Sarah: Ms. Driscoll’s daughter, Maya, committed suicide in out clinic about 15 minutes ago. Apparently, the doctor walked in and she…
[Sarah and Heller notice Driscoll standing at the door.]
Heller: Erin. Sarah just told me. I am so sorry.
[Heller hugs Driscoll.]
Driscoll: Thank you, sir. Go back to the floor, Sarah.
Sarah: Yes, Ma’am.
Heller: Erin, you do not need to be here.
Driscoll: Where should I be, sir? We’re still in crisis mode. Habib Marwan is still out there and we have no idea how many other cells he might be trying to activate.
Heller: For God’s sakes, Erin.
Driscoll: Our systems are in a transition state that require my constant attention. I’m not in denial about my daughter’s death, nor am I in shock. I can perform my duties until you find a suitable replacement for me.
Keeler: Jim, Erin. First, I wanna express my deep gratitude for what you’ve accomplished so far today. Resting back control of the override has saved thousands of American lives. The latest NRC report is that the San Gabriel Island meltdown is now under control.
Heller: That’s great news, Mr. President, but has your staff informed you that we still have a few problems to deal with?
Keeler: Yes, and that’s why I’m calling. I understand the man responsible for today’s attack is still at large.
Heller: Yes, sir, he is. His name is Habib Marwan. He’s been a long-term employee of a major Defense Contractor.
Keeler: Yes, I heard. McLennan Forster. This Habib Marwan. Do you believe that the melting down of the reactors was his end game, or do you think he’s planning something else?
Heller: As long as he’s still out there, we have to assume it’s not over.
Keeler: Erin, exactly where are we on apprehending this man?
Driscoll: All our resources are being deployed to that in right now, Mr. President. I’ll have more information in a few minutes, once I’ve been briefed by my staff, but we know Marwan’s in Los Angeles, and we will find him.
[Marwan sheds the CTU gear and escapes onto a city bus.]
[In the staff briefing, Edgar pulls up the McLennan-Forster employment file for Marwan.]
Edgar: Using the alias Harris Barnes, Marwan worked at McLennan Forster for the last two years as a Senior Engineer. His most recent project there was the design and the development of the override.
Driscoll: And before that?
Tony: Well, here’s a timeline we’ve pieced together; He went to graduate school in England, then worked for several years for a company outside of London. Now, it’s not clear whether he was radicalized there or before then, but the one thing we do know is that from the day he arrived in the US, everything he did was about today.
Driscoll: What were his other duties at McLennan Forster?
Sarah: We don’t know yet. We’re taking a first pass at his records now. I’m looking into the possibility that he may have used McLennan Forster as a base to recruit his sleeper cells.
Tony: And that brings up another issue. At the present time, we have over 80 percent of field personnel looking for Marwan. I’m just wondering if we shouldn’t divert a part of that manpower trying to route out some of his other cells.
[Driscoll is distracted and he doesn’t say anything.]
Driscoll: I’m sorry, Tony. What was the question?
Tony: Do you think we should reduce the field load on Marwan? How about we take some of our people off Marwan, but still keep a floor of 60 percent looking for him? Would that work?
Driscoll: Yes. That would work.
[Driscoll walks out of the meeting.]
Tony: Edgar, I want you to relocate personnel.
Edgar: Based on what?
Tony: Keep the people who have come in the last six hours working on Marwan. I want our most alert people focused on him.
Sarah: Are we gonna ignore what just happened here?
Edgar: What do you mean?
Tony: She’s talking about Erin Driscoll.
Sarah: She can’t focus. She shouldn’t be running this place.
Edgar: Her daughter died a few minutes ago. Give her a little more time.
Sarah: More time? Edgar, since when do we have the luxury of time?
Edgar: She’s not stupid, Sarah. She knows what’s at stake here.
Tony: You’re right, Sarah. We don’t have the luxury of time. We have work to do, and our work does not include deciding Erin Driscoll’s fate.
Sarah: I think we have to tell Secretary Heller.
Tony: No, we don’t. Not yet. Now, let’s get back on it.
[Curtis and Audrey arrive at CTU. Audrey’s cell phone rings.]
Jack: Hey, it’s me. Where are you?
Audrey: Curtis and I just arrived at CTU.
