After forcing his way into the U.S. Embassy and finding drone pilot Chris Tanner (John Boyega) and the soldier’s flight key, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) finds getting out of the frying pan is much harder than jumping in once the heat starts rising. Unable to escape, Bauer barricades himself in the embassy’s secure communication room hoping to buy enough time to decode and transmit the drone data to Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub). Sadly, he won’t be successful.
Unable to keep the situation from President Heller (William Devane) and Audrey (Kim Raver) any longer, Boudreau (Tate Donovan) arranges a phone call between Heller and the man Bourdeau has been trying to kill for several episodes. Despite hearing Jack’s reasoning for his recent actions, his Chief of Staff is able to convince the President that Bauer isn’t trustworthy enough to be given the benefit of the doubt as Heller orders the Marines to breach and end the situation swiftly.
Offering more tedium of Chloe going back-and-forth with the hacker colleagues, the fourth episode of the season also includes more scenes of the Al-Harazi family (a subplot I’d like to see as little as possible of in the episodes as such sequences consistently struggle to keep pace with Bauer’s scenes) as Margot (Michelle Fairley) mutilates her daughter Simone (Emily Berrington) to force the young woman’s reluctant husband to fly the drones once Ian (Liam Garrigan) gains control of them using Yates device which the U.S. Government still refuses to admit could possibly exist.
The tense stand-off only ends when Kate (Yvonne Strahovski) forces herself into the situation and manages to convince Bauer to turn himself over to her. Out of any other options, with the data still not decrypted and sent, Bauer agrees only seconds before the breach putting the terrorist back in the custody of the U.S. Government but at least still alive. The question of how long Bauer remains with Kate, and whether the next episode begins some kind of a partnership between the two, or if Bauer simply escapes yet again, remains to be seen.