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At the Russian Consulate, Jack Bauer is pursued by Anatoly Markov's men and hides in a basement, forcing a couple to help him make a phone call to the outside world. Meanwhile, new head of Field Ops, Mike Doyle, arrives at CTU to head the mission to extract Markov and rescue Bauer. Abu Fayed meets up with Dmitri Gredenko at Shadow Valley to prepare the aerial bombs. Charles Logan goes to his ex-wife, Martha, for help on diffusing the international incident.

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Previously on 24[]

  • Reed Pollock presses buttons on a detonator. A bomb is heard being readied. President Wayne Palmer is hurried away and there's a sudden explosion. An severely injured Palmer is on a gurney, hurried to a medical room. Reed tells Tom Lennox that Vice President Noah Daniels is now running the country. He will indefinably implement Lennox' security plan. Later, Lennox tells Agent Lowry and his men to take Bruce Carson and Pollock into custody for orchestrating the assassination on Palmer.
  • Vice President Noah Daniels is walking off Air Force Two as his assistant, Lisa Miller, directs a call from CTU to him. He now knows that Palmer granted Charles Logan a furlough. Bill Buchanan conveys to Daniels that Logan thinks he can help find the remaining nukes through the Russian Consulate in LA. Jack and Logan walk into the consulate.
  • Former President Charles Logan talks to Anatoly Markov. Logan reiterates that the nuclear explosion in Valencia was a Russian suitcase bomb supplied to the terrorists by Dmitri Gredenko. Logan asks Markov where Gredenko is. Markov insists that he doesn't know.
  • In the Mojave Desert, Dmitri Gredenko receives a call from Markov. Markov tells him that the US has connected him to Fayed and his terrorists. Gredenko says that the reason they brought the Arabs into the conspiracy was to conceal their involvement. Now Russia is exposed.
  • Jack Bauer listens to Logan's reasoning. Logan conveys to him that he just spent two years in Chinese custody because he violated their sovereignty. Logan asks if he wants to take that chance on happening again because he's about to enter the Russian consulate illegally. Bauer simply looks at him. Later, Bauer shouts saying to Markov, how can he find Gredenko as he points a gun at his head. Markov breaks and says Gredenko is in the Mojave Desert, in the Shadow Valley. He's preparing aerial drones for Fayed. In two hours, all the bombs will be in the air. Outside, an agent tells his men not to move yet because Bauer's close to Markov. As Bauer leaves, they bomb the door down. They secure Bauer and carry him into custody.
The following takes place
between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Charles Logan is escorted into CTU


Security guards escort Charles Logan through CTU. He glances around and sighs. As he is escorted, personnel around them react emotionally, including Morris O'Brian and Chloe. Milo Pressman walks past them. Logan ventures into a holding room. He situates himself as Chloe O'Brian picks up her laptop and walks to the room. She tells the guards she has to transmit the transcripts for the debrief. The guards enters in the code and she walks in. Logan sees her come in and asks who she is. She introduces herself. He asks if she knows what's happened to Jack Bauer. As far as she knows, Bauer's still in the Russian Consulate. Logan wants to talk to Bill Buchanan immediately. Buchanan will be right there in a few minutes. Logan asks if he knows that he's all alone in this cell. Chloe says this is not a cell and he's hardly alone as she gestures toward a surveillance camera at the ceiling. Everything happening to Logan is standard procedure for someone under house arrest. Logan begs her pardon, saying excuse me. O'Brian apologizes. Since she's feeling ambivalent, she leaves. Logan stares at her as she departs the room.

A new CTU agent reads documents in the Situation Room. Buchanan comes in and introduces the man as Mike Doyle, from Fort Bragg, new head of Field Operations. All TAC and COM agents report to him now directly. Buchanan conveys to his staff that Jack Bauer is still being held captive in the Russian Consulate. He doesn't want this information to reach the outside; Doyle will assemble a TAC team profile for assault on the Consulate.

