Mike: How long are we gonna keep the President in the dark? Eventually he’s going to find out that you authorized a raid on the Chinese consulate.
Palmer: We have to keep it from him as long as we can. Were you able to find Jack?
Mike: Yes. He’s back at CTU. The man they grabbed at the consulate, Lee Jong, is still in surgery.
Palmer: Was he able to tell us anything about the warhead?
Palmer: What did Jack have to say about the Chinese consul’s death?
Mike: It wasn’t our people who fired the shot.
Palmer: The Chinese won’t care. He died as a result of our trespass. We have to start constructing a scenario that doesn’t implicate the United States government.
Mike: They must know we did this. We called the consulate about Lee Jong half an hour before the abduction.
Palmer: The Chinese don’t want a confrontation any more than we do. If we can create a scenario of plausible deniability, they may play along.
Mike: How do we do that?
Palmer: Call CTU. Have them find out which anti-Chinese factions have attacked their embassies or consulates in the last five years.
Mike: Most of these groups you’re talking about are Asian extremists. I’m sure Bauer’s team was predominately Americans.
Palmer: Bauer’s team was masked. No one saw their faces.
[Cheng, the head of security at the Chinese Consulate, goes over the surveillance footage.]
Cheng: They were all masked?
Cheng: Wait. His mask was lifted. Use the image processing filters.
[The man gets a clearer picture of the unmasked man.]
Cheng: Send this image to Beijing and Shanghai. Have them cross-reference it with our intelligence databases. Find out who this man is.
Man: I will.
[Jack regroups his ambush team and explains the problem with the Chinese Consul.]
Jack: Curtis, come here. Listen up. The Chinese consul was shot and killed during Lee’s extraction.
Curtis: How? We never got a shot off.
Jack: I know, I know. It must have been friendly fire. But look, we’ve gotta make sure all our alibis cross-check. No one outside of this operation is to know that we were anywhere near the Chinese consulate tonight, understood?
Bern: Jack, what’s gonna happen? Are we gonna be brought into this?
Jack: I don’t know yet. All I do know is now that the consul’s been killed, everything has changed. It’s our responsibility to make sure that the United States government is never implicated in this operation.
Curtis: Don’t worry, Jack. Everyone here gets it.
Jack: OK. Curtis, you advise the rest of the team.
Curtis: You got it.
[Agent Bern is a little uneasy.]
Yasir: They’re ready for you to make the changes. Do you think they’ll find it before we launch?
Marwan: Not if I move up the launch time. They’re looking for the warhead in their cities. They have no idea that it’s gonna be delivered by a missile.
[Marwan talks to Morrison over the phone.]
Morrison: Yes, sir?
Marwan: Open up the guidance firmware. I’m going to upload a new instruction set.
Morrison: Yes, sir.
[Morrison opens the guidance firmware for Marwan.]
Morrison: OK, go ahead.
[Marwan uploads the new instruction set.]
Morrison: All right, you’ll be ready to start the launch sequence as soon as I reprogram the onboard.
Buchanan: Jack, prep all your databases. When Lee comes to, we’re gonna have to move quickly.
Jack: What about the warhead?
Buchanan: We’re meeting on it now.
Jack: Chloe, I need you to free up a server for a large DOD Block transfer. It’ll be coming through a locked channel from Heller’s office.
Chloe: Has that been authorized?
Jack: No, not yet. I still have to talk to Audrey.
Chloe: That’s gonna be weird.
Chloe: Talking to Audrey. I mean, you had to do what you did and her husband died. It’s probably destroyed your relationship with her.
Jack: Chloe, please. Just free up the server.
Chloe: OK. Jack, I just want you to know that if you ever need anyone to talk to as a friend, I’m here for you. Not now, but later, when things calm down.
[Jack looks at Chloe incredulously.]
[Jack goes over to Audrey.]
Jack: Audrey, I’m sorry to bother you. I need you to call Marcy, authorize a block transfer. I need all pertinent DOD databases sent over here to CTU.
Audrey: Were you able to keep Lee alive?
Jack: Yeah, he’s stabilized.
Audrey: All right. I’ll call Marcy.
Jack: Thank you.
[There is tension between Jack and Audrey.]
[The CTU team meets.]
Curtis: All right, the warhead was stolen here, in eastern Iowa. We don’t yet know how it’s being transported.
Buchanan: Are we monitoring air traffic?
Curtis: Yes, and so far nothing’s been picked up.
Tony: Well, if they have to stay on the ground, how far could they have gone?
