In Seoul, South Korea, Jason Park is being tortured. Park says ďtodayĒ
which makes his captor run into another room. American military officers
are waiting in the back room. The captor relays the one-word message. An
officer calls Eric Rayburn, a man who works at the National Security Agency.
President David Palmer and his son, Keith, are relaxing on the waters of
Lake Oswego in Oregon. As they fish, Keith comments that his mom is going
through a hard time right now. A Secret Service agent interrupts their
peaceful retreat by informing the President that they have a situation.
Kim Bauer is just waking up and getting dressed when Megan Matheson, a
nine-year old girl, runs into her bedroom. Megan and her father, Gary, are
playing a game of hide-and-seek. Gary inappropriately stares at Kim, who is
David apologizes to his son for cutting their fishing trip short. Keith
is understanding. David is escorted to a car. One of his advisors hints
that the matter is urgent.
At CTU in Los Angeles, Paula Schaeffer, a new programmer, brags to Tony
Almeida and George Mason about her software upgrades. Michelle Dessler, a
CTU employee, interrupts their conversation. Michelle informs Mason that
Rayburn just called and wants Jack Bauer to be re-activated.
Palmer is led to the Northwest Regional Operations Complex where he is
met by Rayburn. David still wants to stick to his original itinerary for
the day. Rayburn explains the situation to David and his chief aide, Lynne
Kresge. Rayburn explains that a terrorist group is planning on setting off
a bomb in Los Angeles sometime today. NSA had been tracking Jason Park and
from surveillance, noticed that Park was standing near the suicide bomber
Mamud Rashed Faheen. Everyone thought that Faheen had been killed by an
earlier bombing. Rayburn adds that they recently learned about a nuclear
bomb headed for Los Angeles. Faheen is connected to a terrorist cell called
Second Wave, a fairly unofficial group. There is only one country that is
somewhat affiliated to Second Wave. David asks to speak to that countryís
Prime Minister over the phone.
Carla, Meganís mother, is making breakfast for Gary. Gary hugs his wife
tightly. Gary kisses Carla, which makes Kim feel awkward. Carla leaves the
room. Gary makes an out-of-line comment about Kimís body.
David talks to the Prime Minister. The PM says that he isnít affiliated
with Second Wave. David warns that he knows that the Prime Ministerís
country supports Second Wave. The President is worried about a possible
terrorist attack and explains the situation to the PM. Palmer threatens
that they will retaliate if a bomb detonates on American soil. The Prime
Minister doesnít like threats and comments that Palmer needs to proceed with
Kim watches as Megan roller-blades in the Matheson driveway. Jack pulls
up by the curb. Jack, who is thinner, unkempt, and growing a beard, watches
in admiration. Jack suddenly gets a call. It is from Georgeís office.
Jack explains that he no longer works at CTU and hangs up. Jack approaches
the driveway. Kim is surprised to see her dad. Jack wants to know why Kim
has been avoiding him. Kim admits that it is hard to be around Jack because
she is reminded of her momís death. Kim tells Jack that she needs time to
heal before they can spend any time together. Megan yells from the balcony,
which is Kimís cue to say goodbye to her father.
At the Operations Complex, Rayburn suggests calling the Pentagon. David
is unsure how to respond and tells Rayburn that he isnít ready to make a
Reza Naiyeer is driving when he suddenly pulls up to the Warner house in
the San Fernando Valley. Reza is speaking Arabic into his cell phone. Reza
walks up to his fiancee, Marie Warner, and kisses her. They are to be
married later in the day. Marieís sister, Kate, and her father, Bob, are
helping with wedding preparations. Kate has reservations regarding Reza.
Bob thinks that Kate is overreacting.
Mason calls Rayburn and explains that he canít get a hold of Jack.
Rayburn wants Jack to be brought in immediately.
Jack returns home to a house full of unopened boxes. Jack hears Tony
leave a message for him on the answering machine. Jack drinks from a glass
of water. Jack opens a desk drawer and notices his gun. Jack grabs a
picture of his family. Jack lays down on the couch with the frame in his
arms. Jack gets a call from the White House. Instinctly, Jack picks up the
phone and is instantly connected to the President. David asks how Jack has
been doing. Jack admits that he is going through a tough time. David
explains that he needs Jackís help. Jack stresses that he has been inactive
for over a year. David says that the situation is dire. David wants Jack
to head to CTU and listen to the details of the matter. David adds that he
trusts Jack to the fullest extent.