Mike Doyle, the new CTU Director of Field Operations

Milo objects to this and inquires if they're prepared to assault the Consulate just to liberate one of their operatives. Doyle explains to Pressman that saving Bauer is a secondary goal while the primary goal is to abduct Anatoly Markov, the Russian Consul General. According to Jack, Markov knows how to find the three remaining suitcase nuclear weapons. Milo excuses himself, and asks if anybody is worried this action will be seen as an act of war against the Russians. Buchanan says it's ultimately the Vice President's decision if they go in or not. If Bauer is right, and Markov is conspiring with Gredenko, the Russians will have to back down.

Chloe walks in and says that Logan is ready for the debrief. Buchanan thanks her and tells them he wants a comprehensive siege profile on his desk ASAP as he leaves the room. Doyle asks Nadia Yassir where the control keys for the main servers are. She finds them on her computer so Doyle orders her to bracket the scenarios on different personnel. Milo tells him they normally assess the TAC profile before doing that. Doyle doesn't care what they normally do; he was speaking to Nadia. Milo understands, and just got a weird feeling that Doyle wasn't the same jerk as he was at CTU Denver but he is. Doyle says obviously he is the same person he was at Denver. Doyle leaves, telling them to get to work. Nadia closes her computer and takes it Milo knew Doyle prior to today. Milo confirms that and doesn't like Mike that much. Nadia asks if Doyle is good at what he does. Milo says he is and they leave. Chloe asks Morris what Buchanan said. Morris says they're ready to move on the Consulate but they need approval from the White House. Chloe asks if Jack is on his own; Morris says yeah. It's all about Markov, not saving Jack. He leaves while Chloe is worried.

Markov orders Vasili to assassinate Bauer, the American agent

At the Russian Consulate, a handcuffed Bauer is escorted to the basement stairwell by Russian FSB Agent Vasili. Shockingly, he sees Stovich's dead body. Vasili then kicks Bauer and hits him on the head, causing him to fall down the stairs next to Stovich's body. Vasili calls Markov, who watches the surveillance feed. As he bandages his hand, Markov answers it. Vasili says he's terminating the American now and asks for confirmation. Markov says yes. Vasili asks if he's sure there won't be any political complications as Bauer covertly seizes Stovich's belt. Markov says he is as long as they stick to their cover-up story: Bauer, the American, killed Stovich and tried to escape. Vasili hangs up and prepares to assassinate Jack.

After surviving an attempt by Vasili, Bauer tries getting his knife to cut his handcuffs

Bauer uses the belt, grabbing Vasili's gun, and taking it away from him. He kicks Vasili over him. Bauer crawls to the gun while Vasili discharges a knife in order to kill him. Bauer grabs the gun, and shoots Vasili dead. Markov sees this and summons his operatives, telling them the American killed Vasili; he's in the basement. Jack gets Vasili's knife and cuts his handcuffs. FSB agents and Russian military officers scour the Consulate, looking for Bauer. They check door after door, looking for the American.

Bauer, gun drawn, ventures along a hall and goes inside a storage room. He closes the door and sees a phone, but draws his weapon towards the door. Just outside, the Russian agents go inside the room and look for Jack. One military officer grabs a briefcase, suggesting that Jack is there. But he's not. They leave the room, as Bauer is well hidden behind the shelves. Markov receives a call from an FSB agent, telling them they haven't found the American, but they secured the perimeter. There's no way for Bauer to leave the building. Markov says Bauer can't allowed to call out. He orders the agent to shut down the phone lines, DSL, everything. In the storage room, Bauer jumps off the shelf, and clutches his chest. He draws his weapon and grabs the phone. He makes a call to CTU.

Jack tries to inform Morris of Gredenko's location.

