I have to say, Shohreh Aghdashloo is a class act. She gets nominated for an Oscar, and rather than being bitter about losing, she does us all this incredibly generous favor by killing off one of the most annoying characters of the season a mere four episodes in. And what did the winner give us? Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. No wonder so many people in Iran don't like us.
At the Nosh and Nozzle, a cop car rolls up with flashers but no sirens. Kiefer watches as the officers jump out with shotguns and take up positions. As a second cop car arrives, one of the officers dials the store's number. Kiefer grabs the phone. "You know you're surrounded," the police sergeant tells him. Doesn't "surrounded" imply somebody behind him? Maybe if you count the cuffed and disarmed officer in the back room. Kiefer warns that he'll kill the hostages if the cops try to come in or use tear gas. The cop suggests the Kiefer let everyone go except the cop. "I need to think about that," Kiefer says before hanging up. Kiefer puts his ski mask back on in the jaunty rolled-up position and contemplates his next move.
Potato Face to the rescue! She's got the satellite coverage. She grabs the phone at her temporary desk (which she's taken the time to program Kiefer's number into on speed dial) and breaks the news. Kiefer tells her that VVH will be free in five minutes, on foot on Route 11. "I'll find him," Potato Face promises, and hangs up. Kiefer pulls down his mask and goes into the cooler, his gun out. "One of you is coming with me," he announces. He pretends to think about it, while VVH thinks, not me, not me, not me. "You," Kiefer says, and he and VVH are on their way out, with VVH at gunpoint and the cooler door locked from the outside. "I'll let you go as soon as we are clear but if you try and be a hero again I will kill you, understand?" By the way, Kiefer has VVH's face up against a wall calendar that's on the July/August 2004 page. Make of that what you will. Kiefer remembers to ask which car belongs to VVH, just as if he hadn't spent most of the previous hour following it. Once they're outside the store, Kiefer, the muzzle of his gun firmly pressed against VVH's neck, tells the cops to throw down their weapons and take five steps away from their cars. They obey. Kiefer forces VVH into the driver's seat of his car, gets in the backseat himself, and orders VVH to drive off, gun still at VVH's head. With a screech of tires, they're on their way. The negotiator cop calls in a roadblock.