In the previouslies freeze frames this hour: President Allison Taylor, President Charles Logan, Dana Walsh, and Jack Bauer. Plus a lot of that helicopter chase, because even though it's not strictly relevant to what happens this hour, filming it was too expensive to show only once.
Dalia Hassan is addressing the press conference at the U.N., and she's pretty good. My favorite part is where she gives President Taylor a big sloppy rimjob for her "integrity and moral courage," and the fact that "she is someone on whom my husband built an absolute trust." Taylor manages not to burst into flames right there behind her on the podium. With a final shout-out to Hassan and the peace process, Dalia concludes, "On this, the last day of his life, may the world prove that he was right." Applause. Watching from his office, Logan dreamily says, "What a magnificent woman." I refused to check him for tenting four years ago and I'm refusing again now. Logan's horny reverie is interrupted as his assistant, Jason, gets off his cell phone. The caller was Bledsoe, who didn't have good news regarding Dana's interrogation. Logan says they were expecting that, but there's something else: "Bledsoe wanted confirmation." Tapping his fingers on the desk for a long, expectant moment, Logan finally asks, "About what?" About what to do with Dana after they're done with her, of course. Logan thought that was covered and impatiently wonders why Bledsoe's asking, and Jason says he was double-checking "that we're committed to the same outcome." Which Jason said they were. "Not that I have any idea what you're talking about, you understand," Logan says seriously. Awesome.
Dana's waterboarding is still underway. Katee Sackhoff claims to have actually submitted to this, and it certainly looks real. Perhaps she's under the impression that getting waterboarded on camera = automatic Emmy, and I'm not one to argue. Bledsoe calls a momentary halt, and Dana's cranked upright. Bledsoe gives her a tip: "Take short and shallow breaths. You'll recover faster and then we won't have so much downtime between sessions." Just what she wants. He again asks about the evidence, and she chokes out that she was lying to Kiefer earlier when she claimed to have evidence, bluffing and stalling for time. Unconvinced, Bledsoe says, "We begin again in ten seconds." He counts all the way down to six before Dana says, "Bring it on, you son of a bitch." That shortened her reprieve by about a second, and the torture begins afresh. And I know I've bitched about the torture on this show, but it's pretty insidious that after some of the sadistic crap it's shown us in the past (and will again next week, according to the previews), this looks relatively tame by comparison. And of course Katee Sackhoff not faking it doesn't help. Seriously, they couldn't have found her a little rubber sheet to hide between the folds of that towel or something?