Curtis: Based on our latest information, 300 mile radius, which includes three metropolitan areas.
Tony: Have those cities been alerted?
Buchanan: The President wants to keep that information restricted for the time being.
Curtis: We have raised local alert levels, but haven’t mentioned specifics.
Buchanan: Marwan and his people have control of a nuclear warhead. We have to figure out when and where he’s gonna set it off. I want you looking at everything; from satellite to local police. We have a small window. It’s still the middle of the night. If Marwan leaves a trail, it’s gonna be a hell of a lot easier to follow it now than in two hours when people start going to work. Let’s get to it.
Man: We think this is the man you asked us to find.
Cheng: But you’re not sure.
Man: There was a good match on a lot of the available characteristics.
Cheng: Howard Bern. Member of a tactical unit for CTU Los Angeles.
Man: What are you going to do?
Cheng: Talk to him.
Man: How? CTU won’t let you anywhere near him.
Cheng: They’ll have to. It would be a diplomatic mistake for them not to cooperate under the circumstances.
[Cheng makes a phone call.]
Cheng: Get me the head of CTU Los Angeles.
Michelle: There’s a program at Division you can filter those markers through. It’ll tell you which ones are good.
[The phone rings.]
Man: I’ve got a Mr. Cheng from the Chinese consulate who wants to speak to Michelle.
Michelle: This is Michelle Dessler.
Cheng: Ms. Dessler, my name is Cheng Dou, Head of Security for the Chinese consulate. I’m sure your office is aware of the incident that happened here earlier tonight.
Michelle: Yes, we were very sorry to hear about it. Is there anything we can do to help?
Cheng: I would like to come over and discuss this matter with you.
Michelle: Of course. My office would be more than glad to make an appointment with you in the morning.
Cheng: No, I need to do that right now.
Michelle: I’m afraid that’s impossible. You must know we’re in the middle of a national security crisis.
Cheng: The murder of a Chinese consul on Chinese soil could be construed as an act of war.
Michelle: What does that have to do with us?
Cheng: I believe your agency stormed the consulate and kidnapped Lee Jong.
Michelle: That is an outrageous accusation.
Cheng: Just an hour earlier, your government called and asked for permission to speak to Lee Jong. Thirty minutes later we were attacked. It is unlikely these two events are unrelated.
Michelle: I’m sorry, Mr. Cheng. I can’t help you.
Cheng: I suggest you cooperate voluntarily. Otherwise, I’ll be forced to go above you on this.
Michelle: I’m sure you’ll do what you have to. I mean no disrespect, but I do have to get back to work.
Cheng: Very well, Ms. Dessler. You’ll be hearing from me soon.
[Cheng hangs up.]
Cheng: Get me Secretary of State Taylor. Tell him it’s an urgent matter.
[Jack cautiously approaches Audrey.]
Jack: Com just confirmed that we got the data from Marcy. Thank you.
Audrey: You’re welcome.
Jack: Yeah. Audrey, you should get some rest.
Audrey: With everything that’s going on, I can’t.
Jack: You could go back to the hotel.
Audrey: Jack, please don’t tell me what to do. What? Jack, what do you want from me? You made a choice that killed Paul, and I’m trying to deal with it. We both have a job, let’s just do it.
Buchanan: Jack. Michelle says the Head of Security of the Chinese consulate just called.
Buchanan: He made it sound like he has evidence linking CTU to the abduction of Lee.
Jack: What kind of evidence?
Buchanan: He didn’t say, but he wants to come down here and talk to us.
Jack: They don’t have any evidence, they’re bluffing. Bill, we don’t have time to deal with them right now.
Buchanan: I agree, but we don’t have much choice. I need you to help me figure out how to deal with this, Jack.
Jack: I need to check on Lee’s condition first. I’ll get back to you.
Buchanan: All right
Mike: CTU just sent this over. These five groups have all made attempts to attack or sabotage Chinese targets around the globe in the last two years. This group here…
Palmer: “The People’s Freedom Coalition”?
Mike: They have actually made speeches where they have referenced Lee Jong’s involvement with the Chinese nuclear program.
Palmer: So an attack on the Consulate and the grab of Lee Jong by this group would be plausible.
Mike: It would allow the Chinese to save face.
Palmer: And if the Chinese can’t provide proof that we entered the Consulate, saving face may be all they need.
Mike: If you want, I can start leaking it to the media.
Palmer: Do it.
[President Logan storms in the room.]
Mike: Mr. President.
Logan: David, what have you done?
