This week begins with Steve Navarro (Benjamin Bratt) and Agent Erik Ritter (Gbenga Akkinagbe) emerging from the ashes, after two drone missiles make a direct hit on the estate. As the CIA spins it as a gas main explosion, President Heller’s (William Devane) worsening Alzheimer’s condition is about to explode too, as the British PM (Stephen Fry) becomes aware and concerned.
As the British become more wary of the situation and concerned for London, President Heller tells Navarro to give back-in-action Jack Bauer whatever he needs, including Agent Kate Morgan (Yvonne Strahovski). As Jordan (Giles Matthey) tells her to head to the helicopter, he also lets Navarro know he’s found something suspicious in relation to Kate’s husband. Navarro is a bit too quick to tell him to concentrate on the current mission only. This foreshadows something big.
As Ian flies the drone in cloud cover, still manned with four additional missiles, he expresses concern about Simone’s (Emily Berrington) mental state to “Mommy Dearest,” Margot Al-Harazi (Michelle Fairley). After all, Margot placed a bullet in Navid’s (Sacha Dhawan) head in front of Simone. One doesn’t exactly bounce back from that immediately. As Navid’s body is wrapped up by the henchmen, his cell phone rings. After being unwrapped and searched, they find his phone and a voicemail from his sister, asking why she needs to leave London. Simone is sent on a fact-finding mission and is told to “take care of it” if she knows anything. Shish kebobs anyone?
As Jack prepares to head out on his mission, Mark (Tate Donovan) confronts him about Audrey (Kim Raver). Mark says he’s worried about her fragile mental state, but clearly he’s more concerned about losing his wife to the amazing and freshly reinstated (for the time being anyway) Jack Bauer. Who wouldn’t be concerned? As Jack heads out, he checks in with Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub), and enlists the help of Belcheck (Branko Tomovic). As his plan begins to formulate, the British PM is going to make things tricky. He doesn’t trust President Heller’s judgment and he’s intent on following Jack’s mission, even though he’s explicitly told to leave it alone.
As Jack and Agent Morgan meet up for the first time, Jack drops a BOMB, when he tells her he knows he can get to Karl Rask (Aksel Hennie), the arms dealer associated with Margot Al-Harazi, because he’s been working for him for the past few years! The unfortunate part is that Rask wants Jack dead, as he suspects he’s the rat in the organization. But no worries, Jack has a plan. Meanwhile, Chloe gets to work setting up a bank account and a virus that can help track down Margot Al-Harazi.
Secretary of State, Mark, has a bit of a mess on his hands, and clearly breaks into a sweat, as the Russians want to know why the phony extradition act has been rescinded. They know something’s up as they study President Heller’s “signature.” Enter Russian trouble. This is going to get messy.
As Jack pulls into a deserted tunnel, he reveals his plan to Agent Morgan. He’s going to render her unconscious, deliver her to Rask and his men as a CIA agent with info that some dead dude, Nills, is the actual rat, and hopefully she’ll stay unconscious long enough for Jack to gain back Rask’s trust, get the virus uploaded and get both of them out alive. He admits though, death is likely. Agent Morgan shows she’s earned the “Female Jack Bauer” role as she injects herself in the neck with the meds to take a nap and gets put in the trunk by Jack. Although they think they’re alone and the plan seems like it will work, the British PM has been spying and sends in a team to intervene, thinking that Jack is up to no good.
As Jack pulls into Rask’s compound, he takes a bit of a beating, and realizes things are going to go bad quickly for Agent Morgan as Rask tells his men to wake her up with drugs to counter what she was given. Although Belcheck is in place with his sniper gun on a roof across from the torture room, we all know how this is going to go for Kate. She just has to last long enough for the virus to get uploaded into the computer. What could possibly go wrong, right?
In London, Simone tracks down Farrah, Navid’s sister, and confirms that she is naïve to the entire plan, and tells Margot there’s no reason to kill her. Margot has a different opinion. Enter Jasmine, Simone’s niece. Simone is clearly troubled by what she’s supposed to do. One can’t help but picture two little people sitting on her shoulders, one good, one Margot.
Rask’s men inject Kate to wake her up, and elevate her with her arms chained behind her back in a most unfriendly fashion. A leg slash comes next, followed by a giant splash of water and some electrocution. Nearby, Jack gets tested by Rask. Chloe can’t get the answers to him fast enough, so he takes a gigantic risk, and passes the test. All seems like it’s going as planned, and Belcheck is ready to pull the plug on the entire operation as Rask’s men bring a drill within inches of Kate’s forehead. However, the meddling PM’s men take out Belcheck and Agent Morgan’s fate is now very much TBD.
Jack patiently waits for the secure connection to be made, and just as Rask is about to hit the “confirm” button, the British come storming in and mess it all up again. With one man down in the torture chamber, Kate pulls off a crazy strangle-hold with her thighs on one of her interrogators, and then with hands cuffed behind her back, finishes the job by stabbing him. Jack Bauer, you’ve met your match. Damn girl. I believe I have a new role model.
With bullets flying, Jack manages to hit enough buttons to get the virus working and Kate takes out yet another bad dude and then takes a little breather, probably to put her arms back in their sockets.
At Farrah’s house, Simone is served dinner and her conscience seems to be back in working order. She warns Farrah to get Jasmine and get out of London, but instead of packing her bags, she picks up the phone to call the police. Simone reveals the dagger to Farrah in one final push to get her to just go already, but it ends badly for Farrah. As Jasmine rounds the corner and sees the widening blood stain on her lifeless mother, she takes off into the streets, followed closely behind by Simone and a neighbor. As cars dodge the little girl, it’s the double-decker bus Simone should have been truly worried about it. You don’t bounce back from that; Simone is now seemingly lifeless on the street. Two murders committed; two levels of bus. Seems like a healthy dose of “what goes around, comes around.”
The hour closes with Navarro on the phone with someone seedy. He was acting funny for a reason. Kate and her husband took the fall for him.
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.