Tonight's previouslies focus on Farhad Hassan, President Omar Hassan, Sergei Bazhaev, Renee Walker, and Jack Bauer. Some of those people might even get more than five minutes of screen time tonight.
Hey, it's daytime, even though the following takes place between 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM! Maybe the medieval domes and minarets and the subtitle reading "Islamic Republic of Kamistan" might have something to do with that. And with the exotic Arabian Nights music on the soundtrack. This isn't the first time the name Kamistan has appeared onscreen -- it showed up in a previous episode on a TV news channel's subtitle -- but this is the first time it's been so clearly communicated. And is it a coincidence that the initials of Hassan's fractious home country are IRK?
In an apartment somewhere, some dude in a well-worn military uniform is watching Not Al Jazeera, which is reporting in subtitled Arabic that "forces loyal to President Hassan initiated a series of arrests against traitors attempting to overthrow the government. Suspects have been identified in all branches of the government." Someone's been a busy boy, from halfway around the world, no less. An underling brings the watcher a satellite phone. It's Farhad on the other end, saying he's still a free man and with Bazhaev. But the general -- I can tell he's a general by the insignia on his uniform and because Farhad addresses him as "general" -- says Bazhaev ruined everything, and their guys are getting rounded up all over the country. Farhad assures the general that the Americans will put a stop to that, for the sake of the peace talks. What are they going to do, invade? Anything for peace, I guess. "Once we have the uranium, my brother will become irrelevant anyway," he adds, which sounds like kind of a leap. He says he needs the money wired to Bazhaev's account.
Bazhaev and his elder son Josef are currently ministering to the youngest Bazhaev, who you'll recall is busy dying of radiation poisoning in the pantry of the restaurant. They feed him some water and leave him to get back to it. But out in the dining room, Josef floats the idea of bringing his younger brother, Oleg, to a doctor he found in Mount Vernon. Josef says he knows the doctor's family and where they live, so they can keep him quiet. Bazhaev says it's too risky; with the Americans looking for weapons-grade uranium, the last thing they need is for a Bazhaev to turn up at a hospital with signs of exposure to just that. In short, Bazhaev's prepared to let his youngest die. Josef protests the conditions under which Oleg is currently doing that, and after staring stone-faced into Josef's big puppy-dog eyes for a long moment, Bazhaev agrees to let him take Oleg to the country house. He doesn't need Josef for anything else right now? Because these hours usually seem pretty busy for everyone. Josef turns gratefully to comply, just as one of Bazhaev's goons reports that Farhad wants to talk to him now.