Kayla is walking down a long hotel hallway at 1:23:03, ignoring her own cell phone. Hassan, who is just having a bitch of a time getting anyone to take his calls this hour, leaves a message for her to call back. She knocks on the door of a suite, and Tarin hurries her inside. Dude, how is he paying for these digs? I'm going to feel pretty foolish if it's financed by the IRK opposition. They hug happily, and he tells her he's contacted an American lawyer specializing in international law who'll meet them in two hours. That is one accommodating lawyer, willing to take a meeting at 3:30 AM. But I guess just because an hour is ungodly it doesn't mean it can't also be billable. "This is such a terrible situation," Kayla says, "yet I've never felt so happy." Tarin agrees, and actually smiles. And then they make out. Big time.
Back at the warehouse, the medic tells Kiefer, "We did our best. [Farhad] didn't make it." A much calmer Kiefer thanks him for trying. Another agent reports that the site is clear of both bad guys and nuclear rods. So that's another failure. Kiefer calls in to CTU and tells Hastings, "We lost them. Farhad's dead." Hastings isn't pleased, probably not least of all because he just flipped off the White House Chief of Staff on the assumption that this was going to pan out. Kiefer tells Hastings he has one more idea: "Whoever shot Farhad couldn't confirm that he was killed." His suggestion is to make Farhad "dead bait." They'll tell the media they have him in custody and he's being taken to a hospital to be questioned. "They'll have to make a move on him. He knows too much." Nice use of present tense. Hastings is doubtful about this, but Kiefer argues, "Mr. Hastings, you said you wanted me in 'til this was resolved. This is it." Chloe chimes in to add that with the intelligence files they got from Hassan's people, they can run facial recognition to spot the terrorists before they attack. Hey, while they're at it, why not enlist some magical uranium fairies to track down the rods? That sounds like it has as much chance of success as Chloe's plan. But Hastings goes along, because he's finally figuring out that no CTU boss ever got fired for listening to Kiefer. Kiefer thanks Hastings and barks out, "Owen, assemble your men. Briefing in less than five." Kiefer does a hero-walk into a pair of CTU headlights at 1:25:22.
At 1:29:34, Arlo is telling Hastings that preparations are in place for the operation before the act-in splitscreens are even over. Once they are, Cole and Dana are seen busying themselves stuffing rocks into a large duffel bag that also contains Kevin's body, although they left the face exposed so as to make for the most dramatic reveal when his discovery "interrupts" the opening scene of an episode of Law & Order in a few months. They drag him out into the water, all of about waist-deep, and sink him. This right here is why I hope it's not the Central Park Reservoir, because even a CTU agent covering up a double homicide wouldn't be reckless enough to poison the city's water supply this way. Dana actually sheds a tear as she watches Kevin sink like Leo in Titanic. Cole doesn't fail to notice, but all he can think to say to her is, "Let's get the other body and get cleaned up before we go back to CTU." Sure, why not take time for a shower and a change of clothes? They're bordering on desertion anyway, so it wouldn't do to show up back at work leaving muddy footprints. Following him squishily back up into the bank for Nick, she asks Cole, "What about us?" He doesn't know yet. But he does drag Nick into the drink by himself, which in this context is probably equivalent to a dozen roses.