan Katz & Stephen Kronish|
|Teleplay by:||Robert Cochran & Howard Gordon|
|Directed by:||Jon Cassar|
|Original airdate:||February 3, 2004|
Jack Bauer, Ramon Salazar, Chase Edmunds and Nina Myers all close in on the virus, but Michael Amador may not be everything he appeared to be. Sherry Palmer gets close to finding information on Alan Milliken, but her advantage is short lived. Meanwhile, at CTU, Kim becomes suspicious of Chloe O'Brian when the story surrounding her baby doesn't check out.
- President David Palmer talks with Alan Milliken about bringing Sherry in to help him against Alan.
- Michael Amador calls Nina to decide a meeting place and that he has the virus with him.
- At the Counter Terrorist Unit, Michelle picks up a call placed by Jack, using his cell as a one-way. Because of this, CTU learns the location of the meeting.
- Chase Edmunds speaks with his team about their positions at the mine, and that it will take 90 seconds to move in on the mine.
- Hector Salazar tells Jack Bauer and Ramon that the deal is off. Ramon shoots Hector in the back.
between 12:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m.
Tony Almeida and Michelle Dessler are walking through a hall, preparing for a meeting. Tony reminds Michelle of the seriousness of the situation, and says they don't need another mistake. Tony calms down and asks on Jack's status. There's no update.
In Mexico, Jack Bauer and Ramon Salazar are looking over Hector Salazar, who is dying. Ramon tells Hector he should have known better, Pablo says Hector has to go to a hospital. Ramon says that a hospital would ask questions. Ramon then shoots Hector through the head.
Jack tells Ramon they have to leave now. Ramon says that when he returns Hector will get a proper burial, then starts to leave. Nina Myers tries again to convince Ramon that Jack is lying. Nina makes the mistake of saying Hector was right, and Ramon tells her to shut up and never mention Hector's name again. The deal is on.
President David Palmer is in a meeting with Wayne and other staffers. Sherry peers in. Everyone leaves, and Wayne and Sherry exchange looks. Sherry is leaving, and David still wants to know what the leverage is. Sherry says no, and Palmer reluctantly agrees.
David wants to know why Sherry refused Aaron Pierce's offer of a Secret Service escort, and Sherry says that it would scare the person she is going to talk to off. Sherry says she can take care of herself. Sherry says that she still believes in David's presidency, and that Alan Milliken will be stopped.
At CTU Tony is briefing the staff, including Michelle and Chloe O'Brian on the plan. Chase Edmunds will now be communicating with CTU to confirm the virus. Chloe says that she is monitoring Chase's comm.
Chase, meanwhile, is moving into a forward covert position. He sets up his equipment as a convoy of SUVs arrive. Chase is watching from a scope. Jack, Nina, Ramon and the rest of the cartel get out. As Jack walks off, Nina says she can prove Jack is lying, and tells Ramon that someone is probably watching them, per CTU's surveillance protocols. She indicates the ridge where Chase is positioned and the treeline to the west as two likely spots for a forward observer. Ramon sends Felipe and Pablo to investigate, just as Jack listens in.
Back at CTU, Adam Kaufman walks up to Kim Bauer and hands her some files. He notices Angela, the baby Kim is watching for Chloe. Adam says that he ran Chloe's background check when she was hired, and that she doesn't have any children. The baby continues to play with the rattle.
Jack is checking out the room where the deal will take place, removing a board from one of the windows to give a vantage point on the meeting site. Ramon enters and brings Nina in the room as well, then asks for an update from his scouting party. Felipe gives an all clear from the tree line, but Pablo doesn't answer. Nina says that Pablo is dead. Jack gets angry and asks Nina what she said to Ramon. Just then, Pablo calls in and gives an all-clear.
Chase, standing behind Pablo, tells him to put down the walkie talkie, then knocks him out. Ramon warns Nina that one more lie will mean the end of her life. Ramon tells her not to tip off Amador, or she will die.
12:12:09... 12:12:10... 12:12:11...