Jack: Listen, I want you to get a security detail and go back to the hotel and just get some rest.
Audrey: Jack, I can’t leave, not now. My father still needs my help. Are you at McLennan Forster yet?
Audrey: Jack, can you make me a promise?
Audrey: Take care of Paul. He’s not like you. Please, Jack, promise me that you will look after him.
Jack: Yeah, I will.
Audrey: Thank you.
Jack: Yeah, OK. I’ll talk to you later.
Audrey: All right. Bye.
[They both hang up.]
Paul: Look, uh… I don’t resent you.
Jack: Well, I wouldn’t blame you if you did.
Paul: No, uh… you didn’t steal my wife. We were separated, that’s a fact. But I’m not… gonna let you take her from me.
Jack: I don’t think that’s really up to you. Or me.
Paul: No, maybe it isn’t. But she still has feelings for me. I can hear it in her voice, and I’m gonna fight to keep those feelings alive.
Jack: Paul, you’re gonna have to do what you gotta do.
[Tony, Heller and Driscoll discuss the current situation.]
Tony: None of our field agents at the Rockland building have been able to pick up a thread on Marwan. It’s starting to look like he might have escaped, so I think we have to assume that the first thing he’s gonna try to do is activate some of his sleeper cells.
Heller: I agree. They’ll most likely launch a strike right away; create fear that we’re still vulnerable.
Driscoll: You’ll have to excuse me, I’m not felling very well.
Curtis: Sarah, do you have the abstract on McLennan Forster yet?
Sarah: One second. I’m finishing it now. All right. McLennan Forster was a principal contractor in the design of the override. And Marwan – under the alias of Harris Barnes – had full security access on that project.
Curtis: And you ran FBI checks on the others that were involved in the project?
Sarah: Yes. They came up clean.
Curtis: So would anyone of the terrorists had inside access to a defense contractor?
Sarah: Actually, more than that, Curtis. McLennan Forster, in addition to being a weapons manufacturer, trains their clients to use those weapons.
Curtis: International clients?
Sarah: Yes. Several countries in the Balkans, Asia and the Middle East. This is a massive situation. When Jack gets to McLennan Forster, he’s gonna have to get into those company records and find out exactly who Marwan dealt with.
Curtis: It’s not gonna be that easy. This reflects on the company. They’ll be reluctant to give up an incriminating information, even if Marwan were the only guilty party.
[McLennan Forster CEO Gene McLennan is briefed by another executive, John Reiss.]
Reiss: Mr. McLennan, we need to talk seriously before CTU gets here.
McLennan: What’s the problem?
Reiss: It was more than a coincidence that one of our products, the override, was stolen and used in today’s terrorist attack.
McLennan: What do you mean, “more than a coincidence”?
Reiss: The entire operation, everything from Secretary Heller’s kidnapping to the meltdown of San Gabriel Island was organized by one of our own employees.
McLennan: What are you talking about?
Reiss: One of our engineers, a man who we now know is a terrorist named Habib Marwan, was running his own covert organization from within our company.
McLennan: When did you find this out?
Reiss: A couple of minutes ago they called and said that one of our employees, Harris Barnes, was actually Habib Marwan.
McLennan: Who else knows about this?
Reiss: Just the two of us… and Conlon.
[The Head of Security, Dave Conlon, greets Jack and Paul as they arrive at McLennan Forster headquarters.]
Conlon: Gentlemen. I’m Dave Conlon, the Head of Internal Security.
Jack: Jack Bauer, CTU. This is Paul Raines.
Conlon: Jack, Paul. How can I help you?
Jack: I need to speak with your CEO, Gene McLennan.
Conlon: Well, Gene’s in a meeting with a couple of directors right now and he asked me to assist you. I have access to everything in the building.
Jack: I’m sorry, but maybe my office didn’t make itself clear. This is a matter of national security. I need to speak with Mr. McLennan now.
Conlon: I understand. Let me see what I can do.
[Conlon leaves. Jack becomes suspicious.]
Paul: What’s the matter?
Jack: Something’s not right.
McLennan: John, I’m not gonna keep this a secret. We have to let the government know. Right away.