Palmer: Excuse me, sir?
Logan: I just got a call from the Secretary of State telling me about a covert action against the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles.
Palmer: That’s correct. I sanctioned it.
Logan: Why would you have done such a thing?
Palmer: It was the only option at the time.
Logan: Don’t you know how fragile our relationship with China is right now? You authorized an attack on their consulate! That’s a military engagement.
Logan: Don’t give me a social studies lesson, David. We marched onto Chinese soil, we kidnapped one of their nationals, and in the process the Chinese consul was killed.
Mike: We were unlucky, sir.
Logan: Unlucky? Ha-ha. Yeah, I would say that we were unlucky. That’s the kind of thing that could start a war! Now, how am I supposed to be able to fight terrorists while I’m provoking a nuclear superpower?
Palmer: I would advise you to calm down, sir, if we are gonna get through this day. We didn’t bring this crisis on ourselves, but we’re gonna be the ones to settle it. This is a dirty business, and we’re gonna have to get our hands dirty to clean it up. Now, please, Mr. President, you brought me here to help you. Let me do it.
Michelle (over the phone): All right. Yes, sir.
Buchanan: Tony, what’s the latest on Lee?
Tony: He’s out of surgery. Doctor Basin thinks he’ll be able to respond to questions soon.
Buchanan: All right. When that happens, I want everyone from com on standby. Whatever information Lee gives us on the warhead I want worked up without any time lags.
[Tony and Buchanan enter Michelle’s office. Michelle’s still on the phone.]
Taylor: We’re clear about this, correct?
Michelle: Yes, sir.
[Michelle hangs up.]
Michelle: That was Secretary of State Taylor. He just authorized the Head of Security of the Chinese consulate to come here and question us about the raid.
Tony: What? In the middle of all this?
Buchanan: All right. This breaks down very simply. They wanna prove that we attacked the Consulate tonight. We have to make sure they can’t do that.
Tony: Well, that ambush has gotta land on someone.
Buchanan: Mike Novick’s working on that from Washington. We just have to make sure all our bases are covered here. Finding that nuclear warhead is our number one priority. I’m gonna go over the strategy with Jack. When Cheng gets here, send him to the situation room, make sure all our visible screens are masked.
Tony: This situation with the Consulate is dragging us down. We shouldn’t be diverting resources away from finding that warhead.
Michelle: Hopefully this will just be a formality and we can get rid of him quickly. If we don’t get information from Lee, Audrey’s husband will have died for no reason.
Tony: What is she still doing here?
Michelle: I think she wants to stay busy so she doesn’t have to think about it.
Tony: It’s funny. When I met Audrey this afternoon, it seemed like she and Jack were totally together. A few hours later, everything’s changed. Michelle. I hate being without you.
Michelle: I never wanted it to be this way.
[The phone rings.]
Curtis: Mr. Cheng’s here.
Michelle: Send him to the situation room. Buchanan and Jack are waiting there for him.
Curtis: Shouldn’t we keep him more isolated than that?
Michelle: No. We have to give the impression we have nothing to hide.
Curtis: All right.
Curtis: Mr. Cheng.
Curtis: I’m Curtis Manning.
Cheng: Hello, Mr. Manning.
Curtis: Our Regional Director’s waiting for us in the situation room. If you follow me.
[Curtis leads Cheng to the situation room.]
Buchanan: Mr. Cheng. Bill Buchanan. Pleasure to meet you in person. My condolences for the loss of your consul.
Cheng: Thank you.
Buchanan: This is Jack Bauer from the Department of Defense. He’s working for us today.
Jack: Mr. Cheng, please take a seat.
Cheng: I know of Mr. Bauer, of course, from his previous service to this country. We knew you were in Los Angeles today. When did you arrive?
Jack: I flew in from Washington a couple of days ago with Secretary Heller.
Cheng: I assume that secretary Heller is still here.
Jack: We felt under the circumstances today I could be more helpful here at CTU with Bill.
Cheng: That’s odd.
Jack: Not really. As you know, I used to run this office.
Cheng: So if there’s anyone capable of leading a covert operation under short notice, you would be the ideal candidate.
Buchanan: Mr. Cheng, this kind of unfounded…
Jack: That’s all right, Bill, I’ve got it. Mr. Cheng, I can assure you that neither CTU nor I had anything to do with the terrible events that took place at your Consulate tonight.
Cheng: I assume you know this man, Howard Bern. One of your field agents. This was taken by one of our surveillance cameras tonight.
