Kiefer crawls out of the overturned wreckage of an ambulance, so it looks like they were indeed too late. There are dead CTU agents all around, and squawking walkie-talkies. Kiefer looks up from the street, and suddenly three gas-masked faces are looking back down at him. A hood is thrown over his face. This is starting to look familiar.
Still in the elevator, Tim gets a call and tells Taylor, "We didn't make it. They got Bauer." Taylor actually lets out a very unpresidential moan.
The Secretary General returns to the microphone in the signing room, where reporters have been let in. "My statement is brief and I will take no questions," he begins. "Moments ago, President Taylor declined to sign the peace accord and excused herself from the proceedings." Jason and Logan are watching in Logan's office as SecGen continues, "She did so after making allegations of crimes which she did not specify and which the United Nations has no knowledge of. President Taylor said that she would come forward within the hour to explain the reasons for her actions." Somehow Logan's entire body changes without his moving a muscle. Celebration over, looks like, and his desk phone is already ringing. Logan mutes the TV and quietly tells Jason, "That's the president asking about Bauer." Jason gets up to answer, but Logan tells him to ignore it. Defeated, Jason asks, "With respect, sir, what good will it do? It's over. Let's not add murder to the list of charges already against us." I think he means another murder, because I don't think the guys who were traveling across town with Kiefer are napping. Logan gets up and stands next to the desk and creepily tells Jason he's right, and to go ahead and answer it. But when Jason turns to do so, Logan picks up a heavy decanter from the wet bar and clonks Jason on the head with it, even as Taylor is heard through the phone demanding to talk to Logan. Jason goes down hard. His brain is going to look like a bruised banana by the end of the day. Logan takes Jason's gun out of its holster and tells him, "This was my last chance, and Bauer took it away." The he grabs a throw pillow off the couch and says, "It's come to this because of him." Even to a guy he just knocked out, he feels the need to justify himself. And then he shoots Jason in the back of the head, through the pillow. I stand corrected; Jason's brain is going to look like a banana split. Worst boss ever. And Jason thought it would be Kiefer who killed him. Logan's still standing over his body when Taylor and Tim arrive outside the door and of course find it locked. Taylor bangs on the door as Tim calls for the master key. Inside, Logan puts the gun under his chin and cringes. When they hear the bang outside, the Secret Service hustles Taylor away, as she hollers back to Tim that she needs Logan alive. It's 3:45:17, and I think that was the longest act ever on this show