Reiss: Sir, if you do this it will, with a hundred percent certainty, be the end of this company. Now, you built McLennan Forster from scratch. Everything you have is tied up in it. If this comes out, your name will be synonymous with what happened today – terrorism, treason…
McLennan: Well, what do you want me to do, John? Lie to the government?
Reiss: Look, if I knew 24 hours ago what I know now, I would have done whatever it took to stop today’s attack. But there’s nothing we can do now, except protect ourselves and keep this company from going under, which it will do if CTU finds out the truth about Marwan.
McLennan: John, CTU will soup in on the file. They will find out the truth.
Reiss: No, they won’t, Gene. I promise you. Conlon and I can deal with this, if you let us.
McLennan: I don’t like the sound of this.
Reiss: Mr. McLennan, we implicitly violated national security procedure. This could mean prison time. We’ve got to protect ourselves.
[Conlon takes Jack and Paul into McLennan’s office.]
Conlon: Did you get the latest casualty figures of the San Gabriel Island?
Jack: No, not yet.
Paul: Which version of the Datalink security system are you currently running?
Conlon: Excuse me?
Paul: One of my companies produces fieldwork for Datalink. They’re stored on your system. You’re 3.4 or 3.5?
Conlon: Uh… 3.5. Will that work for you?
Paul: Yeah. Thanks.
[Conlon, Jack and Paul enter McLennan’s office.]
Reiss: Dave, com on in. John Reiss, Chief Technology Officer.
Jack: That’s right, you helped us identify the override earlier. Jack Bauer.
Reiss: It’s good to meet you in person.
McLennan: And I’m Gene McLennan. I’m, uh… sorry I was delayed.
Jack: Thank you for your time, sir.
McLennan: So how can I help CTU?
Jack: One of your employees, a Harris Barnes, is actually Habib Marwan, one of the terrorists responsible for today’s attack and the theft of the override device. We need you to take your IT systems offline, so Paul can look into his directory.
McLennan: We can do that, can’t we, John?
Reiss: Absolutely. Follow me.
Jack: Thank you, sir.
[Heller comforts Driscoll.]
Heller: Maybe you should go home.
Driscoll: I’m afraid to.
Heller: When my wife Susan died, I didn’t deal with it at all. Actually, I went to work the next day. I remember thinking to myself, “that’s life. Quit feeling sorry for yourself. Get over it, get on with it.” A few weeks later, I answered a call from an old friend of Susan’s who did not know she had died. And when I heard myself saying “Susan has passed away”, when I actually said those words, it hit me. All the pain I was trying to shut out just overwhelmed me. Erin, you can’t keep it inside. You cry, you blame God, you blame yourself, and then you cry some more. And all the while you let your friends help you. It’s pretty simple. Very painful. And I am so, so sorry for you.
[Audrey comes in the room.]
Audrey: Dad, I just wanted… Oh, um… I… I’m sorry, I… I just wanted to let you know that I was back.
Driscoll: I will go home. You should go and make sure your daughter’s OK.
Heller: If you need me, I’ll be on the floor.
[Heller leaves and heads for the floor.]
Curtis: Excuse me, sir. Tony just told me you put him in charge of CTU.
Heller: That’s correct.
Curtis: That doesn’t make any sense. He just got reinstated and I’m second in command.
Heller: Tony had Erin’s job for two years. He has experience running the CTU, you don’t.
Curtis: With all due respect, Mr. Secretary…
Heller: Relax, Curtis. It’s provisional till District finds someone else.
Curtis: For the record, I don’t like it.
Heller: What did you hear from Bauer?
Tony: He just arrived at McLennan Forster a few minute ago. He’s gonna call into comm if he picks any threads there.
[Reiss leads Jack and Paul to Marwan’s office. Conlon and McLennan watch this from a surveillance monitor.]
Reiss: OK, that was Marwan’s workstation in the corner. His computer is tied into the engineering subnet.
Paul: What about the rest of the network? Did he get into it from his account?
Reiss: Yeah, I think there’s a way to do that. All right, you got two windows; one shows you his files in the system and the other will get you outside the subnet.
Reiss: Let me know if you need anything.
Jack: Thanks for your help.
McLennan: This guy looks like he knows his way around our system.
Conlon: Don’t worry, I’d be able to control things from here. He won’t find a thing.
Paul: Marwan purged a lot of files.
Paul: Deletion dates aren’t coming up.