Jack: This photograph has been altered.
Cheng: Just to make it clearer.
Jack: Or to set up a scenario that you can utilize for political propaganda.
Cheng: No, Mr. Bauer. We ran this image through our database. The computer picked Mr. Bern as a near perfect match.
Jack: Did you take the time to cross-reference your database to include members of the “People’s Freedom Coalition”? Because according to our information, they’re the group most likely behind this attack.
Cheng: That would be pointless, wouldn’t it? This man is not Asian.
Jack: Mr. Cheng, you and I both know that the PFC has initiated terrorist activity around the globe utilizing European mercenaries, half a dozen of which are a closer match to this photograph than agent Bern.
Cheng: I take it then Mr. Bern is not available to question?
Buchanan: No, he’s not here tonight.
Cheng: Of course.
Jack: Mr. Cheng, you must know that it would not be in America’s best interest to provoke the Chinese government.
Cheng: Then what are we playing these games for? Thirty minutes before we were attacked, you asked our consul to give up Lee Jong. Before our government can comply, the consulate was attacked, Lee Jong disappeared. Now you tell me you don’t have Lee Jong, Howard Bern is not available to be questioned. What are you trying to hide?
Buchanan: We’re not trying to hide anything, sir. We’re just extremely busy.
[Jack notices agent Bern talking to Chloe on the floor. He has his cell phone ring.]
Jack: Excuse me. I’m sorry.
[Jack takes the fake call.]
Jack (pretending to be talking over the phone): This is Bauer.
Buchanan: We are faced with unprecedented terrorist attacks on American soil.
Jack (pretending to be talking over the phone): Are we positive? OK.
Buchanan: All of our resources and attention are focused on trying to stop those attacks.
Jack (pretending to be talking over the phone): Thank you. We have confirmation on Marwan’s last location.
Buchanan: Follow up on that. I’ll handle the rest of Mr. Cheng’s questions.
[Jack quickly walks out of the room.]
Cheng: I’d like to see the hourlies for Mr. Bauer.
Buchanan: I’ll see what I can do.
[Jack calls Chloe.]
Jack: Chloe, it’s Jack. Have Bern meet me in the east corridor. Get a chopper ready now.
Chloe: I will. Meet Jack in the east corridor now.
[Chloe dials the phone.]
Chloe: This is Chloe O’Brian. Jack Bauer’s requesting a helicopter standing by for immediate departure.
Man: OK, done.
Chloe: Thank you.
Jack: Come on, follow me.
Bern: What’s going on?
Jack: A security camera at the Chinese consulate picked up your face.
Bern: That’s impossible. I was wearing my mask.
Jack: Trust me, I saw the freeze frame. It was you.
Bern: Jack, the guy ripped the mask from my face for one second. I pulled it right back down. I can’t believe a camera picked that up. I had no idea.
Jack: You’re gonna have to leave the city. We’re working on a scenario. In a couple days, you’re gonna have to answer questions from the Chinese.
Bern: I didn’t think anyone saw me. That’s why I didn’t bring it up earlier.
Jack: Don’t worry, we’re gonna handle it.
[Jack’s cell phone rings.]
Bern: I’m sorry, Jack.
Jack: You gotta go. There’s a chopper waiting for you.
[Agent Bern leaves. Jack takes the call.]
Jack: This is Bauer.
Curtis: Jack, Lee Jong’s coming out of anesthesia. He should be ready for questioning now. Agent Rabb’s already there.
Jack: I’m on my way.
[Jack runs to the operating room.]
Jack: Are you ready?
Chloe: All my databases are active.
Jack: OK, good. Doctor, that’s enough. He’s mine now. Thank you. Tell him he’s in critical condition. He still needs medical attention. I’m gonna ask him a few questions. When he answers them, I’ll let the doctor continue to treat him.
[Melissa explains this to Lee.]
Melissa: He understands.
Jack: Tell him I know that he worked with Marwan on the warhead. Now he needs to tell us where it is.
Melissa: He doesn’t know. But he knows where Marwan might be.
Jack: What do you mean, where he might be? In the van he told me he knew where he was.
Melissa: Because of what he’s doing, Marwan’s been moving around.
Melissa: There are three locations he knows of that Marwan’s using today.
Jack: What are they?
Melissa: The Rockland building.
Jack: We know about that one.
Melissa: A bar downtown.
Jack: We know about that one too.
Melissa: A factory on Sixth.
Jack: Where on Sixth?
[Melissa asks Lee where exactly.]
