2:13:12. Samir and some guys meet a whole bunch of other guys in a warehouse somewhere. This is the most fully pre-planned backup plan I've seen since Marwan in Season Four. They open the case either just to take another look at the rods or because Samir is like, "But I want cancer now!"
Dana's at her desk, calling out an update to Chloe on how the tunnel radiation detectors are showing up clear. Chloe is loudly bitchy to Dana about the bridges, and after a round of competitive technobabble that Dana loses, Chloe gets up to talk to her face-to-face, acting sympathetic. "I just want you to know I'm glad you didn't get fired or anything. Hang in there." Dana stiffly thanks her and she returns to work. How's that role reversal taste? To cleanse her palate (and make the rest of her feel dirty while she's at it), Dana gets up to check with Arlo on the status of the aerial scoping. Arlo says the drones are covering the waterfront with their radiation detectors turned up to eleven. "If they try to bring the fuel rods into the city by boat, we'll spot 'em. Easily." For some reason Dana lingers instead of getting away from him as soon as she can, which gives him an opening to apologize for squealing on her to Cole. Dana tells him not to worry about it. "So is he gone?" Arlo pushes, meaning the other guy. Dana says he is. "So you and the Boy Scout are okay," Arlo says. Which he takes as license to start hitting on her again. What's even grosser is that results in the closest thing to a smile that we've seen from Dana since midnight. It'll be interesting to see whether Arlo ever gets in trouble for covering for them during their absence. By which I mean annoying, because I suspect the answer is no.
At 2:15:46, Marcos is still busy with his electronics project, while Kiefer watches helplessly from outside the anteroom. Owen comes up to tell him that the intercom is working again, so he can have a talk with Marcos. With CTU and Ali monitoring from their respective positions, Kiefer heads into the anteroom to address the video intercom. He introduces himself, and says he knows about the original plan to take the rods back to the IRK to get its nuclear program started up again. "So I'm just guessing that helping to deliver a dirty bomb to New York City which costs the lives of tens of thousands of people wasn't exactly what you signed on for." Kiefer says Marcos will kill the IRK by forcing Taylor to hit back hard. Marcos has stopped his fiddling and now lets himself be drawn into a political debate. He claims Hassan is giving up without a fight. Kiefer says Marcos couldn't win that fight anyway. "The IRK will sustain massive casualties because of this. Because of you." Marcos goes on about American nuclear arrogance, and Kiefer reminds him that Marcos is an American himself. As for Marcos's father, Kiefer says, "This is no way to honor his memory." He begs Marcos to open the door, but Marcos is adamant. "I came here prepared to die," he says. "And that's what's going to happen." He goes back to work on the detonator, ignoring Kiefer's entreaties to speak further. Almost immediately, he's gotten a second LED on his vest to light up. It's 2:18:46, and obviously those LEDs are also wired to whatever triggers the commercial breaks.