THE FOLLOWING TAKES PLACE BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 5 A.M. AND 6 A.M. PACIFIC STANDARD TIME.
Jack Bauer drives the Alliance Moving truck away from the storage facility, while Vanowen yells in pain at the wound in his arm. Jack tells him the bullet went through and he should live as long as no arteries were hit.
Jack turns into the long tunnel on Sepulveda Boulevard south of LAX and gets out. He flags down an oncoming Chrysler SUV and forces the driver out at gunpoint. Jack helps Vanowen into the SUV, then loads what they can fit from the truck's weapons stores into the back of the car. Taking the man's wallet, Jack tells the man that he's not to report the car stolen for at least an hour, or else — they know where he lives. The three fugitives drive away, leaving the truck parked in the tunnel.
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Peter Jiminez pulls up at the U-Pack Storage Facility and sees the aftermath of the shootout. The call from Christopher Henderson had been a simple order: to locate Jack Bauer and bring him in before the police could. He had made it to the InterContinental Hotel just after their departure, and had been planning to return to Teri Bauer's house before the call about the shooting came in.
Jiminez approaches Deputy Marshal Pascal, identifying both himself and Tony Almeida as CTU agents. Tony briefly fills Pascal in on the Indonesian sting operation, but Pascal insists on radioing George Mason to confirm the stoy before uncuffing him. Pascal tells the two agents that he is in charge of the Bauer manhunt, and mentions that he and the police would have been cut down if somebody hadn't taken out the sniper on the roof. He asks why Jack would be helping a group of felons, and Tony shares his theory that Jack started selling state secrets in cooperation with Adrian Tintfass. Peter firmly rejects the idea, saying that Jack has been hunting terrorists since before 9/11, and it makes no sense that he would jump to the dark side.
After Jack managed to stop his bleeding, Vanowen told him that they needed to report to his superiors; they hadn't managed to get away with even a third of the weapons cache. He gave Jack directions to the Biltmore Hotel, only a few blocks from the InterContinental.
Now, Jack, Vanowen, and Ramirez proceed through the lobby and to the eleventh floor aboard the elevator. Vanowen knocks on the door to 1108, and a single occupant opens the door. The resident allows Vanowen and Ramirez inside, but forces Jack to remain in the hallway. After a few minutes of muffled conversation, Jack hears the muted thuds of two silenced gunshots, and bursts into the suite. He finds both Vanowen and Ramirez dead on the floor, from one shot each to the head, and pursues the occupant into the next room and down the hall, gun at the ready. His exhaustion forgotten, Jack fires off three shots at the target, making him stumble but not dropping him. In the hotel stairwell, Jack waits at a higher landing for the man to come into view, then kills him with a single shot to his heart.
Jack checks the man's status, and discovers an MS-13 tattoo on his neck. He is surprised to see that, but far more relieved to realize that he has accomplished his goal: Zapata is dead. Hearing sirens approaching from outside, he sits down next to the body to wait for the authorities.
Leaning low over the steering wheel, Nina Myers scans a street sign, difficult to see in the sparse light from the street lamp. She is searching for a street called Baden, and for an address that Marcia Tintfass had called three separate times after Nina left her house hours before. Nina intends to find out where and to whom those calls had been made.
Biltmore Hotel His eyelids drooping, Jack struggles to stay awake, reflecting that he has been up almost twenty-four hours, compounding a general lack of sleep during his prison stay. The police arrive and corner him in the stairwell, but he lets them arrest and cuff him without resistance. Dan Pascal arrives, addressing Jack as "Captain America" and noting that he's had a busy night. Jack asks to speak to Christopher Henderson at CTU or Ryan Chappelle if he's well enough, but Pascal tells him it will have to wait until he's back in jail.
As Pascal escorts Jack out of the hotel lobby and into his bullet-scarred Crown Victoria, Jack wonders why Zapata wore an MS-13 tattoo - he hadn't been a member, as far as Jack knew, and it was impossible that he was the one who sent the soldiers after him in prison. Pascal and Emerson pull out of the parking lot and into Downtown, as Pascal gets a call confirming that the man Jack was found with was dead on arrival. Pascal asks what exactly Jack had against the dead man, Francis Aguillar. On hearing the name, Jack's blood freezes in his veins.
Standing among the crowd in the lobby, the real Zapata watches the parade of police and paramedics. He realizes that his "Charles Ossipon" alias was used to purchase the two rooms, and he will have to discard that identity. He is more disturbed that a federal agent managed to come so close to arresting him; he realized it the second Vanowen and Ramirez turned up at his door with a stranger in tow. He chides himself for falling into a pattern himself, by allowing Vanowen to reuse Alliance for the weapons deal, but notes that he has, after all, avoided capture; "lesson learned." Zapata puts on his sunglasses and leaves the hotel for a morning jog.
Francis Aguillar was a known associate of Zapata who had disappeared a year ago, but Jack knows that the real Zapata would never take the name of a former employee. Jack had gotten the wrong man, and now he was stuck, headed straight back to square one. He feels trapped, just as he did upon discovering that Chappelle had been hospitalized, and recalls that memory just before Peter Jiminez rams the marshals' car with his own.