8:39:55. Dalia and Jamot are talking plans when Kayla is finally let back into the room. So while Dalia was being put in charge of a country, Kayla's been on her own more than half the time her dad's been dead. Jamot tells Kayla he's sorry, and says he'll see them at the U.N. before leaving them alone in there. Obviously Kayla's pretty curious about why they're going to the U.N. instead of home, like they planned. Dalia euphemizes, "There are new developments. I'll explain them to you on the way." Kayla asks what's going on now, and as Dalia puts on her coat, she explains, "They have asked me to consider staying on to complete your father's work." Kayla's not getting it, so Dalia says, "Our party wishes to appoint me as the new president." She seems to know that Kayla isn't going to take this well, and she's not wrong. "You told them you couldn't possibly accept, not after what's happened?" Kayla says warningly. In fact, I'm not even sure there should be a question mark at the end of that sentence, she said it so definitely. Dalia lays it out for her: "Our country is on the verge of a coup by the people responsible for the murder of your father. Someone must lead." Kayla thinks Dalia is going to get herself killed and throws herself into her mother's arms weeping, but Dalia shuts that shit right down. "You are not the only one who has suffered today," she says. "This was not an easy decision for me, but it was mine to make. I do not need you to remind me of the danger. I need you to help me be strong. Now pull yourself together, there is a car waiting for us." Shit, man, that's hardcore. Maybe she should have been president to begin with. A neck that can hold a head that high would have shattered Samir's knife on contact.
It's 8:42:16, and we're back at the U.N. with Taylor already, ten minutes after we last saw her at McGuire AFB, some sixty miles away. Did Marine One go supersonic or something? The return to the U.N. certainly didn't take as long as the evacuation. She finishes a cell phone call and tells Tim the Russians are already leaking word of how they're going to "reluctantly" quit the talks. "They don't like wasting time," Tim sighs. He adds that her "guest" has arrived, by way of the freight elevator, and is now waiting in a conference room.