After taking Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) into custody, Kate (Yvonne Strahovski) finds herself once again on the outside of events. With her career all but finished, nothing left to loose, and believing Bauer’s story of the imminent drone attack, Kate delivers the remaining flight recorder data to Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) who uncovers enough evidence to convince President Heller (William Devane) and even Boudreau (Tate Donovan) of the truth behind Bauer’s story.
Once again we get several scenes from inside the Al-Hazari compound where Naveed‘s (Sacha Dhawan) final attempt to the the honorable thing to protect thousands of innocent lives and his wife from her mother’s psychic revenge backfires badly costing the young man and several U.S. agents their lives when he unknowingly leads them into a trap. Silently watching her husband murdered, the show immediately removes any sympathy from Simone Al-Harazi (Emily Berrington) who spends most of the episode recovering from her mother’s hatchet job in the last episode.
The episode is dominated by action and a betrayal easy for everyone, except those in charge, to see coming, but it does deliver a short tender moment between Bauer and Audrey (Kim Raver) reminding both the character and audience how far he’s gone since his time with her. With the President’s plans in shambles and several of his best men now dead at the hands of Margot Al-Harazi (Michelle Fairley) who now has in her possession six drones, it appears next week we’ll finally see our hero reinstated into the role he’s performed so well in the past and we’ll see get official beginning of the Jack/Kate partnership which will likely dominate the rest of the season.