Jack believes that the female suspect has Tony in custody. Michelle sends Curtis as well as LAPD backup.
Audrey explains to Novick that she hasn't found the missile on the satellite.
Michelle scrambles to find units to send to Jack, and Buchanan must calm her down. Michelle realizes that she is losing focus and she promises not to lose sight of the big picture. They must apprehend this woman alive and nothing else matters, including Tony.
Tony is bound and gagged in a vacant apartment. He's stripped of his shirt. Mandy researches Tony's background on a laptop. She sees a story on the web about his dismissal from CTU and his connection to Michelle.
Marwan calls Mandy and tells her not to be late for their meeting. Mandy asks Tony if Michelle would commit treason to save his life, like he did for her two years ago.
Audrey tells Palmer and Novick that having the satellite make another pass may take hours and will probably be too late to find the missile. Palmer asks her to compile disaster scenarios for all the urban cities within the missile's range. That includes twenty of the largest cities in America.
Michelle instructs Edgar to alert their teams that the objective is to capture the suspect and proceed as if there is no hostage. Michelle gets a call from Mandy, who sends a photo message of Tony to prove that he's alive. Mandy wants Michelle to help her escape. Michelle stalls, but Mandy demands that one of the exits be cleared or else Tony will be killed.
Michelle admits to Buchanan that she can't sacrifice the lives of millions of people. She tells him about the call from the woman holding Tony hostage.
Buchanan immediately radios Jack and gives him the news. Jack asks Michelle to let the woman think she is cooperating. He promises to do everything he can to save Tony. Michelle confesses to Buchanan that she was ready to do whatever the woman wanted for Tony
Curtis arrives on the scene and Jack briefs him on the plan. They are going to proceed as if Michelle had not betrayed the hostile.
Buchanan radios Jack that the woman has not yet called Michelle back. There are no fingerprints anywhere in the apartment and there is no voiceprint from the call. This woman must be a professional mercenary.
Mandy watches through binoculars as the police vehicles move out from the area that she had cleared with Michelle. She then tasers Tony and he passes out. Mandy applies lipstick and goes outside the apartment.
Mandy knocks on a neighbor's door. She shoots one of the roommates, and tells the other two to keep quiet.
President Logan informs Palmer that the Chinese are determined to blame America for the raid on the Consulate. Palmer assures him that CTU is having the agent in the photo removed from their site. Logan becomes agitated and worried that the missile is targeted at the White House."We will prevent the warhead from going off,"Palmer says emphatically. He advises Logan to remain presidential.
Bern, the agent in the surveillance photo at the Chinese Consulate, calls Buchanan to let him know that he's arrived in San Diego. He is to fabricate an alibi with the local CTU office. The accompanying agent leads Bern to a car, but Cheng, the head of security for the Consulate, is inside. Bern struggles and the men hold him at gunpoint. The real CTU agents are tied up outside the hangar.
Cheng demands that Bern answer questions about the raid on the Consulate because the Chinese government insists that someone take responsibility for the death of the Consul. Cheng wants to know who gave the orders. When Bern refuses to answer, Cheng says he will convince him to change his mind.
Mandy calls Michelle, who confirms that the teams have been deployed. Mandy threatens to blow Tony's brains out if she thinks this is a trap. When she hangs up, Michelle snaps at Edgar. Buchanan and Chloe notice Michelle's growing anxiety.
The CTU teams hide in the area near the apartment exit. As the rain falls, Jack spots a woman and a man walking under an umbrella.
Mandy calls Michelle and says that she has Tony at gunpoint. Michelle confirms that her agents are cleared out.
Jack thinks it's strange that the woman is in the open and risking her exposure. Mandy tells Michelle that she will give her Tony's location once she's out.
As the couple approaches a parked car, Mandy spots the agents who are about to descend upon them. She chastises Michelle for selling her out. Suddenly, the car explodes. Michelle watches from the video monitors and screams in horror. Jack runs out to the flaming wreck and radios back that the woman blew herself up with Tony.
Buchanan calls the President and Palmer to explain that their only lead killed herself with Tony. He says that CTU has no expectation of locating the missile. Palmer thinks they must alert the agencies and military to prepare for the aftermath of martial law. They have Buchanan redirect CTU's priority to disaster management.
Logan blames Palmer for allowing the worst disaster in American history. Palmer is stunned at Logan's ingratitude.
Buchanan consoles Michelle. He says that the woman would have probably killed Tony anyway, and that she made the right decision to not give in to her demands. Despite her insistence that she keep working, Buchanan orders Michelle to go home.
Jack replays the last phone call, trying to find an answer. He tells Buchanan that it doesn't make sense that this woman would blow herself up when she was a professional and not a fanatic. Buchanan thinks Jack is only blaming himself for Tony's death and gives him a direct order from the White House to move out.
Jack listens to the call on a headset and realizes that it wasn't made from outside where it is raining. The woman was calling from indoors with a view to the car. Jack has Curtis alert the teams to move in.
From inside the apartment, Mandy tells Tony that the agents are coming back in. Her neighbors had been blown up for nothing. She has him take off the handcuffs, and dress in another outfit. Mandy leads him out at gunpoint. Tony sees broken glass on the floor. He purposefully steps on it and grinds his bare feet in. As he walks, he leaves a trail of blood.
As Jack and Curtis look through every hall in the complex, another agent radios that he found fresh blood outside a door. They run to that apartment and Jack sees the blood trail on the ground. He leads the team to follow it.
Mandy takes Tony to an underground parking garage. He ducks under her gun and slams her into a column. She fights back, but Tony manages to kick and head butt her with his cuffed hands. Mandy regains her weapon and Tony gives in.
Jack appears and trains his weapon on Mandy. Tony encourages Jack to do whatever is necessary to take her down."Do you really have what it takes to let me kill him while you're looking him in the eye?"Mandy asks. Without hesitation, Jack answers yes. She is about to call his bluff, when Jack sees Curtis come from behind. He calls to Tony, who ducks as Curtis grabs Mandy. She is apprehended. Tony asks if Michelle knows that he's alive. Jack calls CTU to tell Buchanan what has transpired. Buchanan says he will find Michelle on her cell.
Michelle is sitting in her car in the CTU parking lot when her cell phone rings. It is Tony, who explains that the woman had someone else wear his clothes. He says he's coming back to CTU to see her."I love you,"he says. Michelle is in tears.
Jack grabs Mandy by the throat and asks where Marwan is. He knows she is a professional hitwoman and that they are running out of time to torture her. Jack offers to grant her a Presidential pardon for past and present crimes in return for Marwan's location."You are either gonna help me now, or I will kill you,"he threatens. Mandy asks to see the deal.
Bern is held in a warehouse by Chinese henchmen. Cheng shows Bern the surveillance photo of him and demands to know who lead the mission. Cheng offers to ship him to a labor camp in Siberia without telling the U.S. government. There will be no chance of rescue or escape. Bern finally relents and tells Cheng who commanded the raid."His name is Jack Bauer,"he says.