Taylor wisely refuses to budge until Logan comes clean, so he does, big time: "Elements inside the Russian government were behind both the assassination of President Hassan and the supply of nuclear material to his enemies." That was an impressively efficient précis of the situation. Taylor and Ethan are shocked, of course, but it doesn't seem to occur to them to question whether it's true, probably because Logan's story isn't self-serving for once. Logan argues that he was trying to protect Taylor, but Ethan rages, "You've compromised her, hopelessly!" Taylor asks why Logan didn't say anything about this. Logan defensives, "You must have understood it was significant." Taylor says she thought he was talking about "a sex scandal, some kind of financial malfeasance. Not this, for God's sake!" I love how she was only down with blackmail as long as it was about something merely sordid or shady. She starts threatening, "If I find that you were in a position to prevent anything..." A panicked Logan says he only found out about this "very recently," but he can't tell her from whom. "It would do no good. My sources would plausibly deny even knowing me." How? They seem to know everything else. Taylor lets that slide for the moment, so they can get back to the part where Kiefer's about to expose Russia's part in all this by talking to Dana. "If Bauer gets to her," Logan warns, "it'll all come out. Then this, this will all be finished," he says, pointing at the monitor that's still all about the peace process. Ethan says it already is. "You think the president wants anything more to do with the Russians after what they've done?" Like she can just take Russia's picture down from inside her locker or something. Logan says she does, for the sake of the greater good. He makes a passionate case for the peace she's about to achieve. Ethan demands, "Do you really think Dalia Hassan will sit down at the table with the people who murdered her husband?" "Who says she has to know?" Logan says, knowing full well it's a shitty suggestion but one he has to make. Taylor glares at him, and he says he knows how hard she's worked for this. Again, he argues eloquently, but he stops short of mentioning all the work he put into his own treaty with Russia -- possibly because he fucked that up himself by being an incredible cockslap. "Is the situation ideal?" he asks rhetorically. "No, far from it. But you have a real chance to make the world a better place." Ethan tells her not to listen, and says this isn't their last chance at this. "You can build a better peace, with honest partners." Logan quotes, "'There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.'" Ethan doesn't know his Shakespeare as well as does Taylor, who translates from Julius Caesar: "It means now or never." Funny, I don't recall that episode.
Episode Report CardM. Giant: B+ | 843 USERS: B
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