Chloe comes up and asks how Angela is doing. Kim tells Chloe that Adam said the baby wasn't hers. Chloe says that it's her boyfriend's baby, and that her boyfriend's ex-wife has custody of the baby but her new boyfriend is abusing Angela. They called Child Protective Services, but no one could make it down today, and they didn't want to risk the baby being hurt or killed.
Kim makes sure she heard correctly: she asks if the child has been kidnapped. Chloe says technically yes, but that it's only for tonight. Kim says kidnapping is a felony, and Chloe tells her to call the police then, but if anything happens to Angela, it'll be Kim's fault. Michelle says that Chase is transmitting from the mine and Chloe is needed now. Before Chloe goes off, she asks Kim to let her know how much of the bottle she takes.
Sherry Palmer walks up to a mobile home and knocks on the door. A disheveled man answers and lets Sherry in. The man, Kevin Kelly, offers her a drink, which she declines. Kelly wants to know what he can do to help, Sherry says to tell her what really happened.
Kelly asks her what she thinks happened, and Sherry says that 12 years ago, Alan Milliken was driving drunk and was the one who hit and killed Kelly's daughter. Sherry says that, while Kelly testified that he didn't see anything, a large bank deposit in Kelly's name suggests that he did. Sherry believes that Kelly was payed off by Milliken to keep quiet, but says that he has a chance to make everything right.
Kelly says that he did see Milliken driving that night, but that a cop pulled him aside and said that things might work out better if he didn't implicate Milliken. Kelly admits that he took the "blood money," then pours himself another drink. Sherry tells him that there will be a press conference, and that Kelly will get a chance to tell his story. Kelly states that he wants his son—who is serving a life sentence for murder—to be released from prison in exchange for his cooperation.
Jack Bauer is still looking out the window. Nina tells Jack she knows for a fact that he's working for CTU. Jack says she's going to get herself killed if she keeps shooting her mouth off, but Nina says that Ramon is going to kill both of them anyway.
Ramon comes back in and uncuffs Nina. Ramon gives them instructions to kill Nina at the first sign of trouble. Everyone but Nina and the bodyguard leave, and Chase calls into CTU. Tony instructs everyone to get set, and be ready to go. He moves the Delta Force teams into final positions.
12:23:14... 12:23:15... 12:23:16...
CTU is observing the mine outside of Posta Mita. Tony says there has been no activity in the past couple of minutes. Kim calls Tony and says she needs to talk to him about Chloe, in private. Tony tells Kim to meet him in Tech 1.
Outside the trailer, Sherry talks on the phone with David and Wayne, letting them in on her plan. She makes it clear that David will need to pardon Kelly's son in order for him to come forward, and David says he needs time to consider.
David asks Wayne what he thinks, and Wayne still wants to resign. David again refuses. Wayne tries to point out that pardoning a murder isn't something David Palmer would usually do, and that Sherry is manipulating the situation.
Wayne says that this is wrong and an abuse of power, but David points out that Wayne was willing to pay hush money to Anne's ex-husband. Wayne responds that he had David's best interests at heart and Sherry does not, and never has. David says that if you want to fight down in the mud, you have to get dirty, but he hasn't decided if he's going to pardon Kelly's son or not.
Kim and Tony enter Tech 1, and Tony says he doesn't have time for this. Kim says Angela is not Chloe's baby and that Chloe's story about abuse doesn't check out. Kim says that Chloe has been unstable ever since Kim confronted her about the baby.
Tony says that Chloe is the only one in the office capable of filtering the audio streams Chase is transmitting, so she can't be removed currently, but that he will address it once the virus is secured. Tony then orders Kim to watch the baby until the operation is over.
Sherry reenters the mobile home, but Kelly is gone. She sees blood on the wall and gasps, rushing out of the mobile home and back to her car. As she gets to her car, another car starts and the lights flash on. The car is heading right for Sherry. She panics, and begins frantically searching for her keys. As the car gets close, Sherry sees that the car only has an elderly couple who happened to be driving by. She takes a deep breath, the gets in the car.
