Kiefer's busy trying to disconnect the vest-bomb himself, telling Cole to keep his men back because he knows what he's doing. Those lights on the vest start beeping and blinking, scaring the hell out of Marcos. And next to them is a timer, now counting down from 60 seconds. Okay, that evens things out a little. This is certainly a warning-rich interface on this vest. I'm sure that when Ali transmitted the fail-safe, his computer monitor lit up with a series of dialogue boxes like, "This action will permanently delete the person wearing the vest. Are you sure you want to proceed? OK/Cancel." Kiefer tells Cole it's a fail-safe (because it's impossible that Kiefer might have triggered this himself with his tinkering), and tells Cole and his men to clear out. "Get this off of me!" Marcos hollers desperately. Apparently the vest doesn't just come off, though. Kiefer's doing his best to defuse the wiring, while Elaine screams from the hallway behind him, pausing only to yell, "Get her out of here now!" Kiefer starts to realize he might not have time, and asks Marcos what the target is. Marcos doesn't know. Nor does he know how they plan to get it into the city, past the radiation detectors. "Who does?" Kiefer yells, and Marcos understands him even though he was talking at the same time. Now is when you'd expect Marcos to give up Ali or Samir, for all the good that would do Kiefer, but Marcos walked in here with more than one bombshell under his jacket, and here's the second one: "President Hassan's head of security, Tarin Faroush!" Marcos says. Whoa! Check out Marcos, delivering the goods! Kiefer's hands are now shaking like they did near the end of last season, and with less than ten seconds left, he looks up at Marcos with anguished eyes and says, "I'm not gonna be able to do this in time," "Tell my mother I'm sorry," Marcos says as the bomb starts to make a noise like a camera flash warming up. At the last moment, Marcos turns and runs back into the chamber. Kiefer tries to close the door behind him. But they left it just a second too late, and the blast hits the door hard enough to make it smack Kiefer and, along with the blast, send him spinning across the anteroom like a racquetball. From where he's lying on the floor, Kiefer looks into the chamber, which now has a really bad red paint job. "CTU, this is Jack," Kiefer says from the floor. "Marcos is dead. I'm gonna need to speak to Predizzent Hassan." It's 2:49:17, and I know he's still shaken up, but he's going to need to get it together if he's going to be talking to any predizzents.
Episode Report CardM. Giant: A- | 754 USERS: B-
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