Mike: I made a mistake of deceiving one president. I won’t make the same mistake twice.
Buchanan: Even though we both know Bauer was right? Mike, someone out there has one of our nuclear warheads. May I speak off the record?
Mike: Go ahead.
Buchanan: I’m worried about President Logan.
Mike: Worried? Why?
Buchanan: His behavior over the last few hours. I’m concerned about his ability to lead us through this crisis.
Mike: I understand.
[Mike hangs up the phone.]
[From a Los Angeles nightclub, Marwan phones his associate Robert Morrison, who has just arrived at a secret Iowa location with the warhead.]
Marwan: Where are you?
Morrison: I’m at the location. We just arrived with the package.
Marwan: Has Sabir done the compatibility check?
Morrison: Not yet.
Marwan: Call me as soon as he’s finished, then I’ll have the next payment wired to your account.
[Sabir confirms for Morrison that the warhead will be made compatible within an hour.]
Morrison: Is it compatible?
Sabir: I’ll need to reconfigure the trigger mechanism.
Morrison: Is it compatible?
Morrison: How long will that take?
Sabir: An hour, maybe less.
Morrison: Then you should start.
[Sabir’s cell phone rings.]
Sabir: My girlfriend.
Morrison: She’ll leave a message.
Sabir: She’s already left three messages. I don’t want her calling around for me.
Morrison: Take the call, but hurry up.
[Sabir takes the call.]
Nabila: Where are you, Sabir?
Sabir: It’s the middle of the night.
Nabila: I asked you where you are.
Sabir: At the hotel.
Nabila: Stop lying to me. I called. You never checked in. tell me what you’re doing.
Sabir: Nabila, I can’t talk about this now. Get some sleep and I’ll explain everything tomorrow.
Nabila: You mean after you’ve had time to come up with another lie? I found something on your computer, Sabir. A bookmark. Do you have something to do with what’s been happening today?
Sabir: How can you ask that?
Nabila: Are you working with these terrorists?
Sabir: Of course not! You know I’m not a violent man.
Nabila: I know your politics.
Sabir: Nabila, enough! Stop talking nonsense.
Nabila: Is it nonsense?
Sabir: Like I said, I’ll explain things tomorrow.
Nabila: Sabir, listen to me.
[Sabir hangs up.]
Sabir: She’s fine. Don’t worry.
Buchanan: I want schematics on the nightclub, options for a staging area, and let county know when you’ve traffic control. Thank you.
Audrey: Bill. How could you let Jack torture Prado?
Buchanan: Audrey, it had to be done.
Audrey: The President made it very clear that he didn’t want Prado’s rights violated.
Buchanan: That’s right, he did make it clear, and he was wrong.
Audrey: We can’t just break protocol because we think it’s right at the time, and expect to get away with it.
Buchanan: Normally, I’d agree with you, but in this case I’d rather ask for forgiveness and permission.
Audrey: What kind of answer is that?
Buchanan: The answer is it worked. We got Marwan’s location. Audrey. With all due respect, this is not Washington DC. Policy and politics do not always work on the front line, which is where we are today.