Kim notices that Carla has returned home. Carla is busy wrapping a gift
for Garyís assistant. Carla is acting agitated so Kim offers to help.
Carla comments that Gary is finicky when it comes to her gift-wrapping.
Michelle talks to Tony about an alert that came up on her computer.
Paula interrupts. Paula thinks that something major is about to happen.
Michelle tells Paula to chill.
Mason updates the CTU staff about the nuclear bomb in Los Angeles. Mason
insists that no one outside of CTU should be alerted to the situation. Tony
is worried that he hasnít been able to get in touch with Jack. Mason thinks
that they will need Jackís expertise regarding the terrorist situation.
David, Rayburn, and the other aides talk about the nuclear bomb and
projected casualty numbers. The casualties could reach 2 million. David
doesnít want to speak to the media yet. Rayburn insists, but David puts his
foot down about the matter. The meeting is adjourned.
A man named Marko arrives at an abandoned warehouse. He speaks to a man
at the door. Once inside, Marko asks about the bomb. One man says that the
bomb will be ready soon. People are working on the bomb in a heavily
guarded area in the building.
Tony needs Paulaís help, but she is acting distant. Paula discloses that
she feels overwhelmed. Tony says that she is the best programmer that they
have. Paula agrees to stay focused on the problem at hand. Jack Bauer is
led into CTU. Everyone stops to look at him. Tony says hello and shakes
Jackís hand. Paula and Michelle are waiting in Georgeís office. Jack and
Tony walk in. George explains the situation to Jack. Jack is unwilling to
help and walks out. Jack calls Kim. Jack wants the two of them to leave
Los Angeles immediately. Kim hangs up on him. Jack calls her back, but Kim
wonít answer. Jack leaves a message for Kim to go to her auntís house.
Tony confronts Jack and tells him that CTU needs his help. Jack brings up
that CTU was unable to protect Teri. Jack doesnít want to lose his daughter
too. Jack leaves CTU. Jack calls Kimís aunt and leaves a message. Back in
Masonís office, George is mad that Jack wonít cooperate. To everyoneís
surprise, Jack returns. Jack has one condition: Kim needs to leave the city
ASAP. Jack wants to be updated about the terrorist cells. George says that
a man named Joseph Wald is connected to Second Wave. Jack remembers Wald
because he was working undercover at the time when Wald was arrested.
George explains that Wald is out of jail on trial but canít be located.
Jack suggests bringing in Marshall Goren, a key witness. Mason is uneasy
with Jackís plan, but agrees to call the FBI.
At the Warner home, the engaged couple discuss wedding plans. Kate makes
a comment. Reza gets defensive. Marie breaks up the disagreement. Kate
gets a call so she goes inside the house. On the phone is Ralph Burton, a
PI hired to run a background check on Reza. Ralph explains that Rezaís
business dealings are on the up-and-up but that he has a connection to a
terrorist named Syed Ali. Ralph explains that Reza had legitimate financial
deals with Ali. Kate is horrified.
Lynne tells David that he has a conference call lined up to speak to the
Joint Chiefs of Staff. David comments that he didnít sign off on the call.
David confronts Rayburn. Rayburn admits that he set up the call but isnít
trying to undermind the President. David is mad at Eric for not minding his
Michelle creates a false background for Jackís cover while he deals with
Goren. Mason has Goren sent in to his office. Goren is uncooperative and
says that he already has a deal with the FBI. Jack suddenly shoots Goren in
the chest. Mason is shocked. Jack checks Gorenís pulse. Jack explains to
George that they need to get answers. Jack asks Mason for a hacksaw.
Kim is keeping an eye on Megan in her bedroom. Kim looks out the window
and sees Gary pull up in the driveway. Kim and Megan can hear Gary and
Carla arguing downstairs. Carla begins to cry. Megan appears frightened.
Kim locks the door so Gary canít enter. Gary knocks on the bedroom door.
After a few seconds, Kim opens it and makes up a story that she was busy
washing Meganís hair. Megan has a towel wrapped around her head. Gary
inquires about what they heard. Kim plays stupid and says that they didnít
notice any sounds. Gary implies that Carla had an accident. Gary wants Kim
to check on Carla, but Kim notices that Megan is afraid of her father. Gary
pushes Kim and she falls down. Gary replies that he could easily hurt Kim.
Megan begins to cry and runs to Kim for protection. Gary reaches for Megan,
who hits her head on the bed. Garyís phone begins ringing. He answers it
to discuss business.
At CTU, Jack, who has just shaved off his beard, stares at himself in the
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