A medic treats Prado's hand and head wounds. Buchanan leaves a message for Novick. Audrey demands to know who tortured Prado, and Buchanan admits that Jack did so without the President's approval.
Curtis and his SWAT team suit up in a locker room. Jack warns Curtis to stay out of sight and not tip off Marwan.
Audrey confronts Jack, who says that he only did what was necessary even though it was against the President's orders."Trust me, no one knows the consequences better than me," he sighs.
Despite Audrey's disapproving glare, Curtis assures Jack that he did the right thing.
Novick battles with the President about how to handle the Prado interrogation, and Logan becomes paralyzed with fear in being forced to make a decision.
Novick takes a call from Buchanan, who says that they don't need to wait for the President's decision because Jack already coerced Prado into confessing. Novick is furious, but Buchanan suggests that they cheat the official timeline to cover themselves. Buchanan expresses concern over Logan's ability to lead them through this crisis.
From a Los Angeles nightclub, Marwan phones his associate Robert Morrison, who has just arrived at a secret Iowa location with the warhead. Marwan promises to wire a payment to Morrison's bank account. An engineer named Sabir confirms for Morrison that the warhead will be made compatible within an hour.
Sabir's cell phone rings and he takes the call from his girlfriend, Nabila, in Los Angeles. Nabila asks if he is lying about his whereabouts because she found a bookmark on his computer. Knowing Sabir's politics, she questions him on whether he has something to do with the current terrorist plot. Sabir hangs up on her and guarantees Morrison that everything is fine.
Audrey is furious with Buchanan for allowing Jack to go against the President by torturing Prado. Buchanan defends his judgment, explaining that her policy and politics don't work on the front line.
Novick tells Logan that CTU used force to get Prado to give up Marwan's location. Determined not to look like a fool, the President calls for Jack's arrest. Before Novick can protest, Logan picks up the phone to dial Secret Service.
Novick calls Buchanan to warn Jack that the President is adamant about arresting him.
Jack and Curtis arrive at the nightclub near downtown. Their SWAT team gets into position.
Local dispatch sends Chloe a call from a woman reporting suspicious activities. Chloe takes the call from Nabila and pulls up her photo and identity. Nabila explains that she found files on her boyfriend Sabir's computer that show the schematics for a microchip. Nabila is an engineer and has never seen this type of chip before. She is suspicious of Sabir's intentions.
Jack sends a remote camera inside the building for a visual. Buchanan radios Jack and tells him that the Secret Service is on their way to arrest him. He hopes Jack can get Marwan into custody before they arrive.
Marwan makes a taped speech to a video camera. Wearing no mask, he tells the American public that one of their own nuclear weapons was used against the country because they blindly followed their government that interfered in foreign affairs. He wants the tape delivered to television stations on the East Coast by dawn.
Jack feeds a robotic camera into the nightclub's air vent. He sends the visual back to CTU, where Chloe identifies a guard as one of Marwan's associates. The camera gets to the room where the video is being taped, but Jack doesn't see Marwan.
Jack is warned that the Secret Service has just arrived. He speaks to the Secret Service agent and pleads for more time because his removal will jeopardize the operation. Buchanan radios that Jack has no other choice.
Marwan's men spot the Secret Service cars outside. He has them quickly pack up. Jack makes visual confirmation via the camera that Marwan is in the building. Marwan sees the remote camera in the vent. Jack radios the team that their cover has been blown.
Jack moves into the nightclub to find Marwan, who has slipped out down a flight of stairs. Jack chases after him, as Curtis and the SWAT team follow.
Marwan and his crew go into an underground tunnel. Jack comes up behind them and kills one of the men bringing up the rear. Jack sees that they've activated a bomb, and he and the agents run out as it explodes. Jack radios CTU that the bomb caused the tunnel to be blocked, which prevents them from pursuing. As Jack instructs Curtis to find out where the tunnel leads, the Secret Service agents enter the underground area. They demand Jack's gun and take him into custody. He angrily accuses them of ruining the mission.
Tony and Michelle let Curtis know that the building is next to a sewer line. Curtis says that another agent found a video tape on the fallen terrorist. Michelle has him send it back to CTU.
Buchanan has to explain to Novick and President Logan that Marwan escaped because of the Secret Service's breach. CTU has no other leads to find the nuke. Logan is shattered.
They hang up with Buchanan, and the President admits to Novick that he is not fit to run the country. Novick offers to bring someone in who can advise Logan.
Novick dials former President David Palmer at his home and updates him on Marwan stealing a nuclear weapon. Novick says that President Logan feels that he may not be able to lead the country on his own. He wants Palmer for help in making decisions. Palmer asks to speak to Logan in person, and Novick has the Secret Service detail bring him to the White House.
Outside the nightclub, Jack is released by the Secret Service because President Logan has realized he made a mistake. Jack is furious that they lost Marwan because of this. He orders Curtis and the team back to CTU.
Chloe and Edgar fight over the use of his system. Edgar refuses to give up what he is working on even though Chloe's request is more urgent. Chloe appeals to Tony and explains the situation about the woman who called in. Tony orders Edgar to let Chloe on his computer.
Morrison calls Marwan, who is in an underground sewer tunnel. Morrison says that the warhead has been reconfigured. He also lets Marwan know that there may be a security breach because Sabir's girlfriend is getting suspicious. Morrison promises that it is being taken care of. Marwan climbs out of the tunnel through a manhole cover.
Chloe updates Tony and Buchanan on what Nabila found on Sabir's computer. It has the schematics for a chip that controls the trigger on the stolen warhead. Nabila thinks her boyfriend is out of state, and Tony assumes that the man is in Iowa. The other files on the computer are locked, and Buchanan orders Chloe to go to Nabila's house to unlock them herself. Chloe is hesitant because she's not a field agent.
Chloe calls Edgar from the car to make sure he has everything covered. She confesses that she is scared of being in the field. Edgar says that he asked Buchanan if he could go in her place, but Buchanan said she was the best analyst at CTU.
Chloe and two other agents arrive at Nabila's house. She gets to work on decoding the laptop when the house is raided. A gunman kills the agents, and Chloe and Nabila hide with the computer inside another room. The gunman fires at the locked door.
With no weapon, Chloe barricades the door and calls Edgar for help. Curtis summons the tactical teams. Jack gets on the phone to guide her, but Chloe hangs up.
Chloe and Nabila escape out of the house and get in the CTU car. They can't find the keys and have locked themselves inside. The man shoots at the bulletproof car and Chloe calls Jack. Chloe finds the weapons stored in the back seat, but it is locked. Curtis hunts for the combination. The gunman gets in his car and rams their vehicle.
Curtis gets the combination and Chloe is able to open the case. She and Nabila exit the car, and Chloe fires an automatic rifle at the gunman. She kills him.