In the Sit Room, Taylor tells Dalia and Kayla that Kiefer's running the operation, and they're expecting an intercept in a few minutes. The big screen shows the feed from CTU, with a map of the island on one half of the screen and an overhead view of Amsterdam Avenue on the other. You see it like that, and it makes you wonder what they hell they're waiting for. Have an NYPD SWAT van T-bone the sucker and have done with it.
From the CTU floor, Cole reports to Kiefer that Hassan just crossed 130th. 37 short blocks in 20 minutes? Finally, rush-hour traffic comes into play on this show. Kiefer responds that he's on 110th and asks about the ambush. Cole's got it all under control; the bridges and tunnels are still closed, and as my Streetwise map tells me, there's not a whole lot of Manhattan left in that direction. He adds that the SUV will be there in eight minutes, and Chloe offers to futz with the traffic lights along the route to slow Tarin down even more. Can she make the lights go from red to infrared, which would mean back up a block? As Hastings leaves the floor to go update Taylor, Dana tells Cole that some potential technobabble problem requires her to go check out Chloe's trunk line patch-up. Even though Chloe says it's fine, Dana still needs her excuse to leave her desk, which she does. Chloe thinks it's a little weird, but Cole's glad she's on the case.
Dana lets herself into the server room at 6:45:06, and sits right down at a terminal. Soon she's got a map of Manhattan up on the screen, then turns around to see Arlo standing there. Oops, someone forgot to check that she was alone. "Arlo, what are you doing here?" she asks, quickly closing the window like when you hear your boss coming while you're reading this. He turns the question back around on her. She claims she was checking the trunk line, which he doesn't buy. He's also wondering why things keep going down. Dana patiently explains about the EMP. "It's a miracle we managed to get anything up and running as fast as we did." Yeah, I've been thinking that for a while too, but it hasn't gotten me anywhere. Arlo keeps quizzing her, and she says she was running a diagnostic on the trunk line. "Why were you looking at a map of Manhattan if you were running an internal diagnostic?" Arlo wonders. She claims she was just checking on the operation. "How I do my work is none of your business, Arlo," she adds, having put up with this a lot longer than she would have if she were innocent. Arlo says that since he's been covering for her all night, it kind of is. Dana gets up and offers to let him check himself. So he sits down at the terminal. She continues to technobabble at him while he taps away at the keyboard, continuing to ask her questions, and not buying a word of it. But since she's currently picking up a headset cord -- and we know what she can do with a cord -- it doesn't really seem to matter. At least not until he gets a call on his headset just as she's about to throw the cable down around his neck. Of course you can't garrote someone whose hand is up to his ear, and then you can't do it when he's on the phone with someone, so she holds off. It's Chloe, telling Arlo that Hastings wants him back on the floor. He gets up, saying, "I'll leave you to do...whatever you're doing." She gives him a dirty look and says, "Don't push it, Arlo." He leaves, never knowing about the rolled up cable she's now hiding behind her back. He probably would have been into it, though.