|Story by:||Howard Gordon|
|Teleplay by:||Manny Coto & Brannon Braga|
|Directed by:||Milan Cheylov|
|Original airdate:||March 22, 2010|
CTU New York struggles after its systems are destroyed in the aftermath of the EMP explosion, forcing Chloe O'Brian to take drastic actions to get it back up and running. Jack Bauer and three CTU agents, are pinned down by sniper fire and are unable to radio for backup. Kayla Hassan is finally reunited with her parents as Renee Walker returns to extend help.
Episode guide Edit
An extended version of this episode was released on DVD and Blu-ray. The added scene is indicated in italics.
- Dana Walsh is confronted by Bill Prady over security camera footage of Kevin Wade.
- Samir Mehran tells Kayla Hassan, whom he has kidnapped, that her father is the traitor.
- Kayla Hassan escapes with the help of Tarin Faroush, who is killed in the process. She drives toward CTU.
- Jack Bauer learns that Tarin is alive and Kayla is unknowingly being used to attack CTU.
- At CTU New York, Kayla pulls up and an electromagnetic pulse bomb is revealed to be in the trunk; it promptly detonates.
The following takes place between 4:00am and 5:00am.
Sparks fly at CTU New York as agents try to help the injured and move rubble from the corridors. Brian Hastings is handed a small light by a fellow agent, then told by Chloe that the central comm node was fried in the blast. He tells her to re-route through peripherals, but she says that she already tried to. Arlo tells Hastings that the nav systems of the drones will default to auto-pilot but will fall out of the sky before long. Hastings asks if they have lost all radiological detection and surveillance capability, which Arlo confirms. Hastings tells Arlo to make Agent Skaggs contact the FAA to divert flight paths. He stresses that the drones need to be taken down before they cause damage. Hastings vents at Chloe before Dana arrives to tell him that Kayla Hassan is finished in medical. Hastings goes to get her evacuated back to the UN building, whilst telling Dana to inform division heads to come with full damage assessment reports in time for a briefing in ten minutes. Dana questions how to do this without computers, and Hastings reminds her of using a pen and paper.
Phil Holden at the NSA office in Washington, D.C. gets a call from Jack Bauer. Jack tells him about CTU being attacked with an EMP and the fact that because of it they cannot track the IRK splinter cell that is trying to smuggle weapons-grade uranium into New York. Phil tells him that all surveillance of the Metro-area was being routed through CTU, but that he would try and look at traffic cameras. Jack tells him that they were at the Williamsburg Bridge and got off at the West Broadway Rollin Street exit, and were in a grey van. He also asks Phil to shut down traffic getting in the city via bridge and tunnel. Phil agrees to do so. Jack hangs up and makes a sharp left turn, explaining to Cole that the only way into the city now was across the East River.
By the River, Samir, Tarin and their men pulled over and got out of their cars. Ali approaches Samir and tells him that CTU is down; there was a pulse surge and now nothing. He also says that the area they are in is secure. Samir tells the men to load the rods into the zodiac. Tarin stays stood still. Samir approaches him and says that the understands it was hard to sacrifice Kayla, but that their actions were necessary to get the rods into the city.
At CTU, Hastings tells Kayla that Agents Beck and Henderson will escort her back to the UN. She asks what is going on, but he says that she will learn on the way. He asks her to identify the men who held her captive from a file of IRK covert agents in the U.S. that President Hassan had given them. She refuses to help until he explains what happened at CTU. He decides to do so, saying that her car had an EMP in it, Tarin had used her and in fact, was still alive.
Samir talks to Ahman on the phone, who says that he has prepared the bomb and now needs the rods. Samir updates Tarin, but before he can respond one of Samir's men reports that a vehicle is approaching. A black SUV drives towards them from the east. Samir tells him and the two other men covering the area to take out the car once it is in range. He yells to Ali that they have to go.
Inside the SUV, Cole notices movement on his infared binoculars. Jack tells him to contact NYPD to get agents down there and Jack attempts to call NSA and see if they have surveillance in the air. However, neither can get through with their phones. Just as Jack realizes that someone is there blocking their signals, they begin to get fired upon by Samir's men. Jack tries to reverse away.
Samir's men continue to shoot as Jack reverses. The armoured vehicle stays protected despite the constant machine gun fire. Jack tries to spin around to escape but hits a container and breaks the engine. He tries to start the car again but it does not work. He tells Agents Owen and King - in the back seats - to pass some weapons to the front. He tells Cole to take the sniper to his north and to maintain coverage until they were clear. He tells Owen and King to unload weapons from the back. They get out of the car and begin to attack. Jack shoots at men to their south.
