12:39:22. Kiefer is led upstairs to Hastings's office. "Cuffs off," Hastings snaps. Kiefer is released, and Hastings tells the guards to leave and Kiefer to sit. "I'll stand," Kiefer growls, the better to enjoy his moral high ground. "So this is the new CTU?" he asks Hastings. "You hang your own?" Okay, first of all, Walker's not CTU, she's ex-FBI. Secondly, as I recall, there was a lot of own-hanging in the old CTU as well. Thirdly, Kiefer, who was that guy you just beat down outside Medical? A telemarketer? Hastings claims the questioning is standard procedure, which Kiefer doesn't buy since Chloe covered that already. "You've got some hack from Justice in there trying to initiate a criminal prosecution." He sees what Hastings is doing, and reminds him that he was there when Hastings asked Walker for help. Which is odd, because he wasn't. "She gave it to you. And we acquired the target. This is how you pay her back?" Kiefer threatens to call the White House, and Hastings tells him Rob Weiss is the one who sent Smith over in the first place. Kiefer says he meant President Taylor. They're besties, you know. Hastings wishes him luck on that. "I think the president takes murder pretty seriously," he says. "My recollection, she prosecuted her own daughter." That's an excellent point. But then, Taylor's daughter was also an asshole. "Now I'm not asking," Hastings says. "Sit down." Kiefer sits, but he makes sure we all know he's not happy about it. But maybe Walker will return the favor and come to drag him out by the hand.
Just then is when Chloe decides to stick her head in. Hastings snaps at her that they're busy, but this seems like kind of a priority: Farhad Hassan is calling. She has voiceprint confirmation and everything. If we didn't know better, I'd suspect Chloe of only having one voiceprint in her system that causes her to identify every incoming caller as Farhad Hassan, which might make for some awkward moments when Morris calls from home: "Hello, dahling, I was just wondering if I might trouble you to pop in at the market to pick up a few items on the way home." "Oh, my God, Farhad Hassan is at my house!" Anyway, Hastings gestures for Chloe to put him through on his desk speakerphone, which she does. "Mr. Hassan, this is Brian Hastings, director of CTU," Hastings says, rather politely considering he's talking to someone who personally killed one of his agents about five and a half hours ago. Lying on the ground, trying to stay out of sight, Farhad pants that he's being chased by the people who have the rods. It's news to Hastings that anyone but Farhad even has them. "They turned against me," Farhad says. "They have their own plan. An attack on New York." And he says it's coming soon. Hastings asks for names, like that's the priority right now, but Farhad wants to be gotten out of there first so he can tell them everything. The new and improved CTU must really have gotten the word out on its new no-torture policy, or else Farhad would probably just be killing himself right now. Hastings promises to get Farhad out and asks where he is. "Forest Hills...some kind of boat warehouse," Farhad says. He asks them to hurry, since he's hurt. Hastings tells him to stay on the line -- even though it's secure and they can't trace it -- and tells Chloe to get Cole. Chloe says she can't, since his team came back without him. "Owen said he was following a lead." So Hastings decides to put Owen in charge of extracting Farhad. Chloe has her doubts. "Just do it, Chloe," Hastings says. I can't believe I don't have a macro for that phrase yet. Suddenly seeming to remember that Kiefer's still sitting on his couch, Hastings tells him he's going to be processed out of the building. "Fine," Kiefer grumps, like it's a terrible inconvenience for him to be allowed to walk out of here after assaulting two people. Not that I'm thinking we've seen the last of Kristin Smith. He leaves Hastings' office at 12:42:15, shaking off the hand of the guard waiting outside to escort him. The guard should probably tase him again just for good measure.