Morris answers and Jack says it's him. He tells Morris he knows how to find Gredenko, but suddenly the line breaks off. Morris calls out Jack's name but there's only static. This catches Milo's attention. Jack tries to call back, but to no avail. He hangs up, cussing. He then sees a circuit panel on the wall, and goes toward it. He opens it and destroys it with his gun, shorting the panels and wires. The lights in all rooms of the basement go out, including his. Back at CTU, Milo informs Buchanan that Morris received a call from Jack. The line went dead, but apparently, Jack knows Gredenko's location.


Logan wants to call Martha

Buchanan asks if they traced the call. Milo says the call came from the Russian consulate. Bill orders Milo to monitor the calls in case Jack calls back and to tell Doyle that Bauer has key intel and is no longer dispensable. Milo acknowledges and goes to do that. Logan sits in his room, waiting for Buchanan. Buchanan comes in and picks up the equipment, telling Logan they have to delay their debriefing because of an immediate situation. Logan deduces it has to do with Jack at the Consulate and wants to help. Bill confirms that and says Bauer found out Gredenko's location, but wasn't able to get it to CTU so Logan's theory was true. Charles tells Bill storming the Consulate is a big mistake. Markov will not let himself be captured, and he'll kill Jack. Bill says Russian President Yuri Suvarov is reluctant to be involved as he was in a diplomatic standoff with Acting President Daniels.

Logan comes up with a suggestion: Martha Logan. She's close with the Suvarovs, particularly with Anya, Yuri's wife. Bill thought Mrs. Logan was institutionalized but Charles says that's besides the point. Charles thinks Martha can put a call to Anya, who'll persuade Yuri. Buchanan says he'll put in a call to Martha, but Logan prefers to do it. Bill thought they weren't on speaking terms, and Charles conveys they're not. But Martha can be difficult and Logan wants to appeal to her personally.

Doyle orders a technician to work on his computer and asks Chloe how many are there on TAC teams.


Doyle shouts at Morris

Chloe says five. Doyle wants it to be three to have more teams cover more area. Chloe irritatedly acknowledges her orders. Doyle asks who is estimating the Consulate defense figures, to which Morris answers. Doyle asks him where the numbers are and Morris says he's sorting it out. Doyle becomes impatient while Morris snaps a smart remark, saying he sorted the numbers in three different ways. Doyle grabs him by the throat in anger. Chloe reacts to this as Doyle makes an announcement to the personnel.

He lets go of Morris and reiterates that 25 soldiers are about to put their butts on the line and whether they live or die depends largely on what's done by the technicians. Not to mention the largest threat of three nuclear weapons that could be down the street for all they know, Doyle says. He orders anyone who doesn't like him but hasn't given lip should alert him so he could reassign them. Milo tells Mike to keep his hands off his people. Mike wants to make an understanding of authority. If Doyle has any questions about his team, he should come to Pressman. Doyle relents and tells Milo to have his "team" merge their results to him. Milo checks up on Morris. After a cocky joke, Morris assures him that he's fine. Milo thought he was a pain in the butt, so therefore Milo and Morris share a common enemy.

Daniels and Lennox meet

Back at the White House bunker in D.C., Tom Lennox is led by Lisa Miller and several Secret Service agents to Daniels's office. Lisa discloses that Daniels likes Tom and hope he has a good answer for him. Lennox hopes so too. Lennox meets with Daniels and they shake hands. Daniels orders the agents to leave. Noah asks if Tom has given thought about their earlier conversation, and Tom has. He's prepared to look the other way on the assassination plot to a point. Lennox realizes the priority is to protect the country. Since they both agree, Daniels instructs Lennox to convey to the Ambassador a fabrication that he saw Assad plant the explosive. Lennox says looking the other way is one thing, but lying to an ambassador is not what he intends to do. Daniels is infuriated, but continues to persuade Lennox. Neither Lennox nor Daniels was involved in the heinous plot, and the best thing is they can implement their policy to catch the terrorists lunatics, Daniels discloses this. Daniels puts his arm over Lennox, consoling him that the fabrication will help him. Lennox reluctantly agrees.

