At CTU, the workers all stop to stare at Logan — the man who killed David Palmer.
Chloe enters the observation room where Logan is being held. She won’t tell him about what’s happening with Jack.
Buchanan introduces his team to Agent Mike Doyle, the new head of Field Ops. Doyle will lead the attack on the Russian Consulate. Their goal is to capture Markov. Freeing Jack is secondary. Milo objects, but Buchanan says that it is ultimately the Vice President’s call.
Milo confronts Doyle about his offensive tone towards the staff. The two had worked together in the Denver field office. Although he doesn’t like Doyle, Milo assures Nadia that the man is good at his job.
At the Consulate, Vasili throws a bound Jack down a flight of stairs. He lands on the dead guard’s body. Markov orders Vasili to kill him. Jack furtively removes the guard’s belt and snaps Vasili’s hand that is holding a gun. Vasili tumbles. Jack grabs the dropped gun and shoots him. Markov sees this on security cameras and summons his guards to find Jack.
Jack hides in a basement supply closet.
Markov orders all phone and DSL lines to be shut down inside the Consulate. Jack uses the phone in the supply closet to dial Morris, but the call is quickly disconnected before he can relay any information. Jack slams his gun on the circuit box wires to make the basement power go out.
Milo alerts Buchanan about Jack’s call. He knows where Gredenko is.
Buchanan tells Logan that they must delay their debriefing because of what Jack found. Logan’s theory about Markov is proving true. Logan warns Buchanan that assaulting the Consulate will be a mistake. Russian President Suvarov is reluctant to get involved, but Logan thinks his ex-wife Martha can help because she became close with the Suvarovs. He wants to appeal to her personally even though they are not on speaking terms any longer.
Doyle impatiently barks out orders to the techies, and even grabs Morris by the throat when he makes a snappish comment. Doyle alerts everyone on the floor that he is in charge of this mission.
Milo warns Doyle to keep his hands off the workers. “You have a problem with somebody on my team, you come to me,” he growls. Milo checks in with Morris. The two share a common enemy.
Lennox tells Vice President Daniels that he is “prepared to look the other way regarding details on the assassination plot, to a point” in order to defend the country with the right policy. Yet he wants the truth about Reed and Carson to eventually come out. Daniels agrees, but he can’t have it happen now.
Daniels requests that Lennox tell the ambassador about seeing Assad plant the bomb. Lennox refuses, which infuriates the Vice President. Daniels promises that they just need to get through the current dilemma, and this lie will help them. Daniels has Lisa clear Lennox of any crime in order to reinstate him as Chief of Staff.
Daniels wants the ambassador to know that America blames his country for both the nuclear threat and the assassination attempt on the President. This will push them to reign in their terrorists.
Fayed arrives at the airplane graveyard with the nukes for Gredenko.
Buchanan briefs Daniels and Lennox on the possible options. Daniels allows Logan to approach his ex-wife, but he wants CTU to be prepared to invade the Russian Consulate.
At Meadowcreek, a private retreat for the wealthy undergoing emotional convalescence, Aaron Pierce passes the Secret Service agents on duty to enter the bungalow of Martha Logan. He answers the phone when Logan calls, but Martha declines to speak to her ex-husband. Logan explains that it’s about the Suvarovs, and she picks up. Logan presses her for help, but she refuses. Logan asks Pierce to convince her to allow him to visit. He heads there by helicopter.
Buchanan calls Logan aboard the chopper to caution him about the plan to attack the Consulate. He will need to persuade Martha to contact the Russians before CTU engages the assault.
As Jack sneaks his way through the Consulate building, he winces in pain. He comes upon two staffers who are sharing a romantic embrace. At gunpoint, Jack demands that they get him access to an outside line. The man says there is a satellite phone upstairs. Jack threatens to kill the girl to insure his return.
When Logan arrives at Meadowcreek, Pierce refuses to shake his hand and Martha maintains iciness towards her ex. Logan stops in his tracks, seeing the woman he once loved — or perhaps still loves — for the first time in almost two years. He asks her to call her friend Anya Suvarov to convince her husband to order the Consul General to surrender himself because he knows about the nuclear bombs still at large. Martha is reluctant to follow Logan’s command, and she turns to Pierce for advice. Pierce thinks she should do this, and Martha agrees to help.
Doyle makes his way with a team to the Russian Consulate.
Daniels tells the ambassador that Assad was responsible for detonating the explosion that injured the President. Daniels turns to Lennox to corroborate the story. Lennox fights to hide his discomfort but agrees with the Vice President. Daniels threatens to bomb major cities in the ambassador’s country because of Fayed’s and Assad’s threats unless they help America find the rogue nukes.
Buchanan and Nadia think there may not be enough time for Anya Suvarov to convince her husband to change his mind.
As they wait for Mrs. Suvarov, Martha becomes unnerved and she turns to Pierce for support. As she strokes Pierce’s arm, Martha asks Logan if it bothers him to see her with another man. He admits that it does, and Martha begins to unleash all the pent up rage she has had for him. Pierce asks her to stop, but Martha does not calm down.
As she makes her way to the kitchen with dirty plates, Martha stabs Logan in the neck with a kitchen knife. Chaos erupts as an agent restrains Martha and Pierce calls for a medic to treat the bleeding Logan. Martha screams and Logan tries to stay conscious.
Logan goes into shock and an ambulance carts him away. Pierce contacts Buchanan to explain what happened. The Vice President has ordered CTU to attack the Russian Consulate unless Suvarov intercedes. Pierce isn’t sure whether Martha is capable of speaking to Anya.
Martha, who is in handcuffs, cannot understand why she is being condemned. She calls Logan one of the biggest criminals in history. Pierce calmly asks whether she is able to do what she promised. “Of course I am. I’m not crazy,” she says incredulously. Martha takes the phone and coherently explains to Anya the urgency of her call.
Doyle’s team monitors the outside of the Consulate building. Armed Russian guards are at the ready.
President Suvarov calls Markov, ordering him to surrender and hand over Jack unharmed. Markov vehemently snubs him and hangs up. Suvarov tells Buchanan that Markov is not cooperating. Suvarov personally authorizes the American government to use force against the Russian Consulate.
The Consulate officer brings back the satellite phone to Jack. As he’s about to dial, a guard comes in and fires. The man is shot. Jack takes cover.
Buchanan gives Doyle the go ahead, and the SWAT teams begin attacking the Russian guards to take over the building.
Jack runs out of ammo and two guards enter the room where he’s hiding. Suddenly, a grenade smashes through the window. CTU agents fire at the two guards.
Markov calls Gredenko and warns him that he is being attacked by the Americans. “You must launch now!” Markov exclaims. CTU agents swarm Markov’s office and shoot him.
Jack identifies himself to Doyle, and tells him where Gredenko is. Doyle radios Buchanan, who pulls up satellite coverage over the Mojave Desert.
At the airplane graveyard, Fayed readies the first drone with the nuclear weapon.
As the ambulance races to the hospital, Logan calls out for Martha. His heart starts to crash.