Reese: Theoretically, yes. But merely having possession of the override wouldn’t be enough. There are safeguards in place.
Jack: What kind of safeguards?
Reese: Anyone who’s trying to use the override would have to hack through the reactor’s firewall. That would take massive computer power, which NRC could see coming a mile away.
Jack: Is it possible that NRC could miss this due to unusually heavy traffic on the internet?
Reese: I don’t follow.
Jack: Well, less than an hour ago millions of computers around the world were streaming the trial of the Secretary of Defense. Is it possible that this trial was just some kind of a Trojan horse to disguise a massive attack on nuclear power plants’ firewalls?
Reese: That might be possible.
Driscoll: How many nuclear power plants in this country would be vulnerable?
Reese: All of them
Jack: How many is that?
Reese: At this time, the United States has 104 nuclear power plants online.
Driscoll: We have to assume that they’ve used this override to take over the plants. Get me NRC now. Go find Secretary Heller.
Jack: Thank you, Mr. Reese.
Driscoll: Set up an all department briefing.
Curtis: Get me NRC now. Pipe it through here.
Driscoll: I want all personnel in the conference area.
Marianne: Edgar, can you monitor my allocation tables for a few minutes?
[Marianne, who has secretly listened in on the conversation about the nuclear power plant threat, goes to an area away from the main bullpen. She dials a man from a secure cell phone.]
Marianne: It’s me.
Man: You’re on a secure line?
Marianne: Yes. I would have checked in sooner. This was the first chance I got.
Man: All right. Go on.
Marianne: They found out about the override.
Previously on 24:
Jack: Stand down!
Omar: Stand back or I’ll kill her!
Jack: Stand down!
Omar: Stand back or I’ll kill her!
Jack: Put your gun down!
Omar: Stand back!
Jack: Drop it now!
Omar: I’ll kill her! I will kill her!
Audrey: Jack, when I was inside, I recognized one of the men.
Audrey: I don’t know. I can’t place him, but I know that I saw him before today.
Heller: Why did they think you were holding something back from them?
Richard: I will not tell these people things about my private life that they don’t need to know.
Heller: That you don’t think they need to know.
Behrooz: What are you doing here?
Tariq: Your mother told Marwan you took care of the American girl.
Tariq: Then you’ll need help getting rid of the body.
Dina: He’s going to kill our son.
Behrooz: I took care of the girl! Marwan knows!
Tariq: It’s not Marwan wants you dead.
Behrooz: Who want me dead? Who?
Tariq: Your father.
Driscoll: Thank you so much for helping me out. They said Maya’s arrived.
Mark: She’s in the exam area. I’m about to do her workup.
Driscoll: She suffers from schizophrenia.
Paul: I want us to be together again.
Audrey: I’m sorry, Paul. I’m seeing someone. Paul, this is Jack Bauer.
Jack: Nice to meet you.
Driscoll: What was your courier transporting?
Reese: It’s a Dobson type override.
Driscoll: What exactly does this override do?
Reese: It’s a combination of hardware and software that can remotely take control of the nuclear power facilities.
Jack: And the person in possession of this program? Can they do the opposite with it? Create a disaster in a plant, a meltdown?
Reese: Theoretically, yes.
Driscoll: How many nuclear power plants in this country would be vulnerable?
Reese: All of them.
Marianne: It’s me. They found out about the override.
The following takes place between 1:00 P.M. and 2:00 P.M.
[To save time, Jack wants to go by himself to “Felsted Security”, the company that handled the dinner where Audrey first spotted the man from the compound.]
Audrey: Jack, did you get the surveillance footage from the Hyatt security?
Jack: No. The heritage dinner that you attended was monitored by a private company, “Felsted Security”. I just got off the phone with them. They’ve got the video tapes on file, but unfortunately, they’re working off a close system. I’ve gotta go there, pick up the tapes, bring them back here for you to ID. Where are you on the guest list?
Audrey: I’m having it sent here.