Daniels has Miller to contact DOJ clearing Lennox of any wrongdoing and he'll continue serving as Chief of Staff. After Lennox inquires about what Daniels is going to do, Daniels tells him he's holding the Ambassador's country responsible for the nuke and the presidential assassination attempt. Daniels says they need to be motivated to rein in these terrorists. He also wants the Ambassador and his country to know America is mad as hell and ready to retaliate with a nuclear option. Lennox is evidently disturbed by the dilemma.

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Dmitri Gredenko tells his associate Fayed is here. Gredenko is glad Fayed has arrived, telling his associate they need to load the bombs. Fayed steps off the van, carrying one suitcase bomb as his men carry the other two. Fayed places the suitcase on a table, and walks toward Gredenko, checking on his status. Gredenko turns around and looks at Fayed as their men take the bombs out of the suitcase to load them.

Buchanan informs Daniels of developments at the Russian Consulate

Daniels talks to Buchanan about the situation via speakerphone from the White House to CTU LA. Bill tells him Jack Bauer is still at large in the Russian Consulate and he knows Gredenko's location but isn't able to give it. Daniels asks Bill what the plan is and Buchanan discloses Logan thinks he can convince his ex-wife Martha to put a call into Anya Suvarov so that she can get through to her husband, Yuri. Daniels smiles saying that's just about as likely the terrorists knocking on his door and surrendering. Buchanan knows and says they have a contingency: a siege plan on the Consulate to extract Markov. Daniels points out an assault on the Consulate is technically an act of war against Russia, and doesn't want another front with the Russians. Buchanan reasons that his responsibility is finding these nukes; Markov will not surrender willingly. Daniels asks how long it will take to launch the strike. Doyle looks at his watch and tells Buchanan 20 minutes. Bill reiterates it to Daniels, who allows the strike. He says it's great for Logan if he is successful, but not for the strike team to wait on him. Daniels hangs up.

Aaron Pierce arrives at Martha's bungalow

Buchanan asks Doyle if his team is ready. Doyle says yes so Bill orders his team to make first approach on the Consulate. Doyle acknowledges.

In the evening sun, private citizen Aaron Pierce carries groceries to Martha Logan's bungalow which is guarded by a Secret Service agent. Aaron gestures toward him in a respectful manner and goes inside. A picture of Aaron and Martha is seen as he walks in the room.


Martha sits down reading her book. He tells her he is home. She looks up as he walks toward her. Martha worries that Aaron shouldn't be driving around with all the nuclear fallout in the air. He asks what she was doing. Martha outlines what she has done all day: she read her book and listened to music. Aaron brought her magazines and fruit from Mel's which excites Martha. She eats some fruit and flirts with Aaron, giving him a raspberry to eat. Abruptly, the phone rings and Aaron answers it. It's Charles. Martha hasn't returned Logan's calls over the past two years so Aaron asks how she could help. He wants to talk with her and says it concerns the nuclear attack. Logan doesn't care what Aaron thinks which angers Pierce saying he doesn't have to hear his sarcasm anymore. Logan tries to make amends, saying he's at CTU on government business. Aaron gives the phone to Martha, but she refuses. When Logan says it's about the Suvarovs, Martha grabs the phone, asking how Anya is doing. Logan says they're fine, causing Martha to demand the reason for his call.

Martha Logan

Logan wants Martha to help him to defuse an international incident. She deduces that the government came to Logan and he wasn't able to help, so now he's come to her. But Martha isn't willing to be drawn into another drama. She throws the phone away, saying this is absurd and walks toward the window. Aaron picks it up, and Charles says he'll be there in a few minutes. Pierce relents as Logan hangs up. Martha looks out the window, disturbed.

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Buchanan phones Logan on the chopper. The pilot directs the call to him. Buchanan is cautioning him about the plan to attack the Consulate. He will need to persuade his ex-wife to contact the Suvarovs. Logan is confident that he can accomplish his mission.