Tarin asks Samir how they knew where to find them, and Samir assumes that they followed them from the vault. Jack tells Cole to use his infared and to call out the snipers as he sees them so Jack can take them out. Cole does so and Jack shoots, but is unable to kill any of them. Ali looks at the agents through his binoculars and says that there are four men. Tarin identifies one as Jack Bauer, an ex-CTU agent. Samir thinks they can still cross the river so long as Jack and his men do not contact anyone. Ali says that they blocked their cell phone frequencies since they arrived; they have no way of contacting anyone, and that they cannot leave now snipers are in position. Samir and Tarin go to their boat, and tell Ali that they will call him when they are across the river.
The two men get into the boat with the rods and begin to drive away. Cole notices on his infared, but Jack says that they are too far out of his range for him to get them. Jack says that they need to contact the NSA and warn them, but Owen says that he has tried all radio frequencies and none can get through. Jack notices a landline phone across the courtyard from them. He suggests pulling the metal from the vehicle and using it for cover to cross the courtyard and make a call from the phone. He tells Owen and King to start working on that while he and Cole continue to shoot at the snipers.
Arlo informs Hastings that three people died as a result of the bomb blast, and McCallan had been taken to hospital for burns from a small electrical fire. He also tells Hastings that certain sections of the basement have around six inches of water because the pumps are down. Hastings asks for another update in twenty minutes. An agent informs Hastings that a team from NSA has arrived. Hastings is shocked, but goes and meets Frank Haynam in what remains of the CTU entrance ways.
Haynam says that he brought his best men to help get CTU on its feet. He offers to start by restoring aerial surveillance and communications, and asks where the server room is. Hastings says that Haynam can coordinate with his maintenance team, but Haynam would rather work with his own people. Hastings says that his people know the facility inside out, but Haynam informs him that he was part of the team that designed the building. Hastings asks how Haynam knew to come to CTU, and he says that Jack called their office and told them. Hastings asks about Jack, saying that he was following an important lead, but Haynam says that since then they have been unable to get in contact with him.
In the bullpen, Chloe tells Dana that she has an idea of how to get the systems up and running. Hastings makes an announcement, introducing Haynam to the staff and saying that he was going to help get CTU running again. He gives everyone new cell phones, then tells Agent Block to take Haynam to the server room. Chloe asks Hastings about Jack, but he says that he does not have the manpower to send teams towards the East River - an area of four square miles - in the hopes of finding him. He says that they will get CTU up and running again, then try to find Jack. Chloe worries that it may be too late, but Hastings says that Jack, of all people, can take care of himself. He tells her to go to the server room and make sure Haynam has everything he needs. She grabs a new cell phone from an NSA employee and storms off.
In the server room, Haynam is removing the servers. Chloe enters and asks if he needs help. He is irritable, and says that they can cope. She asks how he will proceed with the reboot, and says that he will go in through the main servers and create a new subnet. Chloe seems displeased with the idea, saying it will take too long. Haynam thanks her, implying that she should leave. She says that they should tap directly into the trunk line, but Haynam reminds her that that could electrocute her and set half the building on fire. Chloe says that it is a lot faster and they need to stop the rods getting into the city, and that she thinks she can create a workaround. Haynam says that she allowed an EMP to be detonated in the building, and rebukes her expertise. He demands that she leaves, and as she does so he tells an agent to prep the CLR for diagnostics.
Back in the bullpen, Chloe asks Arlo if there is another way to get into the trunk line besides in the server room. He says there is not. Arlo questions what she is talking about but she just leaves. In a private area, she calls Renee Walker. Chloe explains what happened to CTU and says that Jack is in danger and Hastings won't send anyone out to look for him. Renee tells Chloe to get CTU back online as soon as she can, and that she will go and find Jack. Chloe says that getting CTU online could take a while because the NSA repair team is going about it the long way around and ignoring her idea of a faster way. Renee says that she needs to get the NSA to listen to her a faster way, and to call her when CTU was back up.
She hangs up and Chloe looks worried.
All non-essential personnel are about to be evacuated from CTU by Agent Combs, but just before they are Dana approaches Bill Prady and asks to speak with him. She takes him down a corridor and explains that because of the EMP the surveillance video he wanted has been erased. "So what you're telling me that whoever helped Kevin rob that evidence locker just caught a huge break?" Prady questions, which Dana agrees to. Prady asks about a backup, but she says that because it is on-site it also has been erased. She says that she wishes she could do more. He asks if there is anything else she wants to tell him, but she insists that she has told him everything. She insists that she has to get back to work, and he says that if there are any changes on the files she has his number. As he walks away, Dana looks relieved.