Jack: Dammit, we’re running out of time.
Audrey: What do you mean? Is it that urgent?
Jack: Yes. As it turns out, your kidnapping was just a cover for a much larger attack. The terrorists used the broadcast of the trial to overload the internet, and divert all of our attention away from what they were really trying to do. I need a full tactical for my vehicle.
Man: Yes, sir.
Audrey: Which is what?
Jack: They’re in possession of a stolen device called an override. With that, they’ve gained control of 104 nuclear power plants across this country. The override device maintains heat levels within the reactors. Affectively, they can melt down every one of those plants.
Man: Here you go.
Audrey: My God.
Jack: Thank you.
Jack: The man you saw when you were being held captive – right now he’s our only lead.
Audrey: Then let me come to “Felsted Security” with you and make the ID there. It will be quicker.
Jack: Audrey, I can’t. After what you’ve been through today, I’m not gonna put you at risk.
Audrey: You just said our nation’s nuclear power plants will melt down if we don’t find that override, Jack. We can’t afford to waste any more time.
Jack: Come with me.
Curtis: There are 104 nuclear power stations in the United States. We’ve just learned the terrorists are trying to covert all 104 nuclear cores into weapons.
Driscoll: Give us the worst case casualty scenarios, Curtis.
Curtis: This graphic represents a single meltdown scenario. Edgar, break it down for us.
Edgar: If we can rest control of the override, it will shut down the entire cooler system in the core amounts for the containment building. In the first three hours, the population within a ten mile radius will receive the highest doses of radiation. Those people will die within two days.
Curtis: Now, the smallest of these 104 cities represent 75 thousand people. Multiply that by a 104, we’re looking at 7.8 million casualties, and that’s conservative. The environmental impact will also be catastrophic. Thirty miles in all directions of each plant will be uninhabitable for at least five years.
Marianne: Don’t these plants have multiple security systems to prevent this kind of breach?
Curtis: They do. But the override’s already deactivated them.
Driscoll: And if we don’t succeed, how long before these cores start to melt down?
Curtis: Projects in the first radiation shock waves in approximately three hours.
Driscoll: All right, I want everyone here from comm. and logistics to work on getting a handle on the software. The rest of you will handle support and conjunction with NRC personnel. Let’s get to work.
Jack: Erin, we’re leaving now.
Heller: Where are you going, Jack?
Jack: Audrey’s given us a significant lead. We need to follow it up.
Heller: What kind of lead?
Audrey: When we were being held I recognized someone. He was an American. I saw him at a function here in LA a couple of months ago.
Jack: We’re going to view the surveillance tapes of the function at a private security company not far from here.
Heller: I don’t want her going out now. Why can’t you access the tapes here?
Jack: Sir, I wish we could. But they’re off-line. They would have to record over four and a half hours of material for us to view. We don’t have that time.
Audrey: Jack told me that these people retrains are nuclear power plants as weapons. We have to follow this lead, and we have to follow it now.
Jack: Sir, Audrey is the only person who can make this ID.
Heller: If anything happens, Jack, I will hold you personally responsible.
Jack: I understand.
Audrey: How far are we from this facility?
Jack: Not far, Burbank.
[Paul stops Audrey.]
Jack: I’ll get the team set up.
Paul: We need to talk.
Audrey: We’ll have to do it when I get back.
Paul: Back? From where?
Audrey: We’re following up on something.
Audrey: Paul, please, can we just do this later?
Jack: How many on your team?
Man: Four of us.
Jack: Set up a weapons package. I’ll meet you in the motor-pool.
Paul: Look, I don’t know about all of this, but I know about you and him, and I am not OK with it.
Audrey: Paul, you and I are not together any more.
Paul: I thought we were trying to work things out.
Audrey: Yeah, I tried that. But you kept putting it off, so I gave up. We haven’t been together for over nine months. We’re not trying to work out anything any more.
Jack: Mr. Rains, I’m sorry to interrupt…
Paul: She is my wife.
