Jack: They have a surveillance photo of one of my team members. We told them that we didn’t think the photo was clear enough to be conclusive evidence. That’s gonna hold them off for a while.
Palmer: I see. Thank you, Jack.
Jack: Thank you, Mr. President.
Palmer: And good luck.
Jack: Thank you, sir.
[Palmer hangs up.]
Palmer: All right, mike. I’m gonna need you to advise the President that Cheng has to leave CTU now.
Mike: President Logan was clear that he wanted Cheng to have access there.
Palmer: And he has. But now Cheng is slowing them down. He’s got to go. CTU needs to be able to do their job without the added pressure of a cover-up. You think you can get President Logan to sign off on that?
Mike: I’ll see what I can do.
[Mike goes into the President’s office.]
Logan (over the phone): Yes. No, not now, Keith. I have too many things to deal with first. Yes, you do that. Thank you.
[Logan hangs up.]
Logan: What is it, Mike?
Mike: Mr. President, the Chinese Security Officer, Cheng, is still at CTU, and he seems to be slowing things down.
Logan: He wouldn’t be there at all if Palmer hadn’t authorized an attack on his consulate.
Mike: It’s too late to change that now, sir.
Logan: Yes. Yes, it is. If we order Cheng to leave CTU now, it’ll look like we’ve got something to hide, and we’ll just be giving the Chinese all the justification they need to escalate this crisis.
Mike: Mr. President, if we don’t find that warhead before it’s deployed, ten million Americans could face annihilation.
Logan: And we could be at war with a billion Chinese.
Mike: My advice, sir, is to worry about the Americans now and the Chinese later.
Logan: Your advice or David Palmer’s advice?
Mike: Both of ours.
Logan: When I agreed to let you bring Palmer in, it wasn’t so the two of you could form an alliance against me.
Mike: Sir, that’s not what’s happening.
Logan: No? Why don’t you tell me what’s happening. You and David Palmer are running this country while I’m taking phone calls from mid-level staffers.
Mike: Would you like me to ask President Palmer to leave?
Logan: No. Call CTU. Tell Bill Buchanan to escort Mr. Cheng out of the building.
Mike: Yes, Mr. President.
[Jack and Curtis pull up to the location.]
Jack: Curtis, put Michaels in play now.
[Jack radios Chloe.]
Jack: Chloe, this is Jack. We’re at the perimeter outside the factory. Our men are getting into position. Can you confirm that Marwan’s in the building?
Chloe: I can’t say for sure, but I’m detecting a microwave uplink to the building.
Jack: Can you intercept it?
Chloe: No. It’s got encryption.
Jack: OK, thanks. Are we ready?
Curtis: Yeah. How are we gonna confirm Marwan’s inside there?
Jack: We don’t. We’re out of time. We move now. Give all teams a go.
Marwan: I have no interest in having a political discussion with you.
Jack: I am in a unique position to make things happen. I have the ear of the President of the United States right now. You have the power to make any kind of deal that you want, and I promise you - you’ll do more for you and your people if you cooperate with me than if you let that missile hit its target. You tell me where the missile’s headed, you help me to stop it, and I guarantee you that you’ll talk to the President and he will listen to you, he has no choice. Right here, right now. You have the chance to get what you want.
Marwan: I already have, agent Bauer. After this day every elected official and citizen of America will know that America cannot intervene in our lives or countries with impunity. Besides, your President sees me in only one dimension - evil.
Jack: As you see us.
Marwan: Yes, and vulnerable.
[Edgar shows Chloe calls pulled up on Marwan’s cell phone.]
Edgar: Chloe, come here.
Edgar: You’re never gonna believe what I just found. I got names off some calls received on Marwan’s cell phone. Take a look.
Chloe: Richard Heller?
Edgar: That’s right, Secretary of Defense Heller’s son called Marwan a week ago.
Chloe: Did you tell anyone yet?
Edgar: No, just you.
Chloe: I’ll let Buchanan know.
[Chloe tells Buchanan and his staff about the connection with Richard Heller.]
Chloe: I’m sorry to interrupt, but you need to hear this. Edgar just pulled a name off Marwan’s cell phone. It was from a call he received last week.
Buchanan: Who called him?
Chloe: Richard Heller.
Buchanan: Are you sure?
Chloe: Yeah. We ran the number and it came up as originating from Richard Heller’s cell phone.
Tony: That must be how Marwan knew where Secretary Heller was gonna be yesterday morning.
Chloe: You think Richard helped to plan his own dad’s kidnapping?
Tony: I don’t know.
Buchanan: Where is he now?
Chloe: Well, it’s 4:00 A.M. He’s at home asleep, I guess.
Buchanan: Where does he live, Chloe?
Chloe: Van Nuys.
Buchanan: Do we have field teams in the area?
