Buchanan and Chloe rush out to the construction site just in time to dig up Agent Walker, who's nearly suffocated by the time they arrive. Buchanan brings her into the loop, and tells her in no uncertain terms that she needs to stay dead to protect their little freelance operation. When Tony and Kiefer arrive at the hangar where they're supposed to hand over the Matobos to Nichols, things go wrong. Tony ends up killing Litvak and mortally wounding Emerson, and feeling really bad about it. Kiefer manages to convince the Matobos to go through with the trade and allow themselves to be handed over to Dubaku.
Ethan is still trying to talk President Taylor into calling off the invasion, but she stands firm until Dubaku crashes a couple of jetliners into each other right outside the Oval Office window. And then she continues standing firm, even when her Secretary of State walks off the job in protest. Ethan decides to call on her husband Henry to talk sense into her, but Henry's a little busy right now. Specifically, Henry's sitting paralyzed while Agent Gedge murders Samantha in front of him. He recovers his gross motor control just in time to drag Gedge over the railing with him, and now neither man can walk, because Gedge is dead. The corpses do pile up around Henry, don't they?
At the rendezvous point, Walker and Kiefer make an uneasy truce while Chloe plants a bug on Matobo. Nichols and three goons show up to take Matobo and kill Tony, but they only accomplish the latter task, thanks to some tactical support from Kiefer. The whole mini-agency makes ready to follow Motobo to wherever he's being taken. Where, seeing that Taylor isn't giving in, Dubaku is planning a follow-up attack. Let's just say that if he pulls it off, Taylor probably shouldn't count on getting Ohio's electoral votes in the next election.
Tonight's previouslies feature "Prime Minister Ule Matobo" (good to know how to spell his first name), Samantha Roth, Henry Taylor, FBI Agent Renee Walker, and Jack Bauer. One of those people now has less than an hour to live. Oops, is that a spoiler?
At the FBI's Washington Field Office, Boss Moss is rallying the assembled troops, and tasking Janis with coordinating operations with the NSA. "I'll do what I can," she answers, totally interrupting his flow. She tries to explain how hard it is to work with the NSA, and he cuts her off, telling her nobody's having a slack day today. "Just make it happen." He reiterates that they're expecting another attack from Dubaku at any time. "The only way to stop it is to find Almeida and Bauer and take control of the CIP device." Emotionally, he breaks the news that Walker has been abducted. Everyone but Janis and Sean shifts uncomfortably, because they already knew, but nobody else says a word. They're not getting paid speaking rates, after all. "We're the only chance she's got," Moss concludes. He heads over to Sean, who now has a cleaner recording of the call fragment in which Walker was ordered to be killed. He plays it back yet again, almost slipping some of the required early-episode exposition past us without our noticing. But unfortunately for the effort to find Walker, that's all he has. "I'm sorry about Renee, Larry," Sean says. "She was a good agent." Oops, was that past tense? Moss yells at Sean that they don't know she's dead yet.
Well, it won't be long; judging from how that ditch at the construction site looks. Kiefer and Tony didn't exactly do a half-ass job of burying her. Really, you guys, you could have just sprinkled a thin layer on there and Emerson wouldn't have noticed. Fortunately for her, a familiar blue molester-van has just arrived. Buchanan and Chloe hop out. "Tony said near the backhoe," Buchanan says. When did he say this? I guess we're expected to fanwank that Tony was live on a hidden comm device with Chloe and Buchanan the whole time, and gave them directions to find Walker while he was outside of the van. And we should also assume that Buchanan and Chloe didn't wait to leave their HQ until Emerson and his crew got to the construction site, because that was a half-hour trip last week and Homemade CTU couldn't be much closer. But of course, this isn't the last or most egregious timeline violation we'll see tonight, so let's hurry up and get to some of the other ones. Buchanan quickly finds the ditch and jumps down into it, somehow avoiding crushing Walker in the process. He uncovers the dirt from Walker's face, then rips open the plastic like she's a big bag of chips. After listening at her mouth for a moment, he says she's not breathing and asks Chloe for the adrenalin needle that she just happens to have in her bag, like every fully prepared mother of a toddler should. While Chloe gets the shot ready, Buchanan begins chest compressions. I bet Kiefer wishes he were here to do the mouth-to-mouth. A moment later, Walker gets her shot in the chest Pulp Fiction-style (only less, you know, Pulp Fiction-y), and gasps back to life. "Who are you?" she chokes out in a voice filled with dirt. "We're working with Jack," Buchanan says. "He told us where to find you. You're going to be okay." I suppose there's no reason they wouldn't tell her they're with Kiefer; she's still three-quarters buried, so it's not like she can run away right now.