Audrey: Paul, please. Excuse me.
Paul: She’s my wife. Don’t you forget that.
Jack: Yeah. Let’s go.
Audrey: Jack, I’m sorry.
Jack: It’s fine.
[Marianne goes over to Sarah.]
Marianne: Hey. I just received these files from DOD, and I need to give them to Jack Bauer.
Sarah: Well, you can’t. Jack just left.
Marianne: Oh. Well, um… can I forward them to him?
Sarah: No, he went with Audrey Raines to “Felsted Security” to look at some archive footage.
Marianne: OK. Well, I guess I can just hold on to them for him.
Sarah: Yeah, that’ll be fine.
[Marianne looks up the location of Felsted on her computer.]
Paul: Jim, we need to talk.
Heller: Come here.
Paul: Do you know about Audrey and Jack Bauer?
Heller: Not until an hour ago.
Paul: Well, I gotta tell you, carrying it on right under your nose, it’s pretty unprofessional, don’t you think?
Heller: Look, I understand your feelings about this. But you and Audrey had been separated for almost a year. Paul, I’m sorry. She’s a big girl. She can do what she wants.
Paul: What she’s doing… she’s breaking my heart.
[Sarah catches Marianne in the back area.]
Sarah: What are you doing back here?
Marianne: Um… Edgar asked me to do a manual reboot of hub 5.
Sarah: I can do that for him.
Marianne: No, no. It’s fine. I got it.
[Sarah leaves. Marianne secretly phones her contact – a man named Powell.]
Marianne: Bauer and Audrey Raines left here about five minutes ago.
Powell: Where’d they go?
Marianne: “Felsted Security”. 357 White Oak Boulevard. It’s in Burbank.
Powell: All right, good. You’re going to need to set things up on your end.
Marianne: What are you talking about? I should be done here.
Powell: No. When Jack Bauer and Audrey Rained are killed, CTU is going to know that someone inside leaked their location.
Marianne: All right. What do I do?
Powell: Divert suspicion.
[Navi watches a news report about Heller’s rescue.]
News Reporter on TV: I’m standing live in an area just outside the perimeter. Unfortunately, the Pentagon is not commenting at this time, but what we do know is that at 12:10 P.M. Secretary Heller and his daughter Audrey Rains were successfully rescued. The number of fatalities is unknown, but sources say there might have been a total of 20 terrorists inside the building at the time. It appears there are no survivors among them.
Marwan: Any lost data?
Navi: It looks like all the critical instructions were uploaded before the assault.
Marwan: Good, then we’re all set?
Navi: Yes. The override has taken control of the nuclear power plants.
Dina: What about Behrooz? What about our son?
Navi: We have to be strong now. We’ll mourn him when this is over.
[Navi leaves the room. Dina’s cell phone rings.]
Dina: Behrooz? Are you all right?
Behrooz: Tariq tried to kill me. He was going to shoot me. I had to defend myself.
Dina: What did you do?
Behrooz: I killed him. You can’t let father know.
Dina: Why not?
Behrooz: Because father’s the one who told Tariq to do it. He wants me dead because I messed up with Debbie.
Dina: Behrooz, that’s not possible. Your father would never want to hurt you.
Behrooz: It’s true. Mom, I don’t know what to do. You have to help me.
Dina: Where are you now?
Behrooz: I’m near the metroling station on Lawson in Chatsworth.
Dina: Are you using Tariq’s car?
Dina: Hide it. I’ll pick you up there in a half hour.
[Navi enters the room.]
Navi: Who was on the phone?
Dina: It was nothing important.
[Navi grabs Dina.]
Navi: What did Behrooz do?
Dina: No, what did you do? Did you give the order?
Navi: Behrooz was not committed. It was just a matter of time before he turned against us.
Dina: You ordered Tariq to kill him. To kill our own son.
[Dina slaps Navi over and over.]
Dina: No! No! No! You sick…
[Navi pushes Dina against the wall.]
Navi: Where’s Tariq?!