Meanwhile, Chloe heads back to the server room. She takes a deep breath stood outside before going in. She presents Haynam with a workaround to the safety concerns he had with her idea, but he says that they are not going anywhere near the trunk line. She says that there are agents in the field who need their help and the faster way would help ensure their safety. He says that he will call security if she does not leave immediately. Chloe pulls a gun out and insists that Haynam should leave or she will shoot him. Clearly shaken, Haynam and the other agents leave. Chloe locks the door behind them. Haynam sends an agent to get Hastings and to bring security.
The terrorists are moving in closer on Jack, Cole, Owen and King. Jack, now assisting Owen and King, says that they are almost finished to Cole, who is left defending them alone. After a few moments Jack announces that he is finished. He tells them all that they have to trust that the armour will protect them, no matter how many times it seems they are being shot.
They get into pairs, each taking a plate of metal long enough to protect both of them, and make a triangle shape. They begin to cross the courtyard, safe from the shots from Samir's men. Frustrated, Ali radios one shooter, who reports that he does not have a good angle on the targets either. Inside the wedge, King looks more and more horrified, saying that the armor will not hold up. Jack reaffirms that it will. As they get closer to the courtyard, King begins to move faster. Jack tells him to hold formation, but King makes a break for it. He is shot instantly, but does not die. Owen runs for cover, and Jack and Cole shoot at several men before following him.
Owen looks on as King gets wounded again; the terrorists are using him as bait, trying to draw the others out into a kill zone. Owen looks towards Jack, who says that it is too late for King and they will have to leave him. Cole agrees with Owen, but Jack says that if they go and try to get him, all four of them will die. Jack tells Cole to cover the north, Owen the east, but Owen is still looking at King. King is shot once more, but still is not dead. He looks helplessly at Owen. The young agent can take it no more and runs out to try to rescue King. Jack and Cole react fast, having to cover him unprepared. Owen almost makes it back to their cover before he is shot. Jack drags him back, and Cole brings King.
Owen apologizes and says that he could not leave him behind. He asks if King made it, and Jack looks to Cole. King has been killed by a round to the head, so Cole shakes his head, but Jack tells Owen that King is alive to make his own fate seem worthwhile. Cole tells Jack that the terrorists are repositioning. Jack continues to try to keep Owen alive.
At the UN, Omar and Dalia Hassan joyfully welcome their daughter back. Kayla apologizes to Omar for going with Tarin. A CTU agent tells Hassan that a sub-terrainean route has been prepared for his evacuation so if there is a radiological attack he will be shielded. He said that President Taylor was waiting for him with the other delegates. They agreed to go, and Kayla went first to identify the men who held her captive as Hastings had asked. Omar and Dalia stayed behind. Omar comments that they almost lost Kayla, and that he almost lost Dalia. He then realized that the peace agreement could fall apart at any moment. She told him that what he was doing was the right thing and that he had to be strong.
Hastings arrives at the server room with Haynam and a CTU techie who could break into the room. Haynam rebukes Hastings for having such insubordinate employees, and says that Chloe was ready to use her weapon against him. Hastings says that he doubts it. Dana arrives, as per Hastings request, and he updates her on what Chloe is doing.
Inside, Chloe continues to work. Suddenly, she hears the drill from outside and realizes that Hastings is trying to get in. She tries to speed up but does not finish before they get in. Hastings demands that she moves away from the equipment, backed by security. They disarm her. She says she needs ten more minutes to finish, but Haynam demands for her to leave. Hastings is angered that Haynam is giving orders in his facility, and decides to listen to Chloe's side of the story. She explains that she can get satellite and comm back up to assist Jack, and she told Haynam but he would not listen.
Hastings asks Dana what she thinks. Dana agrees with Haynam, saying that tapping into the trunk line is too dangerous. She asks why Dana is not more worried about Cole, and Dana snaps that she is: and because Chloe's plan is so reckless she cannot go along with it. Chloe turns to Hastings and says that it is not as dangerous as they are making it out to be, and if she cannot fix it in ten minutes then he can arrest her. She says that because she has been right more than once she has proved herself, and that Hastings should trust her. Eventually, he agrees to go along with her plan.
