Two jet fighters flank the Moscow-to-New York flight. A flight attendant announces that there's no reason to panic, but they now have a military escort and are going to land at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. That's not a reason to panic? Vicky thinks the bad guy might make his move now. And sure enough, a sandy-haired guy stands up and starts walking down the aisle. It's not the same sandy-haired guy as the cocaine smuggler. I guess the show thinks we just naturally expect "Alex" to be sandy-haired guys? Vicky follows the guy, but it turns out he just wants to sit by his wife. They had separate seats, but if something bad is happening, he wants to be with her. Okay, that sounds relatively legit. So Vicky sits back down.
Aaron calls Sophia to tell her the bad news: his courier has just emailed him to say the plane has a military escort. Because someone told the authorities about the WMD. Aaron suggests exposing the virus as soon as the plane lands, but Sophia thinks everyone will die too quickly to spread the flu onto other people. Yeah, you'd hate to have that happen. Aaron asks what they should do, and Sophia narrows her eyes.
Oval Office. Jarvis tells Peel that he fired Sterling, who obviously buckled under the stress and pressure of his job. Jarvis's phone rings and Peel excuses himself. It is, of course, Sophia. Jarvis tells her she should really start contacting him through the formal diplomatic channels that they've opened up, but she ignores him and gets down to business: "US fighter jets are currently escorting Aero Moscow Flight 38, bound for New York. I'd like you to order them to release their hold on that plane immediately." Jarvis tries to establish some level of control, but she tells him, "You don't need to know anything. Just do it." Jarvis mumbles about cooperation and trust, and she answers with "Look at what's left of the Washington Monument." She threatens more explosions, and also to reveal the role he played in taking down Martinez. Then she hangs up on him and he looks sad.