Jack follows a lead from Walsh’s card. At CTU, Nina Myers and Jamey Farrell (Karina Arroyave) decide to go against George Mason’s (Xander Berkeley) orders and help Jack. Kim is handed off to Gaines’ men while Janet is taken to the hospital.
Palmer meets with reporter Maureen Kingsley (Devika Parikh), who explains that she has two separate sources accusing his son Keith Palmer (Vicellous Reon Shannon) of murdering his sister Nicole’s (Megalyn Echikunwoke) rapist. Kim and Rick (Daniel Bess) are taken to Ira Gaines’ compound on the outskirts of the city. Jack finds an unidentified body connected to Gaines in the trunk of a car. Alan and Teri wait in the hospital as Janet undergoes surgery.
Jack and Teri are briefly reunited at the hospital, where Jack warns the doctors not to let anyone near Janet. Gaines contacts Jack and tells him that he has kidnapped Kim. Jack must follow Gaines’ orders if he wants to ever see his daughter again. Teri leaves the hospital with Alan to continue searching for Kim. Palmer discovers that his entire family has been keeping secrets from him, but he needs them if he is to come clean before Kingsley breaks the story herself. After Jamey helps identify the body from the car, Nina calls Teri to tell her that the cadaver is the real Alan York.
Acting on Gaines’ orders, Jack returns to CTU to interfere with the decryption of the key card. He is then ordered to shoot Nina, but manages to do so without actually harming her. Teri escapes from Alan’s impostor, but is captured by more of Gaines’ men.
Nina Myers and Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard) realize that Jamey is the mole inside CTU and is communicating with Gaines. Using instructions and equipment from Gaines, Jack gets in to see Palmer’s appearance at the San Clarita power plant. Jack soon realizes that the terrorists plan to frame him for the assassination.
Sherry Palmer (Penny Johnson Jerald) tries to convince Maureen Kingsley not to run her story. Jack is taken into custody while Kim and Teri encounter more problems at Gaines’ compound. Nina and Tony pressure Jamey for information about the assassination plot. After leaving and returning to the room where Jamey is held they find Jamey with her wrist slashed in an apparent suicide attempt.
Teri acquires a cell phone and calls Jack, giving him clues to her whereabouts. An Acting Director, Alberta Green (Tamara Tunie), arrives at CTU and declares Jack a fugitive. Jack follows a lead from Jamey’s computer to a Los Angeles businessman named Ted Cofell (Currie Graham).
Jack poses as the driver of Cofell’s limo and soon interrogates the businessman on his family’s whereabouts. Initially Jack has no success but after Jack breaks Cofell’s wrist, Cofell curses him in Serbian, which Jack recognizes as a link to the day’s events. Cofell suffers a heart attack and dies. Jack then runs into Cofell’s contact, Kevin Carroll – the man he knew at the hospital as Alan York – and interrogates him. Carroll agrees to take Jack to where Teri and Kim are held in exchange for his life. Nina and Tony grow more concerned about the possibility of another mole inside CTU. Andre Drazen (Zeljko Ivanek), Gaines’ superior, orders the deaths of Kim and Teri.
Jack makes it into Gaines’ camp and enlists Rick’s help to secure for a vehicle in which to escape. Gaines quickly finds out when Carroll is found unconscious and chaos ensues. Jack manages to escape the compound with his family and Rick until the tire of their van is shot out. Continuing their escape on foot, Teri and Kim make their way to the rendezvous point while Jack and Rick hold off Gaines and his men. Rick is wounded but manages to escape with Jack. When Palmer tries to talk to Dr. George Ferragamo, his son’s therapist, he soon discovers that there are men inside his own campaign that are willing to commit murder in order to protect him.
Jack has a final confrontation with Gaines who, fearing retribution from the Drazens, chooses death over helping Jack. Jack, Teri and Kim are airlifted back to CTU. Rick manages to escape from the compound, fearing that he would be jailed for his involvement with Gaines if he turned himself in. Palmer plans to talk to the DA about Dr. Ferragamo’s murder, but Carl Webb (Zach Grenier) tries to stop him. At CTU, Nina discovers that a second assassin has arrived in Los Angeles, which means that Palmer’s life is still in danger.
Kevin Carroll, having escaped the compound with a small group is killed by Alexis Drazen (Misha Collins), who is mopping up the remnants of the first team of mercenaries. Jack returns to CTU, but is not authorized to see his family. Tony refuses to tell Alberta Green and Ryan Chappelle (Paul Schulze) what he knows about Jack’s activities. Nina escorts Kim and Teri to a hospital, but comes across evidence that they may still be targets. Palmer discovers a link between himself and Bauer, and decides to take matters into his own hands — demanding to see Jack personally to confront him about the day’s events.
Bauer is great is these episodes, combining the skills of a super-spy and showing some vulnerability when holed up in the construction office. The problem is Palmer, he is becoming less realistic as an ambitious politician. Now willing to make tough decisions he is overshadowed by his wife ans aides. And finally when the assassin’s boss meets his end… we get a re-start and another threat.