Kiefer wants Walker taken off the job, given what he sees as her emotional instability, but Hastings insists on keeping the operation going as is. And Kiefer starts getting a little unstable his own self, listening in on Vladimir being all creepy with Walker -- at least until Walker ditches her earpiece and lets Vladimir sex her, for the sake of the deal. And Kiefer doesn't even know that Vladimir has no plans to even do the deal, instead intending to kill Kiefer as soon as he has the initial deposit. But that doesn't happen, because Kiefer brought Cole along as backup, so it looks like the deal is happening after all. Or at least Vladimir thinks it is.
Dana's already setting up a heist for Kevin and his buddy, going so far as agreeing to provide tactical support from CTU. And how exactly is that going to go wrong? Well, Arlo sees her meeting with Kevin on the CTU security monitors before the job, so that can't be a good sign.
As countries start dropping out of the peace agreement, Hassan continues his crackdown, not only back home but in the very halls of the U.N., ordering the arrest of a member of his own delegation. Even his security chief thinks dude is losing it, so he calls Hassan's daughter for help.
And in other bad-father news, the doctor that Josef has taken hostage to treat his brother is in an awkward position: Oleg needs a bone marrow transplant if he's to have any chance of survival, but Josef insists the doc handle it himself. Which is bad enough, but then the doctor ends up getting killed by the thugs Bazhaev sent to retrieve his sons. So that's his evening ruined. And Bazhaev is so enraged by Josef's disobedience he shoots Oleg dead. Think Josef learned his lesson?
In the previouslies freeze-frames this week: President Allison Taylor, Sergei Bazhaev, Dana Walsh (pinned against the wall of her own apartment by Kevin), Renee Walker, and Jack Bauer. Sounds like the worst party ever, doesn't it?
it's a very sweaty Kiefer who pulls his car up near the docks and gets out so he can peer out at the riverbank, where Walker is still on her knees in the mud. And that's not even the worst position she's going to be in this hour. Over her earpiece, she hears Kiefer say he can see her (of course his actual words are, as always, "I've got a visual") and that he's going off comm. Then he switches from his earpiece to his cell phone to call CTU as Vladimir frees Walker's hands. While Chloe covers for Kiefer by listening in to The Renee Show, Kiefer tells Hastings that Walker needs to be pulled out right away. His argument? "She's a danger to herself and this mission." Never stopped Kiefer. He tells Hastings what happened ten minutes ago, and that Walker doesn't care what happens to her. He leaves out the part where if she did, she'd probably already be dead now. Hastings says they can't quit without the uranium, and Kiefer offers to arrest Vladimir and "make him talk." Rather warmly, Hastings tells Kiefer, "We don't do that any more." I'm glad to hear it, if it's true. "Then you people do what you do well," Kiefer spits, suggesting an offer of immunity. Forgetting that they already tried that with Ziya, and if it didn't work with that nine-fingered wuss it's not about to work with Vladimir. Speaking of Ziya, one splitscreen window is showing that his corpse is being ferried out a short distance into the river on a rowboat and rolled off the stern into the water, while Kiefer insists to Hastings that they have to figure something out. "I am not gonna let Renee die because CTU did their job badly." Hastings asks Kiefer for a better idea, and after a moment's thought, Kiefer comes up with the plan of taking Walker's place himself when he goes in as the buyer. I don't think Kiefer would agree to that if he knew what's going to happen later, and I know Vladimir wouldn't. But Hastings does, as long as the mission isn't put at risk, and tells Kiefer to go meet Cole, who has everything he needs for his cover ID. Kiefer hangs up, because Walker and Vladimir have just gotten back in the car and are driving away, and Kiefer needs to follow. This, by the way, is the worst advertisement for cars with daytime running lights that I've ever seen.