Jack: That means they could have been deleted today.
Paul: Marwan wasn’t here today. He was at Rockland with the override.
Jack: Maybe someone else deleted the files. There.
Paul: All right. Let me see what I can find.
[Reiss phones Conlon.]
Reiss: I had to open up a socket for him.
Conlon: I can see it.
Reiss: You think he’ll be able to find anything?
Conlon: As long as I can see where he’s looking and stay ahead of him, I should be able to delete the incriminating files.
Reiss: All right. I’m coming up.
[Reiss hangs up.]
McLennan: What if you can’t stay ahead of him? What happens then?
Conlon: There are other options.
McLennan: What other options?
Conlon: We’ll set off an EMP.
McLennan: A pulse bomb? Are you out of your mind? It’ll destroy every piece of hardware we have in this building. It’ll cripple us electronically.
Conlon: That’s the point.
[Driscoll hands over her files and pass codes to Tony.]
Driscoll: This is the handover sequence for comm. I’d have the default password in place. You can reset it as soon as we’re done here.
Tony: All right.
Driscoll: Here are all the access codes to CTU and Division.
Driscoll: If any of my personal stuff gets in your way, you just have someone box them and put them into storage.
Tony: All right.
[Driscoll takes her daughter’s photo and puts it in her bag.]
Driscoll: If you need anything, ask Curtis. And if he can’t help you, you can always call me at home.
[Driscoll leaves CTU.]
[Tony addresses the CTU staff.]
Tony: Could I have everybody’s attention please? By now you all know that I’ve taken over Erin Driscoll’s command on a purely provisional basis. All protocols remain the same, but I want updates from all department heads every 15 minutes. Other than that, I’m just here to support you. So let’s get back to work.
[Tony approaches Edgar.]
Tony: Did you hear from Jack?
Edgar: He and Paul Raines are looking for Marwan’s files now.
Tony: Any promising leads?
Edgar: Nothing yet.
Tony: All right. Look, Edgar. Before Erin left, she told me the one person I should rely on is you.
Edgar: She said that?
Tony: Yes, she did. So if anything comes across your desk you think is important, I want you to bring it to me directly, all right?
Edgar: You got it.
Tony: All right. Thanks.
[Tony leaves and Curtis approaches Edgar.]
Curtis: Edgar. Have you scanned all the satellite imagery around the Rockland building?
Edgar: Yeah. Everything since the takedown of the override.
Curtis: All right. I want you to try a different search of channels on that satellite.
Curtis: Yeah. That’s the only way we can be sure to see it all.
Edgar: You’re gonna have to talk to Tony about that. I’m supposed to be backing up Jack and Paul at McLennan Forster.
Curtis: Put somebody else on that. This is more important.
Tony: What’s more important?
Curtis: We’ve got 75 percent of our people on McLennan Forster. I need Edgar to help me find a thread on Marwan.
Tony: No, we don’t have much of a chance to finding anything on Marwan by satellite. Our best chance of picking up a thread is through those files at McLennan Forster. Stay on that.
Curtis: We can’t afford one security grade analyst run over imagery?
Tony: Yeah, one, but not Edgar. Put somebody else on that.
Curtis: Tony. Are we trying to accomplish the same thing here, or is this about you establishing position?
Tony: I don’t have to establish position, I’ve already got it. Now, what do you say we stop wasting time arm-wrestling here? I respect your opinion, but we’re gonna disagree from time to time and when we do, we’re gonna do it my way.
Curtis: Fine. But I suggest you put more manpower into a data search for Marwan.
Tony: All right. Grab a couple of people from image-processing. Work the satellites with them. Curtis. Don’t worry. I’m gonna be out of here when this crisis is over, but in the meantime, I want the same thing you do. I wanna find Habib Marwan, all right?
[Marwan waits in a dark alley as a car pulls up. A man named Yosik gets out of the car.]
Yosik: Is everything all right? I heard you had a problem.
Marwan: CTU got to the override before the other nuclear plants melted down.
Yosik: Well, at least you’re safe.
Marwan: For now. But they know who I am. They’ll be tracking me with everything they’ve got.
Yosik: Does that affect our scheduling?
Marwan: It doesn’t. Stay on task. Make sure everything at the air force base is ready when I give the order.