Dina: Behrooz killed him.
Navi: That’s imposible.
Dina: Because you think he’s weak? He’s not.
Navi: Nothing, nothing will stand in the way of what needs to be done. Not him, not you. Where is he now?
Dina: Why? What are you going to do? You’re hurting me.
Navi: I will do more than that. Now, you listen to me, woman. You will do exactly as you told him. You will pick him up in a half an hour.
[Audrey and Jack are on the way to “Felsted Security”.]
Jack: What did you say to Paul?
Audrey: That I’m filing for divorce as soon as I get back to DC.
Jack: Are you sure that’s what you want?
Sarah: Do you have something?
Edgar: It looks like the hubs and the override device hasn’t completely taken control of all the reactors. I’m just trying to get some response.
Sarah: What can I do?
Edgar: Nothing. Just stay off hub 5. I need it.
Sarah: I thought hub 5 was on for a reboot.
Edgar: No. Curtis, come here.
[Sarah confronts Marianne about her lie.]
Sarah: Can I talk to you for a minute?
Marianne: Actually, I’m kinda busy.
Sarah: You lied to me about doing a reboot for Edgar.
[Curtis makes Edgar present the situation to Heller and Driscoll.]
Curtis: Excuse me, Mr. Secretary. I’m gonna have to interrupt you.
Heller: What is it?
Curtis: This is Edgar Stiles, our Chief Analyst. He is requesting access to the cornels of the power plants.
Heller: My understanding is that no one is to manipulate those cornels while the plants are on-line.
Edgar: Yes, but there is a way to do it if you’re careful. I’d have to stay away from the pre-compiled headers while I was putting a software lock on the Dobson override code. But the chances of causing a load imbalance…
Heller: I don’t understand one thing you’re talking about. Just tell me what the downside is if the cornels are disrupted because of your manipulation.
Edgar: If I make a mistake, I can accelerate a core meltdown on some of the reactors. This is probably a bad idea. Maybe we shouldn’t do it.
Heller: But if you’re successful, you can regain control of the reactors?
Driscoll: Edgar, what we need to know is can you do this without making a mistake?
Edgar: Yeah, I can do it.
Heller: You’re not filling me with confidence, Edgar.
Edgar: Look, I’m just a little nervous, but if I say I can do it, I can do it.
[Navi is still driving Dina to the train station.]
Dina: He’ll run away the moment he’ll see you.
Navi: He won’t see me. You’ll be the only one in the car when you pick him up.
[Dina’s phone rings.]
Dina: It’s Behrooz.
Navi: Answer him.
Behrooz: Are you almost here?
Behrooz: What did you tell dad?
Dina: I didn’t, I just left. He was busy working.
Behrooz: What are we going to do? Wherever we go, he’ll find us.
Dina: No, he won’t. I know a safe place.
Behrooz: I didn’t understand until today what it would feel like doing these things. They’re wrong, mom. And I see it now.
Dina: Don’t think about that any more. You’ll be safe now.
Behrooz: But I am thinking about it. Maybe I should go to the police and tell them everything I know.
Dina: We’ll talk about it when I get there.
Navi: You did well.
[Navi pulls over and gives Dina the keys. He gets in another car with a set of henchmen.]
Dina: Who are they?
Navi: Don’t worry about it. Just make sure you take the second exit at Angeles Crests.
Dina: He’s going to ask me why I’m stopping.
Navi: Let him ask.
Dina: What do I tell him?
Navi: Don’t tell him anything. We’ll meet you there.
Curtis: Erin. We’re making good progress.
Driscoll: Tell me.
Curtis: We’ve been able to take 87 power plants off-line. They’re safe.
Driscoll: What about the other 17?
Curtis: Well, it’s how we’d be able to use the override to block a shutdown. But everything we’re trying is being repelled.
Driscoll: What are we doing to get around it?
Curtis: Believe me, Erin, we’re trying everything. If there’s a way, we’ll find it. I’ll keep you posted.