With all but one drone left to be flown into the English Channel, Ian (Liam Garrigan) discovers something peculiar about the video feed of President Heller (William Devane) in Wembley Stadium. It’s a loop, which can only mean one thing. . . President Heller is alive! Also, Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub) rocks, as this video loop is clearly her doing. Whereas Margot Al-Harazi (Michelle Fairley) has always maintained her cool before, she absolutely loses it and instructs Ian to steer the last remaining drone back to London, location TBD.
As Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) sends President Heller off with Belcheck (Branko Tomovic) and convinces him to stay “dark” until this is truly all over, Jack delivers the news to the White House staff and Audrey (Kim Raver) that President Heller is alive and well. Oh, the look that Audrey gives her husband, Mark Boudreau (Tate Donovan). . . it’s a classic and it’s clear that Jack is her hero forever. Jack, however, is less concerned with the accolades and more focused on getting Chloe the help she needs from the CIA to finish the job and get all the drones grounded.
Back at CIA headquarters, Agent Kate Morgan (Yvonne Strahovski) presses Steve Navarro (Benjamin Bratt) about Jordan Reed’s (Giles Matthey) disappearance. Navarro says he’s handling it, but Kate is clearly suspicious.
Across town, Margot calms the crazy and focuses in on what would be a catastrophic target, a congested Waterloo Station. But as the drone closes in on the target, Chloe gets GPS help from Adrian Cross (Michael Wincott) and closes in on the Al-Harazi’s location. This Cross character is a tough one to figure out. Who EXACTLY is this dude and where do his loyalties lie? Everything points to the situation with him getting much more interesting as the season progresses.
As the CIA closes in on the Al-Harazi location, Agent Kate and Erik Ritter (Ghenga Akinnagbe) take heavy fire. As Jack approaches from above and lands the helicopter on the roof of the building, Kate takes out the electricity long enough for Chloe to determine the Al-Harazi’s exact location in the building. 5th floor please.
As Ian tries to pack up and leave, Margot pulls a gun on him. Considering she had no qualms about watching her own daughter lose a finger, Ian knows an escape is futile. “We’ll succeed or die together.” Yeah, pretty sure it’s going to be the latter. Oh Margot, if only you knew what was coming. Above them, Jack’s busy going all MacGuyver on the roof and begins to rappel down the walls. Stairs are for sissies.
It’s Ian who notices their visitor first, and he opens fire on Jack, busting out all the windows in the process. As he quietly approaches the windows, hoping to see Jack lifeless on the ground, it’s the Bauer arm that rips Ian from the building and catapults him five stories down to a very unpleasant death. Margot’s best efforts to fend Jack off are lost. As he death grips her into custody, he uses the other hand to steer the last drone away from Waterloo Station and into the water. Cuffed and miserable, Margot screams at Jack about the blood that will be on his hands today, and he says the best thing I think he’s ever said: “The only blood on my hands today is yours,” as he tosses her like a rag doll out the window to land beside Ian below. The fact that she’s cuffed and can’t even flail her arms makes it that much better.
Audrey’s “He did it” says it all, as she watches the drone crash into the English Channel. Oh Mark, it was nice knowing you buddy. Belcheck delivers POTUS to the Secret Service and Heller demands respect for his transporter. Now safe and sounds, President Heller calls Jack who says he’s en route to the CIA headquarters with the over ride device. Jack asks for Chloe to be given every access to all she needs to continue her work; however, Chloe’s done helping Jack. She gets picked up by Cross, but this won’t be the last we see of her.
Meanwhile, Kate receives a phone call that Jordan Reed is dead; she and Erik Ritter are off to investigate. Navarro is feeling pretty confident that his dirty work is done until he hears that there are two bodies. Let the sweating begin. A frantic Navarro checks in with Adrian Cross and tells him he needs to leave NOW. That won’t be free though. Cross wants the over ride device. Who the heck is this dude?
At the murder scene, Kate runs fingerprints, and now Jack is involved. While Navarro insists on his people handling the fingerprints, Jack calls in a favor from an old friend at Langley when it’s confirmed that body #2 belongs to a covert ops guy. The walls are closing in around Navarro and he’s getting desperate. As Navarro drools over the over ride system, knowing he has to get it to Cross if he has any hope of a future, the investigator determines that the over ride system isn’t just for drones. It can control a lot more than that.
As Jack’s phone begins to ring and he walks off to take the call, Navarro sees his chance, takes out the over ride system analyst and he’s off. Minutes later, Steve Navarro is identified as one of the covert ops’ handlers and Jack’s off after him, knocking out security and scouring the underbelly of the CIA in hopes of tracking him down fast. Unfortunately, Navarro is gone. A meeting place is set up with Cross, as we see that Chloe may be a little too involved with Cross. A kiss is shared. That awkward tension we’ve seen between them all season has been there for a reason. The stage is set for the rest of the season: Cross and Chloe, Mark’s promise to the Russians, Audrey’s clear admiration for Jack, and the inevitable Navarro vs. Kate showdown.
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.