At CTU, the hotel security cameras show the two of them heading into the hallway. "Someone must have tipped them off," Kiefer realizes, watching on his dashboard computer, without realizing that the tipping off was done by stupid Sergeant Amos. He starts to tell Amos to hold off, but Amos is insisting on moving in now, no matter how many times Kiefer tells him to stand down. Cole watches on the dashboard monitor as Tarin and Kayla wait for an elevator on the fifth floor, until Tarin notices the security camera and smashes it with his pistol. Dude is tall. Kiefer reports this to Amos, and again orders him to back off. Amos refuses, already on his way up the stairwell. Tarin is hiding around a corner with his hand over Kayla's mouth as the three cops reach the fifth floor. After a moment, Tarin jumps out shooting, taking down two of the cops before they see him coming. One of the dead cops is Amos, and he's lucky he got killed before Kiefer got a hold of him. Tarin shoots the third after spotting his reflection in a hallway mirror, then grabs the squawking police radio off one of the corpses, pausing to read the name tag (Faulkner) on the body's vest. While dragging Kayla down the hall, Tarin speaks into the radio in a flawless American accent, saying, "This is Faulkner. I'm hit. Amos and Martin are down." He's really hitting those Rs hard. It's kind of awesome, enough so that I looked into whether the actor, T.J. Ramini, is really American (he isn't). Assuming he's really talking to Officer Faulkner, Kiefer asks where the target is. "He's heading toward the fire escape on the south side. He's got the girl!" Tarin-as-Faux-lkner responds. Cole is giving orders to reposition accordingly, but Kiefer isn't fooled. "NYPD, target is impersonating an officer. He has the girl. I want you to fall back and cover all exits!" Well, that clever tactic bought Tarin almost five seconds.
Tarin ditches the radio, then leads Kayla down a dark staircase while the CTUmobiles scream down the street at 3:08:27. The CTU floor crew burns off a few seconds trying to get a handle on the situation, which gives Tarin time to get Kayla to a back exit. When two cops yell at him to drop the gun, he holds it to Kayla's head instead and shields his body with hers. Arlo is just now getting the drone's video feed up and running, and he sees a cab pulling up at the end of the alley, behind the cops currently squared off against Tarin. The feed is also up on Kiefer's monitor so he can warn, "Officer Bellow, behind you," even though I don't see any names on the deployment grid. Bellow turns a second too late, and the cabbie shoots both him and his partner. Tarin owes that driver a BIG tip. Oh, that must be Hamid. Tarin and Kayla run to the cab and get in, while Kiefer watches via the drone feed and notifies the cops on site. The ones who are still alive, that is. Arlo tracks the cab all the way to the Delancey underpass, where he loses it. And Chloe doesn't have any traffic cams to pick it up. "We're two blocks from Delancey," Cole tells Kiefer. The cab still hasn't emerged from the tunnel. Dana says the NYPD is 90 seconds away. Cole makes Kiefer throw the CTUmobile into a screaming Louie, and a moment later they're in the tunnel, which is practically empty. Except for the yellow taxi parked at the far end, facing the direction it came from. "I got the cab, I got the cab," Kiefer says, screeching to a halt in front of it. He and Cole hop out with heir guns leveled, using the truck for cover. Kiefer hollers at the driver to open his door. Has he not noticed that those windows are tinted awfully dark? It looks like a taxi for celebrities. Cole and Kiefer approach it, and Kiefer opens the driver's door himself. Of course, there's no one inside. Cole starts giving orders to start the search; "They were here less than 30 seconds ago!" Still, Kiefer is convinced they're already gone, and he asks Chloe for "a kidnap and electronic intercept package" to meet him at the U.N. He needs to talk to Hassan, because that's who the terrorists are going to want to talk to next. "That's why they kidnapped his daughter." Get Kiefer, thinking ahead. If only he could actually be ahead.