Chloe: I don’t know. I’ll pull it up on the IP phone. Yes, we do.
Buchanan: Dispatch them. I’ll call Secretary Heller, tell him his son’s being brought back in.
Tony: Chloe, does Audrey know about this?
Chloe: No. It’s more of a management conversation, don’t you think? (Over the phone) This is O’Brian. Your team has been issued new orders. You are to dispatch immediately to van Nuys.
[Tony goes over to Audrey.]
Tony: Audrey, you got a minute?
Audrey: Yeah, sure. What is it?
Tony: It’s about your brother, Richard.
Audrey: Is he all right?
Tony: I assume he is, yeah.
Audrey: What do you mean?
Tony: We just found out that Habib Marwan got a call from Richard’s cell phone a week ago.
Audrey: I’m sorry, but that’s absurd.
Tony: We don’t know what it means yet, but Buchanan is sending a team over to pick Richard up right now.
Audrey: Tony, my brother was already brought in once today and he was cleared.
Tony: Yeah, I know. But this call definitely connects him to Marwan and the missile.
Audrey: Look, I don’t know how he got mixed up in this, but my brother is not a terrorist.
Tony: Audrey, Richard’s phone number was found on a received registry of Marwan’s sim card.
Audrey: Does my father know about this?
Tony: Buchanan’s calling him right now.
Audrey: All right.
Tony: I’m sorry.
Curtis (over the phone): All right. I’ll tell him. Yeah.
[Curtis hangs up.]
Curtis: Jack, we got something.
Curtis: Richard Heller called Marwan a week ago.
Jack: We’re sure about this?
Curtis: Yeah, they’re bringing him to CTU.
Jack: I wanna question this kid myself. We need to get back there now. Put the suspect in the vehicle. We’re headed back to CTU now.
Marwan: It doesn’t matter where you take me.
Jack: Yeah, we’ll see about that.
[Jack’s cell phone rings.]
Jack: This is Bauer.
Buchanan: Jack, were you able to get anything out of Marwan?
Jack: No, we’re gonna take him back to CTU. We got a better chance of breaking him there. We’re about ten minutes out.
[As the agents load Marwan into the SUV, a rocket-propelled grenade streaks past Jack and explodes one of the CTU cars. The agents fire back at the snipers above]
Jack: Curtis, are you OK?
[A terrorist climbs into the SUV that Marwan is in and peels out.]
Jack: Can you see the shooters?
Curtis: They’re on the roof behind us.
Jack: Go! Notify the perimeter we no longer have Marwan in custody!
Curtis: Perimeter teams, Marwan’s escaped! He’s headed towards the southwest sector.
Buchanan: Chloe, what have you got on Marwan?
Chloe: Nothing. He already ditched the transport vehicle. We can’t find him on satellite.
Buchanan: How did his people get into that area?
Chloe: They didn’t; they must have been there before us. Marwan secured the location.
Buchanan: All right, have perimeter teams cover nearby buildings for remaining hostiles, then shift personnel to tracking the missile.
Tony: We lost him, Jack.
Jack: Dammit, Tony, how?
Tony: They dumped their vehicle on the freeway. In the chaos, Marwan must have gotten into another car and driven off. We’re trying to analyze the satellite right now, but the images are too noisy.
Jack: How does Buchanan wanna handle this?
Buchanan: I’m here, Jack. Finding Marwan is becoming less likely. With that missile in the air, we have to follow primary leads only; Right now that’s Richard Heller.
Jack: Has he arrived yet?
Buchanan: No, our team’s on the way to get him. He’ll be back here momentarily.
Jack: Bill, I wanna interrogate this kid myself.
Buchanan: I understand. I’ll have him ready for you.
Jack: OK, we’re on our way in.
[Jack hangs up.]
Jack: Curtis, we need to get back to CTU. They lost Marwan. We’re gonna have to track him from there.
Curtis: What did Buchanan say?
Jack: Richard Heller’s at first position. We’re gonna interrogate him.
[The President addresses the Cabinet assembled in the White House bunker on the nuclear missile threat.]
Man: Mr. President.
Logan: Please, everybody, be seated. I would like to apologize for the abruptness of your removal from your homes and your offices. Please know that every precaution had to be taken to ensure the secrecy of your arrival. The U.S. has been thrown into a category one emergency. A cruise missile containing a nuclear warhead has been launched and is now headed for, we believe, a major U.S. city, very possibly Washington D.C. Now, all branches of the military have been alerted and they’re doing everything in their power to locate the missile and to intercept it.
Ashton: Excuse me, sir. You’re saying that not only do we not know what the missile’s target is, but you don’t even know where the missile is?
Logan: That’s correct.
Ashton: When do you plan to inform the public?
Logan: As of this time, we feel that informing the public wouldn’t be in the country’s best interest.