Chase reports that a single car is approaching the mine: a Hummer, with Michael Amador and his bodyguard inside; Jack relays this to Ramon as well. Amador exits the vehicle carrying a briefcase—Chase says Delta is 90 seconds away, and Tony reiterates that no one makes a move until the virus is confirmed to be on site.
Amador asks Nina if the funds are ready to be transferred. Nina says she will once she confirms the virus is authentic. Amador removes the lid and pulls out a vial with a green liquid inside and hands it to Nina. She places the vial in a machine that begins scanning the vial and says the confirmation process should take about five minutes. Jack is watching.
12:35:41... 12:35:42... 12:35:43...
Chloe doesn't have enough audio filters, and Adam says there's a library on Etudes 3 they can use. Michelle looks concerned as Tony enters. He is on the phone with Wayne Palmer, who wants an update. Tony says the deal is about to go down any second. Wayne says that the Pentagon is furious at having to play catch-up and that Tony, Gael Ortega and Jack will have some explaining to do after the situation is resolved.
Wayne wants to know exactly what is going to happen, but Tony says that there isn't enough time and right now, Wayne is only distracting him. Wayne points out that the President has supported Tony, but he needs to know what is going on. Tony quickly goes over the plan with Wayne.
Wayne says it seems like a lot of things are going to have to go right in order for the operation to go as planned, and Tony admits that, but says they are prepared. Tony gets off the phone and asks Chloe for an update. Chloe says Chase is still watching Nina, but it looks like the test is still running. Tony tells her to let him know if there is any movement, Chloe says she knows to do that.
Adam comes in and says he gave Chloe another filter. Chloe says she doesn't need it, and Adam is upset he wasted his time. Chloe tells Adam to leave her alone. Adam calls Tony over and questions Chloe's state of mind. Chloe tells Adam to lock down a floating channel, and Tony tells him to deal with it.
Tony walks up to Michelle, who needs an access code to division. Tony gives it to her, then Chloe yells "we're on." Chase says the virus is about to be confirmed. In the shed the machine finishes testing and Nina says that the virus is confirmed. Tony tells Chase to send the Delta teams in. Amador takes back the virus until the funds are in place. Nina makes a phone call, and transfers the funds. The bank confirms the transfer. Amador hands Nina the virus, then gets in his SUV and drives off. Tony sends a Delta unit after Amador.
Nina and her bodyguard walk back over to the building where Ramon and Jack are, with the briefcase containing the virus. Chloe has to make an unexpected switch between satellites, and Tony starts panicking as all they are getting is static. Despite Adam's doubts, they eventually reestablish contact with Chase, who reports that Delta units are 50 seconds away. Jack and Ramon get the virus from Nina, then Ramon pulls his gun on Jack and says he will pay for Hector's death. Chase sees this and shoots Ramon in the arm with a sniper rifle.
Ramon falls to the ground as a massive firefight ensues. Jack disarms one of the guards then takes another one out as Nina runs away. The Delta team comes in as Jack kills two men with a knife. A helicopter fires a missile at one of the buildings, which causes a large explosion. Helicopters and Humvees from the Delta teams move in and engage the guards, in addition to blowing up several structures. Ramon runs off with the virus and Jack starts to follow him. Chase gives CTU and the Delta team updates. Chase takes a team of men with him to track down Salazar and the virus.
12:47:50... 12:47:51... 12:47:52...
At home, Julia Milliken removes her shoes and sets them on a counter. She pulls a bottle of water out of the fridge. Her cell phone rings: It is Sherry. Julia wants to know what Sherry wants at this hour, and Sherry wants to talk to Julia about what Alan is doing to David. Sherry says that she knows Julia likes being Mrs. Alan Milliken, but can't stand the man himself, and has a way for Julia to keep her money and status while no longer maintaining the marriage. Sherry says she is coming over so they can talk in person.
Jack is running through the woods trying to track down Ramon. Chase comes with two men, and Jack asks him if he's okay. Chase says yes, and Jack gets everyone up to speed, making sure that the virus is the first priority and not to fire until the virus is secured. Three more men show up and a helicopter flies overhead.
