Wayne survives the bomb (unlike Assad), but he's unconscious and in no shape to run the country. Chad Lowe doesn't want to kill Tom to cover the conspirators' tracks, as Carson does, so he lets himself believe that Tom will go along with everything now that Vice President Powers Boothe is in power to implement Tom's proposals. So they let Tom go, and then Tom turns the conspirators in anyway. Tom is treated as a suspect himself, and quickly faces yet another ethical dilemma when the Veep offers him the choice of either maintaining Assad's innocence or letting the Veep start implementing Tom's nutty, police-state proposals immediately. And let's face it, Tom doesn't have all that many do-the-right-things in him. Karen Hayes, who turns out to have been stranded at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington D.C. this whole time, decides to go back to work. Meanwhile, in L.A., Logan tries to blackmail the Russian Consul into helping him find Gredenko, but gets nowhere. Logan knows the Consul is lying, so Kiefer decides to sneak back in, leading to a rather awkward phone conversation between the Veep and Russian President Suvarov. Kiefer tortures the Consul into giving up the goods on Gredenko and his part in Fayed's plan, and then gets taken into Russian custody before he can tell anyone. Fortunately, Kiefer persuades the Russian Consulate Cop to relay the message to CTU. Unfortunately, the Russian Consulate Cop gets killed, before he can do so, by one of his own fellow guards. How will CTU find Gredenko now? And how will Kiefer survive another twenty months in a foreign prison for misbehaving in a Consulate again?
Post-explosion, a very bloody Wayne is being rushed on a gurney to the White House Bunker's operating room, a completely sterile environment that's protected from the outside hallway by a single pair of loosely swinging doors. Good to know Wayne's in a secure place. Actually, I shouldn't complain. I'm sure it's a lot safer than the CTU clinic.
At Not Camp David, Kiefer leads Logan to the motorcade waiting to take them to the Russian Consulate in L.A. There's a limo and everything, and it doesn't even have "Department of Corrections" stamped on the side. Kiefer and Logan both look sharp in their suits, although Logan hasn't shaved. Before they get in the car, Kiefer wants to set some ground rules, which are that Logan doesn't do anything without being told. Logan assures Kiefer that he knows his role, and that he just wants to help. Kiefer growls that Logan can never do anything to undo his previous misdeeds. Logan gets that. "But if you want to find Gredenko," he says -- and there's a long pause while I wait for him to give Kiefer some touchy-feely little speech -- "we should leave now." Even Kiefer can't argue with that, as much as he might want to, and they get in the back of the limo together. As they ride out of Not Camp David in the back seat, Logan starts talking about how he hasn't left Not Camp David in over a year. To his credit, he realizes that Kiefer has a little experience of his own with incarceration, but it doesn't stop Logan from nattering on about how the loneliness and the silence messes with your head. Kiefer looks like he'd appreciate a little demonstration of that silence right about now, but Logan goes on about how it gives you a chance to listen to the voice of your own deepest self, which can help you heal. Whatever. This jailhouse conversion of Logan's reminds me of nothing so much as George Bluth Sr.
Fortunately, Kiefer's rescued from this conversation when his cell phone rings with Buchanan on the other end, relaying word that somebody just blew up Wayne. "My God," Kiefer breathes, quickly earning him Logan's attention. Buchanan explains that they don't have many details yet, but that the Secret Service suspects Assad of smuggling a bomb into the White House Bunker. Like Assad hasn't been in federal custody almost the entire day, including Kiefer's and Buchanan's. Kiefer doesn't think his boyfriend would do something like that, but as Buchanan puts it, Assad is dead, so it doesn't matter at this point anyway. Ouch. Well, on the bright side, at least Kiefer bought Assad another eight hours of life by killing one of his few surviving friends. "Which means you're following our only live lead," Buchanan adds, like this is news. It wouldn't be 24 if he weren't. Kiefer signs off, and tells Logan what just happened. Logan stares ahead of himself in shock, wondering why he's the only president on this show that nobody ever took a shot at.