9:15:45. Remember the hapless Bazhaev brothers? The best thing that's going to happen to them all hour has just occurred, which is to say that Oleg has just received a shot of morphine. The doctor that Josef has taken hostage to treat Oleg tries to ask how this happened, but Josef is done answering questions. "Just make sure he lives," he says. His cell phone rings, and Oleg advises Josef to answer, this being the second time "he" has called. Must be Papa. This is going to be an awkward conversation. Indeed, Bazhaev Sr. doesn't seem happy to be calling again. Josef claims they were in a tunnel and are still stuck in traffic, which is why they're not at the house yet. Bazhaev instructs Josef to let him know when they reach the house, and Josef agrees hangs up. He assures a worried Oleg, "By the time he finds out, you'll have already been treated. It won't matter." Sounds like an airtight plan. He strokes his brother's hair -- somehow not coming away with handfuls of it -- then whips out his gun when there's a knock at the office door. The doctor says it's just the test results. Staying out of sight of the door, Josef keeps pointing his gun as the doctor opens the door a crack to take the results from the helpful nurse who passes them through. He gets rid of her efficiently enough, and Josef is satisfied with his performance. But the bad news, as the test results show, is that Oleg's in very bad shape. "He needs a bone-marrow transplant," the doctor says. "It requires a six-man surgical team and a fully-equipped facility." Not to mention a donor? Since this doesn't exactly sound like something that can be handled at Duane Reade, Josef shuts that down. The only other thing the doctor can offer is some drugs to flush out the radiation. "I can't guarantee he'll recover," he warns. Josef puts his gun back to doctor's head and insists, "My brother is not going to die." Hey, who's the doctor here?
It's 9:18:37 when Cole gets off the phone with CTU at the staging area. Kiefer is already there. Cole wonders why Walker's going to be pulled out. "Hastings said something about her being unstable?" he wonders. Selecting a gun from CTUmobile's armory, Kiefer says he doesn't have time to explain. "How are you going to work this without breaking cover?" Cole wonders. Kiefer doesn't know yet. But that's good enough for Cole. He offers to have his teams do regular drive-bys, so they can extract Walker at the right moment, but Kiefer shuts that down, even when Cole assures him, "I ran an operation just like it in Fallujah." Unimpressed, Kiefer insists, "And I'm in command. You're gonna do exactly what I tell you." He is? And Cole is? I don't recall anyone making that arrangement. Can Kiefer show Cole his official CTU credentials to back up his statement? Or failing that, an org chart? But before Cole can argue, Kiefer hears Walker say into his earpiece that Vladimir is returning. Kiefer politely excuses himself so he can hear. If Kiefer were really the boss, he wouldn't have to say "excuse me."