Graphic violence warning. Yay! 24. Blip blip blip blip blip. Previouslys. Lady Mac (a.k.a. Palmer's "psychopathic ex-wife" tm William Ocean, III) was back. Amador set up a meeting to exchange money for the V-I-R-U-S. CTU got disconnected from Kiefer again. Instead of sitting in a lockdown for disobeying orders, Secret Agent Charlie Brown had lots of soot on his face and was telling the Delta teams what to do. Hector wanted to call off the deal, so Hartmano shot him...in the back. The following takes place between 12:00 AM and 1:00 AM.
CTU. Soul Patch and Bitchelle are walking across the floor to the briefing room. "This is our one chance at getting the [V-I-R-U-S], so make sure everyone knows what's at stake," says Soul Patch. "They're aware," says Bitchelle through gritted teeth. "I'm just saying, it's all going to come down in the next hour," says Soul Patch. God, it's like they're debuting a Broadway musical. Soul Patch is Roy Scheider, the tormented director/choreographer in All That Jazz and Bitchelle is Cassie, the over the hill chorus girl in A Chorus Line. When Bitchelle assures Soul Patch that she and everyone else knows what's at stake and she doesn't need to be reminded of this every twelve seconds, Soul Patch is all, "Too many things can go wrong here. We don't need another mistake!" They stare each other down for a few moments, and Bitchelle casts a brief glance at the bandage on his neck as if she's considering whether the wound underneath is to blame for Soul Patch's current temperament. Soul Patch asks if Bitchelle has heard from Kiefer in the last few minutes. Bitchelle says she hasn't. Meanwhile, Potato Face is listening from behind a room divider.
Back in Whatever, Mexico, Hector isn't dead yet. As Kiefer, Nina, and various Salazar flunkies look on, he lies in a pool of his own blood, Hartmano lecturing him about how he should have listened and stuck to the plan. One of the Salazar flunkies warns Hartmano that Hector will die if they don't get him to the hospital. Hartmano rules out taking Hector to the hospital: "They'll ask questions." A gong sounds to highlight Hartmano's audacity. Well, actually, it's more like a digital gong sound courtesy of Sean Galley. The room goes silent. Even Nina is appalled. She gives Kiefer a glance as if to say, "Omigod, can you believe this?" Hector moans for mercy. Hartmano puts another bullet into him. Buh-bye, Hector. "I'm sorry," says Kiefer, approaching Hartmano. "But we have to go." Hartmano asks one of the flunkies to arrange for a "proper burial," and everyone starts to file out of there. "You're making a big mistake," shrieks Nina to Hartmano. "He's setting you up! He's working for CTU. Hector was right!" Hartmano tells her to shut up: "Don't mention my brother's name ever!" They stare each other down for several moments until Hartmano orders everyone back into the cars.