In this week’s episode, foreshadowing is in full effect as the Drone Attack plans develop further, with both Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) and Agent Kate Morgan (Yvonne Strahovski) working the same side while thinking each other the enemy. Agent Morgan shows she’s taken some serious notes from the Jack Bauer “how to” section when she breaks protocol and knocks out the already once sliced drug dealer, Basher (Tamer Hassan), and loads him in the car.
Meanwhile, Jack closes in on Simone Al-Harazi (Emily Berrington), and just when you think she might use her knife on Bauer, she slices herself a bit too deep, smears blood on her face as she exits the train, and points out Bauer as the perpetrator. After some brief confusion, Jack is on her trail again, but he’s not close enough when she slips through a gate and finds an alternate exit. Despite Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) being street-side as back-up, she gets distracted by a vision from the past and Simone slips away unnoticed. As Jack rejoins her in the car, he’s about to have a “Dammit Chloe” moment until he hears how Chloe was clearly targeted, resulting in a fatal accident that took her husband Morris and son, Preston away for good.
After a hug and a reiterated mission statement, Chloe is back on the job and the connection between Simone Al-Harazi and Al-Qaeda is made. The race is now on to recover enough information to get the government involved before it’s too late.
As Simone reunites with her mother, tensions are high, as Margot Al-Harazi (Michelle Fairley) expresses a clear doubt that Simone was as careful as she should be. And that’s not Simone’s only problem. After her scandalous mission behavior with Derrick Yates, her husband can barely look at her after three weeks apart. Margot advises her husband to shape up, while reminding him that Simone made a sacrifice for the good of the mission. And frankly, considering she sliced and diced herself during the ordeal, one has to agree. It’s not like seducing a geeky computer hacker is really all that glam.
Jack enlists the hacker group run by Adrian Cross (Michael Wincott) to create fake credentials, making this crew of misfits Jack’s makeshift CTU. But it’s pretty clear from the get-go that Cross lacks the trustworthiness of Chloe, as he changes some digits, sure to cause Jack some trouble at the embassy he desperately wants to reach in order to meet up with Lt. Chris Tanner (John Boyega), to get the truth about the drone attack.
In a seedy tunnel, Kate Morgan, accompanied by Erik Ritter (Gbenga Akinnagbe), proves no enhanced interrogation is required. She did her research and knows that Basher has some serious enemies (as all drug dealers) do, and in fact, they hang out in this tunnel. Basher quickly reveals it was Yates he was protecting and why. No bamboo shoots into fingernails required.
Margot Al-Harazi may have a different idea about the enhanced interrogation, as she stitches her daughter up pretty roughly and scolds her again for being careless. The evil glare she provides upon exiting after her seamstress skills are complete is a strong foreshadowing of Simone’s eventual demise. Family only gets you so far in the Al-Harazi family; I’d place bets Simone won’t make it much longer.
Meanwhile, Agent Kate Morgan is on her way to the embassy, setting up a perfect rendezvous with Jack who is also now in line with his messed up credentials, courtesy of an underhanded Cross.
Back at the Al-Harazi homestead, Simone’s husband hits the bottle and reveals that he’s starting to have doubts about the mass killing of people now. Simone seduces those thoughts away; but things get creepy when Mother Margot is revealed to be watching the whole encounter via video monitor, proving that video monitors should probably be banned after your kid reaches the age of 5. Anything after that is just plain creepy.
As Chloe realizes they’ve been double-crossed by Mr. Cross, she tells Jack to take off. Just when you thought you’ve seen everything, Jack uses his jacket as a weapon, and shoots a couple protestors’ extremities to cause a real diversion. Kate spots him in the crowd and knows she’s onto something.
At Parliament, President Heller stands to address the crowd and the situation immediately gets uglier than a Ravens v. Steelers game. There’s no denying this isn’t going to end well for President Heller.
Jessica Bauer (yes, that’s her real name) is a married mom of three, who lives in the suburbs, runs a non-profit USA Swim Club, and answers “like ‘Jack Bauer’” whenever asked how to spell her last name. She credits Kiefer Sutherland for the extra push she needed to obtain her black belt in Okinawan Kenpo and Kobudo, and dreams of writing the perfect memoir someday. In the meantime, you can read more of what she writes on her blog, Black Belt Mama (www.blackbeltmama.com) or follow her on Twitter @blackbeltmama.