Simone (Emily Berrington) kicks off this week’s episode, as she’s strapped to a backboard and only partially dead. Jasmine sets the tone by telling the police that “she killed my mom.” In a bullet-riddled compound across town, Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) cuts loose Belcheck (Branko Tomovic) and learns how the MI5 interference came to be. Meanwhile, Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) packs up and heads out as the police close in on her hacker compound and she leaves to find a new base camp.
A heated argument between President Heller (William Devane) and the British PM (Stephen Fry) begins about the interference from the MI5 group. Despite assurances from President Heller, and the British PM’s apparent belief of the lie, Heller now knows that his mental condition is going to get out quickly. You can already see the damaged wheels churning. Jack reports in to President Heller that he has a lead on Al-Harazi. The PM agrees, for real this time, to stay out of it.
In an ambulance in London, Simone’s phone rings and an unsuspecting paramedic speaks with Margot Al-Harazi (Michelle Fairley), giving her the details he knows on her daughter and telling her exactly where they’re heading. Her mock concern lasts only seconds, as it’s clear that her main concern is the mission at hand. She sends in Kareem for damage control, on a fact-finding mission. How injured is Simone, and how much does everyone now know? We all know how her fact-finding missions work though. Without Jack and Kate (Yvonne Strahovski), Simone is a soon-to-be-goner.
Back at CIA headquarters in London, Gavin (Adam Sinclair) asks a suspicious Jordan (Giles Matthey) for his access code. Jordan says he’ll send him the files he needs and uses his noggin to block his screen from view. He hasn’t exactly obeyed Navarro’s (Benjamin Bratt) orders to stop that data search that could clear Kate and her husband. Within minutes, Navarro has a phone call from a creepy dude walking through London. Navarro realizes the CIA computers are in clear view of this mysterious caller and he initially says that Jordan is “only a kid.” Minutes later though, Navarro is asking for a “cleaner” and Adrian Cross (Michael Wincott) is revealed to be the mystery caller. He’s only too happy to oblige. Jordan is sent out on a phony mission by Navarro. As he exits Navarro’s office, he thanks him for the “opportunity,” soon to be in the form of a bullet to the skull.
At the hospital, Kate reveals her soft side to Yasmin (Nikita Mehta) and finds out that Simone was trying to protect Yasmin and Farah from the attacks in London and Margot. They may have a chance interrogating Simone. Jack tells the doctors to get her awake so he can talk to her. He asked for a secure floor, but Kareem (Amir Boutrous) is already there, changing into scrubs and packing heat. Kareem overhears Kate telling Jack about his conversation with Yasmin, and now Margot knows that Simone has betrayed her. She directs Ian (Liam Garrigan) to bring a drone in range of the hospital.
As the British PM goes live on the television, warning all of London about imminent terrorist attacks, President Heller asks Mark to set up a meeting with his VP back home. It’s clear he plans to step down.
Jack is able to rouse Simone enough to speak with her. Although he and Kate initially think she’ll cooperate, she states that she will not betray her mother. Jack reminds her of her missing finger by sprinkling a little salt in the wound in the form of his finger. She passes out from the pain and Jack is left frustrated. Minutes later, he notices Kareem in the area and when questioned, he opens fire. As Jack and Kate hunt him down, clearly wanting him alive, the British police put a bullet straight through him. He’s dead and now useless, except for his cell phone which states that he has 8 minutes to get out of the hospital. Kate pulls the emergency alarm and runs off to locate Yasmin. The countdown is on.
In a pub in London, Chloe settles in to her new base camp as Ian tells Margot they are “1 minute from target.” Back in the hospital, Jack issues some “tough love” with Simone, daring her to deny that her mother is sending a drone specifically to kill her. She balks and leaves with Jack as Kate finds a cowering Jasmine nearby.
As Ian and Margot watch the evacuation taking place, he fires the drone into the hospital. The carnage is everywhere, but Jack and Kate have Simone and are outside the building. As Ian locates them getting into the car, another drone explodes in their just exited parking space. Simone observes the aftermath from the back seat as Jack drives like a mad man and screams at Simone that Margot won’t stop until she’s dead. Another missile narrowly misses them in a narrow alley. There’s just one left and Ian and Margot are determined to get them. After an unsuccessful car swap, they drive into a tunnel, commandeer another car and place a brick on the gas pedal, sending their previous car out into Ian’s view. The SUV explodes almost instantly upon exiting the tunnel, but Margot’s too smart for celebration. She has Ian zoom in and notices that it’s empty, and there are no more drones in the immediate area. It may not matter though; Simone’s in pretty bad shape.
On a river in London, Jordan boards a boat and is almost immediately shot and in the river. The gunman takes some time to try to locate him and when he doesn’t surface, he figures the job is done. That was way too easy.
Under a tree in London somewhere, Mark Boudreau (Tate Donovan) meets with the Deputy Minister of Russia who insists that Bauer is handed over NOW. He makes accusations of treason as he knows that President Heller’s signature was a forgery. Mark asks for time and promises everyone will get what they want in the end. He’s clearly panicking on the inside as well he should.
As the deadline approaches, President Heller asks to see Jack immediately, as another aid retrieves the contact information for Margot Al-Harazi. It’s now clear he’s planning to turn himself over to her.
With the minutes ticking down, Jordan emerges from the river, injured but alive. And President Heller contacts Margot, Skype-style. He asks if he can trust her to keep her word, that if he turns himself over to her, the attacks will stop. She confirms this to be true, as President Heller tells her his “decision has already been made.” He’d rather go out with a bang, than out with dementia.
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.