Jack is still in hiding from the guards. He sees a couple (diplomatic staff Leon and Elena) in a room, goes in, and closes the door. He pulls a gun on them, and says he needs to make an outside call. The man says he can't because all communications were cut from the building because Jack killed Stovich. Jack says he didn't kill Stovich, but the man doesn't believe him. Jack threatens Elena with his gun, and says that he doesn't have to convince them of anything. Jack then asks again how to contact the outside world. Leon says that there is a satellite phone upstairs. Jack orders him to get it, but the man says that there is a lockdown. Jack says that the lockdown is their problem, and the man goes up to get the phone. Jack tells Elena to get against the desk; she is shaking with fear, so as he slumps against a wall, he assures her that she will be safe.


Aaron Pierce watches as Charles Logan gets down from his chopper. Logan walks to Aaron, greets him, and offers him a handshake, but Aaron merely ignores it, and says that Martha is waiting for him inside. Logan then goes inside the house. Aaron calls Martha, and goes in her room to get her. But Aaron walks out of Martha's room alone, saying that she changed her mind, and she doesn't want to see him. Logan begs and says that it is for the good of the country, and says that if nothing is done, there will be an assault on the Russian consulate, and that the country will be at war with Russia. Martha suddenly comes out. She asks what he wants. He says that she has to call Anya Suvarov for her to convince her husband to force Anatoly Markov to surrender, and says that he is a criminal and mass murderer and that he is working outside of Russia. He says that she is the only person that can reach her fast. She says she needs a drink, and tells Charles to get Anya on the phone so she can talk to her.

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Mike Doyle and his team are heading to the Russian consulate, and tells Nadia that they'll be there in a few minutes. Nadia says that as far as she knows, it is still ok to assault the Russian consulate. Doyle tells Nadia to call if there is a change of plan.

Vice President Noah Daniels offers the ambassador a seat. The ambassador asks about President Palmer. Daniels says he survived, and says that Hamri Al-Assad attempted to assassinate the President. The ambassador replies that Assad died in the blast. Daniels says that he was creating a peace agreement with President Palmer, but that was all a ruse. He asks Tom Lennox if that is correct, and he replies with a "yes". Daniels then says that terrorists in the US are acting under the orders of citizens from the ambassador's country, with the approval of their government. The ambassador immediately denies it. Daniels is confident that it is true, says that military forces will attack them, and says that Fayed and Assad, men from the same country, detonated a nuclear bomb and attempted to assassinate President Palmer, respectively. The ambassador denies this again and says that their government has been helping the US ever since this crisis started. He says that he had an understanding with Palmer. Daniels retorts that now he will have an understanding with Daniels. He threatens to force the military to attack the ambassador's country if they do not help find the nukes.


Nadia tells Bill that Doyle and his men are approaching the consulate and will be there in less than 15 minutes. Bill says that the operation is going to come right out of the wire since Charles Logan is trying to arrange a phone call with Anya Suvarov, but will have to wait since Suvarov is delivering a speech in Omsk.

Logan is talking to Chloe and is convincing her to interrupt the speech. Chloe says there's nothing they can do because it is a political matter. Logan then hangs up. He then tells Martha and Aaron that they have to wait a few minutes. Martha is impatient, so Aaron tries to comfort her. He promises to stay with her during the call. Charles then apologizes to Martha for upsetting her, but she says that he always managed to do so. She then asks if it bothers him to see Martha with another man. Aaron then begs her to stop. Martha then says that she felt it was the time for closure. Charles then says that it is indeed difficult for him to see her with Aaron. Martha said that Charles had a rebirth, and that he should instead be happy for her. Logan then replies that he is happy for her. She then sarcastically replies that she is sure he is, and goes to the kitchen to cut some kiwi. She then tells Charles that Aaron has taken such good care of her and that she didn't deserve anything for that. Charles then says that she can feel free to insult him but he isn't there to fight her. She then coldly replies that she is relieved that she is free to insult him, without facing his "wrath". She then continues to insult him, and Aaron tells her to stop.


