Episode PremiereMay 07, 2002
GenreAction, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Show Period2001 - Now
Production CompanyImagine Ent., Fox TV, Real Time
Cast and Crew
ScreenwriterMichael Loceff, Joel Surnow
- Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer
- Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O'Brian
- Carlos Bernard as Tony Almeida
- James Morrison
- Dennis Haysbert as President David Palmer
- Elisha Cuthbert as Kimberly 'Kim' Bauer
- Reiko Aylesworth as Michelle Dessler
- Kim Raver as Audrey Raines
- D.B. Woodside
- Katee Sackhoff as Dana Walsh
- Freddie Prinze Jr. as Cole Ortiz
- Mykelti Williamson as Brian Hastings
- John Boyd
- Jennifer Westfeldt
- Endre Hules
- Christian Hastings
- Eugene Lazarev
- Christina Moore
- Juliette Dudnik
The masked men finish restraining Kimberly and take her into their truck. She cries through the duct tape placed over her mouth.
Palmer enters the hotel's banquet room to a rousing ovation from his supporters. He gives the partygoers words of inspiration for their latest campaign victory.
From Drazen's red van, Jack calls Nina at CTU. He orders her to get Alexis Drazen on the line so Victor can confirm that he is alive. From his hospital bed, Alexis admits failure to his father. Victor tells his son that since they are both alive, he has not failed. Victor tells the CTU people listening to the call that he will trade the life of Jack for that of Alexis. Mason speaks up, informing Victor that he is not authorized to make such a trade. Victor says that when he calls back, Mason had better have an answer.
During Palmer's speech, Sherry whispers to Patty that she can not travel with her husband to Dallas the next day because of a prior commitment. Although Patty offers to change the schedule, Sherry says that she could use a few days apart from Palmer. She tells Patty to keep him company.
Mason informs Nina that CTU Director Chapelle will not allow them to make a trade for Jack. Any dealing with Victor Drazen would acknowledge that he is still alive and be an embarrassment for the government. Nina does not want to believe that Jack is expendable, and she wonders why they don't try to grab Victor while he is still out in the open. Nina breaks the news to Teri that the government won't make a trade for Jack.
Andre and Victor bring Jack to the basement of a Slavic restaurant to hide. Victor warmly greets a man named Nikola and his daughter, Mila. Nikola has a meal and clothes waiting for Victor.
Mason is battling with his superiors to save Jack when Teri interrupts him. She demands to know what he is doing about the situation. After getting no answer from him, Teri then begs Nina for help. Nina claims to be reaching out to someone who can possibly come to Jack's aid. Since what she is doing is not formal procedure, she can not talk about it. Nina asks Teri to trust her.
Palmer is talking to his supporters at the party when an urgent call comes for him. It is Nina, and she informs him that Victor is alive and holding Jack as hostage. Palmer promises to make a few phone calls to rectify the situation.
Tony is alerted that Kimberly has been taken from the police squad car. He is about to tell Nina the news when Teri approaches. Tony remains silent until she leaves. He informs Nina, and questions whether she will tell Teri.
Palmer calls Mason and demands him to reverse his orders on the trade for Jack. Mason is reluctant because this does not fall under the Senate's purview. He will be reprimanded for going against the CTU. Palmer assures him that when he does become President, he will instate Mason to a high position of power. Mason questions what will happen if Palmer does not get elected."That's not going to happen," Palmer answers.
As Mila caters to Victor, Jack watches closely. He manages to knock down a guard and grab a knife. Jack then holds the knife to Mila's throat and orders the other men to drop their weapons. Everyone but Victor obliges. Victor shoots Mila in the head, killing her. The guards apprehend Jack.
Andre is furious about things spiraling out of control, and he calls Mason again. Mason agrees to the trade, and Andre instructs him to bring Alexis to an address on Grand Avenue. Alexis is to be placed inside a green SUV there. Tony locates the address as a repair garage. Mason goes to the hospital to claim Alexis for the trade.
The tension between Sherry and Palmer increases when Sherry chastises him for stepping away from his party to make phone calls. Sherry leaves to greet a campaign supporter, and Palmer approaches Patty. He tells her that she looks beautiful, and asks about upcoming events. Patty informs him that she has prepared possible questions that may arise dealing with Keith. Palmer, who wants to go over them, arranges to meet her upstairs in five minutes.
Nikola grieves over the body of his daughter, as Victor consoles him. Suddenly, Nikola turns his anger on Victor. Without flinching, Victor shoots Nikola. Kim is dragged in and Jack calls out to her. A guard throws a hood over Jack's face and carries him up the stairs. Kim is left in the basement with the dead bodies.
Teri is relieved to learn that a trade will be made for Jack. When she asks to speak to Kim in the patrol car, Nina tells her that she will look into it. Teri thanks Nina for being honest with her about everything that's been going on. After leaving Teri, Nina approaches Tony. She admits that she couldn't tell the truth to Teri, and wonders aloud whether she is too soft for the job. Tony reassures Nina that she is good at what she does.
In the van, Jack begs for his daughter's life. He makes an appeal to Andre that if they kill any more innocent people, it will be harder for them to leave the country alive. Both Victor and Andre tell Jack to be quiet.
In the hotel suite, Palmer and Patty go over the facts about Carl and the financiers' unorthodox actions. Patty questions whether Palmer has had any past indiscretions. Palmer smiles, and asks if Patty is flirting with him. She responds yes. Palmer jumps back into business mode, and they go back to the party.
The Drazen van pulls up to a field with an oil rig. Andre tethers Jack to a post, warning him that if Alexis is not delivered, he will die. There are sniper rifles being aimed at him at Andre's command. Andre puts an untraceable cell phone into Jack's pocket, and he leaves in the van. Jack is left alone, unsure what to do next.
Back at the campaign party, Sherry pulls Patty aside and asks if she went upstairs with Palmer. Patty tells her that she did what she told her to do, but that she feels uncomfortable deceiving Palmer. Sherry assures her that this is what Palmer needs right now, and her actions are for the good of the campaign. Patty is hesitant because it may lead to other things. Sherry tells her that they will deal with that when the time comes.
Mason brings Alexis Drazen in an ambulance to the arranged meeting place. They roll Alexis' gurney to the waiting green SUV. A guard named Harris alerts Andre over a phone that Alexis is in worse shape than they thought. Mason demands that Jack be turned over as well. Harris informs him that once they are satisfied that they are not being followed, they will provide Jack's location. Mason asks about Kimberly, but Harris is only concerned with Jack. Mason allows the green SUV to leave. He radios Nina, and she tells him that she has the SUV tracked.
After he pulls away, Harris waves a signal detector over Alexis' body and produces a tracking device on the hospital wristband. Harris removes it and smashes it on the ground. Nina realizes that her trace is destroyed.
Andre gives the signal to his sharpshooters to release Jack. At the oil rig, a shot rings out from an undisclosed location. The restraint is blown off, freeing Jack. The cell phone in his pocket rings. Andre tells Jack that if he wants to see Kimberly alive, he should go to a nearby-parked car and drive toward Century City. Jack is ordered to talk to no one, and he obeys the command.