Haynam is shocked that Hastings is letting Chloe go ahead with her idea. He tells Hastings that he is making a huge mistake, but Hastings says that he wants to see what Chloe comes up with. A CTU agent approaches Hastings and says that a man named Bill Prady, a probation officer, wants to speak with him. Dana overhears and looks worried. Hastings instructs the agent to put Prady in holding and that he would be there in fifteen minutes. He tells Dana to stay near Chloe and assist her if she needs anything.
Chloe finishes work in the server room and calls Hastings. She says that the primary systems should start booting up if the process works. She boots up a computer and begins the process. Lights come on and despite a spark from one station everything seems to work. Arlo reports that they have power to comm and that the satellite links are back online. Hastings tells him to start looking for Jack. He then calls Chloe and checks she is alright. She tells him to call Renee if they locate Jack, because she was out searching for him. He agrees, then sends Haynam down to apologize to Chloe.
At the East River, Owen dies despite Jack's best efforts. Cole says that he lost two of the snipers, and so Jack says that they have to give the terrorists something to shoot at. He says that he will make a break to the north to draw their fire while Cole goes for the phone. Cole says it is a suicide play, but Jack says that there is no other option. Eventually Cole agrees, and Jack asks him to make sure that Hastings keeps his promise not to bring Renee back in. Cole wishes him good luck and Jack runs out and begins firing. He immediately receives enemy fire but manages to sustain himself. They shoot at him from all angles, and Jack manages to hold out for several moments, shooting down one hostile, before he is taken down himself.
On the ground, Jack continues to fire, and is confronted by a shooter who wounds him. Jack returns fire and kills the man. Now Ali, hiding behind a container, fires at him. Jack's assault rifle runs out of ammo so he switches to his pistol; but it is too late. He is hit in the chest and collapses. Ali looks through his sniper scope and sees Jack on the ground, not moving. Before he can fire again to confirm the kill, Renee arrives and shoots him to death from behind. She then kills the last hostile. Cole yells, "Clear!" and makes a break for the phone. He calls CTU. Meanwhile, Renee runs over to Jack and helps him up; he is alive but has trouble breathing. He splutters out that the terrorists have the rods in a boat across the river. Renee calms him as Cole arrives and says that he contacted CTU and NYPD choppers are on their way. They still have a good shot of finding the rods.
At CTU, Arlo tells Hastings that Cole called and said that the rods are on a boat heading towards the city across the East River. Hastings tells Chloe to direct NYPD choppers to the shoreline. He congratulates Chloe, but she dismisses his praise.
Back at the docks, Cole gets on one of the NYPD choppers which immediately flies away. Renee holds Jack upright, waiting for ground support.
In CTU, Dana goes to the holding room where Bill Prady is. She angrily asks why he is going to Hastings. He says that he knows she has more information that she is telling him, and he will not leave till he knows the truth. He says things will go smoother if she comes clean now.
In a burst of anger, Dana punches him in the chest them hits him on the back of the neck. Prady falls to the floor. Dana then pulls out a garrote and begins to strangle him. He fights, but to no avail. Dana looks determined as Prady takes his final breaths.
Split screen: Dana hides Prady's body in an air vent. Cole and the chopper teams search the river. Samir and Tarin reach Manhattan with the fuel rods. Kayla Hassan tries to identify her kidnappers. Renee and Jack meet with NYPD officers on the ground.
Jack tells Renee to contact CTU and see if they picked up the boat across the river. Dana finishes hiding the body. She gets out her phone and calls Samir Mehran, who chastises her for not warning him that CTU was back online. She says that she was too busy preserving her cover. She says that she will not be able to stay in her cover for much longer. Samir fears that the police will catch him before they can get the fuel rods to Ahman. Dana says not to worry; she will get him out. She promises to call him in a few minutes before leaving the holding room. As she does so, Samir and his men get into a taxi and drive away.
- (The following, italicized scene is the extended version of this episode, as released on DVD and Blu-ray.)
Cole Ortiz keeps looking for the two terrorists in a police helicopter above the East River, who are trying to get a nuclear bomb to Manhattan in a rubber raft. He tries to contact Chloe in the CTU-central via radio, who is supposed to help him with the search.
Cole first talks to a radio operator, asking for Chloe O'Brian from CTU, the operator confirms. Cole then says to the other police helicopter that it was their job to secure the water vehicle and its cargo. Judging from the last known direction, the target area is being searched systematically. The pilot of the other helicopter confirms and then says that the connection to CTU is standing and Cole can speak now.