Logan is stabbed in the shoulder by Martha.

Aaron then offers for Charles to wait outside, but he refuses. Martha is back on the couch, staring coldly at Charles. Charles then thanks Aaron for taking good care of Martha, and says that shes is very lucky to have such a good man. Martha then thinks that Charles is trying to irritate her. Charles says that he is not. Martha then insults him again for his sincerity, and says he used to be an honest crook. Aaron then tells her again to stop. She then stands up and walks toward the kitchen. She stops behind the couch Charles is seated on, closes her eyes, and stabs Charles in the shoulder with a kitchen knife. Charles starts bleeding profusely from the shoulder. Aaron shouts for a medic. Martha is screaming hysterically.

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Charles Logan is in shock, being transported on a gurney with an oxygen mask on his face. Aaron tells Bill about what happened, and that it happened so fast that he couldn't do anything about it. Bill then said that they had no choice but to continue the assault on the Russian consulate unless President Suvarov would intercede and asks if Martha can still be able to talk to Anya Suvarov. Aaron says he doesn't know. Bill tells him to call the Suvarovs and find out. Aaron goes to Martha, who complains that she is in handcuffs for stabbing one of the biggest criminals in history that was given merely house arrest. Aaron asks her if she will be able to handle talking to Anya Suvarov. She then says she can. Aaron then asks if she is sure, but is interrupted by a guard saying that CTU has Anya Suvarov on the line. Martha then talks to Anya. Anya says she worried about Martha in California, but she assures Anya that she is fine. She then says that there is an important matter and there is not much time. Anya tells her to explain.


Mike Doyle and his team observe the front of the consulate. Markov is on a satellite phone telling Yuri Suvarov about Jack Bauer taking him hostage. Suvarov says that he will discuss that matter later, and that now Markov has to surrender to the Americans and deliver Jack unharmed. Markov, however, says he cannot do that. Yuri then demands that he obey, but Markov hangs up. President Suvarov then tells Bill Buchanan that he is authorizing assault on the Russian consulate and that the US government has the support of Russia.

Leon arrives with the satellite phone and gives it to Jack. Jack dials a number, but the phone needs an unlock code. Jack gives it to Leon, but as he dials the code, Russian guards open the door and shoot the man. Jack returns fire.

Bill then tell Doyle that the Suvarovs have just approved the assault on the consulate, and Doyle tells his some of his men to go. Doyle and the remaining men with him start shooting the Russian guards outside the consulate.

Doyle fires at Russian guards.

Jack continues shooting at the guards, but shortly after he runs out of ammunition. Guards are still in the room searching for him, when suddenly Mike Doyle and his men arrive and save Jack along with Elena and the injured Leon.

Markov calls Dmitri Gredenko and tells him that the Americans are coming in. Gredenko tells him to hold them off as long as he can. The CTU men come in and tell Markov to drop his weapon. Markov, however, ignores them and tries to shoot at them, but the CTU men shoot him dead.

Jack tells Doyle that the man who was with him was shot and needs medical attention. He also tells him that he needs to contact Bill Buchanan and tell him that Fayed and Gredenko are in the Shadow Valley.

Fayed tells Gredenko that the drone with the nuke is ready to launch and tells him to arm the bomb.


Split screen: Grendenko begins to arm the bomb. Noah Daniels passes a file to Tom Lennox. Bill has the location of Fayed and Grendenko relayed to him. Jack walks out of the consulate loosening his tie.

As the sun sets, Charles Logan is in an ambulance being rushed to the hospital. Doctors tell him to stay still and that they will be in a hospital in a minute. Logan then says, "Martha." The doctors then tell him not to try to talk. After that, he starts to flatline. The doctors frantically rush to revive him.

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