8:37:46. Cole shows up at Arlo's desk looking for Dana, and learns she went home, although Arlo doesn't know why. Cole looks confused. Thanks for stopping by this week, FPJ.
Hesitantly, Dana knocks on her own apartment door. "It's me, you have my key?" she reminds Kevin when he asks who it is. He opens up and smarms, "Nice of you to drop by." She's in no mood, especially when she comes in and finds an even more disreputable-looking character lounging on her couch and watching her TV. "That's Nick, he's a buddy of mine from Beaumont," Kevin says. She hisses at Kevin to kick him out, but Kevin refuses. "It'd be impolite." Wow, who'da thunk Kevin's a bottom? She puts her purse down on the kitchen counter and pulls out a wad of bills to give Kevin. It's five hundred dollars, the max from the ATM, and she'll have another five hundred for him in the morning. Shaking his head, he sets it down on the counter, carefully lining up their edges with the edge of the counter like he's getting in touch with his inner Monk, and quietly accuses her of thinking he's stupid. She denies it, and is also denying that she's trying to buy him off when he suddenly grabs her by the throat and pushes her against the wall. Nick watches impassively from the sofa. She asks what he wants, and he yells in her ear that he wants her to quit treating him "like some dumb-ass nineteen-year-old stick-up artist with a fast car. You're not the only one who's grown up." With his face against hers, he says he's been waiting for this, and she owes him. She says she never testified against him, and he smacks her to the floor, yelling at her not to lie. I know I'm supposed to be shocked and horrified at his violence, and I probably would be if I bought this storyline and felt anything about it other than annoyed. "I'm not lyin' to you!" she twangs back up at him from the floor, insisting that she only got out of prison first because she was a minor. Kevin, suddenly friendly again, says he doesn't care, now that he knows what her job is. Counting the cash she brought, he says she has access to some good shit through her CTU connections. "Bank codes, Port Authority Manifests, Stock Exchange." She says her access isn't unrestricted, but he says she'll figure it out. "Whatever it is, payout's gotta be at least six figures, okay?" She gets up and goes to him, begging, "Please, Kevin?" I hate this so much. I hate seeing Katee Sackhoff having to do this. But then I guess if you have a dark, formerly groundbreaking, critically acclaimed one-hour drama series and it's got a really stupid subplot, who else are you going to call to carry that subplot than Katee Sackhoff? Kevin seems to take pity on her, promising to never bother her again if she does this one thing. She sobs that she can't. He takes her face in his hands. Say it with him, everybody: "You can, and you will."