Jack guesses where Ramon is headed, and tells Chase to get the helicopter to follow them. They send four men back down the path in case Ramon heads back that way, and take two along with them. Chase radios in their position and they begin to try and find Salazar. The helicopter spots Ramon and Jack moves in.
Jack walks up to Ramon and tells him it's over. Salazar has been shot and is hurt badly. Ramon says he won't go back to jail, but Jack won't talk about it until the cylinder is secure. Ramon tells Jack there's nothing to talk about. Ramon gets on his knees and holds onto the virus, preparing to open it. Jack tells him to put the cylinder down, and that he doesn't want to shoot him. Ramon decides to listen and starts to set the virus down. Suddenly a loud noise of a disc speeding up is heard and Jack shouts to get down. The vial, which contained a bomb, explodes, killing Ramon instantly.
Jack and Chase are unharmed, and Jack calls into CTU and tells Tony that they do not have the virus, that the cylinder they had was a bomb. Tony tells Jack a Delta team is about to pick up Amador. Jack reminds Tony that Nina also escaped. Tony wants to know if Jack thinks Nina was in on this, and Jack says the bomb was originally meant for her. Jack and Chase move out.
Amador and his Hummer stop at a point in the road. They are being followed by a Delta team. Amador exits the SUV, and puts his hands up. The Delta team begins to move in. Amador does not get on the ground as ordered and his men pop out from the sides and quickly slaughter the Delta team. Amador takes out his cell phone and smashes it on the ground, destroying it. He then leaves.
Split screen: Amador is being driven out of Mexico. Sherry is driving over to the Milliken residence to speak with Julia. David Palmer is thinking about needing help and wondering what she plans on doing. Jack and Chase chase after Nina.
Michelle comes in and tells Tony the Delta team has been taken out, and Adam adds that the cell phone signal has been lost. Tony calls Jack and tells him that Delta Three has been taken out they've lost Amador's position. Jack says they need to find Nina.
Amador, in his SUV, opens the briefcase, revealing the real Cordilla virus. Smirking, he closes the case and looks out the window.
12:59:57... 12:59:58... 12:59:59... 01:00:00
- Kevin Kelly: It was blood money, and I took it.
- Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer
- Elisha Cuthbert as Kim Bauer
- Carlos Bernard as Tony Almeida
- Reiko Aylesworth as Michelle Dessler
- James Badge Dale as Chase Edmunds
- and Dennis Haysbert as President David Palmer
Special guest star
- Joaquim de Almeida as Ramon Salazar
- Vincent Laresca as Hector Salazar
- DB Woodside as Wayne Palmer
- Greg Ellis as Michael Amador
- Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O'Brian
- Zachary Quinto as Adam Kaufman
- Jack Kehler as Kevin Kelly
- Gina Torres as Julia Milliken
- Gonzalo Menendez as Pablo
- Rick Ravanello as Captain Reiss
- and Sarah Clarke as Nina Myers
- Robert Alonzo as Salazar man
- Mark Bedell as Delta Team member
- Dana Bunch as CTU worker in background
- Greg Fitzpatrick as Ramon Salazar (stunt double)
- Peter Godoy as Salazar man
- Greg Hartigan as Jimmy Kelly
- Ryan Moore as Kevin
- Mikhail Tank as Hector's henchman
Background information and notes
- Julia Milliken drinks Fiji brand bottled water, one of the most expensive bottled waters available. The brand is also seen frequently at CTU throughout all seasons of 24.
- David Herman originally appeared in this episode as Dalton Furrelle. His character was later written off the show because "things didn't work out."
- This episode marks the first time that Jack has killed an opponent in armed combat without using a gun (he uses a knife).
- When Sherry Palmer is in Kevin Kelley's trailer, a boom mic can be seen in the right hand corner of the screen right after he offers her a drink.
- In the Previously on 24 segment of this episode, Jack tells the Salazars that they need to get to the mine 20 minutes before Amador; however, what Jack said in the previous episode was that they need to get to the mine in 20 minutes, before Amador gets there.