Murmansk, Russia. I looked this up on the Internet (which is more than the writers did, I'm guessing) and determined that Murmansk is very far northwest, right next to Norway and Finland. Although it's a Russian city north of the Arctic Circle, it's not actually in Siberia. As depicted in this opening scene, it's also very snowy. A truck is stopped at a gate by a guard of some sort, and I think they should have just reused the footage from when exactly the same thing happened at Inostranka. Of course, there's a pretty good chance that the only reason we're at Murmansk in the first place is that someone realized they still had a week left on the snow machine rental. This time, there's no nonsense about shooting the guard to get through; the driver just hands over an envelope full of cash. That was simple!
The truck parks so some probable Russians can unload a box from the truck and load it onto a convenient ship. The ship has a plastic-lined room inside it, because everyone knows that there's no environment more sterile than Russian ships. Everyone's rousted out so a guy in a Hazmat suit can be locked in with the box. When he opens it, it's the same mummified body as we saw last episode. We do get some new information: the mummy has a furry hat! Well, even frozen corpses like to keep their ears warm. Hazmat guy forces the mummy's hands out of the way and employs some surgical tools to start cutting through the mummy clothing and the mummy skin, to reveal the gloppy mummy flesh within. It seems like a lot of effort to me, but I guess I'm not a connoisseur of gloppy mummy flesh.
Enough of Murmansk. We now return to Washington, DC, where Vice President Jarvis is getting himself some pastries in the Situation Room. That FIEND! We also get a big close-up on the coffee cup with the poisoned sugar packet. Jarvis's hands shake a bit as he pours himself coffee and looks around shiftily. I realize that they want to convey to us that he's nervous about being caught in the act of presidential assassination, but he's acting so twitchy that everyone else in the room must be blind if they're not noticing this. Maybe they're deliberately ignoring him, via the cut direct. But probably not. The meeting starts with Sterling telling everyone that they don't know what Herbert Mills was working on, although they did find some microscopic particles that are normally found only in Northwestern Siberia. That sounds like hogwash, and not just because, as we've already established, Murmansk is not in Siberia. I guess they could have carried the mummy from a place in Siberia to Murmansk. Maybe. Anyway, that's just a side note in the meeting. A general starts to talk about radioactivity, and the audio kind of cuts out. The camera keeps zooming way in on the coffee cup to increase drama. It doesn't really work, because the impression I have is that this is to represent Jarvis's mental state, but I don't think he's supposed to be having tunnel vision like this. Maybe he's having a migraine. Eventually, Martinez drinks some of his coffee. Finally! He says he wants to talk to Russia to find out if something is interesting up there. I can tell you right now, there isn't. The Chief of Staff (since he hasn't been around much, I will remind you that his name is Richard Peel) starts to talk about a particular bill that's having trouble in the House of Representatives, but he's interrupted by plot developments. Specifically, President Martinez stands up, holds his head, and collapses. The president is down! Everybody panic!