Melissa: Sixth and Alameda.
Jack: Give me an exact address, that’s the one we’re looking for. (To Chloe) I need you to assemble a team, make sure Curtis is on it. They need to be ready to move now.
[Curtis lets Audrey know that Cheng wants to question her.]
Curtis: The investigator from the Chinese consulate wants to talk to you.
Audrey: Why does he wanna talk to me?
Curtis: In order to protect Jack’s cover, we put together some new hourlies for him to look at. They show you and Jack working together at the time of the ambush.
Audrey: Buchanan wants me to lie to the Chinese to protect Jack?
Curtis: Not to protect Jack. To protect the United States government. Is that gonna be a problem?
Audrey: Where are the hourlies?
Curtis: Edgar’s sending them to your system.
Audrey: I’m not sure I’m comfortable with this, Curtis.
Curtis: I understand. Well, whatever you decide, you’re still gonna have to talk to Cheng.
Audrey: What’s happening?
Jack: Lee gave us a probable location on Marwan. We’re getting ready to move on it now.
Audrey: I’m being called in for questioning.
Jack: By whom?
Audrey: Cheng, from the Chinese consulate.
Jack: Come here. Why you?
Audrey: Buchanan modified the hourlies so that it’d look like you were working here with me during the abduction.
Jack: I’m sorry, but whatever Buchanan laid out, you gotta stick to it. We need to sideline Cheng now.
Audrey: Why? Now that Lee Jong’s incriminated himself, the Chinese government’s not gonna try to protect him.
Jack: That’s not what this is about. The Chinese consul was killed during Lee’s extraction. The United States government cannot be held responsible for that.
Audrey: Jack, what are you doing? You have broken every major protocol set by CTU and the DOD. For what? Is any of this working?
Jack: You’re still alive, your father’s still alive, and we managed to stop all but one of the power plants from melting down. Yeah, it’s working. We have to fight to keep it working. Do what you have to, Audrey. I’m sorry, I’ve gotta go.
[Audrey enters the room with Cheng.]
Audrey: Thank you. Hello.
Edgar: Mr. Buchanan, I’ve got Jack’s approach to Marwan’s location ready.
Buchanan: Good. Upload it to the teams. Send a copy to Tony’s station. He’s running point on this end.
Edgar: You got it.
Cheng: I am surprised that after you were kidnapped that you stayed on to work here. That must have been very difficult for you.
Audrey: Well, I wasn’t physically hurt, and I wanted to try and help find the people who had planned these attacks.
Cheng: Very admirable. Now, I looked through the hourlies for Mr. Bauer, your associate from the Defense Department. I noticed from 1:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., you and he were working on some data-processing tasks.
Audrey: Yes, that’s correct.
Cheng: And what analyst did you give this information to?
Audrey: Edgar Stiles. Why does that matter?
Cheng: They go through all this trouble to reenlist a man who used to run this place, Jack Bauer, and he’s doing data-processing?
Audrey: Well, it’s much more subtle than it sounds. There are hundreds of lists that had to be cross-referenced, and with Mr. Bauer’s experience, we were able to narrow the search.
Cheng: I am surprised.
Audrey: Why is that?
Cheng: Meaning no disrespect, the log shows that your husband, Paul Raines, was at the clinic during the same hours. And unfortunately, he passed away.
Audrey: What’s your point?
Cheng: I don’t believe you were with Jack Bauer, mining data. That you were waiting for your husband while he was in surgery, and that you’re lying to me now to cover for Mr. Bauer.
Buchanan: Mr. Cheng. I’m not going to allow you to stand there and accuse my people of lying.
Cheng: No. And I’m not gonna stand here to endure half-baked alibis.
Audrey: You can believe whatever you want, but my answers stand. Now, if we are done, I do have to get back to work. If you’ll excuse me.
[Jack and Curtis are on the way to Marwan’s location. Curtis’ phone rings.]
Mike: President Palmer for Jack.
Curtis: It’s the White House.
Jack: This is Bauer.
Palmer: Jack, this is David Palmer.
Jack: Mr. President.
Palmer: CTU tells me you got something from Lee.
Jack: We got a location on Habib Marwan. We’re on route with tactical teams now. We’re hopeful we can put an end to this soon.
Palmer: I hope you’re right, Jack. This warhead can detonate any moment now.
Jack: We know, sir.
Palmer: Jack, tell me about the representative from the Chinese consulate, Cheng. Is he still at CTU?
Jack: He was there when we left.
Palmer: Are we OK there?
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.