Cole asks Chloe if there was a satellite above the river, she says that they are just receiving a feed from the NSA and that she is working as fast as she can to follow the route on the water. Cole asks if the drones were online again, but Chloe has to negate, they are working in autopilot-mode. Arlo was working frantically to get a connection. Cole puts pressure on her, and Chloe tries to explain to him that because they were completely offline before it was a miracle they can get connections to any servers at all. He cuts Chloe off and tells her to calculate the route and landing point quickly. They were searching for a six-person rubber raft, probably with an outboard motor - the same type they were using in the military. Chloe says that judging from his estimation and the stream, they would arrive at the water-processing plant in 15th street. Cole doesn't think this was right, though, because it was much too bright there, they were looking for a place they didn't attract any attention. He asks if the East River Park was a possibility. A short moment later, Chloe says the calculations reinforced his theory. At that, Cole orders all available patrol cars to get to the East River Park between 6th and 13th street and create a safety zone of five blocks in all directions. Chloe confirms and sets the destination to 4 minutes later. Now, Cole asks for Jack's health, she tells him he is being treated to and that Renee gave an all-clear signal. Cole is relieved and says that he would like to talk to him as soon as possible - Chloe promises to tell Renee.
Subsequently, Cole receives a message from the other police helicopter, saying they might have spotted a deserted rubber raft further away. The helicopters continue flying along East River.
Episode credits Edit
- Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer
- Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O'Brian
- Anil Kapoor as President Omar Hassan
- Annie Wersching as Renee Walker
- Mykelti Williamson as Brian Hastings
- Katee Sackhoff as Dana Walsh
- John Boyd as Arlo Glass
- and Freddie Prinze Jr. as Cole Ortiz
Guest starring Edit
- Stephen Root as Bill Prady
- Nazneen Contractor as Kayla Hassan
- Mido Hamada as Samir Mehran
- Julian Morris as Agent Owen
- Necar Zadegan as Dalia Hassan
- T.J. Ramini as Tarin Faroush
- Chris McGarry as Frank Haynam
- Matt Yang King as Agent King
- Ethan Rains as Ali
- John Eric Bentley as Phil Holden
- Justin Alston as Agent Beck
- Kaitlyn Benson as CTU Agent #1
- D. Kevin Kelly as CTU Worker
- Naomi Morales as CTU Worker #2
- Steve Lanza as Agent Lanza (as "CTU Tech")
- Michael Hilow as Sniper #1
Production staff Edit
- Brian Hastings: We have been knocked down, but I promise you, we are going to get back up.
- Chloe O'Brian: I think he's an egomaniac.
- Arlo Glass: Seems to be a pre-requisite for engineers these days.
- Arlo Glass: Talk to Hastings?
- Chloe O'Brian: If I do he'll just shoot me down.
- Arlo Glass: Maybe not.
- Chloe O'Brian: And maybe the moon will just fall from the sky.
- Bill Prady: I hope you get your lights back on.
- Chloe O'Brian: I told Mr. Haynam but he wouldn't listen, so I pulled a gun on him. I didn't want to, I don't even like guns!
- Chloe O'Brian: I'm not good with praise.
- Jack Bauer: I'm gonna give them something to shoot at.
- Cole Ortiz: That's a suicide play, Jack! You'll never make it!
- Jack Bauer: But you will.
Background information and notesEdit
- The TV review site TV Fanatic.com stated this episode as being the worst hour of the entire series to date. In their negative review, they noted how the twist ending of Jenny working for Samir failed to grip them and how the show might as well rot in Hell.
- This episode is tied with "Day 1: 12:00pm-1:00pm" for fifth-longest final split screen at 33 seconds. (See the list here.)
- This episode marks the first and only time that Jack Bauer has killed someone between 4:00am and 5:00am. In the first seven seasons, 4:00am-5:00am was the only hour of the day in which Jack had never killed anyone.
- Jack incorrectly refers to Cole Ortiz as "Cole Parks".
- This is the second time in a thirteenth episode where Chloe manages to resolve a system malfunction and gets the CTU systems back online. The first time was in Day 3.
- This is also the third time that Chloe has pulled a gun on someone. The first time was in Day 4 and the second time in Day 5 (although she doesn't pull the trigger this time).
- The server room at CTU Los Angeles was in a secure room that was protected from EMPs. Clearly the server room at CTU New York did not have the same sort of protection.
- The music that plays when Jack draws fire so Cole can get to the call box is the same music that played in the beginning of 7:00pm-8:00pm when Cole was exiting his vehicle.
- This episode is nominated for a Primetime Emmy for "Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series".