Now that Kiefer's got a video file of Dana conspiring with Pavel Tokarev, the Russian spy, he needs to figure out his next move. So he calls up Hassan's favorite reporter, Meredith Reed, to set up a meeting. Cole is brought back to CTU in handcuffs so Jason Pillar can grill him. That goes nowhere, but CTU intercepts Kiefer's call to Reed, so it turns out he doesn't need Cole anyway. Chloe, increasingly suspicious of Jason's activities, recruits Arlo into her secret mutiny and convinces Cole to give her a tenuous clue regarding how to find Kiefer. But when the meeting happens, Tokarev is already in place with his sniper rifle and a whole Russian support team, thanks to the heads-up from Jason. Kiefer's buddy Jim gets the drop on Tokarev and neutralizes him, while Kiefer snags Reed and shoots his way clear of the trap, complete with Tokarev, which was his plan all along, of course. Now he gets to hand the file over to Reed and torture Tokarev for further information. And when that doesn't work, Kiefer literally digs the lead he needs right out of Tokarev's belly. Once again, Kiefer's got a line on Charles Logan.
Tonight's previouslies freeze-frames: Jack Bauer (who watches Walker get shot all over again), President Charles Logan, and Jason Pillar. And the following takes place between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM, which means it'll never be morning on 24 again. And after this episode that will feel true in more ways than one.
Cole is handcuffed and in NYPD custody, so I guess someone figured out during the previouslies that he wasn't so much Kiefer's hostage last hour as his accomplice. He's led into that building near the bank, the one undergoing an interior remodel with no construction crew, and brought to the spot where Dana's murdered corpse lies cooling on the floor. At least Kiefer shot her so that she'd land on top of a big piece of plastic sheeting, which will make clean-up easier. Just gather her up like a half-eaten Subway and your crime scene's good as new. Cops mill about as Cole looks down at his late ex-fiancée, his expression serious. And who could blame him; those handcuffs are going to make it tough for him to get his ring back off the corpse. The police captain asks Cole who she was, and he takes a long time to say, "Her name is Dana Walsh." And also Jenny Scott, but I think we're supposed to forget about that now. Before the captain orders Cole brought back to CTU, a young cop notices that it looks like she was shot at point-blank range, execution-style. I'm partial to Buffalo-style myself.
Kiefer's sitting in the back of a taxi, because despite being the most wanted man on the eastern seaboard and also despite reeking of sweat and cordite, he can still get a damn cab in this city. Now at his leisure, he pops Dana's memory card into his phone, which fortunately has a compatible format. He listens through his earpiece as a grainy hidden-camera video plays of Dana talking to Pavel Tokarev -- the guy who both shot Walker and works for the Russian Foreign Minister -- in some random room that looks more like some executive's outer office than her apartment. She says she wants out after she does what they've asked, but Tokarev says they (meaning the Russians) have invested too much in her. He even mocks her for planning to marry Cole. "If you have a problem wrapping your brain around that fact," Dana says threateningly, "maybe I should talk to your boss in Moscow." Tokarev ends the meeting, instructing, "Don't contact me again until Hassan is dead." Yeah, that's some pretty good proof there.
Kiefer's next move is to call his buddy Jim back at his techno-sanctum. He's already sent Jim the file, and he wants Jim to ID the man in the video. "Also, I'm coming in hot, so whatever you have to do to protect your systems from getting flagged, do it now." Rather than arguing, Jim asks if Kiefer wants him to ID the woman as well. "She's dead. I'll see you in a few minutes," Kiefer says almost casually. I'm sure Jim can't wait.