Back at the drop point, Josh sits at the picnic table as he begs Doyle not to go through with this. Doyle sits down across from Josh and says that his country needs him, and that Doyle will get him back: "I give you my word." You know, if he keeps pulling this Kiefer-lite routine, it's going to blow up in his face. Nadia comes in on Doyle's earpiece to warn him that Kiefer has escaped and is probably on his way there now. Or maybe he's just stopping to pick up some milk. She explains to Doyle that Karen Hayes and Bill Buchanan helped Kiefer to get away. "Dammit," Doyle says unconvincingly as he gets up and looks around waiting for Kiefer to show up. The Kiefer-lite thing is getting liter by the second. Nadia's ready to send in TAC teams, but Doyle says that they can't risk spooking Kiefer's dad. "Then you'll have to face him alone," says Nadia. "I'll be fine," Doyle assures her, even though she hadn't asked. Josh asks Doyle, "Is my uncle coming?" Doyle says he is. Josh sits there blinking, trying to figure out if this is good news or bad news, when he should really already be diving under that picnic table for cover. It's 4:38:02.
4:41:25. Karen sits in a holding room at the White House, which is nowhere near as nice as the holding rooms at CTU. At least she isn't handcuffed, or wired to some kind of torture device. The Veep enters, and he's pissed. He dismisses the agent standing guard inside the room so that he can accuse his National Security Advisor in private. Karen doesn't deny a thing. The Veep says he thought that they were getting along so well these last few hours, and asks what Karen was thinking. Karen says that she learned earlier today what a bad idea it is to trust a sociopath (in that case, Fayed), and that they can't trust Dad to give them the component. The Veep angrily says that it isn't Karen's decision. Karen agrees, and says she's willing to face the consequences for her actions. The Veep promises her that there will be plenty of those, for both her and Buchanan. Then he suddenly remembers that it was Tom's idea to keep Karen around, and asks her if Tom had anything to do with this. Karen keeps Tom out of it. She even shakes her head like the very idea is totally ridiculous. The Veep's about to leave, but before he does, he says that if Kiefer stops the exchange, the Russians will attack the U.S. in Centralasia: "Any blood that is spilled will be on you." The Veep leaves Karen with that happy thought. Clearly, that hadn't occurred to her until now.