Dana's phone rings with his call, but she ignores it and puts her phone back in her purse. With the gun that's already in there. Then she looks across the bar to where Kevin and Nick are having their little party, unaware of her presence, even though she's the only woman in the place with clothes on. From CTU, Cole leaves her a voice mail: "I don't know where you are or what you're doing, Dana, but I need you to call me as soon as you get this. It's important. I love you." He gets onto the elevator, joined by a few of his tactical guys. One of them, the youngest, doesn't have his flak jacket quite buckled, so Cole helps him with the clasp. The rookie thanks him and apologizes. "Don't worry about it," Cole says and hits the up button. The doors close on his distracted face at 11:50:32.
11:54:52. Kayla is loaded for Kamistani bear as she charges into the hallway that adjoins the room where Tarin his being held. Nabeel, the shady dude who arrested Tarin, stops her, but she's not easily deterred. A splitscreen shows that Tarin can hear this through the door. Nabeel says he's just doing his job. "A job that Tarin gave you," Kayla reminds him. She only wants a few minutes with Tarin. Nabeel says he can't let her in now; he'll be leaving for their embassy in an hour, and Nabeel will find time for her to see him before then. Kayla is grateful to him, and he tells her to go before they're both in trouble. And then, the minute she's gone, he calls Hassan to tattle. We don't see it, of course, now or at any time in the rest of the episode, but I think we all know where this is going.
Everyone at CTU is watching the TAC team's approach to the truck stop via a live video link. Hastings is on the phone to Cole, warning him that there are two armed men guarding the truck. Cole asks why they won't surrender, since this is part of a deal and all. Hastings explains that Kiefer thought they couldn't take the risk that the guards will take off with the rods, and for all of Hastings' faults, at least he's learned from his predecessors about the dangers of not listening to Kiefer. Hastings instructs Cole to take the rods to Fort Hamilton once he has them, which is getting a little ahead of himself. The spotlight on the CTU helicopter picks out a white truck, with no one in the cab. The chopper sets down at 11:56:35, right in front of the truck. With flawless timing, a CTUmobile rolls into position as it does so, and the camera focuses in on the face of that CTU rookie in the back of the chopper, which means he's either about to die or turn traitor, or both. They all jump out of their vehicles, weapons drawn, and go around the back as NYPD cars close in to create a tight perimeter. Because God knows CTU sucks at that. An agent reads a Geiger counter at a safe level of 30 millirads, and they open the back of the truck. The first thing they see is Bazhaev's man leaning against the end of that big wooden crate, with a bullet hole in his forehead. The driver's also in the back, equally dead. The agents climb up into the trailer, shining their flashlights around, only to find that giant wooden coffin open and empty. "Where the hell are the rods?" Hastings demands, still watching remotely. Cole says the trace radiation indicates they were here, for all the good that does them. "Right now all we have are two bodies, close shot." That young agent calls out to Cole that he sees something, which is a pretty weak payoff for how much screen time he's already gotten. What he sees, hanging from the inside of the truck door, is a necklace with a gold cross. The same one that Oleg was wearing, the one that Bazhaev insisted Josef keep. Well, it looks like he didn't. Josef disobeys again!