CTU waits impatiently for news about the blast at the Distribution Center. Jack emerges from the thick smoke, carrying Bierko’s unconscious body. He urges the medics to send Bierko back to CTU. Curtis lets Jack know that the nerve gas has been destroyed.
Jack calls Buchanan on his private cell. He is convinced that Henderson was only following orders from someone higher up. Jack admits that he is scared. “I think this is bigger than anything we could have imagined,” he says.
Karen tells the Vice President that she has not yet assumed command of CTU because they are still actively looking for Henderson. Gardner orders her to move forward with the takeover. He makes an assurance that Henderson will be caught.
Karen voices her concern to Miles about how Buchanan will react in light of all CTU has just accomplished. Miles suggests that they get Audrey to go on record citing Buchanan’s mismanagement.
Buchanan tells Audrey that Homeland swallowing up CTU. Yet he doesn’t know why Gardner wants this change in control.
Henderson hides in a coal plant. He gets word from a commando that they have lost Wayne Palmer in the woods.
Agent Pierce arrives back at the retreat. He removes Wayne from the back of the SUV. Wayne explains that Martha Logan’s aide Evelyn was his brother’s source inside the White House. Someone tried to prevent Wayne from seeing Evelyn. He thinks Palmer was killed because of information Evelyn gave him.
Evelyn says goodnight to Martha and, as she is leaving the retreat, Wayne and Pierce stop her. She is frightened. Wayne says that he traced emails she sent to Palmer, but he needs to know what was inside those emails. Evelyn’s eyes fill with tears, and she insists that she knows nothing. She finally confesses that someone has kidnapped her daughter and will kill her unless Evelyn gives them the evidence of who is behind the conspiracy. Wayne and Pierce convince her that these people will kill her regardless. She will hand it over to Wayne if he gets her daughter back.
As a team from Homeland Security arrives, Karen announces that CTU is being absorbed by her department.
Miles asks to speak with Audrey privately.
Wayne calls Jack and tells him that Evelyn has proof of the plot against President Palmer. Yet she won’t tell them what it is until they help save her kidnapped daughter. The culprit is going to call her with a meeting place. Jack is sure this is Henderson’s doing. Wayne gives him the location of an abandoned barn to get together. Wayne has Evelyn leave the retreat alone because she may be watched.
Audrey reads the statement that Miles has drawn up. It holds Buchanan responsible for all of the day’s events. She refuses to sign because it is a complete distortion of what happened. Miles suggests that she and the Defense Department will shoulder some of the blame because she was at CTU as a liaison. “This takeover is completely unwarranted and I won’t help you justify it,” she retorts.
Jack calls Audrey on her cell and explains what Wayne has uncovered. He needs her to get satellite surveillance on the location where Henderson wants to make the exchange with Evelyn. Audrey tells him that Vice President Gardner has made Homeland Security take over CTU. Jack thinks Gardner might be involved in the conspiracy because Henderson was protecting someone higher up. Regardless of what is going on at CTU, he desperately needs Chloe to work on the satellite.
Audrey approaches Miles and Karen, saying that she has reconsidered signing their statement. She claims she wants to shield Defense and her father from any controversy. Audrey asks for Chloe to be assigned to her. Karen agrees to the deal, and Audrey signs the paper.
Henderson holds Evelyn’s young daughter hostage at the coal plant.
Wayne wants Pierce to remain at the retreat so that he doesn’t arouse suspicion. Suddenly, Gardner comes upon Wayne and is surprised to see him. Pierce tells the Vice President that Wayne was there to bring him a memento from his brother. Wayne says that he needs to fly Palmer’s body back to Washington, and Gardner wishes him a safe trip.
Chloe is furious about Homeland’s sudden takeover. Buchanan assures her that he is working to have it overturned. Miles orders Chloe to stay on per Audrey’s request. Miles tells Buchanan that Audrey signed a statement laying blame on CTU and Buchanan. Audrey confirms this, in earshot of Miles.
As they drive to the meeting place, Evelyn tells Wayne that the person bribing her said he would know if she told anyone about the proof. Wayne is convinced that there is a mole inside the retreat. Evelyn is terrified that she is responsible for Palmer’s death. Her phone rings, and Wayne quickly patches Jack in. Henderson asks Evelyn what Wayne was doing at the retreat. She swears that she didn’t even know he was there. Henderson puts her daughter on the phone, and Evelyn tells the girl that she is coming to get her. Henderson gives Evelyn the address of the coal plant.
Jack calls Audrey with the address. Buchanan shoots a glance at Audrey as he is leaving CTU.
Audrey approaches Chloe, who is angry that she gave up CTU to Karen. Audrey grabs Chloe’s wrist and says that Jack needs her help. Audrey explains that she only signed the document in order to keep Chloe in place.
Jack meets Wayne and Evelyn at the barn. He promises Evelyn that he will get her daughter back, but she still refuses to tell him what she knows about the conspiracy.
Jack calls Audrey’s phone and speaks to Chloe. She sends the satellite’s infrared image of the meeting place to Jack’s PDA. There are at least ten men surrounding the premises.
Jack doesn’t want Wayne accompanying him to take Evelyn to the exchange place. Wayne insists on going because his brother died in his arms.
Gardner tells Logan that Wayne was at the retreat to see Pierce. Although Wayne didn’t speak to the President, Logan brushes this off because Palmer and Pierce were close. Logan thinks Wayne must still have hard feelings over the White House’s attitude towards Palmer.
Evelyn drops Jack off at the back of the coal plant. He presses that Henderson will kill both her and her daughter, so her compliance with their plan is her only chance of survival. Evelyn drives to meet Henderson. Chloe radios Jack and Wayne with a path into the plant. They draw their weapons and enter.
Jack takes out two of Henderson’s men.
With too many guards surrounding them, Jack asks Wayne to shoot a sniper so that he can make his way to the roof. Chloe guides Wayne to a clear shot of his target, but he hesitates. He finally kills the man. Jack is clear to climb up. He slices the throat of one of the men who is radioing Henderson about Evelyn’s arrival. Jack manipulates the walkie’s mouthpiece so that he is not identified while finishing the man’s transmission to Henderson.
Evelyn pulls up to the site. Henderson calls her phone and orders her to open all the doors and trunk of her car. Jack watches through the scope of the sniper’s rifle as Henderson comes out with the little girl.
Henderson lets the girl run to Evelyn and asks for the evidence. Evelyn ducks with her daughter and Jack shoots the two guards beside Henderson. Wayne fires at the other men surrounding them. Henderson gets in Evelyn’s car and speeds off. Jack and Wayne aim at the car, but Henderson escapes. Jack calls to Chloe and asks her to quickly reprogram the satellite to extend past the plant. She loses Henderson on the satellite.
Wayne tends to Evelyn, who’s been hit with gunfire. Jack sees that it’s not a serious injury. He demands to know who is involved. “The Vice President has nothing to do with this!” she exclaims.
Henderson explains to someone on the phone that he didn’t expect Jack to show up. He assures the caller that Jack and Wayne will be killed and that he can suppress any evidence they might have. “I won’t let you down again, sir,” Henderson guarantees. The person on the other end of the line is President Logan.